Whether you’re having a baked, grilled, or seared tuna steak, this rich fish is often a hearty main dish.
This versatile seafood is full of flavors and textures that melt beautifully in the mouth.
Indeed, a great dish deserves good sides. But what should you pair with tuna steak?
If you ask me, the best side dishes for tuna steak will balance its flavor and allow the entree to shine even more.
Ready to get cooking? Here are some of our favorite tuna steak sides that can take your favorite food up a notch.
These homemade parker house rolls are soft and fluffy enough to take your tuna steak up a notch.
The secret to its nice chewy texture is the use of bread flour instead of regular all-purpose flour.
The swirl of butter in the center of these dinner rolls makes the side incredibly mouthwatering.
Plus, they reheat well!
Another bread option that goes well with tuna steak is these parmesan garlic knots.
The refrigerated biscuit dough is rolled into ropes and tied into knots then covered with herbs, butter, and parmesan cheese before being popped in an oven until golden brown.
The result? A buttery, garlicky, and cheesy side!
Rice is always an ideal side dish to have with your meal, whether it’s seafood, beef, or even tuna steak.
It’s straightforward to make, especially if you have a kitchen helper like a rice cooker.
If you don’t have it yet, simply rely on your saucepan.
To make perfect fluffy rice, ensure to get the proper water to a cup of rice ratio. And rinse, rinse, rinse your rice before cooking.
Roasted artichokes are another common accompaniment for tuna steak and they’re fun to eat!
The garlic mayo dip offsets that salty mouthfeel and crispy texture of artichoke leaves, which eventually meld harmoniously with your tuna steak.
Just be sure to scrape out those hairy chokes and pointy leaves inside then squeeze lemon juice on that hole to prevent browning.
These cauliflower fritters are full of crispy texture and garlicky taste that complements well with the savory tuna steak.
Plus, you need only five simple ingredients: cauliflower, all-purpose flour, eggs, garlic, scallions, and olive oil.
Serve them warm topped with yogurt or sour cream and you’re welcome!
If you’re wondering what to serve with ahi tuna steak, this is it!
This roasted butternut squash has that nice smoky flavor and tenderness which blend perfectly with the tuna.
Every bite is like a party in your mouth.
You can sweeten the dish up a bit by adding cinnamon and brown sugar.
What to eat with tuna steaks? How about this roasted Hasselback butternut squash?
This savory side dish may look fancy to you but it’s actually simple to make (yet so good to eat!).
The wonderful combination of sage and butter is unarguably one of the highlights of the side.
The aroma will make your mouth water, lawd. And that presentation, wow.
There’s nothing better than eating a fresh salad filled with creamy avocado, grapefruit, sweet oranges, white balsamic vinaigrette, fresh herbs, and crunchy nuts.
And when you pair the dish with tuna steak? PERFECTION!
The best part? There’s no cooking required and everything is just a bit of slicing and whisking.
When it comes to sides for tuna steak, you can always go with a simple recipe like this bitter green salad.
The whole process of making the dish only takes about 20 minutes, meaning you still have enough time grilling or roasting that tuna steak!
10. Sesame Asparagus
If you’re short on time but still want to serve a complementary side for tuna steak, then this 15-minute asparagus dish should solve your dilemma!
Apart from its simplicity, the recipe can easily be doubled so it’s an ideal side if you’re feeding a crowd.
11. Sauteed Bok Choy
This sauteed bok choy packed with garlic cloves, olive oil, and salt, is sure to jazz up your tuna steak.
It’s quick to whip up yet the flavor is topnotch!
You can experiment with adding other spices and ingredients into your bok choy such as tarragon, cashews, fennel seeds, and rosemary.
12. Broccoli Rabe
Once you serve this Italian-inspired vegetable dish alongside your tuna steak, it will become your new favorite side item for sure.
The red pepper flakes offer a nice mellow heat while the garlic lends a wonderful aroma to this milder-than-big-headed-broccoli side dish.
I’m a huge fan of broccoli rabe (and broccolini) and it definitely needs that salt and garlic to make it pop.
It’s totally worth a try!
If you’re confused about what to serve with tuna steak, give your dish a little royal treatment—choose garlic parmesan Duchess potatoes.
You might find the recipe intimidating, but this little luxurious side is much easier to make than you might think.
Expect some oohs and aahs from your entire family as they spoon up the perfectly browned edges of these potatoes.
14. Roasted Fennel
This roasted fennel is deliciously buttery and crispy, it tastes wonderful with tuna steak!
To create, combine the olive oil and minced garlic and brush it over the sliced fennel.
Sprinkle thyme, salt, and pepper then bake for bake!
After that, you need another 10 minutes to melt the parmesan cheese topping.
15. Grilled Corn
Tuna steak is fully loaded with savory flavors so a simple side like grilled corn is ideal to dial it down a bit.
You can grill the corn directly on the grill fully shucked, but I advise wrapping it with foil or leaving the husks intact so you won’t burn the corn.
Whether it’s chicken breast, pork chops, or tuna steak, these roasted parmesan green beans are my go-to side dish.
Roasting the green beans brings out the flavor of the vegetable which is even enhanced with the addition of parmesan cheese and garlic powder.
Serving these roasted Italian tomatoes with your tuna steak will keep your family on the edge of their seats!
The tomatoes are bursting with flavor coming from Italian seasoning, fresh herbs, and garlic.
To give it a spicy kick, put a dash of red pepper flakes before popping these babies into the oven.
The bottom line
Pro Tip: You should have a raw pink center for tuna steaks when serving or they will come out too dry. One minute or so per side on high heat for one-inch-thick steaks.
Use a meat thermometer to make sure it doesn’t overcook, and that’s 120F or so. Pull off the heat at 115F and it will finish on the plate.
Flavorful, meaty, and tempting, fresh tuna steak is a versatile fish that requires minimal preparation.
When thinking about what to serve with tuna steak, there are actually many different dishes to choose from.
But no matter which side dishes for tuna steak you choose, anything on this list is bound to please!
- Parker House Rolls
- Parmesan Garlic Knots
- Roasted Artichokes
- Cauliflower Fritters
- Roasted Butternut Squash
- Roasted Hasselback Butternut Squash
- Avocado Citrus Salad
- Bitter Greens Salad
- Sesame Asparagus
- Sauteed Bok Choy
- Broccoli Rabe
- Garlic Parmesan Duchess Potatoes
- Roasted Fennel
- Grilled Corn
- Roasted Parmesan Green Beans
- Roasted Italian Tomatoes
- Pick three sides for your steak tuna.
- Gather the ingredients and start the cooking.
- Once cooked, serve the sides alongside your steak tuna dish.