All you need is ribeye, salt, pepper, and olive oil to make this tender, juicy Air Fryer Steak. Add the homemade herb butter for extra flavor and you have a restaurant-worthy steak dinner ready in just 15 minutes.
Easy Air Fryer Steak Recipe
I love steak but sometimes it feels like such a hassle to prepare, especially in the winter when it’s too cold to fire up the grill. But not anymore! This air fryer steak recipe ensures you can enjoy perfect tender, juicy steak year-round.
I’ve shared a few ways to cook steak in the air fryer before, such as my air fryer steak bites and air fryer steak fajitas, but cooking the entire steak is just as easy. In fact, all you need for this recipe is your favorite steak (I used ribeye), salt, pepper, and olive oil. There are also instructions for an optional herb butter which I highly recommend. It’s super simple yet adds so much flavor.
Why Cook Steak In The Air Fryer?
The air fryer may not be the first method you think of to cook your steak but once you try it, it’ll become a favorite!
- Quick and easy. Cooking steak in the air fryer takes as little as 10 minutes! Add a few minutes to let the steak rest and you still have dinner ready in under 20 minutes.
- No need to fire up the grill. Whether you have a grill and it’s too cold to use it or you don’t have one, the air fryer is the perfect alternative.
- Tender and juicy. And, most importantly, air fryer steak comes out tender and juicy every single time. No special steps, no marinade, just the air fryer, steak, and a few seasonings.
What You’ll Need
Cooking steak in the air fryer requires just a few ingredients. Scroll down to the recipe card below for measurements.
- Ribeye – You’ll want steak about 1 inch thick for this recipe. You can also use strip steak or sirloin.
- Olive oil – Helps the seasonings stick.
- Salt and pepper – With ribeye, I find salt and pepper to be the only seasonings needed.
- Salted butter – Softened, for the herb butter.
- Shallot & scallions or chives – Add flavor to the herb butter.
How to Make Air Fryer Steak
You’ll likely be surprised at how quick and easy it is to make air fryer ribeye steak. Here’s a quick overview but scroll down to the recipe card for detailed instructions.
- Season the ribeye. Let the steaks sit at room temperature for 10 minutes then pat each side dry. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Air fry. Cook the steaks in the air fryer at 400F for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. This should result in perfectly medium rare steaks. See below for a temperature guide for other levels of doneness.
- Rest. Loosely cover the steaks with foil and rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Make the herb butter. Mix the softened butter with the shallot and scallions until combined. Serve on top of the warm steaks.
Tips & Variations
Here are a few tips for making your air fryer ribeye steak, as well as a couple of simple variations.
- Use any blend of seasonings you love on the steaks. Salt and pepper is my go-to as I find ribeye to be super flavorful on its own but feel free to use your desired steak seasoning.
- Avoid overcooking. The air fryer cooks the steak quickly, so be sure to keep an eye on it. It can go from medium rare to well done in just a few minutes!
- Flip halfway. To ensure that the steak is evenly cooked on both sides, you will want to flip halfway through baking.
- Let rest before slicing. One key to tender, juicy steak anytime (not just in the air fryer!), is allowing it to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. This ensures the juices are spread evenly throughout the steak and also allows it to finish cooking for a few minutes.
- Customize the herb butter. Add any fresh herbs to the butter that you love (like parsley, rosemary or thyme), the most important part of making the herb butter is using softened butter. If you don’t have salted butter, add ½ tsp of kosher salt, or leave the salt out all together. The addition of garlic for garlic herb butter is also a great choice.
Air Fryer Ribeye Steak Cooking Times
The exact time you need to cook your steak in the air fryer will vary depending on the thickness of the steak and the desired doneness. Below you’ll find general guidelines, based on a 1-inch steak.
- For rare steaks, cook 4 minutes each side for a total of 8 minutes.
- For medium-rare steaks, cook an extra 2 minutes on each side for a total of 14 minutes
- For medium well steaks, cook an extra 3 minutes on each side for a total of 16 minutes.
- For well done steaks, cook an extra 4-5 minutes on each side for a total of 18-20 minutes.
Air Fryer Steak Temperatures
The easiest way to tell how done a steak is is to use an internal instant reader thermometer to check the temperature. Here are the general temperatures based on the level of doneness.
- Rare: 120℉-125℉
- Medium rare: 130℉-135℉
- Medium: 140℉-145℉
- Medium well: 150℉-155℉
- Well: 160℉-165℉
Serve your air fryer ribeye steak hot with a spoonful of herb butter on top. It adds so much flavor as it melts down over the steak!
When it comes to side dishes for your air fryer steak, you have limitless options. Almost everything goes well with steak! I tend to stick to some type of potatoes or pasta side and veggies or a salad.
A few of my favorites are mashed potatoes, twice baked potatoes, mac and cheese, and loaded potato casserole. For veggies, I love air fryer corn on the cob, air fryer brussels sprouts, lima beans, or a classic wedge salad.
- Fridge. Store the leftover steak in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Reheat. The best way to reheat the steaks is in the air fryer 400℉ for 5 minutes. Note that they will cook more, so they’ll go from medium rare to medium, etc but this does prevent them from drying out.
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Air Fryer Steak
- Let the ribeye steaks sit at room temperature for 10 Minutes, pat each side dry with a clean paper towel.
- Brush the olive oil on all sides of the ribeyes, sprinkle with salt and pepper, set aside.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400℉.
- Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray and add the steaks, set the timer for 10 minutes.
- After 5 minutes have passed, flip the steaks over and cook for the remaining 5 minutes.
- Insert a food thermometer, if it reads 125℉-130℉ the steaks will be a perfect medium rare after resting. Loosely cover the steaks with foil to rest for 5-10 minutes. After resting the steaks internal temperature should read 130℉-135℉ for medium rare.
- While the steaks are resting, add the softened butter to a bowl with the minced shallot and chopped scallions. Using a hand mixer or rubber spatula mix the butter until completely mixed.
- Serve the steaks with the shallot herb butter, enjoy!