How To Cook Steak In The Air Fryer

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Learn how to cook steak in the air fryer in a few simple steps. Let me show you how to season your steak, how long to cook your steak so it comes out perfect and so much more.

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How To Cook Steak in Air Fryer

We originally showed you how to cook steak in an air fryer back in the summer of 2018. We thought it was due a facelift and a chance for a binge on air fryer steak!

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How To Cook Steak In Air Fryer

If anyone is going to show you how to cook steak in the air fryer then it must be Dominic.

You see he has a work history as far as delicious tender steak is concerned.

He has worked in many British pubs and restaurants cooking steak for more people than he could possibly count.

Then after this he worked in a factory chopping up the meat and preparing it for sale.

So, every time we have steak in the Milners house, Dominic makes the steak and I make the sides.

It turns it into a fun family affair and you can guarantee that our under 7s will be by our feet getting under them as we cook.

When I mentioned to Dominic, that many of our air fryer readers had been asking for a delicious steak recipe that they could follow, he jumped at the chance to have another excuse to make his tender steak.


Can You Cook A Steak In An Air Fryer?

YES, you can. I feel like I need to shout from the rooftops of Recipe This and say that air frying a steak, is AMAZING.

You can use the air fryer to sear your steak, to make your garlic butter, to cook your steak to your liking and you can air fry any steak.

Or another true air fryer love of mine is air fryer frozen steak which is even better. Mainly because you are cooking it at a lower temperature to defrost and its more like sous vide steak.

How To Season Steak For Air Fryer?

I am married to a chef and any chef will tell you, that steak is ruined if over seasoned and good old salt and pepper does the trick.

You can also add in some garlic powder too or another light seasoning that doesn’t take your attention away from how delicious the steak is.

For example, I love to add mint if cooking lamb steaks or parsley with sirloin steaks.

Though it can also differ depending what steak you are cooking. I recommend you have a read through some of our other steaks too. Such as our air fryer sirloin steak, air fryer rump steak and air fryer ribeye steak.

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To season your air fryer steak, simply place your steak in the air fryer and season the top of the steak before you air fry.

By sprinkling from the top, you can get a better coating on your steak. Then when you flip your steak over, you can do the same thing on the other side.

How To Cook A Steak In An Air Fryer?

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I love cooking steak in an air fryer and this is how simple it is:

  1. Tenderise your steak and load it into the air fryer.  
  2. Season your steak.
  3. Air fry.
  4. Turn + season.
  5. Air fry + serve.

That same rule applies, regardless of cooking rump, ribeye, fillet, sirloin, or any other favourite cut of steak.

Thin Steak In Air Fryer

We have done many cuts of steak in the air fryer over the years but one that we love to do is air fryer thin steak. And for those of you that want to cook a thin steak in the air fryer we wanted to show you how the cook times differ.

The thin steaks we bought weighed 150g each. The steak we used in Portuguese is called “Bife Da Vazia” which translates to “empty steak” or Dominic often refers to it as a thinner cut of rump steak.

Here are the air fryer steak time and temp for a thin steak:

  • Rare = 90 Seconds
  • Medium Rare = 3 Minutes
  • Medium = 4.5 Minutes
  • Well Done = 6 Minutes

Note that these air fryer steak cook times is how long on each side. For example, if you are cooking a medium rare steak (my favourite choice) you would do 3 minutes on one side and then 3 minutes on the other.

How Long Does It Take To Cook Steak In Airfryer?

The length it takes to cook your steak in the air fryer varies depending on how you like your steak.

Another thing to consider is that steak left, carries on cooking. Therefore, when we were recipe testing our medium steak ended up well done because we spent 10 minutes taking pictures of it afterwards.

If you are making steak for a family and leave some out to cook the others, make sure the ones that go in first are cooked for less time. I.e. if you have a family member that wants well done and you want medium, put the well done steak on first.

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Here are the cook times we follow when cooking air fryer sirloin steak:

  • Rare = 5 minutes on each side
  • Medium = 6 minutes on each side
  • Medium Well = 7 minutes on each side
  • Well Done = 8 minutes on each side
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How To Cook Steak In The Air Fryer

Learn how to cook steak in the air fryer in a few simple steps. Let me show you how to season your steak, how long to cook your steak so it comes out perfect and so much more.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time14 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 2
Calories: 339kcal



  • Using a tenderiser, tenderise your steaks. Then load your steaks into the air fryer basket and season with salt, pepper, and garlic.
    How To Cook A Steak In An Air Fryer?
  • Air fry for 6 minutes at 180c/360f, turn, season again and air fry for a further 6 minutes before serving.
    How To Cook A Steak In An Air Fryer?



Steak. The air fryer time and temp is based on a medium sirloin steak cooked to medium. Scroll up for different cook times for rare, medium well and well done.
Sourcing. We have found the best place to source quality steak for the air fryer is from ButcherBox. You even receive free bacon and $10 off your first order when you sign up with this link.
Thanks for reading our air fryer steak recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you love steak recipes, then I recommend you try air fryer tuna steak which is another Milner favourite.


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 818mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 4mg
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10 thoughts on “How To Cook Steak In The Air Fryer”

    • Hi Patricia,

      These are sirloin steaks which we ordered from our an English butcher, as over in Portugal they do not do the sirloin steak on its own. The rump steak is more a round shape and not as good as quality as the sirloin 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    Very good, clear directions for cooking steak and jacket potatoes in my air fryer. I had thin partially frozen steaks and cooked them for 3 minutes each side. Another short time on turning them again. Perfect, still slightly pink inside. Jacket potatoes fluffy and soft inside, crispy outside. With a fresh and colourful mixed salad. My 14 year old granddaughter came to visit in the bus alone for the first time. She was most impressed with her meal. I enjoyed it too. She’s coming again.

    • Hi Marilyn,

      My hubby used the corner of my rolling pin as we lost our tenderiser, but yes a tenderiser we usually use and are very common on Amazon or any home store 🙂


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