Tuna Steaks with Lemon Pepper Butter

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Lemon Pepper Butter:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

2 tablespoons lemon zest

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


Nonstick, nonflammable cooking spray

8 slices your favorite bread

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

8 (6 to 8-ounce) 1-inch thick tuna steaks

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Caramelized Lemon Slices, for garnish, recipe follows

Caramelized Lemons:




  1. For the lemon pepper butter: In a small bowl, combine the butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, pepper, and garlic powder, stirring until smooth. Cover and chill.
  2. For the tuna: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat, about 350 degrees F. Spray the grill rack with nonstick, nonflammable cooking spray.
  3. Brush the bread slices evenly with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Grill the bread until toasted, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and set aside.
  4. Brush the tuna evenly with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle each steak evenly with salt and pepper. Grill the tuna for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until desired degree of doneness. Place each tuna steak over 1 slice grilled bread. Top each tuna steak with desired amount of lemon pepper butter. Garnish with Caramelized Lemon Slices, if desired. Serve immediately.

Caramelized Lemons:

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Slice the lemons. Dip the cut side down into a bowl of sugar. Place on the grill, cut-side down, and grill until caramelized, 2 to 3 minutes.
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