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Frozen Steak in Air Fryer

Frozen steak in air fryer directions so it comes out tender and juicy. How to cook frozen steak like Ribeye, T-bone, Filet or Sirloin perfectly to pink and tender!


It’s easier than ever to cook frozen steak in air fryer perfectly. If you’re forgetful like me don’t worry, I have a way to cover up the fact that you forgot to defrost dinner. 😉 An easy air fryer recipe to keep on hand. (affiliate links present, originally published 8/20)

Air Fryer Frozen Steak

If you’re forgetful like me, this is going to come in really handy… I have made things like air fryer cube steak and others defrosted but I had to experiment with this. It had to be perfect before sharing it with you.

First, I shared how to make a frozen roast in Instant Pot which was a real hit. I don’t always want such a large thick piece of meat if there are just a few of us so I thought steaks were the next go to to tackle.

If you love easy air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

cosori review

Frozen Sirloin Steak in Air Fryer

I know I cannot be the only one who is forgetful. When I first started cooking frozen meat I figured out how to cook air fryer frozen chicken wings. That was necessary one night the other week.

Then frozen chicken breast in air fryer was perfected. Always comes in handy when I have had a really hectic day and haven’t defrosted anything for the main entree. Seriously if you do it right nobody is the wiser that I had a moment and the meat was never defrosted beforehand.

Ninja Foodi Frozen Steak

You can use any brand you might have at home too. Use the air fry button and the lid that is attached if you have a Foodi machine.

What are the types of steak?

So long as your piece is about the same thickness as you see here then it really doesn’t matter which type you want to make.

  1. Filet Mignon
  2. New York Strip
  3. T-bone
  4. Ribeye
  5. Skirt steak we love to make air fryer flank steak

Just make sure they aren’t too too thick or the timing will need to be longer obviously than listed below. You can adjust and add more easily at the end if needed.


Here are a few questions you might have before attempting this. Hopefully we can answer them all for you.

How long do you cook frozen steak in air fryer?

The average time is 18 minutes. It will vary slightly depending on how thick each one is, whether there is a bone, and how well done you like it.

This cook time is a good place to start though, checking at 15 minutes is good to do the first time. Use our steak internal temperature chart for reference.

Can you cook frozen steak in air fryer?

Yes!! We will show you how to do just that right here! Whether you want a thick ribeye or smaller filet, this method works just great.

Can you season frozen steak?

Yep, we did just that to make Ninja Foodi frozen steak. With a bit of olive oil you can get any seasonings you like to stick just fine. We love our steak dry rub, but plain salt and pepper works too.

Is frozen steak as good as fresh?

Of course I do prefer my meat to be defrosted beforehand, but that isn’t always possible. In those cases it is nice to have this kitchen hack in your pocket so you can still have a great meal on the table in no time. See what you do here, easy peasy right?? Just season, throw them into a preheated air fryer and cook!


Frozen Ribeye Steak in Air Fryer

Let me give you another tip so you get tender steak every time, whether it’s rock hard or not. As with any sort of beef you should let it rest before you slice it. Why?? Resting allows the juices to stay in, and not seep out. Even 5 minutes vs. right away is better, 10 – 15 is ideal if you ask us.

I usually need a bit of time to finish up our side dishes anyway, so just cover it to keep it warm and then cut when you sit down to eat.

  • The meat we used were ribeyes.
  • Each one was about 3/4″ thick.
  • 18 minutes total, flipping halfway through gave us these results.
  • I would say they’re medium well cooked.

Of course if you want them closer to medium I might guess 15 minutes would be better. Well done might be 19 depending on how thick they are.

frozen air fryer steak

How to Cook Frozen Beef in Air Fryer

Here’s a quick step by step but there’s a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post too. Brush olive oil on both sides of your frozen steaks, on both sides. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides, along with any other seasonings or our tri tip dry rub. Preheat air fryer to 360 degrees F. Cook steaks in basket once preheated.

  1. Set to 18 minutes total for medium well. Cook for 12 minutes for rare.
  2. Flip the steaks halfway thru. (timing will vary depending on how thick each piece is and how well done you want them to be).
    Use thermometer to check internal temp.
  3. If you read thermometer and it is not as done as you’d like, add an extra minute for each side of the steak and check again.
  4. Allow meat to rest at least 5 minutes before slicing.

Eat them with some frozen biscuits in air fryer, air fryer baked potatoes or corn in an air fryer is fabulous. Total perfection right?


Air fried frozen foods have been a game changer for us! I work full time and although I cook food for a living, I don’t always do it every day. I am forgetful as well. Eeeeek.

If I don’t have time for my meat to reach room temperature by the time 5p.m. rolls around, I need tips like this. I hope it helps you out too. 😉

Want to try something new next time? If you have defrosted meat, try our bacon wrapped air fryer steak or bite sized air fryer steak bites too! Cooked for just a few minutes at 400 degrees fahrenheit, they’re always a hit.

steak bites

Frozen potstickers in air fryer are a great quick meal or snack to try out too. AND if you want to go all out, try air fryer filet mignon.

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Frozen Steak in Air Fryer

Frozen steak in air fryer directions so it comes out tender and juicy. How to cook frozen Ribeye, T-bone, Filet or Sirloin perfect!
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, frozen, steak
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 267kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Brush olive oil on frozen steaks, on both sides.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides, along with any other seasonings you desire.
  • Preheat air fryer to 360 degrees F. Put frozen steaks in once preheated.
  • Set to 18 minutes total, flipping halfway thru. (timing will vary depending on how thick each piece is and how well done you want them to be)
  • Allow meat to rest at least 5 minutes before slicing.


Nutrition Facts
Frozen Steak in Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 640mg28%
Potassium 303mg9%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 17IU0%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wednesday 21st of December 2022

Thank you so much for your recipes love it.

The Typical Mom

Thursday 22nd of December 2022

Very welcome


Thursday 18th of August 2022

Need to cook a bit longer next time. Don't know why but almost every recipe I try from all different sites the time is never on point. Same here. Had to put in for an additional 5 minutes and still a bit red. The cooking time and temp were never really clear. Only to preheat the air fryer at 360. I did that for 4 minutes and cooked it at the 360 degrees for 18 minutes. Was the cooking temp and time correct?

The Typical Mom

Saturday 20th of August 2022

Yes you preheat and cook at the same temp. There will be a range because each piece is going to be of varying thicknesses and every person wants it done more pink or less so use 18 minutes and then check from there depending on how well done you want it to be.

Jessica Williams

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

I used my Instant Pot air fryer. Made a ribeye from frozen. It turned out perfectly! Medium rare, leaning toward the rare side!

The Typical Mom

Thursday 28th of April 2022

So glad to hear

Deb Arnold

Wednesday 19th of January 2022

My half defrosted 1" steaks have been in my Ninja Foodi Air Crisp for almost 40 min now at 390* and still very red inside while outside burning. My husband is not going to be happy as he complains about my new purchase.


Tuesday 11th of January 2022

8 min each side sirloin let it rest was perfect will definitely cook this way again

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