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Air fryer Philly Cheesesteak

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A hearty and savory meal with perfectly melty cheese, this Air Fryer Philly Cheesesteak is a new way to prepare the classic sandwich, without filling your kitchen with grease splatters and smoke.

A combination of steak and fragrant veggies makes for an ideal and filling cheesesteak!

4 air fryer cheesesteaks on parchment paper.

Why you will love this air fryer philly cheesesteak recipe

  • Quick and Convenient: Ready in under 30 minutes and perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Effortless Prep: Minimal chopping and preparation required. You can buy all of the veggies pre-sliced at the grocery store if you really want to cut prep time and you can grab a jar of lazy girl garlic (minced garlic in a jar) to save you from mincing it yourself!
  • Easy Clean-Up: No greasy pans or splatters to deal with.
  • Kid-Friendly: A hit with both adults and kids, making it a family favorite.
  • Customizable: Easily adjustable to suit your taste preferences or dietary needs.
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Ingredients you will need

Steak: I like to use sirloin or ribeye steak for this air fryer cheesesteak.

Seasonings: A combination of salt and black pepper is all you need! If you want to throw a dash of garlic powder in there too, feel free!

Veggies: I use a combination of garlic, sliced onions, bell peppers (both green pepper and red pepper for color), and cremini mushrooms for lots of savory and earthy flavor.

Cheese: Cheez Whiz is the “cheese of choice” for most Philly cheesesteaks, but I prefer a nice melty provolone.

Rolls: Nice sturdy hoagie rolls are perfect for these hearty sandwiches.

Toppings: Optional toppings like freshly chopped parsley and yellow mustard can take your sandwich to the next level.

What’s the best cheese to use for Philly cheesesteak?

If you’re looking to make a true authentic Philly cheesesteak, white American cheese or deli provolone are the classic options.

Cheez Whiz or any kind of cheese spread or sauce is also commonly used in Philly cheesesteaks.

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How to make delicious philly cheesesteak sandwiches in the air fryer

  1. Preheat the air fryer and line the base of the air fryer basket with parchment paper for easier cleanup.
  2. Season the steak and peppers. In a large mixing bowl, combine the steak, garlic, salt, black pepper, bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, and olive oil.
  3. Air fry the cheesesteaks. Place the steak mixture in the air fryer basket and cook for about 10 minutes, then add the sliced provolone and cook an additional 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  4. Prepare the cheesesteaks. Brush the insides of the rolls with melted butter if you like, then load them up with the cooked steak, peppers, and onions.
  5. Finish air frying. Place the cheesesteaks in the air fryer and heat for a few minutes, until they are warm and lightly toasted. Garnish with fresh parsley and mustard if you like.

Tip: you might need to pull the beef apart with two forks to separate it before air frying so it doesn’t become a big clump.

What cuts of meat should I use for Philly cheesesteak?

When it comes to air fryer Philly cheesesteaks, I prefer to go for ribeye steak whenever I can.

A more affordable option is sirloin steak, and whatever option you choose, make sure to choose something with lots of marbling for plenty of flavor.

4 philly cheesesteaks arranged on parchment paper.

What is the difference between a cheese steak and a Philly cheesesteak?

A cheesesteak is any sandwich that features thin slices of cooked steak and melty cheese.

A Philly cheesesteak, a staple sandwich that originated in Philadelphia, PA, specifically includes slices of ribeye with melted provolone and grilled onion, but can also sometimes be made with American cheese or Cheese Whiz.

While sometimes controversial, I always add peppers and onions to mine!

How to reheat a cheesesteak in the air fryer

If you have leftovers, for best results I recommend separating the steak and veggies from the bread and storing in the fridge in an airtight container.

To reheat, go through the same process of heating up the steak filling in the air fryer, then assemble the sandwich and toast the bread and ensure all the cheese is melty.

What to serve with cheesesteaks

Cheesesteaks pair well with a variety of savory fried sides and great appetizers like onion rings, air fryer cheese bites, and fried banana peppers.

Another great choice is some garlic Parmesan french fries (or zucchini fries for a slightly lighter option) and some homemade coleslaw.

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Air Fryer Philly Cheesesteak

A hearty and savory meal with perfectly melty cheese, this Air Fryer Philly Cheesesteak is a brand new way to prepare the classic sandwich.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time22 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer cheesesteak, air fryer philly cheesesteak, philly cheesesteak
Servings: 4
Calories: 589kcal


  • 1 lb sirloin or rib eye, shaved
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1/3 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, thinly sliced (about 1 small pepper)
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, thinly sliced (about 1 small pepper)
  • 1/2 of a sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 hoagie rolls


  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • yellow mustard


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400F and line the basket with air fryer parchment for easier cleanup.
  • Add the steak, garlic, salt, pepper, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms and olive oil to a large mixing bowl and toss until combined. Place the steak mixture in the air fryer basket and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the meat is fully cooked. Then top the mixture with sliced provolone cheese in a single layer and continue cooking for about 2 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the cheesesteaks. If you like, brush the outsides with butter before filling them up with the steak mixture. Then use a spatula or tongs to fill the hoagie rolls with the steak and veggies. Place the filled hoagies back in the air fryer for 1-2 mins to warm up.
  • Divide the cheesesteaks between 4 plates If you like, you can top them with parsley and yellow mustard.


Calories: 589kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 860mg | Potassium: 706mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1160IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 354mg | Iron: 13mg

Nutrition information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.


  • Use two forks to separate the beef so you don’t get chewy clumps!
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  1. 5 stars
    I’m loving this cheesesteak recipe! I never thought to make them in the air fryer but it makes it so easy and accessible to make cheesesteaks whenever I’m craving them. Thank you for the recipe!!

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