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Perfect Air Fryer Porterhouse Steak

An air fryer cooked porterhouse steak on a cutting slate before being sliced.

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When cooking an expensive steak you can’t risk getting it wrong. Air Fryer Porterhouse Steak will give you that perfectly crispy exterior and tender pink inside every time. 

Everything you need to know to make Perfect Air Fryer Porterhouse Steak

Casandra’s Recipe Notes and Tips

Cooking a steak on grill is wonderful but also a little bit risky for anyone that isn’t a barbecue master. Grilling sounds easy but temperature control can be volatile and timing can be inconsistent. And if you’re a one man (or woman) show trying to get dinner to the table, you don’t have time to babysit a barbecue. 

An air fryer can help you get that perfect cook on your steak while also freeing up your time to finish the rest of the cooking. The air fryer I use a NINJA 9-1 and I love it. All you need is the right temperature and time and you are all set to make the perfect air fried steak… and maybe some seasonings and fat.

A close up of the golden brown crust on a porterhouse steak.

About the Ingredients

Porterhouse steak – I used a 2 pound porterhouse steak from oakbarnbeef.com. It’s a rib eye + filet mignon combo cut with the bone in. The weight to steak and the size of them bone effect the cooking time but as long as you’re close on weight you should be good to follow the time suggestions.

Olive oil – fat is what helps make that dark brown crispy golden crust on the outside of the meat. Beef has a lot of fat on it’s own but you really need the extra to get it just right. You could also substitute butter (or seasoned butter if you’re extra fancy.)

Salt and Pepper – be liberal with the seasonings. It will seam like a lot but I promise more is more in this case. 

How to Cook Porterhouse Steak in Air Fryer

Brush the steak on all sides with olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. “Liberally” is going to seem like a lot. I’m talking about at least a tablespoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of pepper. This will help get you that perfect crust and flavor. 

Preheat the air fryer to 400° for 5 minutes. Place the steak in the air fryer on a rack, not a basket, and set the air fryer to cook at 400° for 20 minutes.

A porterhouse steak cooked to medium rare at 136°F as seen on an instant read thermometer.

Keep in mind that the temperature of the steak will rise as the meat rests. For medium rare temperature when serving, the steak should be cooked to an internal temperature of 135°F – 140°F before resting. 

Remove the steak to a cutting board and cover with foil to let rest for 5-10 minutes. Slice the steak across the grain and serve with MUSHROOM BORDELAISE SAUCE

Frequently Asked Questions

How to air fry rib eye steak?

Rib eye steak needs less time than a porterhouse because of size but will cook similarly. Air fryer rib eye steak should cook at 400° for 15 minutes for medium rare.

Do you need to flip steak in an air fryer?

No, you do not need to flip a steak in the air fryer, especially when its cooked on a wire rack. The air will circulate around the steak and it will cook through evenly.

Do I put oil on steak before air frying?

Yes, fat is what helps make that dark brown crispy golden crust on the outside of the meat. Beef has a lot of fat on it’s own but you really need the extra to get it just right. You could also substitute butter.

How long to cook steak in air fryer at 400°F?

This depends on the thickness and size of the steak and whether or not it has a bone. A 2 pound bone-in porterhouse should cook for about 20 minutes. The temperature should read between 135°-140°F before resting for a medium rare temperature.

The Recipe for Porterhouse Steak in Air Fryer

The recipe is attached below for easy downloading and printing.  If you test it out be sure to leave a note in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you thought and if you think it’s as good as cooking steak on the grill. Enjoy!

An air fryer cooked porterhouse steak on a cutting slate before being sliced.

Air Fryer Porterhouse Steak

Porterhouse steak cooked in the air fryer will give you that perfectly crispy exterior and tender pink inside every time. Just add a little more time if you like your steak more well done, the outside won't burn with a few more minutes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 965 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 air fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lb porterhouse steak
  • olive oil
  • 1 tbsp coarse sea salt
  • 2 tsp pepper

Instructions
 

  • Brush 2 lb porterhouse steak on all sides with olive oil.
  • Season with 1 tbsp coarse sea salt and 2 tsp pepper on all sides. (The seasoning may seem like a lot but use it all.)
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes.
  • Place the steak in the air fryer on a rack, not a basket, and set the air fryer to cook at 400°F for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the steak to a cutting board and let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing.

Notes

Keep in mind that the temperature of the steak will rise as the meat rests. For medium rare when serving, the steak should be cooked to an internal temperature of 135°F – 140°F before resting. 
Keyword air fryer, beef, steak

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