Beef Kebabs In The Air Fryer Easy And Healthy

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Can I Air Fry Beef Kebabs?

steak kebabs

When it comes to cooking kebabs, the air fryer has many advantages.

Firstly, it eliminates the need for excessive oil, allowing you to enjoy healthier kebabs.

Secondly, the air fryer’s rapid air circulation ensures even cooking, resulting in juicy and tender kebabs every time.

Lastly, its convenience means you can make up a batch of kebabs effortlessly, making it an ideal option for busy individuals or those who prefer hassle-free cooking.

Best Beef For Air Fryer Kebabs

The key to tender and juicy air fryer beef kebabs lies in selecting the right cut of beef.

Opt for cuts that are tender and well-marbled, such as sirloin or ribeye.

Remember to trim off any excess fat to prevent excessive smoke.

How to choose the best cuts of beef.

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 454g sirloin steak cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 tbsp garlic puree
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 red onion 
  • 1 green pepper 
  • 1 red pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
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Marinating The Beef

Marinating is an important step to bring out the flavours in your beef kebabs and also tenderise the meat.

Cut the beef into one-inch cubes. Try to cut them as evenly as possible so they cook evenly.

Add olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

Add the beef to the bowl. Mix well to ensure the beef is evenly coated.

Cover the bowl and let the beef marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or overnight for maximum flavour.

Preparing The Ingredients

Choose vegetables that withstand the air frying process without turning mushy.

Peppers, onions, courgettes, and cherry tomatoes are excellent for air frying.

The choice is yours but I have used peppers and onions for this recipe.

Cut the peppers and onions into 1-inch chunks.

Assembling The Air Fryer Beef Kebabs

Preheat your air fryer to 200C / 400F for 5 minutes.

Take a wooden skewer or metal skewer and thread a piece of marinated beef onto it, followed by a chunk of red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and red onion.

Air Fryer Beef Kebabs Assembled

TIP: If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before assembling the kebabs to prevent them from burning in the air fryer.

Repeat this process until you’ve used up all the ingredients.

How To Air Fry Beef Kebabs

Once the air fryer has preheated, place the kebabs in a single layer in the basket, leaving enough space between each kebab for proper air circulation.

Spray both sides of the kebabs with cooking spray or baste with any leftover marinade for extra flavour.

Cook the kebabs at 200C/400F for 10-12 minutes, turn them halfway through and cook until the beef is cooked to your desired level of doneness.

Remember that cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of the beef cubes and the specific model of your air fryer. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Checking for Doneness

To ensure the beef is cooked to perfection, it’s important to check for doneness.

Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the beef.

Preferred DonenessThermometer Temperature
Rare125F-130F 51.7C-54.4C
Medium-Rare130F-140F 54.4C-60C
Medium140F-150F 60C-65.6C
Medium – Well Done150F-160F 65.6C-71.1C
Well Done160F and above 71.1C+

Remember the temperature continues to rise after removing the kebabs from the air fryer.

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Storing Beef Kebabs

If you have leftovers or need to store the kebabs for a short period, place them in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in foil. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Make sure the kebabs are completely cooled before refrigerating them.

Freezing Beef Kebabs

Wrap each kebab individually in cling film or foil, or place them in separate freezer bags. Make sure to remove as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn. Label and date the packages for easy identification.

Place the wrapped or bagged kebabs in the freezer and store them for up to 2-3 months.

For best results, arrange them in a single layer to freeze initially, and once frozen, you can stack or store them as desired.

Reheating Beef Kebabs

When you’re ready to eat the stored kebabs, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight.

Once thawed, reheat them at 190C / 375F. Check the internal temperature to make sure the kebabs are heated through.

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Serving Suggestions For Air Fryer Kebabs

  1. Serve the beef kebabs over a bed of rice or couscous.
  2. Pair the kebabs with a fresh garden salad tossed with vinaigrette dressing.
  3. Wrap the kebabs in warm pita bread with some tzatziki sauce, lettuce, and tomatoes.
  4. Create a Mediterranean-inspired platter by serving the kebabs alongside hummus and warm pita bread.
  5. For a BBQ experience, serve the kebabs with corn on the cob, baked beans, and coleslaw.
  6. Create a tasty rice bowl by combining the beef kebabs with steamed rice, sautéed vegetables, and a fried egg on top.
  7. Pair the kebabs with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and air fried mushrooms.
  8. Serve alongside a platter of roasted vegetables like bell peppers, courgettes and onions.

Air Fryer Kebab Tips

To achieve the best possible beef kebabs:

  • Avoid overcrowding the basket, as it may result in uneven cooking.
  • Baste the kebabs with the remaining marinade or your favourite barbecue sauce during the cooking process for extra flavour.
  • Experiment with different seasoning blends, such as Mediterranean or Asian-inspired blends, to add variety to your kebabs.
  • If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before assembling the kebabs to prevent them from burning in the air fryer.
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