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

4.95 from 39 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. 5 stars
    I finally have a steak WIN!!! for years I’ve had disappointed outcomes with all types of steaks Your insight on how to prepare the perfect steak in the air fryer was spot on!!! I believe the preheating made all the difference, and the marinate before left my husband in a state of unbelief…. as he asked “Did You make this???” WINNING! Thank You!

  2. 5 stars
    I used different spices for the steak but your cooking method. I will never make steak any other way again. It turned out perfect! Thank you.

    1. It shouldn’t be! You should always let your meat rest for 5-10 minutes to let all of the juices soak in. If you are worried about it getting cold, then you can always cover it with foil!

  3. 5 stars
    This was so surprisingly delish! I didn’t think air fryed beef could possibly turn out well but I didn’t have time to deal with a stove or BBQ tonight, so I gave it a go. I didn’t have time, this time around, to try all of your seasoning suggestions either (next time cause it sounds yummy), but I still worked your recipe method. My steak didn’t appear to be quite 1” thick so I adjusted my cooking time down to 7 minutes total for medium rare and it was spot on. I allowed it to rest uncovered for about 10 minutes before cutting into it. The outside wasn’t as crusty as I’d like but that’s likely because I didn’t let it cook as long as yours. No matter the steak was super delish and the texture amazing.

    What I did – I rubbed it with Olive Oil like you suggested and also generously rubbed on some Kinders Buttery Steakhouse Rub before placing in my 400°F pre-heated air fryer. I flipped the steak half way through and melted garlic butter was poured over top after removing it from the oven. It’s my go-to method from now on! It really was that good.

    For Reference, I used a 6 qrt Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer with ClearCook & OdorErase

    1. Also for reference, my steak was a Porterhouse cut. And because of my time crunch, I did not allow the steak to come to room temp before placing in the oven. This would be why my steak didn’t come out as crusty as it should have. That part was definitely my doing.

  4. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe with small filet on my neice and husband a few months ago . Now my husband wants we to cook them this way all the time. This is Super way to cook them. They come out fantastic.

  5. I like to sous vide my steaks, but can I modify this to add the final sear without getting too much gray band? (None of the photos show cut steaks!)

  6. 5 stars
    OMG! Best recipe ever!
    Thank you!!
    I love steak but never make will from now on!
    Oh and I never comment on recipes but had to this one!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve cooked this 2times the steak was the best . I will keep this recipe for ever ❤️

    1. I have not tried cooking them this way but I would say that it’s safe to assume that the cooking times would be the same! If you try it, please let me know how they turn out!

      1. My god, amazing recipe; I left it on my ninja airfryer for 15mnts instead turn @7, did not need additional sause it was perfect, medium well, pair with mash potatoes and teriyaki vegetables. Will use and abuse your recipes from now on thank u Alyssa

  8. 5 stars
    Thank you for the tips on the butter – we have such cold weather my hubby doesn’t want to grill but we were both hungry for a simple steak dinner. This was easy – I adjusted his down to 10 minutes. It was great with a salad!

  9. 4 stars
    Used grass fed and finished ribeye steaks. Cooking it for 12 minutes over cooked it a bit. Next time I’ll reduce the Cooking time to 10 minutes. Overall, very good and no oil spatter. Thank you for sharing.

    1. As I do 90% of the cooking and I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have my air fryer ,,,from fried chicken ,, pork chops,,even egg plant .. but as a southern boy from the Deep South … I still got to have my veggies ..
      The more I use mine the more I love it …bacon is better sausage patties just great

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