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Looking for an easy way to cook up roast dinner? Look no further than my air fryer roast beef recipe! It comes together quickly and easily — it’s ideal for busy at-home chefs!

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Air Fryer Roast beef cooked to medium rare with pink in the middle with half cut into slices on a serving platter

Nothing says special quite like a roast dinner. Growing up, we would eat Sunday roast basically every week, and I always looked forward to spending time with my family around the table. Just like rotisserie chicken, there’s something about a hearty home-cooked meal that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Roast beef has always been a mainstay at parties too — and while I love the flavor, I don’t love how long it takes to prepare. You won’t have to worry about any of that when you make it in the air fryer! This recipe comes together in about half the time it would take in the oven.

Perfectly cooked roast beef is possible, and it doesn’t have to take you all day. Whether you make it for holiday dinner, special occasions, or as a meaningful meal for your family, this easy recipe for air fryer beef roast is a winner!

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Roast beef with oil, salt, and pepper in bowls

How to Cook a Beef Roast in the Air Fryer

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STEP ONE: Take your 2 to 3lb roast beef out of the fridge and baste it with oil. Apply salt and pepper all over the meat so that it’s coated evenly. Let it sit out for about 30 minutes so that it comes to room temperature. Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees F while you wait. 

Roast beef sitting to room temperature with salt, pepper, and oil on it

STEP TWO: Place the roast in air fryer basket and air fry roast beef for 40-42 minutes, making sure to flip it about 15 minutes into cooking.

STEP THREE: Use a meat thermometer to gauge the roast beef temperature. When the internal temperature hits about 5 degrees under your desired levels, transfer the air fryer roast beef to a cutting board to rest. As a reference point, rare beef is 125 degrees F, medium rare is 135 degrees F, medium well is 150 degrees F, and well done is 160 degrees F.

STEP FOUR: Allow the air fryer beef roast to rest for at least 10 minutes. Cut into thin slices and enjoy!

Raw roast beef in the air fryer

What Kind of Beef Can You Roast in the Air Fryer?

Wondering about the best meat to cook in the air fryer? I’m using top roast beef for this air fryer roast recipe, but you could also use these (sometimes) cheaper cuts:

  • Beef bottom round
  • Tri tip roast

You can also try rump roast, rolled rib roast, or beef joint, but they may be a bit too big, depending on the air fryer you have — all air fryers are different. That said, you can always use it to sear the meat before slow roasting in the oven! You’re better off roasting joint of beef in particular in a full-sized oven to achieve a tender roast.

Cooked roast beef in air fryer

How Long to Cook Roast in the Air Fryer

It only takes about 40-42 minutes to air fry roast beef. Traditional recipes usually take about an hour. You’ll save about 20 minutes when you make air fried roast beef!

I generally wouldn’t recommend cooking a fully frozen roast beef in the air fryer. Your best bet is to let it thaw in the fridge overnight before using.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Roast Beef

Closeup of medium rare air fryer roast beef sliced with fork in it

Variations for Roast in Air Fryer

  • Add some onion, garlic, and vegetables to the mix and cook them at the same time as your air fryer beef. You could also serve it with some fresh vegetables!
  • Infuse extra flavor and use steak seasoning or a seasoning mix along with the salt and pepper.
  • Use the roasted beef slices to create delicious sandwiches out of any leftovers. Who doesn’t love a roast beef sandwich?!
Roast beef on a serving platter sliced

How to Reheat Roast Beef in the Air Fryer 

Make sure to store your air fryer roast in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep for 3-4 days.

To reheat, use your air fryer! Simply set the temperature to 375 degrees F and then place the air fryer meat in the basket. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until warmed through.

Air frying to reheat your beef is quick and easy — and you’ll get tender roast beef every time!

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Closeup of sliced air fryer roast beef on a serving platter

How to Cook Frozen Roast Beef in the Air Fryer

I used a 2 1/2 pound frozen roast beef for these directions, so a smaller or larger roast beef may require more or less time.

  1. Place the frozen roast beef inside the air fryer and turn to 330 degrees. I find very thick meats like this do not need to be preheated.
  2. Cook the beef roast for about 75 minutes, flipping and seasoning with a good amount of salt and some pepper on both sides when flipping.
  3. Remove the roast beef from the air fryer when the internal temperature hits 140 degrees F (medium rare).
  4. Let the meat rest for at least 10 minutes, then enjoy!

NOTE: While cooking frozen roast beef in the air fryer is completely possible, I found that cooking it from thawed room temperature resulted in the juiciest result.

Overhead view looking at air fryer roast beef with half sliced on a serving platter

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Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Air Fryer Roast Beef

Air Fryer Roast beef cooked to medium rare with pink in the middle with half cut into slices on a serving platter

Easy air fryer roast beef only takes minutes to prep for a tender, juicy dish that’s sure to impress! Perfect for holidays, special occasions, or just because.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds roast beef (top roast)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper

Instructions

  1. Take the beef roast out of the fridge then baste the oil on the beef roast and cover it with salt and pepper.
  2. Let the beef roast sit out for about 30 minutes until it reaches room temperature.
  3. Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees.
  4. Place the roast beef in the air fryer and cook for 40 to 42 minutes, flipping with about 15 minutes into cooking.
  5. Remove the roast beef from the air fryer when it hits 5 degrees under needed temperature, let sit for at least 10 minutes, then enjoy!




Notes

How to Cook Frozen Roast Beef in the Air Fryer (I used 2 1/2 pounds):

1. Place the frozen roast beef in the air fryer and turn it to 330 degrees.

2. Cook the beef for 70 to 75 minutes until the roast beef hits 140 degrees at the very middle, flipping halfway and seasoning with salt and pepper when flipping.

3. Remove the roast beef from the air fryer, let sit for 10 minutes, then enjoy!

How to Reheat Roast Beef in the Air Fryer:

1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.

2. Place the leftover roast beef slices in the air fryer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until warmed thoroughly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 196Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 1995mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 28g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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10 thoughts on “Air Fryer Roast Beef”

    • The air fryer does a good job at keeping those drippings inside the roast beef to keep it moist and I’ve never had any drip down. I would use your usual air frying rack or the middle/lower rack to cook this.

  1. Hello sounds great i have a standing rib that i will use . My question is when we cook in the oven we get wonderfull juices from the beef which makes an excellent jus or gravy with the air fryer we don’t get this do we. I’m wondering because I read the whole thing and nowhere does it say anything about gravy thank u for your time kim

    Reply
    • Hi Kim, you are completely right that you don’t get that with the air fryer. You can always make a quick gravy or sauce to go with it.

  2. I have frozen Chuck roast beef and I’m terrible at cooking so do I add any liquids before I start the air crisp?

    Reply
    • Hi Misty! I would add the listed oil, salt, and pepper about 10 minutes into cooking on all sides. No other liquids or anything are needed!

  3. I tried your instructions last night. When it came out-the inside was pink the way I want it. But the meat was tough. I put it back in for 20 minutes-now the meat was tender, but the inside was not pink anymore. What am I missing? thanks

    Reply
    • Hi April, it sounds like the meat needed to go a little more time, but 20 minutes was a lot to add on. I typically recommend adding on about 5 minutes between checks as 20 can overcook the roast beef.

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