Grilled Tuna with Butter and Basil Spread and Fresh Tomato Sauce

Grilled Tuna with Butter and Basil Spread and Fresh Tomato Sauce

  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total: 45 min
  • Serving: 4 Servings

The tuna in this recipe is grilled to perfection and then topped with a creamy butter and basil spread, followed by a sweet and savory red sauce. Just delicious!


  • For Butter & Basil:
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • For Tomato Sauce:
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • For the Tuna:
  • 4 (6-ounce) tuna steaks (about 1 inch thick)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 basil leaves (optional)


  1. Prepare grill on medium-high heat and spray grill rack with cooking spray.
  2. For the butter and basil, combine the basil leaves, butter, lemon juice, salt and garlic in a food processor and process until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  3. In a medium-sized sauté pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the onion and the garlic and sauté, stirring frequently for 2-1/2 minutes and then add the tomatoes and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Pour in the wine, capers, vinegar and sugar and turn up heat to high until mixture begins to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the parsley.
  5. Sprinkle the tuna with salt and pepper and grill for about 5 minutes on each side turning once. Place on a plate and spread with the butter and basil, then spoon on the red sauce. Serve immediately.

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