Tuna Steaks with Lemon-Parsley Butter

Very easy recipe for a flavorful pan-seared tuna steak that takes just 5 minutes to cook. Lemon and parsley butter, and pepper crust are perfect with this fish.
Tuna Steaks with Lemon-Parsley Butter


  • 3 tuna steaks
  • 3 tablespoons butter (unsalted, softened)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons parsley (dry)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper (ground)
  • salt
Prep time:
3 minutes
Cook time:
5 minutes
Total time:
8 minutes
Yield: 3 Servings | Prep time: 3 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes | Total time: 8 minutes


1. In a small bowl, combine butter, lemon juice and parsley. Form a butter ball.
2. Wash tuna steaks and pat dry with paper towels. Season with salt on all sides. Put black pepper on a small plate. Coat tuna sides with black pepper, gently pressing it in.
3. Heat oil in a thick-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat. Sear tuna steaks for about 2 minutes per side (or until the desired doneness is reached), turn off the heat and add butter mixture.
Tuna Steaks with Lemon-Parsley Butter photo instruction 1
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4. Spoon melted butter over the steaks and serve immediately.
Tuna Steaks with Lemon-Parsley Butter photo instruction 3

Products I recommend for this recipe



Parsley Flakes

Parsley Flakes
Olive Oil

Olive Oil

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Bonita Esquibel January 9, 2021 8:50 PM
Made this tonight It tuned out very good.

alenatrs February 24, 2022 10:10 PM
Great! Glad to hear you liked these tuna steaks! - Alena

Guest November 6, 2020 6:26 PM
Tried this today and was very pleased with the results. Will be making this again and telling others about this recipe!

Guest November 1, 2020 1:30 AM
This is the best recipe! We make it regularly now, after trying it a few months ago. We put chives in the lemon butter instead of parsley.

This was wonderful!

liliaKY March 5, 2014 10:08 PM
I am definitely adding this one to my recipe box.


pugovka March 3, 2014 10:00 PM
Great recipe! Wonderful flavor. Served with salad. Mmm.

Easy and fantastic!

elin7 February 23, 2014 10:49 AM
I'd never cooked tuna steaks before, so I was I little bit nervous. Followed the recipe exactly and they turned out excellent! Simple and healthy! My family enjoyed eating them. Can't wait to make them next week when my in-laws come.

A big hit

Guest June 18, 2022 4:24 AM
Made this for dinner last night and they cane out perfect. Very tasty and super easy!

alenatrs June 18, 2022 6:41 PM
Glad to hear you enjoyed these tuna steaks, thanks for leaving your feedback! - Alena

We loved it

Guest April 8, 2022 8:46 PM

Tuna steaks

Guest April 1, 2022 12:25 PM
First time to cook fresh tuna what a wonderful recipe thankyou so much ❤️

alenatrs April 1, 2022 4:57 PM
You are very welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed these tuna steaks. - Alena

Really tasty!

Guest February 24, 2022 12:10 PM
Today is the second time I will be cooking this! My whole family loves it, it is really tasty and succulent! I am serving with plain jacket potatoes and mixed vegetables. I will certainly cook this again and will recommend it. Thanks for the recipe!

Tuna Fish

Guest October 5, 2021 3:00 AM
Tuna is a very interesting saltwater species that is widely found all over the world. The fish mainly belongs to the Scombridae family and dwells in warm seas. However, consuming tuna fish is very helpful for our health. This is why we should eat the fish at least thrice a week.

Guest August 18, 2021 2:01 AM
We tried this recipe on small tuna steaks. Every single one was devoured. I had some concern coating the outside edge with black pepper since half the family avoids spice although we found it flavors very well with the lemon and the remainder of the tuna.

alenatrs August 18, 2021 9:59 PM
Thank you for this great review! So good to know you enjoyed this tuna steaks recipe! - Alena

Tuna Steaks

Guest June 27, 2021 10:29 PM
ThNk you for a great, easy recipe! I’m a novice at cooking fish (other than fish chowder!) This recipe is delicious, and I have all ingredients on hand!

alenatrs June 28, 2021 9:58 PM
You're very welcome! Thank you for your wonderful review! - Alena

Lovely flavour

Guest March 23, 2021 12:15 AM
I tried this recipe and even my kids loved it and asked for more. Couldn't be happier with the results.

alenatrs April 5, 2021 6:34 PM
Awesome! I hope that you and your family will love every recipe that you try from here ;) - Alena

Tuna steaks

Guest January 20, 2021 6:12 AM
These were delicious. I played with the seasoning a bit but overall, very good & so easy. Pairs well with just about anything.

alenatrs January 20, 2021 9:04 AM
That's so great to hear that you liked these tuna steaks! Thank you for your wonderful comment! - Alena

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