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Air Fryer Steak | Medium Rare

Air fryer steak is a revelation for meat lovers seeking a quick, convenient way to cook a perfect medium-rare steak. This method combines the ease of indoor preparation with the mouth-watering results typically associated with grilling. Ideal for busy weeknights or a special dinner, air-frying steak provides a juicy, tender inside with a beautifully seared exterior

The steak with a piece taken out of it and the rest of the meat cut in half, along with condiments in the back
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I could eat steak every week and often do. And when I do, I almost always make it in an air fryer. Our brother-in-law is a retired chef, and his food is out-of-this-world delicious. I told him and Christopher’s sister that I do my steak in the air fryer, and they were skeptical.

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So, I had to make it for them when we had them over for dinner. He said, okay, I’m a believer.

High praise, indeed.

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I was gifted this 19-quart, tray-type air fryer from Taotronics, and I enjoyed using it. It’s a beautiful machine and looks great on the countertop.

Two photos, one of the air fryer with the door closed and the second with the door open with all the trays
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One of this machine’s biggest perks is three levels of cooking: an air fryer basket, a wire rack, and a baking tray. It also has an easy-to-remove crumb and drip tray.

But it’s not just an air fryer. It’s an oven, as well. Along with air-frying food, the other functions allow you to toast, roast, broil, dehydrate, slow cook, ferment, bake, defrost, warm, make cake and cookies, and cook pizza.

Its large size allows you to bake a whole chicken, which is impressive. Since receiving it recently, I’ve used the air fryer option and toast option, and I intend to use the other options as time passes.

It also comes with a chart of cooking times and temperatures for many different foods, in the form of a large sheet magnet to attach to your refrigerator.

A magnet with lots of cooking times for the Taotronics air fryer
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Adjusting the time and temperature is very easy, and cleaning the oven is simple and quick! I do recommend this 19-quart 15-in-1 family-sized toaster oven. Taotronic is having a sale for Christmas this year; all you have to do is enter the code Christmas25 in the shopping cart when buying.

On to the air fried steak

Helpful
Tips
  • The different cuts of steak that work well with this recipe are strip loin steak (which I used), New York strip steak, ribeye, and filet mignon.
  • Take the steak out of the fridge an hour before starting the recipe. You want the steak near room temperature, and you want to give it time to marinate.
  • There is no need to coat the steak with olive oil, as the marinade will help the meat crisp up on the outside.
  • I’m not using herbs for this recipe, but you can add rosemary, thyme, and parsley.
  • I chose not to flip the cooking steak because of the nature of the air fryer basket, which allows browning on the bottom of the steak. But if you’re used to flipping your meat, do so mid-cooking.
  • Coconut aminos is my go-to soy sauce alternative because it has a lot less sodium than even low-sodium soy sauce.
  • When you take the steak out of the marinade, you will lightly blot it. You don’t want it dripping with the liquid, but you don’t want to take it all off, either. Dispose of any leftover marinade.
  • Herb-infused butter is something people add to their steaks, but I chose not to because even though it does enhance the flavor, I don’t want the extra calories. Other good choices are garlic herb butter or compound butter.
  • You can use an instant meat thermometer to check the temperature of your meat. For medium-rare, you want the temperature to be between 130 – 140 F. Medium steak should be 140 – 150 F. Medium-well steak should be 150 – 160 F. And well-done steak should be 160+ degrees F. So, your cooking time will vary with how you want your steak cooked. I usually add 1 – 2 minutes for each level of doneness. Try one minute first, as you don’t want to overcook it.
  • Great side dishes to serve with this steak: baked potatoes, green beans, carrots, broccolini, and salad.
  • For storage: If you have any leftovers, place them in an airtight container and in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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A white plate with a medium rare steak cut in half and a piece cut out of it
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How to make air fryer steak

Pre-step

Gather the ingredients – New York strip steak, coconut aminos (or soy sauce), Worcestershire sauce, garlic paste or powder, cumin, and a rectangular glass container with a cover. (A)

Step One

Take the steak out of its wrapping and pat dry with paper towels. Place the meat in the glass container. (B)

Left: steak in plastic, Worcestershire sauce, coconut aminos, and garlic powder. Right: steak in a glass container
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Step Two

Add 1/8 cup each of coconut aminos and Worcestershire sauce (C), and sprinkle on one teaspoon of ground cumin. (D)

Left: coconut aminos, and Worcestershire sauce on the steak. Right: cumin added to the steak
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Step Three

Add two teaspoons of garlic paste (or garlic powder). (E) Take your hand and rub the cumin and garlic into the meat on both sides. Make sure the liquid has soaked all the sides of the steak. (F)

Left: Garlic paste on the steak. Right: all the ingredients mixed on the steak, ready to marinate
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Step Four

After an hour or so in the marinade, place the steak on the air fryer basket tray.

A raw steak on the air fryer basket tray over a white plate
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Step Five

This air fryer has a pre-heat button. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Once the preheat function finishes, I press the air fryer button and set the temperature to 400 and the timer to 8 minutes.

Depending on the brand of air fryer you have, follow the preheating directions. You may be able to put your steak in the air fryer without doing the above step. Just set the temperature and timing, and add the steak to the oven when it beeps to let you know it is done preheating.

Step Six

Use a digital thermometer to check the doneness of the steak. If it’s not to your liking, add a minute or two to the cook time.

A white plate with steak on it along with a fork and knife with salt and pepper mill on the table
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Time to cut into the steak.

Vertical view of the medium rare steak on a white plate with condiments in the back
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Perfect!

I hope you enjoyed this air fryer steak recipe. We enjoyed eating it. I added black pepper, and hubby ate his steak as is.

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square photo of steak on a white plate cut to show that it's medium rare - with a salt and pepper mill in the background

Air Fryer Steak | Medium Rare

Quick and easy, this air fryer steak recipe is certain to delight your family! It's perfect for a weeknight meal!
5 from 10 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer sirloin, air fryer steak, easy steak dinner
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Marinating time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 13 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 198kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces strip loin steak (Or a steak of your choice, at least 1 inch thick)
  • 1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 cup coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic paste (or garlic powder – or two cloves or garlic crushed)

Instructions

  • Take the steak out an hour before cooking the steak (see notes below on why). Now for the marinating.
    10 ounces strip loin steak
  • Take the steak out of its packing and pat dry with paper towels. Add to the glass container.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce, coconut aminos, cumin, and garlic paste.
    1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce, 1/8 cup coconut aminos, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 2 teaspoons garlic paste
  • Use your hands and massage the marinade onto the steak. Leave it on the counter and shake it every 15 minutes. Total time of marinating the steak will be 1 hour.
  • Preheat the air fryer at 400 F for 5 minutes. Once the oven preheats, set the temperature at 400 and the time for 8 minutes for medium rare steak.
  • Take the steak out of the marinade, and throw away any unused liquid. Lightly blot the steak with paper towels. You don't want it dripping with the marinade, but you don't want to wipe it all off. Add the steak to the air fryer basket and place in the air fryer oven.
  • After the 8 minutes, take a meat thermometer and check the temperature. Medium rare is between 130 – 140 F. See notes for different steak doneness.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes before cutting into it and consuming.
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips

    • The different cuts of steak that work well with this recipe are strip loin steak (which I used), New York strip steak, ribeye, and filet mignon.
    • Take the steak out of the fridge an hour before starting the recipe. You want the steak near room temperature, and you want to give it time to marinate.
    • There is no need to coat the steak with olive oil, as the marinade will help the meat crisp up on the outside.
    • I’m not using herbs for this recipe, but you can add rosemary, thyme, and parsley.
    • I chose not to flip the cooking steak because of the nature of the air fryer basket, which allows browning on the bottom of the steak. But if you’re used to flipping your meat, do so mid-cooking.
    • Coconut aminos is my go-to soy sauce alternative because it has a lot less sodium than even low-sodium soy sauce.
    • When you take the steak out of the marinade, you will lightly blot it. You don’t want it dripping with the liquid, but you don’t want to take it all off, either. Dispose of any leftover marinade.
    • Herb-infused butter is something people add to their steaks, but I chose not to because even though it does enhance the flavor, I don’t want the extra calories. Other good choices are garlic herb butter or compound butter.
    • You can use an instant meat thermometer to check the temperature of your meat. For medium-rare, you want the temperature to be between 130 – 140 F. Medium steak should be 140 – 150 F. Medium-well steak should be 150 – 160 F. And well-done steak should be 160+ degrees F. So, your cooking time will vary with how you want your steak cooked. I usually add 1 – 2 minutes for each level of doneness. Try one minute first, as you don’t want to overcook it.
    • Great side dishes to serve with this steak: baked potatoes, green beans, carrots, broccolini, and salad.
    • For storage: If you have any leftovers, place them in an airtight container and in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 5ounces | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 555mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 4mg
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    20 Comments

    1. I just got a new oven that has an air fry setting. I will give this a try. The perfect recipe so hubby doesn’t have to freeze outside with the bbq!!

    2. Great recipe and instructions, Sometimes it is nice to use the smaller air fry oven instead of the big oven and stove!

    3. I have never tried to cook my steak in an Air Fryer and this one turns out so good.
      I will prepare my Air Fryer to make this!

    4. Wow! I can’t believe that this was cooked in an air fryer.
      You give me an idea of different ways of cooking my steak, yum!

    5. I have only made steak once in my air fryer, but I ended up overcooking it. I will have to try your recipe- I always get my steaks medium-rare. ๐Ÿ™‚

    6. Another awesome recipe for our reliable Air Fryer! This steak dish looks amazingly delicious! The meat texture and color look perfect and the juiciness makes this so enticing! Loved it!

    7. This came out looking just perfect! Great for the holidays when I want to use the air fryer for something else. Will definitely give it a try!

    8. I like how this recipe allows the steak to be made in a quick and easy way using the air fryer while still maintaining its flavor and juiciness.

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