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Air Fryer Ribeye Steaks

We’re not big steak eaters. However, our younger daughter enjoys a good steak. So, when they’re on sale, we’ll stock up. That way when she visits, we can cook one for her.

How do we cook that steak? Usually, we would cook it on the grill. However, ever since we got the air fryer, we’ve been using it. It’s a terrific kitchen appliance that cooks food hot in the summer without heating up your kitchen. I appreciate that added bonus of staying cool.

Sliced medium-rare steak seasoned with pepper and served with a slice of lemon on parchment paper.
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Air Fryer Ribeye Steaks

When working up this air fryer recipe, Bill happened to have purchased ribeye steaks, because they were on sale. I know they’re not the most affordable cut in general. However, when Bill sees a good sale, he stocks up.

How to cook a ribeye steak in the air fryer

One of the reasons we love the idea of cooking ribeye steak in the air fryer is how fast you can get it done. Prep time is about 10 minutes, primarily because, except for the steak, you’re working with four ingredients only. Cook time is a little more than that. So, a steak in under 30 minutes.

Ingredients Overview and Instructions

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Step-by-step cooking instructions

Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, pat dry the steaks using a paper towel to remove excess moisture. You do this to make sure that the ingredients you’ll be using to season the ribeye steaks actually stick.

A hand uses a paper towel to pat dry two raw steaks on a white plate.
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Rub both sides of the steaks with avocado oil, ensuring they are evenly coated.

Two raw beef steaks on a white plate, drizzled with olive oil, placed on a white background.
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Sprinkle the garlic powder, salt, and black pepper over the steaks, gently pressing it into the meat to adhere.

A white plate with two raw steaks seasoned with salt, pepper, and oil, resting on a white background.
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Place the seasoned steaks in the preheated air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching each other.

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Cook the steaks in the air fryer for the following times, based on your desired doneness:

  • 6-8 minutes for medium-rare
  • 8-10 minutes for medium
  • 10-12 minutes for well-done.

Set a timer so that you flip them halfway through the cooking time.

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Check the doneness of the steaks using a meat thermometer to ensure they reach your preferred level of doneness:

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  • Medium-rare: 135°F (57°C)
  • Medium: 145°F (63°C)
  • Well-done: 160°F (71°C)

Don’t have a meat thermometer? You can find them at a great price on Amazon.

Once the steaks are cooked to your desired doneness, remove them from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes before slicing. Slice the steaks against the grain into thin strips.

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Final thoughts and notes

Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of your steaks and the model of your air fryer. Adjust accordingly.

Also, let the steaks come to room temperature before slicing. This will allow them to cook evenly throughout.

Finally, feel free to add additional seasonings or herbs according to your taste preferences.

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Air Fryer Ribeye Steaks

We're not big steak eaters. However, our younger daughter enjoys a good steak. So, when they're on sale, we'll stock up. That way when she visits, we can cook one for her.
How do we cook that steak? Usually, we would cook it on the gril. However, every since we got the air fryer, we've been using it. It's a terrific kitchen appliances that cooks food hot in the summer without heating up your kitchen. I appreciate that added bonus of staying cool.
When working up this air fryer recipe, Bill happened to have purchased ribeye steaks, because they were on sale. I know they're not the most affordable cut in general. However, when Bill sees a good sale, he stocks up.
One of the reasons we love the idea of cooking the steak in the air fryer is how fast you can get it done. Prep time is about 10 minutes, primarily because, except for the steak, you're working with four ingredients only. Cook time is a little more than that. So, a steak in under 30 minutes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 536 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces ribeye steak
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil You can substitute any high smoke point oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes.
  • Pat dry the steaks using a paper towel to remove excess moisture. You do this to make sure that the ingredients you'll be using to season the ribeye steaks actually stick.
  • Rub both sides of the steaks with avocado oil, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  • Sprinkle the garlic powder, salt, and black pepper over the steaks, gently pressing it into the meat to adhere.
  • Cook the steaks in the air fryer for the following times, based on your desired doneness:
    6-8 minutes for medium-rare
    8-10 minutes for medium
    10-12 minutes for well-done.
  • Set a timer so that you flip them halfway through the cooking time.
  • Check the doneness of the steaks using a meat thermometer to ensure they reach your preferred level of doneness.
  • Once the steaks are cooked to your desired doneness, remove them from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes before slicing.
  • Slice the steaks against the grain into thin strips. Serve with your favorite sides.

Notes

  • Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of your steaks and the model of your air fryer. Adjust accordingly.
  • Also, let the steaks come to room temperature before slicing. This will allow them to cook evenly throughout.
  • Finally, feel free to add additional seasonings or herbs according to your taste preferences.

Nutrition

Calories: 536kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 46gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 1281mgPotassium: 619mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.01gVitamin A: 37IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 4mg

Disclaimer

Please note that nutrient values, if included with the recipe, are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability/substitution and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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