As someone who’s always leaned towards the traditional side of cooking, there’s something deeply satisfying about the hiss of a steak hitting a hot pan or the smoky aroma wafting from a grill. So, you can imagine my hesitation when the idea of air-frying a steak was introduced to me. Could this modern gadget really replicate or even surpass the results of conventional methods?
With curiosity piqued, I decided to put my scepticism aside and embark on an air-frying adventure. The outcome? A revelation. The Air-Fried Sirloin Steak with Thyme and Butter recipe you’re about to delve into not only convinced me of the prowess of the air fryer but also introduced a method that’s speedy, uncomplicated, and remarkably mess-free.
Gone are the days when one could only achieve the perfect steak sear on a grill or stovetop pan. The air fryer is a novel and healthier way to enjoy a steak that’s just as delectable. What makes this recipe stand out is its simplicity; using just a handful of quality ingredients, you’re on your way to savouring a steak that’s crispy on the outside and sumptuously tender on the inside. The butter, coupled with fresh thyme, not only adds a luscious, aromatic profile but also ensures a juicy steak bite every time.
So, whether you’re an air frying aficionado or a sceptic like I once was, I urge you to give this method a try. Dive in and be prepared to have your culinary horizons broadened.
Basic Ingredients for Air-Fried Sirloin Steak
Ribeye Steaks: The star of the show. Ribeye is prized for its rich marbling, which enhances flavour and tenderness when cooked. It’s one of the more flavourful cuts of beef, and the marbling ensures it remains juicy.
Butter: Butter, when melted over the steak, imparts a luxurious richness, enhancing its flavour and giving it a luscious mouthfeel. It also carries the essence of the thyme, ensuring the steak gets an aromatic finish.
Fresh Thyme Sprigs: Thyme adds an aromatic, earthy flavour to the steak. Combined with butter, it infuses the meat with a subtle herby profile, adding depth to every bite.
Maldon Salt: This flaky sea salt not only seasons the steak but also provides a slight crunch. It’s less bitter than regular table salt and complements the beef’s natural flavours.
Freshly Ground Pepper: Adds warmth and a slight kick, elevating the steak’s overall flavour.
Steak Cut: While ribeye is flavourful, you can use sirloin, T-bone, or filet mignon depending on preference or availability.
Butter Alternatives: Olive oil or ghee can be used as a healthier option or for a different flavour profile.
Herbs: Rosemary or sage can be an alternative to thyme.
Seasoning: Himalayan pink salt can replace Maldon salt. For pepper, consider using white pepper for a milder taste.
Preparation Tips for Air-Fried Sirloin Steak
Steak Temperature: Always allow the steak to come to room temperature before cooking. This ensures even cooking and better texture.
Seasoning: Don’t be shy with the salt and pepper; they play crucial roles in achieving a flavoursome crust.
Air Fryer: Ensure the air fryer basket is clean and dry to prevent the steak from sticking.
Serving Tips for Air-Fried Sirloin Steak
Sides: A light salad with a tangy vinaigrette can cut through the richness of the steak. Alternatively, creamy mashed potatoes, air-fried fries or air-fried asparagus work wonderfully.
Leftovers: Allow the steak to cool completely. Store it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Reheating: Instead of microwaving, which can overcook the meat, reheat in the air fryer at a low temperature to retain the steak’s juiciness.
Freezing: If you must freeze cooked steak, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then in aluminium foil to prevent freezer burn. Use within 2-3 months for best quality. When ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat as mentioned above.
Air-Fried Sirloin Steak with Thyme and Butter
- 2 350g ribeye steaks
- butter, (to preference, typically a small pat for each steak)
- fresh thyme sprigs
- maldon salt, to taste
- freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Allow the steaks to come to room temperature, which can help them cook more evenly. This usually takes about 30 minutes outside the fridge.
- Generously season both sides of each steak with maldon salt and freshly ground pepper. This not only enhances the flavour but also aids in creating a wonderful crust on the steak's exterior.
- Preheat your air fryer to 200°C. Ensure the basket is clean and free from any residue to prevent sticking.
- Place the ribeye steaks in the air fryer basket, ensuring there's some space between them for even cooking. Top each steak with a knob of butter and a couple of thyme sprigs.
- Air fry the steaks for 10-12 minutes. Halfway through the cooking process (around the 5-6 minute mark), open the air fryer and carefully flip each steak to ensure even cooking on both sides. Close the air fryer and continue cooking.
- Once the steaks are cooked to your desired level of doneness, remove them from the air fryer and place them on a plate or cutting board. Let them rest for about 10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the steak, ensuring a moist and flavourful bite.