Air Fryer Steak is great for a steak with a crispy outside and locked in juices, no matter the weather!
Next time you want a homemade steak dinner, try turning to your air fryer! Air fryer steaks get a crispy charred crust similar to grilled steaks, but you can make them year-round, rain or shine.
Why Use the Air Fryer?
I know what you’re thinking: why make steak in the air fryer when you can make it on a grill or follow my stovetop-then-oven method for perfectly cooked steaks?
Well, there are a few reasons to make steak in your air fryer! The first is, of course, that it tastes great. Any fat around the edge of the steak browns and crisps, and the high heat of the air fryer cooks the outside of the steak quickly, locking in the juices. If you’re looking for that perfect combination of juicy meat inside with a crispy crust, the air fryer is definitely your friend!
Another reason to make steak in your air fryer is that it’s so low fuss! Unlike a grill, there’s no flame to worry about. That means you don’t need to hover over the steak as it cooks. The air fryer even turns itself off when the timer runs out, so you don’t need to rush to take it out like you would need to do with steak cooked in the oven. Cooking steak in the air fryer also doesn’t fill my kitchen with smoke the way searing it in a cast iron pan always does.
The Best Steak to Use
When choosing a steak to cook in your air fryer, there are a few things to consider. The first is thickness. A steak that’s too thin will cook very quickly and can easily become overcooked and tough. On the flip side, a steak that’s very thick will burn on the outside before coming to temperature inside.
You’ll also want to consider how large the steaks are and if you’ll need to fit more than one at a time in your fryer.
NY Strip Steaksare great for air frying. They hit that sweet spot of not too thick and not too thin. Plus I can easily fit two strip steaks into my 2.6qt Crux air fryer.
Top Tips for making the best air fryer steak:
Season your steaks. I combine my favorite steak rub with a good amount of brown sugar in it. The sugar caramelizes as the steak cooks, helping it brown and giving it a subtle smokey flavor. Don’t worry – it doesn’t actually make the steak sweet!
Let your steak come to temperature. Pull your steaks out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you want to start cooking them. This takes the chill off of them so they cook quicker and more evenly.
Preheat your air fryer. Even if your air fryer instructions don’t call for preheating, I’ve found that steaks come out best when you place them in a hot fryer basket. This helps the outside of the steak sear quickly, locking the juices inside.
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