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Steak in the Air Fryer

We’re not big steak eaters. However, when we want to cook a steak, we’ll choose one of two ways. One would be putting it on the grill, weather dependent. The other is using the air fryer.

Never thought about cooking steak in the air fryer? Prepare to have your mind blown.

Two cooked steaks in an air fryer basket, accompanied by a side salad, a whole lemon, fresh thyme, and baked potatoes with butter on the side.
Cooked steak in the air fryer. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

How to cook steak in the air fryer

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.

The other reason that air fryer is such a great tool is it allows you to cook indoors, in warm weather, without overheating your kitchen. We tend to cook most mills outdoors on the grill in the summer, because we don’t want to eat in a hot house. With the air fryer, that’s never an issue. No oven, no ambient heat.

Ingredients Overview and Instructions

Two raw steaks on a cutting board next to bowls of black pepper, garlic powder, salt, and avocado oil, ready to become the perfect steak in the air fryer.
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As I mentioned, one of the reasons you can make a steak in the air fryer so quickly is how few ingredients it involves. Here’s a rundown of those ingredients.

  • 2 ribeye steaks (8oz)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or any high-smoke-point oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Step-by-step instructions

Start by preheating 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.

Two raw steaks on a white plate, with a hand using a paper towel to pat them dry in preparation for cooking the steak in the air fryer.
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Rub both sides of the steaks with avocado oil, ensuring they are evenly coated.

Two raw steaks on a white plate, lightly coated with olive oil, ready to become mouthwatering steak in the air fryer.
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Now its time to season the steak with the garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.

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Make sure you gently press it into the meat so it adheres. Otherwise, when you pick up the steaks to place them in the air fryer, all of these seasonings will fall off.

Two uncooked steaks, seasoned with salt, pepper, and oil, placed on a white plate against a white background, ready to be cooked to perfection in the air fryer.
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Use tongs to pick up and place the seasoned steaks in the preheated air fryer basket. You’ll want to make sure sure they are not touching each other once you get them settled in the air fryer basket.

Two raw, seasoned steaks rest on a white plate. A pair of tongs holds one steak, ready to be placed in the air fryer for cooking perfection.
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This is why we like to use our larger, square air fryer for cooking meals. With a round one, it’s nearly impossible not to have the food touching when you cook it.

Cook the steaks in the air fryer for the following times and how you like your steak:

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

You’ll want to flip the steaks when you’re halfway through the cooking time. So, set a timer on your phone so you don’t forget.

Two raw beef steaks, seasoned with spices, placed inside an air fryer basket. The anticipation of cooking steak in the air fryer promises a perfectly charred and juicy result.
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Check the doneness of the steaks using a meat thermometer to ensure they reach your preferred level of doneness. These are the temperatures to shoot for:

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

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.

Close-up of a fork holding two pieces of medium-rare steak, with visible seasoning and a lemon wedge in the background.
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Final thoughts

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. For example, for a spicier steak, try using Old Bay Seasoning. For a simpler taste, leave out the garlic powder.

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Two cooked steaks in an air fryer basket, accompanied by a side salad, a whole lemon, fresh thyme, and baked potatoes with butter on the side.

Steak in the Air Fryer

We're not big steak eaters. However, when we want to cook a steak, we'll choose one of two ways. One would be putting it on the grill, weather dependent. The other is using the air fryer.
Never thought about cooking steak in the air fryer? Prepare to have your mind blown.
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.
The other reason that air fryer is such a great tool is it allows you to cook indoors, in warm weather, without overheating your kitchen. We tend to cook most mills outdoors on the grill in the summer, because we don't want to eat in a hot house. With the air fryer, that's never an issue. No oven, no ambient heat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 536 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces ribeye steak You can cook other cuts of steak. However, you may need to adjust the cooking time based on the thickness of the cut.
  • 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.
  • Rub both sides of the steaks with avocado oil, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  • Season the steak with the garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Make sure you gently press it into the meat so it adheres. Otherwise, when you pick up the steaks to place them in the air fryer, all of these seasonings will fall off.
  • Use tongs to pick up and place the seasoned steaks in the preheated air fryer basket. Make sure sure they are not touching each other once you get them the air fryer basket.
  • Cook the steaks in the air fryer for the following times and how you like your steak:
    6-8 minutes for medium-rare
    8-10 minutes for medium
    10-12 minutes for well-done
  • Flip the steaks when you're 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.
  • Finally, slice the steaks against the grain into thin strips and serve.

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 cooking. This will allow them to cook evenly throughout.
  • Finally, feel free to add additional seasonings or herbs according to your taste preferences. For example, for a spicier steak, try using Old Bay Seasoning. For a simpler taste, leave out the garlic powder.

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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