This Air Fryer T-Bone Steak is seasoned and cooked quickly in the air fryer, resulting in a juicy steak with a nice sear and lots of locked in flavor.
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Air frying T-bone steak is a healthier way to cook steak than traditional methods like pan-frying or grilling. The air fryer uses hot air to cook the steak, which helps to reduce the amount of oil or fat needed for cooking. This results in a healthier and less greasy steak.
Additionally, the air fryer is a convenient and easy-to-use kitchen appliance that cooks the steak quickly and evenly. This helps to ensure that the steak is cooked to the desired level of doneness and is tender and juicy.
Even if you’re skeptical about cooking steak in the air fryer, I suggest giving this a try, because this Air Fryer Ribeye recipe will no doubt surprise you. We’ve made Air Fryer Filet Mignon and Air Fryer Sirloin Steaks the same way, and they turn out perfectly juicy and tender every time.
Serve these T-Bone steaks 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.
What is T-Bone Steak?
T-bone steak is a thick and juicy cut of beef that gets its name from its distinctive T-shaped bone, which separates the tenderloin and the striploin sections of the meat. This prime steak is known for its robust flavor, tenderness, and beautiful marbling that melts during cooking, resulting in a succulent and flavorful dining experience.
The tenderloin side of the T-bone offers a tender and buttery texture, while the striploin side provides a rich, beefy taste. It is often grilled or broiled to enhance its natural flavors and is a favorite choice for steak lovers who enjoy a combination of tender meat and satisfying chewiness in a single cut.
- T-Bone Steaks – When purchasing, be mindful of how big your basket is and what size steak might fit inside. It might be possible to fit 2 T-Bone steaks in your air fryer basket at one time, depending on its size.
- Olive Oil – Brushing the outside of the steak with oil will help it get a nice sear and crust that locks in flavor.
- Salt & Ground Black Pepper
- Salted Butter – A bit of salted butter added to the steak while it rests will boost the flavor and juiciness. You can use regular butter or compound butter, if you have it.
How to Make Air Fryer T-Bone Steak
Remove the steak from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking to bring it up to room temperature. This will help the steak cook evenly in the air fryer. Coat the steak with olive oil – this keeps it from drying out. Season both sides generously with salt and pepper.
Preheat the air fryer to 400° F for 5 minutes. Some air fryers don’t need to be pre-heated on a regular basis, but I always do it for steaks. It’s important for two reasons. It will cook them at an even temperature throughout, and it will help to get a browned sear on each side.
Place the steak in the basket. If you’re cooking two steaks at a time, make sure they aren’t touching. If 2 steaks are too large for 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 8 minutes, turning them over at the halfway point. For me, this works well for 1 1/4 inch steaks. You might need more or less time.
After 8 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. Place a slice of butter on the top of the steak and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving. The butter will melt down over the sides of the steak, coating it in buttery goodness.
During this rest period, the steak will continue to climb in temperature, bringing it 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 8 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 asparagus, 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 ribeye 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 ribeye 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 ribeye steak into a new dish, such as a steak salad, stir-fry, or sandwich.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to cook T-Bone steaks 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, t-bone steak 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 t-bone steak in the air fryer?
Yes, you should flip the steak 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 steak. The joy of this cut of beef is the natural flavor and texture. Marinating will change both of those things. Instead, generously season the steak 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
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Air Fryer T-Bone Steak Recipe
- T-Bone steaks 1 or 2
- 2 teaspoons (10 ml) olive oil
- 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt
- 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon (14 g) herb butter
- Remove the steak from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking to bring to room temperature. Coat the steak with olive oil. Season on both sides with salt and pepper.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400° F for 5 minutes. Place the steak in the basket. If cooking 2, make sure they don’t touch.
- Cook for 5 minutes, flip the steaks over and continue cooking for 3 minutes. 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, it 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. Place a pat of butter on the steak to melt while it rests for 5 minutes.
- Every air fryer differs as does the thickness of your steak, so you will need to use a meat thermometer after 8 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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Laura is a passionate foodie and owner of Air Fry Anytime She is dedicated to sharing delicious recipes and helpful tips for using air fryers at home. With years of experience in the kitchen and a love for healthy, flavorful cooking, Laura has become an expert at using air fryers to create amazing meals that are both nutritious and delicious.