Perfectly Cooked Air Fryer Sirloin Steak

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These perfectly cooked Air Fryer Sirloin Steaks are first rubbed with a flavorful seasoning blend, then cooked to perfection in the air fryer in just minutes, leading to a delicious, filling meal with very little cleanup.

Perfectly cooked sirloin steak

You might not think it’s possible to perfectly cook a steak in the air fryer, but it is. In fact, it turns out very juicy and can be cooked to your desired doneness with just a little attention paid to make sure the meat cooks to the right temperature.

With a nice steak rub on the outside, a crust forms and locks in the juices of the meat, so when you cut into it, it’s just as you would expect to get at a steakhouse – only in a fraction of the time.

Jill says: 5 stars Easy and excellent way to prepare a sirloin steak! Tender and juicy, with a nice crust on the edges. I used a seasoning blend of garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Next time I’ll use your seasoning blend.

» As long as we’re discussing steak, here are 9 Easy Air Fryer Steak Recipes to try.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Even Cooking: The air fryer circulates hot air around the sirloin steak, ensuring it cooks evenly on all sides for a perfectly done steak every time, from edge to edge.
  • Restaurant-Quality Seer: Achieve that coveted sear on the outside while keeping the inside tender and juicy, mirroring the quality you’d expect from a high-end steakhouse.
  • Convenience and Speed: Cooking sirloin steak in an air fryer is not only quicker than traditional methods but also requires minimal cleanup.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Raw sirloin steaks
  • Sirloin steak – When purchasing steaks, look for ones about 6 to 10 ounces each, 1-inch thick, and well marbled. This will lead to the juiciest, most tender air fryer steak. You’ll want it to be at room temperature before cooking, so be sure to take it out of the refrigerator 15 minutes in advance.
  • Seasoning blend – I like to use a blend of garlic salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, and oregano. You can use any steak seasoning or rub you like. Try mixing one up yourself to get the flavor you like.

How to Make Air Fryer Sirloin Steak

Step 1: Season the steaks

Mix the seasonings together in a bowl. Season the steak on both sides. Don’t be afraid to use all of the seasoning. It helps form a nice crust and adds tons of flavor.

Step 2: Preheat the basket

Preheat your air fryer on 400˚F (200˚C) for about 3 minutes. This will ensure that the basket is warm already, which helps get a sear on the steak.

Step 3: Air fry

Raw sirloin steak in the air fryer basket

Place the steaks in the air fryer basket, trying not to overlap them. If they are overlapped, they won’t cook evenly and won’t get the nice crispy edges all around. If you can’t fit them in your basket without overlapping, cook them in two batches.

Cook on 400˚F (200˚C), flipping once about 2/3 of the way through cooking. Since you may like a different degree of doneness, and every air fryer cooks differently, there isn’t a set cooking time. To achieve your desired degree of doneness, check the internal temperature of the meat throughout cooking.

  • For rare, remove at 125˚F to 130˚F (52˚C to 54˚C), which will take about 6 minutes.
  • For medium-rare, remove at 135˚F (57˚C), which takes about 7 minutes.
  • For medium, remove at 140˚F (60˚C), which takes about 8-9 minutes.
  • For medium-well, remove at 145˚F (63˚C), which takes about 12 minutes.
  • For well-done, remove at 150-155˚F (65 to 68˚C), which takes about 14 minutes.

When the appropriate internal temperature has been reached, transfer the steaks to a plate, tent with tin foil, and rest for 5 minutes before serving.

A bite of a perfectly cooked sirloin steak

Helpful Tips

  • First and foremost, remember that all air fryers cook differently and all pieces of meat are different size, thickness and pre-cooked temperature. For these reasons, there is no “set time” to cook your steak for. If you want it to be a certain degree inside, like medium rare, you will need to use a meat thermometer to know how long to cook it. There’s no way around this. See the cooking temperatures and approximate times above.
  • Buy a well-marbled steak: For the best outcome, you need to buy steak that is high-quality and well-marbled. The marbling, or fat content, makes a bit difference in whether your steak will turn out juicy or dry. If you start with a low-quality steak, you can only expect to end up with a low-quality result. A well-marbled steak cooks really well in the air fryer because it gets rendered properly as it cooks.
  • Use an instant-read thermometer: An instant-read thermometer makes checking for doneness quick and easy. You don’t have to wait for it to come up to temperature, while you’re losing heat from the air fryer. You really can’t get away with not using a meat thermometer when cooking a steak in the air fryer – or any other way for that matter.
Perfectly cooked sirloin steak in the air fryer basket

What Steak to Use

You can cook all different cuts of steak in the air fryer. This recipe specifically uses sirloin steak, but you can use other cuts of meat as well.

Sirloin or top sirloin, ribeye, New York strip, or tri tip steaks are great cuts to cook in the air fryer because they are typically well-marbled and high-quality cuts. Experiment with whatever you like to cook and see how it goes.

More Steak Recipes

Try cooking some of these other steaks in the air fryer.

Storage Information

You can store any left overs in the refrigerator, well wrapped, for up to 5 days. The steak can be reheated in the air fryer whenever you’re ready to eat it again. It takes just a few minutes to reheat to the same degree of doneness, just like you did the first time.

Questions About the Recipe

What type of air fryer can I cook this in?

It doesn’t matter what type of air fryer you have, you can use this recipe. It’s fine to use a basket style or an oven style air fryer, or a Ninja Foodie. If your air fryer requires a pre-heating, go ahead and do so before cooking. You may have to adjust the cook time for this, but that’s not a problem because you’re going to use your meat thermometer to determine the doneness anyway.

How long does it take to cook steak in the air fryer?

There is no “one-time-fits-all” approach to cooking steak in the air fryer. While you can play it by ear a little bit, cooking your steak from 6 minutes up to 14 minutes – which will lead to varying degrees of doneness – if you want it to be an exact doneness, you need to check it with a thermometer to know for sure.

Do you need to flip a steak in the air fryer?

Yes, it’s best to flip the steak one time while cooking in the air fryer. This will ensure that both sides get equally cooked. I like to flip them over at the 2/3 mark in the cooking. Since the first side starts cooking from cold, this will give it the most even distribution of time on each side.

Perfectly cooked sirloin steak

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:

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Perfectly cooked sirloin steak

Perfectly Cooked Air Fryer Sirloin Steak

These perfectly cooked Air Fryer Sirloin Steaks are first rubbed with a flavorful seasoning blend, then cooked to perfection in the air fryer in just minutes.
4.8 from 161 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 308 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 2 sirloin steaks approximately 8 oz each, at least 1” thick
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Mix the seasonings together in a bowl. Season the steak on both sides.
  • Preheat your air fryer on 400˚F for about 3 minutes to heat the basket.
  • Place the steaks in the air fryer basket, trying not to overlap them.
  • Cook on 400° F for 8 minutes (for medium), flipping it once about 2/3 of the way through cooking. To achieve your desired degree of doneness, check the internal temperature of the meat throughout cooking. For rare, remove at 125˚F to 130˚F (52 to 54˚C). For medium-rare, remove at 135˚F (57˚C). For medium, remove at 140˚F (60˚C).
  • When the appropriate internal temperature has been reached, transfer the steaks to a plate, tent with tin foil, and rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Buy a nicely marbled steak for the best tenderness and flavor.
  • Preheat the air fryer for 3-5 minutes to get a nice sear on the steak once it’s added.

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: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 50gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 1292mgPotassium: 794mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 256IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 4mg
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46 thoughts on “Perfectly Cooked Air Fryer Sirloin Steak

  1. Jill says:

    5 stars
    Easy and excellent way to prepare a sirloin steak! Tender and juicy, with a nice crust on the edges. I used a seasoning blend of garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Next time I’ll use your seasoning blend.

  2. Karen says:

    5 stars
    I will admit, I was nervous about making steak on the air fryer…but this turned out great! The steak turned out super juicy. We served it with mashed potatoes and steamed greens. Super tasty and will make again soon.

  3. olivia says:

    5 stars
    I’ve always been intimidated by the thought of making steak in the air fryer, but this recipe was so easy to follow and the results were amazing.

  4. Mr Good-man says:

    I’m cooking for a large crowd. Can I overlap the steaks in the air fryer so I can make more at one time? I’m afraid to try it and ruin the meat.

  5. Daniel Martinez says:

    Can I make this recipe with a different type of steak, like t-bone or ribeye? Or is it best to stick with sirloin?

  6. walk_89 says:

    5 stars
    I love how easy this is, so I don’t have to worry about standing over the grill watching them. They were even better than our usual steaks.

  7. sister45 says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. My husband didn’t believe they’d turn out well in the air fryer, but they totally did.

  8. patrick says:

    5 stars
    I made steaks for Father’s Day and my dad said they were the best gift he’s ever gotten! Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe that made our celebration even more special!

  9. Benjamin Thompson says:

    5 stars
    I made these steaks for a dinner party and they were a huge hit. Everyone kept asking for the recipe! I don’t know why I felt sheepish to tell them I made it in the air fryer. Haha

  10. Amelia Johnson says:

    5 stars
    This is the best recipe for air fryer steak I’ve tried. I like that it’s so hands off and it’s cooked perfectly. Everyone loved them.

  11. Jonathan says:

    5 stars
    I made these steaks for my family last night and they were absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

    • Angela Morris says:

      Reheating steak in the air fryer is a great way to go and won’t dry out your steak. Set the air fryer temperature to 350 °F. Air fry until the steak is heated through. For more information check out https://airfryanytime.com/how-to-reheat-steak-in-the-air-fryer/.

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Wendy you shouldn’t need to reduce the time for just 1 steak, if it’s 1″ thick. It will take the same amount of it.

    • Angela Morris says:

      Hi Kristi, yes we do! I guess we missed adding it in, I will do that now. Steak is one of the only things that we preheat the air fryer for. For this recipe you would want to preheat at 400° F for 3 minutes.

    • Angela Morris says:

      Everyone’s air fryers will cook differently based on their wattage. I’m sorry the cooking time wasn’t spot on for you. We do test our recipes to take the guess work out of it for everyone. I hope you will give it another try. Cooking steak in the air fryer really is a great way to go.

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