Forget the grill, ditch the pan, and say goodbye to dry, flavorless steaks! This air fryer recipe will have you sizzling with satisfaction, delivering restaurant-worthy ribeyes in your very own kitchen. No fancy equipment, no intimidating techniques, just pure juicy perfection in every bite.
So, let’s get cookin’!
- Ribeye steaks (thickness as desired)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- A1 Sauce (original or hardy, your choice)
- Montreal Steak Seasoning (optional, but highly recommended!)
- Fresh parsley (for garnish)
Optional Steak Gravy:
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1 Tbsp fresh parsley
Step 1: Prep your Steaks for Perfection
Start by ensuring your ribeyes are at room temperature. Take them out of the fridge at least 20 minutes before cooking. Cold meat means dry meat, and we want none of that! A quick brush of olive oil on both sides and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper is all you need for now.
Step 2: Sizzle and Spice with A1 and Montreal
Pour A1 Sauce onto a plate, creating a flavorful puddle for your steaks to dance in. Now, introduce them to the party! Coat both sides thoroughly, soaking up that A1 goodness. Next, grab your Montreal Steak Seasoning (or your preferred steak seasoning) and give your steaks a generous dusting. Flip them over, repeat the A1 and seasoning ritual, and let them rest, soaking up all the deliciousness.
Step 3: Preheat Your Air Fryer to Searing Success
While your steaks marinate in flavor, crank up your air fryer to 400°F (204°C). Let it preheat for at least 6 minutes, so it’s nice and hot when those beauties hit the basket.
Step 4: Air Frying Your Way to Juicy Heaven
Now, the fun begins! Place your seasoned steaks in the preheated basket, making sure they don’t overlap (crowding is a no-no for perfect browning). Cook for 8 minutes on the first side, then flip them over and cook for another 7 minutes for medium-well, or adjust the time for desired doneness (see “Cooking Time Tips” below).
Step 5: Rest and Savor the Juicy Rewards
Transfer your cooked steaks to a cutting board and let them rest for at least 5 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, creating a melt-in-your-mouth experience. While they rest, feel free to add a pat of butter and a sprinkle of fresh parsley for an extra touch of elegance.
Optional Steak Gravy: Level Up Your Flavor Game
For those who crave that extra saucey goodness, whip up a quick steak gravy while your steaks rest. Melt butter in a pan, add minced garlic, thyme, and rosemary, and cook for a minute. Next, stir in a tablespoon of fresh parsley and voila! Your homemade steak gravy is ready to drizzle over your air-fried masterpiece.
Cooking Time Tips
Remember, cooking times can vary depending on the thickness of your steaks and your air fryer model. Use an instant-read thermometer to achieve your desired doneness:
- 125°F (52°C) for rare
- 130°F (54°C) for medium-rare
- 140°F (60°C) for medium
- 150°F (66°C) for medium-well
- 160°F (71°C) for well done
- Avoid using aerosol cans to spray oil in your air fryer, as they can damage the coating. Opt for a spritzer or brush instead.
- Don’t overcrowd the basket! Cook your steaks in batches for optimal browning and even cooking.
- Experiment with different seasonings and toppings to find your perfect flavor combination.
With this air fryer method, you can kiss tough, dry steaks goodbye. You’ll be rewarded with juicy, flavorful ribeyes that rival any restaurant dish. So ditch the intimidation, preheat your air fryer, and get ready to experience steak perfection in the comfort of your own kitchen!