This air fryer garlic butter steak bites recipe is a delicious and juicy steak recipe made right in the air fryer. No need to heat up the home or head out and tackle the heat with grilling. Just preheat the air fryer and toss in these steak bites, and then smothered in a rich and savory garlic butter sauce.
If you are new to the air fryer, it is a genius and must-have kitchen accessory. It creates delicious recipes from easy dinners to satisfying appetizers all in one machine. The hot air circulates around the food creating a nice sear on the steak.
Don’t let dinner bog you down, use recipes like this that are quick prep and quick cook time to prepare a dish that your whole family will dive into. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy.
Reasons Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Air-fried steak is great as it won’t heat up your home the way the stovetop or oven cooking methods will.
Great for meal prepping for the week. If you like making meals for reheating for easy on-the-go lunches this is a great steak recipe.
Tender and juicy bite-size pieces of steak!
The homemade garlic butter sauce is going to transform into a restaurant-quality dish.
A family-friendly dish that kids and adults will enjoy.
A simple ingredient recipe that all you need is a few simple ingredients that you might already have on hand.
Best Types of Steak for Air Fryer Steak Bites
Ribeye – This is a higher-end cut of beef but it is going to offer that juicy melt-in-your-mouth steak that is loaded with richness in each bite.
Sirloin – Sirloin is a great option as it has a nice marble of meat and fat throughout the meat. It is also a budget-conscious cut so if you don’t want to spend a lot of money it is a great option.
Flank Steak – Flank steak has less of a marble but it is a rich beefy flavor that can be sliced and air fried nicely. A bit chewier compared to a ribeye but overall a great cut of beef.
New York Strip – This is a striploin and tends to be really well on marbling. It is juicy in flavor but does offer a leaner cut of beef. It will have a firmer texture to it.
Stew Meat – If you want a really good budget-friendly option reach for stew meat. Now it will be chewier to bite into but the garlic butter will flavor it really well.
There are so many other cuts of beef you can use. These are just very popular cuts for making these easy steak bites.
- Steak – Choice of steak, cut into bite-sized pieces.
- Oil – Olive oil works great.
- Garlic – Minced.
- Seasoning – Salt and Pepper to taste.
- Butter – Unsalted, melted.
- Parsley – Chopped.
You can freshly mince up garlic or buy the pre-minced in a jar for this recipe. Either will work, it is whatever your personal preference is.
Variations to Recipe
- If you want toss the steak bites in a teriyaki marinade and let it marinate for 30 minutes before you go to cook for added flavor.
- Add 1/2 tablespoon of Cajun or your favorite Creole seasoning to the butter mixture for added flavor.
- Top the finished steak bites with a chimichurri sauce for added flavor and a nice earthy tone.
- Add in some peppers and onions and cook with the steak as it is cooking in the air fryer. You could also toss in other vegetables of your choice. Mushrooms, broccoli, etc.
- Brush the top of the steak bites with a balsamic vinegar glaze at the end of cooking to create a nice sticky glaze.
- Have extra butter sauce on hand for dipping the finished steak bites in for added flavor.
- Toss in some shrimp at the end of cooking for a double meat option.
Pro Tips for Success
- Make sure your steak is evenly sliced into bite-size pieces.
- Do not crowd the air fryer basket, otherwise, you will get an uneven cook.
- Preheat the air fryer before adding the steak to the air fryer basket.
- Ensure that when you are basting the steak with the garlic butter you evenly spread it on the meat.
- Use tongs to flip the steak over halfway through cooking. You will get a nice even cook on both sides of the steak.
- Watch to not burn the garlic as you place it in the air fryer. The tiny pieces of garlic can burn really easily.
- Use more or less garlic butter sauce to adjust the preference on how much sauce is used.
Store any of the steak in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. You can eat it leftover as is or toss it in a rice bowl, top salads, etc. This is a great steak recipe to use for meal prepping meals for the week.
You can also freeze any of the steak and garlic sauce you do not eat right away. Place in a freezer-friendly container and freeze for 2-3 months. Then thaw the steak bites in the fridge overnight before you go to use it.
Why do you preheat the air fryer before air frying?
Hot air circulates around the air fryer which heats food from all directions. Preheating allows for the food to get that nice sear as soon as you place it in the basket or air fryer trays.
Do you trim the steak before air frying?
You can trim off any gristle or fat you see. Leave some of the marbling through the meat as it will add flavor to the steak. But overall trimming off any chewy portions is going to help the end result.
Should steak rest before slicing?
Yes, you will want these steak bites to rest for around 3-4 minutes before you serve them up. This helps lock in the juices and will leave you with a nice tender and juicy bite.
Can you stack the meat in the air fryer basket?
Stacking food in the basket is going to create an uneven cook on the meat. You want a single layer of beef, and if you need to, batch-cook your steak bites.
Pair your steak bites with these strawberry cheesecake cookies for a decadent dessert to end the meal with.
Air Fryer Garlic Butter Steak Bites
- 1 ½ pound sirloin steak cut into bite size pieces
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic divided
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley for garnish
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Prepare the basket with a nonstick oil.
- Cut your steak into bite-size cubes. Then place them in a medium size bowl and toss with oil, garlic, butter and salt and pepper.
- Add steak to the air fryer basket, in an even layer.
- Cook for 5-7 minutes or until it reaches your desired doneness.
- While the steak is cooking add your garlic and butter in a small bowl. Mix and set to the side.
- When the steak is done pour the butter mixture over the steak and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve and enjoy.