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Put down that steak knife! Air Fryer Steak Bites are ready to eat as soon as they hit the plate. Tender, juicy, and packed with flavor (thanks, sweet and savory marinade!), they’re done cooking in about 5 minutes. 

Overhead view of juicy air fryer steak bites on plate

Why You’ll Love This Easy Air Fryer Steak Bites Recipe

  • Steak in Convenient Bite-Sized Form. Remember when you were a kid and your parents would cut your steak on the plate for you? If you miss those days, you get the appeal of these air fryer steak bites. Basically: steak in mouth that much faster.
  • Quick and Easy. While there is some marinating time, the hands-on prep is light and the cooking time is ridiculously fast. Like Air Fryer Salmon Bites, these steak bites will go on heavy rotation for busy weeknights.
  • Main Dish or Appetizer. Serve air fryer steak bites as a main dish with sides like Crock Pot Baked Potatoes or Sauteed Spinach, or you can serve them on toothpicks as an appetizer for your next party. 
  • Juicy and Tender. The air fryer cooking method helps to seal in the juices of the steak because it’s so dang fast. (That’s why I love Air Fryer Steak and Air Fryer Hamburgers too!)
Overhead view of air fryer steak bites on plate with mashed potatoes

How to Make Air Fryer Steak Bites

The Ingredients

  • Sirloin Steak. Or you can use NY strip, ribeye, or a similar cut.
  • Low-Sodium Soy Sauce. Using low-sodium puts you in control of how salty (or not) the steak bites are.
  • Brown Sugar. Either light or dark will work here.
  • Spices. Garlic powder and ground black pepper give the marinade for these air fryer steak bites some oomph.

The Directions

Overhead view of steak bites marinating in glass bowl
  1. Marinate. Toss all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Marinate for 20 to 30 minutes.
Steak bites in air fryer basket
  1. Arrange. Place the steak bites in the air fryer basket in an even layer.
Air fryer steak bites in basket
  1. Cook. Air fry steak bites at 400 degrees F for 4 to 6 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through the cooking time. Transfer to a plate and rest for 5 minutes before serving. ENJOY!

Recipe Variations

  • Make Them Low Carb. Simply leave out the brown sugar or replace it with a low carb brown sugar.
  • Add Some Heat. If you like things spicy, add some red pepper flakes or cayenne to the marinade.
  • Try Another Marinade. This Marinade for Flank Steak would also work well with these steak bites, or use your go-to option.
  • Use Teriyaki Sauce. To make these easy air fryer steak bites even easier, use teriyaki sauce to marinate them.
  • Make Garlic Butter Steak Bites. After air frying the steak bites, toss them in melted butter and crushed garlic for rich finishing touch.
Overhead view of steak bites in air fryer

What to Serve with Air Fryer Steak Bites

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Skip the Marinating If You Must. I highly recommend marinating the steak for 30 minutes, or less if you’re in a time crunch. (Seriously, even 5 minutes is better than nothing!) But if you absolutely don’t have even a minute to spare, just give the steak bites a quick toss in the marinade.
  • Preheat Your Air Fryer. This ensures that your steak bites cook evenly and quickly. Because air fryers are so much smaller than regular ovens, it doesn’t take long!
  • Cook in Batches If Needed. It’s not a big deal to break this recipe up into batches since the steak cooks so quickly. Avoid crowding the basket because this steams your steak bites. 
  • Use an Instant-Read Thermometer. This is the surest way to know when the steak is ready. Keep in mind that the carryover cooking means the temperature will rise during the 5 minute rest.
  • Don’t Skip the Resting Time. Speaking of that rest! It might be tempting to devour your steak bites the moment they come out of the air fryer, but letting them rest for a few minutes allows the juices to redistribute, keeping them super tender.
Air fryer steak bite on fork

Air Fryer Steak Bites

5 from 4 votes
This recipe for air fryer steak bites is unbelievably easy! Toss the steak with a simple marinade, then air fry to tender, juicy perfection.

Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Servings: 2 -4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound sirloin steak cut into 1-inch cubes (or NY strip, ribeye, or similar)
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar light or dark
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place the steak in a large mixing bowl. Top with the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, and black pepper. Stir to combine, making sure all the cubes are evenly coated.
  • Let the steak marinade at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes (you can skip this step if you’re short on time, but marinating does result in more flavorful meat).
  • When ready to cook, preheat your air fryer to 400°F. Arrange the steak bites in the air fryer basket in an even layer. Don’t overcrowd the basket and cook in batches if needed—the steak bites shouldn’t touch.
  • Air fry steak bites at 400°F for 4 to 6 minutes, depending upon how well done you like your meat, shaking the basket halfway through (I remove mine at 135°F for medium—note the steak bites’ temperature will rise as they rest).
  • Remove the steak bites to a plate and let rest for at least 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining batches.

Notes

  • TO STORE: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Gently rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F or in a skillet. It can also be reheated in the microwave, but only as a last resort.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 2)Calories: 334kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 51gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 138mgPotassium: 853mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 4mg

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at wellplated.com and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. I have a very small kitchen with limited counter and storage space. So many recipes these days are calling for instant pots or air fryers. 😥 I don’t own those and even if I did, would have nowhere to keep them. I wish some of the recipes would give alternate methods of cooking…like these steak bites sound amazing.

    1. Hi Jill! Thanks for your feedback, unfortunately we are not able to test all of our recipe in various ways but we do have similar recipe that might help with figuring out timing and temperature: https://www.wellplated.com/steak-sandwich-recipe/ Hope this helps!

  2. Oh my word!!THIS is the recipe I need to make for my sister’s birthday, but there is a catch.
    I don’t own an air fryer. Due to the size of my kitchen, a small galley, with limited storage space, I can’t buy anymore appliances
    Can you suggest another method?
    Thanks so much5 stars

    1. Hi Rosalee, I’d try on the stovetop, just watch the cook time so your steak doesn’t over cook. Enjoy!

  3. These are so good. Like. REALLY good. And FAST! I am always looking for recipes without a lot of ingredients yet have great flavor! This one fits the bill!! Seasonings you have around the house and you can whip this up in no time in the air fryer and the taste is just delish!5 stars

  4. This is a new family favorite. My husband does not do brown sugar, so I leave it out on his. Tender, juicy, and delicious. Our 5 year old son requested it again for dinner. I roast potatoes and asparagus in the airfryer to go with it. So yummy. Thanks Erin, this recipe is 10/10.5 stars

  5. Made these delicious bites of goodness last night. Very quick and simple to make. Not complicated recipe and ingredients. I paired it with a little broccoli with lemon juice and a baked potato and it’s the perfect meal!5 stars