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17 Best Tuna Steak Recipes for Fish Lovers

These terrific tuna steak recipes are sure to hit the spot.

So whether you’re craving spicy tuna tacos, grilled kebabs, or a fresh Mediterranean pasta salad, I’ve got you covered.

Grilled Sesame Tuna Steak with Green Beans
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Easy Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks and More!

Did you know that a single Atlantic Bluefin tuna fish weighs over 500 pounds?

That’s a lot of tuna! Yet, we often only eat tuna from a can.

Let’s change that, shall we? Because tuna steaks are thick, meaty, and to die for.

So what are you waiting for? Make one of these tuna steak recipes asap!

1. Garlic Herb Tuna Steak Marinade 

The trick to a perfectly seasoned tuna steak that almost tastes like beef steak lies in the marinate.

And this marinade is so simple, you likely have all the ingredients on hand already. 

Seasonings such as garlic, lemon juice, fresh herbs, cumin, and honey infuse the fish within 30 minutes.

Then, pop it on the grill or sear it in a pan until it is meaty, flaky, and delicious. 

2. Grilled Tuna Steaks With Asian Sesame Crust 

Nothing pairs better with grilled tuna than rich and salty Asian seasonings. That said, what makes the tuna sing in this dish is that crunchy sesame crust.

After marinating, coat the fish with black and white sesame seeds for a yummy crunch and slightly nutty flavor.

These steaks are not only delicious, but they’re also stunning.

Toss slices over greens for a light lunch, or pair the steak with rice for a filling, yet light, dinner option.  

3. Six-Minute Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks 

Are you short on time? That doesn’t mean you have to settle for a sad microwave dinner.

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These simple and flavorful tuna steaks cook up in only six minutes!

Sink the tuna steaks in honey, sesame, and cayenne pepper for massive amounts of flavor.

It takes seconds to whisk together in the morning, and then you can leave it all day in the fridge.

When dinner time rolls around, sear the steak on the stove for one and a half minutes per side, and rest for 3 minutes before slicing. 

How easy is that?

4. Spice-Rubbed Seared Tuna Steaks With Balsamic Reduction

These flavorful and firey seared tuna steaks will make you rethink your love of beef.

They pack a spicy and savory punch from the dry rub and cook to perfection on the stovetop. 

The warm notes from the rub pair perfectly with the sweetness of a simple balsamic reduction.

It takes a few extra steps to make the reduction, but the final dish is worth it. 

5. Grilled Blackened Tuna Steak with Mango Avocado Salsa 

This recipe is light, bright, and perfect for summer.

It packs a powerful flavor punch – especially if you make your own blacked seasoning from staples from your pantry.

Of course, to save time, you can always use pre-packaged blackened seasoning. 

Either way, it’s spicy, meaty, and incredibly savory.

Pair it with a light mango and avocado salsa, and it’s magic on a plate. Eat it alone for a carb-free meal, or pair it with rice and crisp summer veggies. Yum!

6. Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl 

This ahi tuna poke bowl has a little bit of everything.

It’s sweet, spicy, meaty, crunchy, and perfect on a hot summer day when you don’t want to fire up the stove.

Yes, that’s right- the tuna in this poke bowl is raw!

Raw tuna is perfectly safe to eat as long as you buy sushi-grade tuna.

Sushi-grade means extra steps were taken in the preparation process to ensure it’s safe to eat raw. 

And how amazing does it look?

7. Baked Tuna Steaks 

If you don’t have time for marinades, this baked tuna recipe is the perfect option for a busy weeknight.

It’s tender, meaty, savory, and one of my go-to recipes with Herbs de Provence.

There’s no chopping or elaborate prep, and it all comes together on a single pan. 

Easy peasy.

8. Seared Ahi Tuna Tacos 

Move over, ground beef, there’s a new taco fave in town!

These seared ahi tuna tacos are rich and meaty with a delightful crunch from Asian slaw.

Sear the tuna just slightly to retain that bright wine-red center. You’ll love how the colors pop against green cilantro and sliced jalapeños. 

These tacos feature classic taco seasoning with a bright finish that feels light yet satisfying.

Drizzle with plenty of lime juice and top with fresh herbs. Delish!

9. Tuna Tartare 

Are you feeling brave? How about trying your hand at this restaurant-quality tuna dish?

Tuna tartare is nothing to be scared of, as long as you ensure you take the proper steps in preparation.

When done right, tuna tartare is rich and satisfying and the perfect meal for a hot summer night. 

Again, be sure to use sushi-grade tuna. You’ll toss it in a salty, spicy, and acidic marinade.

Arrange the tuna cubes atop a bed of chopped avocado for a creamy yet filling dinner. 

10. Seared Tuna Salad with Wasabi Butter Sauce 

It can be a challenge to recreate restaurant dishes a home. And that’s especially true of Japanese cuisine.

However, this seared tuna salad with wasabi butter comes pretty close!

The super-simple panko coating pairs perfectly with rich wasabi butter, making this tuna steak utterly delicious. 

When cooked, slice the tuna steaks and place them over a bed of crisp greens. Top with a generous portion of wasabi butter, and dig in!

11. Grilled Tuna Kebabs 

Grilled kebabs aren’t just for beef steak and chicken, ya know?!

Swapping these for tuna yields rich, meaty, grilled kebabs overloaded with summertime flavors!

Be sure to marinate the tuna steaks for at least an hour – but overnight works best.

Skewer the tuna cubes with rich veggies such as red onion, bell peppers, mushrooms, and lemons.

They cook on the grill in under 20 minutes and are insanely delicious!

12. Spicy Tuna Roll 

I won’t lie – sushi rolls are hard to make at home.

Layering ingredients perfectly on rice and rolling? They taste good but look a little messy.

Luckily, this spicy tuna roll delivers all those signature flavors, and it’s super easy!

The spicy tuna filling is heavenly and easier than you think to roll into a sushi log.

It’s a fun activity to make with friends. Just be sure to take pictures!

13. Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice 

Impress the guests at your next dinner party with this copycat Nobu spicy tuna crispy rice recipe (try saying that three times fast!).

It layers crispy rice with tender tuna and creamy avocado. And yes, the crispy rice looks complicated, but it’s surprisingly easy!

Layer seasoned sticky rice in a cake pan and pop it in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then, cut the rice into squares, and sear it on the stove.

Layer with spicy tuna and avocado, then sit back and wait for your friends to sing your praises.

14. Mediterranean Tuna Pasta

This Mediterranean tuna pasta salad is rich in flavors and ensures no one goes hungry.

Seared tuna steaks over rich pasta in red sauce paired with plenty of veggies? Sign me up! 

This dish is filling, yet the light flavors don’t feel too heavy.

The red pepper flakes add a bit of spice, while anchovies provide a rich and salty umami flavor. It’s super delish and must-make this summer.

15. Cheesy Tuna Pasta Bake 

This cheesy tuna bake tastes like a classic tuna melt in a casserole dish.

It’s so simple to whip up on a busy weeknight, and the leftovers should get you out of making lunch the following day. 

The cheesy pasta sauce pairs wonderfully with rich veggies such as mushrooms and leeks.

Better still, it only takes around 20-25 minutes to come together. 

16. Tuna Steak With Lemon Caper Sauce 

Are you looking for a light summer meal that comes together quickly? This recipe is it!

This super simple tuna steak with lemon caper sauce is bright, light, and tastes like summer on a plate.

It only takes 25 minutes to pull together, but it tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen. 

The star of the show is the light and lemony caper sauce that accents the tuna so nicely.

It infuses lemon juice (fresh is always best), capers for saltiness, and a dash of salt and pepper. Delish!

17. Honey and Soy Seared Tuna Steak with Pak Choi 

If you’re on the hunt for a healthy summer dish that’s actually filling, this honey and soy seared tuna steak with pak choi is a fantastic option. 

It’s simple, light, and jam-packed with Asian flavors.

While the tuna marinates, cook the pak choi until it’s a little seared on the edges.

If you can’t find pak choi, Chinese cabbage or Napa cabbage works well.

In a separate pan, sear the freshly marinated tuna until golden and delicious, and serve. 

17 Best Ways To Cook Tuna Steaks

Whether you’re craving spicy tuna tacos, grilled kebabs, or a fresh Mediterranean pasta salad, these terrific tuna steak recipes are sure to hit the spot.

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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