Tuna Steak Recipe with Bean Salad and Preserved Lemon Dressing

Best tuna recipes

Check out our top tuna recipes, including a guide to how to cook tuna and plenty of quick meal ideas using fresh tuna

Looking for tuna recipes? Whether you’re using tuna as part of a simple meal for one, or want to impress your guests with a summery tuna steak recipe, we have you covered. 


We have plenty of fresh tuna recipes that take under half an hour to prepare, making them a healthy option for midweek. From tuna salad recipes to tuna bake or grilled tuna steak, take a look at our easy-to-follow, triple-tested recipes.

How to cook tuna steak

Tuna steaks are one of the easiest cuts of fish to cook as they are sold ready to hit the pan without much prep. Tuna is a firm meaty fish so can stand up to intense direct heat when cooking so is ideal for frying and barbecuing.

To prepare your tuna steak, put on a plate and brush each side with oil. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Tuna is also a great fish for marinating – try a simple mix of lemon juice, olive oil and chilli flakes or mix a little harissa or chipotle paste with oil and brush on before cooking.

Tuna is very similar to regular steak in that it can be served from extremely rare to well done so cooking times will depend on how you like your tuna. Follow these approximate timings to get yours how you like it (thinner steaks will take a little less time).

Rare tuna steak – cook for 30 seconds per side.

Medium tuna steak – cook for 1-2 minutes per side.

Well-done tuna steak – cook for 3 minutes per side.

If frying your tuna steak, choose a solid heavy based frying or chargrill and heat until very hot before cooking so the steak sears rather than steams. If cooking on a BBQ cook over direct heat. Once cooked it’s best to leave tuna to rest loosely under foil for 3-4 minutes before serving.

Tuna steak recipes

Tuna with marinated tomato and olive salad

Tomatoes and Kalamata olives add real colour and flavour to this vibrant Mediterranean-style tuna salad.

Quick Tuna and Tomato Salad Recipe with Olives

Tuna Confit

Check out this easy yet impressive tuna confit recipe. Confiting the tuna gives it a lovely melting texture – you can serve the fish warm with green beans and a drizzle of balsamic, or cold as the basis of a superior salad niçoise.

Tuna Confit Recipe

Moroccan tuna kebabs with herb and lemon grains

Midweek menu falling flat? Lift your appetite with these Moroccan-spiced tuna kebabs ready in 15 minutes, served with nourishing grains and punchy harissa yogurt.

Tuna Kebab Recipe with Mixed Grains

Tuna steak with bean salad and preserved lemon dressing

Fancy a healthy tuna recipe? This dish is under 400 calories per serving and only takes 20 minutes to make. After preparing the salad, put the tuna steaks in a pan and cook for 30 seconds on each side – quick to cook, healthy to eat. Try more of our quick healthy recipes here…

Tuna Steak Recipe with Bean Salad and Preserved Lemon Dressing

Tuna steaks with chermoula

Impress your dinner guests in only thirty minutes with this tuna steak recipe. Marinate the tuna steaks in Moroccan chermoula for fifteen minutes before leaving the tuna steaks to BBQ. The perfect meal for a family gathering or BBQ with friends.

Tuna pasta recipes

Spicy tuna puttanesca recipe

This simple tuna pasta recipe is a speedy meal for two, taking only fifteen minutes to make. Boil the pasta in one pan, whilst heating SunBlush tomatoes, capers and black olives in another. Allow the vegetables to stew for 5 minutes before adding the tuna. Drain the pasta before mixing the ingredients from both pans to make a healthy, flavoursome meal. Try our top quick and easy pasta recipes here…

Spicy tuna puttanesca recipe

Tuna salad recipes

Chargrilled tuna with crunchy lemon bulgar salad 

Check out this low calorie tuna steak recipe that can be prepared in under thirty minutes. Place the bulgar wheat in a bowl of boiling water and drain well before adding it to the salad. Chargrill the tuna steaks and when finished, place the tuna on top of the bulgar salad for an aesthetic combination of meat and greens.

Tuna Steak Recipe with Bulgur Wheat

Tuna melt and bake recipes

Tuna melt jackets

Looking for a budget-friendly meal that will go down a treat with the whole family? This simple tuna bake recipe requires very little preparation, but is sure to be loved. Cut two oven baked potatoes in half and scoop the insides into a tuna, onion, chive and mayo mixture. Put the tuna mixture into the potatoes and place them in the oven to bake until golden. Within twenty minutes you will have an easy dinner for four.

This tuna bake recipe makes a speedy family meal. Mix cream, milk, tuna and cheese, then layer up the sweet potato and tuna mix before popping the bake in an oven. Leave to cook for 45 minutes and serve when golden. Only taking an hour make, this tuna bake is perfect for anyone looking feed a family after a busy workday or weekend. Make one of our pasta bake recipes here…

Roasted red pepper and tuna panini pizzas

Take a break from your traditional Italian-style pizza with this innovative tuna panini. Lightly heat a ciabatta roll after splitting it in half, and place sliced pepper and parsley on top. Flake the tinned tuna on the roll and add mozzarella before heating. This cheat’s pizza is the ideal lunchtime snack as it only takes 15 minutes to make.

Grilled tuna melts

Grilled tuna melts are the perfect comfort food for a stressful week. Mix the tuna with onions, celery and mayo and spread on the bread before adding cheese and pickle slices. Butter both sides of the bread and take it in turns to heat both on a frying pan. This tuna melt recipe can be ready in under 30 minutes, making it a quick lunchtime snack.

Tuna melt with spring onion confit

They say good things come to those that wait and this tuna melt recipe is no exception to the rule. Gently bake the spring onion in the oven whilst preparing a mixture of tuna, mayo, capers and celery. Lightly grill the muffins before putting the tuna mixture and spring onions on top. For a personal touch, add cheese to pack in extra flavour.

Other tuna recipes

Tuna niçoise pâté

Our tuna niçoise pâté recipe is a great way to wow guests as a dinner party starter. Put tuna, butter, cream and lemon zest in a food processor and blend. Season the mixture and place it in a cling-filmed tin. Leave the mixture in a fridge to cool overnight, and serve the next day with hot toast, olives and capers; the perfect starter to impress your guests in under twenty minutes. More pâté recipes here…

Branch out of your typical canned tuna recipe with this healthy Asian dish. Rub sashimi-grade tuna with groundnut oil, salt and pepper. Sear the tuna for 20 seconds on each side in a non-stick pan, then coat the tuna with mustard and sesame seeds. Leave to cool in the fridge for 20 minutes and you will have a unique tuna dish which amounts to only 211 calories.