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Air Fryer Tuna Steak for Beginners

Okay, folks, let’s talk tuna steak. Specifically, air fryer tuna steak. If you’re like us, you love anything that’s easy to make and super tasty.

We’re all about getting that perfect sear without fussing over a skillet. The air fryer makes it simple – so simple you’ll wonder why you didn’t start doing this earlier.

We’ve tested this out multiple times (all for science, of course). Honestly, nothing beats the combo of crispy outside and tender inside.

air fryer tuna steak

Ingredients for Air Fryer Tuna Steak

Alright, let’s get our tuna game on! Here’s what you need to make that air fryer tuna steak magic happen:

  • 2 tuna steaks: Fresh is best, but frozen works too—just make sure to thaw them first.
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil: Keeps it juicy and adds a nice sear.
  • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce: For that umami punch.
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice: A little zing to brighten things up.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder: Because who doesn’t love garlic?
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper: Freshly ground, if you can.
  • 1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika: Adds a hint of smokiness.
  • Salt to taste: Season away!

Grab these ingredients and you’ll be on your way to some seriously tasty tuna. Ready to dive in? Let’s get our air fryer and make some magic!

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Tuna Steak

First things first, make sure your air fryer is preheated. This gets things cooking evenly and helps that sear develop perfectly.

Next up, don’t overcook the tuna! We recommend starting with about 8 minutes per side for a medium-rare steak (depending on the thickness of your steaks). You can always cook them longer if you prefer them more well-done.

Another little tip we love is to sprinkle sesame seeds or furikake seasoning on top before cooking. It adds an extra layer of flavor and texture that takes this dish to another level.

And of course, let your tuna steaks rest for a few minutes after cooking. This allows the juices to redistribute and keeps them nice and tender.

Air Fryer Tuna Steak

Get ready for a delicious air fryer tuna steak! Tender and juicy on the inside with crispy edges. Perfectly seasoned and customizable to your tastes. Make this easy recipe tonight!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Rest time 5 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 portions
Calories 375 kcal


  • 1 Air-fryer


  • 2 tuna steaks about 6 ounces each
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt to taste


  • Preheat your air fryer to around 400°F.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic powder, black pepper, smoked paprika and salt.
  • Pat the tuna steaks dry with paper towels.
  • Brush both sides of the steaks with the marinade mixture.
  • Place the tuna steaks in your air fryer basket in a single layer without overcrowding.
  • Cook for 8 minutes on one side, then carefully flip and cook for an additional 8 minutes on the other side (adjust cooking time depending on desired doneness).
  • Remove from air fryer and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds or furikake seasoning on top before serving, if desired.
  • Serve and enjoy these delicious air fryer tuna steaks! 10. Try them with a side of rice and some sautéed vegetables for a complete meal.


Serving: 1gCalories: 375kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 40gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 235mgPotassium: 459mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 3837IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 2mg
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5 from 1 vote
Recipe Rating

Andrew Gray

Friday 12th of July 2024

Got dinner on the table in minutes. So easy.