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How to Cook a Steak in an Air Fryer

While we share an appeal for deliciously cooked steaks, we can’t always have the patience of the oven or broiler. And not everyone even likes using the grill, which some may even consider tedious. And while the stovetop searing method is more straightforward, it does take a significant amount of time and needs a sauce for the best results. So, it’s great to know you can get a good crisp and the perfect moisture by cooking your steaks in an air fryer!

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How to Cook a Steak in an Air Fryer

Why Use an Air Fryer for Steak?

Its Quick-Air fryers are known for their speedy cooking, and the steaks will be ready in 20 minutes tops, depending on your preference.

It’s Portable-Compared to the stovetop or oven. So, you can have your favorite juicy steaks anywhere and at any time.

Its Versatile-You can cook all kinds of steak using the air fryer, ranging from sirloin to ribeye and rump. And it also works for both thick and thin cuts too.

Cooking Steak in an Air Fryer

If you’re trying an air fryer steak technique for the first time, then you’re in for a treat. But it helps to stay true to the few instructions tabled for the recipe if you want the best results.


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Prepare the Steak

Air fryers steaks are best prepared when they have less moisture, so ensure to dry the meat with paper towels before you begin. Also, check that the size fits into your air fryer before you commence, as you’ll want the hot air to circulate the steaks fully.

Once that’s done, the next step is to tenderize your steaks. While the air fryer is great for making such a recipe, it’s still a speed-cooking appliance and may not fully cook the meat. But beating the meat to softness with a mallet allows it to cook perfectly in the air fryer.

Season the Steak

As with all steak recipes, simplicity goes a long way in seasoning. So, stick to a simple sprinkle of salt and pepper if you’re using the air fryer. Of course, you have the liberty to add a bit more complexity to the flavor. So you can also consider dashes of garlic powder, onion powder, or for ease, use your favorite steak spice mix.

You’ll need to sprinkle the seasoning while the steaks are in the air fryer. So, lay the beef cuts at the bottom and add the dash of seasoning on top. Then, flip and repeat for the other side. Remember that you’ll repeat this when the steaks begin to cook.

Air-Fry the Steak

As mentioned before, air fryer steaks cook fast, so you’ll have to pay close attention to them. Of course, the cooking time varies with the kind of steak you’re using and your preferred doneness, so take note of that. But below is a guide for cooking sirloin steaks with an air fryer;

Rare- five minutes per side.

Medium- six minutes per side

Medium-Well- seven minutes per side

Well Done- Eight minutes per side.

Remember also that this doneness time is based on steaks of average thickness. So if you’re dealing with thinner beef cuts, you’ll need a different guide, like this one below, for a thinner rump steak cut.

Rare- 90 seconds for each side

Medium-Rare- three minutes per side

Medium- four and a half minutes per side

Well Done- six minutes per side.


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Serving Air Fryer Steaks

Air fryer steaks taste just as great as any other, and you can have them the same way, with a side of broccoli, cauliflower, or mashed potatoes. They’re also great with pasta or topped with a delicious sauce. The delicious steaks can also be enjoyed with boiled red potatoes, green beans, couscous, and salads. And don’t worry about having leftovers- slice those up and use them in sandwiches and burgers.

Can’t wait to try out this idea? Then, get your hands working with this recipe below;

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Air Fryer Steaks (2 Servings)

  • Author: Bobby


  • Two sirloin steaks
  • One teaspoon garlic powder
  • Half teaspoon onion powder
  • Pepper
  • Salt


  1. Lay the sirloin steaks on a countertop lined with parchment paper. Then, line the steaks with plastic wrap and gently beat the surface to tenderize the tissues. Place the steaks into the basket and mix the onion and garlic powder in a bowl with pepper.
  2. Lightly sprinkle the steaks with seasoning and salt to taste, then flip them and sprinkle again. Fry the steaks at 360F for six minutes, then flip them and season again. Fry the other side for six more minutes, then turn off the air fryer.
  3. Serve the steaks hot and with your favorite sides. You can also let them rest for a few minutes beforehand, so the meat is warm.

Also, here’s a video recipe with more suggestions.

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