This super Easy Air Fryer Roast Beef is one of the easiest roasts I’ve made to date. Similar to my 3 Packet Roast Beef this beef roast is succulent, tender, and juicy, the all-in-one seasoning makes this savory, beefy roast even BETTER!
Succulent air fryer roast beef IS a possibility, my friends! With the right tools on your side, you can enjoy a juicy air-fried roast beef in no time!
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A Roast Beef IS Possible in the Air Fryer!
AIR FRYER ROAST BEEF
So you wondered, but weren’t sure, right? You asked yourself, can I actually make a whole roast beef in the air fryer??
I know, I wondered the same as well, so I tried it. The first few times were learning experiences (can you say overdone??? lol), but I think I have it down now that it turns out perfect every time!
The Secret To Getting This Roast Beef RIGHT.
The secret to getting this roast beef perfectly done in the air fryer? My loves, it’s a THERMOMETER. It’s pretty much a must-have to air fry this roast perfectly.
I didn’t use a fancy thermometer, I used something similar to this basic thermometer that is decent and economical.
However, that being said, I know there are many more thermometers on the market that are the bomb for skillfully roasting meat.
This is one that has literally THOUSANDS of reviews and is one that I’ve been looking into getting. I think the price is decent and it seems to do the job according to the testimonials.
You can spend up to a hundred dollars on a thermometer, which honestly unless you’re aspiring to be one of those championship BBQ persons, I think the one above would be a good bet.
This is part of the beauty of this beef that’s air-fried. MINIMAL ingredients are needed:
Beef Roast – Don’t go crazy and buy a top-shelf quality roast here. The best idea is to buy something middle of the road that’s tender but not crazy expensive. Watch your sales, and buy on special. Here’s a handy little list on the cuts of roasts to buy if you’re not a hundred percent sure on what to buy.
Montreal Steak Seasoning – I use this seasoning on everything! lol. Ok, seriously, I use it a lot. Especially on beef. It’s a fantastic “all in one” type of seasoning that makes grilling, roasting, stewing, etc, easy and flavorful. If you don’t have it, use your favorite seasonings to put on beef. Garlic, salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika, coriander, dried chili pepper, or cayenne pepper, are all options here.
Avocado Oil – If you don’t have avocado oil, feel free to use any other oil you have that has a high smoke point. Because we’ll be air frying, the heat will make the oil smoke if it doesn’t have a high smoke point. Coconut oil or any other vegetable oil is suitable. I wouldn’t use olive oil as the smoke point isn’t as high.
How To Make An Air Fryer Roast Beef
All the details are in the printable recipe card below, but generally, you’ll want to oil and season the beef roast. While your seasoning the roast, be sure to preheat the air fryer to around 400°F (or as close as you can get it if your brand of air fryer doesn’t quite reach that.)
Place the roast in the fryer basket FAT SIDE DOWN and begin air frying. This is the searing stage, and you’ll want to leave it in there for 15 minutes to seal in those juices and start to develop that lovely crust on the outside.
Then, you’ll CAREFULLY (it’s hot so remember your gloves!) turn the roast over so the fat side is facing up now. Dollop some butter over the top and continue to cook the roast in intervals until you’ve reached your desired doneness. (A temperature guideline is also in the printable recipe card below).
Remove the roast when it’s done to a cutting board and tent it with foil. Let the roast rest for 15 minutes while you clean up and get the other sides finished.
When you cook any cut of meat, it’s always a good idea to give it resting time so that the juices can be redistributed throughout the whole thing so that all the juices don’t completely run out when you cut it.
How Long does Beef Roast take to cook in the Air Fryer?
This infographic below is a handy guide to gauge desired cooking doneness according to air frying time. However, nothing can beat using a digital or dial thermometer for more accurate results.
What Temperature to Cook Roast Beef in an Air Fryer?
This handy infographic gives you the temperature guidelines to follow according to the doneness that you want to achieve.
COOK’S TIP: Remember to remove the roast from the air fryer when you’re about 5 degrees away from the desired cooking temperature you want. The roast will continue to cook as it rests and will reach the temperature you want.
Can I Use Any Air Fryer?
I used the air fryer function on my Ninja Foodi to air fry this roast beef, and I haven’t tried roasting one in any other air fryer. I have a Cosori Air Fryer and would feel confident making this roast in there as well.
Even though I can’t speak for all air fryers, most air fryers work on the same premise, I would guess that if your fryer comes up to 400 (or near to it), you’d be good to go.
Again, the best thing to do is to come to the air fryer party armed with a good thermometer to get the job done right!
Serving Ideas Suggestions
Some fantastic side dishes that would fit perfectly with this air fryer roast would be things like these super delicious and insanely easy to make, Crock Pot Roasted Potatoes, or a nice pairing to the roast beef would be this recipe for 3 Minute Maple Cinnamon Buttery Carrots!
If you’re looking for a side that’s fresh and delicious, try this Broccoli Slaw with Apples and Blue Cheese by Andrea on her blog – Saving Every Day!
I hope I’ve convinced you to try this ninja foodi air fryer roast beef (or, any air fryer roast beef!). It’s not hard, it just really comes down to knowing the temperature you want it cooked to, and being diligent on checking that temp as it air fries!
- 1 x 2.5 lb Roast Beef (I used a premium sirloin)
- 2 tbsp Montreal steak spice
- 2 tbsp Avocado oil
- Begin to preheat your air fryer for 15 minutes at 400
- Remove the roast from the packaging and put it into a large bowl.
- Drizzle the avocado oil over the roast
- Sprinkle the Montreal steak seasoning over the roast
- Flip the roast around in the bowl to get it evenly coated with the oil and spice rub.
- Place the roast into the air fryer basket, fat side down.
- Air fry the roast for 15 minutes at the 400F temp.
- After the 15 minutes is finished, carefully flip the roast over, fat side up.
- Reduce the heat to 325. Place the butter over the top and continue to air fry for another 15 minutes.
- Check the temperature of the roast and continue to air fry in 10 minutes intervals in order to achieve the level of doneness you want. (look below in notes for time calculations.)
- Remove the roast after cooking, tent with foil, and let it rest for 15 minutes before cutting..
For a roast that's around 2 - 2.5lbs, here are the temps you can use as a guideline:
RARE: 125°F / 52°C
MEDIUM RARE: 135°F / 57°C
MEDIUM: 145°F / 63°C
MEDIUM WELL: 150°F / 66°C
WELL DONE: 160°F / 71°C
A good guideline to follow is testing the temperature at the thickest part of the roast. Also, inserting the probe deep enough that it's approximately in the center of the roast and NOT near a bone, as testing near the bone can give an incorrect reading.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 8 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 538Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 209mgSodium: 3389mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 76g
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.