Air Fryer Steak bites are a deliciously easy way to cook steak at home! In under 15 minutes, tender, juicy steak is tossed in a light, savory seasoning and air fried to perfection before being doused in a rich, garlic butter sauce. If you need a quick, satisfying, protein-packed dinner idea, you’ve got to try these garlic butter steak bites!
Reasons You’ll Love This
Garlic Butter – Need I say more? Would drench everything in garlic butter if I could.
Steak Bites – No need to stress about grilling the perfect steak. Just cut it up into bite sized pieces, toss in the air fryer and boom. You have the perfect steak!
Easy to Make – Cooking a steak can be nerve-wracking. Thankfully, this recipe only requires simple ingredients, and you barely have to touch it!
Air Fryer – What did we do before the invention of the air fryer? Seriously, you can cook anything in those things!
Crowd Pleaser – Such an easy recipe to make for weeknight dinners or having guests over.
Garlic + Butter + Steak = Get in my mouth! The tender, savory, juicy, first bite makes the whole 15 minutes you spent on this recipe SO worth it. If you’re new to cooking steak, or just want to switch up your steak bites game, keep reading!
- Steak – Sirloin steak is the best cut of meat for this recipe because it’s thick and easy to cut. If you want you could also use strip loin, tenderloin, strip steak or a ribeye cut as well. Make sure you cut the steak into bite sized pieces before you start cooking!
- Olive Oil – This is just to coat the steak in so the S&P has something to stick onto. If you want, you could use canola oil, grape-seed oil, avocado oil or vegetable oil.
- Salt and Pepper – You really don’t need too many seasonings for steak other than salt and pepper. Beef already has a lovely flavor on its own. That being said, if you like a little extra flavor, you can use whatever seasoning to see fit.
- Garlic – Fresh garlic is so fragrant and aromatic, I highly recommend it for this recipe. That being said you can use a jar of garlic cloves or minced garlic, but you might lose a tad bit of flavor. Be sure to lightly chop or mince the garlic before cooking.
- Parsley – Such a classic garnish for steak. If you wanted you could substitute for cilantro, for a zestier punch of flavor, or you could use green onion for something more potent.
- Butter – Salted butter is great, you could also use margarine as well.
Step By Step Instructions
- Grab a medium sized mixing bowl and add the steak cubes, olive oil, salt and pepper. Use tongs or gloved hands to massage the marinade into the steak until well coated.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Air fryers without a preheat feature can just be warmed up for about 2 minutes. Add the cubed, marinated steak to the basket leaving space in between making sure the pieces don’t touch. Cook the steak for 4 minutes.
- While the steak is in the air fryer, start on the garlic butter. Place a skillet over medium high heat on the stove. Melt the butter on the skillet. Once melted add the garlic and stir continuously. Let the garlic simmer in the butter for about 30 seconds or until you can smell it. Any longer and the garlic will burn.
- Remove the basket from the air fryer and check for doneness. The steak will be a little pink inside. If you prefer your steak cooked longer, cook it for another minute or two. Once the steak is cooked to your liking, remove it from the basket and pour the garlic butter over top. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately.
Tips And Advice
Storage – If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. To reheat, you can microwave the steak bites, or heat up some more garlic butter on the stove and toss the steak in it for a minute or two.
When reheating steak, you’re likely to loose a lot of the color in the middle of the bites if you reheat. I recommend air frying the exact serving size of steak, and for the leftover cubes, you can store them raw, covered in the fridge for a day or two, and air fry them when you’re ready to eat.
Actually, yes! It’s a very smart way to cook steak. Steak does really well when cooked at a high heat for a short amount of time, which is exactly what an air fryer can offer.
This could be because the cut of steak you used was too thin. I recommend sticking with sirloin because it’s the perfect amount of thickness that will prevent overcooking the meat.
Serves Well With
Air Fryer Steak Bites makes a great main dish to some fabulous sides. Here are a few side dishes you can serve your amazing steak bites with!
- Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
- Crack Potatoes
- Air Fryer Baked Potato
- Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
- Crockpot Mac and Cheese
Air Fryer Steak Bites
- Air Fryer
- 1 1/2 pounds sirloin, strip or tenderloin steak cut into bite size pieces
- 2 tablespoons olive or avocado oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt more or less to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper more or less to taste
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 5 cloves of garlic minced
- fresh parsley or chives for garnish if desired
- Place steak in a medium size bowl, then drizzle with olive oil. Add salt and pepper and mix until steak pieces are well coated.
- Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F. If your air fryer does not have a preheating option, simply start the air fryer a few minutes prior to using.
- After air fryer has heated, place the steak bites into air fryer, and cook for 4 minutes. Check to see if steak is cooked to your liking. If it's not, cook for another minute, then check for doneness, repeating until the steak bites are cooked to your desired level.
- While steak is cooking in the air fryer, melt garlic in a pan on the stovetop over medium heat. Once melted, add garlic to the skillet and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly to prevent garlic from burning. Remove from heat.
- Remove steak from air fryer and toss in garlic butter. Serve with fresh parsley or chives if desired.
Nutrition information is estimated as a courtesy. If using for medical purposes, please verify information using your own nutritional calculator. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.