Grilled Marinated Tuna with Herb Butter

Herb Butter

  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onion, including tops
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon


  1. In small bowl, combine margarine, mustard, onion, parsley and tarragon. Set aside for flavors to blend.

Tuna Steaks

  • 8 tuna steaks
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  1. Prepare Herb Butter as outlined above and set aside.
  2. In small bowl, combine oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, zest, garlic and pepper. Reserve 1/3 cup.
  3. Place steaks in single layer in shallow baking dish. Pour remaining marinade over them. Marinate in refrigerator 45 minutes, turning once.
  4. Place steaks in well-greased hinged wire grill. Cook about 4 inches from heat until done on one side, about 6 minutes. Baste top side with reserved marinade and turn. Cook until done, about 6 minutes. Place on serving dish and spread with Herb Butter.

Recipe from Mariner’s Menu, courtesy of North Carolina Sea Grant.