How to Cook Steak in an Air Fryer: The Ultimate Guide

Air fryers have risen to popularity over the last few years. They are efficient, easy to use, and have great benefits. While there are many things that you can cook in an air fryer, one of my favorites is steak. If you are new to air frying, or just want to learn more about this method of cooking, here is everything you need to know about how to cook steak in an air fryer.

Steak can be a tricky meat to cook. Air fryers are a great way to cook steak because they cook food quickly and evenly. There is no need to worry about over or undercooking your steak. Air fryers are also great because they use very little oil if any at all. This is great news for your waistline, but also for your wallet.

This article will give you tips on how to cook steak in an air fryer so that it comes out perfectly. The main goal when preparing steak is to make sure that you meet your preferred level of doneness while still maintaining all of the flavors and juices inside. Using an air fryer will allow you to do this perfectly each and every time.

How long does it take to cook steak in an air fryer?

Medium rare steak

The general rule of thumb when cooking steak in an air fryer is about 10 minutes for medium-rare steak. This is assuming that the steak was thawed and at room temperature before you placed it in the air fryer. Plus, you’ll need extra time to preheat the air fryer first.

steak on the chopping board

If you want a well-done piece of meat, you’ll have to wait about 15 minutes for the meat to cook through. So the total time also varies depending on the thickness and kind of meat that you’re cooking. Each one of us has our own preferred choice of doneness or thickness of the meat, therefore the time in cooking varies.

I personally prefer a medium-rare steak, but there are times that I’ll cook it well done. It’s all about personal preference and taste.

Is an air fryer good for steak?

There are many different kinds of steak, and many different ways to cook them. But if you’re looking for a quick and simple way to cook your steak, then cooking it in an air fryer is the perfect solution. Not only is air frying your steak so much easier than grilling it, but air fryer steak also tastes better.

You don’t have to fight with a grill that’s still hot from the last time you used it. You don’t have to chase down a neighbor to borrow theirs. Not only is it less work, it’s also less of a hassle because you know exactly what temperature your meat will be cooked at—and you won’t burn anything down!

And, most importantly for us: you don’t have to worry about what kind of weather conditions you’re cooking in. If it’s raining cats and dogs outside, this method is for you. If your backyard grill recently became a giant home for spiders, this method is also for you.

In short: we love air frying our steaks! Read on to learn how to cook a perfect steak in the air fryer.

What temperature should I cook steak at?

Most people who’ve tried cooking a steak in an air fryer agree that it’s not for everyone, but there’s no denying that this is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get a deliciously succulent steak on the table!

If you’re looking to cook your steak using this method, aim to use anywhere between 350 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit. This will ensure that your steak is cooked properly without drying it out or overcooking. Let us know how things go by leaving a comment below!

How can I make my steak juicy and tender?

steak with butter on top

When you think about making juicy, tender steak in an air fryer, you probably think about adding more fat. It makes sense—after all, a good steak is usually made with a nice piece of ribeye that has lots of fat and marbling.

But did you know you can make a juicy, tender steak in an air fryer without that extra fat? The key is to start with a cut that already has enough fat and marbling in it. Otherwise, no matter how you cook it, it will be dry and tough.

For example, if you choose ribeye for its great flavor, you won’t want to remove all the fat before cooking. Instead, choose leaner cuts like sirloin or filet mignon.

How do I know when my steak is done?

For medium rare: cook for 10 minutes at 400°F (200°C) and then let rest for 5 minutes.

For medium: cook for 12 minutes at 400°F (200°C) and then let rest for 5 minutes.

If you don’t have an instant-read thermometer to test the internal temperature, here are some guidelines on how you can tell when your steak is done by pressing the meat with your finger:

Rare: soft and pliable in the center

Medium rare: firm but still slightly soft in the center

Medium: firm

Air fryer steak tips

Tip 1: Pick the Right Steak.

The first step to making the perfect air fryer steak is picking the right cut of meat. I recommend choosing sirloin or flank steak for your air fryer (although ribeye will work if you prefer). Slice off any excess fat and season the meat with your favorite spices or marinades—a little salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and olive oil works great as a basic spice combo!

Tip 2: Prep the meat.

Remove your steak from the fridge 20-25 minutes before cooking, which will help it cook faster and more evenly. Pat dry with paper towels to absorb any unnecessary liquid.

Tip 3: Add the perfect seasoning.

Seasoning your steak before cooking is key. This is where you can get creative with how you want your steak to taste by adding different herbs and spices to your liking. For classic seasoning, use salt and pepper.

Tip 4: Turn Up the Heat

To cook your steak in an air fryer, set the temperature between 400 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The time it takes to cook a steak in an air fryer will depend on its thickness and desired doneness level. Here is the time required for cooking at 400 degrees Fahrenheit:

Medium rare: 8 minutes

Medium: 9 minutes

Well done: 10 minutes

Step Up your Steak

Steak is a fantastic and versatile protein. We love it for its savory flavor, versatility, and ease of cooking. Just like any other food, though, proper preparation is essential to getting the most out of your steak. 

steak with vegetable side dishes

Preparation for cooking can be as simple as seasoning your steak with salt and pepper, or it can be more elaborate. For a truly professional-quality steak, you may want to consider trying different spices or rubs. Here are some sauces or rubs you may want to add to spice up your steak:

(1) Mustard BBQ Sauce – If you’re looking to try something new, this Mustard BBQ sauce has just the kick you need!

You can get the Mustard BBQ sauce with just these ingredients: Prepared Mustard (Distilled Vinegar, #1 Mustard Seed, Salt, Turmeric, and Spices), Sugar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne, and secret spices.

(2) Hickory Smokehouse BBQ Sauce – What’s better than a thick, juicy steak? A thick, juicy steak with a rich, full flavor.

We’ve taken the classic American flavors of ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar in the raw, and we’ve combined them with a dash of natural smoke flavor and a hint of garlic and onion to give you the perfect blend for your next big steak dinner.

So step up your steak game tonight with Hickory Smokehouse BBQ Sauce.

(3) Smokey Memphis Rub – A little sweet, a little smokey, and a whole lotta yum.

It’s a flavor power-packed combination of salt, turbinado, smoked paprika, black pepper, celery salt, garlic, ground mustard, cumin, onion, and cayenne.

This smokey rub is perfect for your steak night! We guarantee this will be one of the few rubs you’ll ever need.

(4) Bold Flavor Rub for All Meats – When it comes to good seasoning, we know—there’s just no getting around it.

You got to have the right stuff and that’s why we recommend Bold Flavor Rub for All Meats! Imagine a rub that contains all your favorite things about good seasoning and put them in one bottle for you, so you can make your favorite dishes taste even better.

It’s the perfect blend of salt, sugar, garlic, ancho pepper, smoked paprika, MSG, black pepper, onion, bell pepper, canola oil, natural smoked flavor, cornstarch, and parsley.

The rub doesn’t just make you feel super accomplished every time you use it—but that also gives your friends and family a reason to celebrate every time you serve them a meal. So go ahead and get cooking: your family is waiting!

A steak cooked in an air fryer is a perfect way to complete any dinner meal. It’s easy to cook and there is no need for a grill. The best thing about cooking steak in an air fryer is that the meat comes out perfectly cooked each time because there are no juices lost when cooking. Try it today and surely you won’t regret it!