Perfect Air Fryer Steak

Make the perfect Air Fryer Steak in less than 15 minutes! With just a few ingredients, you’ll have mouthwatering air fried steak that tastes like it’s from your favorite steakhouse.

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I think almost everyone loves a good steak. Yet for many, cooking it at home comes it’s fair share of challenges.

Grilled steak made outdoors is delicious, yet the weather often makes that difficult. Plus, you have to constantly watch over it. I’ve had my fair share of fails, especially when everyone likes their steak cooked differently.

Cast iron steaks is an option, yet that can get really messy. Either way, it’s rather stressful.

One great solution to the best steak: The Air Fryer!

It really has proven to be such staple small kitchen appliance. Our own collection of Air Fryer Recipes just keeps growing!

Now you can also make air fried steak in addition to grilling, frying and broiling. You might decide it’s also the best way to cook steak once you give it a try.

Why is air fried steak so good? You get perfectly cooked steak every time, and it’s the very best hassle-free way to cook it.

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Ninja Air Fryer Steak make the juiciest buttery steaks that are perfectly cooked. You won’t believe just how easy and hands-off it is!

Steak in an Air Fryer earns its place in your meal rotation, for sure. You’ll just love this tender steak, and how simple yet delicious it is.

Enjoy this delicious air fryer steak as a main dish alongside Garlic Shrimp, Air Fryer Asparagus, Air Fryer Corn on the Cob, french fries, and/or Cauliflower Mash.

Try making our Air Fryer Steak Bites. Even faster to make, these are great as a main dish for busy weeknights, or as an appetizer.

What you’ll Love about this Recipe:

  • EASY RECIPE – Make steak in the air fryer, in 15 minutes or less!
  • SIMPLE INGREDIENTS – You need just 3 ingredients for the most flavourful ninja airfryer steak.
  • TASTY – This restaurant-style buttery steak made in the air fryer is so juicy on the inside. It has a slightly crisp outside thanks to the hot air circulating around the meat.
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Ingredients and Notes

Steak – Use 1-inch cuts of steak. Best cuts of steak for air frying are those that are also good for frying or grilling. Options for cut of steak include:

  • Boneless ribeye steak
  • New York strip steak
  • Top sirloin steak
  • Skirt Steak
  • Filet mignon
  • Beef medallions
  • Rump steak

Butter – instead of olive oil, we like to brush our steaks with melted butter prior to cooking. It gives flavor yet also prevents sticking, and helps to get a crispy outside. You can also use garlic butter if you wish.

Montreal Steak Seasoning – Probable the most common and popular steak seasoning, and found in most pantries. Use another steak seasoning if you’d like, or try our Homemade Onion Soup Mix as the seasoning.

Get the printable recipe card at the end of the post.

How to Cook Steak in the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400°F. Brush steaks with melted butter on both sides.
  2. Sprinkle with steak seasoning
  3. Place the steaks in the basket of the air fryer in a single layer
  4. Cook the steaks, according to the Air Fryer Steak Cooking Chart below for doneness.

  5. Remove steaks from the air fryer basket and let them sit for 5 minutes before serving.
  6. Enjoy with optional toppings and sides!

Do you have to preheat the air fryer when cooking steaks?
Yes, you should. Then cooking will start immediately once the steaks are put into the air fryer.

Tips for Perfect Steak in the Air Fryer

  • Start with Room Temperature Steak – So that steak cooks evenly, it’s always best practice to cook steak that is at room temperature. This applies to all cooking methods, even air frying.

  • Can you Air Fry Frozen Steak? We do not suggest doing so. If you have frozen steak, make sure to thaw to room temperature before cooking.

  • Preheat the Air Fryer – You should preheat the air fryer when cooking steak, so that the cooking starts immediately when placed inside.

    Not doing so will change cooking time, and you might not get that nice sear you want on the outside of the steak.

    If there isn’t a preheat setting on your air fryer model, turn on the air fryer (ahead of time) until it reaches the desired temperature.

  • Cooking Time and Doneness – Exact cooking times might vary depending on steak thickness, and type of air fryer. For best results, use a meat thermometer and check the internal temperature for doneness.

  • Allow the Steak to Rest – Always allow your steak to rest for 5 minutes. Cover with foil if you’d like while it’s resting. This allows the juices to settle into the meat, or else they’ll just run out as soon as it’s cut.

  • Try a Marinade! If you want to add some extra flavor to your steak, try marinating it for a few hours before cooking.

How Long to Air Fry Steak?

When it comes to steak cooking times, it always depends on method, machine and the thickness of your steak. Plus, everyone has their own preference of steak doneness.

When cooking steak in air fryer, the best way is to refer to this air fryer steak cooking chart. It’s the best tool when cooking airfryer steak.

Air Fryer Steak Cooking Chart

Preferred Doneness Total Cook TimeInternal
Rare5 mins120°F / 49°C
Medium-Rare7 mins130°F / 55°C
Medium8 mins140°F / 60°C
Medium-Well Done10 mins150°F / 66°C
Well Done12 mins160°F / 71°C
NOTE: This chart is when cooked at 400°F, the perfect temperature to get an outside sear.
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What to Serve with Air Fryer Steak

Serve air-fried steak with your favorite sides that reflect the type of meal it is. It can be fancy for a special occasion, to casual such as an everyday family meal.

Replicate your favourite restaurant, or serve with side dishes such as those served at a backyard cook-out.

Choices include Air Fryer Green Beans, Mexican Macaroni Salad, Garlic Balsamic Mushrooms, or even Baked Zucchini Fries.

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Storing and Reheating

Store leftover steak in an air-tight container, and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

You can reheat leftover steak in the air fryer for 3-4 minutes, or until warmed through. This is the fastest and best way, to keep that seared outside intact.

More Easy Air Fryer Recipes

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Perfect Air Fryer Steak

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Make the perfect Air Fryer Steak in less than 15 minutes! With just a few ingredients, you'll have mouthwatering air fried steak that tastes like it's from your favorite steakhouse.


  • 2 steaks, 1 inch thick (*see notes for cut of steak)
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning


  1. Brush steaks with melted butter on both sides
  2. Sprinkle with steak seasoning
  3. Place the steaks in the basket of the air fryer in a single layer
  4. Cook at 400°F for:
    - Rare - 5 minutes
    - Medium Rare - 7 minutes
    - Medium - 8 minutes
    - Medium-Well done- 10 minutes
    - Well done - 12 minutes
  5. Remove steaks from the air fryer basket and let them sit for 5 minutes before serving.
  6. Enjoy!


  • Cuts include: ribeye, New York strip, sirloin steak, skirt steak, filet mignon, beef medallions, or rump steak
  • Remember that exact cook time depends on steak thickness, and type of air fryer.
  • It is recommended to always use a meat thermometer to check internal temperature for doneness
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 651Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 225mgSodium: 386mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 58g

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Created by Tammi Roy

Tammi Roy is the founder of My Organized Chaos, a Canadian food and lifestyle blog. She lives in Alberta, Canada and is the mom of three beautiful teenage girls. Tammi’s passions are her family, creating and sharing delicious recipes, travelling and photography. Learn more about Tammi.

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