Welcome to how to convert any recipe into an Airfryer recipe. I want to share with you my ultimate guide for cooking in the Airfryer and how easy it is if you are new to the Airfryer way of cooking. This is perfect for bookmarking whenever you are thinking about a recipe that you want to convert to the Airfryer.
If you’re anything like me then you will have an Airfryer and all of a sudden you will want to cook everything and anything in it. You will dream of steak and chips, roast chicken, meatloaf and so many more classics. After all airfryer cooking is so simple and why shouldn’t we?
But in a way when you start with the Airfryer, it is like learning to cook from scratch all over again. You have understand 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 Airfryer Recipe
There is no straight forward rule as all recipes are different. Cooking steak is going to be different compared to cooking French Fries and of course Meatloaf is a totally different kettle of fish.
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 Airfryer 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 Airfryer 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 Airfryer. 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.
So expect Airfryer 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 65%.
If you’re a fan of KFC Chicken, Chicken Cordon Bleu or Chicken Schnitzel then you will love the oil free versions for the Airfryer. 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.
Expect trial and error though and have fun recipe testing. Our Airfryer 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 Airfryer uses air instead of lots of oil it cooks things really fast. So 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 Airfryer 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 Airfryer 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. This gives you chance to make sure that you have added adequate oil, that the food is not stuck together and to make sure all sides cook equally.
I find that a lot of my 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
I don’t recommend cooking from frozen in the Airfryer just because there is a water build up when things are frozen and this means that when cooked they are just not as good. But if you do cook from frozen start off with 5 minutes on 160c/320f and then carry on the cooking process at whatever would be the ideal temperature.
#7 – Air Frying Needs Accessories
You need a few things in order to make air frying work for you. I can’t live without my Airfryer Grill, Airfryer Baking Pan and of course my baking mats. They all slot into the Airfryer 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 Airfryer) they will last you years and save you a huge amount of calories.
Quick Airfryer Conversion Chart
I have also put together a quick Airfryer 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 Airfryer 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:
You can also click here to download the PDF version of this Airfryer Recipe Converter. Then you can print it, save it to your laptop, computer or mobile device for easy access later.
So as you can see most recipes will cook on 180c/360f. Its 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 defrost something or slow cook it.
You can also decrease the cooking time by preheating it while you are preparing your food for the Airfryer. Dominic being the trained chef, will always do this and sometimes I have things going on that I naturally forget.
Airfryer For Beginners PDF Cookbook
If you would like to get all the recipes mentioned above, along with all the extra tutorials, then click on the image above or click here.
We have put it together after many, many requests for a PDF version of all the recipes we have featured, that can act as your bible for getting used to your Airfryer.