Peanut and Sesame Crusted Tuna

Here’s the deal…my wife and I had a few friends over and one of them brought a bag of Trader Joe’s Thai Lime and Chile Peanuts, at least I think that’s what they’re called. I threw the bag away. Anyway, I dumped about a cup of the nut blend into a food processor and then added about 1/2 cup of toasted sesame seeds and a pinch of salt. It worked! If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby, use dry-roasted peanuts, lime zest and some dried chili flakes or dried hot peppers.

Peanut and Sesame Crusted Tuna


  • 4 6- ounce tuna steaks
  • 1 1/2 cups Trader Joes’s Thai Lime and Chile Peanuts
  • 2/3 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • peanut oil to just cover pan

Peanut Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon pickled ginger
  • 1 clove garlic peeled
  • 1 lime juice only
  • 1 tablespoon Asian Chili Garlic Sauce Sriracha
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar

Process all ingredients until smooth.


    • In a food processor, combine peanuts and sesame seeds. Process the mixture is the consistency of moist breadcrumbs. Season with salt to taste.
    • Combine mustard with sesame oil and soy sauce. Rub mixture over fish. Place peanut blend on a plate and press coated fish into mixture on all sides. Heat peanut oil in a medium-hot skillet. Add fish and brown on all sides, but not past rare to medium-rare.

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