Air Fryer Steak Bites

These Air Fryer Steak Bites pack so much flavor and make a low carb snack, great appetizer or paired with your favorite sides for a fast and simple weeknight dinner.

These delicious bite sized Garlic Steak Bites are perfectly crisp on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside. Plus they can be made in under 20 minutes!

Need another quick and easy Air Fryer Recipe as versatile as this one? Try our easy meal idea, these yummy Air Fryer Chicken Bites!

If you have bacon on hand, these Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites will be sure to please.

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The air fryer is a wonderful small appliance for reheating foods and cooking frozen foods like french fries and chicken nuggets.

It’s especially convenient when you don’t want to heat up the whole house by using the oven.

Yet are you using your air fryer to its full potential? This culinary sidekick can be so helpful in making easy dinners and main courses too.

Air Fryer Garlic Steak Bites

Garlic Steak Bites are a popular item on many restaurant menus. They can be tasty snack, a great appetizer, but also a meat for a main dish when served with side dishes.

These small bites are so easy to make at home, yet even more so when using an Air Fryer.

With just a few ingredients, a little prep time, and under 10 minutes of cook time – you’ll be enjoying bite-sized pieces of these juicy air fryer steak bites.

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Required Ingredients

Here are the simple ingredients you’ll need to make this easy recipe. You might not even need a trip to the grocery store to make easy air fryer steak bites!

  • Sirloin Steak – I like to use top sirloin steak, which is a lean cut. Yet feel free to use your steak of choice. Options include Ribeye, New York strip steak, or beef tenderloin.

  • Olive Oil – For moisture and cooking. You could use melted butter, vegetable oil or avocado oil if you choose.

  • Italian Seasoning – Herbs for flavour. Includes a combination of oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary – for convenience versus adding separately. You could use montreal steak seasoning if you wish.

  • Black Pepper – Adds flavour and some heat to the meat.

  • Kosher Salt – Helps to tenderize the meat. I like Kosher because it’s larger granules, yet you can use whatever type of salt you’d like.

  • Fresh Garlic – Because, garlic. You can use garlic powder if you’d like, yet I always love the fresh stuff if I am able.

  • Fresh Parsley – It gives that final flavour, a nice color pop, and some freshness.

  • Butter – this optional ingredient is based off preference. Some like to dip their steak bites in butter, some like to drizzle melted butter on them all when plated.

    Others are fine without. So it’s good to have on hand if the craving hits.
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How to Make Air Fryer Steak Bites

As always the printable recipe card for these juicy steak bites are at the end of the post.

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add the cubed steak pieces. Add in the olive oil, seasonings, and minced garlic. Mix to coat well.

  3. Add the coated steak cubes to the air fryer basket, in a single layer. Air fry for 3 minutes.

    Then remove the basket and gently shake to toss them around. Air fry for another 2-3 minutes, or until they reach desired doneness.

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  4. Remove from air fryer and plate. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

  5. Serve with 1/4 cup unsalted melted butter (optional) to make delicious garlic butter sauce for dipping. Or, serve with other preferred dipping sauce.

Recipe Tips

  • Cut steak into even sized bites: Make sure each piece of steak is cut into the same size, for even cooking. I recommend 1 inch cubes.

  • Preheat the air fryer: This is one recipe where you shouldn’t skip the preheating instruction. For best results, cook the steak in a preheated air fryer. You want that hot sear not only for the crispy outside, but the tender inside.

  • Don’t cook too much at once: Air fryers work because of hot air circulating around all sides of food.

    So make sure you cook one layer (an even layer), and there’s room for all pieces to cook evenly. You might need to cook in batches.

  • Mid-cook shake: I recommend giving the steak bites a quick toss in the basket mid-way thorough cooking.

    This allows you to check on the cooking process, but to ensure all sides are being cooked evenly.

  • Allow the steak to rest: Just like a regular steak, great steak bites are better when they have had time to rest after cooking, to lock in the juices.

    So once plated, leave then for 3-5 minutes. Hey, just enough time to get another batch of simple air fryer steak bites cooking!
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How Long Do You Cook Air Fryer Steak Bites?

The perfect cooked steak is juicy and tender, yet not overcooked.

Yet we all have personal preference on the level of ‘done’ when it comes to steak. Personally I like medium doneness = 3 minutes cook time, give it a toss, then 3 more minutes cook time.

NOTE: exact cooking time depends on air fryer brand and size

If unsure, use a meat thermometer and check the internal tempertaure: 

  • Steak is medium rare when it registers at 130 – 140°F
  • Steak is medium when it registers at 150°F
  • Steak is well done when it registers at 160°F.

How to Serve Steak Bites

There are a few ways to serve this air fryer steak bites recipe, making it a very versatile food to enjoy with family, friends, alone or for a party!

As a Snack or Appetizer: Steak Bites are a delicious recipe to enjoy alone as a snack or appetizer.

In this case, use a little fork or toothpicks to pick up these bite size pieces. Serve with or without dipping sauce.

Dipping sauce options:

  • ketchup
  • barbecue sauce
  • blue cheese
  • ranch dressing
  • honey mustard
  • garlic butter

As a Main Dish: You can also serve air fryer steak bites as the meat for a main meal. It can go alongside pretty much anything.

Suggestions include garlic toast, crusty bread, rice or oven roasted red potatoes.

I suggest vegetable side dishes such as air fryer asparagus, garlic mushrooms and roasted brussels sprouts.

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Storage

Air Fryer steak bites leftovers should be stored in the fridge, in an airtight container. They will be good for up to 4 days.

Reheat steak bites leftovers in the air fryer, microwave, or in the oven.

Should I Marinate Steak Bites? The steak bites do marinate for a little while, as they wait for the air fryer to preheat. Yet you could allow the steak marinate for longer, especially if you want to prep the recipe in advance. Just be sure to store in the refrigerator until it’s time to cook.

Can I Make This Ahead of Time?

Yes! It’s a great recipe to prep in advance. Just marinate in the fridge until it’s time to cook. For best results, cook right before serving.

What Cut of Steak to Use?

Any is fine, depending on marbling preference. Tender cuts of steak is best such as sirloin, strip steaks like a NY strip, or ribeye steak.

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More Air Fryer Recipes

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Air Fryer Steak Bites

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

Air Fryer Steak Bites are perfectly crisp on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside. Quick and easy to make, they are a low carb snack, great appetizer or a fast and simple weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sirloin steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the cubed steak bites. Add in the olive oil, seasonings, and minced garlic. Mix to coat well.
  3. Add the coated steak bites to the air fryer basket, in a single layer. Air fry for 3 minutes. Remove basket and shake to toss them around. Air fry again for another 2-3 minutes or until they reach desired doneness.
  4. Remove from air fryer and plate. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley
  5. Serve with 1/4 cup unsalted melted butter (optional) for dipping. Or, serve with other preferred dipping sauce.

Notes

  • Any tender cut of steak is fine to use for this recipe
  • Make sure to cut steak into even sized pieces, for even cooking.
  • For best results, do not crowd pieces in the air fryer basket. Cook in batches if necessary.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 742Total Fat: 53gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 209mgSodium: 444mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 62g

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