These Air Fryer Garlic Butter Steak Bites are so tender and juicy! You can make these for dinner so quickly and there’s no need for a grill!
STEAK DINNER MADE EASY WITH THE AIR FRYER
Air Fryer Garlic Butter Steak Bites are the perfect way to make a deliciously fast dinner with minimal effort! This recipe is simple, requiring only a few ingredients and little prep time, while your air fryer does most of the work. You don’t need to wait for the weekend to have a wonderful and flavorful steak dinner!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Absolutely. Top sirloin, flank, filet, Tri-tip, NY strip, or flat iron are all good options. If you really need to watch your budget, I think you get the most bang for your buck with a flat iron steak.
Montreal Steak seasoning, Cajun seasoning, Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute, blackened seasoning or BBQ blends. Most of these already have salt in them so be careful when adding additional salt.
Absolutely! Spice up your steak by sprinkling on some cayenne pepper. Alternatively, jazz up the butter sauce with hot sauce or chili flakes for an added kick.
I cooked these so they would be medium by the time they were done cooking. I cooked them for about 5 minutes and pulled them out when the internal temperature reached 135F degrees since I know that they cook a bit more in the garlic butter sauce (to about 140-145F degrees). I recommend only going by a meat thermometer and not by time. Especially since there are so many different styles of air fryers on the market, and from my experience, some really do cook faster than others.
Below is a basic temperature guideline:
Rare: 120-125 F
Medium-rare: 125-135 F
Medium: 135-140 F
Medium-well: 145-150 F
Well-Done: 150 F and higher
I only test my recipes in a basket style air fryer. This is the air fryer that is the most popular in America and Canada. I know there are a ton of different air fryers out there these days and it is just impossible for me to test a recipe in every single kind. I also know that because of the way some are set up, they can cook a lot faster than other types of air fryers. So you are going to need to use your own general knowledge of your particular air fryer when cooking these. This is why I always say you need to go by the internal temperature of the meat and not by time.
Some options include: baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, steamed carrots or broccoli. Or maybe even just a nice little side salad.
Store leftovers in a container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
For reheating, either use the microwave or a skillet, but don’t attempt to reheat them in the air fryer due to the high butter content. You can store these for as long as 3 months in the freezer.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)
- boneless ribeye steaks – see my FAQ (frequently asked questions) above on other steaks you can use.
- olive oil – I prefer to use olive oil in air fryers. Some oils can gunk up your air fryer basket over time but olive oil doesn’t seem to do that.
- salt, pepper, smoked paprika – this is a very simple seasoning because the real star of the show is the garlic butter sauce. However, use whatever seasoning you prefer.
- salted butter – don’t use margarine, it needs to be real butter.
- garlic cloves – I have no problem with jarred garlic but don’t use it here. Garlic is such a huge flavor in this recipe that the jarred stuff is just doing a disservice to your beautiful steaks. Take an extra couple of minutes to mince it up fresh.
- fresh chopped parsley – this is totally optional (and you can use dried parsley too).
HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER GARLIC BUTTER STEAK BITES
Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes. Add the steak, olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika to a large bowl. Toss to combine. Add the steak bites in an even layer into the air fryer basket; no need to spray the basket. Air fry for 4-6 minutes or until your desired doneness. No need to flip. Note: I cooked the bites for 5 minutes (internal temperature of 135°F). The bites will continue to cook in the butter sauce, so keep that in mind and will come up to a medium doneness temperature between 140°F and 150°F when finished.
While the bites are cooking, make the butter sauce. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the parsley.Add the steak bites to the skillet.
Toss to combine for about a minute.
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Air Fryer Garlic Butter Steak Bites
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes.
- Add the steak, olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika to a large bowl. Toss to combine.
- Add the steak bites in an even layer into the air fryer basket; no need to spray the basket.
- Air fry for 4-6 minutes or until your desired doneness. No need to flip. Note: I cooked the bites for 5 minutes (internal temperature of 135°F). The bites will continue to cook in the butter sauce, so keep that in mind.
- While the bites are cooking, make the butter sauce. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the parsley.
- Add the steak bites to the skillet. Toss to combine for about a minute.
- Serve immediately.
- Please refer to my FAQ’s and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions.
- I cooked these bites to medium doneness. You will need to cook a little longer if you like it more well done. The best way to know when it is to your desired doneness is to use a meat thermometer. See my FAQ (frequently asked questions) above for the different temperatures.
- Always remember that these steak bites will continue to cook a bit longer once you take them out of the Air Fryer. So, you need to pull them a little before you would and use a meat thermometer to know the internal temperature.
- Other steak to use: Top sirloin, flank, filet, Tri-tip, NY strip, or flat iron
- Other good seasoning ideas: Montreal Steak Seasoning, Cajun, Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute or BBQ seasoning would be great
- To reheat, do so in the microwave or skillet. Since there is so much butter, I do not recommend reheating them back in the air fryer.
- Freeze for up to 3 months.
“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.