Air-Fryer Steak with Tomatoes & Plantains

Learn how to cook a steak in the air fryer with this easy recipe. The T-bone stays succulent, and pairs with juicy tomatoes and crispy plantains for a mouthwatering main dish.

a recipe photo of the Air-Fryer Steak with Tomatoes & Plantains
Photo: Photographer: Kelsey Hansen, Food Stylist: Sammy Mila
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • ½ cup packed fresh cilantro

  • ½ cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted (see Tip)

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • teaspoon ground pepper plus 1/4 teaspoon, divided, plus more for garnish

  • Pinch of salt plus 1/4 teaspoon, divided

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 12- to 16-ounce beef T-bone steak, trimmed

  • 3 Roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise

  • 1 ripe plantain, peeled and sliced (1/4-inch)


  1. Combine cilantro, parsley, garlic, vinegar, 1 tablespoon oil, cumin seeds, crushed red pepper, 1/8 teaspoon pepper and a pinch of salt in a mini food processor or blender; process until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a bowl.

  2. Lightly coat the basket of a 6- to 9-quart air fryer with cooking spray. Combine chili powder and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each pepper and salt in a small bowl. Rub all over steak. Brush cut sides of tomatoes with 1 teaspoon oil.

  3. Place the steak in the prepared basket. Cook at 400°F for 5 minutes. Flip the steak and add the tomatoes to the basket, cut-sides down. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the steak registers 145°F (for medium-rare) and the tomatoes are softened, about 5 minutes more.

  4. Transfer the steak and tomatoes to a platter; cover with foil. Brush plantain slices with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil; arrange in a single layer in the basket. Cook at 400°F, turning once, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

  5. Serve the steak, tomatoes and plantains with the sauce. Garnish with additional ground pepper, if desired.


6- to 9-quart air fryer


Toasting brings out the flavor in spices like cumin. Toast seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

417 Calories
25g Fat
25g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 417
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Vitamin A 2818IU 56%
Vitamin C 35mg 39%
Vitamin E 3mg 18%
Folate 47mcg 12%
Vitamin K 180mcg 150%
Sodium 371mg 16%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 5mg 28%
Magnesium 64mg 15%
Potassium 865mg 18%
Zinc 5mg 45%
Vitamin B12 2mcg 83%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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