Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

If you love the taste of Guinness Beer, you’re going to love these simple low carb Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers. These beauties are soy-free and gluten-free which makes them a safe and delicious meal for families who have to avoid certain foods due to food allergies. 
 
Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers
 
Like most families, we’re big meat-eaters. Although I continue to watch my carb intake since my weight loss surgery, we eat meat at most meals. I find that adding meat to our meals is a simple way to increase our protein intake while still being able to eat keto and low carb. 
 
Another great thing about this simple Air Fryer recipe is that eating off skewers is just a lot of fun. Put a steak on a plate in front of your kids and you’re lucky if they eat half. Put that same steak on a skewer and you’re lucky if you have any left. We’re taught as children not to eat with our hands, but skewers have to be the exception, right?! 
 
(If you’re new to the Air Fryer world, read all about how to use your Air Fryer here!)
 

What kind of meat is good for skewers?

It’s really all in what you prefer, but as you can tell, this recipe calls for Ribeye. Other good cuts of steak are Porterhouse and Filet Mignon. What you’re really going for is a meat that isn’t overly chewy but will still hold its shape and stay on the skewer.

 

Is stew meat good for kabobs?

No. Stew meat tends to be a different texture and that doesn’t make for a very good bite right off the skewer. 

 

What is the difference between kebab and souvlaki?

Kebabs are small boneless pieces of tender meat threaded over a skewer and then grilled or roasted. Lamb is traditionally the preferred meat, but beef, goat, chicken, and various other meats have increased in popularity. 
 
Souvlaki is a traditional Greek dish made of meat grilled over skewers. Souvlaki is also known as Greek kebabs and the name is translated as skewer (souvla). In Greece, souvlaki is a very popular fast food. The dish is traditionally served with pork and is often cooked with vegetables. Although souvlaki is prepared over skewers, it is not uncommon to remove the cooked meat and vegetables and place them in pitas drizzled with a cucumber sauce. 
 
Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

 

Does beer marinade tenderize meat?

Before we jump into that, let’s talk about the elephant in the room: beer. Beer is an ingredient in this dish, but don’t get worried if you’re not a beer drinker. So, why is beer in this recipe?

Firstly, it enhances the flavor and adds to the aroma of the dish. However, the alcohol in the beer cooks out.

Secondly, beer helps to tenderize the meat. Enzymes in beer help break down tough fibers in meat, making it more tender and flavorful at the same time.  

I prefer cooking with Guinness because of the taste that it adds to the marinade. If you’re preparing this dish for St. Patrick’s Day, you will be all in on the Irish holiday. 

Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

 

Do you need to soak wooden skewers before using them?

If the skewers are wooden, it’s always a good idea to soak them before getting them super hot. Typically, skewers are soaked when preparing kebabs over open flames. Although this recipe doesn’t call for a grill or open flames, I urge you to get in the habit of soaking the wooden skewers. If nothing else, it’s good practice. Besides, the last thing you want is to serve these kebabs on burnt skewers. 

I HIGHLY recommend soaking them for at least 30 minutes prior to using them as there is really no need to take a chance otherwise. 

 

Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

 

How do you know when the steak is done?

The best way to check your steak kebabs for doneness is to invest in a meat thermometer and put it to good use! So many people like their steak to be done to a different level of “doneness” and the only way to get it perfected is to have a meat thermometer to tell you the internal temperature of the meat. 

 

Do you have to let your steak kabobs rest once done?

Resting steak is always a thing! And while I know it can be super hard to do, there’s just something about letting your steak rest that allows it to fully be done and ready to enjoy. 

Waiting for 5 minutes once your steak is pulled from the Air Fryer will allow the internal juices to cover the inside of the kebabs. 

Trust me, I know it’s super hard to be patient and let the meat rest but this is a big deal in the steak world! 

Okay, now that I have peaked your interests and answered some of the most common questions about steak kebabs and cooking them, let’s dive into this delicious Air Fryer Recipe! 
 

Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

Serves – 4

Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

Ingredients to make air fryer steak skewers

  • 1 lb. of Ribeye steak, cut into cubes

  • 1 bottle of Guinness Beer

  • 1½ teaspoon of Salt

  • 1 teaspoon of Pepper

  • add 1 teaspoon of Garlic Powder

  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil

Instructions 

Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

Combine the cubed beef, oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well until every piece of beef is coated well.

Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

Put the cubes onto skewers.

Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

Pour beer into the saucepan, and boil. 

Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

Simmer until it gets a syrup texture. Let cool completely. 

Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

Generously brush the beef with the Guinness mixture.

Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

Air Fry for 4 minutes.

Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

Cook until the desired doneness.

Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

Serve the Guinness glazed beef skewers immediately with a side of Instant Pot Keto Cauliflower Colcannon and salad.

Instant Pot Keto Cauliflower Colcannon

Notes

  • In case you are using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before using to prevent burning.

As you can see, it’s a pretty simple process and really doesn’t take up that much time! Just keep an eye on the internal temperature of the steak to make certain that you’re not overcooking (or under-cooking) the meat!

Can this recipe be made without the addition of the beer?

Of course. If you don’t want to add in the beer, you don’t have to. Just find another liquid or marinade that you want to use and follow the directions as listed. I would suggest chicken broth, apple juice or even ginger ale. The cooking process of the time in the Instant Pot will still be the same, even if you vary up the added marinade or liquid. 

Don’t forget to check out some of my other popular Air Fryer lunch recipes or even some delicious Air Fryer snack recipes

Don’t forget to print out the recipe for later!

Yield: Serves 4

Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers

If you love the taste of Guinness Beer, you're going to love these simple low carb Air Fryer Guinness Steak Skewers. These beauties are soy-free and gluten-free which makes them a safe and delicious meal for families who have to avoid certain foods due to food allergies. 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. of Ribeye steak, cut into cubes
  • 1 bottle of Guinness Beer
  • 1½ teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combines the cubed beef, oil, salt pepper and garlic powder. Mix thoroughly, making sure every beef cube is coated with the salt-pepper-garlic powder rub.
  2. Thread the beef cubes into metal or bamboo skewers.
  3. Pour a bottle of Guinness beer in a small saucepan.
  4. Put it on a medium high heat and wait it to come to a boil. Reduce immediately to medium low and let it simmer till it reduces by half and becomes syrupy. Stir intermittently to prevent scorching at the bottom. 
  5. Once the Guinness is reduced, let it cool completely.
  6. Generously brush the Guinness reduction on the beef skewers.
  7. Air fry the skewers at 390 for 4 minutes.
  8. Flip them baste with more Guinness reduction and air fry again for another 4 minutes.
  9. Check with a meat thermometer.  Here is the list of temperature for doneness: 125F for Rare, 135F for Medium Rare, 145F for Medium, 150F for Medium Well
  10. If needed, air fry for another minute or two, till you achieve your desired doneness. Keep checking the temperature and basting with more Guinness reduction in between air frying.
  11. Serve the Guinness glazed beef skewers immediately, with a side of Instant Pot Keto Cauliflower Colcannon and salad.

Notes

  • In case you are using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before using, to prevent burning.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 862mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 29g

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