With only 4 simple ingredients and a few minutes of prep, you’ll have a delicious steak in 10 minutes – no more messy grill!

a white plate of steak, green beans, and mashed potatoes

What’s the Best Cut of Steak for Air Frying?

You can use just about any cut of steak as long as it fits in your air fryer basket.

I like to use eye of round in my air fryer. It’s not too thick or too thin, so it cooks perfectly in a short amount of time.

Other similar options would be rib eye, tri tip, or New York strip.

Looking to try something new? Try Air Fryer Steak Bites with garlic and herb butter.

How to Make It

a collage of four images showing how to prepare steak to go in an air fryer
  1. Trim off any excess fat or unwanted bits from your cuts of steak.
  2. Spray the steak on both sides with a bit of your favorite cooking oil (I use avocado oil).
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the steak.
  4. Cook at 400 degrees F for 8-12 minutes depending on your desired doneness.
three filets of steak in a black air fryer basket

Tips on Doneness

  • For medium-rare steak: Cook for around 8 minutes
  • A medium-cooked steak: Air fry for 9-10 minutes.
  • For well-done steak: Cook for around 12 minutes.

How to Serve

a fork piercing a piece of steak from a steak filet on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans

Steak can be paired with a simple side for a no-frills meal, or served with an array of dishes as part of a hearty feast.

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Air Fryer Steak

You'll go crazy for this easy 10 minute air fryer steak recipe!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 316kcal



  • 2-3 eye of round steaks
  • oil
  • salt & pepper


  • Trim any unwanted areas from the meat.
  • Coat both sides of the steak with oil.
  • Liberally season each side of the meat with salt & pepper.
  • Place the seasoned steak into your air fryer basket.
  • Cook at 400 degrees F for 8-12 minutes depending on your desired doneness.


  • With this type of steak, I got a medium rare steak at 8 minutes and a well done steak at 12 minutes. This may vary depending on the thickness and cut of your meat and your air fryer. Use your best judgement and check the air fryer steak often during cooking.
  • For easier clean up you can lay down parchment or foil in the basket of your air fryer to catch liquids.
  • Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.


Serving: 1steak | Calories: 316kcal | Protein: 51g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 796mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 5mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.
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  1. 5 stars
    This is a great post on how to cook a steak in the air fryer! Will definitely be trying this over the weekend.

  2. Your detail recipes and videos are great. Unfortunately, I need more help . When I look at a meal plan, I only see things being prepared serially. I wish you could include the way the meal can be completed together. If not, then in what sequence?? How do we keep completed recipe warm while preparing the remaining courses?
    Next question:
    I would like to stack my air frying food. Do you recommend something I can purchase for my ninja foodi op300WSeries?
    Last: How light is light when AF? I understand you can cover a light food? Do you have a recommendation for a cover?

    1. Hi Joe, ALL fantastic questions!!! Here are some ideas:
      If you are looking to keep an item warm while cooking the next air fryer recipe, you can do that a few ways. Readers have told me that they use foil and cover or tent the foil over the cooked air fryer food. Other readers (including me) use the “keep warm” function on my toaster oven or big oven to keep it warm while cooking. I generally like to use the toaster oven since it doesn’t take long to heat and doesn’t use as much energy.

      Sometimes if you have a food that cooks at a similar temperature, you can put them together in the air fryer basket. Then just adjust the cooking time slightly either up or down depending on what the recommended cooking times are. It takes some guessing, but you CAN make it work.

      AS far as stacking, I haven’t done much of that yet. I put the question into our air fryer facebook group to get some answers! If you aren’t in that it is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AirFryerEatsRecipes/. But when people respond I will put their answers into this comment thread!

      Light: So that varies, For example, I love cooking hamburgers in my air fryer. I always add a slice of cheese in the last minute. I’ve done it lots and lots of times. I’ve never had a problem of the cheese flying away except yesterday. A lot of people talk about cheese being light and flying away. So with that type of situation I’d probably put a toothpick in it to keep it there. Other people have had trouble with grilled cheese flying around, I haven’t yet, but with that I would put a trivet on top, many times they come with your air fryer. Here is a link to what I am talking about: https://amzn.to/2TKYvca

      Update: Thanks again for your comment. I just did another meal plan (meat based) and include tips and tricks for combining foods in the air fryer! I appreciate your insight!

  3. 5 stars
    I followed your suggestion from Facebook and got the eye of round steaks from Aldi. Whoa they are good and reheat do well!

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