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Episode 6: Harakeke and Sesame-Crusted Tuna

Tuna loin crusted in harakeke, white sesame seeds, dried wakame seaweed, with soy, ginger & garlic, flash grilled on the BBQ, on a bed of rocket, seaweed, coriander & spring onions salad and a smoky lime crema sauce.

Harakeke and Sesame-Crusted Tuna from My Kitchen Rules New Zealand

Vicki & Pascal from My Kitchen Rules


Tuna Loin

  • 500g tuna loin

  • Tuna crust:

    • 1⁄2 cup black harakeke seeds

    • 1⁄2 cup white sesame seed (untoasted)

    • 1⁄4 cup furikake seasoning

    • Salt & pepper to season

    • 1x knob of fresh ginger grated

    • 1⁄4 cup light soy sauce

    • 3x fresh garlic cloves


  • Fresh rocket

  • Salt flakes

  • Black pepper

  • Wakame seaweed (seaweed salad defrosted)

  • Bunch fresh coriander rough chopped

  • 1 spring onion frond finely sliced

  • Salad dressing:

    • 1 lemon juiced

    • 1 lime juiced

    • 1x fresh red chili sliced (de-seeded if required)

    • Dash rice wine vinegar

    • Dash mirin

    • Dash sesame seed oil

    • 1 tsp caster sugar

    • 1 tsp dried chili flakes

Lime Crema

  • Few drops of maple or hickory smoked liquid essence

  • 1⁄4 cup Kewpie Mayonnaise

  • Juice and zest of one lime


  • Trim the tuna loin to a desired shape and put aside in a dish with the soy, ginger and garlic to marinate for 10 mins.

  • Make the tuna crust out of all the dry ingredients.

  • Roll the marinated tuna in the crust and set aside.

  • Mix the salad greens together in another bowl with the dressing ingredients. Set aside.

  • Blitz the lime crema ingredients together and set aside in another bowl.

  • Heat up the grill with a little oil and lightly sear the tuna evenly on each side. This is a short process as you want the tuna to stay nice and pink on the inside.

  • Rest the tuna for a few minutes.


To assemble, start with the salad as a base, thinly slice the tuna and lay on top of the salad. Top with a good dollop of crema and serve.

Wine Match

Serve alongside a glass of fresh Ara Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy!

As seen on MKR New Zealand and TVNZ 2


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