Tuna is an amazing food, but what to serve with ahi tuna can be quite a tricky question. It can be hard to find a good side dish that matches the exquisite flavors of the tuna.
Don’t worry, though. We can help you find the best side dishes to serve with ahi tuna to make a fantastic meal.
Tuna is an interesting food to create a meal around. It can be served with Asian-inspired side dishes or fall into the classic American food category. Tuna is so versatile! That is one reason why so many people love it!
Ahi Tuna Sides: Recipes You’ll Love
We have gathered together 25 of the best side dishes to serve with tuna steaks. There is something on this list that everyone will love!
Our simple sauteed Brussels sprouts are a delicious side to serve with tuna steak. Pairing a hearty ahi tuna steak with tender, healthy veggies is a fantastic idea.
Vegetable side dishes really round out a tuna meal. Our Brussels are cooked with salt, pepper, and a little coconut oil, giving them a nice tropical flavor. Cook your tuna with coconut oil to make the flavors match!
Be sure to let the Brussels sprouts crisp slightly in the pan. This little bit of crunch will make them even tastier.
2. Green Beans
Tender, juicy green beans are a wonderful vegetable to serve with tuna. We especially love this recipe for green beans with sliced almonds from Cookie and Kate.
Fresh green beans are trimmed and sauteed with butter, shallots, and spices. Sliced almonds are toasted in the pan as well, adding a beautiful nutty flavor.
The taste of the almonds goes perfectly with ahi tuna steaks. You may even want to make more buttered almonds to put right on top of the seared ahi tuna!
Delicious green beans will make your tuna meal complete. This side dish is incredibly healthy, so you can feel good about asking for a second serving.
3. Pasta Salad
Fresh pasta salad is always a delicious side dish choice! This easy pasta salad recipe from Love and Lemons is full of bright, Mediterranean flavors that taste great with a seared tuna steak.
Cooked pasta is tossed with a dressing made with olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt.
Tomatoes, fresh basil, chickpeas, cucumbers, and feta cheese are mixed into the pasta bowl. Fresh mint makes the pasta salad bright and irresistible!
Make this pasta salad a day in advance, so the noodles have time to absorb all the flavors of the dressing and veggies. Place your cooked tuna steak right on the pasta for a pretty, tasty meal.
Baked sweet potatoes are a very easy and healthy side dish to serve with tuna steak. A roasted sweet potato can help bulk up your tuna dinner, making it more hearty and filling.
We love this simple sweet potato recipe from Downshiftology that you can put together in a matter of minutes.
A little salt, pepper, and butter are all you need to liven up the baked sweet potatoes. Choose potatoes that are about the same size, so they bake at the same time.
Then, the sweet potatoes are pricked and wrapped with foil to slow roast in the oven. Pop your tuna steaks into the oven at the end of the baking time to roast them as well.
The sweet potatoes will be hot and ready to serve alongside tuna steak dinners in about an hour!
A healthy cucumber salad is perfect to serve with tuna steak. We especially love this Asian-style cucumber salad from Rasa Malaysia. It will complement the flavor of your tuna perfectly!
Freshly sliced cucumbers are tossed with garlic, apple cider vinegar, Korean chili powder, sesame seeds, and a few other flavorings. The longer the cucumbers sit in the marinade, the better they will taste!
You may want to consider tossing some sliced raw fish in with the salad. This will make your tuna steak into a poke-style bowl.
Tender mushrooms are stuffed with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and garlic. They will melt in your mouth with cheesy goodness. Cream cheese stuffed mushrooms also pair so well with tuna steaks!
We love making these cream cheese stuffed mushrooms from Inspired Taste. Use baby portobello mushrooms that are meaty and filling. Crispy panko breadcrumbs are the perfect topping for the mushrooms.
Tuna steaks go very well with citrus fruit flavors. Pairing your typical tuna steak with a winter citrus salad will transform your meal completely, making it exciting and delicious.
Try this citrus and pomegranate fruit salad from Once Upon a Chef. There are multiple citrus fruits mixed together to create a uniquely flavored fruit salad. The pretty pink pomegranate seeds are a beautiful touch!
Potato chips are an easy side dish to serve with tuna steaks. Homemade potato chips are always delicious and fun to make.
However, if you don’t have time to make your own potato chips, you can still spice up your store-bought potato chips using this recipe from A Spicy Perspective.
Lightly salted chips are topped with honey, lavender, and blue cheese. A little salt and pepper will make these chips come alive. We do have to warn you that they are very addictive!
Roasted tomatoes are a wonderful side dish that is easy to make. We love scooping these yummy roasted tomatoes on a plate next to a grilled tuna steak or piling the juicy tomatoes right on top of the tuna. The tomatoes make a great sauce as well as a side!
Use this recipe from Spend With Pennies that is quick and delicious. The tomatoes are roasted with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, basil, and parmesan cheese.
You can roast the tuna fish on the same tray as the tomatoes. A one-pan meal is something we always love!
10. Creamed Spinach
Looking for a tasty vegetable to serve with your tuna steaks? Creamed spinach may be exactly what you need. This recipe from Cafe Delites will show you how to make the perfect, rich spinach that will complete your delicious meal.
Use fresh baby spinach for the best results. You can use frozen, thawed spinach in a pinch. The dish will be more like a German creamed spinach with the finely chopped veggie.
Fresh parmesan cheese makes this vegetable dish extra creamy. We love the strong flavor of minced garlic and onion. Cook this side dish over high heat, and you will have a wonderful tuna steak dinner in no time!
11. Garlic Fries
We love zesty garlic fries, especially when served alongside a sushi-grade ahi tuna. The intense flavors of the tuna steak and the powerful taste of the fresh garlic fries are unbeatable.
Use this recipe from Foodie Crush to make a meal you will really remember.
Any frozen French fries will work as the base for this recipe. The frozen fries are tossed in oil, freshly minced garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Use olive oil or sesame oil in place of canola oil for a richer taste.
Roast them in the air fryer for a healthier version of the fries. You can also bake them in the oven alongside your tuna steaks. Garlic fries are best when eaten fresh, hot out of the oven.
12. Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed peppers are an interesting side dish to serve with tuna steak. The fresh veggies help make your tuna steak dinner a complete, healthy meal.
The ground beef in the peppers will create a surf and turf-style dinner.
We love this recipe from Cooking Classy that makes beautiful stuffed peppers. The filling is made with white rice, ground beef, chopped red onions, garlic, tomatoes, and seasonings.
The shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the peppers is a great finishing touch.
13. Lobster Bisque
A warm bowl of lobster bisque is truly unbeatable. You will go crazy for this recipe from the Stay At Home Chef. Large chunks of real lobster meat are in every bite!
The rich, creamy taste of lobster bisque is perfect next to a tender tuna steak. The soup is made completely from scratch, starting with two live lobsters.
It may take a little while to prepare this soup, but it is completely worth it in the end. You will enjoy tuna steaks in a whole new way.
You may want to add a veggie to your lobster bisque and tuna steak dinner. Crispy fried green beans or creamed spinach are great to serve with tuna steak and bisque.
Creamy avocado soup is a delicious side dish for your favorite tuna steak recipe. It is especially tasty when served alongside sushi-style tuna steak.
This recipe from Archana’s Kitchen is the perfect recipe to use so you can make a creamy, irresistible avocado soup.
The cold soup is very similar to thinner guacamole. Drink the soup with a spoon or use it’s as a sauce for your tuna steak. It is delicious both ways!
15. Stir Fried Rice
Tuna steak is often part of a take-out-style meal. We know that it is frequently on our sushi order! Make your Asian-style tuna steak meal complete with The Recipe Critic’s easy fried rice recipe.
Peas, carrots, and scrambled eggs are mixed with cooked brown rice. Soy sauce, sesame seeds, and a few fresh herbs round out the dish.
Be sure to use sushi-style tuna steaks alongside this fried rice. Extra soy sauce over the tuna steak will make the dish cohesive and nicely salty.
Homemade flatbread pizza is an unbeatable side dish to serve with tuna steaks. This is a great way to make your tuna steak dinner into an Italian-style treat. The meaty fish and the light flatbread are a perfect match!
We love this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction that will show you how to make a tasty Margherita flatbread from scratch. You even make the dough!
This flatbread is so tasty that it can be a main dish on its own. However, we still love to serve it with our tuna steaks to make a more filling and interesting dinner.
Are you looking for healthy side dishes to serve with tuna steaks? Grilled vegetable skewers may be exactly what you need!
We love these Moroccan-style vegetable skewers from Natasha’s Kitchen. They have a great blend of spices that will pair wonderfully with all kinds of tuna steak recipes.
Zucchini slices, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms are the perfect veggies to serve with tuna. The vegetables are marinated, skewered, and cooked on a hot grill. The black char adds a lot of irresistible flavor and crispy texture to the veggies.
Plan to cook your tuna steak on the grill, too. This makes for such an easy meal!
A fresh green salad is one of the best side dishes to serve with tuna steak. Salads are bright, crisp, and healthy. This is just what you want to serve with a medium-rare tuna steak.
This fresh chopped salad from a Couple Cooks is easy to put together. Feel free to switch out some of the veggies in the salad to suit your personal preferences.
We love the homemade vinaigrette dressing that coats the salad. Pour some extra vinaigrette dressing over your tuna steak, using it as a marinade.
This is a great way to make your meal cohesive. We love cooking tips like this!
19. Roasted Potatoes
Crispy roasted potatoes and a thick tuna steak sound like the perfect dinner. Use this recipe from Erren’s Kitchen to make fantastic potatoes that everyone in your family will love.
Yukon gold potatoes are peeled, chopped, and boiled. The soft potatoes are tossed in salt and pepper and then air-fried until crispy.
Cook some fried green beans in the air fryer along with the potatoes. A crispy veggie, a tender starch, and a juicy tuna steak is a great weeknight dinner.
20. Veggie Sushi
Tuna steaks are often sliced and served inside sushi rolls. A good plate of veggie sushi with a hearty tuna steak on the side is also a great meal.
Try this sweet potato and brown rice sushi from the Minimalist Baker. Thinly sliced carrots, bell peppers, bean sprouts, and cucumbers are wrapped into a seaweed sushi roll.
Brown rice is also stuffed inside, making the meal high in fiber and flavor!
Feel free to switch the veggies inside the sushi roll. Use your favorite raw vegetables that pair well with a tuna steak with a mild flavor. Don’t forget the soy sauce for the tuna steak and the brown rice sushi!
21. Wonton Soup
Wonton soup is a classic side dish in Asian cuisine. It will go perfectly with your favorite tuna steak or tuna sushi.
A thick piece of tuna fish, a bowl of easy brown rice stir fry, and a bowl of wonton soup would make an ideal meal.
Give this recipe from Recipe Tin Eats a try. You will even learn how to make the wontons from scratch! This is definitely quite the cooking project, but the results are fantastic.
22. Egg Rolls
Homemade egg rolls are a real treat. Making egg rolls to serve with your favorite fish is a wonderful idea. Egg rolls do take a little time to prepare, but you will have success if you use this recipe from Jo Cooks.
The filling of the egg rolls is simple but flavorful. The Chinese five-spice sure has a powerful taste! It will wow your taste buds with just one bite!
Serve the egg rolls with your favorite dipping sauce. Mirin, soy sauce, sesame oil, or a sriracha sauce for a spicy kick will work. Use the same sauce to pour over your tuna steak.
Light, fluffy couscous is an ideal side dish to serve with tuna fish. It is also one of the most versatile side dishes on our list. You can add almost any seasoning or flavoring you’d like and create the perfect, fluffy pasta side to go with your main dish.
Give this recipe from Once Upon a Chef a try. You will love how delicious the simple recipe is. It also only takes about 5 minutes to make! Quick, tasty sides are definitely the best.
24. Roasted Broccoli
Broccoli is such a healthy side dish option. This recipe from Dinner Then Dessert is one of our go-to sides. It is just so easy and pairs well with almost anything!
Broccoli florets are tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper and spread on a sheet tray. The veggie is roasted in the oven until tender and slightly crispy.
Try adding a little garlic powder, parmesan, or a little bit of cayenne pepper to make the broccoli even more interesting.
25. Mirin Eggs
Soft boiled eggs soaked in a mirin wine sauce are incredibly flavorful and perfect to serve with Asian-style fish. This recipe from The Kitchn creates perfect soft eggs that you will want to eat constantly.
The soft center of the eggs makes a great thick sauce for your tuna. Make a simple stir fry, add your tuna steak to the top, and then smash a mirin-soaked egg over the top of the whole dish. This will be a perfect dinner!
Amazing Sides For Seared Tuna Steak Dinners
We know there is a side dish on this list that you will love. There are so many delicious options that you will surely find one that will make your tuna steak dinner complete! Enjoy.