These Air Fried Steak and Asparagus Bundles are packed with green veggies and colorful bell peppers, bundled around marinated flank steak, resulting in a flavorful, healthy steak dinner that’s made in minutes that’s perfect for busy weeknights or weekend dinners!
What Is an Air Fryer?
An air fryer is a small kitchen appliance that cooks by circulating hot air around food by using a convection mechanism. It’s typically found as a standalone appliance, but some ovens have this feature built in now.
They’ve become poplar among home cooks as they provide a healthy alternative to deep frying and serve as a multipurpose cooker.
Craving crispy chicken wings? Air fry them! Have a hankering for meatballs, but don’t want to stand over a hot stovetop? Air fry them! Wanna make a quick side of Brussels sprouts to go with your meal? Air fry them! Seriously, these things are magical!
Can I Really Cook Steak in my Air Fryer?
The short answer is … yes!
Being a Southerner I love fried foods. But if I can have those beloved foods cooked in a way that’s better for me and my skinny jeans, I say bring it on.
Steak on the grill is amazing, but during the winter months, it’s not always possible to get to the grill, since we have snow to contend with. The air fryer solves this problem.
These steak and asparagus bundles start by marinating a flank steak. You can marinade it for as little as an hour and up to overnight — meaning you can do step one the night before and save yourself some precious time the day of cooking.
Asparagus and thinly sliced bell peppers are placed in the middle of each piece of steak. The steak is wrapped around the vegetables and are secured by toothpicks. Spritz the ends of the vegetables with olive oil spray before air frying. You can also add slices of onions, if you like.
TIP: Make sure to preheat your air fryer before cooking, just like you would an oven. This takes approximately 10 minutes.
While the steak bundles are cooking make the balsamic reduction to drizzle on top. Your taste buds will thank you.
The next time you’re looking to impress some guests with a delicious meal or want a quick recipe for a busy weeknight, but don’t want to put a ton of effort into it, make these delightful Air Fried Steak and Asparagus Roll-Ups. And make sure to share this recipe with your friends on Facebook or Pinterest if you enjoyed it!
Are Air Fryers Worth It?
I’ve had my eye on air fryers since they hit the market a few years ago, patiently waiting to see if they would be worth the investment. There is only so much countertop real estate in my kitchen, am I right? You know you can you relate? I needed to be sure it was going to be a good fit, and, let’s be honest, there was the budget issue.
After a seemingly endless search, I finally found an air fryer on a sale I couldn’t resist, so I bit the bullet and purchased it. I brought her home, unboxed her, and she’s been on my counter ever since.
Naturally I started with the usual suspects — chicken nuggets and fries. What can I say? I needed to ease my way into this new found way of cooking. They were an instant hit, and the fries were crispy as could be. I knew right away a good choice!
So, while they can be large and require a lot of space, trust me … it’s worth it! An air fryer is a great tool for cooks looking to try new recipes and techniques while having fun and freeing up some cook time!
Key Ingredients for Air Fried Steak and Asparagus Bundles
- Flank Steak: Choosing the right cut of meat is crucial for cooking with the air fryer. Flank Steak is great for this recipe because it’s relatively cheap and thin enough to roll around the veggies. It also has an ideal fat and meat ratio for the grill or air fryer.
- Marinade: Create a flavorful steak marinade with just two ingredients: tamarind and crushed garlic!
- Asparagus: One pound trimmed does the trick for this recipe.
- Bell peppers: Seed them and slice into thin spears. Use a variety of colors as each have their own distinct flavor. I used red, yellow, and orange here.
- Sauce: Combine balsamic vinegar, beef broth, and unsalted butter in a medium sauce pan while the steak and asparagus bundles are cooking and reduce by half to yield the sauce you’ll pour over the finished product!
How To Make Air Fried Steak and Asparagus Bundles
- Prep Steaks: Season with salt and pepper and place in large Ziplock bag with marinade of tamarind and garlic. Seal and massage the seasonings into the steak until well-coated. Transfer to fridge and allow to marinade for a minimum of 1 hour up to overnight.
- When ready to assemble: Remove steaks from marinade and place on a cutting board or sheet. Equally divide them and place asparagus and bell pepper spears into the middle of each piece of steak. Roll steak around vegetables to form bundles and secure with tooth picks.
- Preheat your air fryer and spray with nonstick olive oil: Once heated and working in batches (depending on the size of your air fryer), place bundles into basket of air fryer. Cook at 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
- Remove steak bundles: And allow to rest for 5 minutes prior to serving/slicing.
- Make the sauce: While the steak bundles are resting, add balsamic vinegar, broth and butter to a small to medium sauce pan and cook over medium heat until sauce has thickened and reduced by half. Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve: Pour sauce over steak bundles prior to serving, and enjoy! Pair with sides like my Parmesan Garlic Mashed Potatoes or Saffron Risotto to complete the meal.
Air Fried Steak and Asparagus Bundles
These Air Fried Steak and Asparagus Bundles are gluten-free, low-carb, Keto-friendly and super easy to make in your trusted air fryer!
- 2 - 2 1/2 pounds Flank steak - cut into 6 pieces
- kosher salt/black pepper
- 1/2 cup Tamari sauce
- 2 cloves garlic - crushed
- 1 pound asparagus - trimmed
- 3 bell peppers - seeded and sliced thinly
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 cup beef broth
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Olive oil spray
- Season steaks with salt and pepper.
- Place steaks into a large zip top bag. Add: Tamari sauce and garlic. Seal bag.
- Massage steaks so that they're completely coated. Transfer to refrigerator and allow to marinade for a minimum of 1 hour up to overnight.
- When ready to assemble, remove steaks from marinade and place on a cutting board or sheet. Discard marinade.
- Equally divide and then place asparagus and bell peppers into the middle of each piece of steak.
- Roll steak around vegetables and secure with tooth picks.
- Preheat air fryer.
- Working in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer, place bundles into basket of air fryer.
- Spray vegetables with olive oil spray.
- Cook at 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
- Remove steak bundles and allow to rest for 5 minutes prior to serving/slicing.
- WHILE steak is resting, into small-medium sauce pan heat: balsamic vinegar, broth and butter over medium heat. Whisk to combine.
- Continue cooking until sauce has thickened and reduced by half. Season with salt and pepper.
- Pour sauce over steak bundles prior to serving.
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This is just about the prettiest dinner! And so easy! This would be perfect for entertaining. Love it!
Thanks Angie! Super easy and something most everyone would love.
Hi there what if you don’t have an air fryer can you wrap them and bbq them or bake them
My husband, who isn’t a huge vegetable lover, ate several of these because they were so good!
So glad to hear that Stephanie.
Oh my goodness! How good these steak and asparagus bundles look! Perfect for a fancy dinner in two or with friends!
Thanks Catalina, it definitely works for both. Hope you give it a try.
Chrissie Baker says
Such a great recipe. I know my family is going to love these!
If you try it, please let us know how your family enjoyed it Chrissie.
Looks good,going to try it.Nice to find a new way.Barb
Awesome Barb! So glad you’re going to give it a go.
Steve DeWald says
We tried these steaks and veggies, I seared them first then finished in the oven @ 400 deg. For 20 minutes could have gone a few minutes longer but they were very good and juicy.
So glad to hear that Steve. Thanks for sharing your results with us.
These look like my next dinner, Juicy and delicious!!!!
Hi Jade! Absolutely agree.
Katerina @ diethood .com says
I love how easy and delicious these are!! YUM!
SO easy especially if you marinade the steak the night before and prep the vegetables. Hope you give it a go.
These look amazing! Love how juicy they look! Love the cookie method!
Thanks so much Amy.
Is there a substitute way to make this without an air fryer?
Hi Veronica, I haven’t made it any other way but I imagine you could sear the bundles in a cast iron skillet first and then place it into the oven to finish cooking. Just be mindful of the cook time, depending on the thickness of the steak and how you like it cooked. If you try it please let us know how it turns out.
Did anyone try it without an air fryer??
Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
These look absolutely delicious! So colorful and perfect for any get together! Love these 🙂
Thanks so much Patricia – they’re beautiful and tasty!
Soooo good i didn’t use the seasoning you stated for the steak i used a marinade and garlic. But it was amazing my kids loved it!
So glad y’all loved it Samantha! Thanks for sharing your results.
These look delicious, and I would love to make for my husband. I just have one question.
My air fryer has a crisper tray that fits down into the basket. So i guess the drippings can drop to the bottom. Is yours the same and do you place on the crisper tray?
Do you place this on top of the crisper tray? My airfryer has an insert that sets down in the basket. It has slits in the tray so the drippings can drop to the bottom.
Hi Karen – I place mine directly in the air fryer basket (with holes). I have a Power Air Fryer XL
Hi Karen, I have a Power Air Fryer XL. There’s a photo of my Air Fried Meatballs in the air fryer basket in this post if you want to see a visual https://bellalimento.com/2019/04/15/air-fried-meatballs/ Hope that helps.
Can you share the nutritional info as well? Calories, Fat, Carbs and Protein?
Janey Z says
Please advise nutritional information including sodium mg. Per serving. Recipe looks very good. Sort of a rustic braciole.
Katie N says
This looks delicious! Can you please provide the nutritional information? Thanks!
How do I cook this without an air fryer?
Made the recipe as is. These steak rolls came out very tasty and were easy to put together. I cooked half at 5 minutes and the rest at 7 minutes due to the thickness of one of my flank steaks. All came out at just the right “doneness” for us. Served mine with Texamati jasmine rice. Husband says this is a keeper. May try these on the grill too. Thanks for sharing.
So glad y’all enjoyed them Glenna! Thanks for sharing.
This looks amazing! What a fun dinner or appetizer option for company!
AMAZING!! So yummy! We follow IF and a fairly low carb diet and this was perfect! Put over a thin layer of plain jasmine rice as I felt there was already going to be sooo much flavor! Also added minced portabello mushrooms and minced onion to the balsamic sauce! Will definitely be making this again! Also I don’t own an air fryer so I sautéed the peppers and asparagus for a few minutes in olive oil and then wrapped them in the steak. Put on medium heat grill and cooked for about 10-15 minutes. Perfect cooked veggie crunch and meat was still juicy and tender!
Thanks so much for this recipe!
They are so beautiful. I made them in my air fryer. Next time I won’t season them before marinating. They were plenty salty. I had to cook them a few minutes longer, because the flank steak was fairly thick. But they were a big hit.