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Perfectly Tender and Juicy Air Fryer Ribeye Steak

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Don’t have a BBQ but still want to enjoy drool-worthy steaks? We’ve got ya covered with this delicious air fryer ribeye steak recipe. Cooked to perfection, juicy and tender, you’ll pull out your air fryer more often than usual!

Ribeye steak on a wooden cutting board with tomatoes and peppers, cooked to perfection in an air fryer.

Ready in under 15 minutes, this will be your new go-to way of cooking steak.

While this recipe calls for ribeye, feel free to use the cut of meat of your choice. Do you prefer T-bones or sirloin? Why not! You can always count on your air fryer to produce the most delicious steaks. 

Ingredients

A mouthwatering air fryer ribeye steak, seasoned to perfection, is showcased on a cutting board.

Ribeye Steak – Butcher’s cut is best but if that’s not possible, opt for a nice thick steak of at least 1”. You can also use any other cut of steak you prefer. Ask your local butcher for the best cut of meat to ensure perfect results. 

Olive oil – Olive oil is used to brush over the steak before adding seasonings. You can also use Avocado, Sunflower, Peanut or Grapeseed oil

Salt and pepper– Salt and pepper are mixed in with the other spices to give this steak it’s flavor.

Garlic powder – fresh minced garlic is a great substitution if you don’t want to use powder

Smoked paprika – If you don’t have smoked paprika, regular paprika will do just fine.

Steak seasoning- Here’s a great recipe for homemade steak seasoning.

Equipment

Air Fryer – If you’re cooking for one or two people, a 2-4 quart should be sufficient. If you are cooking for more than four people on a regular basis, opt for a 5 qt or higher. 

Meat Thermometer – It’s always recommended to use a meat thermometer when cooking any kind of meat. Digital thermometers are more accurate. 

Small bowl – any small bowl will do, glass/metal or plastic to mix all the seasonings together. 

Pastry brushThis is only used to brush olive oil on the steak prior to cooking. If you don’t have one, you can use your clean hands to do this. .

Air fryer ribeye steak on a wooden cutting board with tomatoes and herbs.

Suggested Toppings

Try some of these toppings if you like adding more pizzazz to your steak. 

Step by Step Instructions

Blot the ribeye steaks with paper towels to remove excess moisture and ensure better browning. Brush each steak with olive oil, ensuring they are well coated on both sides. Leave for 15 minutes at room temperature.

An air-fried ribeye steak on a wooden cutting board.

In a small bowl, combine salt, black pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika and steak spice. Rub the steaks evenly with this seasoning mixture, coating all surfaces for a flavorful and well-seasoned result.

A succulent ribeye steak cooked to perfection in an air fryer, seasoned with tantalizing spices, presented on a plate.

Begin by preheating the fryer to 400°F (200°C). This will provide the optimal temperature for crispiness on the ribeye steaks. Carefully place the seasoned ribeye steaks into the preheated air fryer basket, being careful not to overload it and to ensure proper air circulation. For medium rare steaks, cook them for 10 to 12 minutes, turning them halfway through the cooking time. The cooking time can be adjusted according to the desired degree of doneness.

A ribeye steak is being cooked on a bbq grill.

Using a meat thermometer, check the internal temperature of the steaks. For medium rare, the temperature should be 135°F (57°C). Remember that the temperature will rise slightly as the steaks rest.

An air fryer effortlessly cooking a delicious ribeye steak to perfection alongside a precise thermometer to ensure ideal cooking temperature.

When the ribeye steaks are cooked, remove them from the fryer and allow them to rest for a few minutes. This will allow the juices to be redistributed, ensuring juiciness and flavor. Slice the ribeye steaks against the fibers and serve immediately.  Enjoy!

How to Tell if Your Steak is Done

Using a meat thermometer is the best way to tell if your steak is cooked to your desired tastes. Here are some cooking temperature guidelines for steak. 

  • Rare – 125° F
  • Medium rare – 135° F
  • Medium – 145° F
  • Medium well – 155° F
  • Well done – 160° F

Cooking Tips

If your steak is less than 1” thick, you must adjust your cooking time depending on the doneness you prefer. 

While this steak is simply prepared with olive oil and some seasonings, you can marinate it with your favorite marinade if you desire. You can marinade it overnight or for just a few hours. I promise it will still be perfect. 

Tips for Leftovers

Is there really such a thing as leftover steak? Sometimes, yes. If you have some air fryer ribeye steak leftovers, simply store them in a glass airtight container and use them for a steak salad the next day. 

Reheating this steak is not really advisable. You will turn a fantastic medium rare steak into an overcooked, dry piece of meat. 

If steak salad isn’t your thing, you can make a steak sandwich or cut up the leftover steak the following day and toss it into an omelet for breakfast. 

The possibilities are endless, but I honestly doubt there will be leftover steak!

An air-fried ribeye steak is beautifully presented on a wooden cutting board, accompanied by fresh tomatoes and peppers.

What to Serve it With

This air fryer ribeye steak goes with anything, but here are a few suggestions. 

If you’re on a strict keto diet, you might also want to pair your steak with a nice salad. Here are a few salad recipes you can try.

Do you love having bread with dinner but are trying to eat healthier now? You’ll love these gluten-free bread recipes. 

And we can’t forget dessert! No meal is complete without a sweet treat to top it off. If you’re counting calories and carbs, you can check out a few dessert ideas here. 

FAQs

How long to cook a steak for different doneness? 

For medium rare, 7 to 9 minutes. For medium, 10 to 12 minutes.

How do you cook a steak in the air fryer without drying it out?

The trick here is to cook it quickly and on high heat. It’s also important to remember to let your steak rest for a few minutes before eating so the meat will absorb the juices.

Do I need to flip the steak in the air fryer?

Because an air fryer cooks food evenly, there is no need to flip it, but if you prefer to flip it, do so halfway through the cooking process. 

What type of steak is best for the air fryer?

Tender cuts of beef are best. When shopping, look for ribeyes, top sirloin, and tenderloin steaks. Remember, you’re using a dry heat cooking method, so a tender cut is ideal. 

The spices used here are simply suggestions. Feel free to use whatever spice tickles your taste buds.  Air frying has come a long way in such a short amount of time. You can use yours to cook up just about anything from popcorn to meat and desserts to bread. 

When choosing an air fryer to purchase, make sure to find one that will hold enough food, depending on the size of your family. A 4L is good for 2 to 3 people, whereas a 12L is excellent for a larger family. 

Have you cooked a steak in the air fryer before? Let us know how it turned out and what other tips you might have!This article originally appeared on Pink When.

Post Written by Iva Ursano

On and Off Keto

Iva Ursano is a Canadian expat living in Guatemala who decided to take her health a bit more seriously after she turned 55. She was introduced to the keto diet and has been on and off keto for the last 5 years. Her new site, onandoffketo.com is all about helping people who are on keto, off keto, struggling with keto or just curious. 

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Perfectly Tender and Juicy Air Fryer Ribeye Steak

  • Author: Iva Ursano
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 steak 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Air Fryer
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Description

This simple and delectable air fryer ribeye steak goes from the air fryer to the table in under 15 minutes. Pair it with a crisp salad or a side vegetable of your choice.


Ingredients

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  • 1 boneless ribeye steak (11 and half inch thickness)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. steak seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Pat the steak with a paper towel before drizzling it with olive oil. Let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before cooking. Blot the ribeye steaks with paper towels to remove excess moisture and ensure better browning. Brush each steak with olive oil so they are well coated on both sides. Leave for 15 minutes at room temperature.
  2. In a small bowl, combine salt, black pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika and steak spice. Rub the steaks evenly with this seasoning mixture, coating all surfaces for a flavorful and well-seasoned result.
  3. Begin frying by preheating the fryer to 400°F (200°C). This will provide the optimal temperature for crispiness on the ribeye steaks. Carefully place the seasoned ribeye steaks into the preheated air fryer basket, being careful not to overload it and to ensure proper air circulation. For medium rare steaks, cook them for 10-12 minutes, turning them halfway through the cooking time. The cooking time can be adjusted according to the desired degree of doneness.
  4. Using a meat thermometer, check the internal temperature of the steaks. For medium rare, the temperature should be 135°F (57°C). Remember that the temperature will rise slightly as the steaks rest.
  5. When the ribeye steaks are cooked through, remove them from the fryer and let them rest for a few minutes. This will allow the juices to be redistributed, ensuring juiciness and flavor. Slice the ribeye steaks against the fibers and serve immediately.  Enjoy!

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