How To Make The Best Air Fryer Steak With Timing Charts

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If you have never cooked steak in the air fryer you are missing out!

Gone are the days of worrying about overcooking or uncooking steaks.

With the air fryer, you can achieve a juicy tender steak in minutes and I’ll show you how.

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Choosing The Right Steak

Selecting the right cut is crucial for achieving a delicious result.

Use cuts such as ribeye, sirloin, or rump, as they are more tender and tasty.

Consider the quality of the meat. Look for well-marbled steaks with bright red colour which indicates it’s fresh and tender.

Air Fryer Steak Cooking Chart

Air Fryer Steak
Air Fryer Steak
Cooking Temperature
1 inch
1 1/2 Inch
2 Inch
Rare200C / 400F5 Minutes7 Minutes9 Minutes
Medium Rare200C / 400F7 Minutes10 Minutes13 Minutes
Medium200C / 400F10 Minutes13 Minutes15 Minutes
Medium-Well Done200C / 400F13 Minutes15 Minutes17 Minutes
Well Done200C / 400F15 Minutes17 Minutes19 Minutes

Steak Internal Temperature Chart

To check for doneness, use an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the steak.

TOP TIP: Bare in mind that the steak will continue to cook slightly as it rests, so consider removing it from the basket a few degrees below your preferred doneness.

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+
raw steak

Preparing Air Fryer Steak

Remove the steak from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking and allow it to come to room temperature.

Before cooking, season well.

You can choose from a variety of seasonings, such as salt, pepper, garlic powder, or your favourite rub.

Make sure to season both sides generously and allow it to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. This helps the meat absorb the seasoning.

Preheat The Air Fryer

While the steak is resting, preheat the air fryer to 200C/ 400F for 5 minutes.

How To Cook Steak In The Air Fryer?

Line the basket to save time cleaning.

Place the seasoned steak in the basket or a suitable container.

How Long To Cook Steak In An Air Fryer?

The cooking time will vary depending on the thickness and the level of doneness you prefer.

Follow the above guide for your preferred doneness.

Serving Your Steak

Once the steak is cooked, remove it from the basket and let it rest for a few minutes.

This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a tender and juicy result.

When serving, slice against the grain to maximise tenderness.

Serve with a delicious side of chips or a fresh salad.

For extra flavour, drizzle some melted garlic and herb butter over the steak. Delicious!

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Air Fryer Steak Herb And Garlic Butter

herb and garlic butter


  • 4 tbsp butter softened
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped chives
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped thyme
  • 1 tsp.freshly chopped rosemary
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Mix all the ingredients.

Brush on the steak before or after cooking.

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How To Store Any Leftovers

What do you do with any leftover steak? Highly unlikely but you just never know!

Allow To Cool

Before you start thinking about storage, give your leftover steak some time to cool down.

Allowing it to cool not only prevents any potential moisture buildup but also helps retain its juiciness and flavour.

Slice or Keep It Whole

Decide whether you want to slice your leftover steak or keep it whole.

Slicing the steak makes it easier to portion for future meals or sandwiches.

If you plan to use the steak for salads or stir-fries, slicing it into thin strips is a good option.

If you prefer to keep it intact, you can store it as a whole piece and slice it when you’re ready to use it.

Wrap It Up

To protect your leftover steak from moisture and freezer burn, wrap it tightly in plastic cling film or aluminium foil.

Make sure there are no air pockets or openings in the wrapping.

This will help maintain the texture and prevent it from drying out.

Place in an Airtight Container or Freezer Bag

If you prefer an extra layer of protection, place the wrapped steak in an airtight container or a freezer bag.

This additional step will help seal in the steak’s moisture and flavours.

If using a freezer bag, press out any excess air before sealing it tightly.

freezer bags

Label and Date

Label your stored steak with the date of storage.

This way, you can keep track of how long it has been in the freezer or refrigerator.

Refrigerate or Freeze

  • Refrigeration: If you intend to use the leftover steak within the next few days, place it in the fridge. It should stay fresh for up to 3-4 days. Remember, the sooner you use it, the better the taste and texture.
  • Freezing: For longer storage, freezing is the way to go. Frozen steak can maintain its quality for up to 2-3 months.

Thawing and Reheating

When you’re ready to enjoy your leftover steak, you’ll need to thaw and reheat it properly.

Here’s how:

  • Thawing: If the steak is in the freezer, transfer it to the countertop and let it thaw slowly. This process may take a few hours, depending on the steak’s thickness.
  • Reheating: Once thawed, you can reheat the steak at 200C/400F for a few minutes. Keep a close eye on the steak, as it will reheat quickly.


I would recommend thawing the steak before cooking. It cooks more evenly and prevents the steak from overcooking on the outside and still being frozen inside.

Air frying doesn’t require much oil, you can lightly brush the steak with a small amount of oil if you prefer to enhance browning and crispiness. It’s not necessary as the air fryer will still produce excellent results without additional oil.

If you prefer different levels of doneness for your steak, it’s best to cook them separately. If you have a dual-basket air fryer this can be done easily.

They are suitable for cooking thicker steaks. Keep in mind that thicker steaks will require longer cooking times to reach the desired level of doneness. Adjust the cooking time accordingly and use an instant-read meat thermometer to make sure your steak is perfectly cooked.

Air Fryer Steak Bites

air fryer steak bites

How To Air Fry Steak Bites

If you are a steak lover you will enjoy these delicious chunks of juicy steak.

Simply prepare the steak by cutting it into even-sized chunks and removing any visible fat. This will prevent any smoke.

Season and leave to rest for 30 minutes for the steak to absorb the seasoning.

Place in a preheated air fryer and cook according to your preferred doneness.

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