The Great Steak Experiment…For Science

Should air fryer steak really be a thing? Ribeyes were on sale a couple weeks back, so I purchased several to find out the optimal cooking method, and to test the results. Since then, I’ve been able to experiment with New York strips, as well as top sirloin. Six lucky pieces of beef, for each cut of meat were cooked at varying times, temperatures, and methods so you wouldn’t have to ruin a perfectly good steak. Try this, and I promise you will not be disappointed!

So, should air fryer steak be a thing? Yes, yes it should. This recipe takes less than an hour to assemble and cook, tastes out of this world, is surprisingly healthy, and not to mention gourmet. Steak is not only keto friendly, it’s gluten free as well. This makes for a wonderful weeknight meal for one, and you can easily double the amount of beef for a guest. If you’re not using an air fryer, all of my recipes can also be made on a sheet pan in the oven.

There will be a wonderful and healthy side posted later today to go along with your perfect steak. Stay tuned!


  • One steak (ribeye, New York strip, or top sirloin) between three quarters and one pound each
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Take steak out of the refrigerator and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Allow steaks to sit at room temperature for thirty minutes.
  3. Preheat your air fryer or oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Cook the steak on the highest shelf or closest to the source of heat.


  • Ribeye ten minutes for medium rare, 12 minutes for medium, and 14 minutes for medium well.
  • New York strip 8 minutes for medium rare, 9 minutes for medium, and 10 minutes for medium well.
  • Top sirloin 5 minutes for medium rare, 6 minutes for medium, and 7 minutes for medium well (note, these steaks were thinner than the ribeyes and New York strips).

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  1. Rochelle says

    Thanks so much for giving this much detail on the different cuts w/the times. My husband is a steak connoisseur and I didn’t want to test a steak on him until I had complete guidance. 🙂 If I can get two steaks in my rack they will cook at the same length of time, right?

  2. Royann Behrmann says

    Thanks so much. I don’t hate gluten-free with steak in the picture. Also liked your vege skewers. Thanks.

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