Air Fryer Tri-Tip Steak Recipe

Air Fryer Tri-Tip Steak Recipe is one of the best and delicious ways to make a great roast in the air fryer!

If you have never made a roast in the air fryer, this is the perfect method for you. The meat comes out tender, juicy, and ends up with an amazing flavor. So, forget the oven and head to the air fryer.

While today, I served my roast with a simple chimichurri sauce. You can pair this roast with any of your favorite gravy or plane; it’s juicy and really doesn’t need much!

If you are looking for even more Air Fryer Beef Recipes, some of my favorites are AIR FRYER RIB EYE STEAK, HOW TO COOK GROUND BEEF IN THE AIR FRYER, AIR FRYER CHEESEBURGER SLIDERS, and AIR FRYER ITALIAN MEATLOAF.

What Is A Tri-Tip?

A tri-tip steak comes from the bottom of the sirloin. It has many names; one of them is Santa Maria Steak, which was named after Santa Maria, California, where it started to be popular. Other names are Newport Steak, Triangle Tip, Triangle Steak,

It was a local specialty at a Santa Maria Safeway store back in the 1950s, where it was seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic salt and then placed into the rotisserie, and it was well-loved.

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Tri-Tip Steak Recipe

Ingredients For Tri Tip
  • Beef Loin Tri-Tip
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Salt

How To Make Air Fryer Tri-Tip Steak Recipe

Tri Tip With Fork

I always let my meat rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before cooking. For this recipe, I did not salt before, as I usually do, since I was making a garlic rub.

Start by dicing your garlic, into small pieces, add the olive oil to the minced garlic

Use your fork to make holes in the roast so that the oil and garlic can seep into it—about 10 pricks per side. Rub the mixture into the meat.

Rub the mixture onto both sides of the meat, and then refrigerate for about an hour before placing it into the air fryer.

Tri Tip in Air Fryer Basket

Set the roast into the air fryer basket.

Set the temperature to 400 degrees F and the time to 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, check the roast. Then flip it and add another 15 minutes to the time.

Remove the roast from the air fryer basket and rest for about 15 minutes, so the juices move to the middle of the meat. This will ensure a good juicy piece of meat.

Air Fryer Tri-Tip Steak Recipe

How to Cut A Tri-Tip Steak

The most important thing to remember when you are cutting Tri-Tip steak is to slice against the grain.

There are several reasons for this, but the most important for this is that you will get a more flavorful and tender steak. Because if you slice with the grain, you will get a chewier piece of meat.

Cutting against the grain shortens the muscle fibers and makes the tri-tip tender and delicious. Otherwise, you will get a chewer piece of meat.

How to Serve A Tri-Tip Steak

This steak or roast goes with anything. If you are eating it as part of a KETO or a low-carb diet, I will pair it with a simple kale salad. Otherwise, add some mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, or french fries.

This roast pairs with almost anything.

I also like to serve it with the following sauces:

  • Santa Maria Sauce
  • Salsa
  • Butter and Garlic Sauce

Sides That Pair Well with Tri-Tip Steak

Yield: 6 Servings

Air Fryer Tri-Tip Steak Recipe

Air Fryer Tri-Tip Steak Recipe

Air Fryer Tri-Tip Steak Recipe-- This is such a great and easy recipe. I used a tri-tip roast, but the recipe can be used for any beef roast.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

Tri-Tip:

  • 1 1/2 pounds Beef Loin Tri-Tips

Rub:

  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Instructions

  1. I always let my meat rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before cooking. For this recipe, I did not salt before, as I usually do, since I was making a garlic rub.
  2. Start by dicing your garlic into small pieces.
  3. Then add the olive oil to the minced garlic.
  4. Use your fork to make holes in the roast so that the oil and garlic can seep into it--About 10 pricks per side.
  5. Rub the mixture into the meat.
  6. Rub the mixture onto both sides of the meat, and then refrigerate for about an hour before placing it into the air fryer.
  7. Set the roast into the air fryer basket.
  8. Set the temperature to 400 degrees F and 15 minutes; after 15 minutes, check the roast. Then flip it and add another 15 minutes to the time.
  9. Remove the roast from the air fryer basket and rest for about 15 minutes, so the juices move to the middle of the meat. This will ensure a good juicy piece of meat.
  10. Then slice, plate, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 575Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 177mgSodium: 365mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 55g

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