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Fast, flavorful, with minimal ingredients, this Air Fryer Ribeye Steak Recipe will grace your table again and again. This is a totally foolproof beginner recipe.

air fryer ribeye steak on a tan plate with mashed potatoes

You read that right – foolproof. This is the most simple of steaks with the biggest reward: total FLAVOR BOMB – Air Fryer Ribeye Steak is a must-make.

I know what you are thinking; nothing beats a grilled steak, especially over charcoal, in my case. And you know what I say? You’re absolutely right.

But, do you always have access to a grill or charcoal? I bet you don’t, but an air fryer now, that is something you will probably always have on hand.

I use my best steak marinade to elevate a simple steak to the next level. And you know me, I did a bone-in ribeye this time because why not?

Ready in under 16 minutes, with minimal smoke from a little trick you will see in the recipe, this steak cooks up super quickly.

The hardest part is waiting for it to marinade, but get it ready in the morning or night before, and when you come home from work your main course will be ready to pop in the air fryer.

This Air Fryer Ribeye Steak is practically begging you to try it out; perfect for next week’s meal rotation!

Some of our other favorite air fryer recipes we have on our site include: Air Fryer Salmon Recipe, Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders, and The Best Crispy Air Fryer Tater Tots.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Cook time is about 16 minutes, making for a perfect weeknight meal.
  2. Great for a make-ahead option since it needs to marinate for at least 3 hours.
  3. Serve with any side dishes you like, making this a versatile main course.
sliced air fryer ribeye steak on a tan plate

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Bone-in ribeye steak (1 & ½ inch thick)
  • Light brown sugar, packed
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Montreal steak seasoning
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Butter
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish, optional
overhead image of ingredients needed to make air fryer ribeye steak

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER RIBEYE STEAK:

  1. Pat the steak dry with paper towels. Add it to a dish that will hold it.
  2. Sprinkle the steak with half of the brown sugar, pepper, salt, and steak seasoning. Rub it in.
  3. Flip the steak over, repeat with the remaining seasonings, and rub them into the meat, make sure to get the sides of the steak too.
  4. Add half of the Worcestershire sauce, flip, and top with the remaining Worcestershire sauce.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours or up to overnight.
collage of images showing the marinade with air fryer ribeye steak
  1. Take the steak out of the fridge for at least 30 minutes to sit at room temperature, this will help the steak cook faster and more evenly.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes. 
  3. Place steak into the air fryer basket; no need to spray it with cooking spray. Cook for 12-16 minutes, flipping halfway through.
collage of images showing the first steps on cooking air fryer ribeye steak
  1. It is ready when it is charred, and an internal temperature reads 130 degrees f for medium-rare with a meat thermometer, or until your desired level of doneness. For best results, let the steak rest for 5-10 minutes before serving with the butter on top and parsley for garnish, optional.
cooked air fryer ribeye steak in the air fryer basket

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AIR FRYING A RIBEYE STEAK?

There are many benefits to air-frying ribeye steak; next to grilling, this is the best way to cook them in my opinion.

First, it is a quick and easy way to cook a steak. Air fryers cook food much faster than traditional ovens, so you can have a delicious steak on the table in no time.

Second, air frying is a healthier way to cook steak. Air fryers use hot air to cook food, so no oil or butter is needed. This makes air-fried steak a healthier option than pan-fried steak.

Third, air fried steak is just as juicy and flavorful as steak cooked in other methods. The hot air circulates around the steak, cooking it evenly and sealing in the juices.

AT WHAT TEMPERATURE SHOULD I STOP COOKING THE STEAK?

The temperature at which you should stop cooking steak depends on your desired level of doneness; this means cooking time will vary on a steak-by-steak basis. Also, keep in mind that thicker steaks will have to cook longer than thinner steak.

  • Rare: 120°F to 125°F
  • Medium-rare: 130°F to 135°F – This is where I pulled our steak in the photos.
  • Medium: 135°F to 140°F
  • Medium-well: 140°F to 145°F
  • Well-done: 145°F to 150°F

It is important to note that these temperatures are just a guideline. The actual temperature at which your steak is cooked will vary depending on the thickness of the steak, the cooking method, and your personal preference for the perfect steak.

It is also important to let your steak rest for 5-10 minutes after cooking before slicing and serving. This will allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more tender and flavorful juicy ribeye steak.

DO I HAVE TO SPRAY THE BASKET?

No, in this case, we are not using any additional oil. The steak will already be fatty enough and will not stick to the basket.

However, if you are looking for tips on the best oil to use for an air fryer, I use an olive oil spray.

There is a consensus that olive oil spray does less damage than other sprays. When I say damage, I mean there is a residue left over in the air fryer that won’t come out with washing.

I learned this from my own experience, and olive oil spray has never left any residue.

air fryer ribeye steak on a tan plate with butter on top

DO I HAVE TO USE BONE-IN RIBEYE?

Not at all, I have tested this same method with other cuts of steak and they come out perfectly every time. Sometimes we like to enjoy a steak with a bone on it, which is our favorite cut.

Some other cuts of steaks that will work using this method include:

  • Boneless ribeye steak
  • New York strip steak
  • Filet mignon
  • Top sirloin steak
  • Tri-tip
  • Flank steak

You can also air-fry ground beef if you are looking for a more budget-friendly option. Just be sure to break it up into small pieces before cooking so that it cooks evenly.

DO I HAVE TO MARINATE IT?

No, just simple salt and pepper is perfect for a ribeye since it already has a lot of flavor.

I actually get a lot of slack on one of my older posts for the best ribeye steak marinade. Everyone is entitled to their opinion; if you don’t want to marinade a cut of beef you think is superior, then don’t; no harm done.

This air fryer ribeye steak recipe will work with or without the marinade, and it will also cut down on time since you don’t have to wait for it to marinade.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH AIR FRYER RIB EYE STEAK?

When I’m air frying, I tend to keep it simple. My favorite sides to pair with a juicy steak are:

The best side dishes to serve with air fryer steak will depend on your personal preferences. If you are looking for a healthy side dish, roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes are a good option. If you are looking for a more decadent side dish, mac and cheese or a loaded baked potato are a good choice.

No matter what side dishes you choose, air fryer steak is sure to be a delicious and satisfying meal.

HOW TO REDUCE AIR FRYER FROM SMOKING?

I have noticed when air frying fattier cuts of meat, like a ribeye steak, the fat that drips off the meat will tend to make the air fryer smoke.

By adding 2 tablespoons of water to the bottom of the air fryer before adding the steak, helps tremendously to cut down on smoking.

This is the air fryer I use and love, which is pictured in this post:

sliced air fryer ribeye steak on a tan plate

HOW TO STORE:

Store leftover steak in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

To reheat, do so in the microwave or a skillet on the stove. Be advised when reheating, it will cook the steak more.

Freeze for up to 3 months.

Place leftovers in the freezer in a freezer-safe container. To thaw, place the dish in the fridge overnight.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Make sure your steak is at room temperature before cooking. This will help it cook evenly.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer. If you’re cooking more than one steak, cook them in batches.
  • Don’t open the air fryer during cooking. This will let the heat out and make the steak cook unevenly.
  • Let the steak rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. This will help the juices redistribute throughout the meat.
  • This also works on boneless ribeyes or any cut of steak that you would grill.
  • Remember, the thickness of your steak will vary the cooking time.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of water to the air fryer basket before adding the steak to minimize smoking.
image showing the interior of air fryer ribeye steak

Looking for the perfect steak dinner? Air Fryer Ribeye Steak is sure to satisfy.

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Air Fryer Ribeye Steak Recipe

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 16 minutes
3 hours
Fast, flavorful, with minimal ingredients, this Air Fryer Ribeye Steak Recipe will grace your table again and again. This is a totally foolproof beginner recipe.
Servings 2 servings

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Pat the steak dry with paper towels. Add it to a dish that will hold it.
  • Sprinkle the steak with half of the brown sugar, pepper, salt, and steak seasoning. Rub it in.
  • Flip the steak over, repeat with the remaining seasonings, and rub them into the meat, make sure to get the sides of the steak too.
  • Add half of the Worcestershire sauce, flip, and top with the remaining Worcestershire sauce.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours or up to overnight.
  • Take the steak out of the fridge for at least 30 minutes to sit at room temperature, this will help the steak cook faster and more evenly.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes.
  • Place steak into the air fryer basket; no need to spray it with cooking spray. Cook for 12-16 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • It is ready when it is charred, and an internal temperature reads 130 degrees f for medium-rare with a meat thermometer, or until your desired level of doneness. For best results, let the steak rest for 5-10 minutes before serving with the butter on top and parsley for garnish, optional.

Video

Notes

  • Make sure your steak is at room temperature before cooking. This will help it cook evenly.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer. If you’re cooking more than one steak, cook them in batches.
  • Don’t open the air fryer during cooking. This will let the heat out and make the steak cook unevenly.
  • Let the steak rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. This will help the juices redistribute throughout the meat.
  • This also works on boneless ribeyes or any cut of steak that you would grill.
  • Remember, the thickness of your steak will vary the cooking time.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of water to the air fryer basket before adding the steak to minimize smoking.

Nutrition

Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 824mg | Potassium: 666mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 4mg
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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