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Would you like to learn how to cook steak in the air fryer? Then start with thin steak in air fryer. Cheaper than regular steak to practice with and you will fall in love with how easy it is.

In this how to guide we will be showing you how to cook air fryer steak, as well as answering all your top steak air fryer questions.

Did You Know? This how to cook steak recipe is so so popular with our air fryer readers that it features in our popular air fryer cookbook The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook. Perfect for beginners with 140+ everyday recipes and how to knowledge. You can get a copy here and read the amazing reviews.

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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.

This was what we said to you all back in 2018 when we first shared with you how to cook steak in the air fryer. Our readers tell us that they had never made their own steak until then and couldn’t imagine not using the air fryer. This is dedicated to anyone that loves steak and is looking for a simple air fryer method.

We also have a fantastic steak section in our first air fryer cookbook (the complete air fryer cookbook). It gives you time and temps for various steak recipes and shares even more tips for cooking steak in air fryer.

Can You Put Steak In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can put steak in the air fryer, and you will love air frying steak. With classic steak in the pan, you have to worry about the heat of the pan, getting it to your level of doneness, when to flip it over or a fear of burning yourself. But with the steak it’s a zillion times easier and also perfect for those that don’t like cooking steak in the pan.

Do I Need To Flip Steak In Air Fryer?

Yes, you do need to flip steak in an air fryer. Just like you also have to flip a whole chicken in the air fryer and many other foods. Its to ensure that air fryer food is thoroughly cooked, doesn’t dry out and has an even flavour too.

Do I Put Oil On Steak Before Air Frying?

There is no need to put oil on steak before air frying. I know some people prefer it that way. But when you are cooking steak in the air fryer, because it is naturally fatty it won’t dry out thanks to the fat it naturally creates. The only time you would use oil is if you are cooking air fryer frozen steak or sometimes when you are reheating steak in the air fryer to prevent it from going dry.

How Do You Cook A Steak In An Air Fryer Without Drying It Out?

When I cook steak in the air fryer, whether it is sirloin steak, rump steak, fillet steak or even lamb steak, its all about a medium temperature and flipping the steak halfway through.

If you air fry steak at a high temperature it dries out so quick and becomes rather tough.

What Temp To Cook Steak In Air Fryer?

The ideal temperature for steak in the air fryer is 180c/360f. That is because you don’t want to cook your steak too high or it will dry out, and too low and it will feel like it is slow cooked and wont have that pan/grill texture.  

What Setting Do I Put My Air Fryer On For Steak?

With our basket air fryers, they have a start and stop button and buttons to adjust the time and temperature. With other brands of air fryers such as Ninja, they have bake, air fry and roast, in this case simply use air fry.

How To Season Steak For Air Frying?

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.

Air Fryer Thin Steak

So that is some of your top air fryer steak questions, but let’s talk all about air fryer thin steak, which we will be showing you how to cook in the air fryer.

Thin steak, also known as air fryer minute steak or air fryer sizzle steak is brilliant in the air fryer. Plus, because it is a smaller size its great for getting used to air fryer steak.

We used 4 oz steaks so imagine slicing an 8oz steak in half for half the thickness.

Thin Steak Air Fryer Ingredients

thin cut steak ingredients

Steak – Any thin sliced steak in air fryer will do the trick. You could go thinner than us with the minute steak or stick to the 115g/4oz size we are using. We used sirloin steak, but you can mix or match with what you have in, or your personal preference.

Seasoning. You can keep the seasonings simple with just salt and pepper or add a sprinkling of a favourite dried herb on each side. We love steak seasoning the most.

Can You Recommend An Air Fryer?

I often get asked which air fryers I recommend and which one I use. In 95% of our air fryer recipes, we use either the Philips Air Fryer XL or the Cosori XL because they are the best ones, we have found out of many air fryers we have tried over the years. You can click on the links above and read up on them. But if you would rather have a dual air fryer we recommend this Ninja Dual (make sure you order the right one as not all are good) or the Philips Dual.

How To Cook Thin Steak In Air Fryer?

  • Prep. Place your steaks onto a clean chopping board and then sprinkle with salt and pepper on the tops of the steak.
  • Cook. Place the thin steaks in air fryer, side by side and not on top of each other. Air fry at 180c/360f for 4 minutes.
  • Flip. Use a spatula to flip the steaks over when it beeps, season the tops again from in the air fryer and cook on the same time and temperature again, so that the thin steaks have done a total of 8 minutes.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to air fry thin steak and why you should be doing it too!

How Long To Cook Thin Steak In Air Fryer?

When cooking thin steaks in air fryer they take JUST 8 minutes. Though this is with a flip halfway through so that they do 4 minutes on each side.

Whilst we are using thin steak or steak that is half the thickness of a classic steak, using a tenderiser and pounding your regular sized steak will have the same results.

What Temperature To Cook Thin Steak In Air Fryer?

The perfect temperature to cook thin steak in air fryer is 180c/360f. Any higher and you will dry out the steak and the steak will feel like it is over cooked.

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When you air fry steak less is more when it comes to seasoning. Thin sliced steak in air fryer is all about the great flavour so we usually just use some salt and pepper.

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Air Fryer Steak Recipes

Plus, don’t forget your steak sides. Our favourite in the air fryer include: air fryer frozen onion rings, air fryer tomatoes, peppercorn sauce without cream, soup maker cheese sauce or air fryer garlic mushrooms.

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Thin Steak In Air Fryer

Would you like to learn how to cook steak in the air fryer? Then start with thin steak in air fryer. Cheaper than regular steak to practice with and you will fall in love with how easy it is.
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 2
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  • 230 g Steaks, half thickness of a regular steak
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Place your steak onto a plate or chopping board and season generously with salt and pepper.
    How To Cook Thin Steak In Air Fryer?
  • Place the thin steaks into the air fryer basket, spreading them out side by side. Air fry at 180c/360f for 4 minutes.
    How To Cook Thin Steak In Air Fryer?
  • When the air fryer beeps, turn the steak over with tongs and then season again and cook at the same time and temperature again.
    How To Cook Thin Steak In Air Fryer?
  • Then use a spatula to remove them from the air fryer before serving.
    How To Cook Thin Steak In Air Fryer?


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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.
Please note This thin steak in air fryer recipe was tested in our Cosori Air Fryer XL (its this one). Air fryers vary so adjust if necessary, depending on the quality of your air fryer. Or consult the temperature test on page 18 of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook.


Calories: 239kcal | Protein: 23g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 308mg | Vitamin A: 17IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg
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Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie marker and several other kitchen gadgets.

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    1. 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 🙂

  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.

  2. 5 stars
    Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

    Still new to the air fryer and can’t wait to cook steak.

  3. 5 stars
    These steaks look amazing! May I ask are the steaks cut from a rump roast as I have never seen rump steaks.

    1. 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. Hi Judi,

      Yes that would ok, but be careful that it does not stick to the basket ?

      Kind regards