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Dry Rub Air Fryer Steak Bites

The BEST air fryer steak bites with a killer dry rub that’s salty and sweet with a bit of a kick! High protein dinner idea inside tacos or over rice.

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We made air fryer steak bites with a few T bones we had in the fridge and they came out amazing!! SO we thought we’d share our recipe with y’all. Find this and more easy air fryer recipes here on The Typical Mom blog. (affiliate links present)

Dry Rub Steak Bites

I am telling you, these bite size bites of heaven over rice or beside some veggies are the best. Rarely do I ever even grill them whole anymore. Even when it’s summertime I’d rather cube and remove the bones and fat and air fry steak this way. Easier to eat and each bite has so much flavor.

We’ve used this same dry rub on our air fryer filet mignon and it’s always a hit, no matter what it’s on. T-bone, New York strip or even cubing a roast will work to make this one.

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Steak bites in air fryer

Ok so you could really use any type of beef you had in the fridge for this. I like t bones or air fryer flank steak. Whatever on hand is what is used.

Since you’re trimming the fat and cubing it up into bite size pieces, it really doesn’t matter what you use.

What are the types of steak?

We used T-bone, filet mignon is the most expensive and leanest, ribeye, chuck eye, flank, skirt, and sirloin steak. If you’re like us and buy meat in bulk you should have several to choose from.

Can you cook raw food in an air fryer?

Of course. We’ve made marinated chicken in air fryer, a whole chicken, and even air fryer pork chops that come out great.

Can you air fry frozen steak?

I wouldn’t. For steak bites this really wouldn’t work because you need it cubed too. I would defrost and cook air fryer frozen steak that way ideally.

We have made air fryer frozen fish though and that works quite well.

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Steak bites marinade

First step is to thaw your meat, remove any bones, trim off the fat and cube into pieces about 1 – 1.5″ in size. You could really even use a chuck roast or beef tips for this I think.

If you wanted teriyaki steak bites, you could use the sauce from our air fryer roast recipe. Instead, I opted to use our steak dry rub. IT IS INCREDIBLE!! You could use the latter if you preferred though, you’d just want to add a bit of olive oil before cooking.

Ingredients you’ll need are:

  1. Cubed steak
  2. Brown sugar
  3. Paprika
  4. Chili powder
  5. Garlic powder
  6. Olive oil

Electric air fryer is needed of course, any brand works y’all.

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Ninja Foodi Steak Bites

Here’s a quick step by step, but there is also a printable recipe card at the bottom as well. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. In a bowl mix together dry ingredients for your steak rub. Cut and discard bones and fat off steaks. Then cut into bite size cubes and put into a bowl.

  1. Pour olive oil on beef and stir to coat. Then pour in steak rub ingredients and mix so every piece is nicely coated.
  2. Pour into air fryer basket and spread out so they’re not overlapping.
  3. Set to cook at 400 for 5 minutes shaking basket after 3 minutes.
  4. Check the steak and see if you want them more done.
  5. The larger your pieces are the longer it will take. If you want them nice and tender with a light browning 5 minutes = perfectly cooked steak bites.
  6. Add 1 more minute at a time until they’re perfectly cooked for you.
    • 4 minutes would be more like medium rare where 5-6 is medium well.

This is how big/small I cube the pieces when I make this.

how to make steak bites

We need nothing else when serving because the rub has tons of flavor. Of course that is up to you. You could sprinkle with salt and pepper or add teriyaki sauce on top to have multiple layers of flavors.

Air fryer steak bites and mushrooms

You could EASILY add air fryer mushrooms to the basket as well. They both cook at the same temperature and general timing so you’d be good to go. I would use this recipe and mix mushrooms separate.

  • Add half of your meat + half the shrooms in your bowls.
  • Then cook second half and serve.

What to serve with steak bites

We like throwing these over a bed of Instant Pot white rice with some air fryer vegetables in the bowl too.

  • You could opt for quinoa on the bottom instead for lower carbs.
  • Or just have some air fryer corn with it. That is a quick idea.
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No matter what you make it’s done in under 30 minutes and has TONS of bold flavors if you use our dry marinade below. We seriously couldn’t keep our hands off of them and I had a little bit left over to eat for lunch the next day.

How do you eat leftover steak?

I would say our go to is to make air fryer tortillas and make some tacos. You can then throw in some sliced avocado, cheese, sour cream, lettuce and OH WOW are they great.

How do you reheat steak bites?

Spread them out on a baking sheet. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F and check after about 10 minutes. Check every 5 minutes until they’re as warm as you want. Remember that baking too long will dry them out though. You may want to toss with some thick Soy Vay marinade to keep them tender.

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How to Make Air Fryer Steak Bites

We just added instructions on how to cook frozen steak here too, and air fryer cube steak too if you need that info! Below is a printable version of our recipe including nutritional facts like saturated fat, calories, carbs etc. Those are calculated by the recipe card itself, not me, and will vary depending on how much meat you use.

  • After removing the bones and fat there was enough for the 4 of us with a good portion of vegetables and rice.

You may need more than 1 medium steak per person if you aren’t serving pull apart bread or something on the side. Jump to recipe and get started y’all.

If you have a Foodi, you can find more low carb protein packed ideas in our healthy Ninja Foodi recipes listed on our site.

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Air Fryer Steak Bites

The BEST air fryer steak bites with a killer dry rub that's salty and sweet with a bit of a kick! High protein dinner idea inside tacos or over rice.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, ninja foodi, steak bites, t bones
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 619kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Trim steaks, remove bones, and cube into 1" pieces.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  • Mix together dry rub ingredients in a bowl. Pour olive oil over meat in a bowl and toss to coat.
  • Pour dry rub over meat, toss to coat.
  • Pour meat into air fryer basket, spread out so pieces are overlapping the least amount possible.
  • Set to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes, toss after 3 minutes.
  • Test and see if you want them browner/more cooked (larger pieces will take longer, the more you cook them the less tender they will become).
  • Serve alone, served with vegetables, inside tortillas for tacos, or over rice.


Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Steak Bites
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 619 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 138mg46%
Sodium 1888mg82%
Potassium 710mg20%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 749IU15%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Mike N.

Sunday 10th of April 2022

I'm a novice at this. The recipe looks awesome. What method do you cook the steak bites? Everything reads that it goes in the basket. Am I air crisping or roasting or baking or grilling? Thank you.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 10th of April 2022

If you have a Ninja Foodi you are going to put it in that black air frying basket. Then close the lid that is attached and select air crisp.


Saturday 12th of February 2022

Had this today, it was absolutely mouth watering. Will be a regular option now!

The Typical Mom

Saturday 12th of February 2022

Oh good!!


Saturday 10th of April 2021

Would it be better to use avocado oil instead of olive oil to coat? I just got a Ninja Foodie Grill and don’t want to set off the smoke alarm - I thought I read in one of your posts to use the avocado oil over olive oil.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 11th of April 2021

For the particular machine, yes avocado oil works better so it doesn't smoke.

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