How to cook Ostrich Fillet Steaks in air fryer (to a Medium) (2024)

Don't be afraid to air fry Ostrich steak fillets because you simply copy theoven cooking instructions provided, with 6 minutes needed in the air fryer.

Air fry Ostrich steak fillets regardless of size and/or thickness, asinstructed to on the packaging for oven cooking. For my 18-20mm thick fillets, Iair fried to a perfect 'medium,' which was featured on the box. Ostrich fillets cookquickly, so the temp of 355°F/180°C with a full 6 minute cooking timewas enough.

CONTENTS:

  • Prepare Ostrich Steak fillets
    • STEP 1: Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes
    • STEP 2: Rub Olive oil over Ostrich steaks - with optional butter
    • STEP 3: Season with little salt and pepper
    • STEP 4: Line air fryer basket with parchment paper, optional
  • How air fry Ostrich Steaks
    • STEP 1: Sit Ostrich steaks in air fryer
    • STEP 2: Set temperature to 355°F/180°C; time to 6 minutes
    • STEP 3: Air fry for 3 minutes; flip over
    • STEP 4: Cook until time; serve immediately
  • Oven Vs. flash fried Vs. air fryer
  • Summary

I remember the first time I tried Ostrich steaks, which blow my mind just howamazing it tasted, with a flavour like no other - but a similar one toduck breast I would say.

Last time I cooked an Ostrich steak, it was quickly fried in the pan with alittle oil.

Now this time, I am cooking the exact same Ostrich steak selection, in the airfryer; which I must say cooked far better than I could imagine. It took no timetoo turn to a medium, yet browned enough in the short 6 minutes it took to airfry.

I didn't pick a random 6 minutes of air frying time, the 6 minutes wassuggested for oven cooking, well 6-8 minutes; of which I went with lowestsuggested of time 6minutes.

Of course, the air fryer must be well preheated for 5 minutes, and you mustturn the Ostrich steaks over halfway, so 3 minutes on each side.

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Season Ostrich steaks in freshly ground back pepper and salt to infuse thefillets with much needed texture.

I oiled these Ostrich steaks thoroughly which was useful for adhering thefreshly ground black pepper and salt to.

You can line you air fryer in parchment paper or foil to keep your air fryerclean, whilst I chose to go without because I feel the Ostrich fillets willbenefit whilst cooking on a naked metal basket.

Air fry the Ostrich fillets as suggested for oven cooking, otherwise 6minutes at a temperature of 355°F/180°C will do. You can air fry forapproximately 4 minutes for a medium rare, with an option to air fry for 8-10for well done.

Demonstration was done so on a TESCO-bought, Klien Karoo Ostrich FilletSteak, weighing 125 each. More importantly, the Ostrich steak fillets wereapproximately 18-20mm in thickness - which will have a huge bearing on thedoneness of your fillets.

Air frying an Ostrich steak essentially needs no longer than 6 minutes, whichwill produce a very tender steak even though its a lean cut of meat. You willdepend on the olive oil for added moisture, and the seasoning for texture.

Prepare Ostrich Steak fillets

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Ostrich steak fillets while lean are very tender. Ostrich does lack fat ofwhich you really do need to rub olive oil on the surface of the Ostrich toprovide a little Ostrich-infused juice.

  • STEP 1: Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes - With only 6 minutesto sear your steaks, use this time wisely by preheating your air fryer for aminimum of 5minutes
  • STEP 2: Rub Olive oil over Ostrich steaks - Rub a generousamount oil on both sides and edges of the fillets
  • STEP 3: Season with little salt and pepper - Season the filletswith freshly ground pepper and salt, pressing the seasoning into the meat toensure it adheres
  • STEP 4: Line air fryer basket with parchment paper, optional -Don't use any kind of lining if you can, as the fillets are best placed on anaked basket

NOTE: Whilst lining your air fryer is optional, I recommend you don't becausethe hot surface of the air fryer basket should help to sear the fillets a tad.

How to air fry Ostrich Steaks

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Air frying any size or thickness Ostrich steak fillets is a straightforwardprocess; sit the fillets in your air fryer; cook for a full 6 minutes; turnfillets halfway for even cooking.

  • STEP 1: Sit Ostrich steaks in air fryer - Position what couldbe two small fillets side by side in the air fryer basket
  • STEP 2: Set temperature to 355°F/180°C; time to 6 minutes- Ostrich fillets cook fast, thus a medium heat is all you need, with 6 minutesin total
  • STEP 3: Air fry for 3 minutes; flip over - With 3 minutesmarking the halfway point, remember to turn the fillets over to cook evenly onboth sides
  • STEP 4: Cook until time; serve immediately - Air fry until the6 minutes are up, and serve the fillets immediately

NOTE: Ostrich steaks will cool quite quickly and thus its vital you eat rightaway. Ostrich will be lean but very tender, with a stringy texture on hesurface.

Oven Vs. flash fried Vs. air fryer

One thing I've noticed when air frying Ostrich steak fillets when compared topan frying - of which I've done both - the air frying option certainly feelshealthier.

Whilst the producers of Ostrich steak fillets will recommend you flash fryyour fillets in a frying pan with a little oil; I will agree this method ofcooking Ostrich is the better of all three options - with oven cookinginstructions also provided.

Oven cooking is very much like air frying, only your big oven isn't soconfined like an air fryer, thus oven cooking will take longer, and thereforeyour timing will be way out.

Not so with air frying, because the 6 minutes I went with - which was thetime provided for the oven cooking instructions - was enough to cook to a'medium,' which was featured on the packaging if oven cooking for 6-8 minutes. Ipromise you though, 6 minutes is plenty of time to air fry to a medium, withenough sear on the surface.

I recommend you first flash fry your Ostrich steak fillets to introduce muchneeded basting juice; whilst air frying for whatever reason, must absolutely be prioritised over oven cooking- which isn't as accurate as air frying.

If you have two Ostrich steak fillets in the box like I did, then why not panfry one and air fry the other, to compare the difference in taste and textureyourself.

Summary

Expect to have little to no trouble when air frying your Ostrich steakfillets, because this lean but tender cut of meat, will allow for a littlemargin of error.

Cook from a medium rare to a medium, and it will remain tender but with reallyno juice.

Air frying to a well done I can't comment on because I never tried it, but itshould still be a leaner cut when compared to beef steak for example.

Regardless of size and thickness, I recommend you always air fry Ostrichsteak fillets to a temperature of 355°F/180°C, with a full cooking timeof 6 minutes. Don't forget the fillets must be turned over at the halfway mark.

Preparing the Ostrich steaks involves smothering the fillets in olive oil toprovide a little basting juice, with fresh ground pepper and salt pressed intothe surface, which will provide mush needed texture.

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