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Air Fryer Steak for Fajitas and Burritos

Strips of sirloin steak are marinated, then cooked in the air fryer until tender and delicious. This steak is perfect to use for fajitas or burritos.

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If you’re looking for an easy dinner recipe, you’re in the right place. This step-by-step guide to cooking flavorful sirloin steak in the air fryer that turns into mouthwatering fajitas that the whole family will love. Get ready to enjoy tender steak, sizzling peppers and onions, and all your favorite toppings in perfect fajitas!

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How to Make Steak in the Air Fryer

Here is a brief overview of how to make steak for fajitas in the air fryer. For the full recipe including all measurements, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Make the marinade. Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Marinate the steak. Slice the steak into one-inch strips and combine them with the marinade. Marinate for 30-60 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. Preheat the air fryer. This is an important part of any air fryer recipe and only takes a few minutes, so please don’t skip it.
  4. Cook the steak. Place the marinated steak strips into the hot air fryer in a single layer. Discard the marinade. Let the steak cook until it reaches your desired doneness, 6-8 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy! Cut the steak into bite-sized pieces. Enjoy in fajitas or burritos.

The Best Steak For Fajitas

My favorite cut of beef to use for this recipe is sirloin. It offers a rich and beefy flavor that pairs perfectly with the bold and savory seasonings typically used in fajitas. Its robust flavor profile ensures that it can stand up to the other ingredients in the dish without being overpowering. While sirloin is not as tender as more premium cuts like filet mignon or ribeye, it still provides a good balance of tenderness and texture. When cooked properly, sirloin steak is juicy and flavorful, making it a delicious option for fajitas.

By slicing the sirloin into one-inch strips before marinating, we can cut down on the marinating time and ensure each piece is fully tender and seasoned. After the steak is cooked, it can be enjoyed in strips or cut into bite-sized pieces like in the photos.

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Marinating Steak

By marinating the steak before cooking it, we infuse a delicious fajita flavor and skip the fajita seasoning packet. Here are some tips for marinating sirloin steak to cook in the air fryer:

  1. Use a flavorful marinade: This simple steak fajita marinade perfectly complements the natural flavor of the sirloin steak. The combination of olive oil, orange juice, and a few seasonings gives it the best flavor.
  2. Marinate for optimal flavor: For best results, marinate the sirloin steak for 30-60 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat.
  3. Use a resealable plastic bag: Place the sirloin steak and marinade in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish, ensuring that the steak is fully coated with the marinade. Seal the bag or cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate while marinating.
  4. Avoid over-marinating: While marinating enhances the flavor and tenderness of the steak, avoid marinating for too long, which can result in the meat becoming mushy or overly tenderized. That 30-60 minute window is perfect!
  5. Pat dry before air frying: Before cooking the marinated sirloin steak in the air fryer, pat it dry with paper towels to remove excess marinade. This helps prevent excessive smoking and ensures proper browning during cooking.

By following these tips, you can marinate sirloin steak effectively for cooking in the air fryer, resulting in flavorful and juicy steak every time. Enjoy your deliciously marinated steak in fajitas or burritos straight from the air fryer!

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How to Make Steak Fajitas

Once you have your fajita steak cooked in the air fryer, you are ready to make fajitas! You could also use this delicious air fryer steak in an Easy Burrito Bowl.

  1. Cook the veggies: These fajita veggies made with peppers and onions are perfectly seasoned.
  2. Warm the tortillas: You can do this by wrapping them in foil and placing them in the air fryer for a few minutes until heated through.
  3. Assemble the fajitas: To assemble the fajitas, spoon some of the steak and fajita veggies onto each tortilla. Add your favorite toppings, such as shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, pico de Gallo, or salsa, salsa, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
  4. Serve: Serve the steak fajitas immediately while warm, and enjoy the delicious flavors and textures of this classic dish!

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Try these other delicious dinner ideas!

  • Sizzling Chicken Fajitas
  • Slow Cooker Beef Tacos
  • How to Make Quesadillas on the Stove

If you make this fajita steak recipe or any of my other recipes, let me know what you think. I love hearing from you!

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Air Fryer Steak for Fajitas and Burritos

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Strips of sirloin steak are marinated, then cooked in the air fryer until tender and delicious. This steak is perfect to use for fajitas or burritos.

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 8 minutes Marinate Time 30 minutes

Servings 4

Equipment

  • 1 Air Fryer

Ingredients

Fajita Marinade

  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Steak for Fajitas and Burritos

  • 1-2 pounds sirloin steak, cut into 1 inch strips

Instructions

  • Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Add 1-2 pounds of steak strips to the marinade, cover, and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.
  • Preheat Air Fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Discard excess marinade, then add the steak strips to the air fryer making sure to arrange the steak in a single layer.
  • Air fry for 6-8 minutes, or until steak is cooked to desired doneness.
  • Cut into bite-sized pieces and use for steak fajitas and burritos.

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