Woman selecting settings on countertop oven air fryer

HOW TO USE AN AIR FRYER: SETTINGS OVERVIEW

Air fryers are loved for their ability to produce delicious deep fried textures and flavors with only a fraction of the oil. But did you know that some air fryers can also broil, bake and dehydrate foods for a whole world of recipes? Learn how to cook in an air fryer with a range of settings for your favorite recipes prepared right on your countertop.

Countertop oven air fryer in bright kitchen

TIPS FOR THE FIRST TIME YOU USE AN AIR FRYER

Before first use, remove any packaging materials and clean all parts and accessories. Place the air fryer on a dry and flat, level surface like your countertop or kitchen cart. Most air fryers will require some clearance around them when in use, so check your owner’s manual for setup instructions. KitchenAid® countertop ovens with Air Fry must be placed with at least 4 inches of clearance on all sides.

When not in use, most air fryers are compact enough to store in the cupboard, but you may want to keep yours on your countertops for easy use. Plus, once you get started, you won’t want to store it away! Countertop ovens with air fry settings are especially countertop friendly and usually feature a low profile that easily tucks under upper kitchen cabinets or shelves. Get more tips for beginners with our first-time guide to air frying.

Close up of KitchenAid® air fryer settings

HOW TO USE KITCHENAID® AIR FRYER SETTINGS ON COUNTERTOP OVENS

The Air Fry function on select KitchenAid® countertop ovens uses a combination of hot air and heating elements to prepare crispy foods. Choose from two options including the Digital Countertop Oven with Air Fry featuring a small footprint and 9 preset cooking functions, or the Dual Convection Countertop Oven with Air Fry featuring a built-in temperature probe and 12 preset cooking functions. Both models include a No-Flip Air Fry Basket and 360° Air Fry System that makes it easy to create delicious air fried recipes using little to no oil. Simply select the setting, adjust as needed and start the cycle for crispy air fried chicken, vegetables and more.

Illustrations of steps 1 through 3 Illustrations of steps 1 through 3

1) Select the Air Fry function, then adjust the preset temperature of 400°F and preset time of 17 minutes if needed. 

2) Open the door and place the no-flip air fry basket with your food in the center of the rack. 

3) Close the door and press Start to begin the cycle. 

When the time has elapsed, the end signal will sound, and the Air Fryer will shut off automatically.

CAN YOU BAKE IN AN AIR FRYER?

Yes, you can usually bake in an air fryer, though your results may vary depending on your model. An air fryer has some similarities to a convection oven (a heating element with a fan to circulate hot air). An air fryer can be great for achieving a crispy exterior on recipes like these cheese stuffed pretzel pull-aparts. However, the blowing air is not ideal for moist or delicate bakes such as angel food cakes, yeast breads or souffles. If you want to bake in your air fryer, look for a model that gives you greater control over the settings, and better yet—the ability to turn off the convection fan when needed. 

Countertop ovens with an air fry setting typically offer more versatility than standalone air fryers. Many countertop ovens feature a Bake function with programmed settings ideal for this task. The KitchenAid® Dual Convection Countertop Oven with Air Fry features separate Bake and Convection Bake settings so you can decide whether or not to activate the fan. Try this Cranberry Sesame Challah bread in your convection countertop oven.

KitchenAid® countertop oven broiling sausages

HOW TO BROIL IN AN AIR FRYER

Broiling involves exposing food to intense heat on one side vs. air frying which surrounds food with hot air. You can broil in an air fryer as long as it features a special broil setting. Again, a countertop oven with an air fry setting is more likely to offer this feature than a standalone air fryer.

To broil in an air fryer from KitchenAid, simply select the Broil setting and adjust the temperature and time per your recipe. All four heating elements are activated for quick preheating. The bottom heating elements then turn off once the desired temperature is reached. This gives you the top-down, intense heat exposure needed to achieve a grill-like sear on steaks, a browned and bubbly cheese topping on pizzas and flaky, moist fish fillets.

 KitchenAid® countertop oven dehydrating grapes to make raisins

USING YOUR AIR FRYER DEHYDRATOR

Some air fryers include a dehydrate setting which usually runs the air fryer dehydrator combo at a low temperature for a longer period of time. Air fryer dehydrators remove moisture from veggies, fruits and more for homemade granola, fruit or veggie “chips” and even meat jerky. 

Both KitchenAid® countertop ovens with Air Fry offer a Dehydrate function with a preset temperature of 150°F and a preset time of 6 hours, both of which can be adjusted for your recipe. Use this setting to add dehydrated salmon jerky to your next charcuterie board or dried cinnamon apple rings to your favorite seasonal cocktail. Open up new healthy possibilities with a multi-tasking countertop oven that doubles as an air fryer and dehydrator combo.

Air fried sweet potato fries on a tray with dip

REHEATING FOOD IN AIR FRYER

An air fryer or countertop oven is a great option for reheating foods with crispy or caramelized exteriors. Skip the microwave and opt for an air fry setting when reheating fries, crispy chicken tenders, roasted vegetables and anything else that was originally fried, roasted or baked. Make sure to leave enough space between your items so the heated air can envelop and crisp them up again.

DO YOU NEED TO PREHEAT YOUR AIR FRYER?

Preheating your air fryer is important for consistent and even results. However, because the cooking chamber is small and the temperature is high, most air fryers or countertop ovens on the air fry setting heat up quickly.

Air fried flautas next to an air fryer

AIR FRYER TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND 

  • Don’t overcrowd your air fryer basket. The circulating air should come into contact with as much of your food as possible

  • Use the perforated basket or pan that came with your appliance. The holes in these types of baskets or pans allow for better airflow. 

  • Don’t use too much oil. Follow your air fryer recipe or lightly spray or brush fresh foods with cooking oil.

  • Adjust cooking time. When using a non-air fryer recipe, make sure to shorten your cooking time since air fryers tend to finish off foods faster than a conventional oven or deep fryer. Use this Air Fryer time recommendation chart for quick reference.

SHOP KITCHENAID® COUNTERTOP OVENS WITH AIR FRY

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KitchenAid® Dual Convection countertop oven with air fry frying spring rolls
DUAL CONVECTION COUNTERTOP OVEN WITH AIR FRY

25% MORE CAPACITY*, DUAL CONVECTION TECHNOLOGY

  • Even-Heat™ Convection Technology
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KitchenAid® digital countertop oven with air fry frying chicken
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  • Even-Heat™ Convection Technology

  • 9 Essential Cooking Settings from proofing and dehydration to toasting and air frying

  • Large Capacity with a 9" x 13" baking pan

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