Air-fryer steak Gatsby

Air-fryer steak Gatsby

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  • 4
  • Easy
  • 20 minutes, plus marinating time
  • 25 minutes

This home-made version of the proudly South African take-away treat is made entirely in the air fryer. It’s featured in Louisa Holst’s South African Airfryer Cookbook.


  • 800 g minute steaks
  • 5 ml ground turmeric
  • 30 ml leaf masala
  • 5 ml paprika
  • 10 ml barbeque spice
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 15 ml grated ginger
  • 15 ml brown vinegar, plus extra for drizzling
  • 5 ml sugar
  • 60 ml canola oil
  • 1 onions, sliced
  • 750 g oven-baked chips

Cooking Instructions

1. Place the pieces of meat between two sheets of plastic wrap and hit gently with a rolling pin or meat mallet to flatten.

2. Mix the spices, garlic, ginger, vinegar, sugar and 30 ml oil together and spread over the meat. Set aside to marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.

3. Put the onion slices into a bowl and add the remaining oil. Toss well to coat.

4. Preheat the air fryer to 200 °C. Put the onions into the basket of the air fryer and cook for 8 minutes. Stir halfway through the cooking time. The onions should be slightly charred when they are done. Remove from the air fryer and set aside.

5. Reduce the heat to 190 °C and cook the oven-baked chips for 10 minutes until done. Toss once during cooking. Set aside. Drizzle with brown vinegar and season to taste.

6. Increase the air fryer temperature to 200 °C and add the steak to the basket. Cook for 3-5 minutes, turning halfway through the cooking time.

7. To serve, spread the bread with butter. Top with tomato, lettuce, coriander, chips, steak and onions. Add some chilli sauce, if you like. Wrap tightly in foil and allow to stand for 5-10 minutes so the flavours can mingle. Cut into pieces and enjoy.

This is an extract from the South African Air Fryer Cookbook by Louisa Holst published by Human & Rousseau and retailing for R320.

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Louisa Holst has been a food consultant, recipe developer and food editor for over 20 years. She is the author of The South African Air Fryer Cookbook and No Fuss Food, and is the food editor at Ideas magazine.

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