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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

4.96 from 41 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


  • 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.



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. 5 stars
    For thin strip steaks (4oz) I suggest 3 minutes a side if you want medium (maybe even less-haven’t succeeded yet). I tried 4 a side and it was still well done.

  2. 5 stars
    Best sear ever on a steak. I used Olive Oil, Monterey Steak seasoning and the Herb Butter. My husband absolutely loved it.

  3. 5 stars
    Great instructions for a delicious steak! I had nice thick sirloin steaks and followed the directions exactly. At 12 minutes plus 5 minutes resting, they were a perfect medium. Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe!! I marinated the steaks in a bit of olive oil and worcestershire overnight, rubbed the seasonings onto each side the day of and set in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 15 minutes per the instructions (flipping over halfway through). It came out with the perfect sear, flavor and SO juicy on the inside! This recipe is going to be on repeat in my house!!

  5. I want to try this and just need clarification on the temperature. After you preheat do you not need to push a setting? You just use the preheat to cook? Thanks.

    1. Hello! This depends on your air fryer. Some don’t have a preheat setting. If you don’t, then you just set the temperature and let it preheat to that for 3-4 minutes. If you do have a preheat button then you use that and then switch to the cooking method on your air fryer.

      1. My airfreight has multiple settings. Airfry, roast, bake, broil, etc. Are you using airfry setting or broil?

  6. 5 stars
    Way too easy. My husband said it was the best ever. I never thought I’d get him away from his icky charcoal grill. Now we can have steak and he won’t smell like smoky coal all night! I did inch-thick filets and they were perfect. Thanks for this!

  7. Can’t wait to try this! I love grilled steaks, but you don’t always want to stand around outside when it’s really cold or really hot! Also, when we seat them in a skillet, it smells up our house for ages! Do you have cooking times for thicker steaks, like 1.5-2”?

  8. 5 stars
    I could not believe how amazing my T-bone steak came out!!!! I will only cook steaks in the airfryer from here on out! The t-bone was about an inch thick & it took 12 minutes total and it came out being the perfect mix between medium well & well done, juicy and not chewy at all. The knife really cut through it like butter I couldn’t believe it! The herb garlic butter on top was *chef’s kiss*!!!! Definitely will be putting this in a weekly rotation. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    OMG! I can’t believe how good this came out! My hubby enjoyed it! Thank you for an easy Sunday Dinner! Can’t wait to try other cuts and recipes!