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Air Fryer Roast Beef

Perfectly seared, juicy and tender this garlic rosemary roast beef is made with only 5 ingredients and done in less than 35 minutes.

A raw seasoned roast beef on a black cutting board, with fresh rosemary springs and a head of garlic on the cutting board.

Why I love making roast beef in the air fryer

I have always loved a good roast beef, especially after I learned to love rare red meat. The best part about making the roast in the air fryer is how simple it is. A recipe that only takes about 35 minutes, including prep work, turns out like a meal you would have spent all afternoon making. The outer edges sear perfectly while the inside is juicy and tender.

Close up of seasoned raw roast beef on a black cutting board with rosemary springs and a head of garlic in the background.

Here’s what you will need to make the roast

A cooked roast beef resting on a cutting board with some juices dripping out of it.

How to make air fryer roast beef

First chop up the fresh rosemary. I mixed 3 teaspoons of the rosemary with 3 teaspoons of minced garlic (or about 3 cloves) with 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a small bowl. You are going to rub this mixture on all the surfaces of the roast beef.

I dried the surface of the roast with paper towel to absorb excess moisture to help the mixture stick to the surface of the roast. I sprinkled each surface with some salt, pepper, and garlic powder and the covered the roast with the rub.

Now you want to preheat your air fryer, because it is annoying when it is preheated before you are ready. Start at 390˚F for 7 minutes. Drop the temperature to 360˚F and cook for another 13 minutes. Remove the rack and flip the roast, and cook for another 10 minutes.

I checked the internal temperature quick to make sure I was okay with another 10 minutes. When the internal temperature reaches 125˚F (for rare) 145˚F for medium. Allow the roast to rest on a cutting board for about 10 minutes before slicing.

A rare roast beef sliced 3 times on a black platter.

FAQs and helpful tips about making air fryer roast beef

Can you roast in the air fryer?

Absolutely, this is the one of the best features of the air fryer in my opinion. Roasted vegetables come out great as well!

What should the internal temperature of roast beef be?

The temperature will range from 115˚F to 145˚F depending on how rare you prefer your red meat. I recommend you looking the temperature up if you are unsure.

How can I cook a roast that isn’t dry?

Letting the roast rest after cooking helps the juices redistribute and reabsorb into the meat and is probably the most important part. Another factor is getting a good sear on the meat with a higher blast of heat for the first bit of cooking time.

A roast beef resting on a black cutting board before cutting with a head of garlic and a smashed pice of garlic and rosemary on the side.

Other roasting recipes you could try

A close up of a sliced rare roast beef on a black platter.
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Air Fryer Roast Beef

Perfectly seared, juicy and tender this garlic rosemary roast beef is made with only 5 ingredients and done in less than 35 minutes. 

  • Author: Theresa
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 2.5 lb rump roast
  • 3 tsp minced fresh garlic
  • 3 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine minced garlic, chopped rosemary and olive oil in a small bowl to form a rough paste.
  2. Dry surfaces of roast.
  3. Sprinkle garlic powder and salt and pepper on all sides of the roast.
  4. Spread the rosemary garlic paste evenly on all surfaces of the roast.
  5. Preheat air fryer to 390˚F.
  6. Place it in the preheated air fryer, for 7 minutes to sear.
  7. Turn the temperature down to 360˚F and cook for 13 more minutes.
  8. Flip the roast for the last 10 minutes of cooking, and remove from air fryer. Check the internal temperature now also!
  9. Allow the roast to rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 300
  • Sugar: 1.9 g
  • Sodium: 226.7 mg
  • Fat: 2.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 63.6 g
  • Fiber: 4.3 g
  • Protein: 12.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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