Air Fryer Country Fried Steak Bites

Air Fryer Country Fried Steak Bites are delicious, air-fried bites of battered steak that are tender, juicy, and perfectly seasoned. They’re a fun take on an old favorite that’s healthier and easier to clean up.

stack of country fried steak bites on a white plate

Country fried steak is a classic for a reason. You can’t beat all that tender, juicy steak coated in batter and then fried to golden, crispy perfection. Actually, you CAN beat it when you make these steak bites. We’ve been making this version for years, and it’s always a winner.

stack of country fried steak bites on a white plate

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses a handful of simple ingredients.
  • It’s a super easy recipe, and cleanup is much easier than traditional frying.
  • The coating is seasoned to perfect and crispy even without regular frying.


bowls of beef, bread crumbs, seasonings, flour, and eggs

You’ll only need a few ingredients to make this recipe, and all of them except for the cube steak are most likely in your kitchen right now. Anything you don’t have is just a quick jaunt to the store away. Be sure to check out the recipe card for the exact quantities.

  • Cube steak cut into bite-size pieces
  • All-purpose flour
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Panko bread crumbs

🔪 How to Make Air Fryer Country Fried Steak Bites

Making these steak bites is as simple if not simpler than shopping for the ingredients. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in just a few minutes.

Step 1: Make a Dredge Station

Beat the eggs in a shallow bowl. Then, combine the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper in another bowl. Add panko bread crumbs to a third shallow bowl.

steak bite being dipped in egg wash

Step 2: Dredge the Steak Bites

Roll the steak pieces into the flour mixture. Then, dip them into the egg mixture. Finally, roll them in the panko to coat.

breaded steak bites in a cake pan

Step 3: Air Fry

Add the steak bites to a pan or rack and air fry for 8 to 10 minutes at 400 degrees, turning once halfway through cooking.


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Steak – You can use chicken or pork for this recipe.
  • Spicy – Add cayenne to the flour mixture for an extra kick of heat.

If you love crispy, fried southern favorites like these steak bites, then check out our southern fried chicken.

stack of country fried steak bites on a white plate

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons.
  • Pan or rack made for your air fryer.

🥫 Storage

Store these for up to 4 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag.

💭 Tips

  • Gently tap the steak bites between each dredging for the perfect coating.
  • Always preheat your air fryer. It’s a myth that they don’t require it.
  • Turn the bites halfway through cooking for an evenly crisped coating.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What is country fried steak?

It’s a southern dish of cubed steak that’s been breaded with seasoned flour and fried until crips.

Are country fried steak and chicken fried steak the same thing?

Yes, they are. The names are used interchangeably.

Why is it called country fried steak?

The process of coating and frying the steak is very similar to fried chicken, which is associated with the south.

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Air Fryer Country Steak Bites

Air fryer country fried steak bites are a fun take on classic country fried steak that's easier and healthier than the original.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 393kcal


  • Small bowls
  • Air Fryer


  • 1 pound Cubed steak cut into bite sized pieces
  • ½ cup All purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups Panko bread crumbs


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Beat together the eggs in a shallow bowl.
  • Mix together the all-purpose flour, garlic powder, onion powder and salt and pepper to taste in another shallow bowl.
  • Place the panko bread crumbs on a plate or into a shallow bowl.
  • Roll the steak pieces into the flour mixture, dip into the eggs and then coat in the panko bread crumbs.
  • Transfer the steak pieces to a pan or rack, and cook in the air fryer for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. You can turn the bites once during the cooking process if desired.


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 482mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 4mg

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