In recent years, the air fryer has taken the cooking world by storm. For anyone who loves gadgets that truly do serve a purpose, it’s a slam dunk. That’s because this miniature convection oven cooks foods by circulating hot air around them. The end result is the crisp juiciness of frying without the excess oil. Even better, what little grease there is flows down into a collection basket for easy disposal.
For the best air fryer steak, cover your meat with salt a day or two before you plan to cook it. Refrigerate, and turn it every 12 hours or so. The salt will be absorbed into the meat, tenderizing it and bringing out the flavor. When the time comes to prepare your steak, set your air fryer to 400 degrees. Brush the steak with butter to prevent the surface from drying out. Cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your steak and whether you like it rare, medium or well-done. Be careful not to cram too many steaks into your fryer basket at one time as this will result in poor appearance and doneness. Be warned that with an air fryer, you will not achieve the grill marks and caramelization that would occur if you were preparing the meat in a cast-iron skillet. Furthermore, cooking for a crowd will require making several batches.
That being said, a lean piece of steak is high in protein and is perfect for several types of lifestyles, including low carb and paleo. Air-fried steaks come out deliciously tender and juicy. Combine your meat with a fresh green salad, a baked potato and some steamed veggies, and you have all the makings of a delicious dinner.