Air Fryer Steak Bites

by KetoFocus.com

Air fryer steak bites are an easy way to enjoy a juicy steak but in a bite-sized, snackable form and without have to babysit a steak just to make sure it's cooked perfectly. Using an air fryer to make steak bites, you get perfectly cooked nibble of beef coated in a garlic butter sauce.

These mouthwatering air fryer steak bites are juicy, tender chunks of beef, coated in a buttery garlic sauce and and cooked to perfection. Even better is clean up is a breeze when you cook with your air fryer.  And just like other proteins that are air fried, like salmon or pork chops, these garlic butter steak bites turn out incredibly juicy with crispy edges without having to use a ton of fat to prevent dehydrating the proteins.

An air fryer basket filled with juicy steak bites.

Packed with flavor between the steak, butter, garlic and salt, these bite-sized morsels are sure to be a hit with everyone, especially if you dip them in ranch, horseradish sauce or more melted garlic butter and parsley.

Air fryer steak bites are a fantastic option for those who love the taste of steak but want something that’s easier to eat and share. They’re also a great way to use up any leftover steak from a previous meal. With the air fryer, you can achieve a perfectly cooked steak in just a fraction of the time it would take to cook it on the stove or grill, and without all the mess and fuss.

 

How long to cook steak bites in the air fryer

Once you have prepared your bites by cutting a sirloin, strip or ribeye steak into 1 inch chunks and seasoning them with the garlic butter sauce, it’s time to air fry.

Place the steak bites in the air fryer basket or tray. Evenly space them with at least 1/2 inch spacing on all sides to allow for even cooking and to get crisp edges. Do not pile on each other. 

Air fry at 400 degrees for 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

A fork with a crispy steak bite on it next to a plate filled with more steak pieces.

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Steak Bites In Air Fryer Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds sirloin steak
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley

Air Fryer Steak Bites Directions

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What cuts of beef can be used to make steak bites

Steak bites are small bite sized pieces of steak that are often used in dishes like stir-fries, salads, or just served by themselves for dinner or an appetizer. Generally, any tender cut of beef can be used to make steak bites, but here are some popular cuts:

Filet Mignon

This is a lean and tender cut that is perfect for steak bites. It has a buttery texture and a mild flavor.

Sirloin

This is a versatile cut that can be used for steak bites. It has a beefy flavor and a firmer texture. This is the cut of beef recommended in this recipe.

Ribeye

This cut is well-marbled and has a rich, beefy flavor. It can be a bit more expensive, but it’s perfect for a special occasion or a great way to use up leftover steak.

Flank Steak

This cut is lean and has a beefy flavor. It’s best when cooked quickly at high temperatures which makes it an ideal cut of beef for steak bites.

Skirt Steak

This is another lean cut with a beefy flavor. It’s best when marinated and cooked quickly at high temperatures.

A plate of cut up pieces of cooked steak.

Variations

This recipe is incredibly versatile, and you can easily customize it to suit your taste preferences. You can add different seasonings, such as garlic, brown sugar free sweetener, red pepper flakes, cumin, or paprika, to give your steak bites an extra kick of flavor.

Even an all-purpose steak seasoning will add tremendous flavor without all the effort of pulling out measuring spoons.

Level of doneness

Generally, beef is considered safe to eat when it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit and is allowed to rest for at least 3 minutes.

That being said, you might like your steak cook a little more or a little less than medium. Inserting a meat thermometer into the steak is the best way to gauge the degree to which the steak is cooked.

When it comes to steak bites, most will be cooked medium well to well if you aren’t stopping the air frying process early to check the internal temperature.

Rare

A rare steak bite will have a cold, red center and an internal temperature of 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

Medium rare

A medium rare steak will have a warm, red center and an internal temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit.

Medium

A medium cooked steak will have a warm pink center and an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Medium well

A steak cooked medium well will have a slightly pink center and an internal temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

Well done

A steak bite cooked well done will have no pink center an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ways to use up leftover steak bites

If you have leftover bites, can easily reheat them the next to enjoy on their own or use them to make a whole new meal!

Here are some ideas:

 

Storage information

Store leftover steak bites in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

To reheat, place back in the air fryer at 250 degrees for 2-3 minutes or until warmed through.

Air Fryer Steak Bites: FAQS

Can you cook vegetables and meat together in air fryer?

You can cook meat and vegetables in the air fryer at the same time as long as you aren't crowding the food. This works best if you are using an air fryer with multiple trays like the Instant Pot Vortex. Vegetables can be roasted on one tray while the steak bites cook on the other tray.

How to tell when your air fryer steak bites are done?

If you insert a meat thermometer, a medium rare steak bite would read 140 - 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

Does steak come out tender in an air fryer?

As long as you don't overcook the steak or crowd the air fryer basket, steak should come out juicy and tender if air fried.

Should you sear a steak before air frying?

It's not necessary to sear steak or steak bites before air frying. As long as there is room for air to circulate around the steak, the steak will get a nice sear with crispy edges from cooking in the air fryer.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Air Fryer Steak Bites

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 298
Fat 21.7g
Protein 24.1g
Total Carbs 0.7g
Net Carbs 0.6g

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