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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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4.96 from 44 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
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
Servings: 2 Steaks


Garlic Herb Butter:


  • 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.



Calories: 506kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 23gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 262mgPotassium: 303mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 757IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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 !

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

    1. My air fryer is a 6 quart. You will want to reduce the time for the steak since yours is smaller. 10 minutes should be plenty. Enjoy your steak!

    1. Yes, if your air fryer has enough room to cook 2 at a time without overlapping that will be great!

  6. 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.

      2. 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!!!

  7. 5 stars
    Those look amazing. I’m always afraid of cooking my steaks any other way than my tired and true method but this would be such a versatile way to use my air fryer!

  8. 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