Air Fryer Frozen Steak

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Air Fryer Frozen Steak. How to cook the perfect sirloin steak from frozen in your air fryer. This frozen steak in the air fryer is tender, juicy, and perfectly cooked. Ideal for when you have not had the chance to thaw your steak in advance.

air fryer frozen steak recipe
air fryer frozen steak recipe

Air Fryer Frozen Steak

We have many, many amazing loyal readers at and I love it when our readers have a recipe suggestion that they would like us to try next.

One morning when I was scrolling through my emails, I got a request for air fryer frozen steak.

My first thought was that frozen steak in the air fryer would be awful. The steak would be chewy, it wouldn’t have been tenderised prior to being cooked and it might end up overcooked.

I bought some sirloin steak and loaded it into the freezer, thinking I will air fry it when I get a minute.

I also didn’t want to tell Dominic just yet. After all, he loves his steak and I know that he wouldn’t have liked the idea of frozen steak.

Well on a hot summer’s day we finally got around to experimenting with air fryer frozen sirloin steak and this is the result!


Can Frozen Steak Go In Air Fryer?

Absolutely. It was something that I was not too keen on. But when I tried it, I fell in love with frozen steak cooked in the air fryer.

You can remove frozen steak from its packaging, load into the air fryer basket and cook your steak from frozen.

Air Fryer Frozen Steak Ingredients

frozen steak in air fryer

The ingredients for air fryer frozen steak, are simple everyday ingredients that you can source, without having to go grocery shopping.

  • Frozen Sirloin Steak – My first choice would be sirloin steak. I love sirloin steak above most cuts of steak and its more forgiving for the way it cooks. A cheaper cut of beef might not create such a tender steak and would require tenderising prior to cooking. Though you are welcome to try flank steak, skirt steak, ribeye steak or round steak.
  • Garlic Puree – The lazy way to cook with garlic and perfect for a last-minute dinner. You can of course swap this for fresh garlic that you have pureed.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – I love using extra virgin olive oil when making garlic butter. It is much better and easier for spreading on your cooked steak.
  • Butter – You can use butter or margarine with your garlic butter. I use a small amount of salted butter. But go with whatever you prefer.

I also recommend either fresh or dried parsley for the final touch in your garlic butter, as well as salt and pepper for adding flavour to your steak.

Any air fryer will do a good job at air fryer frozen steak, though we are using our Philips Air Fryer XL.

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Cooking Frozen Steak In Air Fryer

air fryer frozen steak step by step

The quick version of cooking frozen steak in air fryer goes as follows:

  1. Place frozen steak in the air fryer and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook for 7 minutes and turn.
  3. Cook for a further 13 minutes and serve.

There is a little more to it than that, but those are the simple basics!

How Long To Air Fry Frozen Steak?

Because you are cooking steak from frozen the cook time is a little more than you would expect of air fryer steak.

We cook steak for 7 minutes on one side, before turning and cooking for a further 13 minutes, giving it a total air fryer frozen steak cook time of 20 minutes.

Though, remember this is for a medium steak and you may want to alter it for well done, or rare.

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Frozen Steak In Air Fryer Temperature?

The recommended temperature for frozen steak in the air fryer is starting on 160c/320f and finishing on 180c/360f.

It ensures that the steak is fully defrosted and cooked. Without being raw in the middle and cooked on the outside.

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Air Fryer Frozen Steak.

Air Fryer Frozen Steak. How to cook the perfect sirloin steak from frozen in your air fryer. This frozen steak in the air fryer is tender, juicy, and perfectly cooked. Ideal for when you have not had the chance to thaw your steak in advance.
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time23 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 2
Calories: 473kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Air Fryer Frozen Steak Ingredients:


  • Remove your frozen steak from the packaging and load into the air fryer basket ready for cooking.
  • Season your steak well with salt and pepper.
  • Start cooking your steak with a temperature of 160c/320f for 7 minutes. Turn using tongs. Cook for a further 6 minutes at the same temperature.
  • If you want to add shrimp add them now. Increase the temperature to 180c/360f and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • While the steak cooks make your garlic butter. Add garlic butter ingredients into a small bowl and mix with a fork.
  • Open your air fryer basket and add garlic butter and cook for the last 2 minutes at 180c/360f. Then serve.



Sirloin Steak Size. Note that my sirloin steaks weighed 250g each and to adjust the cook time if yours are bigger or smaller.
Surf & Turf. I love a surf and turf and usually add in a handful of shrimp to the air fryer to serve with my steak. If you would like to do the same add the shrimp when you turn your steak, otherwise the shrimp will be overcooked.
Garlic Shrimp. If you like garlic butter shrimp, toss it in spare garlic butter before cooking. They will have the wow factor.
Quality Steak. If you are looking for a quality steak to cook in the air fryer, I recommend Butcher Box. Their steaks come to you frozen and you can remove the packaging and load the steak straight into the air fryer.
Thanks for reading our air fryer frozen steak recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though, our personal recommendation would be to pair our air fryer frozen steak with our air fryer fries. Steak and fries just go so well together.


Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 231mg | Potassium: 773mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 4mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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11 thoughts on “Air Fryer Frozen Steak”

  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious and so easy! I’ve always been hesitant about cooking steak from frozen but this came out perfect! It had a nice crust, tender inside, lots of juice and I seared the edges, too. It really was great. My son loved it and so did I! I’ve tried a few of your recipes and they have been fantastic. You’re my go-to when I need a great air fryer recipe. Thank you, Samantha!

  2. 5 stars
    I loved this frozen steak and so many of your recipes! You’re awesome Samantha!
    I was supposed to grill steaks on a gas grill this Sunday… but now i am going to follow our air fryer steak recipe. It worked perfect for me and my partner yesterday and can’t wait to do it in a bigger batch next time. Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    Cosori air fryer /toaster oven took 22 minutes at 380. Came out rare and cold in center. Used 1” thick top round London broil. In this air fryer 26 minutes probably would have nailed it. Gave slices about 20 seconds in microwave and it was great.


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