Air Fryer Roast Recipe

Anyone that owns an air fryer knows that one can do much more with it than just “frying”. It’s basically a super-powerful convection oven which compared to traditional overs, can cook 30 percent faster. 

Need to reheat a pizza? Toss it in the fryer and done. Want to roast a few things? It's bliss.

Here’s two Air Fryer Roast Recipe for you - Beef and asparagus, to put the workhorse in action.
Things You Need For This Recipe

Things You Need for This Recipe

Beef: Definitely, the first thing you’re going to need for this recipe is beef. Look for a tender cut for the best results. You should go for a ribeye, tenderloin or a top round roast. Select the size depending on the capacity of your air fryer.

Air Fryer: The next obvious, Air fryer. You want to have a good quality air fryer to get the best roast. If you’re looking for suggestions to buy one, head over to our best air fryer guide.

Meat Thermometer: A really useful tool. If you’re into cooking meat often, it’s a great little investment to make. I recommend the instant-read digital thermometer.

Spices: I’d suggest using a blend of your favorite spices to coat the beef roast, which will add extra flavor to the dish. Garlic powder, parsley, basil, onion salt, thyme, pepper etc. will do.

Oil: Olive oil is my go-to option to coat the piece of beef before I put the rub-on. It’ll make the rub stick and seep into the piece of beef.

How to Prepare and Season Beef Roast?

Before seasoning, dry the beef well. Only after all the moisture has properly evaporated from the outer surface, the meat will begin to get brown.

How To Prepare And Season Beef Roast?

This is why, before starting to cook, it is very important to get the beef as dry as possible so that the browning process will begin as soon as possible.

Rosemary and thyme are needed in the following recipe, but you may go ahead and turn to any other herbs you want. You can try oregano, parsley or sage.

Herbs that are fresh or dried will work fine. In the case of using fresh rosemary, before using it, you want to take off the leaves and cut them up very finely.

To bring out the flavor of the beef, Salt is also essential. To evenly cover the piece of beef with seasoning, you need to first mix all the herbs with the salt and oil on a plate and roll the piece of beef in that mixture.

What Cut is Best for Air Fryer Roast Beef?

What Cut Is Best For Air Fryer Roast Beef?

As air frying is quite a quick method of roasting, you want to be picky about what cut you should get. Tougher cuts will require you to roast for a long time to get tender. So, it will be best to choose a more tender cut when we're looking for air frying.

These cuts of beef are expected to yield good results when air fried -
  • Rib-eye roast
  • Sirloin roast
  • Rolled rib roast
  • Tenderloin
  • Tri-tip roast

In general, rump roasts and chuck roasts are better suited to slow roasting as they can be hard and take longer cooking times to become really tender.

You can still air-fry them, but for the best results, they will need to be thinly sliced against the grain.

Ingredients You Need

  • 2 pounds of beef.
  • oil for spraying

For Rubbing

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon summer savory OR thyme


  • First, mix all the rub ingredients with salt and rub into the roast.
  • You want to place the fat side down in the air fryer’s basket
  • Spray with your preferred oil lightly.
  • Set the temperature of the fryer to 400 degrees F and air fry at this setting for 20 minutes straight
  • Rotate the beef - turn the fat-side up and again spray with oil lightly. Continue frying at this position and 400 degrees F temp for 15 more minutes.
  • Take the roast out of the fryer, tent it with foil paper and let it rest for about 10 to 15 minutes.

The duration mentioned for frying should yield a rare roast - which means the roast should have a temperature of 125 degrees F in its center on a meat thermometer. Fry for added time to get medium-well and well roasts. The duration should be 40- and 45-minutes medium and well roast respectively.

Nutrition Value

Calories: 238kcal | Protein: 25g | Carbohydrates: 1g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Fat: 14g | Sodium: 1102mg | Saturated Fat: 6g | Potassium: 448mg | Vitamin C: 0.3mg |Vitamin A: 55IU | Iron: 3mg | Calcium: 37mg |


Always use a good meat thermometer to examine the temperature of the beef.

When the seasoning is concerned, less is more. Pepper and salt will be enough to bring the flavor of the meat out, no need to add other seasonings.

How to Make Air Fryer Roasted Asparagus

How to Make Air Fryer Roasted Asparagus

Making air fryer roasted asparagus is such a simple process and will only require 2 ingredients and take a fraction of the typical time. If you haven’t tried yet, this process of making asparagus might become your favorite very soon - 


  • 1 pound fresh of asparagus (ends should be trimmed)
  • 1/8 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


  1. To start with, you want to trim the ends of the asparagus. From the bottom, trim for about an inch up.
  2. Take a plate and place the asparagus. All over the asparagus, drizzle the extra virgin olive oil we're using for this recipe. Sprinkle the ground black pepper and kosher salt over it. Now toss to get the asparagus coated with the ingredients.
  3. Place it into the fryer basket. Set the temperature to 400 degrees F, and for 7 minutes.
  4. When the timer hits, remove the basket, let the asparagus cool down a little bit and serve.

Nutrition Value

This amount should make for 4 servings. Per serving, there are 53 calories, 4 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams of protein, 2 grams fiber, and 4 grams of fat (from olive oil, and healthy)

How to Make Instant Pot Roast in Air Fryer?

How to Make Instant Pot Roast in Air Fryer?

For this recipe, you’re obviously going to need the air fryer and the other requirements are as followings -  

  1. Beef chuck roast
  2. Salt and pepper
  3. Soy sauce
  4. Orange juice
  5. Worcestershire sauce
  6. Brown sugar

Marinade First: You have to marinade the beef first, obviously. The process is super simple yet very flavorful. Combine the last four items in the list above (Soy sauce, Orange juice, Worcestershire sauce & Brown sugar).

Take a baking dish or container, place the meat in it and pour the marinade all over it. If you have to take the beef up somewhere, you can use a resealable plastic gallon bag where you place the meat, pour the marinade in and seal it up tight before you put it into the fridge.

You want to marinade overnight to give the meat ample time to soak the flavor.

Start Frying: When you’re done marinating the meat, apply salt and pepper over the roast evenly around it. Place it in the fryer’s basket. Set the fryer and 400 degrees F for 30 minutes and let the fryer do the magic. You’d want to flip the roast halfway through the cooking time, though.

How Do You Know When a Roast is Done?

How Do You Know When a Roast is Done?

As per the suggestion of the USDA, roasts need to be cooked to 145º Fahrenheit (which is a medium-well) and should be allowed 3 minutes to rest. Grab your meat thermometer and examine the temperature of the roast in the center.

If it has hit the mark, it’s done. 

How to Cook Chuck Roast in an Air Fryer

Air Fryer Roast Recipe FAQs

What type of Air Fryer should I use for Roasting Asparagus?

You can use any normal air fryer that you use to air-fry other items in the house. No need for any special air fryer to roast asparagus.

Can You Make A Pot Roast in An Air Fryer?

Yes absolutely. The recipe is just above.

Air Fryer Beef Roast Cooking Time?

It depends on what kind of roast you’re looking to get. For a rare roast, 35 minutes of cooking time at 400 degrees F is enough where the center temperature of the meat should reach around 125 degrees. For medium-well, 40 (meat temperature 145) and for well roast, 45 minutes is enough.

Is Air Fryer Roasted Asparagus Healthy?

Absolutely. Air Fryer Roasted Asparagus is great because it uses quite less amount of oil that it uses when roasted in the oven. Also, the taste is great because the air fryer helps to make the asparagus crisp. It's a great source of vitamin A and C and iron as well. It fits into most diets - Paleo, KETO, Vegetarian, Whole30, Vegan etc. The nutrition value of 1-pound air fryer roasted asparagus is given under the recipe above.

Why should you make Roast Beef in the Air Fryer?

The foremost reason is that air fryers are a healthier way to cook. They use less amount of oil than traditional ways of cooking. Also, they’re just as tasty. As bonuses, they are efficient and use less time for cooking.


So, which air fryer roast recipe you’re going to try out first? Beef, asparagus? I’d love to know how it came out. Let us know in the comments below.

Have fun with your cooking!


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