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Best Air Fryer Ribeye (Easy!)

The best air fryer ribeye steak is not only perfectly crisp and juicy; it’s the most delicious steak I’ve ever tasted.

close up of a juicy ribeye steak
juicy steak with seasonings

What is the ‘ribeye’ meat exactly?

The ribeye, or prime rib, section of the meat comes from the same area. A ribeye steak is cut from the primal rib section of the animal. And, the ribeye is a great cut of meat that’s perfectly juicy.

view from above of ribeye steak before cooking
season well before air frying the steak

Can you cook ribeye steak in the air fryer?

Yes, you can cook any steak in the air fryer. However, it is recommended to air fry just enough and not overcook and dry out the meat.

ribeye air fried steak inside the air fryer
crisp on the outside

How do I cook steak in the air fryer?

Easily, with these top tips:

  • Yes, leave the fat and/or bone in the steak
  • And, allow the steak to reach room temperature for 30 minutes – 1 hour before placing into the preheated air fryer
ribeye steak before cooking with seasonings
ribeye steak is by far the best

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

The best cut of steak depends on your budget and flavor preferences.

Personally, I prefer a ribeye steak over all others.

The fatty portions give the steak a great flavor while allowing it to sizzle to a crusty perfection.

ribeye air fried steak
buttery steak and seasonings

Can I air fry steak from frozen? How to air fry a frozen ribeye steak.

Yes, you can air fry a frozen ribeye steak directly from the freezer.

Hey, life gets busy. While the preferred method is fresh and left to sit at room temperature, you still can cook from frozen if you are in a pinch for time.

  1. First, preheat air fryer to 360 degrees
  2. Then, set to 26 minutes total, flipping half way through.
  3. Finally, for well done, add 2-3 minutes to each side.
buttery juicy steak

Air fryer ribeye steaks cooking time

In short, the cooking time of your air fried steak will depend on your wellness preference.

I prefer a medium well to well done steak, so I like to put fresh meat into the air fryer once preheated and leave it in on each side for about 10-12 minutes.

Afraid of overcooking?

Hey, it’s ok to open and take a peek if you quickly return and continue cooking the ribeye after checking.

What setting do I use on my Foodi/Instant Pot?

To air fry the steak, you’ll want to make sure to set to “air crisp” or “air fry” and NOT on the “roast” setting.

buttery juicy ribeye steak after being cut
serve air fried steak with low carb veggies such as broccoli

What can I serve with air fried steak?

This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite blogs, Spend with Pennies.

close up of a juicy ribeye steak

Air Fryer Ribeye Steak

The perfect ribeye steak to make in the air fryer
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, beef, keto, roasted steak
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 483kcal
Author: Amber @ Low Carb Quick



  • 1 tbsp montreal steak seasoning (or favorite steak seasoning)
  • 2 medium ribeye steaks with fat
  • 2 slices unsalted butter


  • Preheat air fryer to 390°F for approximately 5 minutes
  • While air fryer is heating, season steak on both sides after patting dry with a paper towel
  • Place ribeye steak on air fryer grill with butter slices on top
  • Cook for approximately 7-13 minutes on each side, depending on your favorite wellness level



Serving: 6oz | Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 620mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 112IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 5mg

If you like this recipe, you’ll love Roasted Italian Butter Steak and Radishes or Garlic Butter Steak & Squash

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Sunday 18th of April 2021

You’re saying to cook a ribeye steak for up to 26 minutes, 13 each side ? ? .?


Sunday 18th of April 2021

7 minutes, if you like it pink. Give it a try and check after 5 minutes before flipping. It is also a great idea to check, also, because air fryers may differ in cook times. Thanks so much for stopping by Lou!