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Ready in 20 minutes or less, these Air Fryer Steak Bites are the best easy weeknight dinner. Cooked to tender-juicy perfection, and smothered in a warm garlic butter sauce, each bite is a delight!

Overhead shot of Air fryer steak bites in a white bowl with forks on the side.

❤️ Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Easy: This recipe is just a matter of dicing and seasoning the steak, and popping them in the air fryer until they are perfectly cooked. You don’t even have to shake the basket or turn them this time.
  • Quick: These air fryer garlic steak bites were ready in 15 minutes, including prep. That’s so speedy!
  • Tasty: These are the best air fryer steak bites! Loaded with garlic, butter, pepper, a dash of red pepper flakes, and Worcestershire sauce to really bring out the beefiness, these steak bites taste amazing!
  • Healthy: All that is in these steak bites is meat, a little seasoning, and butter. These simple ingredients are good for you, naturally low carb and keto, and easy to adapt to a paleo or Whole30 diet.
  • Eat anytime: Serve these easy air fryer steak bites as a main dish for an easy weeknight meal, however, this steak recipe is also a great low carb snack option!
Steak bites in an air fryer.

🗝️ Key Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Steak: I used sirloin steak. It’s really easy to find in supermarkets and tastes perfect in this recipe. New York Strip Steak or flank steak are good options if you want to use another cut of steak.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: This ingredient makes the steak taste even beefier. Soy sauce is a good alternative ingredient, or if you’re on a paleo or whole30 diet, try coconut aminos instead.
  • Melted butter: Substitute ghee or vegetable oil like avocado oil or olive oil if needed.
  • Garlic: Fresh minced garlic cloves are ideal. You could use a teaspoon or two of garlic powder in a pinch.
  • Seasoning: Both ground black pepper and red pepper flakes kick up the heat in this recipe. You could add a little chili powder if you don’t have red pepper flakes on hand. I sprinkle the raw steak with sea salt to season as well.
  • Lemon: Just a squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the end makes these flavors pop! Lime is fine to use as well.
  • Garnish: Fresh herbs finish any recipe perfectly. I added some chopped fresh parsley right before serving.

🥣 How to make Juicy Air Fryer Steak Bites

You’ll want to use basket style air fryers for this recipe to make perfect air fryer steak bites.

Check out the video in the recipe card below if you prefer!

1. Begin by preheating the air fryer to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C and setting the timer to 20 minutes. I like to have a little extra time on the timer whenever use the air fryer, just in case I need more time.

2. While the air fryer is heating, dice the steak and add it to a large bowl, season it with salt and black pepper, and toss it in the Worcestershire sauce. Mix well.

3. When the air fryer is ready, spray some oil in the air fryer basket and add the steak cubes in a single layer. Cook for 10-12 minutes, until it is browned on the outside.

Raw cubed steak in an air fryer.

4. When the steak bites have finished air frying, remove the air fryer basket and tip the steak onto to a plate or bowl to rest for 5 minutes. Avoid tipping the air fryer basket while it’s attached to the tray as the juices that have gathered in the bottom tray will also pour out.

Steak bites resting in a white bowl.

5. While the steak is resting, melt butter in a pan, add the fresh garlic, and sauté for two minutes.

6. Sprinkle in the crushed red pepper flakes after a minute.

7. To serve, I like to toss the juicy steak bites in the hot garlic butter, however, you can also dip steak pieces in the delicious garlic butter sauce if you prefer.

Melted garlic butter is poured over steak bites in a white bowl.

8. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and dig in!

Steak bites in a white bowl.

🪄 Air Fryer Steak Tips and Recipe Notes

  • Take the steak out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before cooking. This helps the meat warm up a little before cooking, making it easier to cook.
  • Steak doesn’t have to be cooked until it’s well done. In fact, it tastes best when it’s medium-rare. To get an idea of how well the meat is cooked, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. 125°F is rare, 135°F is medium-rare, 145°F is medium, 150°F is medium well, and 160°F is well done. The internal temperature of these steak bites was 150°F.
  • You can cook the fat as well as the meat. Of course, you can trim off the fat if you’d prefer to avoid it, but I like to cook the whole steak when possible, and any fat on these pieces of steak will cook until perfectly tender as well.
  • Toss any leftover steak bites over fresh greens to make a delicious steak salad the next day!
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • I like to reheat them in the air fryer again until warm and juicy, however, you can also eat them cold straight from the fridge.

❓ Frequently Asked Questions

What are steak bites made of?

These steak bites are made of top sirloin steak and seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, butter, Worcestershire sauce, and red pepper flakes.

What’s the best cut of steak for the air fryer?

You can use a few different cuts of steak. I prefer sirloins, however, New York Strip Steaks or flank steaks are also great options. If you’re cooking a whole steak, try filet mignon.

How do you keep steak bites warm?

I make sure to heat up the garlic butter sauce while the steak is resting and pour it over while it’s still ho right before serving. You can also make a tent of aluminum foil over the steak bites to keep the heat from escaping and serve the tasty steak bites on warm plates.

Steak bites in an air fryer.

🍽️ What to serve with Air Fryer Garlic Butter Steak Bites

Make this a complete meal by adding a side dish or two, or even a dipping sauce!

Side dishes:

Sauces:

Looking for more ideas? Check out my post for 125 Easy Side Dishes For Steak Bites (or steak!).

Close up of steak bites in a white bowl.

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Succulent Air Fryer Steak Bites served in a white bowl garnished with parsley.

Air Fryer Steak Bites Recipe

Bethany Galloway
Ready in 20 minutes or less, these Air Fryer Steak Bites are the best easy weeknight dinner. Cooked to tender-juicy perfection, and smothered in a warm garlic butter sauce, each bite is a delight!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Air Fryer
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 514 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 750 g sirloin steak I used 4 precut steaks
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1/2 tsp salt to taste
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper to taste
  • Oil spray
  • 2 tbsp butter or ghee or olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Chopped fresh parsley optional garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F / 200°C and set the timer to 20 minutes. I like to have a little extra time on the timer whenever use the air fryer, just in case I need more time.
  • While the air fryer is heating, dice the steak and add it to a large bowl.
    A person skillfully slicing Air Fryer Steak Bites with a knife on a cutting board.
  • Season it with salt and black pepper, and toss it in the Worcestershire sauce. Mix well.
    A person is air frying steak bites in a white bowl.
  • When the air fryer is ready, spray the basket with oil, add the steak cubes to the air fryer basket in a single layer, and cook them for 10-12 minutes, until browned on the outside.
    An **Air Fryer** with **meat** in it: Air Fryer Steak Bites.
  • When the steak bites have finished air frying, remove the air fryer basket and place the steak onto a plate or bowl to rest for 5 minutes. Avoid tipping the air fryer basket while it's attached to the tray as the juices that have gathered in the bottom tray will also pour out.
    Air Fryer Steak Bites served in a bowl on top of a rustic wooden table.
  • While the steak is resting, melt butter in a pan over medium heat, add the fresh garlic, and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
    Air Fryer steak bites sizzling in a pan.
  • Sprinkle in the crushed red pepper flakes after one minute and continue cooking.
    Air Fryer Steak Bites sizzling in a pan with oil and spices.
  • To serve, toss the steak bites in the hot garlic butter (you can also dip steak pieces in the garlic butter sauce if you prefer).
    A person is air frying steak bites in a bowl.
  • Garnish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and sprinkle with fresh parsley.
    Succulent Air Fryer Steak Bites served in a white bowl garnished with parsley.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

  1. Take the steak out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before cooking. This helps the meat warm up a little before cooking, making it easier to cook.
  2. Steak doesn’t have to be cooked until it’s well done. In fact, it tastes best when it’s medium-rare. To get an idea of how well the meat is cooked, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. 125°F is rare, 135°F is medium-rare, 145°F is medium, 150°F is medium well, and 160°F is well done. The internal temperature of these steak bites was 150°F.
  3. You can cook the fat as well as the meat. Of course, you can trim off the fat if you’d prefer to avoid it, but I like to cook the whole steak when possible, and any fat on these pieces of steak will cook until perfectly tender as well.
  4. Toss any leftover steak bites over fresh greens like rocket/arugula to make a delicious steak salad the next day!
  5. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  6. I like to reheat them in the air fryer again for 5 minutes until warm and juicy, however, you can also eat them cold straight from the fridge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 514kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 51gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 188mgSodium: 456mg
Keyword air fryer, date night, easy, keto, low carb, main course, quick, steak, steak bites
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