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Pan-Fried Tomato & Tuna Steak

This is an easy tuna steak recipe with fresh tomatoes and parsley – it’s ready in less than 30 minutes! This simple dish does need a lot – the combination of the tomatoes and herbs is perfect with the tuna. It’s an easy weeknight dinner you can serve with salad and bread on the side.

Tuna steaks in a pan.


Some of my most favorite recipes are almost not even recipes. They have so few ingredients I don’t even need to pull out the recipe to remember how to make them. This pan-fried tuna steak recipe is one of those dishes.

Just five ingredients and 25 minutes to make it – that’s it. The tuna cooks very fast and all you need to add are some fresh tomatoes and parsley. The tomatoes burst and release their juices as they cook creating a light sauce with the olive oil. The parsley adds lots of freshness. It really is a wonderful dish.

I especially love it when tomatoes are in season and the weather is still warm before fall arrives. It’s light and flavorful and once you try it you’ll have it memorized, too.


  • Tuna steaks – mine were about an inch (2.5cm) thick
  • Olive oil
  • Minced garlic cloves
  • Sliced grape tomatoes
  • Finely chopped Italian parsley

How to Make It

Combine the oil, garlic, tomatoes, and half of the parsley in a large pan. Cook them for three to five minutes over medium-high heat.

Tomatoes in a frying pan before and after cooked.

Place the tuna steaks in the pan and cook them for two to three minutes on each side. To serve, place the steaks on plates and spoon the tomatoes and light sauce over the top. Garnish with the rest of the chopped parsley.

Adding the tuna steaks to the pan.

How rare should tuna steaks be?

You can cook them all the way through, but I think tuna steaks are best medium-rare or still a little pink in the center. They can dry out if they are overcooked.

Recipe Tips

I don’t add salt to this dish because the tuna is a salty fish. If you feel like it needs salt, add a pinch or two at the end of the cooking time.

You can use any kind of tomato for this recipe, but I like grape or cherry tomatoes because they are a little sweeter. If you use larger tomatoes you will need to cut them into bite-sized pieces.

You can switch the parsley for another fresh herb like torn basil leaves, fresh thyme, or sliced chives.

Leftover pan-fried tuna steaks will keep for three to four days in the refrigerator.

Tuna steak with pasta on a white plate.

Side Dish Ideas

It doesn’t get any easier than this simple tuna steak recipe. It’s always a favorite at our house – it will be at yours, too. Give it a try and be sure to let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Tuna steaks in a pan.

More Easy Recipe with Tuna

Tuna steaks in a pan.

Pan Fried Tomato & Tuna Steak Recipe

Rosemary Molloy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 servings
Calories 373 kcal


  • 2 tuna steaks (about 1 inch / 2.5 cm thick)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 10 grape tomatoes (sliced in half lengthwise)
  • 1-1½ tablespoons fresh Italian parsley finely chopped (divided)


  • In a medium/large frying pan add the oil, garlic, tomatoes and half the parsley, cook 3-5 minutes on medium high heat, add the tuna steaks and cook 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve immediately. Enjoy!


Because tuna can be a salty fish you may not want to add any additional salt.
The internal temperature for cooked tuna should be 130 – 145F (55-62C).
Leftover pan-fried tuna steaks will keep for three to four days in the refrigerator.


Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 463mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4006IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious and so easy! Thank you! I sprinkled the fish with the a little lemon pepper while it cooked .Otherwise made it exactly as the recipe called for.

  2. 5 stars
    This was fabulous! I used fresh parsley from my garden. I also seared the tomatoes, garlic, parsley in my homemade lemon, garlic, basil oil instead of just straight olive oil. I didn’t have the cherry tomatoes so I used a Roma tomato diced up. I seasoned the tuna steak with a lemon pepper seasoning before adding to the pan… Then I served it all over a veggie noodle and topped with some grated parmigiana/ Romano cheese.

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