How to Cook Perfect Steak in an Air Fryer

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Cooking steak in an air fryer is a convenient and efficient method that produces a deliciously juicy and perfectly cooked steak with a nice outer crust.

Air frying can give you the taste and texture of a traditionally grilled steak without the hassle of firing up a grill. Follow this guide for a simple and straightforward approach to cooking steak in an air fryer.

Before you start, you want a thick steak. Steaks that are 1 to 2 inches thick cook best in an air fryer, developing a nice crust on the outside while remaining juicy inside.

Cook one steak at a time or ensure there’s enough space between multiple steaks for air to circulate freely. This helps achieve an even cook and a nice crust.

Perfect air fryer steak

  1. Begin by taking your steak out of the refrigerator and letting it sit at room temperature for about 20 to 30 minutes. This step helps the steak cook more evenly.
  2. Pat the steak dry with paper towels. Lightly brush both sides of the steak with olive oil. Season both sides well with salt, black pepper, and if desired, garlic powder.
  3. Preheat your air fryer to 200°C. Preheating ensures that the steak starts cooking at the right temperature for a perfect sear. If your air fryer doesn’t have a pre-heat option, simply add a couple of extra minutes to the cooking time before adding the steak.
  4. Place the steak in the air fryer basket. Cook for about 7 to 10 minutes for medium-rare, depending on the thickness of the steak and your preferred level of ‘doneness’. Use the following as a guide:
    • Medium rare: 7-10 minutes
    • Medium: 10-14 minutes
    • Well done: 14-18 minutes

    Remember, these times are approximate. If your air fryer has a built in food thermometer, you can check for doneness:

    • Medium rare: 52-57°C
    • Medium: 57-63°C
    • Well done: 68°C and above
  5. Enjoy!

Cooking steak in an air fryer is not only quick and easy but also delivers a delicious and satisfying meal. With minimal preparation and cooking time, you can enjoy a steakhouse-quality meal right at home.

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