25 Feb

Recipe Idea: Cap’n Crunch Seared Tuna

captain 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.}

captain crunch seared tuna

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

captain 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!

captain 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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