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Air Fryer Sesame Seed–Crusted Tuna Steaks

By Paula Deen


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Paula Deen's Air Fryer Cookbook

Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 6 minutes

Servings: 2


  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tuna steaks (8 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • oil, for spraying
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 4 radishes, trimmed and sliced
  • ½ cup sliced red onion
  • ½ cup sliced red bell pepper


In a large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, bourbon, black pepper, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of the sesame oil. Add tuna steaks and flip to coat both sides. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and marinate for 1 hour in refrigerator.

To make a honey dressing, in a small bowl, combine remaining olive oil, remaining sesame oil, honey, and lime juice; mix well.

Place sesame seeds in a shallow dish. Press both sides of marinated tuna steaks into sesame seeds, spray with oil, and place in air fryer basket. Set temperature to 400 degrees, and air fry for 6 minutes. Turn and spray tuna steaks with oil halfway through cooking.

Cut tuna steaks diagonally into ½-inch-thick slices. Divide arugula, radishes, red onion, and bell peppers between 2 salad plates, and place sliced tuna on top. Drizzle with honey dressing and serve.