Spicy Sesame-Seared Tuna Bowl with Wasabi Sauce

This quick and simple-to-make spicy sesame-seared tuna bowl with wasabi sauce is like a deconstructed spicy tuna roll in a bowl. It is full of all of the ingredients that make sushi rolls amazing: the fresh, tender pieces of fish, vibrant and crunchy veggies, sweet white rice, and the ubiquitous and wonderful wasabi-soy flavor. Perfection.

In other words, this meal has all of the qualities that make sushi so craveable and appealing. Going out for sushi can be a problem for the wallet though.  But because you can make this awesome meal at home, you’re going to save yourself a lot of cash. It’s everything you want and less. Less cash, that is. Which is definitely a good thing; at least in my world. 



2 ahi tuna steaks or 1 lb. ahi

1 Tbsp. avocado oil

3 Tbsp. sesame seeds (white, black, or both)

Salt to taste


2 tsp. wasabi (I buy it in the tube)

1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil

2 Tbsp. mirin

2 Tbsp. rice vinegar

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

2 tsp. honey or agave

Red pepper flakes


2 c. white rice

1 avocado, sliced

1 serrano pepper, sliced

2 green onions, sliced

1 cucumber, sliced 

¼ c. cilantro, chopped 

Cook the rice according to package directions. Set aside.

Mix all ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and set aside. 

Divide the rice, avocado, serrano pepper, green onions, cucumber, and cilantro evenly among two bowls. 

Pat the ahi dry and season with salt. Coat all sides with sesame seeds. 

Heat the oil in a skillet over high heat. Let the oil get hot in the pan for about 2 minutes before adding the tuna. Add the tuna and sear for one minute per side. 

Allow the tuna to rest for 2 minutes or so. Slice into strips. 

Place the tuna on top of the rice. Drizzle with dressing and enjoy! 

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