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How To Cook Steak In An Air Fryer

I had never thought about cooking steak in an air fryer until Mother Nature forced me to do so.

The plan was to cook steaks out on the grill. However, a huge line of thunderstorms unexpectedly appeared and I knew that I had to come up with a different plan.

I could have pan fried or even baked the steaks. Although, as soon as I saw my Ninja Foodi Air Crisper out on the counter, I knew I had to give it a try.

And I was shocked at how good the steaks came out! Not to mention that they were done way faster than I expected.

In fact, they were ready to eat in just 20 minutes! And that time includes letting them rest after they were cooked.

Now, I have to admit, I cook my steak this way more often than not!

steak in an air fryer

How to Cook Steak In An Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • Sirloin Strip Steaks, about 1 inch thick
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • Worcestershire Sauce

Instructions

Although you could season and cook the steak in an air fryer right away, you will get better results if you follow this tried true method instead.

First, start off with sirloin strip steaks that are about 1 inch in thickness. This type and cut of steak are commonly found at the butcher counter of your local grocery store.

Depending on how much fat is located on the side of the steak, you might want to trim a little of the fat. However, don’t trim too much off. A little bit of fat will add extra flavor to the steak when cooked.

Next sprinkle Montreal Steak Seasoning on both sides of each steak. Then place the steaks in a resealable plastic bag or container.

Worcestershire sauce

Pour Worcestershire sauce in the bag, on both sides of the steak. You don’t need the steaks to be soaking in the liquid. Just pour enough in that it coats both sides.

Seal the container and let it marinate for at least an hour, but preferably 4-8 hours.

You Could Also Marinate Ahead and Freeze

Whenever I go to Sam’s club, I buy a large family pack of Sirloin steaks and freeze them in packs of 2 steaks per bag.

I season the steaks and put them in a Food Saver bag. Then I pour the Worcestershire sauce in the bag and vacuum seal.

Into the freezer they go! And whenever I am ready to cook steaks in the air fryer, I pull them out of the freezer and let them thaw, already marinated!

steak in an air fryer

Air Fryer vs. Air Fryer Oven

As we all know, air fryers are very different based on the size, brand, and style that you purchase. Depending on how big the steaks are you may have to cook them in batches.

You don’t want the steaks to overlap each other or they will cook unevenly.

However, if you have an air fryer oven, like my Power 360 Air fryer, you can cook both at the same time.

But size isn’t the only difference when it comes to cooking steaks in your air fryer. It has been my experience that my Ninja Foodi Air Crisper/Pressure Cooker combo cooks faster and hotter than my air fryer oven.

Therefore, it is always best to use a digital food thermometer to test the internal temperature so that you don’t under or over cook the steaks.

Let the steaks sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before cooking. Then place the steaks in the basket and air fry at 400°F for 6 minutes. Then flip the steaks and continue to cook for an additional 6-10 minutes, depending on how done you like your steaks.

digital thermometer in steak

Steak Internal Temperature Recommendations

Place a digital thermometer half way in the thickest part of the steak to get the most accurate reading.

  • Rare – 125˚F – 130˚F
  • Medium-Rare – 135˚F
  • Medium – 140°F
  • Medium-Well – 150˚F
  • Well Done – 160˚F

The FDA recommends that steak be cooked to an internal temperature of 145˚F.

Remove the steaks from the air fryer when the desired internal temperature has been reached and let it rest, covered for 8-10 minutes.

Serve with these great side dish options:

steak cut

Other Great Ways To Cook Steak

Enjoy! Mary

steak in an air fryer

How To Cook Steak In An Air Fryer

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 17 minutes

Moist and juicy steaks cooked in an air fryer. No need to heat up an outdoor grill or your kitchen!

Ingredients

  • 2 Sirloin Strip Steaks, about 1 inch thick
  • 2 teaspoons Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce

Instructions

  1. First, start off with sirloin strip steaks that are about 1 inch in thickness. Depending on how much fat is located on the side of the steak, you might want to trim a little of the fat. However, don't trim too much of it off. A little bit of fat will add extra flavor to the steak when cooked.
  2. Sprinkle Montreal Steak Seasoning on both sides of each steak. Place the steaks in a resealable plastic bag or container.
  3. Pour the Worcestershire sauce over both sides of the steak. Seal the bag/container and let it marinate for at least an hour in the refrigerator. It is best to marinate for 4-8 hours.
  4. Preheat Air Fryer if required at 400°F (205°C). Add steaks to the basket. Depending on the size of the steak and the air fryer you may need to work in batches. Cook for 6 minutes. Flip and cook for an additional 6-10 minutes until the internal temperature has reached the desired doneness when checked with a digital food thermometer.
  5. Remove the steaks and let rest, covered for 8 minutes.

Notes

Depending on your brand of air fryer and how well done you like the steaks, adjust the cook time accordingly.

Place a digital thermometer half way in the thickest part of the steak to get the most accurate reading.

  • Rare - 125˚F - 130˚F (52°C-54°C)
  • Medium Rare - 135˚F (57°C)
  • Medium - 140°F (60°C)
  • Medium Well - 150˚F (65°C)
  • Well Done - 160˚F (71°C)

Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 372Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 894mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 34g

Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.

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