Try Air Fryer Filet Mignon for a special meal like a holiday or Sunday dinner. This tender cut of beef gets cooked perfectly in the air fryer with simple seasonings. Ready in 30 minutes or less!

filet mignon with green beans.

Who can resist the buttery, fork-tender texture of a filet mignon? Combine that with the steep price point, and this steak isn’t one you want to mess up. This fool-proof air fryer steak recipe comes out perfectly every time no need to babysit the stovetop or wonder if it’s still pink on the inside.

Skip the fancy, expensive steakhouse tonight, you’re only 30 minutes away from a restaurant-worthy steak, and you don’t even need to turn on your oven. Air fryer filet mignon is tender and juicy but so darn simple! Just follow this easy recipe for a perfectly cooked steak.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • There’s no smoke and very little clean-up!
  • Customize the steaks to your liking. Make them medium-rare, medium, or well done.
  • These Air Fryer Steaks are cooked and ready to eat in 30 minutes. This is plenty of time to roast veggies or whip up a quick side dish like Whole30 mashed potatoes, Instant Pot Carrots, or a Romaine Salad.
  • Filet mignon is packed with protein, B-vitamins, and iron for healthy muscles and bones! This Healthline article examines the health benefits of red meat. For the most nutritious option, opt for grass-fed and organic red meat.

Key Ingredients

ingredients for filet mignon.

Filet mignon steaks – The filet mignon is cut from the tenderloin and because the muscle is largely unused it’s lean yet tender. It only makes up 3 percent of the animal which is why it’s so expensive per pound.

Olive oil – For a flavorful steak, you only need two things: olive oil and seasoning. Olive oil adds plenty of flavor to the exterior while crisping it up slightly.

Salt and pepper – The seasoning you use is mostly a matter of personal preference. A quality cut of steak only needs salt and pepper for maximum flavor, but you can add garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika too.

Recipe Steps

Step One

Let the steaks sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before starting. This will produce a more evenly cooked steak.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Unwrap the steaks and place them in a shallow dish. Pat them dry with a paper towel. This removes excess moisture for a crisp outside.

seasoned filet mignon on a plate

Step Three

Coat the steaks with olive oil using your hands or a pastry brush. Generously salt and pepper the tops of the steaks.

Step Four

Place the steaks in the air fryer and set the time to 8 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

filet mignon steaks in air fryer

Step Five

Turn the steaks over and set the time based on how well you want them cooked. A medium-rare steak will need less time than a well-done one.

cooked filet mignons in air fryer

Step Six

Use tongs to transfer the hot steaks to serving plates. Let the steaks rest for 5 minutes to seal in the juices. Enjoy!

a plate of green beans and a filet mignon,

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • Some air fryer models needs to be preheated. Please refer to the owner’s manual of your particular model to see if you need to preheat it before using. 
  • Most air fryers can fit up to 3 steaks at a time. Try not to let them overlap if you cook 3 or more at a time.
  • You can get creative with your seasonings. Feel free to add up to a teaspoon each of dried rosemary, Italian seasoning, or Cajun seasoning to coat the steaks before you cook them.
  • Store any leftover cooked steak in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Raw steaks stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. I like to use mine by day 3 for best results!

Recipe FAQs

What temperature should I air fry filet mignon?

For a crisp exterior and tender center, air fryer a filet mignon at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot air will circulate the steak and cook it perfectly every time. The time will depend on how well you want your steak cooked. Cook the steak to an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit for medium. This will take approximately 15 to 18 minutes, flipping them halfway through.

What temperature is medium rare for a filet mignon?

The internal temperature of the steak should be 125 degrees Fahrenheit for medium rare. This will take 14 minutes total in the air fryer to cook it medium rare.

Are steaks good in the air fryer?

Yes! The air fryer has a consistent temperature and circulates the air around your steak leaving you with a perfectly cooked steak every time!

Does filet mignon need a sauce?

Filet mignon is so tender that it does not need a sauce to go with it.

How do I know if meat is grass-fed?

Look on the packaging, marketing materials, or ask your butcher if the meat you are purchasing is grass-fed. Ideally, the meat should be both grass-fed and grass-finished, meaning that the animal was never sent to a feedlot.

filet mignon served on two plates.

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a sliced steak with green beans

Air Fryer Filet Mignon

Try Air Fryer Filet Mignon for a special meal. This tender cut of beef gets cooked perfectly in the air fryer with simple seasonings.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 6ounce filet mignon steaks
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Take the steaks out of the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Then, unwrap the steaks and place them in a shallow dish. Pat them dry with a clean paper towel.
  3. Then, use a pastry brush or your hands to coat the steaks with the olive oil. Divide the salt and pepper between the tops of the two steaks.
  4. Place steaks in your air fryer and set the time to 8 minutes at 400°F.
  5. Turn the steaks over and set the time to 6 more minutes for medium-rare doneness for a total cooking time of 14 minutes. If you want them to be medium, increase the time to 15-18 minutes total. For well-done, cook them for a total of 18-20 minutes.
  6. Use tongs to transfer the steaks to a serving dish. Let them rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  1. Some air fryer models needs to be preheated. Please refer to the owner’s manual of your particular model to see if you need to preheat it before using. 
  2. Most air fryers can fit up to 3 steaks at a time. Try not to let them overlap if you cook 3 or more at a time.
  3. You can get creative with your seasonings. Feel free to add up to a teaspoon each of dried rosemary, Italian seasoning, or Cajun seasoning to coat the steaks before you cook them.
  4. Store any leftover cooked steak in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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