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Bone in Ribeye Air Fryer

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The best air fryer ribeye steak is not only perfectly crisp on the outside and juicy inside; it’s the most delicious steak cooked perfectly every time right at home in the air fryer. Serve with your favorite veggie sides for the ultimate meal.

ribeye steak with butter on top and asparagus on the side

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.


ingredients for air fryer ribeye, including ribeye steak, garlic powder, butter, rosemary and thyme
simple ingredients for a flavorful steak

how to make ribeye in air fryer

Yes, you can cook any steak in the air fryer and it’s really easy! To be honest, I used to struggle to get the perfect steak. Not anymore, thanks to my air fryer.

Before you begin, pre-heat the air fryer to 400 F for a few minutes, then add your seasoned steak.

  1. Season your steak with olive oil and garlic powder
  2. Add to a hot air fryer (you’ll know it’s time if you hear it sizzle)
  3. Flip after 7-8 minutes and cook for additional 4 minutes
  4. Optional step: If you prefer a crisp sear, add it to a HOT cast iron pan with butter and herbs to finish it off

a perfectly juicy steak

expert tips

Easily, with these top tips:

  • Leave the fat and/or bone in the steak
  • flip halfway through cooking
  • Allow the steak to reach room temperature for 30 minutes – 1 hour before placing into the preheated air fryer
  • I like to finish my steak in a cast iron skillet. This is also the time to add in any extra garlic or herbs for a tasty flavor-infused steak.
medium well done ribeye steak with butter and herbs
don’t forget the herbs and butter


how to air fry ribeye from frozen

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.
cooking times may vary depending on your air fryer brand

cooking times

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

I prefer a medium well steak, so I like to put fresh meat into the air fryer once preheated and leave it in on each side for 5 minutes each before searing in a cast iron skillet with herbs.

how to prevent overcooking

Hey, it’s ok to open and take a peek if you quickly return and continue cooking the ribeye after checking. For medium well, I cook for 8 minutes initially, then another 4 minutes on the other side.

Add more time for well done steak.

buttered, seasoned steak with butter and thyme on top
bone in steak gives an amazingly rich flavor

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.

medium well ribeye steak seared on the outside
serve with green, low carb veggies for a healthy meal

best sides for ribeye steak

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Bone in Ribeye Air Fryer Steak

The perfect ribeye steak to make in the air fryer
4.88 from 8 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 709kcal
Author: Amber @ Low Carb Quick



  • 2 ribeye steaks medium
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 sprig of rosemary optional, for searing at the end
  • 1 sprig of thyme optional, for searing at the end


  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F for approximately 5 minutes
  • pat steak dry with a paper towel
  • While air fryer is heating, season steak with olive oil and garlic powder on both sides
  • cook in the air fryer for 8 minutes, then flip and cook an additional 4 minutes

Searing (optional)

  • melt butter, adding in thyme and rosemary to a large cast iron skillet
  • Sear in a buttered, heated cast-iron skillet on high heat for 2 minutes each side or until desired wellness



keep leftover ribeye in the fridge for up to 3 days 
serve with veggies, like broccoli, asparagus, and salad for a low carb meal


Serving: 6oz | Calories: 709kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 28g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 792mg | Potassium: 664mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 386IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 4mg

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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!

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