Think you have to fire up the grill and fight the hassle to make a delicious ribeye steak? Instead grab your air fryer and have this perfectly cooked steak in minutes.
What is a ribeye?
The ribeye is a cut of beef from the rib roast (also called “prime rib”). The ribeye steak is cut before the meat is cooked, whereas prime rib is the cooked roast. Ribeye is a juicy cut of steak that has a very favorable amount of marbling (meet to fat ratio) as opposed to it’s counterparts that have less fat and therefore less flavor. Ribeye meat is soft, tasty, and can be prepared in a variety of ways. All of these qualities make ribeye a very popular steak.
What should I season prime rib with? I like to use Traeger’s Prime Rib Rub. On occassion, I use a homemade steak seasoning blend. You can even use salt all by itself. Any steak seasoning will do–experiment to find what you like best!
How long before cooking my ribeye steak should I season it? If you know ahead of time that you’re serving ribeye, season your steak 40 minutes or more before cooking. (You can even season it overnight!) But, if you’re pressed for time, it’s best to season your ribeye immediately before putting it int the air fryer.
Can I really cook a steak in the air fryer? Yes, you can! And, because air fryers circulate the heat evenly around the food as it cooks, your steaks will be consistently DELICIOUS every time. Plus, you have the added benefit of serving up ribeye’s juicy grilled goodness regardless of the weather!
How long do I cook ribeye in an air fryer for different levels of doneness? Always preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F. For all levels of doneness start by cooking for 6-7 minutes, then flip the steak. After flipping, you’ll cook for another 7 to 16 minutes and use your meat thermometer to determine when your steak is cooked to your liking.
- rare — 120 degrees F
- medium rare — 130 degrees F
- medium — 140 degrees F
- medium well –150 degrees F
- well done — 160 degrees F
How do I serve ribeye steak? Because ribeye has a higher fat content, it is best to cook it to at least medium rare. This allows the fat to break down and give ribeye that flavor its famous for. Steak always goes well with some type of potato and a veggie. An Instant Pot can be used to make mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes. Your air fryer makes excellent veggies: asparagus, zucchini, or green beans.
Air Fryer Ribeye
- 16 oz ribeye
- 2 teaspoons steak seasoning
- 1 tablespoon butter can be dairy free if you prefer
- Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees
- Season steak on both sides and place in air fryer
- Cook for 6-7 minutes then flip
- Check temp and cook for 3-7 additional minutes depending on desired doneness
- Top with butter and close to let melt 1 minute
- Remove and let rest before serving
Use a food thermometer to check the temp of steak
Serve with an air fryer baked potatoes and a veggie