Air Fryer Steak Recipe

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This Air Fryer Steak Recipe turns out so tender and juicy, the meat practically melts in your mouth! Pair air fried steaks with fresh veggies for an easy meal in under 30 minutes.

A close up of air fryer steak with rosemary sprig


 

You may be asking yourself — why make steak in the air fryer? A lot of people like to use the grill, but there isn’t always one available or the weather may not permit it.

ingredients to make steak in air fryer

Air Fryer Steak Recipe

There’s nothing quite as delicious as a perfectly seared rib eye steak.

Sure, you could grill it or pan sear it, but why bother when you can just as easily cook steak in an air fryer?!

You can get consistent steaks every time, once you figure out the right settings and times — and it’s much more hands off! Just set it, flip halfway, and take it out.

But don’t stop there! You can use this handy countertop appliance to make chicken breasts and wings, pork chops, and even salmon.

Steak Air Fryer Tips and Tricks

  • Try a different cut. I like using ribeye because it has a good amount of marbling (fat), which makes it extra juicy and flavorful!

    It’s fairly affordable, but sirloin steak is a great substitute.

    You’ll want to compare the weight and thickness of the meat to determine whether or not you need to adjust the cooking time for this air fryer steak recipe.
  • Bring meat to room temperature before cooking. This removes the chill and helps the ribeye cook more evenly. Otherwise, you may need to increase the cooking time.
  • Don’t forget to preheat! Do this while you oil and season the beef so it cooks at a consistent temperature.
  • Herbed butter adds extra flavor. You can either purchase some pre-made from the store or create your own by combining softened butter with your favorite herbs.

    Once mixed, refrigerate until firm before using.
spooning seasoning over ribeye steak

Serving Suggestions

I love to pair this air fryer steak recipe with some fresh asparagus tossed in olive oil, kosher salt, and black pepper.

In fact, you can toss them in with the meat (as long as your basket is large enough) since they’re ready in 7-8 minutes at 400°F.

Other good sides for air fried steaks include creamed spinach, potatoes, mushrooms, green beans, or any other veggie you enjoy.

Even something as simple as a green salad can be thrown together while your steak is in the air fryer.

seasoned steak in air fryer basket

Cooking Times For Steak In The Air Fryer

The cookbook for my model has the following times listed for varying degrees of doneness, but these still may vary based on the size and thickness of your steaks.

  • Medium Rare: 7-9 minutes
  • Medium: 8-9 minutes
  • Well: 9-12 minutes

It’s never a bad idea to use a digital meat thermometer, just to be safe. Insert the probe into the very center for the most accurate reading.

Since the meat will cook a bit more as it rests, you should remove steak from the air fryer basket once it reaches the lower end of the desired temperature range.

  • Rare: 120-130°F
  • Medium Rare: 130-135°F
  • Medium: 135-145°F
  • Well: 145-155°F
cooked rib eye in air fryer basket

Air Fried Steaks FAQ

What temperature do you cook steak in air fryer?

For 1-inch thick cuts of steak, you will want to set the air fryer temperature to 400

Do you flip steak in air fryer?

Technically, no. Because the hot air circulates around the food, it will cook through without flipping.

However, you will get better results if you flip the meat halfway when making this air fryer steak recipe.

How long do you let steak rest after cooking?

Always allow cooked steaks to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing.

This allows the fibers to relax and the juices to redistribute evenly throughout the meat, which means perfectly tender and juicy bites!

Enjoy!
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steaks topped with butter and herbs

air fryer steak on cutting board

Air Fryer Steak Recipe

Donna Elick
This Air Fryer Steak Recipe turns out so tender and juicy, the meat practically melts in your mouth! Dinner is ready in less than 30 minutes.
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Air Fryer
Servings 1

Ingredients
 

  • 1 boneless ribeye steak, 1 pound, 1 inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped

Garnish

  • sprig of fresh rosemary, herb butter, and kosher salt

Instructions
 

  • Place your steak in a shallow bowl and allow it to rest at room temperature for 15-20 minutes.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes.
  • Evenly coat the ribeye with olive oil on both sides.
  • In a small bowl, mix the kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and chopped rosemary until well combined. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture on both sides of the steak.
  • Place the steak in the air fryer and cook for 7-8 minutes, flipping the steak halfway, or until cooked to your preference.
  • Transfer your steak to a cutting board and allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Top with fresh rosemary, herb butter, and kosher salt and enjoy alone or with your favorite side.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 603cal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 1282mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 4mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published June 2021, updated and republished April 2023

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This steak actually came out a lot better than I expected from an air fryer. It was quick to make but juicy, still tender, and very delicious. I will be using this for lazy cooking nights!

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