New to air frying and unsure where to start? I've put together a free air fryer cooking chart with all the times and temperatures you need to get you started using your air fryer. This is the ultimate cheat sheet to cooking in the air fryer - both celsius and fahrenheit temperatures included.
<<<<GET YOUR FREE PRINTABLE AIR FRYER COOKING CHART AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST>>>>
Just got an air fryer and wondering what to do with it? You've come to the right place!
Getting a brand new appliance can be daunting at first but don't let that stop you from getting your air fryer out of the box and putting it to good use immediately. I know it will quickly become your favourite kitchen tool - it sure is mine!
To make your introduction to the air fryer easier I've put together a simple air fryer cooking chart which gives you an easy guide to cooking times and temperatures for popular foods.
You can grab your free printable chart at the end of this post, but if you're new to air frying be sure to read through this post for a little more information on the air fryer and some tips on how to use it.
New to air frying? Be sure to check out the Air Frying for Beginners episode of the Cook It Real Good Podcast.
WHAT IS AN AIR FRYER?
An air fryer is a kitchen appliance that uses convection to rapidly circulate hot air around food to cook and crisp it up. It’s essentially a mini convection oven that fits perfectly on your countertop.
IS AIR FRIED FOOD HEALTHY?
You’ll find air frying recipes require dramatically less (or sometimes no) oil when compared to traditionally fried foods. This makes air frying the healthier option.
WHAT CAN YOU COOK IN AN AIR FRYER?
Basically almost anything you can cook in the oven, you can also cook in the air fryer. My exceptions are stews, casseroles etc but only because my air fryer isn't big enough to fit a large pot.
DO YOU HAVE TO PREHEAT AN AIR FRYER?
You don't need to preheat your air fryer before cooking. You can immediately put your ingredients in to cook without preheating.
Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners
Getting started using a new appliance can be daunting so here's a few of my Air Fryer favourites that are great for beginners...
- Air Fryer Tater Tots
- Air Fryer Quesadillas
- Air Fryer Whole Chicken
- Air Fryer Baked Apples
- OR browse through our entire collection of Air Fryer Recipes
AIR FRYER TIPS
- Times will vary depending on your air fryer. Use these times as a rough guide to get you started and always check your food regularly when you're cooking something for the first time to avoid overcooking.
- Only use a little oil. You really don't need much.
- Don't overload the basket. Fries, tater tots etc can overlap but for meats make sure they are in a single layer.
- Shake the basket regularly for even cooking, or if cooking a protein be sure to flip it half way through.
- When cooking something for the first time check on it 5 mins before the time specified to see how it's tracking.
- You can use oven-safe accessories, like silicone muffin cups, as well as aluminium foil & baking paper (as long as they are weighed down so they don't fly up).
- Invest in a meat thermometer - takes out the guess work and will help you ensure meat is cooked prior to carving!
<<<<CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE PRINTABLE AIR FRYER COOKING CHART>>>>
Enjoy cooking and experimenting in your Air Fryer! If you love chatting about all things air frying be sure to join our Facebook Group – Air Fryer Recipes, Tips & Tricks!
This post was first published December 28th, 2019. It was republished December 26th, 2022 with updated tips.
john asplen says
hi there we have been given a asda black air fryer. but we do not know how to use it. please can you help us. how do i get recipes. regards john
How exciting on the air fryer - there's plenty of recipes here to look through and get started - https://www.cookitrealgood.com/category/recipes/air-fryer/
Any specific questions you have feel free to ask 🙂
Happy to hear that Jan!
MAXINE FRANCES Parsons says
looking for the chart
Hey Maxine, at the bottom of the page under air fryer tips there's a clickable link for the PDF - where it says CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE AIR FRYER COOKING CHART 🙂 Happy Cooking!
MARCIE J BRETZ says
Just downloaded cheat sheet for air fryer.
How can I get a free copy of the air fry chart?
Hey Susan, at the bottom of the page under air fryer tips there's a clickable link for the PDF - where it says CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE AIR FRYER COOKING CHART 🙂 Happy Cooking!
Linda Button says
I love my air fryer and I am excited to try your roasted almond recipe!
I hope you love it!
Barbara Schuch says
where is the chart
Hey Barbara, at the bottom of the page under air fryer tips there's a clickable link for the PDF - where it says CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE AIR FRYER COOKING CHART 🙂
carol k saul says
This site is extremely hard to find but i did it & can't wait to try out the recipes
currently only know how to reheat
If you have any other tips please pass them on
Hey Carol - welcome to the wonderful world of air frying 🙂 my best tip for beginners is to think of your air fryer as a mini oven as opposed to an oil-less deep fryer. Anything you can make in the oven you can make in the air fryer, and the principles are the same. E.g. if you're making roasted vegetables, you'd coat them in a little oil. Some people use spray oils but I never do. Just throw whatever I'm making in a bowl and coat it in a little olive oil before popping it in the air fryer.
All your oven accessories are all air fryer friendly too, as long as they fit! As it baking paper, foil etc - just make sure they are weighed down with food so they don't fly up in the heating element.
Starting with a new air fryer is a bit of a trial period to find out the perfect time and temperature for your particular brand, although 180C-200C / 350F-400F is what you'll find almost everything BUT baking cooks on. crank up the heat high if you want something crispy, otherwise the lower will suffice. As for baking, go for a lower temp - 160C is usually the sweet spot. I could talk air fryers all day so I'll leave you with 2 resources:
This is an interview I did recently with air fryer tips - https://itsnotcomplicatedrecipes.com/air-fryer-tips/
And here's our air fryer facebook group which you're welcome to join and ask any questions - https://www.facebook.com/groups/airfryerfun
Dawn Snell says
I need air fryer recipes, please..
Hey Dawn, there's plenty on my blog - https://www.cookitrealgood.com/category/recipes/air-fryer/
Gavan Wignall says
Looking forward to information
The cooking chart is a great help when you're starting out!
I searched for the air fryer cooking chart. Where is it?
Hey Gunny, at the bottom of the post it says <<<
>>> and the PDF will come straight up. Enjoy 🙂
wanda dallazia says
this will be a great help....
you're so welcome! 🙂
you're welcome! 🙂
shedrick dunn says
love the air fryer food tastes so much better.
I so agree!
Jennifer Hutson says
I just got an air fryer & am so excited to try it out! Thank you so much for the downloadable cooking guide- it's exactly what I was looking for to help me get started! And, I look forward to trying some of your recipes out once I get the hang of things & am feeling a little braver & ready to move on from frozen foods to fresh, homemade dishes 🙂
That's very exciting Jennifer! I hope the cooking guide helps and I know you will love cooking in that air fryer 🙂
Susan Atchley says
thank you for my cooking guide
You're most welcome! I hope it helps 🙂
wanda dallazia says
I like to use the air fryer but don't have many recipes
Hope you've found some new ones today!
Are you on Facebook? If you are there are many air fryer groups you can join. The one I like is Air Frying with Doug- by Cooking with Doug,it's free. People post pictures and recipes on it and it has just about any recipe you would want. Check it out. I've gotten a lot of my recipes from it.
Kwa Aun Eng says
I love air fryer. Stay healthy...
looks like it will be helpful thanks
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