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Ribeye Steak that has been cooked in Air Fryer cut in half showing medium rare meat.

Air Fryer Ribeye

This Air Fryer Ribeye recipe creates extra flavorful and juicy ribeye steaks done to perfection with only 3 ingredients.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Air Fryer Ribeye, Garlic Marinade, Ribeye Steak in Air Fryer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 4 hours
Servings 1 Steak
Calories 1085kcal
Author Heather


  • 16 ounce ribeye steak * 1 1/4- 1 1/2 inch thickness, see Note #1 below
  • 1 teaspoon salt *plus more for salting steak before cooking, see Note #2 below
  • 4-6 large garlic cloves *crushed, about 3 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon high heat oil *such as avocado oil, see Note #3 below
  • black pepper *optional



  • Peel and crush garlic. Add to a small bowl along with salt and stir well breaking apart the salt crystals. Stir in oil.
  • Place steak in a pan or on a plate and pour marinade over the top of the steak. Spread the marinade evenly making sure to cover the entire top of the steak. Place in the refrigerator and marinade for at least 2 hours.
  • Remove steak from refrigerator and scrape the marinade off the steak reserving it for the opposite side. Flip steak and spread the over the second side making sure to cover the entire top of steak. Place back in the refrigerator for at least another 1 1/2 hours. See note #4 below.

Grilling the Steak in Air Fryer (instructions for Ninja Foodie Smart Air Fryer)

  • Plug in the air fryer and the thermometer into the thermometer jack located on the right hand side of the air fryer.
  • Hit the power button, press the Grill option and then choose high heat setting.
  • Press the Preset/Manual button (has thermometer image) and choose Beef setting using the arrows on the right-hand side of the screen. 
  • Next, choose desired doneness using the arrows on the left-hand of the screen. See note #5 below.
  • Press the Start button and close the lid to allow the air fryer to heat. 
  • Meanwhile, insert the other end of the thermometer horizontally into the center of the steak. The air fryer will prompt you when to add the steak. Once prompted add the steak, close the lid and wait for the prompt to flip the steak.
  • As the steak cooks it will tell you the target temperature that the steak needs to cook to and its current temperature. Use long handled tongs that are safe for nonstick cookware to flip the steak once the air fryer prompts and close the lid.
  • Wait for the prompt to remove food and then transfer onto a clean platter. Following the prompt, allow steak to rest for 5 minutes. 


Recipe Notes
Note #1- Quantities listed are for each 14-16 oz steak. If marinating 2 steaks, double the recipe.
Note #2- Approximately another 1-2 teaspoons of salt will be needed per steak for salting before cooking. For best results use Kosher or Maldon's Sea Salt Flakes.  
Note #3- A lower amount of oil is used for this marinade to create a paste like consistency. Also, it is important to use a high heat oil, such as avocado, wine cooking with an air fryer to prevent smoking and burning.
Note #4- Steaks should be marinated for at least 1 1/2 hours per side. However, longer marinating times with infuse the beef with a stronger garlic flavor.
Note #5- It is important to note the desired temperatures listed below are slightly lower than other cooking charts. As the steak rests it will continue cooking, bringing the steak to the perfect level of doneness. Steak Temperature Chart for Air Fryer


Calories: 1085kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 92g | Fat: 78g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 40g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 277mg | Sodium: 2563mg | Potassium: 1264mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 8mg