How to convert any recipe to the air fryer. If you are looking to convert your regular oven recipes to the air fryer then this air fryer cooking times guide is perfect for you.
Convert ANY Recipe To The Air Fryer
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If you’re anything like me then you will have an air fryer and you will want to cook everything and anything in it.
But in a way when you start with the air fryer, it is like learning to cook from scratch all over again.
You have an understanding that it works differently than what an oven does or a fat fryer, but once you get into it, you will realise that it is so much fun and well worth doing.
How To Convert ANY Recipe To An Air Fryer Recipe?
There is no straight forward rule as all air fryer recipes are different. Cooking steak is going to be different compared to cooking French Fries and of course meatloaf is a totally different story.
I would say that you should start with these principles:
#1 – Air Frying Is Just Like Baked + Grilled + Deep Fried (IN ONE)
If you imagine that you’re cooking a roast dinner for Sunday lunch. You have planned to make roast chicken with roast potatoes and vegetables.
You would normally steam the vegetables in a pan and then cook the chicken and the potatoes together in the oven. You would then finish roast chicken on the grill to crisp up the chicken and potatoes.
But now you have an air fryer and then only downside is that it is smaller than the space you have in the oven but everything else is very similar.
You would cook the chicken and potatoes together but because the air fryer acts as the baked, grilled and deep fried all in one means that there is less work and less oil involved.
You can place your chicken and potatoes in the same way, then you would add the oil (but a lot less) and then it would cook evenly and then you can serve it.
That chicken and potatoes that would usually take 90 minutes in the oven, will take just 45 minutes in the air fryer.
Add to this that instead of having to splash the potatoes with a lot of oil to make them crispy you just need a tablespoon of olive oil for each person that you are cooking for.
Expect air fryer cooking to be simple and not as difficult as the way you cook now, so it is a nice cooking experience.
#2 – Air Frying Uses Less Oil/No Oil
You end up experimenting a lot to get things right. For example, some recipes you will find don’t require any oil at all, yet some if you take them to an oil free recipe, they can taste horrible.
But as a rule, you should expect to reduce the oil by about 85%.
They taste like something that has been crisped and deep fried when in fact it has been breaded and made in a much healthier way.
Though I do recommend you read our air fryer oil usage guide as it goes into much greater detail.
Expect trial and error though and have fun recipe testing. Our air fryer French Fries for example took us 3 years to perfect them and now our dinners wouldn’t be the same without them!
#3 – Air Frying Cooks Fast
Because the air fryer uses air instead of lots of oil it cooks things really fast.
Expect to cook at 180c/360f for recipes that you would normally cook at 200c/400f in the conventional oven.
#4 – Air Frying On 80% Full
Never fill your air fryer more than 80% capacity. This is because when it gets too full everything sticks together and comes out like glue.
Fries when they are overcooked will come out stuck together and incredibly dry. You will then need a lot of mayonnaise to make them taste good.
I find this applies especially to if you overload your air fryer when cooking sweet potato fries.
#5 – Air Frying Halfway Rule
Another rule of the thumb is to make sure that you check and shake halfway through cooking when cooking air fryer fries.
This gives you chance to make sure that the fries is not stuck together and to make sure they don’t end up dry.
I find that a lot of my air fryer French fries recipes end up needing to cook for 15 minutes at 180c/360f.
I will then give them a shake at the 7.5 minutes mark. If you’re likely to forget, just put them on for half the time and then cook again after shaking.
#6 – Air Frying From Frozen
There are a lot of delicious frozen foods that you can cook in the air fryer instead of the deep fat fryer. This includes classic air fryer frozen French fries, air fryer frozen chicken wings and of course air fryer frozen jalapeno poppers.
What I have learnt from the numerous frozen food that I have cooked in the air fryer is that a medium temperature of 180c/360f and a high temperature of 200c/400f work best together to ensure the food is cooked and that it is crispy.
We also have a popular air fryer frozen foods cookbook that you can download here or click on the banner below:
It features all of our favourite frozen foods converted to the air fryer and perfect for finding your feet.
#7 – Air Frying Needs Accessories
They all slot into the air fryer to make cooking so much easier and have had a lot of use yet still look brand new.
When you invest in them once (just like the air fryer) they will last you years and save you a huge amount of calories.
Quick Air Fryer Conversion Chart
I have also put together a quick Air Fryer conversion chart. That way if you want something quick for dinner and you want to air fry it then you can quickly turn to this list.
It features a lot of my favourite Air Fryer foods and it is great for referencing later.
It includes meat, fish, vegetables, desserts (I cook plenty of those), pastries, breakfast ideas and so much more:
As you can see most recipes will cook on 180c/360f. It’s an easy temperature to remember and then if you want things more crispy then use 200c/400f.
I also find that a lower temperature also comes in handy if you want to thaw food in your air fryer.
You can also decrease the cooking time by preheating it while you are preparing your food for the air fryer.
Dominic being the trained chef, will always do this and sometimes I have things going on that I naturally forget.
101 Air Fryer Recipes For Beginners PDF Cookbook
If you would like to get all the recipes mentioned above, along with all the extra air fryer beginners tutorials, then click on the image above or click here.
Many of our readers call this their air fryer bible. As they turn to it whenever they want to cook something new in the air fryer or use it to refer back to for their favourites.