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air fryer tuna steak on a bed of cauliflower puree and tomato salsa

2 Minute Air Fryer Ahi Tuna Steak

Julia | The Yummy Bowl
These air fryer ahi tuna steak slices are marinated in dark sauce, then perfectly fried in an air fryer until medium-rare, have a smoky flavor, and simply just melt in your mouth. To complete the dish, serve the steak with a zingy pico de gallo (fresh tomato salsa), and with a bed of utterly creamy mashed potatoes and cauliflower puree.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Marinating 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 254 kcal


Ahi Tuna

  • 2 6 ounces tuna steaks, thawed or fresh

Ahi Tuna Steak Marinade

  • 3 ½ tablespoon soy sauce low sodium preferred
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoon lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon olive oil

For Garnish

  • Fresh Tomato Salsa see notes
  • Mashed Potato and Cauliflower Puree see notes
  • More olive oil or cooked/reduced (same) marinade for drizzling on top


  • In a large bowl or zip lock bag add all the marinade ingredients except salt/pepper. Add tuna steaks and make sure they are coated nicely. Leave to marinate in the fridge for 20 minutes. Reserve the marinade for later if using.
  • Preheat air fryer to 370 Farenheit according to manufacturer directions (mine is for 4 minutes). I like to add black cracked pepper right before frying but the correct way is to add salt and pepper after cooking.
  • Once preheated transfer tuna steaks to the air fryer basket and fry for 1 minute. Open the air fryer, turn the tuna steaks over, air fry for another 1 minute. Meanwhile, reheat the marinade sauce in a small saucepot over medium heat. Reduce it slightly and use as a sauce on top!
  • Transfer to a paper towel to remove the excess liquid, rest for 5-10 minutes and serve immediately.


Serve this tuna steak with Fresh Tomato Salsa and Buttery Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes or the old classic Garlic Mashed Potatoes With Cream Cheese.
Stovetop instructions:
Place a good nonstick skillet/pan over medium heat and add enough oil. The searing time will depend on how thick your tuna is.
For about 4-6 ounces and 1 ½ inches thick tuna steak: Heat a medium nonstick skillet and add oil. Once the oil is hot and sizzling add tuna steak and sear for 1 ½ minutes on one side, flip and sear another 1 - 1 ½ minutes (or use a thermometer to register 118-120 Fahrenheit in the center for medium-rare).
Allow resting on a plate for 1-2 minutes. Once it's cooled more it will be easier to cut it into even slices. Season with sea salt and black pepper.
Important to note here: different burners will give different results but use your best judgment and always aim for ''not overcooking'' the tuna steak. In this case, you can still fix the situation.
Once you start cutting it up into slices and see that the steak seems too raw for you, just pop it back to the hot pan and cook for a minute or so. But if overcooked there's nothing you can do anymore.



Calories: 254kcal
Keyword ahi tuna steak recipe, air fryer tuna steak
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