Your air fryer is not getting any air
It might be small – and mighty – but air fryers need their space. That’s because these mini convection ovens rely on a constant flow of air to move the high-temp heat around the food for all-over crispness. Make sure your air fryer has at least 12cm of space on all sides, The Kitchn says. And keep it on a stable surface, too, so the vibration won’t send it tumbling onto the floor. Learning how an air fryer cooks your food will help you understand how to cook with it safely.
You use too much oil
Most air fryers call for only a teaspoon or two of oil. If you dump in too much, you’ll get regrettable results. “An air fryer is not a deep fryer,” says recipe writer, Jim Mumford. “I’ve seen people dump two litres of oil into an air fryer and wonder why their food didn’t work. An air fryer moves very hot air around your food as it bakes, aka a mini convection oven.”
The foods are too light
An air fryer’s moving air means light foods could float. “A common mistake I see, that I have done myself, is forgetting that things fly around in the air fryer,” says Anand Bhatt, author of Rock Star Recipes. “So something lightweight like spinach, as it starts to fry, ends up getting up in the heating coil – and then it burns, setting off the smoke alarm.”