Learn how to use and get the most out of your air fryer with our handy, printable cooking times chart. Print this chart and keep it on your fridge so you have an easy reference for cooking all of your favourite foods in the air fryer.
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What Can You Air Fry?
The thing I love most about the air fryer is that almost nothing is off limits.
Anything that can be cooked in a conventional oven can be cooked in the air fryer. It can also cook many things that you would normally cook in a frying pan or deep fryer.
These little units are a great addition to the kitchen because they are super versatile, don’t take up too much space, and don’t heat up the kitchen. Having an air fryer is exactly like having a small countertop oven. Which is great when you have multiple items to cook and are running out of room in the main oven.
Converting Oven Recipes to the Air Fryer
A few things to consider when trying to convert an oven recipe to an air fryer recipe is that air fryers cook much quicker.
Because they are a smaller unit, and because of the way they cook by circulating hot air around the food, they are more efficient. Which means there are some adjustments to make if you are going to convert a standard oven recipe to the air fryer.
The general rule I follow it to reduce the temperature by 25-30°F and reduce the time by at least 25%. All air fryers work a bit differently so it may take some time to get to know yours.
When in doubt always start with less time than you think you need as it is easy to add a couple of minutes if the food isn’t quite cooked.
For meat dishes make sure you are using an oven thermometer to test the food for doneness to be sure it is fully cooked.
Air Fryer Cooking Tips
Pre-Heat the Air Fryer
Pre-heating isn’t always necessary, but there are many recipes where pre-heating works better.
I have found that the shorter the cook time on the recipe the more important it is to pre-heat, especially if you will be cooking multiple batches. Recipes with longer cooking times of 30 minutes or more are not generally as important to pre-heat as the cook time only changes by a minute or two.
Always follow the directions of the recipe for instructions on how long and what temperature to pre-heat the air fryer.
When testing your own recipes, pre-heating will give you the most consistent results.
Don’t Overcrowd the Basket
While it is tempting to stuff that basket to the top (and many of the advertising photos show this) it is recommended to cook most things in a single layer, or with just a bit of overlap.
Air fryers work by circulating hot air around the food to cook and crisp it. If the basket is packed full the middle layer will not be exposed to the air circulation and won’t cook properly.
There are foods where this is more important than others. French fries, tater tots, snack mix and even chicken wings do ok with a bit more stacking as long as you shake the basket a few times durning the cooking process and don’t cram the basket full.
However, for things like chicken breast, steak, and pork chops you will want to cook in a single layer. This will ensure even cooking.
Shake the Basket or Turn the Food During Cooking
Even if you have the food in a single layer you will want to turn the food halfway through the cooking time. This will ensure both the top and bottom are cooked and crisp, and prevent the top from over browning.
For things like French fries, onion rings, and chicken wings you will want to remove the basket and give it a shake once or twice during the cooking process to make sure everything gets nice and crisp.
Cooking Times for Air Fryer Chicken
Chicken is one of our favourite things to cook in the air fryer. Not just because it’s easy, but because there are endless recipe variations and the chicken stays so juicy.
Here are a few commonly searched items. See the printable cheat sheet for a more comprehensive list of chicken options.
|Boneless chicken breast
|Chicken wings, drums and flats
Chicken is done when a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat reads 165°F.
Cooking Times for Air Fryer Beef
Beef in the air fryer is quick and easy. Cooking in far less time than the oven and resulting in tender, juicy meat.
Here are a few of the most commonly cooked items. For a more comprehensive list see the printable chart at the bottom of the page.
|Beef burger patties, fresh (¼ pound)
|Flank steak (1.5 pounds)
|Meatballs (1 inch round)
|Sirloin steak (12 ounces)
Looking for an easy beef recipe? Try our air fried hamburgers!
Cooking Times for Air Fryer Pork
One thing I make often now that I have an air fryer is pork chops. I’ve never had pork chops that stay so juicy as the ones I cook in the air fryer.
We also love using it for bacon as it is just so quick and the bacon turns out perfectly crisp while retaining a bit of it’s chew.
See the printable air fryer cheat sheet at the bottom of this page for a comprehensive list of pork cook times.
|Pork chops, boneless (1 inch chops)
Pork is done when a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat reads 145°F.
Cooking Times for Air Fryer Frozen Foods
I feel like frozen food like French fries, tater tots and onion rings were made for the air fryer.
They cook so much faster than in the oven and they are uniformly crispy, unlike cooking on a baking sheet where you generally end up with one very crispy side and one semi-crispy side.
Some frozen foods are starting to come with air fryer directions, but even if they don’t almost all of them can be converted easily.
When converting frozen foods to the air fryer you will want to use the oven directions as a guide. Then reduce the temperature by 25-30°F and reduce the time by at least 25%, for some things like thin cut french fries you may even want to start with half the recommended time and increase the time as needed.
Here are a few of our favourite frozen foods in the air fryer. For a more detailed list see the printable chart at the bottom of the page.
|French fries, thick cut
Printable Air Fryer Cooking Chart
Use our printable air fryer cooking cheat sheet as a handy reference to the cook times and temperature settings for common foods.
While it is impossible to list every food, this list should give you a good start. Remember that all air fryers are different and your air fryer may need a bit less or a bit more time than indicated. Always start with less time than you think you need as it is easy to add a few extra minutes if you have to.
Individual recipes may vary with both temperature and cook time, so always follow the directions on the recipe and use this chart as a base to creating your own.
Always remember food safety rules and test food for doneness before consuming. When cooking meat this can be done by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat.
Printable Air Fryer Cooking Chart in Celsius
We also have a copy of Air Fryer cooking times in degrees celsius!