Enjoy this easy air fryer steak recipe: seared on the outside, juicy inside! Simple ingredients, easy steps, and healthier than grilled steak!
What is the most foolproof way to cook steak? Put a steak in the air fryer.
If you’ve ever been skeptical about cooking steaks perfectly, this will be your new favorite way to cook them. I used to be intimidated by cooking steak, so much so that I only ever ate it out at restaurants. Luckily, thanks to the air fryer, it could not be any more simple.
This air fryer steak recipe ticks all the boxes.
It cooks in minimal time, keeps ALL the juices, and is lower in fat. Don’t let that detract you, though: It’s juicy, tender, and easy to customize. Keep it simply seasoned or add my famous 3 ingredient marinade to it.
Like any good steak, this one needs just a handful of ingredients to let the meat shine. Here is what you’ll need:
- Steaks. Choose a porterhouse or sirloin steak with 1-inch thickness and around 1/2 a pound in weight with no bones. These two cuts of steak need the least amount of babysitting which is perfect with the air fryer.
- Olive oil. For cooking steaks. Butter or any other neutral oil works too.
- Kosher salt and black pepper. To season.
- Garlic herb butter. Or compound butter to serve.
Find the printable recipe in the recipe card below.
What cut of steak is best for the air fryer?
Choosing the best cut of steak for the air fryer is a hassle-free process because you have multiple options. Some of the best options (besides the ones listed above) are New York strip, ribeye, t-bone, top sirloin, and filet mignon.
How to air fry steak
Cooking steak in the air fryer is simple: You’ll just need to let the steak rest for 10 minutes before serving it to retain all the juices!
Step 1- Prep. Preheat the air fryer to 200 degrees Celsius or 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2-Season. Season the steaks with oil, salt, and pepper on the steaks.
Step 3- Air fry. Cook steaks in the air fryer for 10-12 minutes and flip after half cooking time.
Step 4- Serve. Serve after letting the steaks rest for 10 minutes. Add a pat of garlic butter on top.
Ideal cooking time
The thicker the steak is, the greater the cooking time will be. Using 1-inch steaks as a base, they require 10-12 minutes. Anything more than that and you’ll need to increase the cooking time accordingly.
A way to check if the steak is done is to check its internal temperature using a meat thermometer.
Steak doneness levels
If you are like me, you love your steak cooked a certain way. You can cook your steak a little longer/quicker if you want it rare or well done. Here are the internal temperatures the steaks should be for different cooked levels:
- Rare steaks: Steak should have an internal temperature between 125F and 130F.
- Medium-rare steaks: Internal temperature between 130F and 140F.
- Medium steaks: 140F-150F.
- Well done steaks: 160F.
Tips to make the best recipe
- Don’t use steaks that are less than an inch in thickness. Thin steaks are prone to overcooking quickly and becoming chewy.
- To enjoy the best flavor and texture, allow the steaks to come to room temperature at least 30 minutes before cooking them in the air fryer. I typically remove them before I do any prep.
- Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket, and leave some space between the steaks for airflow to cook evenly. If needed, cook the steaks in batches.
- Pat dry the steaks before seasoning them.
This air fryer steak recipe is made with simple ingredients, but it’s easy to customize. Here are some ideas:
- Add a steak rub from your grocery store or specialty spice shop.
- Marinate it in dressing or marinade for an extra juicy flavor punch.
- Add a pinch of sugar to balance the salty flavors and give it a gorgeous caramelized crust (like a sear!).
- Cover it in creamy sauces for a comforting meal, like alfredo sauce, cheese sauce, or even gravy.
- Add spices like smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper for a smoky flavor hit.
- Use fresh herbs like rosemary, parsley, thyme, or oregano.
Wondering what’s the best way to store leftover steak? Here are best practices for steak storage:
To store: Place the steak and any excess juices in a shallow container and store it in a refrigerator for up to three days.
To freeze: Place the cooked and cooled steak in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Reheating: Either microwave the steak for 20-30 seconds or reheat in a non-stick pan until hot.
Frequently Asked Questions
The color of the well-cooked steak is brown. You can also check the internal temperature of the steak.
You have to flip a steak in the air fryer to cook both sides.
Simple vegetable side dishes are best, and my family enjoys salads, potatoes, asparagus, green beans, and of course, French fries.
More air fryer recipes to try
- Chicken breast– Ready in just 8 minutes and super juicy.
- Chicken thighs– Crispy skin and juicy meat.
- Pork chops– My family LOVES pork chops this way.
- Salmon– Foolproof method for perfectly flaky and crisp salmon.
- Chicken drumsticks– None of the mess, all of the flavor.
Perfect Air Fryer Steak
- Preheat the air fryer to 200C/400F.
- Rub oil, salt, and pepper on the steaks.
- Air fry the steaks for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Let the steaks rest for 10 minutes.
Recipe originally posted June 2022, but updated to include new information and a recipe video for your benefit!
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