Can You Air Fry a Frozen Steak?

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Cooking different meats in an air fryer comes with its challenges. But it doesn’t have to be difficult or avoided. Air fryers do more than reheat food and cook chicken nuggets and french fries. Not only can you air fry a frozen steak, but you can also cook different types of steak such as T-bone, Ribeye, New York Strip, and Filet Mignon.

In this article, you’ll learn the do’s and don’ts of cooking a frozen steak in an air fryer as well as best practices, tips for a delicious steak, and even a marinade. So let’s get started.

How Long Do You Cook Frozen Steak in an Air Fryer?

How long you cook a frozen steak will depend on the thickness and if there’s a bone, and how you like your steak cooked.

  1.  Cook for 5 minutes. (No pre-heating required)
    • Check how steak is doing.
    • Flip over.
  2. Cook for 5 more minutes
    • Check temp to see if the steak is done.
      • If done, go to step 3
        • 125°F-130¯F Rare
        • 130°F-140°F Medium Rare
        • 140°F-150°F Medium
        • 150°F-155°F Medium Well
        • 155°F-160°F Well
      • If not done, flip over and repeat step 2
  3. remove and cover with foil
    • Rest for over a minimum of 5 minutes
  4. Enjoy eating your steak.

Serve with your favorite sides such as a green salad, fresh corn on the cob, french fries, steamed broccoli, potato salad, garlic bread, baked potato, and more. The list goes on and on.

What Temperature Should You Cook Your Steak?

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You should set your air fryer to 400°F when cooking frozen steak. The internal temperature of your steak should range from 120°F to 160°F (from rare to well done). You also want to be sure to avoid drying out your steak. Cook it too long and it will be dried out. That’s where a meat thermometer is invaluable. Below is a general guide:

  • Rare steak: 6-8 minutes
  • Medium steak: 8-10 minutes
  • Well-done steak: 12-15 minutes

Getting a steak to your perfect liking means that you need to consider the thickness of the steak. Thinner steaks will need less time. 

How to Cook a Frozen Steak in an Air Fryer

You can cook steak in an air fryer using a few different methods. Below is the method we recommend.

  1. Set your air fryer to 360°F (preheat if necessary)
  2. Remove steak from packaging.
  3. Brush on melted butter or olive oil on one side.
  4. Sprinkle dry seasoning like salt, pepper, steak seasoning, and/or your favorite rub.
  5. Flip the steak over and repeat steps 3 and 4.
  6. Add to basket.
  7. Cook per instructions above.
  8. Enjoy eating your steak.
  9. Cleanup your air fryer

Tips

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Because you are cooking from frozen, you will need to add a little more cooking time. You need a high temperature to sear the steak and seal it in the juices. It also helps if you have a meat thermometer. Below are a few tips to help you get the perfect steak:

  • Don’t Overcook
  • Baste melted butter or olive oil to hold spices on the steak
  • Marinade tough cuts like round steak before freezing
  • Use 1″ to 2″ max thick steaks. The thinner the better.
  • If using a basket type of unit, you should flip halfway through the cooking time.

The average cooking time for frozen steak is 10 minutes. That seems a bit long to me but it really depends on the thickness of the steak and how you like your steak cooked. For me, it has to be medium-rare. That way, it’s nice and juicy but it’s not raw and it’s not burnt. So, for me, I’d check the internal temperature after five minutes and flip if it was halfway through the cooking time.

Bonus: Frozen Steak Marinade

One of the great things about marinading steak is that you can use a different marinade for each steak. If you are not in the mood for a steak with barbeque sauce, let’s say, you can choose a steak with a different marinade.

Here’s a recipe for a garlic herb marinade:

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2 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. lemon juice, white wine, or apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp. Italian seasoning

4 cloves of garlic, chopped

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. 
  2. Take fresh steak and put it in a freezer bag. (I use a vacuum sealer for my freezing of food.)
  3. Add the marinade to the bag
  4. Seal the bag so there is no air inside.
  5. Place in freezer and freeze for up to 3 months (if using a vacuum sealer, store up to 6 months)
  6. On a busy night take a frozen steak out of the freezer and cook per the instructions above.

A garlic herb marinade is perfect because it’s simple and tastes delicious! Personally, I don’t like to add too many ingredients to a marinade because I don’t want to drown out the flavor of the steak. But that’s just me. You do your steak however you want!

Conclusion

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Once you’ve cooked frozen steak in an air fryer, you will love it! It’s so easy. You will never have to worry about waiting for your steak to be defrosted entirely again. So next time you are pushed for time but still want a delicious meal, just pull a frozen steak out of your freezer and pop it into your air fryer!

Have you ever tried to cook a frozen steak in an air fryer? What was your experience? Maybe you even have an awesome marinade you’d like to share. Let us know about your experience by leaving a comment below.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Yes, you can use your air fryer to defrost meat. (thin pieces the better)

Place under running water until all frost is gone.
Use a paper towel to pat dry the meat.
Place it on a heatproof dish that will fit in your air fryer.
To keep water from getting into the outer basket or the lower pan.
Place both the dish and meat in the air fryer.
Set temperature to the lowest setting.
No higher than 200°F.
Set timer for 4 minutes.
Check to see if it is defrosted
If so then go to the next step
If not then repeat Step “Set the timer for 4 minutes” 

Keep repeating until defrosted.

Done.

  • Porterhouse / T-Bone Steak.
  • Ribeye Steak
  • Tenderloin Steak aka Filet Mignon.
  • Strip Steak.
  • Hanger Steak.
  • Skirt Steak.
  • Flank Steak.
  • Short Ribs.

No frozen is not as good as fresh, but it is close. When you are in a pinch for time or it’s late and you just want a steak, it easily beats fresh.

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