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Air Fryer Steak Frites

Air Fryer Steak Frites

Believe it or not, you can make restaurant-level steak frites with an herbed compound butter in your air fryer.


  • 1 large (1 1/2 pounds) bone-in ribeye steak (about 1 1/2-inch thick)
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cultured unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons thinly sliced fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 14 ounces frozen hand cut-style fries (from 1 [28-ounce] package)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked flaky sea salt


  1. Pat the steak dry using paper towels, and place it on a wire rack-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle both sides and the edges of the steak evenly with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt. Refrigerate the steak, uncovered, for at least 8 hours or up to 48 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, stir together the softened butter, chives, thyme, rosemary, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. (Alternatively, place the butter mixture on parchment paper or plastic wrap, and roll it into a log. Seal edges, and refrigerate until ready to use.)
  3. Remove the steak from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. While the steak comes to room temperature, preheat an air fryer with 1 large flat perforated basket to 400°F. Brush the steak evenly with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Place the steak in the basket of the air fryer; cook it, undisturbed, until it is golden brown on top and an instant-read thermometer registers 125°F for medium-rare or 135°F for medium, 10 to 12 minutes for medium-rare or until desired degree of doneness (continue cooking and checking temperature every 2 minutes). Remove the steak from the air fryer and place it on a cutting board. Sprinkle it with pepper, and let it rest while preparing fries (do not cut into steak).
  4. Place the frozen fries in a large heatproof bowl. Pour any remaining juices and fat from the air fryer over the frozen fries. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the frozen fries, and toss to evenly coat the fries.
  5. Heat the air fryer to 400°F. Add the frozen fries to the air fryer basket, and shake to evenly distribute them. (Save the bowl for tossing the fries after cooking). Place the basket in the air fryer, and cook, shaking the basket every 4 to 5 minutes, until the fries are golden brown and crispy, 14 to 15 minutes. Remove and transfer the fries to the same large heatproof bowl. Sprinkle the fries with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and toss to fully coat.
  6. Carve the rested steak from the bone, and cut it into 3/4- to 1-inch slices. Place the steak on plates, and pile the fries alongside. Spoon or slice 1 1/2 tablespoons of the compound butter over the sliced steak, and sprinkle it evenly with smoked sea salt. Serve immediately.

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