Ribeye steak in the air fryer is an incredibly easy way to make a delicious classic dinner. Done in just minutes, and cooked to perfection, you will not want to cook your steak any other way!
To be honest, the first time I got the steaks ready to cook in the air fryer, my husband was a little skeptical. He is a traditional steak and potatoes guy, and did not want the ribeye to be different than how he grew up eating it for dinner.
Thankfully, he trusted me, so I brushed it with olive oil, and kept it easy with a salt and pepper rub. That is the entire prep to this air fryer ribeye. Once it came out of the air fryer and onto his plate, let's just say he did not complain!
Because I love steak, making air fryer sides like Potatoes, which are shown on the plate below, are an easy option. But, if you would like a different side, you can make Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes or Air Fryer Honey Glazed Carrots.
If you are looking for other air fryer steak recipes, you will love Filet Mignon and Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak.
What you need to make Ribeye
Making the juicy steak in the air fryer is not only easy, but requires minimal ingredients. To make perfect steaks, I keep seasonings to a minimum, and top steak with a flavored butter I make myself.
- Ribeye steak
- olive oil
- Mix-ins for the butter such as crumbled blue cheese or garlic
Because everyone has a favorite flavor for their steak, you can easily change this recipe to add in additional seasonings such as garlic salt, chili powder, or add in your favorite McCormick Steak Rub.
Check out how to reheat steak in the air fryer. We share all of our favorite tips and tricks.
How to make Air Fryer Ribeye Steak
Making the ribeye in the air fryer begins with just a few easy steps to prepare the steak. First, brush the steak with olive oil. I normally brush the air fryer basket with olive oil, but since you are coating the meat itself, you don't need to oil the basket.
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Once you have the steak lightly coated in oil, season to your liking. We keep it easy with just salt and pepper, and that was plenty enough flavor! After they are seasoned, preheat the basket at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, which only takes a few minutes.
Once the basket is preheated, place your steaks in the basket, without any overlapping. Then, air fry at 400 degrees F for 16 minutes, eight minutes on each side, which is perfect for two 16 ounce ribeye steaks to medium well doneness. However, if you have thinner steak, you may need to lower the time.
After air frying, allow the steak sit for 5-10 minutes, to allow the flavoring and juices to set. Doing this makes a huge difference in the flavor! And finally, top your steak with a pat of butter, garlic butter, garlic herb butter, or blue cheese butter.
FAQ's about making Ribeye Steak in the Air Fryer:
Will my steak be juicy after being cooked in the air fryer?
Air frying our steak made it VERY juicy and tender. By allowing the steaks to rest for at least 5-10 minutes before eating, it gives the meat extra time to marinate in it's own juices and brings out the flavor.
How can I tell if my steak is cooked properly in the air fryer?
Because it is important to eat properly cooked meat, the surest and safest way to determine doneness, is with a meat thermometer. According to the FDA, proper temperatures for steak doneness, are:
- Rare- 125 degrees F
- Medium Rare- 135 degrees F
- Medium- 145 degrees F
- Medium Well- 155 degrees F
- Well Done- 160 degrees F
MORE AIR FRYER RECIPES:
Air Fryer Ribeye Steak
- Air Fryer
- 2 rib eye steaks 16 ounces each
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
Blue Cheese Butter
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
- 1 tablespoon blue cheese crumbled
Butter and Blue Cheese Topping
- To prepare butter topping, melt butter and blue cheese in the microwave, for about 30 seconds. Stir together, and return to refrigerator while steak is cooking.
- Lightly coat steak with olive oil, on both sides and then add salt and pepper, or your preferred seasonings.
- Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cook at 400 degrees F, for 6-8 minutes on each side, depending on preference for doneness.
- Let steak sit for 5-10 minutes before serving and top with spoonful of prepared butter.
*Nutritional information is a calculated guesstimate. Please note that this can change with different brands and modifications you may make to the recipe. For the most accurate information, use a nutritional calculator with the exact brands and measurements you're using with each recipe.
Anne Twombly Knights
Tried this, shortened the time by 4 minutes for medium. Came out perfect. The blue cheese butter sure finished it.
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How can you let it roast in the juices if you use the air fryer basket. Do you take the steak off the basket and put it in the pan that collects the juice?
I would collect the juices and place them on a plate, letting the steak rest on the juices and cover with foil for a few minutes if you're wanting to roast it in the juices before serving.
Rosa Lee Willis
Could you use other cuts of steal?
You can use other cuts of meat. We have even made Filet Mignon and it was delicious. Using a meat thermometer will ensure proper internal temperature for preferred doneness.
I have 8 oz already seasoned rib eyes so if I want them medium rare how long should I cook them for
Hi Jacqueline. I have cooking times and temperature listed for reference. If you don't already have a meat thermometer, I highly recommend using one. They make air frying SO much easier.
I have tried the filet mignon in the air fryer it was so good juicy tender my husband loved it now gonna try the 15 oz ribeye see I cannot cook steaks I always over cook them but with your recipes and directions it’s so easy all I do is air fry food since my husband had gastric bypass surgery so he can only eat small portions so we split the dinners . So keep the recipes coming , air frying is the best , easiest quickest a nutritionist to keep you fit so thank you for all your recipes and how to cook the meat I am looking forward to more recipes and cooking in an air fryer sincerely yours Terry Williams.
Thank you so much! So glad you liked them!
Can you put frozen steak in the air fryer?
Yes, but you will need to increase the cooking time.
Do I need to let steak come to room temp prior to air fryer? Paid $$$$ for a prime cut ribeye and don't wanna over cook it.
Just wondered when and how you cooked your air fryer pot Oates to go with this?
That should say potatoes!!
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Surprisingly simple. Very delicious. Was hesitant about the blue cheese sauce, but it topped it perfectly. I'm a big fan. I used Montreal steak seasoning instead of salt and pepper. My own preference. I'm hoping it's around the same for a sirloin as my wife likes the leanness better than a ribeye. Thanks for the recipe.
Thank you for trying our recipe and letting us know how you liked it! We appreciate it. So glad you like it!
Are the ribeyes bone-in?
The ones I used were not, but I don't thinknthat would change cooking times. Let us know how they turn out.
How many minutes for medium rare please?
I did eight minutes on each side for medium well. Depending on the thickness of your steaks, I would try air frying for a few minutes less on each side. Medium rare should have internal temperature of 135 degrees F. Hope that helps.
Oh my goodness I thought to myself how would my airfryer make a juicy ribeye and to my pleasant surprise the steaks were delicious I did use kerrygold garlic butter and it made the steaks juicy,thank you for this recipe.
It sounds good , I will have to try
Mine don't get as brown and I like them to have color- anyone else experience this ?
It could be your brand of air fryer. We use a Cosori 5.8qt air fryer that is a 1700 watt air fryer. If your air fryer brand cooks at a lower level, say 1400 watts or 1000 watts, you might have to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Hope that helps!
Dude! I was skeptical but…I’ll never grill or pan fry a steak ever again. Seriously. Why all that work when it’s so much easier AND tastier AND juicier cooked in an air fryer 😁
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it! It is so much easier than a grill too- especially when it's 110 degrees outside. Enjoy!
The best! Medium rare 4 minutes each side and perfect!
Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it!
I can’t have Bleu cheese. Any other suggestions to flavor the butter?
I just made some garlic and herb butter tonight and it was delicious. You can combine butter with any of your favorite seasonings, or add flavors like basil pesto!
I'm goin to try it tonight My basket is a little small so I might have to cut the steak in half.
Sonja L White
I made two boneless ribeye steaks and shortened the time to 10 minutes. We’re not big blue cheese fans so I used the juices from the steaks. Rested them 5 minutes and they were perfect, just medium rare and very juicy and tender. Thanks for the recipe and the tips
So glad you liked them! Thank you for sharing.
I followed the directions and did 6 minutes, flipped, and then another four. Added the butter and another minutes for medium rare. It was delicious.
Yay! So glad you liked it. 🙂
Just found your website. The recipes look delicious and very easy to make !!! New to air frying. Live alone, but heard that buying a smaller air fryer is not always the best thing to do. I have limited kitchen space (and limited income) . Any suggestions as to a decent fryer to buy !!! It gets ver confusing. 78 and not the best of cooks !!! But need some good recipes to maintain my health ,!!! Not in the very best of health !!! Thanks a Bunch !!!
Hi Annie. You heard correctly! I have several air fryers and the smaller one cooks so slowly because it has much lower wattage, and it's really only good for reheating something small. The Cosori 6.8 quart basket style air fryer is what I've used for everything. I can fit a 7 inch cake pan in it, and even a 4 pound whole chicken! There is a link on the post underneath the directions that can show you one on Amazon. Thanks!