Don’t let the name fool you! Although it may be called an air “fryer,” this versatile appliance allows you to not only fry, but also bake, grill, and roast. Yes, you can do baking in an air fryer!
Here is what you need to know:
- in terms of a container, anything that would work in an oven will work in an air fryer, so long as it is the right size;
- when determining the right size, remember that it is important for air to circulate around the oven-proof pan/dish you are using, so allow room around the sides;
- because it will brown faster than in a traditional oven, I usually cover the pan with foil and cut an X in the top so a reduced amount of hot air can get in. I peek inside along the way, and depending upon the desired degree of brownness, I reach a point where I peel back the points of the X to allow more hot air to touch the surface of the item being baked;
- to make it easy to remove the baked item once it’s ready, use a foil “sling” around it. Simply cut a length of foil long enough to create handles sticking up from underneath the pan. Once you have it the right length, fold it over several times, so it is about an inch wide, several layers thick. Basically, you will have a U shape of a long, somewhat thick piece of foil with the foil going under the middle of the pan, then sticking up on either side. Fold down some of the length if you need to, so it doesn’t poke up above the pan level.
- lower the temperature about 25 degrees from what you would normally use in a traditional oven for the same dish;
- adjust your baking time. You will find that the dish will cook more rapidly in the air fryer.
Experiment and take notes! As you determine time and temperature for air baking your favorites, make a record so you can just relax and enjoy next time.
Try our baked in the air fryer recipes to help you get started:
And it’s not just sweet things that you can bake in an air fryer. You can also bake savory dishes and casseroles. Here’s an example: