Stew is a great way to use leftover beef, but it can take hours to cook on the stovetop or in a slow cooker. An air fryer is an excellent alternative to using a traditional cooking method because it cooks the meat quickly and gives you the option of browning beef before it's cooked through. This recipe will show you how easy it is to make stew in an air fryer.
What is Beef Stew?
This dish is perfect for the cold winter months because it is hearty, warm, and comforting. Beef stew is usually made by slow-cooking chunks of beef and vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and celery in a flavorful broth until the meat is soft enough to cut with a spoon.
In France, Beef Bourguignon is a popular dish similar to Beef Stew in the United States. This is one of the easiest ways to cook beef stew meat.
Beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
White Onion, chopped
Garlic, minced (or garlic powder)
Carrots, cut into bite-sized pieces
Potatoes, cut into bite-sized pies
Stalks of celery, chopped
Mix everything in the slow cooker except the water and cornstarch (beef, onion, garlic, carrots, potatoes, broth, tomato sauce, soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce, herbs, sugar, salt, and pepper). Blend everything.
All of the ingredients should be pushed down into the juices. Cover the stew and cook it on Low for 8 hours or High for about 5–6 hours.
Mix the cornstarch and water until they are smooth. Mix it into the beef stew, put the lid on, and let it cook for about 5 minutes in a preheated oven/ air fryer or until it makes the stew a little bit thicker. Enjoy.
1 pound Beef Cubes
One Cup All-purpose Flour
1 cup Vegetable oil/avocado oil spray
1 tbsp Black Pepper or Cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon Curry powder
1/2 teaspoon Cumin Powder
1/2 tbsp Onion Powder
Combine the beef and flour in a bowl. Use a fork to combine the ingredients. The flour should be coated on the meat, but it shouldn't be over-floured or clumpy.
Place the beef into an air fryer basket and set the temperature to 300º F.
Add flour to a bowl. Mix it with a fork until it is well-combined, then add the beef cubes to the bowl and mix again until they are evenly coated in flour.
Please place them in the air fryer basket and cook at 300º F for 20 minutes, flipping once during that period.
Make sure your meat is in a single layer to ensure even cooking, but do not overcrowd the basket. If you use a smaller air fryer, you may need to divide your ingredients into multiple baskets.
Next, we set the time for 35 minutes for our stew recipes that call for 1 lb of cubed chuck roast (boneless). Again, this will vary depending on what size piece of meat and what recipe you are making with these steps, as well as if there are other ingredients in your recipes like potatoes or carrots; these will take longer than just meat alone.
Remove from the pot and transfer to a plate.
When the beef is done, transfer it back to the air fryer basket and add all the remaining ingredients except the beans—Cook for one more minute at 400°F (200°C).
Serve warm and top with parsley, if desired. Enjoy
Transfer the stew to a bowl and serve hot.
Ensure your stew is cooked thoroughly before transferring it to a bowl.
Don't overcook the stew, as this may cause some ingredients to break down into mushy textures.
Don't leave it in for too long until the beans are warm enough and have absorbed most of their juices. They'll get soggy and mushy if you leave them in too long.
Season with salt and pepper as needed (you should be able to taste each ingredient easily).
Beef Stew Meat
Butter: Use butter without salt or leave out the salt.
Onions, carrots, and potatoes are types of vegetables.
Thyme, rosemary, salt, and black pepper are the spices.
All-Purpose Flour: You can also use all-purpose flour that doesn't contain gluten.
Beef Broth: Use a high-quality beef broth
Step 1: Start by putting salt and pepper on the meat. Then, put the butter in your air fryer, press the "saute" button, let the butter melt, and add the meat. Brown the meat on all sides. When it's browned enough, please put it on a plate. (To add back later)
Step 2: Add the carrots, onions, and seasonings to the Instant Pot. Saute' the onion until it softens, which should take about 3–4 minutes. Make sure to stir it often, so it doesn't stick.
Step 3: Add the flour, stir, and coat the vegetables.
Step 4: Add the beef broth and potatoes, then return the meat.
What to Serve with this Beef Stew Recipe?
The juice goes well with warm, soft bread.
If you like crunchy bread, you can also have toast.
Use soft hoagie loaf bread to make a sandwich out of it.
Serve it on rice, couscous, quinoa, or any other grain you like.
Putting stew on top of pasta is always a good idea. From spaghetti to macaroni or your favorite pasta is delicious.
Storing and Reheating
This recipe makes enough for four servings. You could easily double or triple it if needed. Beef Stew is delicious, served hot or cold.
If you are reheating leftover beef stew, add some water to the pan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Turn off the heat, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and continue heating over low heat until warmed through.
How do I know what kind of meat to use for beef stew?
Chuck is the best cut of beef for beef stew because it is the most tender. Also, since it's a cheap cut of meat, it's an excellent choice for beef stew.
Since chuck starts as tough meat, it starts to break down as it cooks, making your beef stew delicious and full of flavor.
How to Make Beef Stew Thick
If you want the stew to be thicker, you must add a cornstarch slurry. But, it's not at all necessary.
To thicken with a mixture of cornstarch and water called a "slurry." Mix two tablespoons of cornstarch and two tablespoons of water in a small bowl. It would be best if you never put them straight into the Instant Pot bowl.
Instead, it would help if you mixed them. Mix the cornstarch and water well, and then pour the mixture into the bowl of the Instant Pot. Blend well. Let it cook for a minute or two until it is completely dissolved.
Air Fryer, an excellent Alternative for Stew
You can use an air fryer for cooking stew, but it's not the only way. Stew is delicious, but it takes a long time to cook on a stovetop or in a slow cooker.
This is especially true if you have multiple ingredients in your stew and want them all cooked at the same temperature. That's why using an air fryer is such a fantastic alternative.
How to make air fryer stew recipes FAQs
1. How do I cook the stew in an air fryer?
First, you must ensure your air fryer has a temperature setting between 350°F - 400°F. Once you have set up your air fryer, you can follow these instructions for cooking stew in an air fryer: Cook 1/4 cup of water at 350°F for 5 minutes.
Add two tablespoons of oil and stir well. Place meat into the center of the pan and pour liquid around the meat. Cover the pot and let simmer for 20 minutes. Remove lid and continue cooking until meat is cooked through. Serve hot.
2. How long does beef go in the air fryer?
Beef goes for 15 minutes in the air fryer. The internal temperature should be 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). If you want to keep the meat juicy, cook it for 10 minutes longer.
3. Can I cook soup in an air fryer?
Yes! The air fryer works great for cooking soups, although some recipes require more prolonged heating. Some popular brands include Cuisinart, KitchenAid, and T-fal.
4. Can you put liquid in an air fryer?
Yes, you can put liquids in an air fryer. However, you should be careful when using them because they could explode anytime. Another essential thing to remember is that food cooked in an air fryer has a lower nutritional profile than food cooked on other cooking methods.
5. Can an air fryer catch fire?
Yes, they do! If the temperature inside the unit gets too high, it could explode, causing severe injuries. The best way to avoid such accidents is to keep the air fryer at room temperature while cooking.
After you've tried these air fryer stew recipes, let us know how they turned out.Also, what other recipes would you like to see in this series.