This Chart Shows You the Air-Fryer Cooking Times for Your Favorite Foods

Can't figure out the air-fryer cooking time you need for your favorite fried food? We've broken it down for you in this chart.

Determining how long to air-fry recipes can be a challenge, especially when there are so many tasty things you can make in an air fryer! That’s why we’ve pulled together everyone’s favorite air-fryer recipes—from chicken wings to french fries—and decoded how long they’ll take in your trusty air fryer.

Air-Fryer Cooking Chart

We give a time range on most of these foods because their temperatures can vary a bit.

FOOD TEMPERATURE AIR-FRYER TIME
Meat and Seafood
Bacon 400°F 5-10 minutes
Bone-In Pork Chops 400°F 4-5 minutes per side
Brats 400°F 8-10 minutes
Burgers 350°F 8-10 minutes
Chicken Breast 375°F 22-23 minutes
Chicken Tenders 400°F 14-16 minutes
Chicken Thighs 400°F 25 minutes
Chicken Wings 375°F 10-12 minutes
Cod 370°F 8-10 minutes
Meatballs 400°F 7-10 minutes
Meat Loaf 325°F 35-45 minutes
Pork Chops 375°F 12-15 minutes
Salmon 400°F 5-7 minutes
Sausage Patties 400°F 8-10 minutes
Shrimp 375°F 8 minutes
Steak 400°F 7-14 minutes
Tilapia 400°F 6-8 minutes
Vegetables
Asparagus 375°F 4-6 minutes
Baked Potatoes 400°F 35-45 minutes
Broccoli 400°F 8-10 minutes
Brussels Sprouts 350°F 15-18 minutes
Butternut Squash (cubed) 375°F 20-25 minutes
Carrots 375°F 15-25 minutes
Cauliflower 400°F 10-12 minutes
Green Beans 375°F 16-20 minutes
Peppers 375°F 8-10 minutes
Sweet Potatoes (cubed) 375°F 15-20 minutes
Zucchini 400°F 12 minutes
Fried Foods
Fries 400°F 10-20 minutes
Pickles 400°F 14-20 minutes
Potato Chips 360°F 15-17 minutes
Frozen Foods
Corn Dogs 400°F 8 minutes
Mozzarella Sticks 400°F 6-8 minutes
Tater Tots 400°F 12-15 minutes
Bakes and Breads
Brownies 325°F 40-45 minutes
Cookies 325°F 8-10 minutes
Cupcakes 325°F 11-13 minutes
Garlic Bread 350°F 2-3 minutes
Mains/Snacks
Mini Pizzas 400°F 4-5 minutes
Quesadillas 375°F 5-7 minutes

Magnetic Air Fryer Cheat Sheet

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We love the ease of air fryer cooking, but there’s still a trick to figuring out the exact temperature and timeframe you need for your air fryer recipes. Sure, you can flip through pages of your cookbook or refer to our chart above, but what if you had all the air fryer tips and tricks in one place, easily accessible straight from your kitchen?

With this air fryer cheat sheet, there’s no more stressing over where to find the exact time and temperature you need to fry those vegetables, chicken nuggets or crispy bacon.

This cheat sheet gives you all the info you need to make any fried dish. The chart features over 100 common foods that you can air fry, all grouped by the type of food, how long you should cook them and at what temperature. With just a glance, you’ll know how to fry each food based on its size.

The best part is—it’s magnetic! The larger 10.5×6.5-inch sheet is perfect to display on your fridge, and a smaller 5×5-inch sheet fits on the front of your air fryer.

You can buy this helpful air fryer cheat sheet on Amazon or at Walmart for less than $10. Trust us—it’s the handiest magnet you’ll ever own.

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How to Convert Any Recipe for Your Air Fryer

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Amanda Mason—recipe creator, food blogger and owner of Recipes Worth Repeating—reworks two to three conventional recipes a week for the air fryer. She shared her tricks with us!

Conventional oven to air fryer conversion

To convert an oven-cooked recipe to an air-fryer one, Mason’s general rule of thumb is to reduce the suggested temperature by 25°F and then cut the cook time by about 20%.  Just use the pause button on your machine to occasionally check the doneness and flip for balanced crispness on all sides.

Deep fryer to air fryer conversion

You can get the tastiness of deep frying—hello, chicken wings—without using nearly as much oil. That’s why so many people love using an air fryer.

Mason uses a special method for her fried chicken. She sets the temperature to 390° and the timer to 25 minutes. At 14 minutes, she flips the chicken and sprays it with just a bit of vegetable oil, then air fries it for 11 minutes more.

She says a light spritz of oil at the beginning and midway when you flip the pieces can help form an extra-crispy exterior while maintaining interior juiciness. (Learn how to cook air-fryer chicken in every way possible.)

If you’re air-frying prepackaged frozen foods like french fries, hit pause and shake the basket once or twice throughout the cooking process so all surfaces are exposed to the hot air coming from the top of the air fryer.

Pan fry to air fryer conversion

If you can whip it up on your stovetop, chances are you can air-fry it. Think stir-fries, meatballs and veggie side dishes.

When your traditional pan-fry recipe calls for a sauce or batter, make those elements first. If the recipe calls for a dipping batter like our Air-Fryer Pickles, coat according to directions and place the pickles in a single layer in the air-fryer basket to crisp up. After the veggies are a nice golden brown, turn and finish off the other side with additional cooking spray.

If you’re making something with lots of ingredients like a stir-fry or grain dish, Mason says you’ll want to use an oven-safe cake insert, foil pan or bowl to keep small pieces from falling through the air-fryer basket. It’s easier when you cook the grain ahead of time. Add the cooked grains, along with veggies and herbs, to the pan and place directly in the basket for cooking. Remember to stir it up every five minutes.

Here are more air-fryer accessories and some ninja air-fryer accessories for smooth preparation!

Grill to air fryer conversion

Instead of searing your steak on the grill or in a cast-iron skillet, try cooking your steak in the air fryer. Flip the steak once halfway, then make it amazing by topping it with a slab of garlic butter while it rests. You can use the same method for fish, checking the temperature once it stops cooking.

All that said, there are some foods that just don’t work in an air fryer. Save yourself some time and stick to the ones that do.

Making Mains, Snacks and Heating Up Frozen Foods

The air fryer is one of the best ways to prepare foods like frozen mozzarella sticks, tater tots and corn dogs because it crisps them up more than the oven would. However, don’t forget about your air fryer when it comes to foods like air-fryer quesadillas and air-fryer pizza!

Air Fryer Tips

First and foremost, many of these foods will need to be flipped halfway through cooking time. Since air fryers cook by rushing hot air down onto the food, flipping will fry the food evenly and prevent overcooking or burning. There are exceptions for a few recipes, like this air-fryer meatball recipe, but many foods follow this halfway mark rule.

Another air fryer cooking tip we recommend is to always fry your foods in a single layer in the air-fryer basket. This allows the food to cook perfectly even and crispy. So, if you’re air-frying large quantities or large food items, we recommend prepping the food in batches for a speedy cook time.

Lastly, don’t forget to preheat! This is one of the most common air-fryer mistakes that many people fall victim to. It takes only a few minutes and will save your food majorly in the long run.

Lauren Pahmeier
Lauren has spent four years in digital and print publishing since earning her professional journalism degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. As an editor at Taste of Home, Lauren spends her days leading SEO-focused projects and collaborating with the Test Kitchen to develop new recipes. She also writes daily about her favorite recipes, building seasonal charcuterie boards and more. Lauren previously pitched, wrote and edited content about event planning, catering and travel, but discovered her passion for food journalism in particular while she served as the editor and co-founder of her school’s chapter of Spoon University. After exploring the restaurant scene in Minneapolis for almost eight years, Lauren moved to Milwaukee where she continues to try every seasonal latte and scoop of frozen custard she can. No matter where she goes, she loves to share her finds with her friends and family on Instagram. When she’s not writing or posting about food, she’s either making it at home or deliberating where to dine next.