Our free printable Deep Fryer To Air Fryer Conversion Sheet will help you transition to a healthier cooking method with literally no effort!
Deep frying gives food that amazing crisp texture and the fried taste everyone loves. Are these foods healthy? Maybe healthier than what you’d buy in a fast-food, but they will still be soaked with oil.
Air frying is a better way to enjoy delicious food as it requires just small amounts of oil. Luckily, we have the perfect conversion chart for you. And lots of tips to help you master the air fryer fast!
🥓 Why It Works
Using our printable Deep Fryer To Air Fryer Conversion sheet you can easily adjust cooking temperatures and times for your favorite foods.
Air frying is much safer than deep frying. You won’t need to deal with large amounts of hot oil. Deep frying also requires constant supervision, which is not the case with air frying.
The air fryer is a more versatile kitchen appliance. You can also roast and even bake in it!
Last, but not least, air frying is much healthier than deep frying. You may get a crispier crust when deep frying but I was never bothered by this small difference. Health-wise, it’s a minor compromise, really!
🍗 How It Works
The general rule of thumb for converting a deep fryer recipe to the air fryer is to reduce the cooking temperature by 25° F and keep the cooking time approximately the same.
The air fryer has a pause button, which I am sure you will find very useful. It lets you check for doneness whenever you want to. Also, some foods will need to be flipped halfway so they cook evenly.
Your safest bet is to use this formula as a rough guide and check your food at least once while it cooks in the air fryer. It will let you change the cooking time as needed.
🍟 Deep Fryer To Air Fryer Conversion Sheet
The free printable Deep Fryer To Air Fryer Conversion sheet includes the temperatures and times for a large variety of popular foods.
All the foods are listed by category and alphabetically organized. You can search the list just like you would a recipe book!
Veggies cook splendidly in the air fryer. It’s the truth!
However, don’t use any kind of wet batter as coating since it will turn your air fryer into a drippy mess. Using a more solid batter or dredging veggies in flour definitely works though.
And don’t forget to check for doneness early!
|Vegetables||Deep Fryer Temp||Deep Fryer Time||Air Fryer Temp||Air Fryer Time|
|Asparagus (whole)||425 °F||9 min||400 °F||9 min|
|Baby Potatoes (small, 1.5 pounds)||425 °F||16 min||400 °F||16 min|
|Beets (whole)||425 °F||40 min||400 °F||40 min|
|Broccoli (florets)||425 °F||6 min||400 °F||6 min|
|Brussels Sprouts||405 °F||15 min||380 °F||15 min|
|Carrots (whole)||405 °F||20 min||380 °F||20 min|
|Cauliflower (florets)||425 °F||12 min||400 °F||12 min|
|Cherry Tomatoes (whole)||365 °F||20 min||340 °F||20 min|
|Corn on the cob||415 °F||10 min||390 °F||10 min|
|Eggplant (chopped, 1 inch)||425 °F||15 min||400 °F||15 min|
|Fennel (quartered)||395 °F||15 min||370 °F||15 min|
|Green beans (whole)||395 °F||9 min||370 °F||9 min|
|Kale Leaves||375 °F||12 min||350 °F||12 min|
|Mushrooms (sliced, ¼ inch)||425 °F||5 min||400 °F||5 min|
|Onions (pearl, or sliced 1 inch)||425 °F||10 min||400 °F||10 min|
|Parsnips (chopped, ½ inch)||405 °F||15 min||380 °F||15 min|
|Peppers (chopped, 1 inch)||425 °F||15 min||400 °F||15 min|
|Potatoes (sliced, 1 inch)||425 °F||12 min||400 °F||12 min|
|Potatoes (whole)||425 °F||40 min||400 °F||40 min|
|Squash (chopped, ½ inch)||425 °F||12 min||400 °F||12 min|
|Sweet Potato (whole)||405 °F||35 min||380 °F||35 min|
|Tomatoes (halved)||375 °F||10 min||350 °F||10 min|
|Zucchini (sliced, ½ inch)||425 °F||14 min||400 °F||12 min|
Here are some of my favorite air fryer veggie recipes to get you started:
Cooking poultry in the air fryer will get you a quick meal that tastes great at the same time. All that grease you get from deep frying is gone, which I consider a good thing.
However, your chicken will turn out moist and flavorful, especially if you brine it first. I am a big fan of brining as it can truly improve the final taste and texture of any meat.
|Chicken||Deep Fryer Temp||Deep Fryer Time||Air Fryer Temp||Air Fryer Time|
|Breast (bone-in, 1.25 pounds)||395 °F||24 min||370 °F||24 min|
|Breast (boneless, 4 oz.)||405 °F||11 min||380 °F||11 min|
|Chicken (whole, 4 pounds)||375 °F||55 min||350 °F||55 min|
|Cornish hen (whole, 2 pounds)||395 °F||32 min||370 °F||32 min|
|Drumsticks (2.5 pounds)||395 °F||19 min||370 °F||19 min|
|Legs (bone-in, 1.75 pounds)||405 °F||30 min||380 °F||30 min|
|Tenders (strips, 1 inch)||385 °F||8 min||360 °F||8 min|
|Thighs (bone-in, 2 pounds)||405 °F||21 min||380 °F||21 min|
|Thighs (boneless, 1.5 pounds)||405 °F||17 min||380 °F||17 min|
|Wings (2 pounds)||425 °F||13 min||400 °F||13 min|
Are you a complete beginner in air frying? Just make use of our handy Deep Fryer To Air Fryer Conversion sheet or try some of the recipes below:
Honestly, I am not a fan of deep fried beef. I’ve always thought there are better ways to cook it and the air fryer is definitely one of them.
Our ready-made deep fryer to air fryer conversions are the perfect start for delicious beef cooked in the air fryer!
One thing that can help you not over or undercook beef is using an internal meat thermometer.
You can totally do it without one as well. You will simply need to check the food halfway through, flip or toss it if needed, and allow it to cook for less or more time based on your observation.
|Beef||Deep Fryer Temp||Deep Fryer Time||Air Fryer Temp||Air Fryer Time|
|Beef Eye Round (4 pounds)||405 °F||45 min||380 °F||45 min|
|Burger (4 oz.)||395 °F||14 min||370 °F||14 min|
|Filet Mignon (8 oz.)||425 °F||16 min||400 °F||16 min|
|Flank steak (1.5 pounds)||425 °F||11 min||400 °F||11 min|
|London Broil (2 pounds)||425 °F||18 min||400 °F||18 min|
|Meatballs (2 inch)||405 °F||8 min||380 °F||8 min|
|Ribeye (bone-in, 8 oz.)||425 °F||11 min||400 °F||11 min|
|Sirloin steak (12 oz.)||425 °F||11 min||400 °F||11 min|
🐽 Pork & Lamb
It doesn’t matter if you air fry leaner or fatty pork cuts, as long as you use the correct cooking time and temperature.
The air fryer really makes it easy to cook pork, and the same goes for lamb. Of course, the meat comes out super moist but leaner parts such as tenderloin, and pork chops also turn out delicious in the air fryer.
Marinating pork is optional even though it’s a good idea, especially for the fat-free cuts.
|Pork & Lamb||Deep Fryer Temp||Deep Fryer Time||Air Fryer Temp||Air Fryer Time|
|Bacon (regular cut)||425 °F||8 min||400 °F||8 min|
|Bacon (thick cut)||425 °F||9 min||400 °F||9 min|
|Lamb Loin Chop (1 inch thick)||425 °F||10 min||400 °F||10 min|
|Pork chops (bone-in, 8 oz.)||425 °F||11 min||400 °F||11 min|
|Pork loin (2 pounds)||425 °F||22 min||400 °F||22 min|
|Rack of lamb (2 pounds)||405 °F||21 min||380 °F||21 min|
|Sausages (whole, 12 oz.)||405 °F||15 min||380 °F||15 min|
|Tenderloin (1 pound)||395 °F||15 min||370 °F||15 min|
Deep fried seafood is yummy although it’s a treat we can only afford occasionally. I’ve had so much success cooking fish and seafood in the air fryer, I definitely won’t go back to deep frying them.
Cooking fish in the air fryer is quick and painless. If you’re using fillet, the total cooking time will be around 10 minutes. Just remember, fish meat is delicate, and overcooking can ruin it.
For the best results, I recommend you preheat your air fryer before cooking fish or seafood.
|Seafood||Deep Fryer Temp||Deep Fryer Time||Air Fryer Temp||Air Fryer Time|
|Calamari (8 oz.)||425 °F||4 min||400 °F||4 min|
|Crab cakes (1-2 inches thick)||425 °F||9 min||400 °F||9 min|
|Fish fillet (8 oz.)||425 °F||9 min||400 °F||9 min|
|Lobster tails (whole)||395 °F||5 min||370 °F||5 min|
|Salmon fillet (12 oz.)||405 °F||10 min||380 °F||10 min|
|Scallops (whole)||425 °F||6 min||400 °F||6 min|
|Shrimp (whole)||425 °F||4 min||400 °F||4 min|
|Swordfish steak (2 inches thick)||425 °F||9 min||400 °F||9 min|
|Tuna steak (2 inches thick)||425 °F||6 min||400 °F||6 min|
🧊 Frozen Foods
Many frozen foods, breaded or not, already have an oil coating so you won’t need to add more when air frying. Sometimes, spraying the air fryer basket is a good idea to prevent food from sticking.
Other than that, there’s really not much fuss when it comes to air frying frozen foods.
They are truly life-savers when you just don’t have the energy to spend too much time in the kitchen. Think about it: most frozen foods are ready in the air fryer in under 15 minutes. No defrosting needed!
|Frozen Foods||Deep Fryer Temp||Deep Fryer Time||Air Fryer Temp||Air Fryer Time|
|Breaded shrimp (12 oz.)||400-425 °F||9 min||370-400 °F||9 min|
|Chicken nuggets (12 oz.)||400-425 °F||10 min||370-400 °F||10 min|
|Chicken wings (precooked, 6 oz.)||400-425 °F||17 min||370-400 °F||17 min|
|Fish fillet (10 oz.)||400-425 °F||14 min||370-400 °F||14 min|
|Fish sticks (10 oz.)||400-425 °F||9 min||370-400 °F||9 min|
|Fries (thick, 20 oz.)||400-425 °F||17 min||370-400 °F||17 min|
|Fries (thin, 20 oz.)||400-425 °F||14 min||370-400 °F||14 min|
|Mozarella Sticks (12 oz.)||400-425 °F||7 min||370-400 °F||7 min|
|Onion rings (12 oz.)||400-425 °F||7 min||370-400 °F||7 min|
|Pot stickers (10 oz.)||400-425 °F||7 min||370-400 °F||7 min|
❗ Expert Tips
One obvious difference between the deep fryer and the air fryer is how you will be using the oil. The first option means you will basically submerge food in hot oil.
The second one relies on hot circulating air to cook the food, and in most cases, you will need to spray oil on it (and sometimes even on the air fryer basket). Of course, the amount of fat that ends up in your cooked food will be significantly lower.
Things happen fast in the deep fryer and you will need to constantly keep an eye on it, flipping the food to ensure it browns evenly. For the air fryer, the cooking process is more relaxing.
Yes, you may need to check or flip your food a few times, but you don’t need to monitor it permanently.
Preheating the air fryer is also something I like to do. It may not matter than much if you are cooking something big, like a whole chicken that has a longer cooking time. For smaller pieces, preheating is not optional!
If there’s one thing that stands true for both cooking methods is to make sure your food is not crowded. Adding too much food at once in the deep fryer can lower the oil temperature and lengthen the cooking time. This can cause very greasy food which is something I try to avoid.
Adding too much food in the air fryer basket will also make the cooking time longer. When the basket is crowded, the hot air won’t circulate as efficiently. The simplest solution is to cook food in batches, if you’re dealing with a large quantity.
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