Air Fryer Steak Bites & Potatoes

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Air Fryer Steak Bites & Potatoes is a simple meal you can make in minutes with just a piece of steak and any potatoes you have in the house. They cook quickly in the air fryer and make a hearty and satisfying meal.

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Steak bites and potatoes
 

The air fryer has really simplified the way I cook dinner now. It’s so easy to combine a meat and starch in the basket and just let it do its thing. Steak and potatoes go together so well. Why not just enjoy the simplicity of this meal?

You can use any cut of steak and any potatoes – large or small – making this a really versatile recipe. You can even use leftover steak, which can easily be reheated in the air fryer. Chicken and sausage are other proteins you can sub for the steak, if you want.

Ingredients You Need

Raw steak and potatoes
  • Steak – Use any piece of steak you like. Sirloin, tri tip, or NY strips works great as does a more budget friendly London Broil.
  • Potatoes – I like to use new baby potatoes for this recipe, because they’re so easy to cube – just cut them in half if they’re small enough or in 4th. However, any potato goes. No need to peel.
  • Butter – Use salted butter to give the steak and potatoes delicious flavor.
  • Salt & pepper – Season each component separately and then again at the end.
  • Cooking oil spray The spray makes things just that much easier. But you can also toss the potatoes and steak with olive oil or oil of your choice before putting them in the air fryer.

Equipment Information

  • Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit 2 Chicken Kiev pieces. Give each piece of chicken Kiev enough space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
  • Meat thermometer: The only way to tell if meat is fully cooked to the right temperature is to use a meat thermometer. I use this Instant Read thermometer. It’s so quick to open the basket and check the temp.

What Oil & Oil Sprayer is Best for the Air Fryer?

The biggest issue most air fryer lovers face is finding the right oil and oil sprayer to use on food cooked in the air fryer. A fine mist of oil will help the entire piece of food crisp evenly, so it’s very important.

My personal preference is to use canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. I use both a refillable spray bottle like the Evo one pictured below and non-propellant extra virgin olive oil, which has not harmful aerosols or chemicals.

How to Make Air Fryer Steak Bites & Potatoes

Season the potatoes and the steak separately with salt and pepper. Since they will go into the air fryer separately, you need to keep them in different bowls or plates.

Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket with spray cooking oil to prevent sticking. Place the cubed potatoes in the air fryer basket and spray with cooking oil. Air fry at 400°F for 8 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.

Raw potatoes in the air fryer basket

I put in the potatoes first because they will take longer to cook then the steak and you don’t want to overcook the steak. You can parboil the potatoes in a pot of boiling water if you want instead, but for me I just want to make the whole meal in the air fryer.

After the first 8 minutes, add the seasoned steak to the basket, on top of the potatoes. Continue cooking for another 8-10 minutes, shaking the basket 1 to 2 more times to ensure even cooking.

Raw steak and potatoes in the air fryer basket

You can stop cooking when the steak reaches medium rare or continue cooking to well done. It’s up to you. Just use a meat thermometer to check the meat. It will need to be 135° for medium rare and 160° for well done.

Add the melted butter to a large bowl. When the steak/potatoes are done cooking in the air fryer, pour them into the bowl and toss to coat with butter. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve while hot.

Steak bites and potatoes in the air fryer

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

Additional Tips & Substitutions

  • The size of your potatoes and steak will make a big difference to the cooking times. I try to cut them both to the exact same size, making them bite sized or about 1″ cubed. If the potatoes are bigger than this, it might take them longer to cook.
  • To ensure the potatoes get cooked through, check the potatoes before adding the steak. They should be quite tender, but not quite done yet. If they are still crunchy, let them cook for an additional 2 minutes before adding the steak.
  • Sirloin or ribeye are often on sale or are usually the most budget-friendly, however any type of steak will work in this recipe, so buy what you like.
  • You can also add some vegetables to this basket, if you want. I find that the best veggies are onions, bell peppers, or zucchini. They can be added at the same time as the steak.
  • Air Fryer temperatures vary slightly for each model. I like to cook this at 400°F no matter which air fryer I’m using. However, the time to cook might vary.
Steak bites and potatoes

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I cook the steak to medium rare in the air fryer?

Yes, you can cook the steak to whatever internal temperature you want. You will just need to check the temperature with a meat thermometer throughout cooking and stop cooking when the meat reaches 140°F.

Can I use stew meat in this recipe?

I wouldn’t recommend using stew meat in this recipe because it really needs to be cooked much longer, in a wet environment, to become tender. Since stew meat is a budget cut, it can be tough and hard to eat when cooked only to medium or similar temperature.

Can I add vegetables?

You can definitely add vegetables to this meal in the air fryer. I like to add sturdy vegetables like onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, or eggplant. Just toss it into the basket with the steak and cook as directed.

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Steak bites and potatoes

Air Fryer Steak Bites & Potatoes

Air Fryer Steak Bites & Potatoes is a simple meal you can make in minutes with just a piece of steak and any potatoes you have in the house. They cook quickly in the air fryer and make a hearty and satisfying meal.
4.9 from 38 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 209 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound sirloin steak cubed
  • 1/2 pound potatoes cubed
  • Salt & pepper for seasoning
  • Cooking oil spray
  • 1 tablespoons butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Season the potatoes and the steak separately with salt and pepper.
  • Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket with spray cooking oil to prevent sticking. Place the cubed potatoes in the air fryer basket and spray with cooking oil. Air fry at 400°F for 8 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.
  • Add the seasoned steak to the basket, on top of the potatoes. Continue cooking for another 8-10 minutes, shaking the basket 1 to 2 more times to ensure even cooking.
  • Add the melted butter to a large bowl. Pour the steak and potatoes into the bowl and toss to coat with butter. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 26gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 101mgPotassium: 678mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 126IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Beef, Potatoes
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