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Air Fryer Ribeye Steak

moist ribeye steak on a cutting board next to air fryer

How to Make Perfect Air Fryer Ribeye Steak

In this comprehensive guide, we will show you how to make the perfect ribeye steak using an air fryer. Ribeye steak is known for its rich flavor and tenderness, and cooking it in the air fryer is a quick and easy way to achieve mouthwatering results. We'll provide you with detailed instructions, including exact ingredient amounts and cooking times, to ensure your steak turns out juicy and delicious.

Ingredients You'll Need

To make the best air fryer ribeye steak, you'll need the following ingredients:

  • 2 ribeye steaks (each weighing 16 ounces)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon pepper

  • Butter for topping

  • Mix-ins for the butter (such as crumbled blue cheese or garlic)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Follow these steps to prepare and cook your ribeye steak in the air fryer:

1. Preparing the Steak

  • Lightly coat each ribeye steak with olive oil on both sides.

  • Season the steaks with salt and pepper, or use your preferred seasonings.

2. Preheating the Air Fryer

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This typically takes just a few minutes.

3. Cooking the Steak

  • Once the air fryer is preheated, place the seasoned steaks in the basket without overlapping them.

  • Air fry the steaks at 400 degrees F for a total of 16 minutes, flipping them after 8 minutes (8 minutes on each side).

  • Adjust the cooking time if you have thinner steaks.

4. Resting and Topping

  • After air frying, allow the steaks to rest for 5-10 minutes. This allows the flavors to set and ensures a juicy result.

  • Top your ribeye steaks with a pat of butter, garlic butter, garlic herb butter, or blue cheese butter for added flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my steak be juicy after being cooked in the air fryer?

Yes, air frying your steak makes it very juicy and tender. Allowing the steaks to rest for at least 5-10 minutes before eating allows them to marinate in their own juices, enhancing the flavor.

How can I tell if my steak is cooked properly in the air fryer?

To ensure your steak is cooked to your preferred doneness, it's best to use a meat thermometer. According to the FDA, here are the proper temperatures for different levels of doneness:

  • Rare: 125 degrees F

  • Medium Rare: 135 degrees F

  • Medium: 145 degrees F

  • Medium Well: 155 degrees F

  • Well Done: 160 degrees F


Cooking ribeye steak in the air fryer is a simple and rewarding process. With minimal ingredients and precise instructions, you can enjoy a juicy and flavorful steak that rivals any traditional method. Experiment with different seasonings and butter toppings to create your own delicious variations. Say goodbye to overcooking – the air fryer is your secret to a perfect ribeye every time.

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