Craving for a fancy dinner? No need to head out and eat in a restaurant. You don’t have to spend a lot of time cooking, either! You can whip up something delicious even with a few minutes without being a pro in the kitchen. I’ll teach you how to prepare air fryer steak and potatoes!
When someone mentions steaks, the grill or pan is the first thing that comes to mind. However, if you’re looking for something more convenient, the air fryer is your savior. Read on and spoil yourself with juicy steak paired with delicious potatoes!
Why Cook Steak and Potatoes in an Air Fryer?
In an earlier post, I talked about how an air fryer works. It has a heating element that circulates hot air in the interior. It gets hot quickly, which is also what makes it great for cooking steak. Meaning, you’ll only need a few minutes before your meat is cooked.
In addition, cooking steak and potatoes in an air fryer means you’ll spend less time cleaning up your mess. Imagine cooking steak on a grill. Now, think about cooking potatoes in a pan. You’ll spend more time cleaning them than you would in an air fryer! If you don’t have the luxury of time, you won’t go wrong with an air fryer.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Cooking Air Fryer Steak and Potatoes
Cooking steak can be intimidating, especially to someone who lacks experience in the kitchen. You’re probably afraid that it will end up overcooked or undercooked. The same could be the case with potatoes. Luckily, I’m here to make things easy!
What You Need:
- 1 pound steak, sliced
- ½ pound potatoes, chopped
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1-1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Melted butter
- Minced parsley
- Chili flakes
- Start with the potatoes since they take longer to cook. Boil them in a pot with water for five to seven minutes. Don’t overcook. Remove water and transfer in a bowl. Add your seasonings of choice.
- Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit and wait at least five minutes.
- Put the potatoes in an air fryer. Do not stack them. Instead, spread evenly on the air-frying basket or rack. Cook for ten to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes. Shake the basket or turn the potatoes halfway. Set them aside.
- Now, it’s time to cook your steak. For this recipe, we are using steak bites. Rub with olive oil, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Toss until the meat is covered.
- Arrange the steak on the basket or rack, ensuring they do not stack or overlap. Cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the level of doneness you prefer and the size of the steak bites.
- Check the steak and stop cooking once it reaches your desired level of doneness. Otherwise, cook for a longer time.
- Finish by garnishing with melted butter and chopped parsley. Sprinkle with chili flakes if you like a bit of a spicy kick. Serve and enjoy.
Pro tip: If you want to be super productive you could go with a double-basket air fryer and cook steak and the fries simultaneously.
Choosing the Right Steak
The outcome will depend not only on the way you cook your meat but also on your cut of choice. While the options abound, my favorite is sirloin. You can find it at the rear leg, making it tough. Nonetheless, when you cook it right, it can end up easy to chew while being flavorful.
Aside from sirloin, other meat cuts you can use include chuck shoulder, tri-tip, and ribeye.
How Long to Cook Steak in an Air Fryer
As I mentioned in the steps above, different factors will come into play. For instance, it will depend on the size of the steak. The bigger and thicker they are, the longer you’ll need to cook them. Otherwise, they might end up tough and hard to chew. Such is the case whether you under or overcook the meat.
Another factor that will come into play is the type of steak to use. Some cuts can be tougher, so you’ll need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
However, the most important for me is the level of doneness. It’s a matter of personal preference. As a general guideline, cook it for about ten minutes if you prefer the steak bites to be medium-rare. Meanwhile, I suggest cooking them for 12 minutes for medium and 14 minutes for medium well.
Don’t be afraid to cook air fryer steak and potatoes. To whip up something juicy and mouthwatering, you don’t have to be a seasoned chef. The best thing about this dish is you get everything you need for a meal. The potatoes are filling, so you won’t need a lot of meat. You can also experiment with different flavors, so feel free to adjust your seasonings and other ingredients as you wish.