If you are new to air frying or a seasoned pro, you will find this all inclusive Air Fryer Cooking Times 3 page printable freebie is everything you need to kickstart your next recipe. It is a simple cooking times chart set that you can print keep handy for quick reference.
If you are a beginner and just took the machine out of the box or if you have a few meals behind you, these pdf sheets are so wonderful to have in your kitchen for handy references when you quickly need to know how much time a certain food takes.
Learn how long to cook fish, vegetables, chicken, beef, and more in your air fryer. This free cheat sheet set will provide the proper temperature and air fry time for the most common food plus a bonus page of how long to cook your frozen food favorites.
🍽️ What is an Air Fryer?
Let’s start here if you haven’t started using one yet. Air frying allows you to simplify your life.
Bake, cook, roast, and more all in one handy device in a fraction of the time it takes to cook in the oven. These nifty little kitchen appliances that sit on your countertop are the rage as they take hot air and circulate it around the food like a convection oven to make crispy and crunchy exteriors without all the oily mess and calories when food is placed in a single layer.
Whether you have a Cosari, Ninja, GoWise, or an Instant Vortex tray version, these cooking times will work for all of them. Each machine is calibrated differently based on wattage so always check a minute or two before when cooking an item the first time.
Typically the smaller ones will take a tiny bit more time to cook vs the tray version. No matter which machine you have, always leave room between the food and allow the air to circulate around the food, flipping about halfway.
Converting Recipes from Oven to Air Fryer
Air fryer cooking times will always be faster than cooking it in the oven. The air flow circulates around the food the entire time like a fan it is in the basket or on the trays for more overall even cooking. Don’t worry about figuring it out, we created a free printable for Oven to Air Fryer Conversions as well.
Start off by reducing the temperature of an oven recipe by 25° and reducing the time by 20-25%.
Always check the food early the first time cooking something new in your air fryer as each one is calibrated slightly different.
When cooking poultry always remember to cook to TEMPERATURE not TIME. According to the UDSA, poultry is safe to eat at 165°F. Whole cuts of pork, beef, veal and lamb is 145°F and ground meats are 160°F.
Converting Recipes from Deep Fryer to Air Fryer
Converting a deep fryer recipe to the air fryer is easy if you remember the simple rule to reduce the cooking temperature by 25° F and keep the cooking time approximately the same without using hot oil. You may have to play with this as each machine as you are deep frying tater tots vs putting them in your air fryer basket.
When and How to Preheat
The simple key to preheating food in the air fryer is when you want your food to be crispy, make sure to preheat for 3 minutes before you start cooking.
What if my machine doesn’t automatically preheat?
If your machine DOES NOT automatically preheat like the Ninja Foodi Basket one, then set the timer for 3 minutes and allow it to heat up with the basket in place. My Instant Vortex 10 in 1 automatically preheats. Check your machine and adjust accordingly. Email me if you have questions.
Then place the food in the basket and start the timer. When doing this, always check your food EARLY. Always remember that each Air Fryer cooks differently and you didn’t do anything wrong.
Always check the food early the first time you are cooking any new dish in the fryer. All of the machines are calibrated just a little bit differently so they cook differently.
Always allow food to have air around it so that the machine can have the circulation of air to create the crispy food you desire. If you pile on the food or put food too close together, it tends to steam and not get crispy.
Almost always, flip your food or shake the basket. Each individual recipe will indicate if you need to flip it. Flipping allows the crispy exterior on all sides.
Don’t overcrowded the oven or basket. Make sure to put all food as a single layer and leave air in between all food to allow air circulation.
Cooking Times Vegetables
All of your favorite veggies including sweet potatoes and green beans.
|Brussel Sprouts (halved)||380°F||15|
|Carrots (sliced ½ inch)||380°F||15|
|Corn on the Cob||390°F||6|
|Eggplant (1 ½ inch cubes)||400°F||15|
|Peppers (1 inch chunks)||400°F||15|
|Potatoes (small baby, 1.5 lbs)||400°F||15|
|Potatoes (baked whole)||400°F||12|
|Potatoes (baked whole)||400°F||40|
|Squash (½ inch chunks)||400°F||12|
|Sweet Potato (baked)||380°F||30-35|
|Zucchini (½ inch sticks)||400°F||12|
Cooking Times Frozen Foods
We love cooking frozen foods in our air fryer basket. Our family can’t get enough of the chicken nuggets and French fries for a take out meal made at home.
|Mac and Cheese Bites||360°F||8-10|
|Potstickers / Dumplings||390°F||8|
|Toaster Strudel / Pop Tarts||350°F||7|
Cooking Times Chicken
Air Fryer cooks tender and juicy chicken breasts to perfection in under 15 minutes or thighs in under 20 minutes for healthy weeknight meals. Always remember to cook poultry to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
|Breasts, Bone In (1.25 lbs)||370°F||25|
|Breasts, Boneless (4 oz)||380°F||12|
|Drumsticks (2.5 lbs)||370°F||20|
|Thighs, Bone In (2 lbs)||380°F||22|
|Thighs, Boneless (1.5 lbs)||380°F||18-20|
|Legs, Bone In (1.75 lbs)||380°F||30|
|Wings (2 lbs)||400°F||12|
|Game Hen (Halved, 2 lbs)||390°F||20|
|Whole Chicken (6.5 lbs)||360°F||75|
Cooking Times Beef
You will love how juicy and tender your favorite beef cuts of meat, our favorite being the Air Fryer Tri Tip. Cooking frozen burgers or meatballs are quick and easy meals to that don’t need any meal prep.
|Burger (4 oz)||370°F||16-20|
|Filet Mignon (8 oz)||400°F||18|
|Flank Steak (1.5 lbs)||400°F||12|
|London Broil (2 lbs)||400°F||20-28|
|Meatballs (1 inch)||380°F||7|
|Meatballs (3 inch)||380°F||10|
|Ribeye, Bone In (1 inch, 8 oz)||400°F||10-15|
|Sirloin Steaks (1 inch, 12 oz)||390°F||9-14|
|Beef Eye Round Roast (4 lbs)||360°F||45-55|
Cooking Times Pork and Lamb
Our Air Fryer Pork Tenderlion never has leftovers due to the meat that is dripping in juices and packed with flavor. When craving what to serve with a big batch of mashed potatoes, this pork loin is always one of my first choices. Easy Sunday morning batch of regular cut bacon (or TikTok Twisted Bacon) will be done in less time than the eggs you are frying.
|Loin (2 lbs)||360||55|
|Pork Chops, Bone In (1 inch, 6.5 oz)||400||12|
|Tenderloin (1 lb)||370||15|
|Bacon (Thick Cut)||400||6-10|
|Lamb Loin Chops (1 inch thick)||400||8-12|
|Rack of Lamb (1.5 – 2.5 lbs )||380||22|
Cooking Times Fish and Seafood
|Fish Fillet (1 inch, 8 oz)||400||10|
|Salmon Fillet (6 oz)||380||12|
📝 Cheat Sheet PDF Printable
The last thing you want to do is have to research the cooking times and temps for your meal when you’re already tired from your day. Keep this printable air fryer cheat sheet set handy and you’ll save even more time and energy!
This provides a clean and crisp layout that is very user-friendly. It is all organized to save you time.
It’s easy to find what you are looking for. I broke it up into categories to make it even easier to find what you need.
📎 Printable FAQs
Air fryers are a great kitchen accessory to own. It provides a healthy alternative to deep frying, roasting, and even baking. Hot air circulates all around your food cooking it in a delicious way.
An air fryer is a multi-purpose kitchen accessory. Bake cakes, cookies, whip up hush puppies, fried chicken, roasted vegetables, etc. There is so much you can do with this, the possibilities are endless.
You will still use a little bit of spray oil when you cook, but it will not be like you are deep frying food. Use an oil mister to help crisp up the outside of your food. There are also olive oil, avocado oil and so many other spray oils in your local grocery store right next to the regular oil. If you don’t own a mister, start with one of these.
Yes. The reason being is that you will find flipping helps to allow you to check on the cooking progress and allows both sides to cook evenly.
Air fried food is a healthier alternative to deep frying. Depending on the recipe, the key is moderation. All things are okay in moderation. When you over indulge is when you run into an issue. The biggest caloric savings will be that the food is never sitting a pool of oil like it would be when you traditionally fry yet you will get the crispy benefits.
We love using ours for roasting vegetables, making dinners, desserts, etc. It doesn’t heat the house like the oven and is a healthier and fast cooking technique.
🖨️ Grab Yours Here and Print
- Free air fryer cooking times printable.
- Print it on your printer.
- Use this as a guide to cooking all your favorite foods, including those frozen food favorites.
Take an extra step and laminate your sheets. This will protect them from food splatters.
Print and tape this to a cupboard door, use in a 3 ring binder, tape it to the refrigerator for quick reference as you cook. We added it to our Recipe Binder and our Kitchen Binder so there are always ways to reference.
Please only use this for personal use.