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Air-Fryer Spiced Steaks with Cherry Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 20 min.


4 servings

Updated: Apr. 24, 2022
Who needs to grill? These impressive steaks, topped with a rich cherry sauce, will delight your guests. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Air-Fryer Spiced Steaks with Cherry Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup port wine, warmed
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 4 beef tenderloin steaks (1-1/4 inches thick and 6 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Crumbled blue cheese, optional


  1. In a small bowl, combine cherries and wine; set aside. In a shallow dish, combine pepper, brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, coffee, salt, cinnamon, cumin and mustard. Add steaks, 1 at a time, and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. In a small skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add shallot; cook and stir 2 minutes. Add broth and thyme. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 8 minutes. Stir in cream; bring to a boil. Cook until thickened, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat air fryer to 375°. In batches, arrange steaks on greased tray in air-fryer basket. Cook until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°), 3-6 minutes on each side.
  4. Stir reserved cherry mixture into cream sauce; serve with steaks. If desired, sprinkle with blue cheese.

Test Kitchen tip
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make this recipe in an oven.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 steak with 3 tablespoons sauce: 488 calories, 24g fat (13g saturated fat), 117mg cholesterol, 388mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 39g protein.

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