INGREDIENTS for Ahi Tuna:
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
3 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 pounds fresh ahi tuna fillets
1-1/2 cups sesame seeds, toasted
1/4 cup olive oil
INGREDIENTS for Thai Dipping Sauce:
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
1-1/2 Tablespoons Wasabi paste
TO PREPARE Ahi Tuna:
For the tuna, whisk 3/4 cup olive oil, orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, hoisin sauce, honey and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Pour over the tuna in a shallow dish, turning to coat. Marinate, covered, in the refrigerator for 30 minutes; drain. Coat the tuna with the sesame seeds. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Sear the tuna in the hot oil for about 1 minute per side. Cut into bite-sized pieces and thread on skewers. Serve with the sauce.
TO PREPARE Thai Dipping Sauce:
For the sauce, mix the soy sauce, vinegar and gingerroot in a bowl. Add the wasabi paste and stir until dissolved.
NOTE: Sesame seeds give this Asian-inspired dish a nutty flavor.