Air Fryer Tuna Steak. How to cook air fryer tuna steaks either from fresh or frozen. A perfect low carb healthy Mediterranean lunch served with seasoned cherry tomatoes and inspired by my favourite Gordon Ramsay recipe.
Air Fryer Tuna Steak
Running Recipe This and living in Portugal with an American audience it can often come across that I do not appreciate the foods of Portugal, or I take the Mediterranean cuisine for granted.
When I visit the electrical store and the air fryer they have is the same one I started with in 2011 or that there is a lack of air fryer frozen food such as our recent addition of air fryer frozen corn dogs, then you can understand why I roll my eyes at the lack of choice.
But what Portugal lacks in the shopping department it makes up for with its amazing beaches, low cost of living and let’s not forget the food of the Mediterranean.
Think of the foods often in season in summer in the US are readily available in Portugal all year around.
Fish and tomatoes are two great examples of food that is loved around the Mediterranean and in season all year around.
My love for fish and tomatoes started with my old Gordon Ramsay Cookbook called Fast Food. Dominic bought it for me one Christmas and I have loved it ever since. One of the recipes is for pan fried hake and tomato relish.
But instead of pan fried fish and tomatoes what I love is the air fryer method. Using tuna steaks as the fish and cherry tomatoes, they cook together perfectly and provide you with a wonderful Mediterranean lunch.
Next time you get tuna steak, buy some in bulk and then you can cook our air fryer tuna steak all year around either from frozen or using thawed tuna steaks.
Can You Air Fry Tuna Steaks?
Absolutely. When you air fry tuna steak it is done in a similar way to your favourite meats in the air fryer.
Your tuna steak will have a similar flavour and texture to tuna steaks cooked on the grill or pan fried.
Air Fry Fresh Tuna Vs Air Fry Frozen Tuna Steak
I prefer to cook air fryer fresh tuna vs air fryer frozen tuna steak. The cook time is quicker, and you are not needing to adjust the cook time too much to make up for a frozen centre.
I also love to cook tuna steak with cherry tomatoes and if you cooked your tuna from frozen you would not be able to cook your tuna and tomatoes at the same time.
Another flaw of air fryer frozen tuna steak is that it will often be dry once cooked and not have the same wonderful texture that thawed tuna steak will have.
What I do recommend is buying frozen tuna steak and packing them in your freezer for cooking later.
Then get your frozen tuna steaks out of the freezer the night before and cooking them from thawed the next day.
How To Air Fry Tuna Steak?
Cooking tuna steak in air fryer is EASY:
- Prep your fresh tuna and load into the air fryer basket.
- Add in seasoned cherry tomatoes.
- Cook until your tuna is perfectly cooked and your cherry tomatoes are soft but not mushy.
How Long Do You Air Fry Tuna Steaks?
The cooking time for tuna steak 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.
Air Fryer Tuna Steak
- Season tuna steaks with salt, pepper, oregano, and thyme.
- Season cherry tomatoes with basil and salt and pepper. Drizzle a small amount of extra virgin olive oil over your cherry tomatoes.
- Place the tuna steaks into your air fryer basket and fill the gaps with your cherry tomatoes.
- 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 thick.
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