Oh my goodness, I think sirloin steaks are, hands down, my most favorite thing cooked in the air fryer yet!
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I have had my air fryer for a little over a year now (I have this OMORC XL model), and I keep being amazed by the awesome things I am enjoying with it.
My latest discovery is air fried sirloin steaks. I would normally never make steak indoors. I tend to enjoy them much more when cooked on the grill. The problem with that is that I live in the northeast and during the winter months it just isn’t practical to be outside grilling.
I had a huge craving for steak when I was grocery shopping the other day. They looked so good sitting there staring at me from behind the butcher counter. I remember seeing a mention of steak being able to be cooked in my air fryer’s manual, so I knew it was possible and thought, “what the heck, I’ll give it a shot!”
I was not disappointed. These steaks turned out tender and juicy in the air fryer!
Sirloin Steaks Cooked in the Air Fryer
There really wasn’t much prepping for this recipe. I did pull them out of the fridge an hour before cooking, so they could reach room temperature before cooking.
The only ingredients you will need are :
Salt and pepper
I began by preheating my air fryer for 3 minutes on 400 degrees.
Next, I brushed on olive oil and rubbed in salt and pepper on one side of the meat, then I did the same to the other side until both steaks were well coated and seasoned.
I placed the steaks in the air fryer several inches apart and set the timer for 13 minutes. My steaks were very thick and I wanted them to be medium-rare. If your steaks are not as thick or you like your steaks with less pink, you will want to adjust your time accordingly. A good rule of thumb is:
For 1 inch thickness
Rare: 5 min
Medium-Rare: 7 min
Medium: 10 min
Medium-Well: 13 min
Well: 15 min
For 1½ thickness
Rare: 7 min
Medium-Rare: 10 min
Medium: 13 min
Medium-Well: 15 min
Well: 17 min
For 2 inch thickness:
Rare: 9 min
Medium-Rare: 13 min
Medium: 15 min
Medium-Well: 17 min
Well: 19 min
The cooking times are approximate and will depend on the cut of steak and your air fryer. According to the Certified Angus Beef website the following is a degree of doneness temperature guide:
Medium Rare: 135°F
Medium Well: 150°F
You will need to flip the steaks over halfway through the cooking process. Once finished, let sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.
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I hope you will enjoy your sirloin steaks made in the air fryer as much as I do.
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Air Fryer Sirloin SteakPin Recipe
- 2 6-8 ounce sirloin steaks
- 2 tsp olive oil
- coarse salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat air fryer to 400° for 3 minutes.
- Brush on olive oil and rub in the salt and pepper on one side of the steak. Flip over and repeat.
- Place in ther fryer basket and cook for 13 minutes for medium-rare (adjust time according to thickness and desired doneness). Flip steak over halfway through cooktime.
- Remove from basket and let steak sit for 5 minutes. Add additional salt and pepper, if desired, and enjoy.