How To Cook Perfectly Cooked Steak in the Air Fryer, EVERY TIME

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the kitchen this year, it’s that you don’t need to be Gordon Ramsay to be cooking delicious, succulent, perfectly cooked steak. You just need your air fryer. Yep, ALL HAIL THE AIR FRYER.

No more bringing a pan up to temperature and questioning do I turn the steak or not and when? Nope. None of that. Just plug in your air fryer and follow this handful of steps and you’ll never go back to cooking steak in a pan again.

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Air fryer steak: the ONLY way I cook steak now.

The air fryer makes steak GREAT again (and not tough or dry)…

I’ve been cooking cuts of steak for my family for over 20 years and to be honest, it can be a real hit and miss affair – and don’t even get me started on when huz cooks steak on the barbecue. A couple of weeks ago I decided to give it a go in the air fryer and the results were positively mind-blowing.

Who knew that the humble, unsuspecting air fryer was such a gun at cooking the perfect, medium cooked juicy piece of porterhouse? Cooked at 200°C, 10 minutes cooking time is all you need for a lip-smacking, beautiful piece of porterhouse steak.

BUT … there are two important steps that should ALWAYS be adhered to:

  • First, don’t cook freezing cold steak. SO in saying that, bring your meat out of the fridge for around 40 minutes before you cook it and have it at room temperature.
  • Second, no matter how hungry you are, always let the steak rest for at least a few minutes. Trust me, it’s a time investment worth keeping.

It’s so easy, you just need the air fryer, butter, salt, pepper, and your steak. That’s it! Keen to have a crack at it in your own kitchen? Just follow these steak sizzling steps below!

Air fryer steak – medium cooked


  • 2 pieces of thick-cut steak (ie. around 3cm thick porterhouse or rump)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter, melted
  • salt and pepper


1. Bring your piece of steak to room temperature for around half an hour before cooking it!

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2. Rub the steak with melted butter and season both sides with salt and pepper.

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3. Place the steak in the air fryer basket with space between them. DO NOT PREHEAT THE AIR FRYER. Set the temperature to 200°C and cook for 10 minutes.

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4. Remove from the basket and let the steak rest, covered on a plate for five minutes. VERY IMPORTANT!

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Then all that’s left to do is serve and marvel at beautiful, tender, juicy air fryer steak. Yum! (And such an easy clean up!)

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Want to know what else you can cook in the air fryer? See these delicious posts for more air fryer cooking inspo!

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!


  1. Avatar of Rob

    Hi Lexi,
    What setting do you cook it on, eg, barbecue, roast, fry etc.

    • Avatar of Lexi Klaebe
      Lexi KlaebeReply

      Hi Rob,
      That’s a very good question! The Philips XXL air fryer has a M (manual) setting where I can manually set the temperature at 200 degrees Celcius. Depending on the model of your air fryer, I would suggest you choose the hottest setting (which is perhaps BBQ) to get close to that 200 degrees (remember you don’t have to preheat). Happy cooking!

  2. Avatar of Tiffany Jackson
    Tiffany JacksonReply


    I am an absolute beginner with air frying!

    How long would I cook a packet of 2 pieces of eye fillet steak (0.542kg)?


  3. Avatar of Nancy

    This looks pretty rare. How long for a medium rare steak?

  4. Avatar of Sandra

    Hi there
    How long would you recommend to do the potter house steak for rare to medium


  5. Avatar of DIANE

    I usually fry my steaks but tried them in my air fryer as I never seem to get the timing right in a pan. I’m very pleased to say that the steaks were perfect! I did exactly as you said and they were delicious (medium rare) and you’re right – I won’t be using a frying pan again. Thank you!

  6. Avatar of Carol

    Can you tell me why you do not preheat your airfryer?
    My steaks come out great when I preheat airfryer. My husband does not do this and his are not as tenders.

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