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Air Fryer Steak Recipe

Published by: Chef Matty Riedel • Updated: March 6, 2024

How to cook a steak in an air fryer [In brief]

Allow the steak to come to room temperature

Rub olive oil and spices on both sides

Cook it in the air fryer for a few minutes, based on your doneness preference (see below)

Flip the steak halfway through the cook time

Once done, take it out and let it rest for 5 minutes


Air fryers can cook more than just a few frozen food items, so they’re not limited to potatoes. They can be used to make food that can be described as restaurant quality. And we’d all like to eat that stuff without paying hefty bills, right?

When we think of steaks, apart from quality, we also think of how much work it takes to make them. And if you’re anything like me, that alone is enough to dampen the whole operation.

But if you have an air fryer and a heart full of love for steaks, here’s a recipe to make your weekdays, not just weekends, delicious and flavourful. Let’s get started, shall we?

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Why Air Fryers Are Great

A couple of things, no, three things, about air fryers for those who are not convinced why air fryers are a pretty cool appliance

  • It’s easy to cook many things in an air fryer. If you know how to do it right, you can cook it quickly and in a way that is healthier than conventional cooking methods without giving up on the flavours.
  • You can also cook frozen food if you know how to adjust the time. That can be an important nugget of information for this recipe as well.
  • Finally, air fryers circulate the heat inside the basket, so you don’t have to worry about the result not being uniform. Of course, when cooking a steak, there’s one little detail to attend to. I’ll tell you about it at the right moment.

Grills vs Stove vs Air Fryer

However you cook it, the goal is for the steak to have a crispy outside part that is also seared while the inside part remains juicy and tender. You can grill it and get the same thing, except to do that, you have to live in a place that has barbecue weather all year long.

So, what do the rest of us who do not live in a sunny Narnia do? We look for options, obviously.

You can also cook a steak on a stove and get great results. But you’re going to fill your home with a lot of smoke, and eventually, you might think it’s easier to head to a restaurant.

When you bring an air fryer into this equation, you don’t have to worry about the weather, smoke, or cooking time. You also don’t have to worry about under or overdoing it. The recipe is easy and simple and works for most people.

The only calculations you need to make on your own are what side dish you want with your steak and how long it will take to make it—that, along with garlic butter for the steak if you’re not buying it from the store.

Air Fryer Steak Recipe

air fryer steak recipe
How To Cook A Steak In An Air Fryer
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COURSE Main Course
CALORIES 250 kcal


  • 120 grams About 1-inch thick steak
  • Olive oil because it has a mild flavour
  • Seasoning of your choice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Softened butter
  • Freshly minced garlic
  • Fresh thyme, parsley and rosemary


  • You want to start by taking the steak out of the fridge and leaving it out till it is at room temperature. This should take about 30 minutes less unless you've done something funky while storing the steak.

Step 1: Preheat And Prepare

  • The first thing to do once the steak is at room temperature is preheat your air fryer. You want to do this for 5-10 minutes at a temperature of 200 degrees C.
  • While that’s happening, you want to take a bowl and mix all the dry spices in it. Then you should spray some olive oil on the steak and rub the spices on the meat.
  • Once the air fryer basket is hot, you should put the spiced steak in it and let it cook for a few minutes. I’m not going to be specific about the time here because it depends on the type of steak. But those details are coming up after the recipe.

Step 2: Cook

  • Once you put the steaks in the fryer, you should remember a trick. This is what I was talking about at the end of the “Why Air Fryers Are Great” section.
  • You need to remember that no matter what type of steak you are cooking, you need to flip it halfway through the cook time. This will ensure that it is properly cooked on both sides, inside and out.
  • Now, some people like to raise the steak in the air fryer basket using a trivet. It’s a thing to do, but it doesn’t make the end result better or worse. You can place it in the fryer basket too. What’s more important is to flip it halfway through with a pair of tongs.

Step 3: Remove And Rest

  • Once the steak is ready, you can add a little salt and pepper if required. Remove the steak from the basket and place it outside for about five minutes. And you can serve it with garlic butter or steak sauce.
Chefs Tips
  • Wait until the steak has reached room temperature for the best result.
  • Don’t overcrowd the fryer basket because you want the heat to reach all corners of the steak.
  • Let the steaks rest outside the basket after they are cooked because you don’t want residual heat to continue cooking them.
Nutritional Information
Calories: 250kcalProtein: 24gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 62mgPotassium: 322mgVitamin A: 18IUCalcium: 8mgIron: 2mg
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Cook Time And Temperature

  • Cook Time


  • Medium steak

    12 minutes; flipped at the 6-minute mark

    62 degrees C

  • Medium-rare steak

    10 minutes

    57 degrees C

  • Well-done steak

    12-15 minutes (8 minutes for sirloin steak)

    71 degrees C

*You should use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. 

Best Steak Cuts For The Air Fryer

You must know what kind of steaks are good for air-frying. The best ones are tender cuts with a little fat marbled. Here are some suggestions.

Rib-Eye Steak

This is from the ribcage part, and it’s extremely tender and juicy. It’s got a lot of marbling, which makes it very flavourful. It’s not as cheap as other options, but it’s still quite easy to cook in an air fryer.

You need to be careful not to overcook it, which can dry out the meat. You should aim for medium and medium-rare.

T-Bone Steak

This one has a T-shaped bone with a strip steak and tenderloin. The latter is expensive because it has a great texture and is very tender, but it’s worth it because it’s a great match for the air fryer.

air fried T-Bone steak on a white plate with mash on the side

There’s a good deal of fat, so it won’t dry quickly. It would be best to keep an eye on it while it’s cooking, but that’s also because you don’t want your premium cut to be overcooked. Once again, medium and medium-rare are the goals.

Porterhouse Steak

This one is cut near the hind quarters, and it’s like the T-bone meat in the sense that it also has strip steak and tenderloin. The difference, however, is that this tenderloin is larger, which is also why it is more expensive.

uncooked porterhouse steak sitting on a bed of ice - a woman's hand is reaching for salt and pepper shakers

This is another great cut for air-frying since it has an impressive fat chunk. The only thing to remember is that it can overcook quickly, so you shouldn’t leave it alone. The doneness level is the same as the previous ones.

New York Strip Steak

Anything good for shallow grilling works for air fryers, too. That’s why this one. It’s another short loin cut with many flavours, except it is relatively leaner than Porterhouse or T-bone.

New York strip steak, alongside broccoli and a creamy mash on a white plate and a glass of red wine

This, too, is a good fit for air fryer cooking because it has fat. It won’t cost you as much as a T-bone steak, but it’s not exactly cheap.

Air Fryer Steak Recipe: FAQ

Can You Cook Raw Steak In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can add olive oil to it before placing it in the air fryer. Ensure you follow the cooking time and adjust the temperature according to the recommendations. But bring the cooking time down to 7 minutes if you aim for medium-rare.

Should You Marinate Steak before Cooking In The Air Fryer?

This is a very good idea because it makes your steak taste flavourful and juicy. Once you’ve tried marinated meat, it’s hard to return to grilling. Air-frying a marinated steak is also great because the process is conducive to the juices already in the meat.

Is It Better To Season Or Marinate Steak?

Many cuts are delicious when marinated. It’s not a rule, but when you marinate the meat, the ingredients penetrate deep into the meat, making it taste extra good.

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