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Perfect Air Fryer Steak with Garlic Herb Butter

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If you are wondering how to make the perfect air fryer steak than look no further. This method of cooking steak in the air fryer provides perfect juicy steak each and everytime.

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I only had the intention of making fried foods when I purchased my Air Fryer. Little did I know how amazing this appliance was and that it could make much more than fried food.

I already used it to make chicken for my Healthier General Tso’s Chicken in the Air Fryer and I used it often for roasting vegetables, but that was it. Then I discovered that my air fryer could make juicy steak.

Well to be fair, it wasn’t my discovery…I was scrolling through Facebook and someone posted a picture of a beautiful ribeye they had prepared in their air fryer.

I was so in awe and excited about steak in the air fryer that I couldn’t wait to tell my husband. I expected him to be just as shocked and in awe as I was but apparently he already knew that the air fryer could cook steak.

Unbeknownst to me, there is a picture of a steak with cooking times right on the side of my air fryer. I guess I’m not that observant. Either way, I was determined to make steak in my air fryer and I went out and bought a ribeye that very same day.

I followed the directions as indicated on my air fryer and I was amazed at how simple and easy it was to make a beautiful steak in the air fryer. I actually felt kind of bad because it really takes no skill at all to create the perfect steak when it’s cooked in the air fryer. It’s now my go to way to prepare steak.

Top your steaks with my homemade garlic butter that can be whipped up easily and can go on many dishes including fish, bread, and vegetables. I like to create more than we need for our steaks and save the rest for later in the fridge. I would eat the stuff by the spoonful if I could.

Many people will read this and wonder why even bother making a steak in the air fryer. Yes, steaks on the grill are amazing and a cast iron steak is also a good alternative but there are many reasons why some may choose to cook steak in an air fryer.

  1. Your steak gets cooked perfectly every time. Since the air fryer is operated in a small space with a fan, the heat temperature is consistent. This means everytime you decide to make a steak, it will be cooked at the perfect temperature and come out just the way you want it so long as you follow your time settings.
  2. It’s a hands off dinner. I literally season my steaks, place them in the air fryer, and flip when my halfway timer goes off. There is no need for me to watch it. This comes in handy when I’m going back and forth between my kitchen and my dining room to help my daughter with her homework.
  3. The stove/grill isn’t always available. My husband does all the grilling in our house and his steaks are AMAZING but it’s not always grill weather. Also, my stove top steaks always get finished in the oven, which can make the house hot. With the air fryer, everything gets done in the air fryer basket and you don’t have to worry about the whole house getting hot.
side photo of steak with garlic butter

The beauty about air fryer steak is that you can make different cuts in the air fryer. I’ve made delicious filet mignon, skirt steak, and ribeye. Just remember to adjust cooking times based on thickness of steak and doneness preference.

If you’re looking for a place to get awesome steaks and other meats, try Butcher Box. They are a meat delivery service specializing in grass fed and organic meats. You can check out my unboxing of my first meat order on Facebook and my 9 month review of ButcherBox.

Watch this video tutorial and see how I make this steak from start to finish.

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Perfect Air Fryer Steak

Perfect juicy air fryer steak. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer steak
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 683kcal
Author Tanya


  • 2 8 oz Ribeye steak
  • salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • olive oil*

Garlic Butter

  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Prepare Garlic Butter by mixing butter, parsley garlic, worcestershire sauce, and salt until thoroughly combined. 
    Place in parchment paper and roll into a log. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Remove steak from fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Rub a little bit of olive oil on both side of the steak and season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper.  
    Grease your Air Fryer basket by rubbing a little bit of oil on the basket. Preheat Air Fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once preheated, place steaks in air fryer and cook for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through.* 
    Remove from air fryer and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Top with garlic butter.



*Adding olive oil to the steaks is optional. I do it for flavor.
*This recipe creates Medium cooked steak. For medium rare, cook for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. For medium well, cook for 14 minutes, flipping halfway through. To ensure it is done to your liking, use a quick read thermometer to check the temperature.
The thickness of your steak will determine how long you need to cook your steak. For thin ribeyes, I lower the cooktime to 7-8 minutes for medium steak.
Temperatures for Steak are as follows:
  • 125°F for rare
  • 135°F for medium rare
  • 145°F for medium
  • 150°F for medium well
This Garlic Herb Butter is delicious on it’s own. You will not need all of it for this recipe. 

Equipment for the Perfect Air Fryer Steak

I personally like Butcher Box ribeyes.


Calories: 683kcal
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Wednesday 17th of February 2021

I’m not a cook as a matter of fact I can’t cook however I followed this recipe to the T and my complaining family who was hesitant to try it......LOVED IT.


Monday 8th of February 2021

I find most recipes are for the older model of air fryer that has a basket. Mine only has a rotisserie basket. How can I fry steak if I don't have basket. Can I just put the steak on one of the cooking trays? Thanks


Tuesday 9th of February 2021

Yep, you can :)


Thursday 4th of February 2021

I'm not sure if my comment really adds anything, considering the hundreds already here... but I really liked this recipe, both for cooking the steak and for the garlic butter. My butter came out almost completely green (from 2 tbsp parsley) but still delicious. At 10 minutes at 400F my 3/4" sirloin came out well done... boy it cooks quickly. Would have stopped it at medium but it was still delicious. Air fryer has my Jenn-Aire downdraft grill put to shame.


Monday 1st of February 2021

Prepared this last evening with a bone-in sirloin. I coated both sides with EVO, light Kosher salt, and P.P's blackened magic. Yummy, and six minutes per side is a good cook time, for medium-rare.


Monday 1st of February 2021

Thanks so much! I'll have to check out this blackened magic too.

Dianne Cadena

Friday 22nd of January 2021

My air fryer is like an oven that does more than air fry I got it Christmas and have not tried it I’m scared of wasting food I really need help

Peggy D

Thursday 28th of January 2021

@Dianne Cadena, You’re wasting the functionality of the oven. Try something small and inexpensive first, like frozen chicken nuggets, to build up your confidence. You don’t have to start with prime rib. Millions of people across the world use air fryers successfully.