Air Fryer Steak

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This recipe for delicious Air Fryer Steaks is a snap! Sirloin steaks are rubbed with a homemade, flavorful seasoning blend and then air-fried to tender and juicy perfection! It’s an easy dinner idea you’ll make again and again!

Air fried steak with butter in an air fryer


There are so many wonderful ways to cook and serve steak. From grilling to broiling to making it into stir-fry, it’s just a tasty meal that’s very versatile. But I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about making it in the air fryer because nothing beats a sizzling steak cooking in a cast iron skillet. Right? Well, after trying and testing it in the air fryer a couple of times, I’m finally a believer. Turns out that the air fryer’s high convection heat turns a good cut of steak into perfectly browned deliciousness with practically no effort from the cook!

Why Use An Air Fryer To Cook Steaks

  • Consistent Results: Achieve a uniform sear and doneness every single time, ensuring your steak is cooked just the way you like it.
  • Healthier Option: The air fryer requires minimal oil, making this steak a leaner choice without compromising on flavor.
  • Less Mess: Say goodbye to splattering oil and stovetop cleanup. The air fryer contains everything, keeping your kitchen clean.
  • Perfect Sear: The circulating hot air ensures your steak gets a beautiful crust on the outside while remaining juicy on the inside.
A bowl with steak seasoning and a measuring spoon

Steak Ingredients

These ingredients are very simple and very flexible! If you prefer to use a steak other than sirloin, go for it! Try to choose a tender, well-marbled steak that’s about one inch thick.

  • Steak: You’ll need two sirloin steaks, around 10 to 12 ounces each, about 1-inch thick, and at room temperature. It’s important to let the steaks come to room temperature before cooking them in the air fryer, or any other cooking method. 
  • Olive Oil or Cooking Spray: For rubbing and/or spraying the steaks.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Garlic Powder and Onion Powder: These helpful basics really add a punch of flavor.
  • Paprika: You can use sweet paprika here, or smoked for a smoky and savory touch.
  • Dried Herbs: Any dried herbs that you like will be fine! Dried Italian herbs, herbes de Provence, and plain dried rosemary are all great options.
  • Butter and Fresh Chopped Parsley: For garnish.

How to Cook Steak In The Air Fryer

  1. Prep Air Fryer & Steaks: Preheat the Air Fryer to 400˚F. Combine all the seasonings in a small bowl. Rub both steaks with olive oil and then with the seasoning mix.
  2. Place Steak in Air Fryer: Place one steak in the air fryer basket and cook for six minutes. Then flip it and continue cooking for about five more minutes. If you can’t comfortably fit both steaks with a little room in between them, it’s best to cook one steak at a time.
  3. Check Temperature: Check the steak for doneness using a meat thermometer. For RARE steak, the temperature should register at 125˚F to 130˚F. For Medium-Rare, you’ll need a temperature of 135˚F. If the steak isn’t cooked through, return it to the air fryer for another minute or so.
  4. Rest, Garnish, and Serve: When the steak is finished cooking, let it rest for about 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into it.

How Long Do You Cook Steak in the Air Fryer?

In general, you should cook an inch-thick room-temperature steak at 400˚F in the air fryer for about 6 minutes before flipping it and then 4 or 5 minutes after flipping. However, cooking time also depends on the steak! Thicker steaks take longer, as do bone-in steaks. A thinner steak will cook more quickly. So keep an eye on it, adjust the cooking time, and test the temperature as needed. This Instant Read Food Thermometer should be your bestie when cooking steaks and all other meats.

Steak Temperature Guide

While the USDA advises that steaks be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145°F, many steak enthusiasts favor a slightly cooler range, like 130-135°F, for a medium-rare finish. Here are the internal temperatures to achieve various steak doneness levels:

  • Rare: 120°–125°
  • Medium Rare: 130°–135°
  • Medium: 140°–145°
  • Medium Well: 150°–155°
  • Well Done: 160°–165°
Cooked steak in an air fryer with butter

Tips for Success

  • Don’t Crowd The Basket: Steaks should not overlap in the air fryer basket. If your air fryer can’t comfortably hold both steaks at the same time with a little space in between, then it’s best to cook them one by one.
  • Use a Well-Marbled Steak: One of the things that makes a steak juicy and tender is the fat content, and the way the fat is distributed through the meat. This is called “marbling,” because the fat makes a marble-like pattern. A well-marbled steak has a good distribution of white fat evenly throughout the meat.
  • Use a Tender Cut: Sirloin, ribeye, New York Strip, Porterhouse, T-bone and other typical cuts are time-tested steaks that are almost always tender and well-marbled. Other possibilities include top sirloin fillets, chuck eye steaks and cap sizzlers.
  • Use an Instant-Read Thermometer: Waiting for the thermometer to register can slow down the cooking process, which works against you. An instant-read thermometer makes checking for doneness quick, easy and seamless!
  • Let It Rest: Allow cooked steaks to rest for 5 to 8 minutes before cutting.

Serving Suggestions

Any leafy salad is a great option, but I’m especially fond of this Tomato Avocado Corn Salad with Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette. Steak and asparagus are a classic combo! My Cheesy Grilled Asparagus in Foil is a fun side dish that you can make on a grill or in the oven. This Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower is so delicious, I could eat it all on its own! And it makes a wonderful, comforting complement to a juicy steak.

Sliced steak on a white plate

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Place cooled leftover steaks in airtight containers and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw before reheating.
  • Reheat the steak on the stovetop using a skillet and a bit of olive oil. Cook over medium-low heat until warmed through.

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Air Fryer Steak

With this Air Fryer Steak recipe, you can effortlessly cook sirloin steaks to your preferred level of doneness using the convenience of your air fryer. Enjoy a delicious steak experience without the fuss.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 2 (10 to 12 ounces each) sirloin steaks, ribeye, New York Strip, Porterhouse, T-bone, or any other tender cuts,, steak should be about one inch thick, and at room temperature which is important for proper and even cooking.
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil or olive oil cooking spray,, for the steaks
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ tablespoon paprika,, sweet or smoked
  • ½ tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried herbs of choice
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  • Preheat Air Fryer to 400˚F. Rub both steaks with olive oil, or spray with cooking spray, and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, pepper, and dried herbs. This makes enough seasoning for about 4 large steaks.
  • Rub preferred amount of seasoning all over the steaks. Store leftover seasoning blend in a small airtight container and keep in a cool, dry place.
  • Place steak in the Air Fryer basket and cook for 6 minutes at 400˚F. Flip it and continue to cook for 4 to 5 more minutes or until cooked through. Cooking times can vary based on the air fryer model and steak thickness. Refer to the temperature chart below and check steak doneness with an Instant-Read Meat Thermometer.
  • Remove the steak(s) from the air fryer and rest for 5 to 8 minutes before cutting. Serve with a pat of butter and garnish with chopped parsley.


  • Choose a Marbled Steak: Fat distribution, or “marbling,” ensures juiciness. Even fat distribution results in a flavorful steak.
  • Opt for Tender Cuts: Favorites like sirloin, ribeye, and New York Strip are naturally tender and well-marbled.
  • Don’t Crowd The Air Fryer Basket: If you have a bigger Air Fryer and can cook more than one steak at a time, make sure you leave a little space between the two steaks for even cooking and browning.
  • Use an Instant-Read Thermometer to ensure accurate doneness without guessing.
  • Rest Before Cutting: Let steaks rest for 5-8 minutes after cooking and before cutting.
  • Steak Doneness Guide: Rare at 120˚F-125˚F, Medium Rare at 130˚F-135˚F, Medium at 140˚F-145˚F, Medium Well at 150˚F-155˚F, and Well Done at 160˚F or higher


Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 64g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 3656mg | Potassium: 1112mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 862IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 5mg

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  1. Cathy says:

    First and foremost, the picture shown is NOT a sirloin it’s a T Bone. Sirloin can be tough. Ugh! I only use T Bone, Rib eye, or Porter House. The best in an AF!

    1. Katerina says:

      It’s in the notes about what steaks you can use: “sirloin, ribeye, New York Strip, Porterhouse, T-bone and other typical cuts…”

  2. Sarah says:

    Best method of cooking a steak I have ever experienced!

  3. Carla says:

    Can you use London broil in the air fryer too

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Yes, you can. Set air fryer to 400°F. Place the steak in the air fryer and cook for 5 minutes; flip and cook about 5 more minutes, or until steak reaches 120°F internal temperature for medium rare. Use an internal read thermometer to check. Then, remove steak from air fryer and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

  4. Dave in NV says:

    WAY too salty. Add salt to taste after cooking

  5. Chris David says:

    DELICIOUS!! This is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. People who only eat one in my house ate two!! Thank you for this recipe. 🤩

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Thank YOU! I am very glad everyone enjoyed it! 🙂

  6. Ahibee says:

    First steak in the fryer, added a few extra seasoning, hubbie & I, yummy yum yum!!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  7. jeff says:


    Will this recipe work in my Ninja Foodie? If so, what adjustments do I need to make?

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      I don’t have a Ninja Foodi so I haven’t tried to make this recipe in one, but from the bit of research I did, it is suggested to preheat your Foodi at 450 and then cook the steaks for about 6 minutes on each side. I would start with the initial 6 minutes, then flip it and continue to cook it for 5 more; open the basket, check the internal temp with a food thermometer, and if it’s at 125˚F to 130˚F, pull it out, if it hasn’t reached that temperature, put the steak back in for another minute or two. I hope this will help. Have a great weekend!

      1. Linda says:

        Any ideas for ge oven air fryer?

  8. Debi H says:

    Love your recipes! The recipe calls for sirloin, however your picture shows a t-bone. Is that correct?

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Hi! 👋
      You can use sirloin, t-bone, ribeye, etc… I listed several of them in the post. BUT I have to tell you this; when I bought it, on the sticker it said sirloin, and because it had just a little bit of bone, I took it because bone-in steak looks better in pictures. It adds texture. So anywho, I open it and I’m like, this is definitely NOT sirloin! So I did as any good ol’ cook would do that just spent her money on good steaks… I continued to argue with myself as I prepared it all the way through. 😁