This Air Fryer Rib Eye Steak recipe is the best way to get a tender and juicy steak without having to worry about the weather. With this easy recipe, you don't have to worry about whether or not you have propane or charcoal on hand. All you need is your trusty air fryer.
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❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
- You only need simple ingredients so you don't have to worry about buying anything fancy at the grocery store.
- By using the air fryer you cut down the time needed for the cooking process, so you can dinner on the time in minutes.
- You get a juicy and tender steak every time with this air fryer recipe.
🧾 Ingredient List
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This is an overview of the recipe. The full instructions are below in the recipe card.
Step 1: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, pat the steak dry with a paper towel.
Step 2: Rub both sides of the steaks with avocado oil and then sprinkle the garlic powder, salt, and black pepper over the steaks, gently pressing it into the meat to adhere.
Step 3: Place the steaks in the air fryer basket. Make sure that they are not touching each other.
Step 4: Air fry the steaks until they reach your desired doneness. Be sure to flip halfway through the cooking time.
👩🏻🍳 Eileen's Tips for Success
- Check the doneness of the steaks using an instant-read thermometer to ensure they reach your preferred doneness level: Medium-rare: 135°F (57°C) Medium: 145°F (63°C) Well-done: 160°F (71°C)
- Slice the steaks against the grain into thin strips.
- Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of your steak, and your air fryer brand so be sure to check the internal temperature for doneness.
- For this recipe, I used a boneless ribeye steak. A bone in steak will have a longer cooking time so make sure you adjust for that if you are using a bone in steak.
- After your steak cooks be sure to allow it to rest a few minutes so that the juices settle down.
Do you want to change up this recipe? Here are some ways that you increase the flavor of this dish.
- You can use any type of seasoning on your steaks, from your favorite steak seasoning to a cajun seasoning blend or even just simple salt and pepper if that is your favorite way.
- We love to top our air-fried steak with pats of butter, garlic herb butter, or a dollop of our favorite compound butter as soon it comes out of the air fryer for the best flavor.
- If you prefer a nice sear on the outside of the steak, you can cut the cooking time down by two minutes and then reverse sear the steak in a skillet on the stovetop over high heat.
- Garnish your delicious ribeye steak with a sprinkle of crunchy sea salt and a sprinkle of fresh herbs for a lot of flavor and beautiful color.
- If you don't have avocado oil on hand you can use your favorite high-temperature oil such as olive oil.
❄️ Make ahead, storage, and freezer tips
Make ahead - You will get the best flavor of the steak when you cook it fresh. However, if you want to save a little time on a busy night you can coat the steak in oil and season it then store it in the fridge until you are ready to cook.
Storage - Leftover steak should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can also store it in a ziploc bag if you have one on hand.
Freezing - Steak can be frozen before or after cooking. To freeze before cooking, wrap the steak in plastic wrap and then store it in a freezer-safe bag for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before cooking. To freeze after cooking, let the steak cool completely and then wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and store it in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months.
📋 Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can use a different cut of steak with this recipe, however, you will need to adjust the cooking time depending on the thickness of the steak.
This is a matter of personal preference. Some prefer their steak to be rare, while I prefer my steak to be a nice medium with a pink center. The choice is yours.
Yes, I recommend that you flip your steak halfway through the cooking time so that you get an even doneness.
Yes, I recommend that oil your steak before air frying it. That way you get a nice crust on the outside and your seasonings will stick to the steak.
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Air Fryer Rib Eye Steaks
- Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes.
- Pat dry the steaks using a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
- Rub both sides of the steaks with avocado oil.
- Sprinkle the garlic powder, salt, and black pepper over the steaks, pressing it into the meat to adhere.
- Place the seasoned steaks in the preheated air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching.
- Cook the steaks in the air fryer for 6-8 minutes for medium-rare, 8-10 minutes for medium, or 10-12 minutes for well-done, flipping halfway through the cooking time.
Medium-rare: 135°F (57°C)
Medium: 145°F (63°C)
Well-done: 160°F (71°C)
Once the steaks are cooked to your desired doneness, remove them from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes before slicing.
Slice the steaks against the grain into thin strips. Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of your steaks and the model of your air fryer. Adjust accordingly.