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Grilled Tuna Steaks with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Recipe

Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Feeds 2
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Tuna is one of our most popular seafood items, and it is perfect to quickly grill. This recipe combines the rich grilled tuna flavor with a fresh pesto for a bright, flavorful combination. This recipe has you make a fresh pesto at home that uses sun dried tomatoes to add a bit of bright tomato flavor to the dish. You can use a store bought pesto instead to save time if you would prefer not to make your own, no big deal! Let us know what you think of this recipe, and if you made any tweaks in the comments below!


  • 2 Tuna Steaks (each 6 – 8 oz)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 2 cup Basil
  • 1/4 cup Pine Nuts (toasted)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 cup Sun Dried Tomato (chopped)


  1. Preheat your grill to 400ºF (medium high heat) and set it up for direct heat cooking. While the grill is preheating, season the tuna steaks with salt and pepper, and lightly brush both sides with olive oil. When the grill is hot, place the tuna steaks on the grill and sear on both sides for 2-3 minutes per side. Once done cooking, remove from grill, and let rest.

  2. Add garlic, basil, and pine nuts to a food processor, and pulse until finely chopped. Slowly pour in 1/2 cup of olive oil while the blender is still running, and blend until you reach a smooth consistency. Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl, and stir in the parmesan cheese, then the chopped sun dried tomatoes.

  3. Slice the tuna into approximately 1/2″ slices, and spoon the pesto over the tuna. Enjoy!

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