Air Fryer Steak Bites are a super easy twist on your favorite steak and potatoes. Perfectly seasoned, charred, buttery bite-sized pieces of steak cooked to perfection every time. This hearty dish is packed with flavor and is only enhanced by the side of crispy tender potatoes. This meal comes together in a pinch and will be devoured just as quickly!
When cooking a steak, all we ask for is a juicy piece of meat, mouthwatering seasoning, a beautiful char on the outside, and cooked to perfection on the inside. That’s not too much to ask right?!
This beef sirloin steak tips recipe delivers on all of this and more!
It’s the air fryer and this step-by-step recipe that takes the guesswork out of it for you. Perfectly juicy, garlic buttery steak bites accompanied by tender crispy potatoes is just minutes away with very little effort.
This dish is great for a last-minute meal that is simple and satisfying. It’s packed with immense flavor even without marinating for hours ahead of time.
You won’t believe how easy it is. And neither will anyone else!
Air fryer steak tips with a side of crispy potatoes is a hearty meal, perfect for any weeknight. Toss them together in a bowl for game night, serve with a side of toothpicks, and you’ve got a sizzling appetizer everyone can enjoy.
If you’ve got any leftover, whip up some eggs the next morning and you’ll be enjoying a delicious and satisfying steak and eggs breakfast that will keep you full all day!
The best thing about these perfectly salted garlic butter steak bites is you can fancy it up to serve a crowd, or keep it simple for a casual meal at home. It’s just one juicy bite after another!
The air fryer is a game-changer for our family. I’ve made so many great recipes in it like the New York Steak with garlic butter, Korean chicken wings and crispy breaded pork chops. We just love them all.
Why Use an Air Fryer for cooking?
- It gives you a deep-fried result without the deep frying method. Because it doesn’t use massive amounts of oil, it is considered generally healthier than other methods.
- An air fryer is a relatively small appliance which means it circulates the air in a smaller contained space. This also means there is no grease splattering and no big smells in your kitchen which isn’t the case when cooking steaks in a pan!
- It has the ability to cook multiple food items at a time, which is great for quick meals.
- Hassle-free clean-up as most of the pieces are dishwasher friendly.
What Types of Steak to buy to make air fryer steak tips
All of the following have great marbling that will be tender and juicy, so you can’t really go wrong with your choice of the cut of beef. Sirloin or ribeye are often on sale or are usually the most budget-friendly choice, but depending on the budget you have pick what you like.
- New York
- Strip Steaks
While it might be easy to buy stew meat that is already cut or chuck roasts to cut up, the air fryer cooks too quickly. These meats need to stew for a long time to break down the fiber in the meat to make it tender so they are not good cut of meat choice for air frying.
Ingredients for Beef Tips in Air Fryer
- Ribeye Steak, cut to 3/4″ – 1″ cubes – As mentioned, you can also use whichever cut of steak you prefer.
- Mini Red Potatoes, cut in half – These crisp up nicely and are the perfect size to complement the size of the bites. They also cook quickly. Another option would be to cut up russet potatoes into uniform 1″ pieces.
- Olive Oil
- Steak Seasoning Salt (Lawrys) – Using a store-bought simple seasoning is super convenient but you can of course use whatever you have on hand. Better yet, a homemade rub would be great!
- Butter – Used to create a lovely sauce and adds a nice buttery flavor.
- Garlic, grated on a zester – Puts the garlic in garlic butter. So good!
Tips for Air Frying Steak Bite:
- Preheating the air fryer when cooking steak is essential to achieving the beautiful sear which adds to the color and caramelization we’re looking for. The air fryer basket will char the seasoning right onto the meat.
- It’s important to spray the bottom of the air fryer before cooking to avoid the meat and potatoes from sticking.
- Cut the steak into like size cubes. We like it more on the rare side so we cut the cubes a little larger. But by cutting them into similar sizes all of them will cook evenly.
- Use Olive Oil. Toss to coat the meat in the oil will also help with browning.
- Parboil the potatoes so the time in the air fryer they crisp up. Tossing them in olive oil helps to brown. The edges of the potatoes will be crispy and the insides will be creamy and light.
- There is no need for marinating ahead of time, but seasoning the meat just before cooking allows the edges of the meat to be super flavorful.
- Using the thermometer to check the steak will get the doneness you want!
- Allow the meat to rest for 5-7 minutes so that all of the juices can resettle.
- To add a little extra sauce to the steak and potatoes, add a little garlic butter over the steak after it rests. Grating the garlic with a microplane zester gives it a mild and pleasant flavor.
What temperature to cook the beef tips in the air fryer to
I use a meat thermometer to check for the desired doneness. Rare is 125°, Medium Rare is 145°, Medium is 160° You’ll want to put the thermometer in the steak but make sure to not touch the metal for a real reading.
I have given estimated times (10-18 minutes) but it will depend on the size of your air fryer. I have tested this recipe in 3 different air fryers, so you may need to adjust your cooking times from the recipe. A thermometer is the most accurate way to determine the exact cooking time.
Variations on Air Fryer Beef Recipes
All of these variations are customizable and very flexible. You’ll notice that when the mood strikes you can mix and match. Mushrooms and asparagus can be made with steak and potatoes. And fajita steak can also be made with mushrooms!
Steak Tips with Mushrooms
Follow the steak instructions but instead of potatoes use mushrooms. Cut the mushrooms into ¼” slices and toss in butter before placing them into the air fryer. They will cook at the same time as the meat.
Instead of steak seasoning, use taco seasoning and cut up peppers and onions to have with the steak pieces. You could also use flank steak so the meat is longer to mimic traditional fajitas.
Steak and Asparagus
Follow the steak recipe and substitute asparagus instead of potatoes. You can cook the asparagus while the steak is resting.
What to serve alongside with Air Fryer Steak
- Air Fried Baked Potatoes
- Green Beans in the Air Fryer with Onions
- Brussel Sprouts and Bacon
- Garlic Sugar Snap Peas
More Air Fryer Dinner Recipes you might enjoy
- Hot Cheetos Chicken
- Lamb Chops in the Air Fryer
- Homemade Air Fried Taquitos
- Crispy Chicken Parmesan
- Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings
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- 1 pound Ribeye Steak, cut to 3/4" cubes
- 1 Pound Mini Red Potatoes, cut in half
- 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Steak Seasoning Salt (Lawrys)
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 clove garlic, grated on a zester
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- Preheat the Air Fryer to 390° (or 400 if yours will go to that.)
- Cut the meat into 3/4" cubes, and toss the meat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil then sprinkle the seasoning salt over the mean. Set aside.
- Place the butter and grated garlic in a microwave-safe dish.
- Bring a pot of water to boil, and boil the potatoes for 5- 7 minutes to blanch the potatoes so they are just partially cooked.
- Drain the water away and toss with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.
- Spray the bottom of the air fryer just before you are ready to add in the steak and potatoes with spray oil to prevent the meat from sticking.
- Add the steak first, then place the potatoes on top. Cook for 10 minutes, shaking at 5 minutes. If you want your meat more rare remove the meat, and let it rest while the potatoes continue to cook for 10 minutes.
- If you want your beef to finish more towards medium you will leave the meat in for about 14 minutes.
- The best way to get the meat to the temperature you desire is to use a thermometer to test it.
- Once done pull the meat and potatoes out and let the meat rest for 5 minutes. While the meat is resting place the butter/garlic dish in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt it.
- Once the meat has fully rested, plate up and drizzle a little butter over the top. Sprinkle fresh parsley over the top and serve.
The timing of cooking depends on the doneness of the meat you desire.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 353Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 662mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 21g
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.