Seared Sesame Tuna Bites – A Quick Canapé

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These Seared Sesame Tuna Bites are so simple, so delicious and so beautiful. If you need a party nibble then these are the perfect quick canapé.

Close up of the seared sesame tuna cubes, on a white platter with champagne in the background.

The beautiful tuna is coated with a drizzle of sesame oil, dipped into sesame seeds and seared in a super hot pan so the sesame seeds form a delicious crust. Served with soy sauce they make the perfect quick canapé. And in my opinion when it comes to parties a canapé is the perfect party bite. Anything that means you can pick up a delicate piece of food, eat it in one bite and never have to put your glass down. PARTY WIN!

Over head shot of Seared Sesame Tuna bites, sat on a white platter, with bamboo skewers on the side.

The outside of these Seared Sesame Tuna Bites has a lovely sesame crust but the inside is still juicy and pretty much raw. So you need to ensure you buy sushi grade tuna for these little bites. Just ask your fishmonger about it.

This dish takes minutes to make and can be served hot, warm or cold. Making it wonderful for a party. A glass of champagne, a seared sesame tuna bite and your guest will instantly feel welcome.

I like to use black and white sesame seeds as I just love the colour combo on these Tuna Bites, but you can totally use which ever you have in the cupboard. Don’t add work by taking an extra trip to the shops!

Full screen shot of the party platter. Seared Sesame Tuna Bites on a white platter, with skewers to serve and champagne served in coupe glasses.

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Square small picture of Seared Sesame Tuna Bites on a white platter. Rare tuna encrusted with white and black sesame seeds.
4.84 from 6 votes

Seared Sesame Tuna Bites - A Quick Canapé

These Seared Sesame Tuna Bites are so simple, so delicious and so beautiful. If you need a party nibble then these are the perfect quick canapé.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Modern Australian
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 36 bites
Calories 45 kcal


  • 2/3 cup sesame seeds (white, black or mixture of both)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 20 oz tuna steaks (usually this is 3-4 steaks about 1 inch thick)


  1. Place sesame seeds on a plate. And mix together if using white and black.
  2. Pour the two oils together in a seperate plate.
  3. Pat the tuna dry and then dip it or brush it with the oil mixture.
  4. Transfer it to the sesame seeds and turn to give it an even coating on both sides.
  5. Place a fry pan over medium-high heat, and once it is smoking add the tuna steaks.
  6. Cook for 30 seconds on one side and flip and cook for a further 30 seconds.
  7. Remove from the pan and use a super sharp knife to cut the tuna into bite sized chunks.
  8. Arrange on a serving platter with soy sauce to dip.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional Information is based on 1 bite.



Nutrition Facts
Seared Sesame Tuna Bites - A Quick Canapé
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 6.9%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Such a great party recipe indeed! Pinned it to my entertainment board – too good not to! And i love the beautiful pink colour, totally gorgeous.

    1. Reply

      Thank you for the pin Tania 😀

  2. Reply

    I love fresh tuna and these canapes are a perfect appetizer for any elegant party. Love how easy these are to make and they are so pretty on a platter.

    1. Reply

      I agree Ali, I think it is the vivid colours, they just look special 😀

  3. Reply

    I tried making seared sesame tuna once and let me tell you mine did not look nowhere near as pretty as yours! Delicious! 🙂

    1. Reply

      Oh thank you Julia!
      I find the key is to keep the steaks whole whilst you cook them and then cut them into bites once they are cooked. It makes it much easier to flip them and get them out of the pan quickly.

    • Soniya
    • March 6, 2018

    Oh my goodness!! They looks absolutely amazing.. I am gawking and drooling while commenting 😉🤣

    1. Reply

      They are always a hit, I think because the colours are so striking!

    • Tara
    • March 6, 2018

    How gorgeous and elegant! I love that combination of black and white sesame seeds for the crust.

    1. Reply

      Elegant but super easy and quick 😉
      Thank you for stopping by x

  4. Reply

    I am a huge fan of tuna, but in all honesty I have never tried it like this before, but this sounds so amazing and easy to make, I will be trying this 🙂

    1. Reply

      If you like tuna then I am sure this will be a hit. It is so simple! 😀

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