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Air Fryer Tuna Steak (Frozen or Fresh Ahi Tuna Steaks Air Fryer Recipe)

Summer Yule
Can you air fry tuna steaks? You bet! Learn how to air fry tuna steak with this easy air fryer tuna steak recipe.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 444 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tuna steaks 4 ounces and 1-inch thick each (ahi, yellowfin tuna, or bigeye)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • salt, to taste
  • lime wedges and sliced scallions (for serving, optional)
  • dipping sauce (optional, see below)

Instructions

Frozen Tuna Steaks in Air Fryer:

  • Preheat the air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for 5 minutes.
  • Put the frozen tuna steaks in the hot air fryer basket or tray and air fry for 4 minutes to thaw. (Use the top rack position if you have an air fryer oven.) 
  • Carefully press the sesame seeds and salt into both sides of the defrosted tuna. Flip the tuna and drizzle with oil. 
  • Place the tuna back in the air fryer and air fry for 4-8 minutes at 375°F (190C). My tuna took 6 minutes to reach medium-rare. 
  • Check the tuna with a meat thermometer to ensure it reached the desired doneness. Let the fish rest several minutes after air frying. 
  • Thinly slice the fish, garnish with lime wedges and sliced scallions, and serve with dipping sauce.

Fresh tuna steaks in air fryer:

  • Preheat the air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for 5 minutes.  
  • Carefully press the sesame seeds and salt into both sides of the tuna. Place the tuna steaks in the hot air fryer basket or air fryer tray, and drizzle with oil. 
  • Air fry for 8-12 minutes at 375°F (190°C) on the top rack of the air fryer oven. 12 minutes of air frying got me tuna that reached the food safe temp of 145°F. (Note: if you’re using thinner tuna steaks than I am using, they may only take 4 minutes to cook.) 
  • Check the tuna with a meat thermometer to ensure it reached the desired doneness. Let the fish rest several minutes after air frying. 
  • Thinly slice the fish, garnish with lime wedges and sliced scallions, and serve with dipping sauce.

Notes

This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Tuna steaks are a lean protein but the mayo and sesame oil-based sauce adds over 200 calories per serving. To make low calorie tuna steaks, simply omit the sauce.
Now for the bad news: ahi (both yellowfin and bigeye) are considered fish in trouble. This means that they are not optimal if you’re looking for sustainable seafood choices.
Additionally, yellowfin is a high mercury fish while bigeye is a highest mercury fish. It is recommended that you limit your intake of yellowfin to 3 times per month or less. Since bigeye is one of the highest mercury fish, some sources recommend avoiding it entirely.
Pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children should be especially diligent about avoiding the fish highest in mercury. Luckily, there are many fish in the sea to choose from that are low mercury choices. You can still include plenty of seafood in your diet if you make these low mercury fish your mainstays.

Tuna Steak Dipping Sauce Recipe

  • 3 tablespoons chipotle or sriracha mayo 
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil 
Whisk until smooth. 
 
Nutrition information is for one tuna steak with dipping sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 444kcalCarbohydrates: 2.1gProtein: 29.6gFat: 35.5gSaturated Fat: 4.7gPotassium: 551.1mgFiber: 1.1gVitamin A: 4% DVCalcium: 8.8% DVIron: 16.3% DV
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