How to cook steak in an air fryer toaster oven

Air fryer toaster ovens or countertop ovens are versatile kitchen appliances that can help you get creative with your favorite recipes or try new ways of cooking. Maybe you love the taste of a perfectly grilled steak but can’t use the grill in the winter, or maybe you are looking for a new way to prepare a steak. Either way, air frying a steak in your toaster oven air fryer might be the delicious solution you need. Read this guide to learn how to cook steak in an air fry countertop or toaster oven.

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Air Fryer Steak Recipe

You can create a delicious steak dinner even in the winter months by using an air fryer. The air fryer can help sear the outside of the steak and lock in the juices, cooking your steak to your liking (also helpful when reheating steak). New York strip and ribeye are the best cuts for air frying because they are typically thinner cuts and end up with great flavor and texture. Tri-tip and top round also work well. Your steak should be about 1 inch thick for best results.

This guide will show you how to air fry steak that you can pair with a baked potato or roasted vegetables for a dinner party meal or a weeknight at home.


1 steak

  • Room temperature steak in your preferred cut, such as New York Strip 
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil, optional
  • Butter, optional
  • Steak seasoning, optional
  • KitchenAid® countertop oven with air fry
Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes

Step 1. Prepare steak

The steak should first be brought to room temperature. This takes about 15 minutes. Then, lightly brush the steak on all sides with butter or oil, if desired, and season well with salt, pepper or your favorite seasonings.

You can also marinate your steak before air frying. Marinating the steak before air frying is recommended particularly for leaner cuts, as they are more likely to dry out without a marinade.

Step 2. Preheat countertop oven with air fry

Preheat your air fryer toaster oven or countertop oven to 400°F.

Step 3. Cook steak

Once the air fryer and the steak are ready, place the steak on the rack or basket at least an inch from any other foods so the air can circulate properly. Cook for approximately 12-24 minutes, flipping midway through, if necessary with your specific air fryer model. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. The USDA recommended temperature for beef is 145°F.

Step 4. Allow steak to rest

Once your steak is cooked to your desired doneness, remove it from the air fryer and place it on a plate or pan. Place lightly tented aluminum foil over it and allow the steak to rest for 10 minutes.

Shop KitchenAid® countertop ovens with air fryer function

Select KitchenAid® countertop ovens let you create everything from air fried steaks to your favorite cupcakes. With features such as the No-Flip Air Fry Basket and 360° Air Fry System it's easy to make your tried and true favorite as well as delicious and creative air fried recipes. 

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Is it healthier to cook steak in an air fryer?

Cooking steak in an air fryer may be healthier than other cooking methods because less oil is needed to achieve the same deliciously seared results than if the steak were pan fried or deep fried.

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Can you reheat steak in an air fryer?

The air fryer is a great tool for reheating many foods. It helps revive their original texture and flavor without overcooking. Steak can be reheated in the air fryer, as well. Just use a meat thermometer to ensure the inside is fully warmed, and keep an eye on it as it air fries so you do not overcook it. Select KitchenAid® countertop ovens with air fry have a reheat setting that would be great for reheating your steak, as well.

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Can you cook raw meat in a toaster oven?

Raw meat can be cooked in most toaster ovens if they are able to reach high enough temperatures. It is important to make sure that the meat is cooked to the correct internal temperature and that you follow proper food heating guidelines. Steak, for example, should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F. You can cook meats such as chicken, steak and pork in most air fryers including all KitchenAid® countertop ovens. Select KitchenAid® countertop ovens come with a temperature probe that alerts you when your recipe has reached the desired temperature.

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What can you serve with steak?

Steaks can be paired with many different side dishes depending on the menu or theme for the meal you have planned. On a chilly evening you might consider pairing a steak with a warm, fluffy twice baked potato or savory steamed root vegetables. If you’re making steak on the grill or in the air fryer for a warm summer cookout, you might pair it with air fryer shrimpquinoa salad with citrus dressing or a tangy beet, orange and walnut salad.

Explore KitchenAid® countertop ovens

With a countertop oven, you can bake, roast, toast, broil and warm without turning on your main oven. KitchenAid® countertop ovens with air fry are designed to help you make classic favorites like homemade french fries and chicken wings as well as unique recipes such as perfectly seared air fryer steaks and crispy, flaky fish filets. Options like the KitchenAid® Dual Convection Countertop Oven with Air Fry are designed to offer endless possibilities.

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