How To Preheat The Air Fryer?

Want to know how to preheat the Air Fryer? We got you!

Air fryers are quite new in the market, but they are already present in a lot of houses. This is because of the many advantages that they can provide. 

Air fryers allow the user to cook their food and make it taste as though it was fried but without using any oil.

Instead of oil – which is the reason why fry food is so unhealthy – air fryers use fluxes of hot air around the food so that they can cook it at a high temperature.

Without these machines, however, there are some other advantages: you don’t have to buy so much oil, you avoid having to clean your kitchen after you’ve cooked, and you can save some time, money, and energy.

Since air fryers are so new, however, there are a lot of questions surrounding them.

For example, many users are wondering whether you need to preheat the air fryer, if you can do that, and when to do that. Let’s try to answer all of these questions in this article.

How To Preheat The Air Fryer?

Key Takeaways

  • You Pre-heat the air fryer just like you pre-heat an oven.
  • If your air fryer heats up quickly, then it is not necessary to pre-heat the air fryer.
  • Not all food items require pre-heating in an air fryer.

What Is Preheating The Air Fryer?

Preheating the air fryer would be just the same as preheating your oven: you turn it on before you put food in it.

The principle is always the same: you let the inside of the machine reach a high temperature so that when you put food in it, it is immediately hit by it. 1

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Should You Preheat The Air Fryer?


Just like it happens with your oven, not all food requires preheating your air fryer. Furthermore, other than the type of food, it would also depend on the air fryer itself.

First, if you have a powerful air fryer that can quickly reach the given temperature, then there is no need to preheat it, no matter the kind of food you need to cook.

If your air fryer takes some time to reach the temperature, then you should preheat it when you cook cheese sticks, fish sticks, chicken tenders, and anytime you want your food to be crunchy.

When Should You Preheat The Air Fryer?

You should preheat the fryer just before you want to cook your food. As soon as it reaches the wanted temperature, you can put your food in it.

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When To Avoid Preheating The Air Fryer?

You shouldn’t pre-heat the air fyer when:

  • The receipe that you are cooking says no to.
  • If the user manual of your air fryer says not to.
  • When you are re-heating leftovers.

How To Preheat The Air Fryer?

Preheating the air fryer means turning it on without any food inside. So, set up your air fryer with the temperature you want and let it heat the cooking chamber.

When it reaches the temperature, you can put the food in it and set the timer.

Of course, if the food has a given cooking time, you need to start the timer at the moment you put the food in the cooking chamber, and not earlier than that! 2

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Consequences of Not Pre-heating the Air Fryer


Here are a few things that may happen if you don’t pre-heat the air fryer:

  • The food will not get a crispy layer
  • The cooking time will be longer
  • The food may be cooked unevenly
  • The cooking recipe may not work as expected
  • Your food might get burnt if you do not pay attention. 3

For How Long Should I Pre Heat My Air Fryer?

You can follow this guide to pre-heat your air fryer rightly:

  • Preheat for 2-3 minutes if the temperature is 300 or below.
  • Preheat for 3-4 minutes if the temperature is 300-350.
  • Preheat for 5-6 minutes if the temperature is 350-400.

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We have reached the end of this article on how to preheat the air fryer, and we tried to cover any possible questions that you may have about preheating the air fryer. Hope you found this useful.


Is it even necessary to pre-heat the air fryer?

Pre-heating the air fryer allows the food to get rid of moisture quickly, which in turn helps in achieving a crispy layer on the food.

How will I know if my air fyer has been pre-heated?

Many air fryers come with a pre-heat feature that makes a sound or shows it on display to let you know that your air fryer is pre-heated. 4

How much time does air fryer take to cook food?

An air fryer takes 5-25 minutes to cook food, depending on what you have put in.

While pre-heating the air fryer should I leave the basket in or out?

You are supposed to leave the basket inside the air fryer. In fact, most air fryers does not work without the basket. 5

Should I preheat the air fryer with or without oil?

You should not pre heat your air fryer with oil in it otherwise it may make the food oily and sticky.

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