Tuscan Tuna Steaks 4

It is grill season! Living in Texas we can pretty much grill all year, but something about summer just screams it’s time for easy, light, quick grilled dinners. There is usually very little or no clean up with grilled dinners and everything tends to be rather light and healthy with the exception of ribs. Last night we had two of our three boys home for dinner-during the summer I let night family dinners slide and only require Wednesdays and Sundays for full family sit down dinners.  I found some beautiful tuna steaks at Central Market and decided to use a bright flavorful summery Tuscan rub on them and throw them on the grill. I served them with Trader Joe’s mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. Easy summer dinner!

If you don’t have a grill you need to get one, but if you aren’t able to have a grill you can absolutely place the tuna steaks in a cast iron skillet or baking sheet and bake in oven at 450 degrees for about 8-12 minutes depending on how done you like your tuna.

This rub also works great with chicken or salmon.

Tuscan Tuna Steaks


Grilled Tuscan Tuna Steaks

Enjoy the flavors of Tuscany with these delicious grilled tuna steaks!

Servings 4


  • 4 1" thick tuna steaks, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 lemon zested (outer layer of lemon)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-4 Tablespoons olive oil


  1. Heat grill to medium high

  2. In a small bowl combine lemon zest, rosemary, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle in olive oil until a wet paste forms. You want enough oil in the paste so the steaks do not stick to the grill. 

  3. Rub herb paste over both sides of tuna steaks.  Let sit for 15 minutes at room temperature or up to 3 hours in refrigerator. 

  4. Grill tuna approximately 6-8 minutes a side depending on how done you like your tuna.  About 4 minutes a side for rare. 

Recipe Notes

Be sure to allow your grill to get hot and make sure it is clean so the tuna does not stick to the grates.  

Use a spatula not tongs to flip and be gentle. 

The measurements of the rub do not have to be exact-adjust to your liking. 

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