Air Fryer Steak – Perfect Every Time

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perfect air fryer steak

Juicy, perfectly cooked steak in the air fryer!

Once again the air fryer pulls through with a new favorite! Air fryer salmon and air fryer donuts still top my favorites list though. 😉 Air fryer steak is super easy and ends up perfectly cooked every time. The steak ends up juicy, tender, browned on the outside, and full of flavor. Yes, I will definitely be making air fryer steak again soon!

Why cook steak in the air fryer?

  1. Steak cooks perfectly every time in the air fryer. The results are consistent because the small cooking space is easy to keep consistent.
  2. Hands off – set it and forget dinner. Basically just throw the steaks in there and flip halfway through. Go make or do something else (or relax!) while they cook.
  3. The air fryer is always a good option, regardless of weather or season. I love a grilled steak, but I don’t love standing out in the cold to grill it. And I don’t love heating up the house with the oven in the summer.

how to cook steak in air fryer

You can cook nearly any cut of steak in the the air fryer! I recommend using a ribeye steak or well-marbled top sirloin steak for this recipe. Steaks about 1 1/2 inches thick are just right, in my opinion! Just remember that cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the steaks.

Rub the steak with oil first to add a little flavor and help the salt and pepper adhere nicely. Preheating the air fryer is a must with air fryer steak because it is good to blast the steaks with hot air right away.

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How long to cook steak in the air fryer…

Cooking time will vary depending on your air fryer and the thickness of your steaks, so an instant read thermometer is the best way to tell when it is done. Plan on about 15 minutes cooking time with 1 1/2-inch thick steaks, but check the temp to get it just right.

Air Fryer Steak Internal Temperature Guide:

  • 120°-125°F for medium-rare
  • 130°-135°F for medium

Once they reach desired internal temp, remove the steaks from the air fryer, top with garlic butter, tent with foil, and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Or you can turn off the air fryer and just leave the steaks in there – top with butter, close the air fryer, and let rest.

garlic butter

Garlic Herb Butter Recipe

I love this simple garlic herb butter recipe! It adds just the right amount of flavor to the steak and makes it look even more amazing too. Make extra to add to mashed potatoes, veggies, bread, fish, and more.

Mix together the softened unsalted butter, chopped fresh parsley, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and salt. If you only have salted butter, just reduce or omit the amount of added salt. Easy peasy.

easy air fryer steak

Air Fryer Steak Sides

Check out our favorite side dish recipes for the perfect sides for your steak. I personally love one or two of these options with my steak:

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Air Fryer Steak – Perfect Every Time

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 13 minutes
Yield: 2 large steaks | Serves: 4


  • 2 Ribeye steaks (1 1/2 inches thick)
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Garlic Herb Butter

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Allow steak to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  2. Prepare the garlic butter by mixing together the softened butter, parsley, garlic, Worcestershire, and salt.
  3. Pat steaks dry with paper towels, then rub a little bit of oil over the steak and bottom of air fryer basket. Season steaks with salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat air fryer to 400°F. Once preheated, place steaks in air fryer and cook for 13-18 minutes, flipping halfway through. Cooking time will vary depending on your air fryer and thickness of steaks. Internal temperature of steak should be 120°-125°F for medium-rare or 130°-135°F for medium.
  5. Remove steaks from air fryer, top with garlic butter, tent with foil, and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Alternatively, turn off air fryer, leaving steaks in it, top steaks with butter, close air fryer and let rest.

Recipe Adapted From: My Forking Life

Ingredients: Beef, Butter, Garlic, Olive Oil, Parsley, Pepper, Salt, Worcestershire
Meal Type: Main Dish, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Clean Eating, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb and Keto
Categories: Meat and Poultry, Air Fryer

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