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Air Fryer New York Strip Steak

Air Fryer New York Strip Steak with Garlic Butter: a foolproof way to achieve a juicy, flavorful, and perfectly cooked steak without a grill or a big mess. Using simple pantry staples such as butter, garlic, and herbs to enhance the natural flavors of the meat, this simple method to mouthwatering steak is a must-try. And yes, you still get a nice sear!

Our steakhouse pan-seared steak and our grilled steak with garlic bourbon butter are two of our most popular posts. Each uses a different cooking method, so try them all! If you love steak as much as we do, there’s always room for another recipe!

New York Strip on a plate

There is so much more to an air fryer than just making fried foods. Using it will result in a restaurant-quality steak making you feel like a top chef, with very little effort at all.

The air fryer really does all the work while making sure to give you a nice seared crust as well. Having a steakhouse style steak at home just got a lot easier! 

Don’t get me wrong, grilling a steak is amazing. Those signature charred grill marks are magic and we’re not taking that for granted.

But I don’t know about you, but if you live in a colder climate, the outdoor grill is only available at certain times of the year. This way you can have the best tasting steak all year round.

NY Steak in Air Fryer is made with a strip steak (you may also see it called a Kansas City steak.) It’s super versatile so you can use the steak you prefer or whatever you can get your hands on. T-bones, ribeye steaks, filet mignon, skirt steak or tri-tip will also cook very easily in the air fryer.

The only difference is the time of cooking. The weight of the steak isn’t as important as the thickness of the cut when cooking in an air fryer. A bone in steak will take just a little longer than a boneless steak.

I get so many questions from readers who have made our air fryer lamb chops and our air fryer pork chops asking “can you air fry steak?” I knew I had to make a recipe and share just how flipping easy it is. So, here it is. Enjoy!

dinner table with air fried steaks on plates

Why You Should Air Fry Steak

  • I love a good grilled steak or a pan-fried steak but I must admit, the air fryer was very easy.
  • You can air fry a frozen steak, it just takes a little longer. I’ll share the quick way to do it below but I’ve got a whole post coming on how to cook a frozen steak in the air fryer next week!
  • On days when it’s too cold or dark to grill or you don’t want to heat up the stove, the air fryer works beautifully. 
  • It’s all in one machine so the clean-up is next to nothing. Here’s to air fryers easily being tossed into the dishwasher!
  • Air frying a steak is a super healthy way to cook the steak, with the fat it renders while cooking falls to the bottom of the air fryer. 
  • Other than flipping the steak over, it’s a fuss-free way of cooking the steak. It doesn’t require you to watch it cook or sit by and watch an open flame

Boneless vs Bone-in Steaks – Which is Better for Air Frying?

Either will work. I used a boneless ribeye because that was what was on sale when I was shopping. I’ve since made a bone-in one and just cooked it a little bit longer and it was just as juicy and delicious.

ingredients to make air fried steak

Ingredients for Air Frying Steak

  • Boneless Strip Steak, 1 ¼- 1 ½ inch thick
  • Olive Oil 
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • Salted butter
  • Garlic, minced or zested
  • Parsley – If you don’t have parsley, no problem! Substitute oregano, basil, thyme, or tarragon.

Seriously simple and no-stress ingredients. All you really need is salt and pepper to bring out the flavor of the steak. The added flavors are an extra bonus. No matter what, it will still turn out amazing!

compound butter in a bowl
Parsley, Butter, Garlic and Salt to top the Steak

Compound Butter for Topping Air Fryer Steak Recipes

  • You want to bring your steak to room temperature before cooking it, so let it sit on the counter for about half an hour while you make the compound butter.
  • Making simple compound butter is an easy and delicious way to give your steak a restaurant-style finishing touch. Plus, butter makes everything better!
  • Mix softened butter with garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper then stir. The butter can be placed in a log shape and rechilled while the steak is cooling.
  • Slice or spoon a small amount on top of the steak while it rests so it can slowly melt. 
  • To use a Bercy Butter which is a french compound butter on your steak you can make it ahead of time by following this steakhouse butter recipe here! 

How to Cook Steak in an Air Fryer

  • Once you’ve made your compound butter, preheat the air fryer. While it’s heating, brush the steak with olive oil and season the steak with a generous amount of salt and pepper.
  • When the air fryer has heated up, place the steak into the air fryer. If you have a rack, use it, otherwise place it directly on the bottom of the fryer.
  • As for how long to cook steak in an air fryer that depends on how you like it. For a medium-rare steak, cook for 7 minutes and open the lid to flip the steak, cooking for an additional 7 minutes. If you prefer rare, cook a minute less per side. If well done, 1-2 minutes longer per side.
  • Once your steak is done exactly how you like it, remove it and let it sit on a cutting board to rest for a little while. This is to allow the meat to retain its juices. If you cut it too soon, the juices will run out! While it’s resting, grab the compound butter from the fridge and cut a couple of slices, and let them sit on top of the steak to melt. So good!
  • Slice at an angle about 1/2″ – 1″ thick. Place on a serving platter alongside additional dollops of butter for people to serve themselves.
pinterest image with a steak out of the air fryer machine

Tips for Making a Steak in the Air Fryer Successfully

  • Allow the steak to come to room temp before cooking. Simply placing it on the counter about 30 minutes before you are ready to cook it so it can cook more evenly.
  • Preheat the air fryer. By preheating it you will be able to get a crust or a light sear on the outside of the steak.
  • Rub the olive oil on the steak to help the seasoning stick but it will also help with getting the crust. 
  • I only cooked one steak for this, but if you cook more than one, be sure and leave a little room for the air to circulate for even cooking. 
  • Allowing the steak to rest after it is removed from the air fryer is critical to allow the juices to absorb before cutting. 
  • Toss a little compound butter on top to highlight the natural flavors of your steak.

Questions You Might Have For This Steak Recipe

I forgot to defrost the steak for dinner. Can I use the air fryer for a frozen steak?

Yes! You can air fry a frozen steak. Let it sit on the counter for at least a few minutes to let the frost thaw then follow the instructions as given. You’ll need to cook the steak 2-3 minutes longer per side to get to your desired doneness.

I don’t know how to know if our steak is the right doneness? How do I tell?

I use a thermometer to check for the desired doneness. Rare is 125°, Medium Rare is 145°, Medium is 160° 

More Air Fryer Meat Recipes

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Air Fryer New York Steak

Air Fryer New York Steak

Simple dinner in 15 minutes. Using simple pantry staples such as butter, garlic, and herbs to enhance the natural flavors of the meat, this simple air fry method to mouthwatering steak is a must-try.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 New York, boneless 1 1/4" in thickness (12-16 ounces) 
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper to season (generously) 
  • 2 tablespoons Salted Butter, softened
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced finely or zested
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley, minced fine (dried or fresh is fine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Let ribeye steak sit on the counter for 30 minutes before cooking.
  2. While the steak is coming to room temperature you'll want to make the garlic butter. To softened butter add garlic, salt, pepper and parsley and mix well. You can roll into a log and place in the freezer to help make it more solid or you can leave it on a bowl and place it into the fridge to set while the steak cooks.
  3. Preheat your air fryer to 390- 400° (whichever your Air Fryer is able to go to for 7 minutes.
  4. While the air fryer is heating, brush the steak with olive oil then season your steak with salt and pepper generously on both sides
  5. Once the air fryer has been preheated you'll place the steak into the air fryer. If you have a rack, you'll want to place the steak onto the rack. If no rack is available place the steak on the bottom.
  6. Cook for 7 minutes, then open the air fryer and quickly flip the steak. Cook for an additional 7 minutes for Medium rare. If you want rare you'll cook a minute less each side, and if you want well done, you'll cook for 1-2 minutes more each side.
  7. Once your steak has achieved your desired doneness. you'll want to remove it from the air fryer and place it on a cutting board to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Cut a couple of slices of the butter and place them on top of the steak while it rests.
  9. Slice at an angle about 1/2- 1" thick. Serve on a serving plate with additional dollops of butter on top for people to serve themselves.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 246Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 794mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 11g

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. Please calculate your own nutritional information if you want it exact to what you make and use my calculations as a guide only.

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