How to Cook Tuna Steaks in a Pan

Updated February 21, 2017

Tuna contains the omega-3 oil valued by many; some tuna can contain as much as 300 mg per serving. Tuna is an oily fish that also contains a high amount of vitamin D. The fish can be seared, baked, grilled, smoked or pan fried. It can be cooked rare and served in a variety of styles. Tuna is an alternative to other seafood and red meat.

Pour the lemon juice onto the tuna steak and set aside for 15 minutes.

Melt the butter in a skillet on medium. Add salt, pepper and garlic to the pan.

Place the tuna steak in the pan and cook to desired doneness. Cut the tuna in the centre and see how much red is present. The centre should be slightly red, because the tuna will cook a little longer once it is taken off the heat. Do not overcook.

Remove the tuna from the heat, and let the tuna sit for five minutes.

Serve with parsley as a garnish.


Try flavours other than lemon if you desire.


Make sure your fish is fresh for the best results.

Things You'll Need

  • Tuna steak
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice per steak
  • Salt (as desired)
  • Pepper (as desired)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder per steak
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Launie Sorrels is a veteran who has worked as a chef and has more than two decades of martial arts training. His writing has developed from his experience as a quality assurance manager for Microsoft and IBM. Sorrels has a degree in computer science and is currently working on his journalism degree.