How to Adjust Cooking Times for an Air Fryer?

The air fryer has become a very popular kitchen appliance. However, if you’re used to your old recipes and don’t know how to make them using an air fryer, you must be having a hard time adjusting them. But don’t fret – this article will tell you how to adjust the cooking times for an air fryer from different appliances!

When converting the cooking time to an air fryer recipe, reduce the oven recipe’s cooking time by 20%. For a pan fry recipe, the time will remain the same; however, a few more minutes will be needed for a grill recipe and a deep fryer recipe.

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Cooking time adjustments from different appliances to air fryer

You can make just about anything in an air fryer. The cooking adjustments from different cooking appliances are as follows:

Conventional oven to air fryer conversion

Reduce the cooking time by 20% when converting a recipe from a conventional oven to an air fryer. Use the pause button to stop the air fryer midway and check the doneness of your food.

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Pan fryer to air fryer conversion

For pan-frying something, you can simply coat your food with egg wash, and breadcrumbs like you normally do or follow the directions in the recipe. Put them in a single layer in the air fryer and cook according to the recommended time. Flip the food halfway through so that it cooks evenly on both sides. 

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Grill to air fryer conversion

For converting a recipe from grill to air fryer, such as a steak, you can put it in a single layer in the air fryer. Flip the steak once halfway so that it cooks evenly on both sides. Cooking time will depend on how you like your steak, but it will probably need a few extra minutes. You can use a meat thermometer to check if your steak has reached the desired temperature.

Deep fryer to air fryer conversion

As we know, deep fryers fry food at a very high temperature. When switching to an air fryer from a deep fryer, you need to reduce the cooking temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit. 

As for the cooking time, your food will take almost the same time or slightly longer in an air fryer. To check the doneness of your food, you can check it once it is done cooking for the recommended time, then cook it further if needed.

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It is important to adjust the cooking time when switching to an air fryer from any appliance is important. We hope you found our article helpful in making the most out of your air fryer. Best of luck!

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