These Air Fryer Steak Bites are buttery, juicy, and simple to put together. Air fried steak cooks up perfectly crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, and only takes minutes to make. This is the perfect go-to recipe when you don’t have a lot of time, but still want a home cooked meal.

For more air fryer recipes, be sure to check out my Air Fryer Whole Chicken and Air Fryer Taquitos.

a plate with mashed potatoes, green beans, and steak

The air fryer has quickly become one of my most used kitchen tools. I love using it for simple things like heating up chicken nuggets and French fries for the kids, and even more for easy dinners that taste gourmet like these Air Fryer Steak Bites.

an air fryer basked filled with pieces of steak

Can you cook steak in an air fryer?

Yes you most certainly can, and making air fryer steak bites is one way that I like to do it. Cutting your steak into small pieces makes the cook time faster, and allows the meat to get nice and crispy on the outside while remaining perfectly juicy on the inside.

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Ingredients for Air Fryer Steak Bites

  • sirloin steak
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • salt+ pepper
  • butter

bowls of ingredients on a counter top

 How to Make Air Fryer Steak Bites – Step by Step

Step 1: Preheat air fryer

Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes.

Step 2: Mix ingredients 

In the meantime, stir the steak pieces, olive oil, 1 teaspoon of the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl.

collage showing steps to make steak in the air fryer

Step 3: Air fry

Add the steak bites to the air fryer basket and spread out evenly. Air fry at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 minutes. Toss the steak bites around, then fry again for 3 more minutes or until they reach your preferred doneness.

Step 4: Make garlic butter

Stir the melted butter and remaining ½ teaspoon of garlic powder together in a small bowl. Drizzle it on the steak bites before serving with freshly chopped parsley for garnish, if desired.

an air fryer basked filled with pieces of steak

Tips and Notes 

  • Look for steaks with marbling. Nice marbling will lend to a deliciously juicy steak. 
  • Cut your steak into even size bites. To ensure balanced cooking in the air fryer, cut your steak bites into even pieces, about 1 inch each.
  • Cook your air fryer steak bites in batches. For best results, don’t crowd your air fryer. If you’re cooking more than one or two steaks, be sure to cook in batches so that the steak bites cook evenly.

a spoon dripping butter over meat

What cut of steak works best in the air fryer?

I used sirloin steak, but feel free to use whatever kind of steak you prefer. Ribeye and strip steaks would also be my picks for cooking in the air fryer. Depending on your steak’s thickness, you may need to add another minute or so if your steak is a thicker cut.

a white plate with chopped steak bites

What to serve with your Air Fryer Steak Bites

Almost any side dish will pair perfectly with this recipe. A few of our favorites include:

How to store leftovers 

These steak bites can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

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Air Fryer Steak Bites

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 6 mins
Total Time: 16 mins
These Air Fryer Steak Bites are buttery, juicy, and simple to put together. Air fried steak cooks up perfectly crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, and only takes minutes to make. 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sirloin steak, cut into 1 inch bites
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted

Equipment

  • 1 Air Fryer

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, stir the steak pieces, olive oil, 1 teaspoon of the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl.
  • Add the steak bites to the air fryer basket and spread out evenly. Air fry at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 minutes. Toss the steak bites around, then fry again for 3 more minutes or until they reach your preferred doneness.
  • Stir the melted butter and remaining ½ teaspoon of garlic powder together in a small bowl. Drizzle it on the steak bites before serving with freshly chopped parsley for garnish, if desired.

Notes

  • Look for steaks with marbling. Nice marbling will lend to a deliciously juicy steak. 
  • Cut your steak into even size bites. To ensure balanced cooking in the air fryer, cut your steak bites into even pieces, about 1 inch each.
  • Cook your air fryer steak bites in batches. For best results, don't crowd your air fryer. If you're cooking more than one or two steaks, be sure to cook in batches so that the steak bites cook evenly.
  • How to store leftovers: These steak bites can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.
Cuisine: American
Course: Main
Calories: 642kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 50g, Fat: 47g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 20g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 199mg, Sodium: 913mg, Potassium: 819mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 700IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 76mg, Iron: 4mg
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