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Air Fryer Steak Bites

Juicy, flavorful steak bites take just minutes to cook in the air fryer. When you want a top notch meal in minutes these Air Fryer Steak Bites are the perfect choice!

Spoon resting in a small serving plate of air fryer steak bites coated in melted butter and parsley sauce.

The air fryer is quickly becoming my favorite tool for a super quick weeknight meal. It heats up in minutes, cooks quickly and gives food the perfect crisp

These Air Fryer Steak Bites are a great example. To cook a good steak on the grill you have to wait for it to heat up, then keep a close eye on it to ensure it doesn’t overcook or even burn. The same goes for cooking on a griddle or stove top. 

In the air fryer, these steak bites are foolproof. Just set the temperature and let the air fryer do its thing. The result is delicious, juicy and perfectly cooked bites of steak that pair beautifully with your favorite mashed potatoes or a green salad.

When you want a high quality dinner on the table in minutes, these steak bites deliver. Try topping it with my Argentinian Chimichurri Recipe or on the side of my 4 Ingredient Pasta Salad for an extra pop of flavor! 

Why Make This Recipe

  1. Delicious Steak in Minutes: These steak bites are tender and bursting with butter and garlic flavor, and they take just ten minutes to cook.
  2. Hassle Free Weeknight Meal: This is one of those recipes you can pull out and put together in less than 20 minutes for a delicious meal on even the busiest night.
  3. Customizable: You can add more or less seasoning or come up with your own marinade but once you try cooking steak in the air fryer you won’t go back!

Ingredients to Make Air Fryer Steak Bites

Ingredients shown are used to prepare garlic buttery air fryer steak bites.
  1. Ribeye Steak: Ribeye is naturally tender and delicious. You could substitute a different cut of meat if you like, but the higher quality the cut the higher quality the meal.
  2. Salt & Pepper
  3. Garlic Powder: You could also use fresh garlic
  4. Avocado Oil: Avocado oil has a higher smoke point than olive oil so it won’t burn as quickly and won’t cause your air fryer to smoke
  5. Worcestershire Sauce
  6. Butter & Fresh parsley: Adds incredible flavor to the meat at the end

Can I Use a Different Cut of Steak?

You can use a different cut of steak to make these steak bites. Sirloin would work well. You could also use New York strip or tri-tip. 

Ribeye can be expensive but that is because the quality of that cut is just better. It is marbled with more fat which lends each bite more flavor. You can definitely use a substitute but just keep in mind that when it comes to meat quality does make a difference.

Tools

  1. Air Fryer

How to Make This Recipe

Step One: Prepare your Steak

Raw ribeye steak on a cutting board.
Large raw ribeye chunks added to a glass mixing bowl.
Seasoning sprinkled over raw ribeye steak chunks in a glass mixing bowl with a hand adding avocado oil and Worcestershire sauce being poured over the mixture.

Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes.

Slice the Ribeye steak into bite-sized pieces then add to a bowl.

To the bowl add salt, black pepper and garlic powder.

Drizzle the avocado oil and Worcestershire sauce over the seasoned steak bites and toss again to ensure they are coated.

Step Two: Air Fry

Close up of ribeye steak chunks added to an air fryer bucket, ready to cook.

Once preheated, arrange the steak bites in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not overcrowded. You may need to cook in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.

Place the air fryer basket in the preheated air fryer and cook the steak bites at 400°F (200°C) for 5-6 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time. The steak bites should be browned and cooked to your desired level of doneness.

Step Three: Drizzle

Spoon stirring together melted butter and chopped parsley.
Butter and parsley coating ribeye air fried steak bites on a platter.

Once cooked, remove the steak bites from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes.

Drizzle the melted butter over the rested steak bites and toss to coat them in the butter. 

Sprinkle freshly chopped parsley over the steak bites as a garnish.

Expert Tips

Butter and parsley coating ribeye air fried steak bites on a platter.
  • Your cooking time may depend on the thickness of your steak and your air fryer. Keep an eye on your steak the first time you try this recipe as you learn your air fryer.
  • It’s important to preheat your air fryer for this recipe. It gives the steak a nice quick sear as soon as you add it to your air fryer which adds to the overall flavor.
  • Let your steak rest before you take a bite. As steak cooks, the juices move towards the exterior of the meat but as it cools those juices seep back into the meat. Letting it rest for just a few minutes really does make a difference in how juicy and tender the meat is.

FAQs

Can I Use Other Seasonings?

You can adjust the seasonings to anything you prefer. Add more garlic, throw in some seasoned salt or oregano. Use whatever you prefer!

A pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes would easily add a touch of spice to these steak bites. If you like your steak a little spicy, give it a try!

What Do You Serve With Steak Bites?

I like to serve these steak bites with any sides you would find at a steak restaurant. They are great with a side of Horseradish Mashed Potatoes or with Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls as an appetizer.

You could also serve these steak bites with Air Fryer Corn on the Cob, steamed broccoli or on top of this Grinder Salad. The options are endless!

How Long Should I Cook my Steak?

Keep an eye on your steak and add or take away a minute or two to the cooking time to meet your preference.

If you are unsure about how done your steak bites are by looking at the exterior, a meat thermometer can be really helpful. Here are the guidelines for what the internal temperature of your steak should be:

Medium rare (pink)- 130-135 degrees
Medium (some pink)- 145-145 degrees
Well (tiny bit of pink)- 145-155 degrees
Well done (brown)- 155-165 degrees

Spoon resting in a small plate of buttery garlic Air Fryer Steak Bites.

Air Fryer Steak Bites

Juicy, flavorful steak bites take just minutes to cook in the air fryer. When you want a top notch meal in minutes these Air Fryer Steak Bites are the perfect choice!
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Keyword: air fryer steak bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 2

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ribeye steak
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 bunch Fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes.
  • Slice the 1 lb Ribeye steak into bite-sized pieces then add to a bowl.
  • To the bowl add 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper and 1/2 tsp garlic powder.
  • Drizzle the 1 tbsp avocado oil and 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce over the seasoned steak bites and toss again to ensure they are coated.
  • Once preheated, arrange the steak bites in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not overcrowded. You may need to cook in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Place the air fryer basket in the preheated air fryer and cook the steak bites at 400°F (200°C) for 5-6 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time. The steak bites should be browned and cooked to your desired level of doneness.
  • Once cooked, remove the steak bites from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes.
  • Drizzle 2 tbsp melted butter over the rested steak bites and toss to coat them in the butter.
  • Sprinkle freshly chopped parsley over the steak bites as a garnish.

Notes

Recipe Copyright The Domestic Spoon. For educational or personal use only.
Ribeye Steak: Ribeye is naturally tender and delicious. You could substitute a different cut of meat if you like, but the higher quality the cut the higher quality the meal.
Salt & Pepper
Garlic Powder: You could also use fresh garlic
Avocado Oil: Avocado oil has a higher smoke point than olive oil so it won’t burn as quickly and won’t cause your air fryer to smoke
Worcestershire Sauce
Butter & Fresh parsley: Adds incredible flavor to the meat at the end
Your cooking time may depend on the thickness of your steak and your air fryer. Keep an eye on your steak the first time you try this recipe as you learn your air fryer.
It’s important to preheat your air fryer for this recipe. It gives the steak a nice quick sear as soon as you add it to your air fryer which adds to the overall flavor.
Let your steak rest before you take a bite. As steak cooks, the juices move towards the exterior of the meat but as it cools those juices seep back into the meat. Letting it rest for just a few minutes really does make a difference in how juicy and tender the meat is.
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