Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean with this air fryer tuna steak recipe. This air fryer tuna is perfectly cooked and served with marinated cherry tomatoes.
You will love how simple tuna is to cook in the air fryer and this is perfect for a light lunch during the summer months.
Our air fryer tuna steaks were originally shared in the summer of 2020 and is updated today with even more great tips and tricks.
Tuna Steak In Air Fryer
This month marks a year since we moved back to England after 13 years living in sunny Portugal.
A big part of the move back was Brexit and the struggles of been able to get ingredients into Portugal for you to make awesome air fryer recipes.
Portugal is a rather old fashioned Mediterranean country and rather healthy and whilst they lack a lot of favourite ingredients enjoyed by the UK and the US what they do excel at is the fish.
We still miss now the amazing salmon and the amazing tuna that you could have cut to order at the fish counter of the local supermarket.
We would watch the deals in the weekly supermarket magazine for the salmon fillets and the tuna steaks and grab them when they were on a special offer.
Then cut them into portions and freeze them and then enjoy tuna (or salmon) for lunch with some air fryer frozen broccoli.
I have kept these original pictures of our air fryer tuna steak, so that you can see how good Portuguese tuna looks, but of course it will work with any tuna around the world, no matter where you live.
And now our tuna steak is from Morrisons on the 3 for £10 tuna steak deal and just like before, it is loaded into the freezer after we shop there and then we air fry as we want it.
Today, I am going to share with you how to cook tuna in the air fryer and how we always serve it with some cherry tomatoes, in a similar way to Gordon Ramsay.
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Gordon Ramsay Fast Food Cookbook
I often get asked, with more than 500 air fryer recipes on Recipe This where do my ideas come from for new recipes? Well, the bulk of them are my own. I am in the kitchen experimenting and wonder will that recipe work in the air fryer?
And other times a reader will ask me to convert one of their favourite recipes to the air fryer.
Occasionally my ideas come from cookbooks and magazines. I love Gordon Ramsay and his cookbook called Fast Food. Its several years old now though, but its what inspired my love for fish steaks and tomatoes.
Here is Jorge with the cookbook page:
As you can see Gordon Ramsay matches tomatoes and another type of fish together for a delicious pan fried dinner. And what we are teaching you today is how to take tuna steak and cook both tomatoes and tuna together in the air fryer.
So, if you have a favourite pan fried recipe, not its perfect for the air fryer.
Best Way To Cook Tuna Steak?
The best way to cook tuna steak is in the air fryer. This is because it is so simple and tuna steak when air fried tastes amazing.
If you are not very good at cooking or not a confident cook pan frying can be off putting and scary.
Yet air fried tuna steak can be dumped in the air fryer and you can simply come back when it beeps in a similar way to a sheet pan dinner.
Can You Cook Tuna Steaks In An Air Fryer?
Yes, you can cook tuna steaks in the air fryer, and you will LOVE them. Fish fillets and steaks cook very well in the air fryer and are fantastic for easy mealtimes.
Tuna Steak Meal Ideas
For a healthy lunch or dinner, I love to pair my air fryer tuna steaks with some fast cooking veggies.
You see, tuna steaks in air fryer are fast cooking so you want something fast cooking to serve with it.
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Tuna Steak Air Fryer Ingredients
Tuna – When I air fry tuna steak, I much prefer to use fresh tuna steak over frozen but you could frozen if you prefer. I also recommend similar sized tuna steak as you don’t want one overcooked or one undercooked.
Tomatoes – I will add as many cherry tomatoes as will fit in my air fryer and they are amazing air fried. Do check out our air fryer cherry tomatoes for extra ideas.
Oil – I also recommend having some extra virgin olive oil that you can drizzle over the cherry tomatoes.
Seasoning. Then for seasoning your air fryer tuna I recommend salt, pepper, thyme, and oregano. You don’t want to over season the tuna otherwise you will lose the great flavour of it. Then I recommend some basil, salt, and pepper over the cherry tomatoes.
Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this tuna steak air fryer recipe it has just been our Philips Air Fryer. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of air fryer recipes.
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How To Cook Tuna Steak In Air Fryer?
- Season. Start by drizzling with oil and seasoning your cherry tomatoes, then season your tuna steaks.
- Cook. Load the tuna steak into the air fryer and then fill the gaps with the cherry tomatoes. Air fry tuna steak until the tuna is perfectly cooked which took us JUST 7 minutes.
- Serve. Then load onto plates your tuna steak and cherry tomatoes and enjoy!
And I am sure you can see now how easy it is air frying tuna steaks and why you should be doing it too!
Tuna Steak Marinade For The Air Fryer
The beauty of air fryer tuna is that it tastes amazing on its own and doesn’t need much of a marinade.
I recommend just adding salt, pepper, and your favourite dried herb before air frying, rather than marinating overnight.
For example, we seasoned our tuna steak with salt, pepper, oregano, and thyme.
How Long To Cook Tuna Steak In Air Fryer?
The tuna steak cook time in the air fryer can vary depending on the size of your tuna steak.
For example, one of our tuna steaks was an inch thick, but another was ¾ of an inch thick. The smaller tuna steak needed just 7 minutes, but our larger one needed 9 minutes.
The best way to get your tuna steak cooking time correct is to cook for 7 minutes and then check on it in 2 minute intervals. That way you can guarantee cooked tuna steak without it being overcooked.
Tuna Air Fryer Tips & Tricks
- Try to get tuna steaks of a similar thickness. We had the problem of one of our tuna steaks been thicker than the other and this added to two different cook times.
- You can also cook air fryer frozen tuna steaks and if doing this follow our guidance in our air fryer frozen steaks recipe.
- Keep the seasoning simple with salt and pepper and enjoy the flavour of the tuna.
- I have seen recipes for tuna in air fryer at 400 degrees. Avoiding maxing the temperature of the air fryer, as it will ruin your steak.
Top Air Fryer Trick – You can also use the air fryer to reheat your leftover steak. Simply follow our guide for reheating steak in the air fryer.
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Air Fryer Tuna Steak
- Half the cherry tomatoes and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and basil.
- Season tuna steaks with salt, pepper, oregano, and thyme and load into the air fryer basket. Place cherry tomatoes in the gaps.
- Cook for 7 minutes at 190c/380f. After 7 minutes check to see if the tuna steak is cooked. If not cook for a further 2 minutes on the same temperature. Then follow this process if your tuna steaks are really thick.
- Then serve the tuna steaks with the cherry tomatoes for a quick light lunch.