Ready for maximum flavor with minimum fuss? Don’t miss this quick and easy recipe for Marinated Tri-Tip, which you can make in the oven or in an air fryer.
File this one under “Surprising Things You Can Cook In an Air Fryer!”
I am a recent convert to the air fryer craze, utilizing the countertop gadget mostly for DIY chicken nuggets and French fries to lend big-time crispiness to the boys’ favorite lunch and dinner foods. But once I expanded my air fryer recipe repertoire, the sky was the limit!
I’ve included every tip and trick you need to master perfectly cooked tri-tip, whether you’re whipping it up in an air fryer or in your oven.
What’s the Best Air Fryer?
I did a good deal of research before settling on the Cosori Air Fryer Pro II. With so many air fryer options, I decided on the below criteria when it came time to purchase:
- Amazon Reviews: Let’s be honest, isn’t this the main driver of any online purchase?
- Basket Size: I’m cooking for a family of five, which means I need a basket that can fit enough servings to feed us all. The Cosori basket is large enough to hold anything from a dozen dino nuggets to a 3-pound tri-tip.
- Ease of Use: I am a throw-away-the-directions type of kitchen gadget user, and I love how intuitive and easy the Cosori is to use.
What Is Tri-Tip?
As its name indicates, the tri-tip is a triangular cut of meat from the bottom of the sirloin. It is an incredibly flavorful cut of beef that is less pricey than similar cuts of steak. It’s also very versatile when it comes to cooking methods and can be cooked in the oven, on the grill or in an air fryer.
How Do You Cook Tri-Tip In the Oven?
The best technique for cooking tri-tip in the oven is to start by searing it on the stovetop to ensure a good crust. It is then finished in a high-heat oven until it is cooked to your desired doneness.
What’s the Best Tri-Tip Marinade?
You know I love my secret ingredients, and this time I’ve upped my classic marinade trifecta of soy sauce, garlic and honey with two flavor-packed additions: Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. The result is the most perfectly balanced blend of salty and sweet flavors that lends an intensely rich flavor to any type of beef, chicken or pork.
How Do You Cook Tri-Tip In An Air Fryer?
A few tips on technique will guarantee your air fryer steak is tender, juicy and cooked to your preferred doneness:
- Marinate for Maximum Flavor: Marinading tri-tip adds big flavor to the meat as well as ensuring it is moist and tender. Marinate tri-tip for a minimum of 1 hour, but ideally overnight.
- Room Temp First: After marinating your steak in the refrigerator, remove it and let it set at room temperature for 30 minutes to ensure more even cooking.
- Preheat Like a Pro: It’s important to pre-heat the air fryer before adding the tri-tip, which will guarantee the essential crust and a juicy interior.
- Let It Rest: Just like cooking any other steak, letting the tri-tip rest for 10 minutes (tented with foil) after cooking will allow all of the juices to collect inside the meat, making it more flavorful and more moist.
What Is the Temperature Chart for Tri-Tip?
When cooking steak of any kind, it’s important to remember the concept of carry-over cooking, which means the beef will rise an additional roughly 10 degrees after cooking and while it is resting. Follow the below temperature chart, keeping in mind that you’ll need to remove the steak from the oven or air fryer when it is 10 degrees cooler than your desired doneness:
- Medium-Rare: 130-135°F
- Medium: 135-140°F
- Medium-Well: 140°F and above (Note: Tri-tip is not a particularly fatty meat, so it is best and most tender when cooked medium-rare or medium.)
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