How To Use An Air Fryer – 10 best tips for beginners

I am sure you own an air fryer recently, very much congratulations! for your new device. If you are a beginner and afraid of how to use an air fryer? How to set up? how to maintain and clean air fryer after use? what can I cook in an air fryer? etc…. many more questions about air fryer are revolving around your mind. Don’t worry!

You are not only facing the problem but also everyone who cooks food for the first time with these small convection fryers. But this article is going to very much informative, I have listed the best 10 tips. After reading this article you can easily use your air fryer. Use an air fryer is not rocket science, follow these 10 steps.

how to use an air fryer 10 best tips for beginners
how to use an air fryer 10 best tips for beginners

I am not an air fryer expert but I can guide you with my experience and researching internet past 2 years on air fryer oven.

It is an experimental and experience process, how much you give time to your device that much experience you will gain. So nobody can fully teach everything about an air fryer but you will learn yourself after using some days. After reading in 10 minutes of this article, you will be a basic expert on the air fryer.

What is an air fryer?

From the last decade, our cooking style and eating habits have changed. We are improving to a new cooking technology, Everybody in a hurry in their busy life. So he needs convenient cooking appliances, that should be fast and healthy, small. in my opinion, air fryer may be the answer. they are small, fast, healthy, and less worry about clean. It offers 80% less oil than deep oil fryer, so it is a healthy choice of many like mine!

The air fryer is bigger than a regular toaster oven. Made up of food-grade high-quality plastic. Available in the round, oval shapes, and large and small sizes, We can call it is a small countertop convection oven work on rapid hot air technology. A powerful fan fitted on the top of the inner side, blown hot air to the food placed inside the basket.

Hot Air Fryer Rapid Air Technology
Philips hot rapid air technology

We can take an example of your hairdryer. The dryer has a fan and heating elements. When you turn on, the fan sucks air, passing through the heating element and exhausts hot air. In some minutes all your hair dries give you a shiny color.

That your air fryer also works on the same process, but in a bigger size, the basket design is also made in this way, hot air can circulate around your food. Due to hot air circulation quick , a milliard reaction occurs in your food, which makes your food crisper and tastier.

You should know the major component before using an air fryer

Using any product, if you know all components then that product will be much easier to use. If you already know this or searching for these questions, then you are definitely a smart buyer,

Every air fryer has three major components the whole body, cooking basket, and the controlling panel or knob.

1. The whole body

The maximum air fryer body may be in round, an oval shape, or slight square shape and also varies in sizes( 2 QT – 7 QT for family use), I think your air fryer shape is one of them. These are made up of high food-grade plastic. All major components are fitted in the body like Hot air mechanism, basket, control panel, circuit board, etc. The design does not impact on cooking, it just for looking more attractive.

2. Cooking basket

removable non stick basket for use an air fryer

The basket is a removable part of every air fryer, there are two baskets attach with each other. One is the outer basket and the other one is the inner basket, almost every basket is made of metal, plastic . These baskets are coated with ceramic, teflon, and also glass . When you press the basket release button the two baskets will deattached. Your food cooks in the inner basket and it has holes, hot air pass easily. The outer basket collects extra oil, fats, helps to maintain hygenic and clean. After cooking you can pour the extra fat and oil. Almost every air fryer basket is dishwasher safe, so no worry to clean.

3. Control panel or knob


The Control panel is the heart of every air fryer, here you send and adjust every single command to your fryer. In a digital air fryer, there are many buttons like the power button, timer, temperature, preset button, and an LCD. While in the analog air fryer, you will find only two-knob of time and temperature. less button than a digital fryer. But you can cook all items the same in two fryers, but smaller, less expensive take more time than big and expensive. I prefer analog because I like to control everything manual not digital.

1. Setting up before first use an (air fryer instructions)

If your air fryer is fully new, then setting up for first use is so very important. Without the best setting, there are some chances of an accident. Here are the best tips for you for first use, step by step.

  • Unpack your new air fryer, from plastic or box, include the removable or temporary sticker.
  • Place your air fryer on a stable, horizontal plane, and heat resistant surface. Because the air fryer is more than 10 to 15 pounds. so you need to place it in a stable place.
  • Keep 1-foot distance from your wall, because of the exhaust fan. Let press the handle button and remove the basket.
  • Then press the basket button to release the inner basket from the outer basket.
  • Then wash the basket using a dishwasher or non-abrasive sponge.
  • Wipe the inside and outside using a slightly moist towel or cloth.
  • After doing all this then put the basket again inside the basket place.

2. A Test run make you more comfortable with your air fryer

A test run will help to become more familiar with your air fryer. I have told you in the above paragraph, this is a trial-error process. At the first of use, you will know your air fryer much well. make sure it’s working correctly. This is the stage if you found some difficulty to run your device or works not properly, or have some damaged part. You can return the product.

  • Make sure your air fryer basket should empty, clean, and the plug connector with your kitchen electric switchboard correctly.
  • Pre heats your air fryer at (350/400 F) for 5 minutes, if you have a digital air fryer there will be a preheat option button in the display. If you have an analog one, then set it for 350F F for 5 minutes using the radial.
  • After doing all these processes, then press the start button. In complete of 5 minutes your air fryer will beep and stop.
  • Pull the basket and cool aside for 20 minutes.

Should you preheat or not your air fryer?

I bought a cosori air fryer for my mom two years ago, after hearing the healthy benefits, I think it is best to selling the air fryer on Amazon. My mom was very happy, so she made french fries for us. But the result was not happy, the fries were not crispy as a deep fryer. We got very much disappointed. But one of my mom’s friends advice to preheat your air fryer at 350F for 5 minutes before any recipes. After that, it very helped fully to get crisp fries. and great tips for the air fryer. So I seriously recommend you should preheat your fryer before using your fryer.

What happened when you preheat your fryer?

  • Before using your air fryer, you should preheat it. But why? because there is a lot of choice in the market, all are not same. Somes price is above 200$, some air fryer is less than 100$. So every air fryer is not cooking your food at the same time. While Philips digital twin-turbo star cooks your fries in 6-7 minutes, at that time NuWave Brio needs 10-12 minutes.
  • The air fryer works on hot air circulation around your food, it crisps the outer side and moist inside. While you put your food inside the basket in your fryer, the food ingredients need more time to heat, that is time-consuming and your food does not cook evenly or undercooked.
  • This we can better understand in our science book, higher temperature always transfer to lower temperatures and vice versa. If you do not preheat your air fryer and add food ingredients it needs more time to reach the cooking heat point and your food may be undercooked. So preheat your air fryer always before cook any recipe to get the best result. You can also check one of my favorite chicken tenders recipe, how much time I preheat to get the best result.

3. How to preheat use an air fryer? step by step

  • Press the power button to turn on your air fryer, I think you should press some seconds and it will on with a beep sound.
  • If you have a digital air fryer model like cosori 5.8 qt, instant vortex, Ninja 4 qt digital you will get a preheat option on the display. Press the button, it will automatically set at 350F for 5 minutes. These are the best digital air fryer in today’s market.
  • Use a button or radial to adjust temperature and press on the start button, after 5 minutes, your air fryer will automatically stop.

4. What should you do remember before air frying?

  • Remember your air fryer is not a hot deep oil fryer, it never uses oil more than 1-2 tbsp. It uses hot air instead of oil, so never fill its basket oil, frying fat, or any liquid. Otherwise, you may get the worst result and damage the mechanism of your fryer.
  • Do not place any object on the top of your air fryer, it has a fan fitted on top of the inner side, sucks air and passes through the heating element. So if you put any object, the fan can not deliver hot air to your food ingredients. You will get undercooked food.
  • When taking out your food after cooking, try to use its handle for safety. Be careful from hot steam and never press the basket release button, otherwise hot outer basket will release and get contact with your body and all food gets in a touch of the floor.

5. Should I use oil in my air fryer?

olive oil spray to use an air fryer for cooking
olive oil spray to use an air fryer for cooking

Your device name is ‘Air fryer‘, fry with air. It is one type of convection oven, manufacturers claim and offer you 80% less oil than traditional deep oil frying. You can cook your favorite snacks, meals without so much oil, so this is one of the best healthy choices. This is the reason you buy this oven.

But I feel that the air frying food is not much crispier and tastier as compared to oil frying. Without oil food will not get the best taste, so you need only 1-2 Tbsp oil, that’s enough for the air fryer. You can use olive oil, avocado oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, or your home common oil, Misto Brushed Aluminum Oil Sprayer is the best selling air fryer oil spray.

6. Which food you can cook using your air fryer?

Frozen foods are best for the fryer, frozen chicken tenders, french fries, chicken wings, etc. Just take it from the fridge or market, prepare with your best seasoning, preheat your air fryer, place inside the basket for 15 minutes, and serves with your favorite sauce. Very simple.

Goods that can be baked using an oven, same process but you need some extra air fryer safe pan accessories. To bake bread, cake, muffin cake, pie, or any food with filling or batter. Just put in the heat-safe silicone container before placing it in the basket.

You may face some white smoke from air fryer exhaust smoke, because when you cook high-fat ingredients like whole chicken, meat, turkey, or beef. The excess fat will be dripping down to the outer basket and collect there. While hot air get contact with these fats make some white smoke. It is normal, to avoid this problem pour down in the middle of cooking.

7. How to clean after use an air fryer?

For normal cleaning

  • Turn off your air fryer or unplug it, make sure it cools completely before cleaning. Pull out the basket for faster cleaning.
  • Wipe out the outside of the basket, if there any food stain or grease stain available.
  • There is so many dishwasher safe air fryer in the market, so you easily clean with your dishwasher. If your air fryer is not dishwasher safe, use soapy or detergent water and a non-abrasive sponge to clean.

For food stain or grease stain

  • Separate your inner and outer basket after cook, then add some water in the basket for 10 minutes. Do not immerse the basket in the water.
  • Then take a bowl add 2 tbsp of baking soda and 20 ml water and mix well, make a paste.
  • Use a non-abrasive sponge to spread all over the basket, and let it for 15 minutes before rinsing.
  • Wash the basket with soap and water, take a moist cloth and dry completely inside of your fryer before preparing for the next cook.
  • If needed clean the heating coil and dry well.


Note 1- Always clean the air fryer basket and interior after every use.

Note 2- Using good quality parchment paper or silicon mold, may make clean up easier.

Note 3- Your air fryer basket is coated with ceramic or non-stick, so never use any metal utensils or abrasive cleaning. Otherwise, they can make damage your basket.

Note 4 – Make sure your air fryer heating coil is completely dry before turning on your air fryer.

8. Some trouble you may face while cooking with your air fryer

1. My air fryer is not turn on

  • Make sure your air fryer is plugged in the proper way in an electric outlet.
  • Push the basket securely into the right place, unless your air fryer will not start.

2. Foods are not cook evenly

  • If you staking your food ingredients to close to each other or make bulky inside the basket. The hot air will not be blown properly, You should shake them during cooking to get the best result.

3. Foods are not completely cooked

  • If your basket is overstuffed, then your foods will be undercooked. So you should cook them in smaller batches. and never overstuffed.
  • After doing all the things and you will not get the best result, then you should increase the temperature and time. Because all company air fryer is not the same. Some are brands that provide the best quality as well as they are expensive and some are inexpensive and lower quality.
  • So good brands like Philips, cosori, gourami, etc, provide the best result in little time. So you should use good quality air fryer to get the best result.

4. Foods are not crispy after air frying

  • You all know air fryer uses 80% less oil than traditional deep oil frying, But my opinion air frying food is not tastier than deep oil frying. It just bakes not frying. So you will never get crispy fries as oil frying.
  • But you can brush a little oil with the help of a brush or spray some olive or avocado oil on it, you will get the almost same result as a deep oil fryer.

5. White smoke is coming out of my air fryer

  • Your air fryer may produce some white smoke while cooking for the first time. Don’t worry it is normal.
  • Make sure the basket and the inner side of your air fryer cleaned properly, no external material should leave inside the fryer, like (polythene, thermocol, sticker).
  • Cooking greasy food like chicken, meat, beef, they may produce some fat or grease. This may produce smoke because the basket is hot while cooking, that time grease oil get contact with the hot surface. That time white smoke produces.

6. Black smoke is coming out my air fryer

  • Immediately unplug your air fryer or switch off, dark smoke means, your food may be overcooked and burn. Don’t pull your air fryer basket wait for clear the smoke.
  • If your food is not overcooked or burn, there may be some circuit problem, so never use till your fryer repair. Immediately get in contact with your air fryer service provider.

7. My air fryer has a plastic smell

  • Any air fryer may have a plastic smell from the manufacturing process, this is normal.
  • Follow the test run process before cooking your first recipe. After the process, your air fryer smelling plastic then you should call your air fryer company provider.

10. Some air fryer recipes

1. How to use a air fryer for fries?

Ingredients required

  • 2 medium-size Russet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. of olive oil
  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into strips of ( 1/2 inch * 3 inches) square french fries shape.
  • Soak the potatoes at least 30 minutes in cold water, then drain the potatoes thoroughly and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Preheat your air fryer at 350 F to 400 F for the best result.
  • Use a parchment paper, I have found 5 best parchment paper for the air fryer. Take a paper inside the bottom of the basket of your air fryer.
  • Carefully coat the olive oil on the fries and transfer to the air fryer basket. Set for 5 minutes, until crisp, allow to cool. Serves hot hot with your favourite sauce.

2. How to use an air fryer for oven for cinnamon cake

cinnamon cake by using air fryer
cinnamon cake

Ingredients Required

  • 2 Cups flour
  • 1.5 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 3 tbsp ground cinnamon

Blend all above ingredients

After blend add,

  • 3/4 cups honey
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Mix all these in a bowl and make a soft dough, keep aside for 20 minutes, spray a half size loaf pans, preheat your air fryer at 350 F for 5 minutes. Then set 325 F for 22-25 minutes. Check in the middle of making sure it’s done or not. Coll and drizzle with your favorite icing if you like it, then slice and eat.

3. Whole chicken cook in air fryer

whole chicken using an air fryer

Ingredients Required

  • 10 Pound whole chicken
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp paprika and garlic powder
  • 1/2 dry thyme and oregano
  • your Favourite seasoning

Direction to cook

Mix all the ingredients to make a paste with olive oil and spread all over your chicken. Preheat your air fryer for 5 minutes at 400F, after that spray oil in the basket, and place your whole chicken. You can use a silicone pan for less mess inside the air fryer. Set 360 F FOR 40-45 minutes not exact in all air fryer. Just check in the middle of cooking with the help of a meat digital thermometer( internal temperature of your chicken should 150- 160F). After that flip, another time to cook another side, Serves, and enjoy with your family.


Use an air fryer is not a difficult task, if you follow all the above 10 steps definitely you will learn in 3-4 days. But you have to spend some time and continue doing experiments will make you an air fryer expert.

Thank you, if you like my how to use an air fryer guide, please comment below or ask any question, I will try to help you at my best.


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