This Air Fryer Ribeye Steak recipe will leave you feeling like you just ate restaurant-quality steak in the comfort of your own home! The compound butter gives this juicy ribeye steak the best flavor!
The butter is mixed with salt, fresh rosemary and minced garlic. It’s like a little bit of heaven spread over the top of the steaks.
The best thing about this juicy steak is the easy clean-up. Cleaning the air fryer basket is super simple. You can even line it with foil for easier clean-up if you’d like.
Air frying is similar to using a convection oven on your counter top. It has a fan that circulates the hot air around on the inside.
This will help your food cook more quickly, evenly and help develop a crust or caramelization on the outside. Coming from a restaurant background, this is great for me!
I’m used to cooking with commercial convection ovens which are nothing like my home convection oven. My air fryer is much more similar to a commercial convection oven than my home convection oven.
This is the perfect steak for special occasions, date night in or family dinner. This is such an easy recipe and popular steak that you can’t go wrong!
Ingredients for Air Fryer Ribeye Steak
- Ribeye Steaks – I used rib eye steaks that were around 1 inch – 1 1/4 inches thick. For the best results use steaks that are the same size, otherwise cook time will vary
- Olive Oil – I use a small amount of olive oil on the outside of the steaks to help get a nice sear or crust on the outside
- Flaky Sea Salt – I like big chunky flaky sea salt on my steak. Feel free to use kosher salt if you don’t have a flaky sea salt
- Black Pepper – I prefer coarse ground black pepper
- Unsalted Butter – I use unsalted butter so I can control the salt level myself
- Garlic – I prefer minced fresh garlic cloves here but you could use garlic powder if you need to
- Kosher Salt – I use kosher salt in the garlic herb butter
- Fresh Rosemary – Fresh rosemary brings so much flavor to this butter and steak
- Air Fryer – There are lots of options when it comes to air fryers. A couple things you’ll want to consider when buying an air fryer are size and your budget. Here are a few good options: This option works well for a smaller budget and small air fryer. This option is a medium size and a little more expensive. This option is large and for a bigger budget.
- Small Bowl – Use a small bowl or small dish to mix up the compound butter
- Tongs – You’ll want tongs to remove the ribeye steaks from the air fryer
- Digital Meat Thermometer – Using a digital thermometer is the best way to check the level of doneness of your steak. You can go based off of cook time but that will vary depending on the thickness of the steak. If you have a thinner steak than what the recipe calls for then it will need less time. Using a digital meat thermometer is your best bet
Tips for the best air fryer ribeye steak
- Let your ribeye steaks sit out for 30-45 minutes ahead of cooking time. This will get the chill of them and bring the closer to room temperature for a better cooking experience
- Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer for desired doneness. See the guide below for temperatures and steak doneness
- Place the ribeye steaks in a SINGLE layer in the air fryer basket. Do not crowd or stack. If they don’t fit then cook them in batches
- Let your steak rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting into it. This will help keep all the delicious juices inside and give you a more flavorful steak. You should be doing this every single time you cook a steak
- If you’re using a thicker steak than the recipe calls for then you will need to cook it slightly longer. If you’re using a thinner steak than the recipe calls for then it will need to cook for less time
- This air fryer ribeye steak recipe calls for salt and pepper seasoning on the outside but if you have a favorite steak seasoning mix feel free to use that
- Try mixing a little blue cheese into the compound butter for a blue cheese butter!
- Tips will be in the recipe card as well!
Steak doneness is a personal preference. I like my steak medium rare while other people like a perfect medium or well done.
Here is a guide to help you cook your steak to your desired doneness. Keep in mind that thinner steaks cook more quickly and thicker steaks have a longer cook time.
The best way to determine the temperature of your steak is to use a digital meat thermometer. Don’t forget that the temperature of your air fryer ribeye steak will go up an additional 5 degrees F AFTER you remove it from the air fryer and let it rest.
So you’ll want to pull your steak out of the air fryer when it is 5 degrees UNDER what you’d like to to be cooked to. You need to let your steak rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting into it.
Temperature doneness guide
- Rare – 120°F; This is a cool red center
- Medium Rare – 125°F-130°F; This gives you a cool pink center
- Medium – 135°F-140°F; This is a warm pink center
- Medium Well – 145°F-150°F; This gives you a warm center with very little pink left
- Well Done – 160°F and above; This is a hot center with no pink
When checking the internal temperature of your ribeye steak, make sure to stick the probe into the thickest part of the steak in the middle. That will give the most accurate reading.
How long do I cook a ribeye steak in the air fryer?
This all depends on the size of the ribeye, the temperature of the air fryer and the temperature you want the ribeye steak cooked to. It takes different times depending on these factors.
For this particular recipe, using a ribeye steak that is 1″-1.25″ and a temperature of 400°F, it takes 11 minutes to get a medium rare steak. The perfect air fryer steak, in my opinion.
I also preheat my air fryer for about 5 minutes ahead of time so that it’s nice and hot already when I put the steaks in. Always use a thermometer to check the ribeye to make sure it is the temperature you like.
Take the steak out when it is 5°F below the final temp you want it to be. The temperature will rise an additional 5° after you take it out, while it’s resting for 5-10 minutes.
If you want your steak medium then I would suggest cooking it a total of 13 minutes then checking the temperature. For medium well, try 15 minutes.
*** These times are based on you using the recommended size steak and temperature of the air fryer.
Sides that go well with Air Fryer Ribeye Steak
- Boursin Mashed Potatoes
- Homemade Au Gratin Potatoes
- Glazed Shallots
- Summer Fruit Salad
- Mac and Cheese with Herbed Bread Crumbs
- Grilled Asparagus with Sherry Vinaigrette
If you have leftover air fryer ribeye steak then you can certainly store it for later. Make sure it’s cooled down all the way then store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
If you have leftover compound butter then you can put that in an airtight container and store for up to 2 weeks. The butter is delicious on chicken, lamb, potatoes, mushrooms, butternut or acorn squash and roasted veggies.
The leftover steak can be reheated in the air fryer, oven, a pan or the microwave. You can enjoy it by itself or add it to salad, a breakfast skillet, beef stroganoff, steak sandwich, pasta and many other things.
How to make Air Fryer Ribeye Steak
In a few easy steps, you can make perfect air fryer ribeye steak every time. First you need to get your steaks out and let them come to room temperature for about 30 minutes to take the chill off.
Meanwhile, make the compound butter. Stir together the butter, minced garlic, chopped rosemary and salt in a small bowl. Set aside until needed.
Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. I usually let mine run for about 5 minutes.
Mix the flaky sea salt and pepper together. Rub the olive oil all over the steaks then season both sides of the steak and the actual sides of the steak with the salt and pepper mix.
Use all of the salt and pepper mix. I know it may seem like a lot but the steaks are large and need all of it. It brings out the flavor of the steak.
Place the ribeye steaks in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Do not stack or overlap them. If they don’t fit in your air fryer basket then cook them in batches.
For a medium rare steak, cook the ribeye steaks for 11 minutes. Be sure to temp them with your digital meat thermometer.
You’re looking for an internal temperature of 125°F-130°F for medium rare. Be sure to let your steaks rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting into them. This step is super important.
This will help give you a tender steak every time. If you’d like your steak cooked more well done than that then you’ll have to cook it for extra time.
After the steaks rest for 5-10 minutes then smear some of the compound butter on top of each steak. Let it melt and go all over the rest of the steak.
If this is your first time making this air fryer ribeye steak then prepare to be in love. This tender ribeye is such a delicious steak. It makes the perfect steak dinner for date night or family dinner!
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Air Fryer Ribeye Steak
- 1 air fryer
- 1 meat thermometer
- 1 small bowl
- 1 tongs
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
- ½ tsp fresh rosemary fine chopped
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 2 16oz boneless ribeye steaks steaks should be between 1"-1¼"
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp flaky sea salt kosher salt works too
- 1 tsp black pepper coarse ground
Making the Compound Butter
- Mix all compound butter ingredients together in a small bowl until fully incorporated. Set aside until needed
Making the Ribeye Steaks
- Remove the ribeye steaks from the fridge about 30 minutes prior to cooking to get the chill off
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for about 5 minutes
- Drizzle and rub the olive oil all over both steaks. Mix the salt and pepper together then season both sides of each steak and the sides of the steak
- Place the ribeye steaks in the air fryer basket in one single layer. DO NOT stack or overlap them. If there's not enough room then cook them in batches
- Cook the ribeye steaks for 11 minutes then use your thermometer to take the internal temperature. It should be between 125°F for medium rare. The temperature will rise an additional 5 degrees after coming out of the air fryer
- Remove the steaks from the air fryer and let them rest on a plate or cutting board for 5-10 minutes BEFORE cutting into them. This is important, don't skip the rest time
- Add a little compound butter to the top of each steak and serve