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Air Fryer Steak Bites

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These air fryer steak bites with mushrooms and garlic butter are absolutely delicious. If you love steak, this is the perfect snack to make, though they are also great for a main meal. And the best part is you can make them in around 15 minutes!

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Air fryer steak bites in a white bowl.
Air fryer steak bites.

How to Cook Steak Bites in an Air Fryer

I love making air fryer steak bites, they’re quick and easy to cook and they make a really tasty meal or a snack. The steak bites are tender and juicy and they’re complemented by a delicious garlic butter sauce and mushrooms.

Air fryer steak bites and mushrooms are a match made in heaven, but the mushrooms are optional, so feel free to leave them out if you want steak bites without mushrooms.

Air frying is a great way to cook steak, and many other cuts of beef. Some other recipes you might like are: air fryer steak, air fryer tenderloin, and air fryer roast beef.

Scroll down for the printable card for this air fryer steak bite recipe or read on for all the details!

Air fryer steak bites and mushrooms in a white bowl.
Air fryer steak bites with mushrooms.

Ingredients

Quantities for all ingredients are given in the recipe card below.

Steak

The best cuts of steak for making air fryer steak bites are any tender cuts with some fat marbled. Some great options are:

  • Boneless ribeye steak/ scotch fillet
  • Tenderloin/ filet mignon/ eye fillet
  • Steak tips/ beef tips
  • Top loin/ New York strip steak
  • Top sirloin steak
  • Rump steak

Seasoning

This recipe uses a homemade herb garlic seasoning, but you can use another steak seasoning that you like (try Montreal steak seasoning), or keep it simple with salt and black pepper.

Garlic: Use two cloves or a teaspoon of minced garlic. You could substitute 1/2 garlic powder

Parsley: Use finely chopped fresh parsley if you have it, though dried parsley or Italian seasoning will work in a pinch.

Salt: use fine sea salt or kosher salt

For an easy alternative, you can use herb butter or garlic butter in place of the butter in the step below.

Butter and Oil

This recipe uses olive oil for cooking the steak, and a little melted butter for flavor. Light olive oil is my oil of choice for air frying, but you can substitute another type of cooking oil if you prefer. Choose something with a high smoke point.

Butter has a low smoke point, and so I don’t usually recommend using it with your air fryer as it can lead to smoking.

However, mixing it with olive oil reduces the amount that it will smoke, so it is OK to use for a recipe with a short cook time like these air fryer steak bites.

Air fryer steak bites ingredients.
Air fryer steak bites – basic ingredients.

Directions

Step 1: Prepare steak bites

Cut the steak into 1 inch-sized cubes, or bite-sized pieces. If using, wash the mushrooms, pat dry, and quarter or cut into similar sized-pieces.

Mix the melted butter, oil, salt, garlic and parsley in a large bowl. Add the beef cubes and mushrooms and toss to coat them thoroughly.

Preheat air fryer to 400°F/ 200°C. Because this recipe has a really short cooking time it is important to preheat the air fryer before adding the steak pieces, so cooking starts immediately.

Step 2: Place steak bites in the air fryer

Place the steak bites into the air fryer basket. Use tongs and try not to pour any excess butter mixture into the air fryer basket as this can lead to smoking.

Step 3: Air fry steak bites

Air fryer steak bites and mushrooms at 400°F/ 200°C for 7-15 minutes. Shake the basket every 3-4 minutes, or gently turn the steak bites with tongs or wooden spoon to ensure that they cook evenly.

The best way to tell how well done your steak bites are is to use a meat thermometer to check the temperature in the center of the meat:

  • Rare 125°F/ 52°C
  • Medium-rare 130°F/ 57°C
  • Medium 145°F/ 63°C
  • Medium-well 150°F/ 66°C
  • Well-Done: 160°F/ 71°C

If you want rare or medium rare steak bites then it is important not to overcrowd the basket, and to shake it often so they cook evenly.

Raw steak bites in air fryer basket.
Place steak bites into air fryer basket.
Cooked steak bites in air fryer basket.
Air fry steak bites until they are golden brown and cooked to your liking.

Serving

Air fried steak bites make a tasty dinner if you serve them with a vegetable or potato side dish. Try serving over mashed potatoes or with a side of roasted potatoes.

I also love to serve them as a snack or appetizer with a dipping sauce. Try blue cheese dressing, peppercorn sauce, or steak sauce (e.g. A1*).

You can make an easy substitute for A1 sauce by mixing together ¼ cup tomato ketchup and 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce.

Storing and reheating

Store any leftover steak bites in an air-tight container in the refrigerator, and use within 3 days.

You can reheat leftover steak bites in the air fryer, air fry for 3-4 minutes until warmed through. Alternatively, you can reheat these steak bites in the microwave, 1-2 minutes on high, but you will get much better results if you use your air fryer.

Air Fryer Steak Bites Recipe Card

Air fryer steak bites in a white bowl.
Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Steak Bites and Mushrooms with Garlic Butter

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

How to make garlic butter steak bites and mushrooms in your air fryer.

Ingredients

Steak Bites

  • 1½ lb steak [Note 1]
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted [Note 2]
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic [Note 3]
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley

Optional Mushrooms

  • ¼ lb mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cut the steak into cubes approximately 1 inch square and pat dry. If using mushrooms, cut them into 1 inch sized pieces.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F/ 200°C.
  3. Mix the melted butter, olive oil, minced garlic and chopped parsley in a large bowl.
  4. Add the steak cubes and mushrooms to the bowl, and toss to coat.
  5. Place the seasoned steak cubes in the air fryer.
  6. Air fry steak bites at 390°F/ 200°C for 10-15 minutes until done to your liking [Note 4]. Shake the basket or gently flip the steak with a spatula once during cooking to ensure the steak cooks evenly.

Notes

  1. Try tenderloin, rib eye, rump steak, sirloin or strip steak.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave, approx 30 seconds on high. If you only have unsalted butter, add ½ teaspoon salt.
  3. Approximately 2 cloves minced, or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.
  4. Use an instant read thermometer to check the temperature in the center of the larges bite:
  • Rare 125°F/ 52°C
  • Medium-rare 130°F/ 57°C
  • Medium 145°F/ 63°C
  • Medium-well 150°F/ 66°C
  • Well-Done: 160°F/ 71°C

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