Air Fryer Steak – Perfect Every Time
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!
What is the BEST Steak to cook in the air fryer?
- You’ll want to get the best steak you can afford.
- A ribeye steak is a good choice because of the amount of fat marble.
- A new york strip steak will work well too, just look for a nice fat cap as well as some good marbling.
- Ask your butcher to give you the best ribeye or strip steak he has. To get the most bang for your buck, get the best one that is available that day.
- Aim for steaks that are close to 1 1/2 inches thick.
Where I Buy My Steak
I get my steaks from the Savory Butcher! I love their “Steak Chop Box” where you can get 5-Star Restaurant steak in six different cuts, for a total of 16 pounds of steak for just $200! Learn more about the Steak Chop Box (and see if they deliver in your area) and check out my Savory Butcher review here (I’ve been using them since early 2019!).
Why cook steak in the air fryer?
- 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. The air fryer is always a great option, regardless of weather or season! Why?
- Because of the consistent heat that is created in that small little chamber, the steak cooks perfectly every time in the air fryer. You’ll get consistent results because you don’t have to worry about the temperature changing up.
- It’s SO hands off! Once you get it going, you can go do other things! All you need to remember to do is to flip it once during cooking time. Go work on the sides for dinner or tidy up the kitchen. No need to babysit! Near the end of cooking time, I do recommend keeping an eye on the internal temperature. Because cooking time WILL vary, depending on the thickness of your steak.
How to make Air Fryer Steak:
First, as with any steak, it’s wise to “temper” your meat. This helps it cook more evenly. If you have a thinner steak, 20 minutes will do. A thicker steak would need more time, like 30 minutes.
Next, rub the steak with just a small amount of oil. You’ll want an oil with a high smoke point (I use avocado). This will help the seasonings you use stick to the meat.
Next, season your steak liberally. In this recipe, I just used kosher salt because I have the seasoned butter that I will add at the end. It’s better to be a little heavy handed when it comes to salt and steak. 🙂 Be sure to get the sides too! You can dab them in any over-sprinkle from your seasoning.
In a lot of my recipes, I don’t worry about preheating. HOWEVER, preheating the air fryer for steak is a MUST! Preheat at 400 for a minimum of 5 minutes. I like to place the fatty side down first in the air fryer and hold it there for a few seconds before I lay the steak down.
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 also a must! Plan on about 15 minutes cooking time with 1 1/2-inch thick steaks, but check the temp to get it just right just right.
You’ll need to flip and rotate the meat just once during cooking. Only do that once, as you want to handle the meat as little as possible.
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Air Fryer Steak Internal Temperature Guide:
- Rare: 125˚F/52˚C
- Medium Rare: 135°F/57˚C
- Medium: 145°F/63˚C
- Medium Well 150˚/66˚C
- Well Done 160˚F/71˚C
Let the Steak Rest:
Once they reach desired internal temp, it’s time to let you steak rest. The general rule of thumb is to let the steak rest for half the time it took to cook it. This will allow the internal temp to equalize and lock in the juices. YUM. It’s also important to remember that the steak will continue to cook after removing it from the heat. So if you want to cook it to 130˚you will want to remove the steak from the heat just a few degrees less to get perfectly cooked steak!
You have two options for letting the steaks rest.
- Remove the steaks and let them rest on a cooling rack (or something that keeps the steak lifted from the surface), and top with your garlic butter.
- OR you can top them with the butter while they sit in the air fryer, and let them rest right in the basket.
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.
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:
- Air Fryer Asparagus or Roasted Asparagus
- Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
- Air Fryer French Fries
- Potato Salad
- Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- One-Hour Rolls
- Roasted Melting Potatoes
- Green Salad
See more of our favorite air fryer recipes!
Air Fryer Steak – Perfect Every Time
- 2 Ribeye steaks (1 1/2 inches thick)
- avocado 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
- Temper the steak by letting it sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
- Prepare the garlic butter by mixing together the softened butter, parsley, garlic, Worcestershire, and salt.
- Pat steaks dry with paper towels, then rub a little bit of oil over the steak and bottom of air fryer basket. Liberally season steaks with salt and pepper.
- Preheat air fryer to 400˚F/204˚C for 10 minutes.
- Once preheated, place steaks in air fryer.
- Cook for 10-16 minutes, flipping and rotating halfway through. Cooking time will vary depending on your air fryer and thickness of steaks. Internal temperature of steak should be 130˚F/54˚C - 135˚F/57˚C for medium-rare or 140˚F/60˚C - 145˚F/63˚C for medium.
- Remove steak from air fryer and place on baking rack. Top with garlic butter and allow to rest for 1/2 the time it took to cook. Alternatively, turn off air fryer, leaving steaks in it, top steaks with butter, close air fryer and let rest for half the amount of time it took to cook.
Recipe Adapted From: My Forking Life (Herb Butter)