Sink Your Teeth into the Perfect Air Fryer Ribeye Steak with Garlic Butter

Are you ready for an unforgettable culinary experience? Get ready to indulge in the most mouth-watering, perfect air fryer ribeye steak you’ll ever taste. If you’re a true meat lover, this recipe is designed for you. The combination of tender, juicy ribeye steak cooked to perfection in the air fryer, along with the flavorful and savory roasted garlic compound butter, creates a heavenly match.

air fryer ribeye

At first, I was skeptical about air frying my precious ribeye steaks, but after trying it a few times, I was hooked. Now, I’m here to share some tips and tricks that will elevate this seemingly simple dish and take it to the next level. Trust me when I say this juicy steak is to die for. Let me guide you through the process of making the perfect air fryer steak!

Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Ribeye Steak

  • Flavorful and Juicy: The high heat of the air fryer seals in the moisture and flavor of the steak, resulting in an incredibly flavorful and juicy piece of meat. And if you want to take it up a notch, you can add a delicious compound butter to enhance the taste and create a truly mouth-watering experience.

  • Quick and Easy: Forget about preheating the oven, firing up the grill, or waiting for a pan to heat up on the stovetop. Cooking steak in the air fryer is super quick and hassle-free. In just a few minutes, you’ll have a perfectly cooked steak ready to serve.

  • Versatile: This easy recipe is highly customizable to suit your taste preferences. You can switch up the seasoning, adjust the cooking time to achieve your preferred level of doneness, and even make a kid-friendly version by omitting the compound butter. With so many options, you can make this dish your own and enjoy it in various ways.

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  • Ribeye steaks (minimum 1 inch thick)
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: Compound Butter with Roasted Garlic (see recipe card for quantities)

roasted garlic compound butter

How to Cook Steak in the Air Fryer

  1. Optional: Prepare the compound butter by combining all the ingredients in a small bowl. Set it aside.
  2. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  3. Rub grapeseed oil all over the ribeye steaks.
  4. Season the steaks with salt and pepper, or any other preferred seasonings.
  5. Place the steak in the air fryer basket and cook for 6 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reaches your desired level of doneness. For a medium-rare steak, aim for an internal temperature of around 130°F. Always use a digital meat thermometer to ensure accuracy. Keep in mind that cooking times may vary depending on your air fryer model.
  6. Add the compound butter during the last 3 minutes of cooking to allow it to melt and infuse the steak with its rich flavors.
  7. Once the steak is cooked to your liking, remove it from the air fryer. For best results, let it rest for 3-5 minutes before slicing and serving.
  8. Feel free to add as much compound butter as you desire to enhance the taste.

Cooking Tips:

  • For a crispy sear on the outside, air fry the steaks for 5 minutes on each side, then sear them on a cast-iron skillet to finish cooking. This technique, known as reverse searing, results in a perfect sear and juiciness.
  • If using a thinner steak, adjust the cooking time accordingly. Thicker steaks may require more time. Remember to use an instant-read meat thermometer for the best results.
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  • Ribeye Steaks:

    • Beef sirloin steak
    • Filet Mignon steak
    • Beef tenderloin steak
    • Beef strip steak
    • Bison ribeye steak
    • Lamb chops
    • Venison steak
  • Grapeseed Oil:

    • Canola oil
    • Vegetable oil
    • Peanut oil
    • Olive oil
    • Sunflower oil
  • Substitutions for Compound Butter with Roasted Garlic:

    • Regular butter or margarine
    • Herb butter
    • Garlic butter
    • Blue cheese butter
    • Honey butter

You can also use regular garlic cloves instead of roasted garlic. Simply sauté them in a pan with some oil until fragrant and slightly browned. For the chives, feel free to substitute them with other fresh herbs like parsley, basil, or thyme. And if you prefer different seasonings, use options like garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, or cumin.


  • Kid-friendly: To make this dish more kid-friendly, use a milder cut of beef such as sirloin or tenderloin. Instead of seasoning with salt and pepper, opt for a kid-friendly seasoning blend like garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Serve it with roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes for a balanced meal.

  • Want it Spicy? If you love spicy flavors, add a teaspoon of chili powder or cayenne pepper to the seasoning mix for a kick of heat. Serve the steak with a spicy dipping sauce like Sriracha mayo or chipotle aioli. For an extra punch of heat, consider adding diced jalapeño peppers or hot sauce to the compound butter.

  • Gluten-free and Dairy-free: Make the compound butter with a dairy-free butter substitute such as coconut oil or vegan butter. Serve the steak with gluten-free side dishes like roasted sweet potatoes or a quinoa salad.

air fryer ribeye


  • Air fryer
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Bowl
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How Long to Reheat Steak in the Air Fryer

If you have leftover steak and want to enjoy it again, here are some tips for storing and reheating it in the air fryer:

How to Store Leftover Steak:

  1. Allow the cooked steak to cool to room temperature before storing it in an airtight container or a ziplock bag.
  2. Store the steak in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  3. Keep the compound butter separately in a small container and refrigerate it.

How to Reheat:

  1. To reheat the steak, let it come to room temperature for 15-20 minutes before reheating.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add some oil.
  3. Sear the steak on both sides for 2-3 minutes until heated through.
  4. Alternatively, you can reheat the steak in the air fryer for 3 minutes at 400°F.
  5. Microwave the compound butter for 10-15 seconds or until it’s soft enough to spread over the steak.
  6. Remember to reheat leftovers to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure they are safe to eat.

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Now that you have all the tools and knowledge, it’s time to become a master of the air fryer ribeye steak. Enjoy this delightful meal and satisfy your cravings for a juicy, flavorful steak that will leave you wanting more. Don’t forget to visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ for more mouth-watering recipes and culinary inspiration. Happy cooking!