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.
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 4s 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.
How To Cook Steak In The Air Fryer
The art of learning how to cook steak in the air fryer is all about simplicity.
#1 You start by using a tenderiser to tenderise the steak. This will allow you to have the most tender steak possible.
#2 You season the bottom of the air fryer grill pan with salt and pepper. This allows the bottom of the steak to also get seasoned as it cooks.
#3 You place the steak in the air fryer on the grill pan and season the top with salt and pepper.
#4 Cook for your steak as you like it. Whether that is rare, medium rare, medium or well done we have the times below for each of them. Then serve with your favourite sides.
How Long Does It Take To Cook Steak In The Air Fryer?
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.
So, 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.
Also consider the size of your steak and the type of steak. We cooked 2 small steaks at once in the air fryer. They 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.
Cooking Steak in the air fryer at 175c/350f
- Rare = 2 Minutes
- Medium Rare = 4 Minutes
- Medium = 6 Minutes
- Well Done = 8 Minutes
Cooking Steak in the air fryer at 180c/360f
- Rare = 90 Seconds
- Medium Rare = 3 Minutes
- Medium = 4.5 Minutes
- Well Done = 6 Minutes
We always cook our steak in the air fryer at 175c, but some air fryers don’t offer that temperature, therefore we have also included the standard 180c for you too.
You can print off our steak in the air fryer recipe below. It shows you how to cook a medium steak, so adjust for however you like it.
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- Using a tenderiser pound your steak to make it more tender.
- Season the grill pan in your air fryer with salt and pepper.
- Place the steaks on top of the seasoning and now season the top of the steak in salt and pepper too.
- Cook for 6 minutes and then serve immediately.
Our steaks were similar to rump beef and weighed 150g each. The recipe above is based upon a medium steak. Do adjust it if you like your steak differently to us. Remember to be ready to eat your steak as your steak carries on cooking, so it can be a shock if you wait and your medium steak then becomes well done.