Sirloin Steak in the Air Fryer

No matter how you like your steak, making a sirloin in the air fryer is the quickest and easiest way to enjoy them. With just a few ingredients and a few minutes, you’ll be savoring a tender and juicy steak.


I have had my air fryer for a little over a year now (update: I am now on my second air fryer and using this air fryer model), and I keep being amazed by the awesome things I am enjoying with it.


My latest discovery is air-fried sirloin steaks. I would normally never make steak indoors. I tend to enjoy them much more when cooked on the grill. The problem with that is that I live in the northeast and during the winter months it just isn’t practical to be outside grilling.


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I had a huge craving for steak when I was grocery shopping the other day. They looked so good sitting there staring at me from behind the butcher counter. I remember seeing a mention of steak being able to be cooked in my air fryer’s manual, so I knew it was possible and thought, “what the heck, I’ll give it a shot!”


I was not disappointed. I think sirloin steaks are, hands down, my most favorite thing cooked in the air fryer yet. They turned out so tender and juicy!



Make steak in the air fryer



Sirloin Steaks Cooked in the Air Fryer


There really wasn’t much prepping for this recipe. I did pull them out of the fridge about an hour before cooking, so they could reach room temperature before cooking.


Raw Steaks Ready to be Cooked in the Air Fryer


The only ingredients you will need are:

(2) 6-8 oz sirloin steaks

Olive oil
Sea salt
Coarse pepper


I began by preheating my air fryer for 3 minutes at 400°F.


Next, I brushed on olive oil and rubbed in sea salt and coarse pepper on one side of the meat, then I did the same to the other side until both steaks were well coated and seasoned.


I placed the steaks in the air fryer several inches apart and set the timer for 13 minutes. My steaks were very thick and I wanted them to be medium-rare. If your steaks are not as thick or you like your steaks with less pink, you will want to adjust your time accordingly. A good rule of thumb is:


For 1 inch thickness:

Rare: 5 min

Medium-Rare: 7 min
Medium: 10 min
Medium-Well: 13 min
Well: 15 min


For 1½ inch thickness:

Rare: 7 min

Medium-Rare: 10 min
Medium: 13 min
Medium-Well: 15 min
Well: 17 min


For 2 inch thickness:

Rare:  9 min

Medium-Rare: 13 min
Medium: 15 min
Medium-Well: 17 min
Well: 19 min



juicy sirloin steak made in the air fryer
Medium Sirloin Steak


The cooking times are approximate and will depend on the cut of steak and your air fryer. According to the Certified Angus Beef website, the following is a degree of doneness temperature guide:


Rare: 125°F
Medium Rare: 135°F
Medium: 145°F
Medium Well: 150°F
Well: 160°F


You will need to flip the steaks over halfway through the cooking process. 


Turn Steaks Over During Air Fryer Cooking


Once finished, let them rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.


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I know you will enjoy this quick and easy air fryer method for cooking your sirloin steaks as much as I do.



medium rare steak made in the air fryer


Did you try air-fried sirloin steaks? Let me know in the comments below.




Happy Eating!

Air Fryer Sirloin Steak

Air Fryer Sirloin Steak

Juicy sirloin filet made to perfection in the air fryer.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings


  • 2 6-8 ounce sirloin steaks
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • sea salt & coarse pepper to taste


  • Preheat air fryer to 400° for 3 minutes.
  • Brush on olive oil and rub in the salt and pepper on one side of the steak. Flip over and repeat.
  • Place in the air fryer basket and cook for 13 minutes for medium-rare (adjust time according to thickness and desired doneness). Flip steak over halfway through cooktime.
  • Remove from basket and let steak sit for 5 minutes. Add additional salt and pepper, if desired, and enjoy.
Keyword air fryer, sirloin, steak

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21 thoughts on “Air Fryer Sirloin Steak”

  1. 5 stars
    Steak turned out perfect. Delicious. This is the best & oh so simple recipe for air fryer steak I have tried. This will be my “go to” from now on. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is fabulous! It is 18 degrees outside and too cold to grill outside. I decided to look for a recipe for sirloin steak in the air fryer and this one was perfect! Thank you for including the different times for doneness and thickness. It was very helpful. I think our steak tonight was the tastiest and juiciest steak I’ve ever made!

    1. Hi Rhonda, step 3 on the recipe card states, “Place in the air fryer basket and cook for 13 minutes for medium-rare (adjust time according to thickness and desired doneness). Flip steak over halfway through cooktime.” I hope that clears up any confusion.

  3. OMGoodness, I just made these, but I seasoned em with some Allegro, instead of just the salt n pepper, n it’s scrumptious!! Also I had to double the cooking time, cuz mine were thick cut sirloin steaks, but tysm for sharing this recipe, God bless!!

  4. 5 stars
    I adore my air fryer, though determining the right times and temperatures for meats has been a bit of trial and error. I’m so grateful for your guidance! I air-fried two 8oz, one-inch-thick sirloin steaks using your suggested time and temperature for medium-rare, and they turned out perfectly!

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