Cienega’s Sesame Crusted Seared Tuna

Chef Jorge Adriazola of Cienega Restaurant in New Rochelle, NY shared this Secret Recipe with Good Day NY. Cienega features a modern Latin fusion menu that has been highly praised. This easy to prepare recipe will show you how to make a sesame crusted tuna steak that is seared evenly on all sides. A vibrant tomatillo sauce is served with this tuna.

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Cienega’s Sesame Crusted Seared Tuna


  • 1 good quality square tuna steak
  • black, white and red sesame seeds
  • 4 tomatillos clean and peeled
  • 2 roasted garlic cloves
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup of champagne vinegar or any other vinegar
  • 1 jalapeno without seeds or veins
  • 1/2 spanish onion
  • 1 tablespoon of cilantro minced
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley minced
  • 4 leaves of basil
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt, pepper


  1. Coat the tuna steak on all sides with the sesame seeds.

  2. Add olive oil to a sauté pan over medium. Then add the tuna steak and sear for 2 minutes on each side. Let rest a minute and then slice the tuna.

  3. In another sauté pan over medium heat add some olive oil. Sauté the onions for 2 minutes.

  4. In a blender, combine the tomatillos, onions, roasted garlic, avocado, jalapeno, cilantro, parsley, basil and champagne vinegar. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a saucepan and heat on medium. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Serve the tuna with the tomatillo sauce.

Serves 2

Source: Good Day New York

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