25 Feb

Recipe Idea: Cap’n Crunch Seared Tuna

Recipe Idea: Capn Crunch Seared Tuna

My friend Sam was on the Today show this morning with a recipe idea that sounds totally random but looks super yummy too – not to mention quick & easy (big bonus!).

The recipe is called Cap’n Crunch Seared Tuna – and it’s pretty much exactly that… tuna rolled in crushed cereal crumbs, then quickly seared and served with easy DIY Japanese mayo. {Full recipe below, after the jump.}

Recipe Idea: Capn Crunch Seared Tuna

Here’s a shot of the final product, hot off the pan – just before garnishing with onions and Asian chilli sauce…

Recipe Idea: Capn Crunch Seared Tuna

Click here to watch the video clip online over at the Today website – and to see Al’s reaction to the dish after his taste test!

Recipe Idea: Capn Crunch Seared Tuna

You can also get more of Sam’s recipes over at the Sam the Cooking Guy website – or in his book, Just a Bunch of Recipes. (And if you’re in the San Diego area, be sure to check out his cooking classes – they’re so much fun!)


Cap’n Crunch Seared Tuna
by Sam Zien

(Serves 6 as an appetizer)

Why must cereal only be for breakfast? This might sound crazy, but there’s just something about the sweet crunchy outside and the tangy little mix you make for it.

• 1/4 cup mayonnaise
• 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
• 2 cups regular Cap’n Crunch
• Olive oil
• 1 pound fresh tuna, ideally cut in 2 long rectangular blocks
• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
• Asian chili sauce
• 5 green onions, finely diced

• Mix mayo and mustard — set aside.

• Put the cereal in a large plastic zip bag and crush it really well, you want it like dust

• Lightly oil the tuna, season it with salt and pepper, then press down into the cereal, making sure it’s covered on all sides.

• Heat a nonstick pan really well first and then add about a tablespoon of oil.

• When it just starts to smoke, add the tuna and sear quickly on all sides until lightly browned — if it’s hot enough, probably no more than about 15 seconds a side.

• Remove and slice into 1/2-inch pieces.

• I serve it by spreading the mayo mix on a plate, topping that with the sliced tuna and drizzling a bit of the chili paste around it.

• Top with green onions and make sure you get some of everything in each bite.



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Susan SAYS:

This actually sounds really good! I think I’ll try it this weekend!

Reply February 25, 2009 at 10:55 am

Mypaperhearts SAYS:

I am salivating thinking about this! Too bad my chances of finding quality fresh tuna in New Mexico are questionable at best.

Reply February 25, 2009 at 10:56 am

Hana @ Celebrations SAYS:

Oh my goodness, I am a huge spicy tuna fan, and am always spending tons of money at sushi restaurants… But this looks even bettter, cost-friendly, and they make it so fast! I think im gonna have to try making this myself sometime… delicious!

Reply February 25, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Shari SAYS:

I love Sam! I watch his cooking show on channel 3 in HB!

Reply February 25, 2009 at 7:11 pm

johnny SAYS:

…makes me hungry !!

Reply February 26, 2009 at 9:24 am

Monica SAYS:

I LOVE Sam! Al is a much better host than Kathy, that’s for certain!!!

Reply February 26, 2009 at 10:22 am


Yeah, gonna try it this weekend. I already showed this to my kids, I’ll tell ya they looked a little frightened. I will make them at least try a bite.

Reply February 26, 2009 at 3:06 pm

julia SAYS:

Thank you for sharing the Jenn! I can’t wait to try it. It looks fantastic!

Reply March 5, 2009 at 9:31 am

Anne-Marie Stacey SAYS:

I’ve made this many times and its a HUGE hit with everyone! And best of all – it’s soooooo easy and quick to make.

Reply January 26, 2013 at 8:55 am

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