Air Fryer Steak Tips

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Air Fryer Steak Tips is a great dish you can make in minutes with just steak, garlic butter, and a little bit of seasoning. Cooked at high heat in the air fryer, they come out packed with flavor.

Steak tips and steak fries

Steak tips can be paired with a variety of sides, like the steak fries shown above, so it’s a quick fix when you’re not sure what to make for dinner. You might want to serve it with some asparagus or one of these veggie side dishes for a healthy meal or make steak bites and potatoes for a comforting dinner, you can easily customize the dish to suit your preferences.

When it comes to cooking steak, we tend to default to traditional methods such as grilling or pan-searing. However, you might be surprised to learn that an air fryer can also be a great option for achieving a perfectly cooked steak. We use it to cook sirloin steak as well many other air fryer steaks.

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for air fryer steak tips
  • Sirloin Steak– You can start with a full sirloin steak and cut it into cubes, or buy it already cut in chunks. You’ll want them to be at room temperature before cooking, take it out of the refrigerator 15 minutes in advance.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – A high-quality olive oil goes a long way to adding great flavor to this dish.
  • Salt & Pepper – You can adjust the amount of salt and pepper to suit your taste.
  • Butter – I use salted butter to add an extra layer of flavor.
  • Garlic clove – Minced or grated.

How to Make Air Fryer Steak Tips

Toss the steak with the olive oil until it’s coated. Season it with salt and pepper. I give them a pretty generous sprinkle of salt, which really enhances the flavor.

I’ve been asked why I don’t add the garlic at this stage and if you’re wondering it’s because the garlic has a propensity to burn in the air fryer, giving off a really sharp bitterness and pungent aroma. I always suggest waiting to add it to the end.

raw Steak tips in the air fryer basket

Add the seasoned steak to the air fryer basket. Cook at 400° F for 5-6 minutes, shaking the basket 1 to 2 times during cooking to ensure even cooking. By the end, you should see that the steak pieces are getting browned.

cooked Steak tips in the air fryer basket

Add the melted butter and optional garlic to a large bowl. Pour the steak into the bowl and toss to coat. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Steak tips

Additional Helpful Tips

  • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of a piece of the steak to ensure it reaches the desired level of doneness.
  • To achieve the best results, purchase high-quality steak that has ample marbling. The amount of marbling, which refers to the fat content in the meat, plays a crucial role in determining whether the steak will turn out moist and succulent or dry and tough.
  • Shake the basket halfway through cooking to ensure they cook evenly on all sides.
  • Serve the steak tips with your favorite dipping sauce or toppings, such as chimichurri, blue cheese dressing, or sautéed mushrooms.
Steak tips and steak fries

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:

Here are 30 more air fryer side dishes to try

Steak tips and steak fries

How to Store & Reheat Steak Tips

You can reheat leftover steak tips in the air fryer. Simply place them in the basket and cook at 375°F for 5-6 minutes, or until heated through.

To store leftover air fryer steak tips, allow them to cool to room temperature and then transfer them to an airtight container. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

To freeze, wrap the steak tips tightly in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer-safe container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

Steak tips

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you cook frozen steak tips in the air fryer?

You can cook frozen steak tips in the air fryer, but they will require a longer cooking time to ensure they cook through properly. It’s best to thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before cooking for the best results.

What kind of steak is best for making steak tips in the air fryer?

Sirloin, tenderloin, or tri tip are the best cuts of beef to use for making steak tips in the air fryer. Look for well-marbled steaks with a thickness of about 1-2 inches. Smaller pieces of steak will cook very fast, so be mindful of this if you’re pieces are less than an inch thick.

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Steak tips and steak fries

Air Fryer Steak Tips

Air Fryer Steak Tips is a great dish you can make in minutes with just steak, garlic butter, and a little bit of seasoning. Cooked at high heat in the air fryer, they come out packed with flavor.
5 from 53 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 198 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound (450 g) sirloin steak cubed
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) Extra Virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper for seasoning
  • 1 tablespoons (15 ml) butter melted
  • 1 clove garlic minced (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Toss the steak with the olive oil until coated. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the seasoned steak to the air fryer basket. Cook at 400° F for 5-6 minutes, shaking the basket once during cooking to ensure even cooking.
  • Add the melted butter and optional garlic to a large bowl. Pour the steak into the bowl and toss to coat. 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: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 0.3gProtein: 25gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 98mgPotassium: 442mgFiber: 0.01gSugar: 0.01gVitamin A: 125IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 3mg
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