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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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4.90 from 48 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

Ingredients 

Garlic Herb Butter:

Instructions 

  • 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.

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Nutrition

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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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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147 Comments

  1. Thank you for the lovely recipe Alyssa. The balance of flavors in the herb butter is very nice (though shamefully & admittedly I did boost the garlic quantity-as I usually do:).
    Our air fryer is old and, a recent check showed it’s not reaching the temp set on the unit. The max is 400F which makes cooking a recipe like this one -to be cooked at 400F- a bit problematic, but it’s still not just manageable, but successful. I enjoy the challenges brought by the necessity to modify while cooking, so no problem here.
    Well done on your generous contributions.!

  2. 5 stars
    I can’t cook a steak to save my life but this came out really great. Followed recipe exactly. Preheated airfryer (I have the rack kind not a basket)
    I would have liked a little more char but definitely the best steak I’ve Made

    1. So dumb you didn’t pay attention to what you “read” before posting this rude comment Jay. Dumb & rude trumps just dumb—especially when dumb didn’t apply.
      Shame on you.

  3. 2 stars
    Cook time was too long. Turned out medium well. Also, no sear really. Just brown. Better than baking or boiling, but not what i would consider an acceptable steak cooking method

  4. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious. Getting cold when I use my barbecue so I found this recipe which cooks steaks almost as well (only I can tell the difference). Thanks!

  5. These steaks were absolutely scrumptious! Made with ease, fast clean up, tender and juicy with the right amount of crispy edges. We loved them!! 😍 I have tried many of your recipes and you never let us down.