Friends of ours have been sharing fine looking images of the steaks they had made in the air fryer; so, I was intrigued…
How would it be?
Would it be messy?
Would the kitchen smell?
And I found answers (in order): 1) TASTY! 2) clean up, as most always was a breeze, and 3) nope! No fried beef odors at all.
Our friend Mary seems to have used the salt, pepper, and butter method for her steaks, and it looked good, but I was in the mood for something a little different, so I researched Air Fryer Steak recipes and methods, tossed a lot of them out on their ears, and came up with this:
•Steak(s) (I used T-Bone)
•Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Pepper Sauce (or your fave hot sauce, to taste)
•Parchment air fryer basket liner (optional)
Note: for the two of us, one T-bone was ample for dinner, which was convenient, because I could only fit one in my 5.8 quart fryer basket at a time.
Instead of the salt and pepper and butter method most recipes I found called for, I opted for a simple marinade of Worcestershire and hot sauce – about one cup of Worcestershire and one tablespoon of hot sauce, depending on how many steaks you are prepping.
I also used a meat tenderizer – kindofa “thousand blades” thing that you spear both sides of your chosen meat with. The small blade holes allow the marinade (and flavor!) to permeate the meat more thoroughly.
So! Tenderize your meat (or don’t, it should be fine either way), then place in a gallon sized add the Worcestershire (again, about one cup) and hot sauce (about one tablespoon), close the bag, and toss to blend the sauces and coat both sides of the steak.
Place on a rimmed plate (for to catch any drippage), and stash in the fridge for a couple of hours or, always more better, overnight; flipping the bag when you think about it.
Remove the steak(s) from the fridge about an hour before you plan to cook.
Apply cooking spray to the air fryer basket and, if you have one, place a vented piece of parchment paper (available on Amazon) in the bottom of the basket.
Note: my air fryer says that it does not need to be preheated, so check your model’s instructions.
Remove your steak(s) from the marinade and arrange in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
Set the air fryer to 400º and cook for about six minutes.
Flip the steak and cook for another six minutes, then flip it once more and, if you think it needs it, return to the air fryer for another couple of minutes.
Remove from the fryer, loosely cover, and let rest for a few minutes before serving.
Perfect, medium/medium rare steak!
Adjust cooking times to suit your steak thickness and “done” preferences.