This juicy and tender air fryer ribeye is a timeless recipe perfect for a quick and delicious meal for any busy weeknight dinner or even a weekend evening in! Creating a juicy and tender ribeye doesn’t only happen on the grill or in the oven!
Honestly, it almost seems unthought of to throw a perfect cut of meat into the air fryer. I mean, what can the air fryer do better than the grill or oven? Lots, actually.
The air fryer circulates heated air much faster cooking and crisping up your kitchen favorites to perfection in just a few short minutes!
Out of all cuts of meat, a Ribeye and New York strip pair best with the air fryer by yielding the natural texture and flavor of the meat.
A ribeye holds more fat than most cuts of meat, and the air fryer gives the opportunity to render it down more.
As if that’s not enough, this juicy ribeye recipe can put dinner on the table in under 20 minutes with minimal clean up!
The best part is — this recipe is a simple 3 steps and only a few basic ingredients!
- What Do I Need to Prepare this Ribeye?
- Ingredients Needed:
- Ingredient Notes for This Ribeye Recipe
- How to Air Fry a Ribeye
- What Can I Make With a Ribeye?
- More Additional Add-Ons
- Can I Prepare this Recipe Ahead of Time?
- Other Tips & Tricks
- Air Fryer Ribeye
What Do I Need to Prepare this Ribeye?
Honestly, this recipe is so simple that you really just need a ribeye and your air fryer! Use your favorite seasonings and additional toppings to make this recipe your own. These are the most basic ingredients needed to create a delicious and juicy ribeye.
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder
Ingredient Notes for This Ribeye Recipe
Ribeye – The ribeye used in this recipe was 8 oz and there were two of them, which fit perfectly inside my air fryer without overlap.
If you’re using a 16 oz ribeye, only place one in a 4-quart air fryer to ensure proper cooking. If your air fryer basket is bigger, use your discretion, but be sure they’re not touching!
Olive Oil – I personally prefer to use olive oil when cooking for a healthy and flavorful addition to the steak. Avocado oil or grapeseed oil are other healthy options to substitute for olive oil or try leaving out the oil all together!
Be sure to spray or brush the inside of your air fryer basket (if you choose not to use olive oil on the meat itself) to ensure a nice sear and crust on your ribeye.
Seasonings – A ribeye cut is a rich, fatty cut of meat. Keep the seasonings simple to bring out the natural flavors of the beef.
In this recipe, I used salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Additionally, you can add thyme, rosemary, steak seasoning, or any other seasonings you would typically pair with your steak. Make this recipe your own!
How to Air Fry a Ribeye
- 2-8 oz Ribeyes
- 1 Tbsp Olive oil
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- 1 tsp Garlic powder
Prep your ribeye by allowing it to come to room temperature at least 20 minutes prior to air frying.
This will ensure proper and even cooking throughout. Prepare your air fryer by preheating at 390 degrees F for at least 3 minutes.
Season your ribeye by first brushing each side with olive oil and then generously season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder on both sides of the steak. Feel free to add any optional seasonings!
Air fry your ribeye at 400 degrees. To ensure proper cooking, place ribeyes in the air fryer and avoid overlapping or overcrowding.
Two 8 oz ribeyes or one 16 oz ribeye fit perfectly in a 4-quart air fryer. For two 8 oz ribeyes, cook for 4 minutes on each side to reach a medium rare steak.
Cook 5-6 minutes on each side for medium, and 7-8 minutes on each side for a well done steak. Check internal temperature and allow ribeye to rest before serving.
Increase temperature by 1-2 minutes for each increase in doneness preferred in 8 oz steaks. For a more accurate temperature, use a meat thermometer.
- Rare – 125 degrees F
- Medium Rare – 135 degrees F
- Medium – 145 degrees F
- Medium Well – 155 degrees F
- Well Done – 160 degrees F
|Ninja Foodi||Medium rare: 4 minutes each sideMedium: 5-6 minutes each sideWell done: 7-8 minutes each side||400|
|Philips Airfryer XXL (HD9630)||Medium rare: 4-5 minutes each sideMedium: 7 minutes each sideWell done: 8 minutes each side||400|
|Nuwave Bravo XL Grill||Medium rare: 4 minutes each sideMedium: 5 minutes each sideWell done: 6 minutes each side||350|
|Power XL 2&3 Qt Vortex||Medium rare: 4 minutes each sideMedium: 5 minutes each sideWell done: 6 minutes each side||400|
|Cuisinart||Medium rare: 4-5 minutes each sideMedium: 6 minutes each sideWell done: 7 minutes each side||400|
|Cosori||Medium rare: 4-5 minutes each sideMedium: 6 minutes each sideWell done: 7 minutes each side||400|
|Breville Smart Oven||Medium rare: 6 minutes each sideMedium: 7 minutes each sideWell done: 8 minutes each side||425|
In any air fryer, flipping is not necessary because of the nature of the air circulation. However, to create and even crust on both sides, flipping is recommended.
What Can I Make With a Ribeye?
A ribeye steak is a timeless classic, so you can pair it with just about anything. Try pairing this ribeye with some delicious air fryer potatoes to create the perfect steak and potato pair!
You also can’t go wrong with pairing a ribeye with any leafy green, mushrooms, broccoli, noodles, or even a glass of red wine!
In my home, steak and shrimp are a must. We paired this ribeye with shrimp and some teriyaki noodles for a hibachi night feel! Try marinating your ribeye overnight in some soy and teriyaki sauce to complete the feel!
More Additional Add-Ons
This ribeye was created with the simplest ingredients allowing you to modify as you please! This recipe is so delicious and juicy, that ditching the sauce all together is no second thought! If you’re looking to spice it up, here are some additional ways to top your steak!
Try topping your steak with a simple additional garlic butter sauce!
Soy and teriyaki sauce also pair perfectly with this ribeye. Try marinating your steak overnight in these sauces to create a close copy of hibachi steak!
If you opt for this, create a super simple “yum yum” sauce by mixing mayo and sriracha and drizzling over your ribeye!
Of course, you can always top your ribeye with the staple A1 or barbecue sauce! Try making your own with a few simple ingredients!
Can I Prepare this Recipe Ahead of Time?
This recipe is so quick and simple, there is almost no need to prepare ahead of time! However, to shave off a few more minutes and add more flavor, try marinating your ribeye in the fridge overnight!
Simply place your ribeye in a gallon Ziploc bag with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and other optional seasonings. Place in the fridge overnight and pull it out 20 minutes prior to air frying!
Other Tips & Tricks
When seasoning, be sure to generously season each side by rubbing the salt, pepper, and garlic powder into all sides of the steak.
Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. More room between the steaks will allow the air to circulate properly creating a delicious crust!
While your steak rests, the internal temperature will usually jump about 5 degrees, so keep that in mind to avoid overcooking!
For an even quicker clean up, try lining your air fryer basket with aluminum foil.
- 2-8 oz Ribeyes
- 1 Tbsp Olive oil
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- 1 tsp Garlic powder
- Bring ribeye to room temperature, brush with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Preheat the air fryer at 390 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place ribeye in an air fryer basket and cook for 4-8 on each side depending on preferred doneness.
- Let ribeye rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
To ensure a juicy ribeye, do not cut or serve for at least 5 minutes after cooking is completed. Allowing the steak to rest keeps the juices in.
Use a meat thermometer for accurate temperature readings.
My name is Keren Tayler. I am a stay-at-home mama to three lovely girls, Sarah + Rachel + Hannah. Prior to becoming a mom, I had a successful career in the accounting field, steps away from becoming a CPA. I decided to give up on my career in order to raise my own kids (as opposed to letting a nancy do it, no judgment here) I learned a lot and I love sharing it with other moms. Along the way, I also became a Certified Food Handler.