How To Cook Steak In An Air Fryer

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Published by: Chef Matty Riedel • Updated: October 25, 2023

How To Cook Steak In An Air Fryer (In Brief)

  1. Preheat the fryer to 200 degrees C

  2. When the steak is at room temperature, add seasoning

  3. Fry steak for 10-12 minutes depending on how well you like it done

  4. Add a layer of garlic butter and let it rest for about 10 minutes on a plate

Cooking a steak in an air fryer is a really easy process. It involves only three easy steps and the result is a steak that has a crispy surface and a juicy and tender inside. It’s hard to mess up this process and in the end, you will have a flavourful steak.

Those who live busy lives shouldn’t have to compromise on the food they love. And an air fryer is one of those appliances that just makes life easier in this respect. So, let’s get started with the recipe.

How To Cook Steak In An Air Fryer (In Detail)

Air fryers can do more than cook only frozen potatoes. In fact, they are great when it comes to cooking steaks that are of restaurant quality. And you can do it easily, in a matter of minutes at home.

It’s an easy recipe, you don’t have to hover around the air fryer and you might just do this every time you want to cook a steak. The recipe has only three steps and the end result will be just as you desire it.

You just need to cook it in the air fryer for a few minutes and flip it halfway through the preparation and cook the other side as well. It’s that simple and it works for all kinds of steaks.


  • 1-inch thick steak
  • Olive oil because it is mild
  • Classic Italian seasoning
  • Softened butter
  • Freshly minced garlic
  • Parsley, thyme and rosemary
  • Salt and pepper

Here’s the outline of the recipe you will need to follow.

  • Step 1: Preheat the fryer and prepare the steaks
  • Step 2: Fry the steaks
  • Step 3: Rest and season them

Here’s an elaborate version of the details to be mindful of when you are cooking a steak in an air fryer.

Step 1: Preheat The Fryer And Prep The Steak

To begin with, you should get the steak out of the refrigerator. This is because the steak must be at room temperature by the time the air fryer is prepped. So, you should aim to get it out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you start cooking.

Then you must start prepping the air fryer by preheating the appliance to about 205 degrees C or 400 degrees F. This should be done for about 5 to 10 minutes. Preheating the air fryer is an important step because the steak needs to enter the appliance when it is high on heat.

uncooked steak with seasoning and rosemary

And the basket inside the hot air fryer will take care of most of the cooking process.

Then you can paint the steak(s) with oil on both sides. This is an optional step but also an important one. However, if you’re going to do this, you must remember not to place the steak in the air fryer while it is still wet from the oil.

To avoid that, you should grab a kitchen towel and dab the steak with it. This will get rid of the excess moisture on the surface of the steak.

At this point, you can also add the seasoning along with salt and pepper on both sides of the steak. Now, you don’t really need a whole lot of seasoning when you are cooking a steak in the air fryer, which is just another one of the many benefits of using this appliance.

You need salt and black pepper that is freshly ground. That, along with garlic butter and oil, is all you need to make sure that your steak is delicious.

Step 2: Fry The Steak

Next, you should place the steak in the air fryer to, well, fry it. Some people like to place the steak on a trivet or tripod of some kind to lift it. It can help you avoid having to flip it midway through the cooking. But if you can’t do that, there’s really no problem.

cooked steak with a sprig of rosemary

If you’re not using a tripod, you should let the fryer cook the steak for about 6 minutes and then flip it. After that, you let the fryer cook the other side of the steak for another 6 minutes.

Remember that this duration depends on how well you would like your steak to be made. In some cases, you might have to cook it for 4-5 minutes on one side and repeat the same on the other side.

What Temperature Should I Cook For Rare, Medium and Well Done Steak?

If you want it done rare, you should cook it at 48 degrees C. If you are aiming for medium rare, then it is 54 degrees C. If your choice is medium, the temperature should be 60 degrees C. If you want a medium, well-done steak, you should fry it at 65 degrees C.

And those who like a well-done steak should cook it at or 70 degrees C.

Step 3: Rest And Season

Once the steak is cooked, you should take it out of the fryer and let it rest at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes. This will allow the steak to absorb its own juices. Once that is done, you can add some garlic butter to it.

rare steak with a salad

Just remember not to overcrowd your air fryer while cooking multiple steaks. That means you should not let them overlap.

Best Cuts Of Meat To Use

There are more than a few options when it comes to cooking steaks in an air fryer. And it will serve you well to pick meats that inherently have a little bit of fat. Here are some highly recommended options:

  • Beef medallions
  • Eye fillet or filet mignon
  • Rump steaks
  • Scotch fillet or boneless ribeye steak
  • Top loin or New York strip steak
  • Top sirloin steaks

Pro - Tips

  • Once they are cooked, you should rest the steaks on a plate instead of an air fryer basket so that they don’t keep getting cooked.
  • Figure out what kind of seasoning you like on the steak and experiment with them.
  • It takes a well-done steak about 12-15 minutes to be ready. Don’t overdo it.

  • How To Cook Steak In An Air Fryer: Conclusion

    A lot of people wonder if an air fryer will dry out the steak. It’s not an unreasonable question. This does happen and it’s because the steak doesn’t have the protection of a layer of fat like chicken. But that’s why you add that extra garlic butter in the end.

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