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Air Fryer Steak Bites – Recipes From A Pantry

These tender and juicy Air Fryer Steak Bites are cooked perfectly in just a few minutes! Serve delicious air fryer garlic steak bites as a satisfying main dish or for a fun toothpick appetizer.  

Suitable for low carb, gluten free, and Keto diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

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the completed air fryer steak bites recipe

Steak is a delicious yet sometimes expensive cut of meat. You don’t want to spend money on mediocre results, which is why cooking steak bites in air fryer is the best way to cook steak.

Air fryer steak bites cook up perfectly tender with no smoke, very little mess and very little risk of “messing up.” In fact, steak bites air fryer are practically foolproof. 

This steak bites air fryer recipe doesn’t need to marinate. Plus, you can make this meal in minutes, so it’s perfect for busy nights. Pair garlic butter steak bites air fryer with baked potato and steamed veggies for a quick and healthy meal.

Air fryer steak bites are an awesome party appetizer too. Serve them on a platter with toothpicks for a great game day and party snack that everyone will love! 

Ps you’ll also love this Juicy Air Fryer Steak, delicious Air Fryer Beef Tenderloin, and serve with Air Fryer Potato Wedges or my favorite Smothered Potatoes.

close up view of the finished air fryer steak bites recipe

Why Make This Recipe

  • Practically Foolproof – Get tender, juicy bites of chicken every time with this simple air fryer cooking method.  
  • Budget Friendly – Add a few sides and stretch your steak meat a bit further by serving smaller portions. The air fryer steak bites fill the plate nicely, so you feel like you are getting more.  
  • So Fast – Including prep time, you can get these garlic butter steak bites air fryer on the table in about 15 minutes. 
  • Delicious – Tender and juicy steak bites in air fryer are mouth-wateringly delicious.  
close up view of the steak bites in air fryer basket

Ingredient Notes

  • Steak – Look for strip or sirloin steak that has good marbling and cut into one-inch cubes.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter to control the salt level. 
  • Garlic – Freshly minced garlic is flavorful, but you can substitute garlic powder. 
  • Italian Seasoning – Look for a pre-mixed blend containing basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram, or create your own blend. 
  • Smoked Paprika – Smoked paprika adds color and helps to give the steak that “hot off the grill” flavor, but you can use regular paprika. 
  • Onion Powder – For depth of flavor.
  • Salt – Add kosher salt to taste.
the ingredients needed to make air fryer steak bites

Ready to make this steak bites air fryer? Gather your ingredients, and I will show you…

How To Make Air Fryer Steak Bites

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C.
  2. Melt butter in a medium bowl and combine it with the garlic and the remaining spices. 
  3. Toss the raw steak pieces in the butter sauce until well coated. 
  4. Place the steak into the Air Fryer basket in a single layer. 
  5. Cook the steak bites for 8-11 minutes, turning over halfway through as you air fry them. Actual cooking time will depend on the preferred degree of doneness of your meat. 
image collage showing the steps for making air fryer steak bites

Expert Tips 

  • Choose well-marbled steak for the juiciest and most tender steak bites in air fryer. 
  • Bring the meat to room temperature for 30 minutes for even cooking. 
  • Cut the meat into as similar-sized pieces as possible. 
  • Preheat the air fryer to get the best sear on the steak. 
  • Cook steak bites in air fryer in a single layer. Cook in batches if necessary. 
  • If the butter sauce cools down too much, just melt briefly in the microwave for a few seconds. 
  • Turn the steak bites over after 3 minutes. 
  • Begin checking for doneness around the 6 minute mark, especially if you prefer your steak more rare. 
  • Let the steak rest for a few minutes before serving. 
the finished air fryer steak bites recipe served on a ceramic plate with cloth napkin

Delicious Variations

  • Fresh Herbs – add fresh herbs such as rosemary, parsley, or thyme to the garlic butter to really bump up the flavor. 
  • Make It Spicy – Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes to the garlic butter. 
  • Fajita Style – Season with your favorite Mexican seasonings and serve the steak bites on tortillas with sautéed onions and peppers. 
top down view of the air fryer steak bites served in a ceramic bowl

Prep And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – Bring the steak to room temperature for 20-30 minutes. 
  • Store – Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
  • Freeze – Freeze leftover steak bites for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge. 
  • Reheat – Reheat the steak bites in air fryer for 2-3 minutes or until warmed through or enjoy them cold. 
top down view of the completed steak bites in air fryer basket

FAQs

Can I Make Steak Bites Without Air Fryer?

Yes. Heat a grilled or cast iron skillet over high heat until the cooking surface is very hot. Add a small amount of olive oil, and then add the steak bites. Cook 2-3 minutes before flipping the steak. Cook 2-3 minutes more or until the desired doneness is reached. 

How Do I Know When Steak Bites Are Done?

The meat cooks quickly, but doneness will be determined by your personal preference and a meat thermometer. Follow this handy chart for doneness temperatures, and use an instant read thermometer to obtain your preferred doneness.

Rare – 125 degrees F / 52 degrees C
Medium-rare – 130 degrees F / 54 degrees C
Medium – 140 degrees F / 60 degrees C
Medium-well – 150 degrees F / 66 degrees C
Well-Done – 160 degrees F / 71 degrees C

What Type of Steak For Steak Bites?

Choosing a type of steak is a bit of a personal preference, but strip steak, sirloin steak, and rib eye are all great options. Look for steak that is well marbled, and avoid fatty steak or steak that is too lean. Steak that is about one-inch thick seems to yield the best results. 

How To Serve Steak Bites?

Serve steak bites with baked or mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables for a delicious main dish. Make easy dinners by tossing with rice or stir fry vegetables.

Serve as a side dish or appetizer and add a dipping sauce such as Worcestershire sauce, tzatziki sauce, or additional melted butter. Top with freshly chopped parsley and blue cheese crumbles for incredible air fried steak bites. 

the air fryer steak bites garnished with parsley and served with dipping sauce

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Serving Suggestions

Weight Watchers Points

There are 9 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

the air fryer steak bites in a bowl and ready to be served

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Air Fryer Steak Bites

Tender and juicy steak cubes cooked in the air fryer.

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time11 mins

Total Time16 mins

Course: Appetizer, Main Course

Cuisine: American

Diet: Gluten Free

Servings: 4

Calories: 293kcal

Instructions

  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C.

  • Melt butter in a medium bowl and then combine with garlic, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, onion powder, and salt.

  • Toss the raw steak pieces into the seasoned butter until well coated.

  • Place the steak bites into the air fryer basket in a single layer.

  • Cook for 8-11 minutes, turning over halfway through. Actual cooking time will depend on the preferred degree of doneness of your meat.

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Notes

  • Choose well marbled steak for the juiciest and most tender steak bites in air fryer. 
  • Bring the meat to room temperature for 30 minutes for even cooking. 
  • Cut the meat into as similar sized pieces as possible. 
  • Preheat the air fryer to get the best sear on the steak. 
  • Cook steak bites in air fryer in a single layer. Cook in batches if necessary. 
  • If the butter sauce cools down too much before you mix with the steak, just melt briefly in the microwave for a few seconds. 
  • Flip the steak after you air fry for 3 minutes. 
  • Begin checking for doneness around the 6 minute mark, especially if you prefer your steak more rare. 
  • Let the steak rest for a few minutes before serving.
  • Storage – keep leftovers in an airtight container inside the fridge for 3 days.
  • There are 9 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 447IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg