Looking for the best way to make a juicy ribeye steak? This Air Fryer Rib Eye Steak is perfect for a steak dinner. If you're looking for a juicy steak with easy clean-up, this is the perfect recipe for special occasions or just any average day!
Before we started using our air fryer (affliate link) all the time, we were skeptical about whether or not you could actually make a delicious ribeye steak in it.
The fact is, you can make a perfect and tender steak in your air fryer, in a fraction of the time than other methods. The best thing about it? This flavorful ribeye steak is made with little to no mess as well. We'll show you how to make this delicious steak in a few simple steps in your air fryer.
If you're looking for more delicious steak recipes, be sure to check out our very popular steak and seafood skillet with garlic parmesan cream sauce, these garlic butter steak bites with lemon zucchini noodles or this sirloin steak salad recipe with mozzarella and roasted vegetables.
❤️Why you'll love this
- Quick & easy method - Depending on the thickness of your steak, it can be in and out of the air fryer in roughly 12 minutes if you like it medium rare! It's also completely hands off, so you can work on other things while dinner cooks to perfection. 😉
- Naturally gluten-free, low carb, and protein-packed - Ribeye is naturally super filling, with its higher fat content, and of course, it's naturally gluten free and low carb. A filling dinner in under 20 minutes? Sign us up!
- Makes perfect steak - Listen, just try it! Trust us, you will make a perfect steak every time. You'll wish you tried it sooner! 😉
- Simple ingredients - You only need 7 simple ingredients! It's so easy.
Here are the ingredients you will need, plus a few extras that you'll want.
Here is a list of ingredients, you can see the recipe card for quantities, and nutrition information.
- Boneless ribeye steak - Fresh. We haven't tried this recipe with frozen ribeyes yet.
- Dry seasonings - Plenty of kosher salt and pepper goes on these steaks, along with garlic and onion powder. It's easy to make this steak super tasty with our simple dry rub recipe. This dry rub is super versatile but packs some lovely flavor into the steaks.
- Olive oil - After seasoning the steaks, we rub them down with some olive oil before air frying. This helps keeps them from sticking.
- Butter - After the steaks are done and ready to serve, with we top them with some salted butter for a little extra flavor. Optional, but totally delicious!
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- Allow the steak to sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes for best results.
- Dry steak really well with paper towels before seasoning it.
Make your dry rub first. Combine salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Then cover the steaks on all sides with the rub.
Preheat the air fryer to 390°F. Cover steaks with olive oil on both side and rub it in.
Place the steaks in a single layer in the air fryer basket or trays.
Air fry for 8-15 minutes depending on your desired level of doneness and thickness of steak. You may want to flip the steaks halfway through to get a little caramelization on both sides.
Pro tip: We like our steak about a medium-rare, which is 130°F, so we take the steak out when it's rare at 120°F, and the steak rest for 10 minutes before cutting into it. In our air fryer, this took about 10 minutes. It may take less time with a thinner steak, or more time with a thicker steak.
Allow steak to rest for 10 minutes before slicing in. When it's time to serve, melt the salted butter, and drizzle it over top. Garnish with flakey salt, black pepper, and fresh parsley if desired.
✨Tips and tricks
First time air frying steak? We've got you covered.
- Use a digital meat thermometer for the perfect air fryer steak! We like this one that allows you to keep an eye on the temperature of the steak while the air fryer cooks it. The thickness of the steak will impact the cook time, so we find it to be best to track the temperature, and take the steak out about 7-10 degrees before your desired internal temperature is reached.
- Take the steak out 7-10 degrees before your desired temperature is reached! Air fryers get really hot, and heat everything thoroughly. Anything you cook in an air fryer will continue to cook for a while after you've taken it out. The steak temperature will increase to your desired temperature if taken out early. If it doesn't, you can always pop it back in the air fryer at 1 minute intervals.
- Make sure you allow the steak to rest for at least 5 minutes, but preferably a full 10 minutes before slicing in. This allows the steak to stay moist and juicy, and also allows the steak to reach the desired temperature.
Please note, we can't guarantee cook times when reaching these temperatures. It may take less time with a thinner steak, or more time with a thicker steak, which is why we suggest using a thermometer.
- Rare - 120°F - The center of the steak will be cool to warm, very tender, and a red to pink color.
- Medium rare - 130°F - This is generally considered the "perfect cook" on most steaks. It's a pretty popular temperature to order! The center will be read and warm.
- Medium - 140°F - This cook will have a hot pink center, and the steak will be slightly firmer in texture.
- Medium-well - 150°F - This steak will be mostly brown and firm in the center.
- Well done - 160°F+ - Finally, this cook on the steak will have absolutely no pink color in the center. It will be completely brown, firm, and very dry.
🍽What to serve with steak
Steak is the perfect main course for any meal! Here are a few of our favorite side dishes to serve with it.
- Redskin mashed potatoes or creamy mashed turnips (if you're keto!)
- Air fryer smashed potatoes with garlic and herbs
- Cheesy air fryer spaghetti squash
- Garlic lemon roasted green beans
- Asparagus wrapped in bacon
- Air fryer fingerling potatoes
- Truffle mashed potatoes
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Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat gently in the microwave, on the stovetop, or at a lower heat (350°F) in the air fryer. Keep in mind that the steak will cook further every time you reheat it.
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Air Fryer Ribeye Steak
- 2 pounds boneless ribeye steak (about two 1-inch or 1.25-inch thick steaks!)
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons salted butter (optional)
- Allow ribeyes to sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking, and dry them off with paper towels very well before beginning. Make your dry rub first. Combine salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Then cover the steaks on all sides with the rub.
- Preheat the air fryer to 390°F. Cover steaks with olive oil on both side and rub it in.Place the steaks in a single layer in the air fryer basket or trays.
- Air fry for 8-15 minutes depending on your desired level of doneness and thickness of steak. You may want to flip the steaks halfway through to get a little caramelization on both sides. We cooked our steak for 10 minutes for a nice medium-rare, and took the steak out at 120°F and allowed the temperature to come to a full 130°F outside of the air fryer.
- Allow steak to rest for 10 minutes before slicing in. When it's time to serve, melt the salted butter, and drizzle it over top. Garnish with flakey salt, black pepper, and fresh parsley if desired.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat gently in the microwave, on the stovetop, or in the air fryer at 350°F.
- Take the steak out of the air fryer at about 7-10 degrees before the internal temperature is reached. The steak will continue to cook for a few minutes and this will help ensure your steak doesn't get overcooked. The cook time can vary quite a lot because of the different thicknesses of steaks.
- Allow the steak to rest for a full 10 minutes before slicing in for best results. This will help your steak reach its desired internal temperature, as well as keep the steak moist, juicy, and tender inside.
- Using a meat thermometer will help you determine how to cook the steak properly every time. We do highly recommend using one since steaks can vary in size.
- Use about 1 teaspoon of Diamond kosher salt (what we use unless otherwise noted) per pound of meat for a perfectly seasoned steak.