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A Coconut Crusted Tuna Steak on a white plate with broccoli and a sweet potato.
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Pan Seared Coconut Crusted Tuna Steak

Full of citrus and toasted coconut flavor, this coconut crusted tuna steak is as easy to make as it is delicious!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
chilling time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Easy Main Course
Cuisine: Asian Inspired
Keyword: coconut tuna steak, pan seared tuna steak
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 480kcal
Author: Renee - Kudos Kitchen


For the tuna steaks;

  • 3 4-5 ounce tuna steaks
  • 2 tablespoons prepared ponzu sauce
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil or other light colored oil. Not olive oil.

For the Dipping sauce;

  • 3 tablespoons prepared hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared ponzu sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest


  • In a shallow dish or pan, pour 3 tablespoons ponzu and 2 tablespoons orange juice over the tuna steaks. 
  • Season the steaks to taste with salt and pepper. 
  • Flip to coat both sides of the fish with the sauce.
  • Set aside and allow the steaks to marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  • In another shallow dish or bowl, combine the coconut flakes, panko, orange zest, ginger, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Mix well to combine.
  • Press the marinated tuna steaks firmly into the coconut coating to coat all sides. 
  • Place the coated steaks on a plate or baking sheet and refrigerate the coated steaks for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and chill.
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. 
  • Add the coated tuna steaks and cook on both sides until your preferred doneness (approximately 5 minutes per side, for medium doneness).
  • Serve hot along with the chilled sauce for dipping.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Sodium: 1531mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g