This Air Fryer Filet Mignon is seasoned and cooked in the air fryer, resulting in a juicy steak with a nice crust that is topped with an indulgent compound butter.
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Air Fryer Filet Mignon is a high end cut of steak that is well-known for its tender and juicy texture. You might think it’s ghastly to cook such a nice cut in the air fryer, but it’s really quite the opposite. Cooking filet mignon in an air fryer seals in the natural juices and flavors of the meat better than the oven can, and faster too!
Even if you’re skeptical, I would suggest giving this a try, because this Air Fryer Filet Mignon recipe will no doubt surprise you. With minimal prep and only 10 minutes to cook, it’s the easiest way to make a perfectly cooked steak that is tender and juicy every time.
The real flavor bomb of this recipe is the garlic herb butter, which takes the steak to a whole new level. The butter is made with fresh garlic, fragrant herbs, and a pinch of salt that adds tons of flavor to each bite.
Serve these filets in the air fryer alongside other sides you can make at the same time, like air fryer green beans or air fryer sweet potatoes. If you have a Ninja XL Double Basket air fryer, it’s incredibly simple to make your whole meal at the same time.
- Filet Mignon Steaks – Approximately 8 ounces each and between 2-3″ thick.
- Salted Butter – If you don’t have salted butter you can add a pinch of salt to your butter mixture.
- Garlic Clove – Make sure your garlic is fresh for the best flavor. It can get bitter and lose it’s nuanced flavor once it sprouts.
- Fresh parsley and rosemary – You can use dried herbs if you have to, but fresh adds so much more flavor.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Use the best quality olive oil that you have.
- Salt & Ground Black Pepper
How to Make Air Fryer Filet Mignon
Star by mixing together the butter, garlic, parsley, and rosemary in a bowl. The butter will need to be at room temperature before you start so that it’s easy to blend.
Once blended, spoon the butter onto a piece of plastic wrap and roll it into a log, twisting the ends to hold it firmly.
Place the log in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to set up. If you have more time, that’s fine. It can stay in the fridge until you’re ready to cook the steaks.
Remove the steaks from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking to bring it up to room temperature. This will help the steaks cook evenly in the air fryer. Coat the steaks with olive oil. Season both sides generously with salt and pepper.
Preheat the air fryer to 400° F for 3 minutes. Some air fryers don’t need to be pre-heated on a regular basis, but I do it anyways for steaks. It’s important to cook them at an even temperature throughout.
Place the steaks in the basket so they are spread out and not touching. If you have more steaks to cook than can fit in your basket, you’ll need to do two batches. If they are touching, they won’t cook properly. The air needs to circulate freely around the steaks.
I always recommend cooking steaks to medium rare for the best texture and flavor. Of course you can cook it more or less, depending on your preference.
If you’re aiming for medium rare, cook the steaks for 10 minutes, turning them over at the halfway point.
After 10 minutes, check the meat with a meat thermometer to determine the internal temperature and continue cooking in 2 minute increments until your desired doneness is reached.
- For medium rare, you want 130°F (54°C)
- For medium it’s 140°F (60°C)
- For medium well it’s 150°F (66°C)
- For well done it’s 160°F (71°C)
Remove the steaks at the proper temperature and place them on a plate. Slice the compound butter. Place a slice on the top of each steak and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving. The butter will melt down over the sides of the steak, coating them in buttery goodness.
During this rest period, the steaks will continue to climb in temperature, bringing them up to the proper serving temperature for your preferred doneness.
Remember that every air fryer differs as does the thickness of your steak, so you will need to use a meat thermometer after 10 minutes of cook time to get the proper doneness you prefer.
Additional Helpful Tips
- Bring the steak to room temperature before cooking by letting it sit out for about 30 minutes. This will help the steak cook more evenly.
- Preheat your air fryer to ensure that it reaches the correct cooking temperature.
- Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the steak is cooked to your preferred internal temperature. For medium-rare, the final internal temperature after resting should be around 135°F.
- Use a sharp knife to slice the steak against the grain for maximum tenderness.
- Pair the steak with your favorite sides, such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh salad.
It’s always best to consume steak right after it’s been cooked, but if you find yourself with leftovers, all is not lost. You can store it and reheat it later.
- Refrigerate: You can store cooked filet mignon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. When reheating, be sure to do so gently and slowly, so as not to overcook the steak.
- Freeze: You can also freeze cooked filet mignon for longer-term storage. Wrap the steak tightly in plastic wrap and then in foil or freezer paper, and store in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. When ready to eat, thaw the steak overnight in the refrigerator.
- Make leftovers into a new dish: You can also repurpose any leftover filet mignon into a new dish, such as a steak salad, stir-fry, or sandwich.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to cook filet mignon in an air fryer?
Cooking time depends on the thickness of the steak and the best way to know how long to cook it is by using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. As a general rule, filet mignon should be cooked for 4-6 minutes per side for medium-rare, or until it reaches your desired level of doneness.
Cook for 9-10 minutes for rare, 10-11 minutes for medium rare, 11-12 minutes for medium, 11.5 -13 mins for medium well, and 14 minutes for well done. Of course, this does not apply to every steak, because they all vary in thickness.
Do you flip a filet mignon in the air fryer?
Yes, you should flip the filet over in the air fryer at the halfway point in the cooking. This will allow the air to circulate around both sides of the steak evenly, so the interior is cooked evenly.
Should I marinate the steak first?
I do not recommend marinating filet mignon. The joy of this cut of beef is the natural flavor and texture. Marinating will change both of those things. Instead, generously season the filets with salt and pepper, then use a compound butter on top at the end to enhance the flavor.
What Side Dishes to Serve?
You can serve some really easy side dishes with your main dish cooked in the Air Fryer. Sometimes, you can cook them together in the air fryer to make it even faster.
Some of our favorite side dishes to serve include:
- Air fryer cauliflower
- Air fryer baked potatoes
- Brussels sprouts
- Corn on the cob
- Crispy smashed potatoes
- Cottage fries
Here are 28 more air fryer side dishes to try
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Air Fryer Filet Mignon
- 2 tablespoons (28 g) salted butter softened
- 1 small clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon (0.1 g) fresh parsley chopped
- 1 teaspoon (0.1 g) fresh rosemary chopped
- 2 filet mignon steaks approx 8 oz each and 2” thick
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) Extra Virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) salt
- 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) ground black pepper
- Mix together the butter, garlic, parsley, and rosemary in a bowl.
- Once blended, spoon the butter onto a piece of plastic wrap and roll it into a log, twisting the ends to hold it firmly.
- Place the log in the refrigerator for 15 minutes, or until you’re ready to cook the steaks.
- Remove the steaks from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking to bring to room temperature. Coat the steaks with olive oil. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400° F for 3 minutes. Place the steaks in the basket so they are spread out and not touching.
- Cook for 10 minutes for medium rare, turning the steaks over at the halfway point to ensure even cooking. Check the meat with a meat thermometer to determine internal temperature and continue cooking in 2 minute increments until your desired doneness is reached. For medium rare, you want 130°F (54°C), for medium it’s 140°F (60°C), for medium well it’s 150°F (66°C), for well done it’s 160°F (71°C).
- Remove the steaks at the proper temperature and place them on a plate. Slice the compound butter. Place a slice on the top of each steak and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
- If you don’t have salted butter, add a pinch of salt to the compound butter mixture.
- Every air fryer differs as does the thickness of your steak, so you will need to use a meat thermometer after 10 minutes of cook time to get the proper doneness you prefer.
All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.
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