Air Fryer Steak Bites on a white plate.
Air Fryer Steak Bites are the best shortcut cooking method for making flavorful beef cubes without marinating or brining.
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Make the best garlic butter Air Fryer Steak Bites in under 20 minutes; no marinating needed. A crispy caramelized crust on the outside and juicy, moist, tender middles every single time.

Air Fryer Steak Bites on a plate with sauce on the side.


Air Fryer Garlic Butter Steak Bites

Our buttery Air Fryer Steak Bites recipe requires no marinating in advance and takes a fraction of the prep time as their pre-seasoned counterparts. My Asian Steak Bites and Garlic Butter Steak Bites are just as quick and easy to cook on the stovetop, but I love the convenience of an air fryer recipe when I don’t feel like cleaning.

These air fried steak bites are crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and full of delicious herbed butter flavor; they’re simply seasoned, coated in a melted butter mixture, and served hot with butter for dipping on the side (although a BBQ sauce or teriyaki sauce would also taste delicious).

I love air fryer recipes that rely on the hot circulating air to cook steak pieces rather than deep frying in oil or searing on the stovetop; you get the same juicy steak bites and crispy skin with way less mess and no brining needed.

Why We Love Air Fryer Steak Bites With Garlic Butter

  • Quick and easy way to cook steak bites without marinating or brining.
  • Uses a handful of simple ingredients.
  • Air frying food creates a crispy crust without extra calories and fat from deep frying.
  • Low carb dinner idea or snack that’s packed with protein.
  • Perfect size to serve as a party appetizer and makes a great game day appetizer by sticking a toothpick in the center.

Air Fryer Steak Bites Ingredients

Air Fryer Steak Bites ingredients.
  • Sirloin filets
  • Olive oil: Avocado oil will also work.
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Unsalted butter
  • Minced garlic: I prefer to use fresh garlic, but you can use garlic powder in a pinch.
  • Fresh parsley

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Swap The Steak: Sirloin steak works best for these bites. However, you can also use a ribeye, New York strip steak, flank steak, chuck, or filet. You can also make this recipe with chicken or shrimp instead of steak if you prefer.
  • Substitute The Seasoning: Feel free to use Montreal Steak seasoning, Cajun seasoning, blackened seasoning, or any of your favorite blends.
Air Fryer Steak Bites dipped in the garlic butter sauce.

How to Make Air Fryer Steak Bites

  1. Season The Steak: Toss together the cubed steak, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  2. Cook The Cubes: Cook the seasoned steak cubes in a single layer in the air fryer basket at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 minutes. Flip the steak cubes over and continue to cook for another 2-5 minutes.
  3. Make The Butter Mixture: Stir together the melted butter, garlic, and parsley. Toss the air fried steak bites in the butter to coat.
  4. Serve: Allow the steak bites to rest for 2-3 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
    Pro Tip: You can add an additional sprinkle of fresh parsley to garnish if desired.
Put the steak cubes to the air fryer. Cook the steak cubes. Make the butter mixture in a bowl. Pour the butter mixture on top of the steak bites.

How to serve Air Fryer Steak Bites

Air fryer steak cubes can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. To keep it simple, you can serve them as an appetizer to so many main dishes; they make a delicious and flavorful light snack to begin most any meal. Having a party? Why not place them on a platter and stick a toothpick in the middle for the perfect finger food?

When prepared as the main meal, air fryer beef cubes pair perfectly with a side of mashed potatoes or rice. Or to keep it low carb, serve your steak bites with garlic green beans, cauliflower mac and cheese, or cauliflower fried rice.

Tips For Making The Best Air Fryer Steak Bites

  • A COSORI brand 6.8-quart air fryer was used to develop this recipe. If your air fryer is smaller, you may need to cook your steak bites in two batches. Be sure to follow your particular brand air fryer for preheating and cooking instructions, as air fryers can vary between brands and sizes.
  • I recommend trimming off any excess fat from your steaks when cutting them into cubes. 
  • Be sure that your steak is at room temperature before cooking to ensure that the beef cooks evenly. 
  • You can double your herbed butter amount and serve the additional ¼ cup in a small bowl alongside your steak bites and side dishes. 

How to Store Steak Bites

  • To Store: These air fryer steak bites should be served immediately for the best flavor. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat: You can reheat the steak bites in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes or according to your brand of air fryer’s directions.
Steak bites inside the air fryer.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I cook my steak bites?

Depending on what level of doneness (medium rare to well done), you will need to adjust your cooking time accordingly. It took 8 minutes for medium-well doneness in my air fryer. Keep in mind that if your steak bites are cut a little smaller or larger, it will also affect your cooking time.

Will the brown sugar make my steak bites sweet?

The brown sugar doesn’t make the steak bites sweet; it only helps caramelize them. You will love how it crisps up the exterior while keeping the interior juicy and flavorful.

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Air Fryer Steak Bites on a white plate.

Air Fryer Steak Bites

Serves — 2
Air Fryer Steak Bites are the best shortcut cooking method for making flavorful beef cubes without marinating or brining.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • pounds sirloin filets cut into 1½-inch-sized cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons garlic finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley finely chopped (plus more for garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 400°F.
  • In a large bowl, add the cubed sirloin steak, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper. Toss to evenly coat the steak with the seasonings.
    1½ pounds sirloin filets, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Add the seasoned steak cubes to the preheated air fryer in a single layer and cook for 6 minutes. Flip the steak cubes over and continue to cook for another 2-5 minutes or until the desired level of doneness for your steak.
  • While your steak bites are cooking, stir together in a small bowl the melted butter, minced garlic, and fresh chopped parsley.
    ¼ cup unsalted butter, 2 teaspoons garlic, 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • Add the air-fried steak bites to a serving bowl and toss them in the melted butter mixture until evenly coated. Allow the steak bites to rest for 2-3 minutes before serving. You can add an additional sprinkle of fresh parsley to garnish if desired.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: These air fryer steak bites should be served immediately for the best flavor. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat: You can reheat the steak bites in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes or according to your brand of air fryer’s directions.
Tips:
  • Cook time: 8-11 minutes. I cooked for the entire 11 minutes. They were well done inside.
  • A COSORI brand 6.8-quart air fryer was used to develop this recipe. If your air fryer is smaller, you may need to cook your steak bites in two batches. Be sure to follow your particular brand air fryer for preheating and cooking instructions, as air fryers can vary between brands and sizes.
  • I recommend trimming off any excess fat from your steaks when cutting them into cubes.
  • Be sure that your steak is at room temperature before cooking to ensure that the beef cooks evenly.
  • You can double your herbed butter amount and serve the additional ¼ cup in a small bowl alongside your steak bites and side dishes.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 709kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 73g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 248mg | Sodium: 895mg | Potassium: 1260mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 894IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 7mg
Jennifer Fishkind

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Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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