How to Convert Air Fryer Recipes for the Oven
Air fryers have become such a staple in the modern kitchen, and therefore there’s a ton of amazing air fryer recipes out there. If you don’t have an air fryer, you may be feeling left out or like there’s no way for you to enjoy these delicious dishes. But don’t worry, it’s actually incredibly simple to convert air fryer recipes for the oven.
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You can also use this simple conversion hack if you want to make a large batch of a recipe and it doesn’t all fit into your air fryer. Whatever the reason, follow the simple steps below for converting that air fryer recipe you’ve been eying to one you can easily make in your oven.
How to Convert Air Fryer Recipes for the Oven
Increase the temperature of your oven by 25 degrees from whatever the air fryer recipe calls for. For example, if the recipe calls for the air fryer to be at 350 degrees, set your oven to 375 degrees.
Increase your cooking time by 20%. If the recipe says to cook in the air fryer for 10 minutes, you’re going to want to start at 12 minutes in your oven, and then may need a few extra minutes from there. Keep an eye on it as all ovens are a little different!
Use a Wire Rack
Using a wire cooling rack on top of your baking sheet in the oven will allow the air to circulate better, giving you a more similar texture to what you would have if you made the recipe in an air fryer. Here’s a great oven-safe option if you don’t already have one on hand.
Spray a Bit of Oil
One of the benefits of cooking in the air fryer is that you don’t need to use as much oil in the recipe. However, if you’re going to make that same dish in the oven, we recommend spraying a bit of avocado or olive oil over the dish to make sure it gets nice and crispy.
Flip Your Food
Flip your food about halfway way through the cook time to make sure your food is cooked all the way through and that all sides get that “roasted” texture that the air fryer is so known for.
Use a Meat Thermometer
Veggies are easy to eyeball in the oven, but we do always recommend using a meat thermometer to ensure your meat is thoroughly cooked.
Air Fryer Recipes in a Convection Oven
If you own a convection oven, the conversion for an air fryer recipe for the oven couldn’t be simpler. Essentially, a convection oven is a really large air fryer because it circulates the air around the same way an air fryer does. This means if you have a convection oven, you can use the same temperature and timing as the air fryer in a recipe. You won’t need to flip your food, but we do still recommend using that wire rack to give the air room to circulate.
Our Favorite Air Fryer
Even though you now know how simple it is to convert an air fryer recipe for the oven, you may still find yourself wanting an air fryer. One of our favorite parts of using the air fryer versus the oven is that it doesn’t heat up the whole house while it’s warming up. This is especially nice in the warm summer months!
We’ve tried out several different air fryers and the one we love the most is the Philips Premium Airfryer XXL. One of the things we love most about this air fryer is that you don’t have to pre-heat it. It warms up super fast so you can just dump your food in and use the same time and temperature as on the recipe.
We also love how big the basket where you put the food is. Many other models, including other ones from Philips, have a significantly smaller basket, even though the unit itself is comparable in size. Lindsay even keeps this unit out on her kitchen counter at home, despite all other small appliances being put away to keep counter space free, because she uses it every single day. She has even gifted this exact unit to her mom and sister – so you know it’s a good one!
Air Fryer Recipes
We have a ton of great Air Fryer Recipes for you to now try out making in the oven. Below are a few of our most popular ones that we think you will absolutely love.
This healthy version of one of our favorite fast foods can’t be beat. We even have a recipe for a Chick-Fil-A sauce to pair with it. To make these in the oven, simply preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the breaded nuggets on a wire rack lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway, until golden brown and cooked through.
We made a healthier version of this classic appetizer with simple ingredients and an absolutely addicting dipping sauce. To make this in the oven, just cook on a wire rack lined baking sheet at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes, until golden brown.
You haven’t really had Brussels sprouts until you’ve had them roasted. We absolutely love the charred texture, and when paired with this maple balsamic glaze, you’ll convert even the pickiest eater into a Brussels sprouts lover. To make this recipe in the oven, preheat your oven to 450 degrees and cook for 12 minutes, flip them all over, and cook for another 12 minutes or until they are nice and crispy. While your sprouts are cooking, follow the instructions for making the glaze and toss to enjoy.
These “wings” are perfect for adding some vegetables to your game day line up or even as an easy week day lunch. Talk about a yummy way to get your daily serving of veggies in. To make these in the oven, bake at 425 for 18-20 minutes, tossing about halfway through.
Remember, if there’s an air fryer recipe you’ve been wanting to try but you don’t have an air fryer, it’s easy to convert an air fryer recipe for the oven by simply increasing your cooking temperature by 25 degrees and increasing your cooking time by 20%.