The Best Air Fryer Steaks

4.58 from 128 votes
Jump to Recipe

This post contains affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

The Best Air Fryer Steaks recipe – delicious tender steaks with a crunchy crust and tender, perfectly cooked middle.

picture of steaks in air fryer basket
Want to save this recipe?
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from us every week – and be sure to tag @sweetcsdesigns on social media – I love to see your creations!
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

Don’t want all the extras in a recipe post? We provide a skip to recipe button in the top left corner, as well as a clickable table of contents, just below, to help make this page easier to navigate.

We add lots of tips in our recipe – so you can make this dish, understand why it works and what each ingredient means to the flavor of a recipe. I also answer questions my friends and family have asked about my recipes, to help home cooks of any skill level better understand the processes we use and why!

picture of medium rare sliced new york strip steak on a plate in front of an instant pot

Air Fryer New York Strip Steak

Making delicious, tender steak at home can be a pain – it gets smoky in the pan or under an oven broiler, and loads the house with the smell – but this easy recipe makes it super simple if you have an air fryer or pressure cooker with crisping/broiler lid.

While I love pan frying steaks and finishing under the broiler in my oven, my broiler can be inconsistent, and it gets so darn smoky in my house – using an air fryer or pressure cooker’s air fry function is capable of high temperatures, and cuts down on smoke and strong smells.

This recipe works with any air fryer – and was designed to work with pressure cooker broiler combos like the Instant Pot Duo and the Ninja Foodi.

For an oven friendly method, please visit my oven broiled ribeye steaks and mushrooms recipe.

And for a to die for delicious sauce to top this steak, check out my Easy Green Chile Sauce recipe!

To see our web story for this recipe, click here.

This recipe can work with a few types of steaks in your air fryer.

Chose steaks that have a similar size and weight for even cooking – or give smaller, thinner cuts to those who would like less pink.

New York Strip, Ribeye Steak, Porterhouse, T-bone (though they take up more room), Filet Mignon, and Sirloin Steaks are all good choices for this method.

picture of steaks in front of instant pot

How to Air Fry Steak

Once you gather the necessary ingredients, we will follow this method:

picture of steak in an air fryer

Tips and Tricks to Perfect Air Fryer Steaks & FAQs

This recipe is incredibly easy to get perfect steak with a crunchy crust and juicy, tender center – but there are a few things you can do to make sure your steaks are a knockout every time.

Cook hot and fast. For the crunchy crust and rich meaty flavor you get from a steakhouse, you want to cook steak as hot and fast as possible, so use the highest heat you can in your air fryer.

Let come to room temperature. Steaks that have come to room temperature before cooking can crisp on the outside faster, and allows the fat to render more. Simply let steaks rest on the counter for 20-30 minutes before cooking while you prep the rest of your meal.

Pat steaks dry. Steaks with excess moisture or water will not crisp and risk boiling instead of broiling – giving you tougher, chewier, gray meat. Simply pat dry with a paper towel to make sure your steaks are completely dry before rubbing with oil.

Add oil. Before air frying, we will be adding a little oil to help seasoning stick and crisp the outside of the steak aa bit more when air frying. Think of this as just a drizzle for your steaks – they should just glisten from the oil, they don’t need to be soaked in oil.

Season well. Before air frying, be sure to season steak well. Use your favorite steak seasoning, herbs de provence, Montreal steak seasoning, or rub.

Don’t crowd the basket. It is absolutely essential to have lots of airflow for your air fryer to properly cook steaks – don’t cram into the basket and don’t let steaks crowd the basket or touch.

Let it stay in the air fryer to rest for steak past rare. If you remove your steaks from the air fryer/broiler basket right when the machine’s timer shuts off, your steaks will be crispy outside, but very much raw in the middle. The broiler/air fry function is great for crisping the outside of the steaks, but a good deal of the cooking is done after your air fryer fan shuts off and the steaks cook in the heat of the machine. Keep machine closed (you can quickly pop in a digital thermometer to monitor doneness) for at least 5 minutes for medium rare, and up to 10 minutes for medium well to well done.

Let steak rest. All steaks need to rest for 5 minutes after cooking before serving and slicing (after removed from machine) to let juices set and prevent steak from drying out.)

Use a Ninja Foodi. To cook in a Ninja Foodi, you will need the air fryer basket and broiler lid. Set Ninja to broil (450 degrees) for 10 minutes. To buy a ninja foodi, click here.

Use an Instant Pot. This recipe can be cooked in an Instant Pot with broiler lid and air fryer basket, though I reccomend the Ninja Foodi for steaks since the broiler is a bit bigger and cooks at a higher temperature. Set Instant Pot at 400 degrees to broil (unfortunately Instant Pot doesn’t go to 450 which we prefer, but it still works great) and increase broil time by 2 minutes for medium rare, 4 for medium well done. If you want an Instant Pot with broil features, click here. If you need the broiler lid for your Instant Pot, click here.

Recipe FAQ’s

What type of steak should I air fry?

For this recipe we used New York Strips, but this method can work for ribeye steaks, filet mignon, sirloin steaks.

What model air fryer should I use?

This recipe was designed to work with any air fryer model or pressure cooker (Ninja Foodi or Instant Pot) with broiler lid and basket.

How hot should I air fry steaks?

Air fryer/pressure cookers with broiler functions should be set at 450 degrees.

How long to air fry steaks?

For medium rare, broil for 12 minutes and let steak sit in machine for another 5 minutes to carryover cook until steak is 130-135 degrees Fahrenheit.

What temperature should I cook steak to?

Rare – 120 degrees
Medium Rare – 130 degrees
Medium – 140 degrees
Medium Well – 150 degrees
Well – 160+ degrees

picture of two steaks on a white plate with chives

What To Serve With Air Fried Steaks

Be sure to check out viral favorites like our air fryer chicken drumsticks, french fries, and brussels sprouts – are some of our top Air Fryer recipes you just have to taste to believe!

This steak recipe is delicious with a great pear and goat cheese salad, roasted acorn squash rings, a broiled lobster tail for surf n turf – or some air fried broccoli! It’s also great with The Best Air Fried Mushrooms served on top, or a classic French Onion Soup served beforehand!

For more of our easy side dish recipes, click below:

picture of sliced steak on a white plate

The Best Air Fryer Steaks Recipe

If you love this delicious recipe please give it a five star rating (simply click the stars in the recipe below and fill out a quick review!) and help me share on facebook and pinterest.

picture of steaks in an air fryer basket

Be sure to follow me on social media and get in on all the fun!

Only have 30 minutes to get dinner on the table? Sign up for my 30 minute dinner plans direct to your inbox!
Find and shop my favorite products in my Amazon storefront here!

Want to save this recipe?
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from us every week – and be sure to tag @sweetcsdesigns on social media – I love to see your creations!
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
picture of steaks in an air fryer basket

The Best Air Fryer Steaks Recipe

Perfect tender, delicious meaty steaks with a crispy, crunchy crust right from your air fryer or pressure cooker with broiler settings!
Course Air Fryer
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer steaks, instant pot broiled steaks, ninja foodi steaks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 2 steaks
Calories 449kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell


  • 2 new york strip filet mignon, ribeye, or similar steaks
  • 2 tbsp avocado or other oil with high smokepoint
  • 1 tbsp steak rub or seasoning


  • Let steaks come to room temperature.
  • Pat steaks completely dry with paper towel.
  • Drizzle steaks with oil.
  • Season well.
  • Run air fryer at maximum temp for 5-10 minutes before adding steaks to air fryer to make sure machine is piping hot.
  • Set air fryer timer to 12 minutes at top temp for medium rare (450 for a Ninja, 400 for Instant Pot). If going for medium to well done steaks, set timer for 15+ minutes.
  • Add steaks and cook 6 minutes. Flip steaks and cook additional 6 minutes.
  • Let carryover cook in machine without opening for 5 minutes.
  • Check steak temperature – remove and let rest if done, if you’d like it to gain a little more, leave in air fryer longer.
  • Let steaks rest on a plate for five minutes after removing from air fryer before slicing or serving.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 177mg

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

You May Also Like

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


  1. Quanna Brown says:

    I am somewhat confused by the title of recipe and the post. So, are we broiling steaks in a ninja foodi with the air fryer insert?

    1. Katherine says:

      Sorry for the confusion. This recipe works with any air fryer – and was designed to work with pressure cooker broiler combos like the Instant Pot Duo and the Ninja Foodi. Yes, you will be using the air fryer insert if you have the Ninja foodi. Hope this helps/clarifies.

  2. Jommy says:

    I use my air fryer to cook so many things, including steaks. I don’t think a lot of people know just how versatile air fryers are. Thanks for posting this recipe. There are going to be a lot of happy people when they try this.

    1. Courtney ODell says:

      I think it’s in part because calling it an “air fryer” was a bit of a misnomer. It doesn’t really fry. But I agree – its a wonder appliance that I use all the time! It gets a better, more concentrated, and higher heat than oven, perfect for so many things.

  3. Khanh says:

    My air fryer goes up too 500, should I cook it that that temp or 450?

    1. Courtney ODell says:

      Cook the highest temp possible – just reduce cooktime (time you take to check the steak temperature) – but as hot as possible is best for the perfect texture for steaks!

  4. Chris says:

    My foodi only goes up to 400. Is that hot enough?

    1. Courtney ODell says:

      Yep get it up as hot as it goes for best results! I prefer 450 but 400 works!