Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles

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Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles

My mother’s the best at marinading meats. Even this past weekend, there was a flurry of texts sent after a dinner at my parents’ house praising her chicken. I don’t know if she just knows a magical ratio of sauces and spices or if its her timing, but she’s a great marinader. Marinader, yup.

Personally, I’m not a great marinader. I think it’s spending many of my formative cooking years as a vegan, I never experimented much with marinades. Tofu doesn’t need much work!

Now, in my old age as a food blogger, I’m experimenting more than ever. Today, I’ll teach you a shortcut marinade that only requires one ingredient (courtesy of Bragg) that even my mother would approve of. Right, ma?

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles

Crusting tuna in sesame seeds adds a beautiful aesthetic and crunchy texture to the fish. To get the seeds to stick, I usually use olive oil or honey, which can add up to 100 extra calories to an otherwise lean protein! The solution? A low-cal marinade!

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles

I’ve been meaning to make a mango-flavored avocado sauce over zucchini noodles. While I started in that direction, I ended up using Bragg‘s Organic Hawaiian Dressing & Marinade to add luscious flavor to the tuna before I crusted it in sesame seeds.

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles

What a success! This sesame-crusted tuna has never tasted this yummy. The sweetness of the mango and pineapple flavors combined with the crunch of the sesame seeds, the creaminess of the avocado and the spicy sesame flavors of the zucchini noodles are just…. well, you can imagine: incredible!

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles

The zucchini noodles are lightly tossed in sesame oil and red pepper flakes to combat the sweetness of the marinade and add more of a zing to every bite. Honestly, without Bragg’s dressing, this dish would not have been the same. I let the tuna sit in the marinade for just 10 minutes and it makes each bite so flavorful!

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles

Bragg is one of my favorite brands – all of their products, like my recipes, come from a healthy standpoint, like their company motto:

You are what you eat, drink, breathe, think, say and do.

This marinade contains the following ingredients:

HawaiianDressing Bragg Dressing

I can’t rave about this recipe any longer, it’s time for you to make it. You won’t know what to dig into first: the tuna, the avocado or the zucchini noodles!

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles

Oh, and in case you’re new to spiralizing, here’s a video on how to spiralize zucchinis:

Note: While Bragg provided these products complimentarily to review for this post, all opinions are my own.

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 1


  • 1 tuna steak
  • 1/4 cup Bragg Hawaiian Dressing & Marinade
  • 2 tbsp white sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 avocado insides sliced out in vertical slivers
  • 1 medium zucchini Blade C


  • Place the tuna steak in a ziplock bag with the marinade and shake. Let marinade in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place a baking tray or plate down and add in the sesame seeds. Mix to combine the seeds and create a thin layer.
  • Once the tuna is done marinading, place one side down onto the seeds and flip over, coating the second side in seeds.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and add in the sesame oil. Once the oil heats, add in the garlic. Cook for 30 seconds and then add in the red pepper flakes and zucchini noodles. Let cook for 2 minutes or until noodles soften.
  • Once you add in the zucchini noodles, place a medium skillet over medium heat and add in the olive oil. Once the oil heats, add in the tuna steak and sear on one side for 1 minute. Flip over, sear for another minute and then remove from the pan and slice into pieces.
  • Plate the zucchini noodles and top with tuna and avocado. Enjoy!

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles


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Carol says:
Ali, this looks so good! I will definitely try it. But where did you find the Bragg marinade? I have their apple cider vinegar and liquid aminos. I'm always looking for gluten free sauces and marinades!
Bragg actually sent it to me! You can find all of their products for order on!
Mmm such a healthy mouthwatering dish. Love anything avocados.
Thank you - avocado is always a go to for me!
Joanne says:
Low-cal AND filled with tons of flavor?! Sounds good to me!! It did always bother me that oil-based marinades were so many calories for so minimal flavor.
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lalit sharma says:
In your blog the recipe is so nice.
claudia says:
Love this recipe! I tried it with shrimp instead of tuna because the fish counter didn't have anything fresh and it was awesome! I added a light drizzle of homemade spicy mayo which really added a lot of flavor. Thanks for posting!
Anonymous says:
You do not have the amount of zucchini listed in your recipe.
Ashley says:
Just love your site and recipes! Would love for you to post the nutrition facts, but it's easy enough to figure it out. Thanks for the great ideas! My spiralizer is basically my new best friend. Made this dish tonight and it's delicious!
Ali Maffucci says:
In the past year, we started posting nutritional information, so those recipes have them! Sorry about the inconvenience.
Valérie says:
Hi there, Is there any alternative to the marinade? I'm in Canada and I don't believe the Bragg's is available here. Thanks!

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