Air Fryer Tuna Steak is so quick and easy! They come out cooked to perfection in just a few minutes. Serve them up with your favorite sauces or seasonings.
Tuna Steak in the air fryer is not only tasty, but it is super quick and easy!
If you're looking for a nutritious weeknight meal, you'll love our air fryer tuna steak recipe.
This dish is protein-packed and flavorful, and it's easy to make. Just follow our simple instructions and you'll have a delicious meal that your family and friends will love.
I've left the seasoning plain, so you can just cook up your tuna steaks and then add your favorite flavors.
I love serving them with Unagi Sauce - an easy Asian sauce that's often served with eel sushi. The tuna is also incredible with Chinese Plum Sauce, rice, and a side of Sesame Green Beans!
Why Make This Recipe
It's a quick and easy 5-minute dish!
You can customize it with your favorite seasoning blends and sauces. Try it with Lemon Caper Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, or Soy Garlic Sauce.
Add some steamed vegetables and you have a super healthy meal.
The air fryer means you can use much less oil than pan frying.
You can cook it to your liking, from rare to well done (timings below).
- Tuna Steak - use your favorite tuna steaks - I love ahi!
- Oil - Olive oil works great, while sesame oil adds more flavor.
- Black Pepper - tuna is usually salty enough, so I just season it with a little pepper.
- For fancier toppings, add a pinch of sesame seeds and some sliced scallions.
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Wondering how to make this Air Fryer Tuna Steak recipe? It's easy!
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Dry the tuna steaks with paper towels, then spread them with the oil and pepper on both sides.
Place the steaks in the air fryer basket and air fry at 360F for 2 minutes.
Turn them over and cook for a further:
Rare: 3 minutes (total time 5 minutes)
Medium-Rare: 4 minutes (total time 6 minutes)
Medium: 4 ½ minutes (total time 6 ½ minutes)
Well Done: 5 minutes (total time 7 minutes)
Serve and enjoy!
When purchasing tuna steaks, look for red or dark red flesh that's firm and dense to the touch.
Choose sustainably caught tuna.
Tuna steaks cook quickly in the air fryer so keep checking them so they don't overcook.
If you want to add sauces to the tuna, cook it for the first few minutes, then brush with the sauce and continue cooking.
Some people prefer to cook their tuna all the way through, while others prefer to leave it pink in the middle. It's usually served pink in the middle (rare or medium rare) since the tuna steaks are flavorful and tender that way.
Serve your air fryer tuna steak with a side of rice. I love it with sticky jasmine rice.
Add a pile of mixed steamed vegetables for a healthy, low-calorie meal.
Make your tuna Japanese-style with Japanese rice, unagi sauce, and sesame green beans.
For a fish feast, serve it with Teriyaki Salmon.
Tuna steaks are cooked when they turn grey/brown on the outside, the center is lightly pink (unless you like it well done) and the fish can be flaked with a fork.
Tuna steaks don't need to be cooked all the way through. Leaving them rare or medium rare with a pink middle keeps them tender, moist, and flavorful.
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Air Fryer Tuna Steak
- Air Fryer
- 2 tuna steaks
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Sesame seeds
- Lemon juice
- Dry the tuna steaks with paper towels, then spread them with the oil and pepper on both sides.
- Place the steaks in the air fryer basket and air fry at 360F for 2 minutes.
Turn them over and cook for a further:
- Rare: 3 minutes (total time 5 minutes)Medium-Rare: 4 minutes (total time 6 minutes)Medium: 4 ½ minutes (total time 6 ½ minutes)Well Done: 5 minutes (total time 7 minutes)
- Serve and enjoy! If desired, sprinkle them with lemon juice, sesame seeds and chopped scallions.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.
It looks so delicious and easy! This is such an easy and delicious recipe, I cannot wait to make it again!
Quick and easy to make. This is perfect for a busy weeknight meal.
thanks i just brought some tuna steaks and was looking for how to cook them. this was really helpful
Oh this was so good! I love tuna on salads. I made this for lunch.
We made this tuna steak tonight and served it with teriyaki sauce and egg fried rice! It was so delicious and flavorful!