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Air Fryer Steak Bites Recipe

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Air Fryer Steak Bites

Air fryer steak bites are perfect for a quick, delicious meal. You can make them tender and juicy in under 20 minutes. Using simple seasonings like garlic, salt, and Italian herbs, you can create a flavorful dish without much effort.

Imagine serving these steak bites as an appetizer at your next gathering or as a satisfying main course on a busy weeknight. They’re versatile and easy to cook. Whether you’re following a low-carb diet or just looking for a tasty snack, air fryer steak bites are a great option.

By following this recipe, you’ll learn how to make steak bites that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Adding a garlic butter sauce or Worcestershire sauce can elevate the flavors even more. Give it a try and see how easy and tasty air fryer steak bites can be.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

For making air fryer steak bites, here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Steak: Choose a tender cut like sirloin, ribeye, or tenderloin.

    • Substitute: New York strip or flat iron steak.
  • Olive Oil: Helps the seasoning stick and adds flavor.

    • Substitute: Avocado oil or melted butter.
  • Salt and Pepper: Basic seasonings to enhance the meat’s flavor.

    • Substitute: Sea salt, kosher salt, or crushed peppercorns.
  • Garlic: Adds a rich, savory taste.

    • Substitute: Garlic powder or minced garlic from a jar.
  • Italian Seasoning: A blend of herbs like oregano, basil, and thyme.

    • Substitute: Individual dried herbs like thyme, rosemary, and oregano.
  • Butter: Used to coat the steak bites with garlic herb butter.

    • Substitute: Margarine or ghee.
  • Parsley: Fresh or dried, it adds a bit of color and freshness.

    • Substitute: Fresh cilantro or chives.

Optional ingredients:

  • Red Pepper Flakes: For a bit of heat.

    • Substitute: Cayenne pepper or chili powder.
  • Lemon Juice: Drizzle for a hint of citrus.

    • Substitute: Lime juice or a splash of vinegar.

Using these ingredients, you can create flavorful, juicy steak bites tailored to your tastes.


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F for about 5 minutes.

  2. Cut the steak into bite-sized chunks and place them in a bowl.

  3. Season the steak with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.

  4. Coat the steak with a tablespoon of olive oil or avocado oil. Toss to ensure each piece is well-coated.

  5. Add additional flavors like Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, or your favorite spices if desired.

  6. Place the steak bites in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Avoid overcrowding to ensure even cooking.

  7. Cook the steak bites at 400°F for 10 minutes. Shake the basket halfway through cooking to ensure they cook evenly.

  8. While the steak is cooking, prepare the garlic butter. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Mix in minced garlic or garlic powder and chopped parsley.

  9. Once the steak bites are done, take them out of the air fryer and immediately toss them in the garlic butter mixture for a delicious finish.

  10. Serve your air fryer steak bites warm. They pair well with a side of vegetables, rice, or a dipping sauce of choice. Enjoy!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Preheat Your Air Fryer: Always preheat your air fryer for about 5 minutes at 400°F. This ensures your steak bites cook evenly and get a nice sear.

Season Well: Use salt, pepper, and your favorite spices. Garlic powder and Italian seasoning work great.

Oil Lightly: A little bit of olive oil or avocado oil helps to coat the steak bites nicely and prevents sticking.

Even Layer: Place the steak bites in a single layer in the air fryer basket. This helps them cook evenly and get crispy on the outside.

Shake Halfway: About halfway through cooking, shake the basket to ensure even cooking on all sides.

Check Doneness With a Thermometer:

  • Medium-Rare: 130-135°F
  • Medium: 135-145°F

Post-Cooking Flavor: After cooking, toss the steak bites in garlic herb butter for added flavor.


  • Refrigerate: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat: To reheat, pop them back into the air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 350°F. This keeps them crispy.

Freezing: You can freeze cooked steak bites. Place them on a baking sheet in a single layer to freeze quickly. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container.

Reheating from Frozen: Reheat frozen steak bites in the air fryer at 350°F for 5-7 minutes or until heated through.

Enjoy your tasty air fryer steak bites with these easy tips!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions


Spicy Steak Bites
Add a teaspoon of chili powder or cayenne pepper for a kick. You can also use hot sauce for extra heat.

Herb-Infused Bites
Mix in fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage. These herbs give the steak a fragrant, earthy flavor.

Asian-Inspired Steak Bites
Marinate the steak in soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Finish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and green onions for garnish.

Serving Suggestions

Salad Topping
Add the steak bites to a fresh salad. They pair well with romaine, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and a light vinaigrette.

Taco Filling
Use the steak bites in soft or hard tacos. Top with shredded lettuce, cheese, salsa, and avocado slices.

Thread the steak bites onto skewers with vegetables like bell peppers, onions, and cherry tomatoes. Serve with a side of rice or couscous.

Steak Bites Sandwich
Stuff a crusty roll with steak bites, sautéed onions, and melted provolone cheese. Add a dollop of mustard or aioli for extra flavor.

Rice or Quinoa Bowl
Serve steak bites over rice or quinoa. Add steamed or roasted vegetables like broccoli, carrots, or bell peppers.

Quick Tips

  • Temperature: Cook at 400°F for 4-12 minutes, depending on the recipe.
  • Shaking: Shake the air fryer basket halfway through cooking for even results.
  • Resting: Let the steak bites rest for a few minutes before serving to retain juices.