If you’re a steak lover then you HAVE to make this air fryer steak recipe. Generously season a 1 lb. steak and then air fry at 400ºF for around 10 minutes.
With a bit of finessing and taste tests, we present to you the most perfect air fryer steak you’ll sink your teeth into. Cooking steak in the air fryer gets it ultra juicy on the inside with a bit of a crust on the outside thanks to a delicious dry rub.
We love cooking air fryer steak and serving it with a fluffy baked potato. And, if we have leftovers, it’s truly the best on top of our steak salad. Simply season your steak and hten air fry it at 400ºF for around 10 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of 140ºF for medium-rare.
Best Steak for Air Fryer Steak
We tested this recipe with both a ribeye steak and a New York strip steak. If you use a thinner steak such as flank steak, your cook-time may decrease.
How long to cook steak in air fryer?
The cooking time of your air fryer steak depends on how you like your steak. The temperatures below were tested with both New York strip and ribeye steaks. Here are the different times that scale from rare to well done:
- 135ºF – rare
- 140ºF – medium rare
- 150ºF – medium
- 165ºF – well-done
Pro Tip: Keep in mind that the larger your cut of meat, the longer it’ll need to cook.
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Tips & Tricks for the Perfect Steak
To avoid an overcooked steak, make sure you COMPLETELY preheat your air fryer before you begin cooking the steak. This will prevent the outside of the steak from cooking before the center is warmed through.
Allow your steaks to get to room temperature for at least 15 minutes before air frying for best results.
Remember that your steak needs time to rest after it’s done cooking. Set aside 10 minutes for this!
Try Our Homemade Steak Seasoning!
Our homemade steak seasoning is so good, it’ll be your new favorite way to season steak! It’s not only delicious but adds a crispy crust to your steak. Just mix it all up in a small bowl and taste the magic. Here’s what it’s made of:
- Kosher salt
- Freshly cracked ground black pepper
- Garlic powder
- Light brown sugar
- Red pepper flakes
Place your air fryer steak in an airtight container along with any remaining juices and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
To reheat your steak, you can microwave it for 20-30 seconds or reheat it over the stove until hot.
Can you freeze cooked steak?
Place it in a freezer-safe container and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
What to Serve with Air Fryer Steak
When it comes to sides to serve with your air fryer steak, we’ve got you covered. You can serve the steak alongside roasted vegetables or paired with tasty starches:
Air Fryer Steak
- Season the steak with 1 tablespoon of steak seasoning (or more if you would like) and massage the seasoning into both sides of the steak. Let the steak sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF and drizzle ½ tablespoon of olive oil in the bottom of the air fryer.
- Transfer the steak into the air fryer and drizzle with the rest of the olive oil. Depending on the size of your air fryer basket, you will likely only be able to cook 1 steak at a time. If you're cooking multiple, do not overcrowd the air fryer. Air fry the steak for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Use a meat thermometer to measure the temperature of the steak. When the steak reaches 135ºF (for medium rare — more temps in the recipe card) remove the steak from the air fryer. For a more well-done steak, continue cooking. Once your steak is cooked to your liking, let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
Tips & Notes
- This recipe has been tested with both a New York strip and a ribeye steak. Both work great.
- The larger the cut of meat, the longer you need to cook the steak.
- This recipe has been tested with and without seasoning. The seasoning helps to add a delicious crust to the outside of the steak.
- Steak Internal Temperatures
135ºF – rare
140ºF – medium rare
150ºF – medium
165ºF – well-done
- To avoid an overcooked steak, make sure you COMPLETELY preheat your air fryer before you begin cooking the steak. This will prevent the outside of the steak from cooking before the center is warmed through.
- Allow your steaks to get to room temperature for at least 15 minutes before air frying for best results.
- Remember that your
Photography: photos taken in this post are by Ashley McGlaughlin from The Edible Perspective.