Making ribeye steak in the air fryer is an incredibly easy way to enjoy this classic dinner. Enjoy tender, juicy steak with flavorful, simple seasonings in just minutes.

Sliced air fryer ribeye recipe with potatoes on a white plate.
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What’s your favorite cut of steak?

I have two: ribeye and skirt steak. The answer depends on my mood, if I have time to marinate and how I’m planning to eat it. For instance, I love skirt steak marinated and thrown onto nachos or enjoyed in tacos.

But when it comes to enjoying a steak straight-up, nothing beats a juicy, marbled ribeye.

Awhile back, I took the plunge and air fried skirt steak. I was skeptical the air fryer could give me similar results as the grill and worried about ruining an expensive steak, but it actually came out well beyond my expectations.

Which is why sharing this air fryer ribeye recipe is a must. If you want a juicy, tender ribeye steak in just minutes without the need for fancy seasonings or rubs, this method is for you. It’s perfect for the winter months when standing outside in the cold to grill is not high on your list of fun things to do.

It almost sounds too good to be true, but trust me that it works.

Two raw ribeye steaks on parchment paper with seasoning and butter in small bowls to the side.

Ingredients to make ribeye steaks in the air fryer

  • Two boneless ribeye steaks — about 1 1/2 inches thick and 16 ounces each
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Minced chives or parsley for serving
  • Butter for serving

Choosing the best ribeye steak

The ribeye cut comes from the rib cage and rib primal located directly underneath a cow’s backbone. The muscles that make up a ribeye get less use than others, making the cut a naturally tender piece of beef.

Ribeyes get their name from the heavily marbled piece of meat near the center of the cut that serves as its “eye.”

When choosing a ribeye steak, look for one that’s well marbled throughout. The more marbling (fat), the juicier the final product will be.

How to cook ribeye in an air fryer

Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for a few minutes to get it nice and hot.

Season the ribeyes with salt, pepper and garlic powder generously on both sides.

Place the steaks in the air fryer and cook for 5-6 minutes per side for medium-rare, flipping halfway through.

Use a digital read instant thermometer to ensure the proper temperature and pull the steaks out of the air fryer at 130°F. They will continue to cook up to 135°F even after they come out of the air fryer.

Set the air fried ribeyes on a plate or cutting board, loosely tent with foil, and let rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Top with a pat of good quality grass-fed butter and some minced chives or parsley.

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How long does it take to cook ribeyes in an air fryer?

If you prefer your steak cooked differently than medium-rare, use the thermometer to gauge cooking time. An instant thermometer is much more accurate than a timing chart since each steak can be a different thickness and air fryer models vary.

Rare — pull steaks out at 125°F
Medium — pull steaks out at 140°F
Medium-well — pull steaks out at 150°F
Well done — pull steaks out at 160°F

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Using a quick-read thermometer takes the guess work out of cooking meat in the air fryer, oven or grill.

Air fried ribeyes with pats of butter and fresh parsley garnish.

Tips and tricks for the best air fryer ribeye recipe

  • Preheat the air fryer — Most air fryer recipes don’t warrant preheating, but when making steak or air fryer lamb chops, preheating is a must to get that nice sear on the outside of the meat.
  • Look for thick steaks — The average supermarket ribeye is usually less than 1″ thick. Look for steaks around 1 1/2″ thick which may mean asking the meat counter butcher to get some freshly cut steaks.
  • Room temperature steak — Always allow steak to come to room temperature before air frying or grilling. This ensures more even cooking.
  • Don’t eyeball it — The instant meat thermometer is your friend. It’s the only way to get an accurate temperature and a steak that’s cooked exactly to your liking.
  • Let it rest — Muster up your patience and let the ribeyes rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute into the steak instead of seeping out when you cut into it.
Air fryer ribeye plated with roasted red potatoes.

Substitutions

If you don’t have ribeye on hand, NY strip, porterhouse or T-bone steaks can all be air-fried using this method.

For other seasoning options, use any of your favorite steak rubs or seasoning mixes. When I have a quality, grass-fed ribeye steak like this, however, I like to keep things simple and let the flavor of the meat shine rather than overwhelming it with seasonings.

Want to try a different method altogether? Reverse searing is an excellent option for a thick cut ribeye steak as well.

Head on shot of sliced medium-rare air fried ribeye steak with melted butter and parsley.

What to serve with air-fried ribeye

When making an air fryer main dish, I like to keep the sides simple. There are so many vegetables that can quickly be made in the air fryer while the steaks rest.

Making frozen broccoli in the air fryer is as easy as a side dish gets. Crispy air fried cabbage steaks and air fryer mushrooms are also great pairings with steak.

If you’re a meat and potatoes kind of person, air fryer sweet potatoes, air fryer baby potatoes and air fryer red potatoes are all simple preparations that would make any Midwesterner happy.

For a slightly fancier potato side dish, try air fryer hasselback potatoes. Those crispy edges are hard to beat!

Close up of a fork in a piece of medium-rare cooked air fried ribeye steak on a plate with roasted potatoes.
4.87 from 79 votes

Juiciest Air Fryer Ribeye

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Sliced air fryer ribeye recipe with potatoes on a white plate.
A tender, juicy ribeye steak ready in minutes thanks to the air fryer. Seasoned simply, this is a classic dinner with minimal effort.

Ingredients 

  • 2 boneless ribeye steaks about 16 ounces each, 1 ½” thick, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Minced chives or parsley, for serving
  • 2 tablespoons butter, for serving

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Season both sides of the steaks with the salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Air fry for about 5-6 minutes per side, flipping the steaks halfway through cooking. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the steaks. Use a digital instant read meat thermometer to cook to your liking. For medium-rare, remove the steaks from the air fryer at 130°F.
  • Transfer the ribeye steaks to a cutting board and let rest, loosely covered with foil for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with a pat of butter and garnish with finely chopped chives or parsley.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 360kcalProtein: 28gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 377mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
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21 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    First time attempting ribeye and it couldn’t have turned out any better! Who would have thought air frying a steak?! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    It really turned out so juicy and tender! Using the air fryer is really convenient for this busy momma. Thank you for this easy and yummy recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    I was skeptical about cooking steak in the air fryer, so I tried your recipe and now I’m a believer. This ribeye was incredibly tender and packed with flavor. Thanks for the pro tips!

  4. 5 stars
    Super easy, and the result? Tender, flavorful and delicious! Who knew the air fryer could turn out steak this good? A must-try for anyone who loves a quick, juicy, and delicious meal!

  5. 5 stars
    I was in a pinch and decided to try to find a recipe for air fryer ribeye and I am so glad I found yours! It was delicious and so easy to follow!

  6. 5 stars
    The best ribeye steak we ever had! Tender, juicy and cooked to perfection. Thank you for all your tips, they sure come in handy to cook our steaks.

  7. 5 stars
    These turned out so well I don’t think I’ll ever need to eat at a steakhouse ever again. So glad I finally got an air fryer and found this recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    I can’t believe it turned out super tender and juicy despite being air-fried! Easy to make and especially handy during busy weeknights. I’m definitely making this again!