Air Fryer Ahi Tuna

Air Fryer Ahi Tuna
Air Fryer Ahi Tuna

It’s hard to get more gourmet than air fryer ahi tuna. This decadent meal will not only impress any guests you entertain, it’s a special dish that you can enjoy by yourself. Tuna steaks are extremely versatile and can be served on top of a salad, on a bed of rice, or simply have the ahi tuna steak by itself with a little wasabi to kick up the flavors.

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Most tuna steaks that are purchased at your local grocery are actually yellowfin tuna but marketed as “ahi”, from the Hawaiian ‘ahi, a name for a closely related bigeye tuna species. Yellowtail “ahi” tuna is quickly becoming a favorite to replace the severely overfished blue fin. Not only are air fryer ahi tuna steaks environmentally guilt free, they are a wonderful fish to eat during lent due to it’s almost beefy flavor.

Air Fryer Ahi Tuna
Air Fryer Ahi Tuna

Ahi tuna (yellowtail) has a light, melt in your mouth flavor and is one of the most delicious fish you can eat. It is firm and has virtually no “fishy” taste, and has been known to have an almost beef like flavor. Ahi tuna (yellowtail) is a great way to introduce someone to fish that isn’t normally a fan, or someone with slightly less adventuresome eating habits.

Tuna is also extremely healthy as well. It’s an oily fish that contains omega-3 fatty acids that vital for your brain and heart, and could possibly help inflammation. Tuna is a great source of iron, potassium, and B vitamins. To top it off, tuna is low in carbohydrates, calories, and fits into a keto or gluten free diet.

Air Fryer Ahi Tuna
Air Fryer Ahi Tuna

The benefits of making ahi tuna in the air fryer is a much faster cooking time, as well as an easier clean up. The marinade for this recipe is inspired by Elizabeth Lindemann, and I absolutely refuse to mess with perfection. It can be made quickly in a plastic sandwich bag, and placed in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook, or while you’re preparing and preheating the air fryer. Line the cooking tray with foil, and there is one less thing to worry about cleaning.

Air Fryer Ahi Tuna

Air Fryer Ahi Tuna

Yellowtail ahi tuna steaks in the air fryer
3.67 from 33 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Japanese
Servings 1
Calories 325 kcal


  • Air Fryer, or Oven (50 degrees warmer)


  • 1/2 lb Ahi Tuna Steak
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper


  • Mix all ingredients below tuna together in a plastic sandwich bag with salt and pepper to taste. Add the tuna to bag, and place in the refrigerator to marinade. I prefer 30 minutes to an hour, but you can go as short as 15 minutes or as long as 8 hours.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • For rare, cook 3 minutes.
  • For medium, cook 4 minutes.
  • For well done, cook 5 minutes.
  • Allow the tuna steak to rest 5 minutes, and slice thinly for serving.


All air fryers cook at different speeds.  These recipes are meant to be a general guide.  Cooking times depend on various factors including thickness, cut, and type of meat used.  I use an Instant Pot Vortex Plus shelf air fryer.  If you’re using something different, especially a bucket type air fryer, I advise keeping an eye on food so it doesn’t under, or overcook. 


Calories: 325kcal
Keyword Ahi, Air, Air Fried, Air Fryer, Air Fryer Ahi Tuna, Air Fryer Tuna, Air Fryer Tuna Steaks, Fried, Fryer, Steaks, Tuna, Yellowtail
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  1. Kara Vass says:

    I’ll definitely be trying this next week! 😄

    1. Let me know what you think if you do!

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