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Air Fryer Ribeye Steak

This air fryer ribeye steak is a quick and easy way to make perfect steak every time.

ribeye steak on white plate with pat of butter on top and silver fork picking up a small piece

There's no limit to the amazing foods you can make in your air fryer. If you didn't agree with me before, I think this delicious ribeye will make you a believer.

How do I cook steak in the air fryer?

My favorite method is a something I've done in the oven, but found much quicker completed in the air fryer...a technique called reverse searing.

This essentially means baking your steak until it has reached the desired internal temperature (remember--color is not an accurate indicator of internal temperature), then quickly searing the steak to finish it off.

Make sure you have a meat thermometer to keep track of the doneness of your steak. There are some models, like the one I used, that allow you to monitor the internal temperature while it's still cooking.

raw ribeye steak seasoned with salt and pepper

According to how you like your steak cooked, the temperatures are:

Rare - 120°- 130°F
Medium Rare - 130°-140°F
Medium - 140°-150°F
Well Done - 160°-170°F

Cooking times will vary based on your individual air fryer as well as the doneness you prefer.

Once your steak has reached the desired internal temperature, it's ready for a very quick sear to give it that delicious and crispy outer crust.

 four pats of butter in cast iron skillet with flecks of onion powder

Add four tablespoons of butter and any additional seasonings to a cast iron skillet. Get it as hot as you can stand it (you will probably want to turn on the vent above your stove if you have one) and add your steak for a quick sear of 30 seconds on each side.

The result? Perfection.

finished juicy ribeye with a pat of butter on top on a white plate
Air Fryer Ribeye Steak

Air Fryer Ribeye Steak

Yield: 1 Serving

This air fryer ribeye steak is a quick and easy way to make perfect steak every time.


  • 1 ribeye steak
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter


  1. Generously season the ribeye and place into the air fryer basket. Set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and set the timer for 15 minutes.
  2. Flip steak halfway through cook-time for even cooking. Use a meat thermometer to determine when the steak has reached your preferred doneness. Remove steak from air fryer basket when done.
  3. In a medium skillet over high heat, add butter and any additional seasonings. Quickly sear both sides of the steak until crisp and browned. Remove from heat and allow steak to rest.
  4. Serve steak added with butter on top!


The meat thermometer is essential to removing your steak at the correct time. Keep an eye on it while cooking for best results.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Serving Size: 1 Steak
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 640Total Fat: 62gCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 22g

Any Nutritional Information provided is an amateur estimate. Please verify with your own brands and ingredients if nutrition is important to you.

This air fryer ribeye steak is a quick and easy way to make perfect steak every time! |


Wednesday 9th of November 2022

I was a little nervous using an air fryer on an expensive 2-inch thick Piedmontese ribeye. I usually finish steaks in a very hot oven but my wall oven just went out. I prefer to underestimate cooking times on steak so they don’t overcook. Using a probe thermometer, the steak reached a 140 internal temp in 10 minutes in the air fryer. I seared without butter in a cast iron skillet then put butter and smoked sea salt on top and let rest in a covered baking dish for 10-15 minutes. Ended up with a beautiful, rosy pink, medium-rare steak. I like the thicker cuts because they are less likely to dry out. I served the sliced steak over mashed turnips. It was so very, very good and I didn’t need to heat my oven. Thanks for sharing your recipe.


Wednesday 28th of July 2021

The one correction I would add, is mention that you should remove the steak before it reaches the desired end temperature.

For medium rare, 115° is a good temp for medium rare before the sear, so maybe pull it out 10-15° before the desired product at each stage?

Maybe use a little less butter so you're not poaching the steaks in it, too. You want a really nice sear on that thing.

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