Air Fryer Steak with Roasted Garlic Compound Butter

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Get ready to savor a perfectly cooked Air Fryer Steak served with the added richness of compound roasted garlic butter, all achieved effortlessly in the air fryer. This mouthwatering dish brings together tender strip steak and aromatic garlic butter for a steakhouse-worthy experience in the comfort of your own home.

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Air Fryer Steak

Indulge in the ultimate steak experience with this tantalizing recipe for air fryer steak accompanied by a luscious roasted garlic compound butter.

Strip steak, also known as New York strip or sirloin steak, is a premium cut of beef renowned for its tenderness and rich flavor. It comes from the short loin section of the cow, characterized by its fine marbling and juicy texture.

In this recipe, the strip steak is elevated to new heights by the magical touch of the air fryer, which creates a perfectly seared exterior while preserving the steak’s succulence.

To enhance the steak’s decadence, roasted garlic compound butter is generously slathered on top.

Serve it with your choice of side dishes, like broccoli as shown here, Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries, or any of these suggestions:

Recipe for Air Fryer Strip Steak with Roasted Garlic Butter

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Steak

  • Fresh ProduceWhole Bulb Garlic, Chives
  • ProteinStrip Steak
  • DairyUnsalted Butter
  • PantryExtra Virgin Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Black Pepper

The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found on the recipe card at the end of this post.


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Equipment Needed For This Recipe

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Air Fryer Strip Steak with Roasted Garlic Butter Recipe

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How Do I Make Air Fryer Steak?

The printable recipe card with the full ingredients list and instructions can be found at the end of this post.

Step 1 – Preheat Air Fryer: Set the air fryer to the “Air Crisp” function if yours has that, and set the temperature to 400°F/200°C and set the timer to 20 minutes. Press “Start” to preheat the unit.

Step 2 – Prepare Garlic: Meanwhile, remove the outer papery layers from the garlic. Carefully slice off the top of the head of garlic with a sharp knife, making sure each clove is exposed.

Drizzle some olive oil onto each head of garlic and wrap each head in a small square of aluminum foil.

Step 3 – Roast Garlic: When the air fryer has finished preheating, place the prepared garlic in the air fryer basket. After 20 minutes, check the garlic to make sure it is roasted through. If more time is necessary, rewrap the garlic and return to the air fryer for several more minutes.

Roasted Garlic

Step 4 – Prepare Compound Butter: Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their casing into a bowl with the softened butter, chives, and salt and stir until thoroughly combined.

TIP! Make sure the garlic cloves are broken up and evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

Transfer the butter mixture to a sheet of plastic wrap, shape it into a log, and cover it tightly. Refrigerate for about an hour until firm and ready to use,

Step 5 – Prepare Steaks: Remove the steaks from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. Brush the steaks with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Set them aside.

Step 6 – Preheat Air Fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 400°F/200°C and set the timer to 8 minutes for medium rare, 10 minutes for medium, and 12 minutes for well done.

Step 7 – Cook Steaks: When the air fryer is ready, add the steaks to the basket in a single layer without overcrowding. Cook for 4 minutes. Turn the steaks with silicon tongs and air fry for the remaining cook time.

TIP: You can check the internal temperature of the steaks using a good thermometer. The internal temperature will continue to rise several degrees while the steaks rest.

Step 9 – Rest Steaks: Remove the steaks from the air fryer and cover them loosely with aluminum foil. Rest for 5-10 minutes to give the juices a chance to settle.

  • For medium-rare is 135°F (57°C)
  • For medium, 140°F to 145°F (60°C to 63°C)
  • For medium-well, 150°F (66°C)
  • And for well-done, 160°F to 175°F (71°C to 79°C)

Step 10 – Garnish & Serve: Serve the steaks topped with some roasted garlic compound butter and your choice of sides. Enjoy!

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Recipe Tips

  • Cook time for this recipe will depend on several factors, including the internal starting temperature, size, thickness, and desired level of doneness of the steaks.
  • For this recipe, the steak was removed from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to cooking and was cooked medium rare.
  • Cook time and instructions will also vary from one air fryer model to the next.
  • Check suggested cook times for strip steak for your specific make and model before preparing.

Handy Degree of Doneness Chart

  • For rare, the temperature should be 120°F to 125°F (49°C to 52°C), around three minutes per side;
  • For medium-rare is 135°F (57°C), three to four minutes per side;
  • For medium, 140°F to 145°F (60°C to 63°C), four to five minutes per side;
  • For medium-well, 150°F (66°C), five to six minutes per side;
  • And for well-done, 160°F to 175°F (71°C to 79°C), six to seven minutes per side.

Roasting Garlic Tips

  • The recipe for roasting garlic is rather forgiving in that you can adjust the number of heads of garlic used, along with the exact temperature and cooking time if you choose to prepare the garlic alongside other recipes. Just be sure the garlic remains in the air fryer long enough to become soft, tender, and golden brown, without drying it out.
  • Time-Saving Tip: Prepare the roasted garlic and compound butter in advance to save time preparing this recipe.
  • Roast several heads of garlic at the same time to use in other recipes. It will store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • Or use it to make a larger amount of compound butter and freeze it wrapped in a double layer of plastic wrap and kitchen foil for up to three months.
  • Use the garlic compound butter to spread on roasted vegetables, steaks, or seafood.
  • Roasted garlic is nice to have on hand because it can be used in so many ways to deepen and enhance the flavors of your favorite dishes. Try it in your favorite sauces and soups.

Printable Air Fryer Steak Recipe Card

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Air Fryer Steak

Air Fryer Steak

Yield: 2-4
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours

Savor juicy and perfectly seared steak with an Air Fryer, where the magic of hot air circulation locks in flavors. Serve with roasted garlic compound butter.

Ingredients

For the Compound Butter

  • 1 large head of garlic
  • 1-2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 (4-oz/100g) stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • ¼ tsp salt

For the Steaks

  • 2 (10-oz/3oog) strip steaks, trimmed
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Set the air fryer to the "Air Crisp" function if yours has that, and set the temperature to 400°F/200°C and set the timer to 20 minutes. Press “Start” to preheat the unit.
  2. Meanwhile, remove the outer papery layers from the garlic. Carefully slice off the top of the head of garlic with a sharp knife, making sure each clove is exposed. Drizzle some olive oil onto each head of garlic and wrap each head in a small square of aluminum foil.
  3. When the air fryer has finished preheating, place the prepared garlic in the air fryer basket. After 20 minutes, check the garlic to make sure it is roasted through. If more time is necessary, rewrap the garlic and return to the air fryer for several more minutes. Use the roasted garlic immediately or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  4. Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their casing into a bowl with the softened butter, chives, and salt and stir until thoroughly combined. TIP! Make sure the garlic cloves are broken up and evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
  5. Transfer the butter mixture to a sheet of plastic wrap, shape it into a log, and cover it tightly. Refrigerate for about an hour until firm and ready to use.
  6. Remove the steaks from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. Brush the steaks with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Set them aside.
  7. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F/200°C and set the timer to 8 minutes for medium rare, 10 minutes for medium, and 12 minutes for well done.
  8. When the air fryer is ready, add the steaks to the basket in a single layer without overcrowding. Cook for 4 minutes. Turn the steaks with silicon tongs and air fry for the remaining cook time. See Notes: You can check the internal temperature of the steaks using a good thermometer. The internal temperature will continue to rise several degrees while the steaks rest.
  9. Remove the steaks from the air fryer and cover them loosely with aluminum foil. Rest for 5-10 minutes to give the juices a chance to settle.
  10. Serve the steaks topped with some roasted garlic compound butter and your choice of sides. Enjoy!

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Notes

Handy Degree of Doneness Chart

  • For medium-rare is 135°F (57°C)
  • For medium, 140°F to 145°F (60°C to 63°C)
  • For medium-well, 150°F (66°C)
  • For well-done, 160°F to 175°F (71°C to 79°C)

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1528Total Fat: 135gSaturated Fat: 60gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 63gCholesterol: 361mgSodium: 673mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 75g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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