Perfect Air Fryer Steak

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This Air Fryer Steak is impeccably seared on the outside and tender juicy on the inside. Cooking steak in an air fryer will create extra flavor and a delicate texture to truly satisfy everyone in your family!

Make this a scrumptious meal with a Caesar Salad, or Garlic Butter Green Beans and a Perfect Baked Potato or Homemade Sweet Potato Fries. Your friends and family are going to love this!

Perfect Air Fryer Steak with golden seared outside and tender juicy inside. Topped with garlic butter.

Steak in the Air Fryer

I’m not exaggerating when I say this is a perfect steak. It gives you that crispy crust seared outside and a tender juicy inside, EVERYTIME! Yes, grilling steak is still amazing but it’s getting cold, no one wants to stand outside to grill a steak. Cast iron steak on the stove is divine, but no one wants to fill the house up with smoke all the time. Plus cooking it in the Air Fryer takes the guesswork out how long to cook it for. You don’t have to worry about it getting over done or underdone. You just have to worry about keeping the hungry masses patient.

This is so simple, and easy. Now steak can be the main dish any night of the week, not just reserved for the weekends. It’s quick too, so no need to stress about not having enough time. Your biggest issue will be having enough time to make side dishes. Top the succulent steak with a super decadent yet painless Garlic Butter for a taste you won’t be able to resist.

Steak Ingredients

  • Steak: Ribeye, New York or Tri Tip about 1 inch thick
  • Oil: I used Olive oil for it’s mild flavor
  • Italian Seasoning: Such a classic seasoning that tastes  so good.
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste

Garlic Herb Butter

  • Butter: Softened
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic minced
  • Fresh Rosemary, Thyme, and Parsley: Using fresh herbs adds subtle flavor and color.

How to Cook Steak in Air Fryer

Air fryers don’t just do potatoes, they can surprisingly create a restaurant worthy meal at home. It’s so simple, hands off and so good you may never cook steak any other way again!

  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat fryer 400 degrees. Rub the steaks with oil on each side. Rub the Italian seasoning and salt and pepper o
  2. Fry: Put the steaks in the fryer and cook for 12 minutes, flipping half way through. Let it rest for 10 minutes and top with the garlic butter.

Seasoned steak in Air Fryer

Why Air Fryers Are So Amazing

  • Healthy: Air Fryers make everything so easy and so much healthier than traditional methods. It can cut the time in half as well as the fat without sacrificing flavor.
  • Frozen: Frozen food can be cooked in the fryer, you’ll just have to adjust the cooking time.
  • How It Works: They work by circulating heat all around the food so it’s practically fool proof.

Tips and Variations for Perfect Steak

  • Room Temperature: Have your steaks for the best results.
  • Spacing: Avoid overcrowding the air fryer so the air can circulate evenly around the steaks.
  • Rest: Remove the steaks and let rest on a plate so the fryer doesn’t continue cooking the steaks.
  • Seasonings: You can use so many different spices and seasonings to your liking and desire.
  • Medium Steak: Set the time to 12 minutes and flip the steak at 6.
  • Medium Rare: For a medium-rare steak, cook the steak for 10 minutes and flip it at 5 minutes.
  • Well-done steaks take a good 12 to 15 minutes.

Steak Temperature

FDA’s temperatures for Steak, Use a meat thermometer to test your meat and take out 5 min before your desired doneness.

  • Rare: 125°F
  • Medium-Rare: 135°F
  • Medium: 145°F
  • Medium Well: 155°F
  • Well: 160°F

Perfect Air Fryer Steak with golden seared outside and tender juicy inside. Topped with garlic butter and a side of beans and potatoes.

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Air Fryer Steak

4.92 from 12 votes
This Air Fryer Steak is impeccably seared on the outside and tender juicy on the inside. Cooking steak in an air fryer will create extra flavor and a delicate texture to truly satisfy! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 2 Steaks


  • 1-2 Ribeye New York, or Tri Tip Steaks (1 inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper

Garlic Herb Butter:

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Prepare the steaks by rubbing olive oil on each side. Rub the Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper on each side.
  • Add the steak to the air fryer basket and cook for 12 minutes, turning over ager 6 minutes for medium. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes and top with garlic butter.


Serves: 2

Calories506kcal (25%)Carbohydrates1gProtein23g (46%)Fat46g (71%)Saturated Fat23g (115%)Cholesterol130mg (43%)Sodium262mg (11%)Potassium303mg (9%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A757IU (15%)Vitamin C2mg (2%)Calcium31mg (3%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, air fryer steak
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. What type/kind of air fryer are you using for this recipe. It looks amazing and I would like to try this but am in need of this kind of air fryer?

    1. Any type of air fryer is a great purchase. There are so many recipes you can make with them. I have a couple that I have tried. I like the NuWave Brio 6 quart or the Instant Vortex.

      1. 5 stars
        This recipe is THE BEST. I almost bought a grill until I cooked my steak this way. Since I have a different air fryer, I made sure to check the doneness of my steak.

        1. My name is Teri too! I have been wanting an Air Fryer and got one for Christmas. I have a Cosori and really love it. It’s just the right size, and has non stick baskets~a must have……2 rib eyes waiting their turn for tomorrow night. I like rare, so I may need a small adjustment. Wish me luck!🤞

  2. 5 stars
    Just finished making this & it is super delicious! Will be making again for sure! Easiest and tastiest steak ever.

  3. 5 stars
    OMGosh! SO easy, tender, quick and delicious! Absolutely perfect! I was shocked that it was so good. My husband, who will only eat GRILLED steaks marveled at this recipe. Thank you, Alyssa, for your scrumptious variety of foods!

  4. My hubby gave me an Air Fryer for Christmas. I love it!!!! I’ve cooked steaks, pork chops, chicken, and whole little potatoes. They have all turned out wonderful!!!!!!

  5. The steak is really good. I will be doing it again. My grandson has made this to and they love it.

  6. We made a strip loin steak on the air crisp function of our Ninja foodi. It was perfect. Did 5 minutes first side and 4 minutes on second side for medium.

    1. 5 stars
      I agree! This is a tasty recipe! I followed the recipe with the exception of times for the KC strip steaks. I cooked them (on top of the fingerling potatoes) for 5 minutes on one side then flipped them for 4 minutes on the second side. A perfect medium steak! The seasoned butter added so much flavor to the finished steak. I have a Gourmania airfryer.

  7. We got lucky when our daughter got a new toaster/oven/air fryer for a wedding gift so she gave us the air fryer she already had. It’s a Gourmia and I’m pretty obsessed 😍 with it. I’ve made a bunch of air fryer recipes on this site and every single one is great. My favorite so far is the air fryer salmon. Best salmon ever!!! Thanks for sharing your recipes Alyssa!!!!😊

  8. Can you use a top sirloin steak for this recipe? I was going to cook one in the oven but I want to try it in the air fryer.

  9. Soooooooo dog on good! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I was reluctant to try this method of cooking on my beloved steak at first, seeing that I am a grill steak lover at heart. But out of desperation on a cold Monday evening in April I tried it and I am so glad I did. Delicious! Tender and flavorful. The best non-grilled steak hands down!

  10. 5 stars
    I had my doubts. We are steak snobs and buy rib eyes at Whole Foods and have it down to a science In the cast iron. This was fantastic though. The flavor was incredible, the mess was not existent and it was cooked perfectly. We did 5 minutes each side for medium rare.

  11. Wow! This just made cooking steak so much easier, I never thought of this before. I am a steak fan but most of the time I didn’t want to cook it because of the attention that it requires like having it in my cast iron and basting it, which makes it difficult with my kiddos running around. This just makes it way better, thank you for sharing this!

  12. This recipe is exactly what I was looking for, but my ribeyes are really thick, close to 3 inches. If I want them medium rare, how long should I put them in for? 14 mins and flip at 7 mins?

  13. 5 stars
    I made this again today for the second time and it was wonderful! We love the seasonings used and it is a super quick and delicious steak!! Thank you (:

  14. 4 stars
    I thought it was very tender and tasty, could cut it with a fork. But I didn’t get the nice char on the outside . I did marinate it in a packet of spices with oil and vinegar. Delicious, but as much as I love my air fryer (which I use twice a week at least) I think I will broil or grill my steak.

  15. 5 stars
    Followed to a T minus eyeing the seasoning vs measuring. Mind blown!! Juicy steak! Soo flavorful.. thanks for the recipe, very impressed.

  16. Thanks for this article,Its a very informative article.many people ask about the air fryer options and after reading this many of them got their answer.
    very useful and comprehensive guide for young talent who are looking a career in this field

  17. Can I use your Best Steak Marinade in the World that you also posted by using Airfryer to cook the steak and not the skillet or is this recipe better? Thanks.

      1. Will the World’s Best Steak Marinade good with New York Strip/Steak or Rib Eye if I’m cooking it in my Air Fryer? Thanks.

          1. Thank you so much! We had the best New York Strip Steak using your World’s Best Steak Marinade. I marinated the steaks overnight in the refrigerator. Took it out of the fridge 1 hr. before cooking. Preheated my Airfryer for 4 minutes and cook the steaks at 400F for 5 minutes each side. Perfect for us! So delicious!!!

  18. I’m new to cooking with an air fryer. I have a 3.7 qt. GoWise Air Fryer with a view window. This steak recipe looks delicious. I haven’t made it yet. If I want to cook just one steak to medium rare, do I need to adjust the 10 minute cook time? If so, what would you suggest?

  19. We tried this tonight. The steaks turned out ok, with a good taste. But it did not get any sear on the outside as the picture shows.

  20. 5 stars
    Because we live in an apt, a grill is not available,
    But our Gourmia air fryer is our finest kitchen addition. Now that you offered the most delicious recipe for steak with garlic butter,
    we are able to feast on air fried steak that is as
    juicy and flavorful as if it were fresh off the Kimoto grill. Cheers !

  21. 5 stars
    I decided to try this recipe and it came out very moist and tender. It was the perfect temp for me and the steak was seared and seasoned perfectly. I will definitely use this recipe in the future.

  22. Can’t wait to try this. I see the air fryer is the deep basket type. I have the InstaPot with Airfryer attachment, so I think that will work the same, but it’s round & I’m not sure if my steak(s) will fit. Guess I’ll have to try & find out 😁

    I also have a Pampered Chef Air Fryer. It is not basket type. It has a rotisserie attachment for chicken and rotating basket for fries. And wire trays for cooking food on which is where the steak would rest and the air circulates all around it. Do you think cooking the steak in this type of AF would yield the same results?

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