Peppercorn Encrusted Tuna with Goat Cheese and Strawberry Vinaigrette

This Peppercorn Encrusted Tuna with Goat Cheese and Strawberry Vinaigrette is so flavorful and really healthy!  Amazing!

Peppercorn Encrusted Tuna recipe

Use sashimi grade tuna if you can…if not…no worries…the searing on each side of the tuna for about 2 minutes (each side), will make these perfect.  The strawberry vinaigrette is a wonderful compliment to the toasted pine nuts, and the wonderful crumbled goat cheese.  Wow…so good.

Peppercorn Encrusted Tuna Salad with Goat Cheese and Strawberry Vinaigrette
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This peppercorn encrusted tuna with goat cheese and strawberry vinaigrette is nothing short of sublime. Healthy. Delicious. A tad bit ridiculous.
Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 8
  • 12 ounces (2 healthy steaks) of sashimi-grade ahi tuna - or just a good cut of fresh tuna
  • 2 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of fresh cracked black peppercorns (enough to crust the tuna)...use a coffee grinder to pulse the peppercorns...(or just use cracked pepper from the super market)
  • ¼ cup black sesame seeds
  • 4 cups of fresh baby spinach
  • 1.2 cup of strawberry vinaigrette...more or less (to taste)
  • ½ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • ½ cup of crumbled goat cheese
  • sweet pea shoots (for garnish) (optional)
  1. Pat the tuna dry with a paper towel
  2. Rub the tuna on all sides with the sesame oil and then coat with the cracked peppercorns
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat
  4. Either spray the pan with olive oil spray or pour in about 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  5. Place the peppercorn encrusted tuna onto the hot skillet
  6. Cook for about 1 to 1 & ½ minutes. Then flip.
  7. Cook for another 1 to 1 & ½ minutes.
  8. Remove from heat, and when it has cooled a bit..cut, against the grain, into thin slices.
  9. In another bowl...add the spinach and add the pine nuts, goat cheese and about ¾ cups of the strawberry vinaigrette. Mix well with your hands.
  10. Place the dressed spinach into a dish.
  11. Add the sliced tuna, in a spiral formation, on top of the salad.
  12. Drizzle a little more of the strawberry vinaigrette over the salad.
  13. Top with a small handful of pea shoots, if using.
  14. Serve and enjoy!!


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