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Pepper crusted tuna with wasabi cream sauce. The tuna steak has been cooked rare, sliced up, and fanned out on the plate before being topped with the sauce.
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Pepper Crusted Tuna Steak with Wasabi Cream Sauce

This simple and elegant tuna dish is the most popular recipe on this blog!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Fish
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 419kcal
Author: Marie Porter


  • 2 Tbsp Black Peppercorns
  • 1 tsp White Peppercorns Optional
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 4 Sashimi Grade Tuna Steaks
  • 1+ Tbsp Wasabi Powder*
  • 2 Tbsp Water*
  • 2 tsp Rice Vinegar
  • ½ tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil


  • In a spice grinder or with a mortar & pestle, grind peppercorns, sesame seeds, and salt together until it becomes a relatively fine powder. Spread mixture on a plate.
  • One at a time, press tuna steaks into the spice mixture, coating both sides. Use hands to press additional spice mixture into any areas missed, Set tuna steaks aside.
  • In a saucepan (NOT over heat!), whisk together wasabi powder and water until smooth, allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • When 5 minutes have passed, whisk in rice vinegar, soy sauce, and heavy cream. Turn burner heat on to medium, heat sauce just to a simmer. Allow to simmer gently for 5 minutes, as you prepare the tuna steaks.
  • Heat olive oil in a nonstick fry pan or skillet. Gently transfer tuna steaks to the pan, leaving at least 1″ space between each.
    Cook for a minute and a half on the first side, then flip and cook a minute and a half on the second side. This will give you a nice rare tuna steak – cook for longer if you prefer it to be more cooked.
  • Slice tuna steaks, fan them out, and serve with wasabi cream sauce.


* If you don’t have wasabi powder, use ~ 2 Tbsp prepared wasabi, omitting the water.


Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 464mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3393IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 2mg