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.
» You might also try these Crispy Air Fryer Frozen Fish Fillets.
Super Useful Air Fryer Accessories
Once you’ve started using your air fryer more regularly, you’ll find there are so many other ways you *could* be using it, if you had a few extra useful accessories. Here are a few favorites that we use almost every day.
- 12-piece accessories kit for 3.7-5.8 quart air fryers – includes silicone cake pan, cake barrel, pizza pan, toasting/warming rack, skewer rack, silicone mat, bread rack and more
- Thermopen instant read thermometer for checking the internal temp of your meats
- Evo Oil Sprayer Bottle – BPA, latex, and dehp-free plastic, won’t clog or shatter, reusable, refillable, recyclable
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.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- 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
Mix the seasonings together in a bowl. Season the steak on both sides.
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, 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, which will take about 6 minutes.
- For medium-rare, remove at 135˚F, which takes about 7 minutes.
- For medium, remove at 140˚F, which takes about 8-9 minutes.
- For medium-well, remove at 145˚F, which takes about 12 minutes.
- For well-done, cook for 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.
Tips for Cooking Steak in the Air Fryer
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
What Side Dishes to Serve?
There are some really easy side dishes you can serve with your main dish cooked in the Air Fryer. In some cases, you can even cook them together in the air fryer to make it even faster.
Some of our favorite side dishes to serve include air fryer cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and corn on the cob. We love these crispy smashed potatoes and cottage fries because they go with just about anything. Other quick options are to make a side garden salad or some macaroni and cheese.
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Perfectly Cooked Air Fryer Sirloin Steak
- 2 sirloin steaks approximately 8 oz each, at least 1” thick
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Mix the seasonings together in a bowl. Season the steak on both sides.
- 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. For medium-rare, remove at 135˚F. For medium, remove at 140˚F.
- 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.
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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