- Start by rubbing the steak all over with the olive oil. This isn't a necessary step when cooking a steak on the grill or in a cast-iron pan, but in an air fryer, the steak's surface has the best chance of caramelizing and creating a crust if it's coated in oil. Sprinkle the steak generously with the kosher salt and pepper. Then, let the seasoned steak sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes to take the chill off.
Preheat the air fryer : Some air fryers have a steak setting, but we don't recommend using it. These settings don't allow you to customize the cook time, and they might be calibrated for bone-in steaks, which take longer than boneless cuts. We like to preheat the air fryer on the regular setting to 400° F. Let the air fryer preheat for about three minutes before moving on.
- Add the steak to the air fryer basket and cook it for about 7 to 9 minutes for a medium-rare steak or 10 to 14 minutes for medium, flipping the steak halfway through. When the steak is finished cooking, let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
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