Air Fryer Vs Oven Cook Time

Air Fryer Vs Oven Cook Time

Are you interested to know the cooking time conversion between air fryer and oven? Here in this post, I will provide a conversion chart for cooking times for different recipes using an air fryer and oven. 

Any dish that can be prepared in an oven can be prepared in an air fryer. This chart can assist you in converting a recipe’s time and temperature for cooking in an air fryer if you are familiar with oven cooking requirements.

Here’s a comparison chart of approximate cooking times for various dishes using an air fryer versus a traditional oven. Please note that these times can vary depending on the specific appliance, food size, and desired level of doneness. 

Air Fryer Cooking Times Vs. Oven 

Dish Air Fryer (Preheated) Traditional Oven (Preheated)
Dino Chicken Nuggets (frozen) 10 minutes (400°F/200°C) 12-14 minutes (425°F/220°C)
Cracker Fries (frozen) 12-15 minutes (400°F/200°C) 25-30 minutes (425°F/220°C)
Chicken Tenderloins 12-14 minutes (370°F/187°C) 25-28 minutes (400°F/200°C)
Chicken Wings (Frozen) 20 minutes (400°F/200°C) 25-35 minutes (425°F/220°C)
Frozen Fish Fillets 10-12 minutes (400°F/200°C) 15-20 minutes (425°F/220°C)
Pepperoni Chips 6-8 minutes (380°F/189°C) 9-11 minutes (400°F/200°C)
Frozen Biscuits 8-10 minutes (330°F/165°C) 15-18 minutes (400°F/220°C)
Smashed Potatoes 20 minutes (400°F/200°C) 25-30 minutes (400°F/200°C)
Pizza Rolls (frozen) 6-8 minutes (380°F/195°C) 12-14 minutes (425°F/220°C)
Amylu Chicken Meatballs 10-12 minutes (375°F/190°C) 15-20 minutes (400°F/200°C)

Air Fryer Time Conversions

Air fryer cooks more quickly than the traditional oven. The exact time varies according to the recipe being cooked but generally, air fryers cook 35-50 % quicker than traditional ovens. But keep in mind that these are general guidelines and cooking times may vary depending on the specific air fryer model, recipe ingredients, and performance of that appliance. And lastly, it also depends on your desired preference and the level of doneness you want.

You can also see in the table above, all recipes that are cooked with an air fryer are comparatively quicker than the oven. Because air fryers tend to cook food more quickly due to the rapid air circulation and the smaller cooking chamber. 

Does Air Fryer Cook Faster Than Oven?

Time Conversion From Oven To Air Fryer

Yes, air fryers cook faster than the oven. The primary reason for the faster cooking time is the rapid air circulation and convection effect that is created in air fryers. The hot air is circulated around the food at high speeds, which ensures that the heat is distributed more evenly and quickly, resulting in faster cooking.

Additionally, air fryers have smaller cooking chambers compared to traditional ovens, which allows them to heat up more quickly, reducing the overall cooking time. This is especially noticeable during the preheating process, as an air fryer can reach the desired temperature much faster than an oven.

You can also save preheating time as well. As many recipes can be cooked in an air fryer without the need to preheat them and still results are same. On the other side, the oven requires 8-10 minutes to be preheated, increasing the overall cooking time. But, the size of the air fryer is its only disadvantage over an oven. The size restriction of an air fryer can pose a drawback if you want to prepare a lot of food at once. Also, you can cook 3–4 times as much food in an oven as you can in an air fryer.

How To Convert Time And Temperature From Oven To Air Fryer?

This will depend on what you are cooking but as a general rule, you can follow below three basic tips:

1- First be sure what you are cooking. Then identify the recipe timing and temperature based on cooking in the oven.

2- Reduce the temperature by 20 F, and the cooking time by 20%.

3- Above tips are a general guide, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your food as it cooks. You should always inspect after half time the condition of food and make adjustments in time and temperature accordingly.

Time And Temperature Conversions For Cooking Frozen Food

I enjoy using an air fryer to cook frozen items. And I can assure you that the air fryer does a great job with frozen meals. Most of the time there is no need to thaw the frozen food stuff just put it straight from the fridge in the air fryer.

You can apply the same conversion rules as I have advised above. Just keep in mind that frozen foods cook well at higher temperatures, so make sure to cook at least at 370 F or above. However, there are some exceptions such as frozen biscuits cant be cooked at that high temperature but you can follow this tip for most frozen foods.   

Additional Tips For Conversion From Oven To Air Fryer

Reheat the air fryer: While not always necessary, preheating can help ensure even cooking.

Check food frequently: Since air fryers cook faster, monitor the food to prevent overcooking.

Use single layers: Arrange food in a single layer in the air fryer basket for better air circulation.

Adjust for even cooking: Flip or shake the food halfway through cooking to ensure even crisping.

Check my recipes: Every recipe has different cooking requirements. You can check my air fryer recipes for more precise instructions and guidance 

Deep Fry To Air Fry Conversion

For deep fry-to-air fry conversion, reduce the temperature of your air fryer by 25 F, and leave the cooking time the same as used in deep frying. 

Then make sure to check the cooking process in the middle so you can make more precise adjustments in time if desired. 

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