This is the simplest way to cook a great steak inside – no grill required! Air Fryer London Broil is quick and easy. All you need is olive oil and your favorite steak seasoning.
Table of Contents
- 3-Ingredient Air Fryer London Broil
- Why You’ll Love This London Broil Recipe
- What Is London Broil?
- Recipe Ingredients
- How to Make Air Fryer London Broil
- What Temperature Should I Cook London Broil To?
- Tips for Success
- Serving Suggestions
- How to Store & Reheat Leftovers
- Can I Freeze Air Fryer London Broil?
- More Air Fryer Recipes
- Get the Recipe
3-Ingredient Air Fryer London Broil
We LOVE a juicy and tender steak. And if you’re here, we’re betting you do, too! What we don’t love is cooking a steak inside. But we’ve found a solution with this Air Fryer London Broil recipe.
You need a lot of heat to cook the perfect steak. Whether that’s with a hot grill or a skillet, it needs to be extra hot to get a good sear. Often that high heat results in a lot of smoke when cooking inside. Plus, the fat splatters and sometimes it can just get a little messy.
So, we’ve come up with this super easy way to cook steak in an air fryer! The air fryer creates the perfect amount of heat and circulates it around the entire cut of beef. It’s really the ultimate way to sear the entire steak! Don’t forget the Air Fryer Baked Potato for the perfect side!
(And, if you’re looking for more easy air fryer steak recipes, be sure to try these Air Fryer Steak Bites as well.)
Why You’ll Love This London Broil Recipe
The air fryer is a great tool for cooking London broil. Here’s why:
- It comes out tender and juicy every time. London broil is a relatively inexpensive cut of beef. In the air fryer, it comes out tender and juicy as long as you cook it rare to medium rare. And it’s so delicious cooked that way!
- The heat circulates around the whole steak. Typically, London broil is broiled which means you need to flip the steak, and it’s hard to ensure that each side is cooked evenly (because the heat is coming only from one side). With the air fryer, hot air circulates around the whole steak and cooks every part of it perfectly.
- No smoked-filled kitchen! We love cooking steak and when we cook it inside it can sometimes become a smoky, sizzling mess on the stovetop. This is a mess-free and smoke-free way of cooking steak indoors.
What Is London Broil?
London broil is a beef cut that generally refers to a cheaper cut of meat like top round, top sirloin, or flank steak. The steaks come off of large and lean cuts of beef, and because the cut is so lean, it’s usually tougher to eat.
London broil is best cooked with the broiler (or air fryer in this case!). It can be marinated, but it doesn’t need to be. The key to tender bites is how you cut the steaks.
You want to cut the cooked steaks into thin slices against the grain. You will see lines running up and down the steaks and you want to slice the meat in the opposite direction.
The shopping list for this recipe is short and sweet today! Here’s what you’ll need (check out the recipe card below for the exact ingredient amounts):
- Top Round London Broil: Simply ask your butcher if you’re having trouble finding this cut. They can either package it for you or help you find another comparable option like flank steak or top sirloin.
- Olive Oil: You could also use avocado oil or sunflower oil.
- Steak Seasoning: Pick out your favorite steak seasoning at the store! McCormicks Montreal Steak Seasoning is our favorite steak seasoning sold in almost all grocery stores.
- French Onion Mushrooms: This is our favorite topping for London broil. The topping is optional, but highly recommended!
How to Make Air Fryer London Broil
Here are the quick and easy steps for making London broil in the air fryer. (Scroll down to the recipe card for the full set of instructions!)
- Always bring the meat to room temperature. This goes for any cut of meat and any cooking method! You’ll have much better results if the meat you’re cooking is at room temperature.
- Oil and season the steaks. Next, rub oil on each side of the steak and season with the steak seasoning.
- Cook the steaks in the air fryer. You’ll want to flip them about halfway through to ensure a crisp sear on the entire steak.
- The steak is done once it has hit your desired temperature. Some like steaks rare and some like them very well done… check out the info below for more details on cooking times!
What Temperature Should I Cook London Broil To?
Here are the general guidelines for cooking times and temperatures for London broil. First, you must cook the steak on one side for about 8 minutes. Then, flip and cook for the additional time noted below.
- Rare: Cook for 4-5 minutes and check for an internal temperature of 120F.
- Medium Rare: Cook for 6 minutes and check for an internal temperature of 130F.
- Medium: Cook for 8 minutes and check for an internal temperature of 140F.
- Medium Well: Cook for 10 minutes and check for an internal temperature of 150F.
- Well Done: Cook for 12 and check for an internal temperature of 160F.
Tips for Success
Follow these helpful tips to make sure that your steak turns out perfectly!
- Choose the right cut. Always get a London broil that is at least 2” thick and 2 to 2 1/2 pounds.
- Always preheat the air fryer. If your air fryer needs preheating, heat the air fryer to 400°F before you put it in.
- Let the steaks rest before slicing. Let your steak rest on a covered plate for 5 minutes before serving. This will prevent all of the juices from seeping out when you slice it.
- Be sure to slice against the grain. This will keep the meat tender and juicy. To determine which direction the meat is running look at how the lines run and go in the opposite direction.
Not sure what to serve with your steak? These are some of our favorite side dishes for London broil:
- Pick the best topping. As mentioned above, we love to top London broil with our French onion mushrooms. You could also simply sauté onions and/or peppers, too. Or, how about some Homemade Herb Butter?
- Mashed potatoes. Steak and potatoes is a classic dinner option that will never get old. Try our Best Ever Mashed Potatoes.
- A side of green vegetables. We love serving steak with our Southern Green Beans! You could also do a basic side of cooked spinach, peas, or asparagus (or Bacon Wrapped Asparagus – it goes great with a steak!).
- The perfect salad. Simply tossed greens would work great! You could also get a little fancier and try something like our Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad.
How to Store & Reheat Leftovers
You can always keep London broil leftovers and reheat them for lunch or dinner the next day! Here’s the best way to do that:
- To store. Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- To reheat. We recommend reheating your steak in an air fryer at 400°F for 2 to 3 minutes for the best results. The meat won’t be quite as juicy or tender if you use the microwave.
Can I Freeze Air Fryer London Broil?
Yes! You can freeze your London broil in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Remember to let it thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating again.
More Air Fryer Recipes
Want to try out some more easy air fryer meals? Check out these ones!
- Air Fryer Steak Kabobs
- Air Fryer Pork Chops
- Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Drumsticks
- Air Fryer Hot Honey Chicken
- Air Fryer Hot Dogs
Air Fryer London Broil
- 2 ½ pounds top round London broil
- 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
- 1 – 2 tablespoons *steak seasoning, to taste
- French Onion Mushrooms, optional topping
- Let the steak come to room temperature. Take meat out of the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before cooking to let it come to room temperature.
- If your air fryer needs pre-heating, heat the air fryer to 400°F.
- Rub oil on one side of steak and generously rub steak seasoning on top of the oil. Flip and repeat.
- Place meat in the air fryer. Cook at 400°F for 8 minutes. Flip and continue cooking for… Medium Rare – 6 minutes. Medium – 8 minutes. Medium Well – 10 minutes. This is a guideline of time, depending on the thickness of your steak. Use a meat thermometer to verify when your steak is done to your preferred temperature.
- Let steak rest on a covered plate for 5 minutes before serving.
- *You can use any steak seasoning you like, we personally love McCormicks Montreal Steak Seasoning.
- Yield. Makes 4-6 servings.
- To store. Store your leftovers in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 4 days.
- To reheat. Reheat the steak in an air fryer at 400°F for 2 to 3 minutes.
- To freeze. You can freeze your London broil in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Remember to let it thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating again.