Air Fryer Steak Bites are the easiest weeknight dinner. Make juicy steak bites in the air fryer with a simple spicy sauce.
Make dinner in 15 minutes with this simple air fryer recipe
If you want dinner ready quickly, you gotta use the air fryer. These air fryer steak bites are ready in less than 15 minutes.
Make the best air fryer steak by tossing cubed steak in a flavorful seasoning blend and then quickly cooking in the air fryer. While the bites cook make a quick, spicy sauce that will add even more flavor to the dish. If you prefer the taste of the beef alone, feel free to omit the sauce.
Pair the bite size pieces of steak with rice and a green veggie for a delicious and balanced meal. I sometimes even use microwaveable rice to cut down on total cooking time.
Does an air fryer make steak dry?
No! The great thing about an air fryer is that it can cook steak really quickly while keeping it tender.
When cooking steak in the air fryer, keep in mind that it can quickly become overcooked. For this recipe it helps to cut the steak into uniformly sized 1-inch cubes so that everything cooks evenly.
It is also important to place the steak bites in the air fryer tray in a single layer. If you have a very small air fryer you might want to cook the bites in batches.
There are so many ways to serve this air fryer steak bites recipe. My favorite way to enjoy it is with some rice and a green vegetable like sautéed garlic spinach.
You can also serve them as an appetizer. Toss the steak bites in the sauce and then poke toothpicks into each bite. Serve on a decorative platter or plate.
- Sirloin steak
- Brown sugar
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Black pepper
- Soy sauce
- Rice sauce
- Rice wine vinegar
I like to use a sirloin or chuck steak for this recipe because it is a great way to make an affordable steak taste delicious, but you can use a different cut of steak. These bites would be delicious made with a New York strip steak or a ribeye steak.
Instead of the seasoning blend listed above, you can save time by using a premade steak seasoning.
Also, instead of the spicy sauce I have listed here, you can use many other sauces to drizzle over the cooked meat. You can make a simple garlic butter sauce or even an herbed garlic butter sauce with a little bit of parsley.
How to make air fryer steak bites
Step 1: cube steak and prepare rub
To begin, trim excess fat from the sirloin steak and cut into bite size cubes. Cubes should be about 1” on each side.
Then, combine salt, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper in a small bowl. Toss the steak in the seasoning mixture until all cubes are evenly coated.
Spray air fryer baskets with cooking spray. Place steak cubes in the air fryer basket.
Step 2: Air fry steak bites and prepare sauce
Then, air fry at 350F for 5-6 minutes for steak that is cooked to medium doneness. For well done bites, cook for 8 minutes at 350F.
While the steak cooks, prepare the simple sauce. Whisk together the water, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sriracha and corn starch.
Heat in a sauce pan over medium heat, whisking constantly until the sauce thickens.
Step 3: toss steak bites in sauce and enjoy!
Remove the sauce pan from heat and pour over cooked steak bites. You can also serve the sauce on the side of the steak bites as a dipping sauce.
Storage and reheating
These steak bites are best enjoyed immediately. If you are planing to save them, allow them to cool completely and then transfer to an airtight container.
I like to eat leftovers cold to ensure that I do not overcook the steak. If you want to reheat them, I recommend reheating in the air fryer at 300F until just warmed through – about 5 minutes.
Check out these other air fryer recipes
- Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin
- Crispy Air Fryer Tofu
- Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
- Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes
You can find the full recipe below. If you make this recipe, please rate and review it in the comments, or share it with me on Instagram!
- 1.5 lb sirloin steak
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- ½ tsp sriracha
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- Trim excess fat from the sirloin steak and cut into bite size cubes – about 1” on each side. Combine salt, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper in a small bowl.
- Toss the steak in the seasoning mixture until all cubes are evenly coated. Spray air fryer baskets with cooking spray. Place steak cubes in the air fryer basket.
- Air fry at 350F for 5-6 minutes for steak that is cooked to medium doneness.
- While the steak cooks, prepare the simple sauce by whisking together the water, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sriracha and corn starch. Heat in a sauce pan over medium heat, whisking constantly until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and pour over cooked steak bites.
- For well done steak bites, cook at 350F for 8 minutes