Air Fryer Ribeye Steaks

2 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Air Fryer Ribeye Steaks are the easiest recipe for tender and juicy steak ready in under 15 minutes and topped with blue cheese butter.

Typically the way you make Ribeye Steak Recipe is searing the meat on the stovetop then putting the skillet in the oven to finish. This air fryer version makes the same perfect steak with super easy air frying directions. It’s an easy Dinner that even novice chefs can master!

Sabrina’s Air Fryer Steaks Recipe

This air frying method makes it so easy to make beautiful steak. Usually, we save steak recipes for special occasions, but it’s no problem to make Air Fryer Steak any day of the week. It’s a fool-proof recipe that gives you mouthwatering, tender steak in practically no time.

You can make juicy ribeye steak with delicious flavor even on the busiest days by following a few simple instructions. All you have to do is preheat the fryer, add the steak and cook for 12 minutes. As long as you remember to flip it halfway through the cooking time, there’s nothing else to worry about.

Air Fryer Ribeye Steaks raw steaks on plate and butter in dish


  • Steaks: As you can probably guess from the name, ribeye comes from the cow’s rib. It’s known to be a juicy, tender cut of meat, so you don’t need to spend a lot of time prepping or worrying about marinating the steak. They’ll be perfectly flavorful with a nice texture without a lot of work. For perfect Air Fryer Steak, you should always bring your steak to room temperature for a few minutes before cooking.
  • Spices: All you have to do is season the meat with kosher salt and black pepper. You can add more seasonings as desired, but it’s not necessary for a flavorful steak. For an extra flavorful ribeye steak, season steaks and let rest for 15-20 minutes before cooking.
  • Blue Cheese Butter: Take this recipe from great to out of this world by topping off the steaks with blue cheese butter. The easy compound butter melts over the meat and adds rich, creamy flavor to the entire dish.

Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Air Fryer: There are many kinds of air-fryers nowadays, and some new model ovens and microwaves even have that feature built in. They all work pretty much the same, just make sure the air fryer basket will fit your steak, or cut the steak down to fit. 
  • Thermometer: A digital meat thermometer is your best bet to gauge steak temperature quickly for the level of doneness so you don’t over cook your steak.

How to Make

Time needed: 20 minutes.

  1. Prep the Cooking

    To start, preheat air fryer to 400 degrees. It will take about 5 minutes to heat up completely. Season the steak with salt and pepper.Air Fryer Ribeye Steaks two raw steaks in air fryer

  2. Cook the Steak

    Once the air fryer is ready, add the steak to the fryer and cook for 6 minutes. Use tongs to flip the steak and cook for another 6 minutes. If it’s not done enough for you, then cook for an additional minute. Remove from the air fryer, then let steak rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.Air Fryer Ribeye Steaks two cooked steaks in air fryer

  3. Test for Doneness

    This recipe gives you the average cooking time for Ribeye Steak. However, you may need to adjust it depending on the level of doneness you prefer and the thickness of steak. Use an instant meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature is where you want it. If you want it rare, the meat should read between 125-130 degrees. To make air fryer ribeye steak medium, cook it to 145 degrees. For well-done cook to 160. If you already know you want the meat well done, you can just start by cooking for 7-8 minutes per side.Air Fryer Ribeye Steaks one steak sliced on plate with blue cheese butter on top

Can Air Fryer Steak be made ahead of time?

While you can season the steaks overnight, it’s best to make freshly cooked steak. When you reheat the steak, it affects the doneness levels and you can overcook it easily.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Ribeye Steaks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 471 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 138mg46%
Sodium 699mg30%
Potassium 609mg17%
Carbohydrates 0.2g0%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Tips & Tricks for Cooking Air Fryer Steaks

Rest the Steak

You always want to rest your steak after it has been cooked. This allows the juices to get absorbed back into the meat so your steak is extra juicy. It is also helpful to cook your steak just under the level of doneness you want it to be because it will continue to cook as it rests. This ensures perfectly cooked steak.

Preheat Air Fryer

One of the keys to perfect air fryer recipes is to use a preheated air fryer. It doesn’t take long to preheat the air fryer but if you don’t bring it to the correct temperature before air frying, your food will cook at different levels of heat and won’t come out right. Use the cooking chart with your unit for how long to properly preheat.

What to Pair With Air Fryer Steaks

To make this steak recipe a complete meal, you need the perfect sides to go with your Ribeye Steak. For a restaurant worthy dinner, try serving your steak with Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Mushrooms, Soft Dinner Rolls, and Parmesan Brussels Sprouts. Pretty much any of your go-to comforting or classic side dishes will taste great with this amazing steak dinner.

Once the Air Fryer Ribeye Steaks are done, you can’t go wrong topping them with a Blue Cheese Butter. The rich, creamy, tangy butter makes a great flavor addition. For other toppings, you could also try Bernaise Sauce, A1 Steak Sauce, or Horseradish Sauce, depending on your personal preference.

How to Store

Store: You shouldn’t leave Air Fryer Ribeye Steak at room temperature for more than 2 hours. If you have leftover steak, let it cool down before storing it in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. Let it sit at room temperature for a couple minutes before cooking again so it doesn’t take as long to warm up.

Reheat: You can use your air fryer to reheat steak too! Just pop it in a preheated air fryer for about 3-5 minutes, keeping in mind reheating will change the levels of doneness. For example if your preferred doneness is medium rare steak, you’ll want slightly lower doneless levels.

Freeze: You can also keep leftover steak in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat frozen steak in the air fryer or let the steak thaw in the fridge before reheating in the oven or air fryer.

Alternative Cooking Techniques

Cooking Steak from Frozen

If you forgot to defrost your steak, there’s no need to despair. You can actually use your air fryer for cooking your steak from frozen to the perfect doneness. Of course, the meat will need some extra time to thaw, so add a few minutes to the cooking time on each side. Check the temperature when finished to see if it’s at the proper doneness. If you prefer it cooked more, just add an additional minute or so to the cook time.

Homemade Blue Cheese Butter

The compound butter ingredients are 1 cup unsalted butter (softened), ½ cup crumbled blue cheese, ¼ teaspoon coarse salt, and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper. Combine the softened butter with the cheese and seasoning mix then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Frequent Questions

Is it better to grill or air fry a ribeye steak?

One advantage cooking steak in air fryer is that you can get a consistent level of heat and better control the doneness levels. The direct heat of grill grate will give you a char on the steak, but juicy ribeye steaks are just as delicious without the char.

What temperature do you cook steak in an airfryer?

The proper temperature to cook a steak in an air fryer is 400 degrees then you just adjust the cook times to get your preferred doneness. This recipe cooks the steak for 10-12 minutes for medium-rare doneness, but feel free to change the times for different levels of doneness. 

Recipe Card

Air Fryer Ribeye Steaks

Air Fryer Ribeye Steaks are the easiest recipe for tender and juicy steak ready in under 20 minutes. Perfect topped with blue cheese butter!
Yield 2 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 2 ribeye steaks , 1" thick
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • Blue Cheese Butter


  • Heat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Season steak with salt and pepper
  • Cook for 6 minutes.
  • Flip steak, cook and additional 6 minutes.
  • If not done enough for you, cook 1 additional minute.


Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.2g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 699mg | Potassium: 609mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 4mg
Keyword: Air Fryer Ribeye Steaks

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Steak seasoning: To add extra flavor to the Air Fryer Ribeye Steak, you can prep the meat with dry rub seasoning. Use your favorite herbs and spices like onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, rosemary, or parsley for maximum flavor.

Montreal steak seasoning: Instead of adding individual spices, you can also make a spice blend for your steak recipe. To make classic Montreal steak seasoning, mix together 2 tablespoons kosher salt, 2 tablespoons black pepper, 2 tablespoons paprika, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon minced onion, and 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes. You can use about a teaspoon to season your steak. Then seal the rest in an airtight container to store in your pantry for the next time you make a steak recipe.

Homemade Garlic Butter: Instead of the blue cheese butter, make a homemade garlic herb butter. Add minced fresh garlic or make a roasted garlic compound butter to make it extra fancy. Use fresh herbs or Italian seasoning. 

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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