Are Air Fryer Cooking Times The Same As Oven?

Are Air Fryer Cooking Times The Same As Oven


Trying to convert the oven recipe into your air fryer?

This is probably the best way to fulfill your craving in a much healthier way. So, in this article, we are going to share the answers and experiences of our air fryer experts to know: Are air fryer cooking times the same as an oven?

Are air fryer cooking times the same as an oven?

The answer to this question is NO.

The cooking time of the air fryer and the oven is not at all same. The air fryer cooks food much faster than an oven but in fact, the air fryer doesn’t require preheating before use as an oven.

So, if you are trying a new recipe in your air fryer that is actually an oven recipe then you have to be careful about the timing, and in some cases, you have to consider the temperature as well for delicate recipes.

You might be thinking the opposite. You might have thought about the oven as the fastest of both. Well, I also thought the same when it was mentioned that both the air fryer and oven don’t cook at the same time. But, no. The scenario is different.

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How air fryer is faster than an oven?

The question that triggered me was how even that was possible. Ovens are much hotter and more intense kitchen appliances. After the expert’s answer, I was much clear about the working strategies of both appliances.

Let me share it with you as well.

How oven generates heat?

  • Ovens are made in a way that they use gas to produce heat. The normal gas line or cylinder that is used in your kitchen in your stove to cook food is used in the oven too.
  • Once the gas is on, it started heating the oven.
  • Gradually it increases the temperature up to your desired set temperature.
  • It involves fire (or something) that generates heat manually.
  • The oven then maintains that temperature according to the settings.

This is the reason, it takes more time to preheat the oven first than takes time to cook food. In fact, the uncertainty of the flame in your oven is also a drawback sometimes while cooking in it.

How air fryer generates heat?

  • The air fryer uses air to generate heat instead of flame or fire.
  • Rapid air technology is used to heat up the air fryer.
  • It has a motor and a fan that sucks air from the environment and uses its fan to circulate in the air fryer evenly inside.
  • It doesn’t require preheating before cooking.

This is the way, the air fryer works and generates heat. As it doesn’t require preheating before cooking it cut down the cooking time. And the rapid air technology works faster to cook food which reduces around 8 to 15 minutes on average as compared to an oven.

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One thing more..

One thing more which I came to discover is that you have to be sensible when choosing air fryer over the oven. The air fryer does take less time but it has less space as compared to an air fryer. This means 2 to 3 batches of an air fryer can be cooked in an oven as a single batch. Therefore, choose appliances wisely. If saving time is your core concern and the batch is also small. But if you have to cook big batches for some dinner party or guests use the oven. It will save more time collectively.

Thumb rule for converting an oven temperature and minutes into an air fryer recipe

What if I make your life easier by letting you know the expert’s suggestion over the time and temperature difference between an oven and an air fryer?

Sounds so relieved right?

So, here is the thumb rule for converting an oven temperature and minutes into an air fryer recipe.

While converting the oven recipe into an air fryer reduce the temperature by 25F and the time would be 20% less than the actual recommended time.

By following this rule you can now easily convert your oven recipe into an air fryer recipe.

Now cooking in an air fryer is no more a matter of concern. But do not forget to keep looking and checking in an air fryer during the cooking process as you check in your oven.

Cooking time difference between an oven and over air fryer

These are some of the mostly cooked air-fried foods with average cooking timings. You can have an idea with them and adjust it according to your food size and quantity. It’s a general estimation that may vary from oven to oven and air fryer to air fryer.

Food Items Oven Cooking Time at 350 Air Fryer Cooking Time at 325
Vegetable Roasting (soft veggies like cauliflower) 10 to 20 minutes 8 to 15 minutes
Vegetable Roasting (hard veggies like carrots) 30 to 40 minutes even more 25 to 30 minutes even more
Cake 9” 30 to 35 minutes 23 to 26 minutes
Meatloaf 1 hour 48 minutes
Chicken wings 45 to 60 minutes 36 to 48 minutes
Chicken breast 25 to 30 minutes 20 to 25 minutes
Chicken Roast (4 pounds) 1 hour 30 minutes  1 hour 15 minutes
Cookies 10 to 15 minutes 8 to 12 minutes
Bread loaf 30 to 35 minutes 25 to 30 minutes
Pizza 25 to 30 minutes 20 to 25 minutes

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Last Verdict:

Hope you have got your answer in-depth to the question: Are air fryer cooking times the same as an oven? The difference is discussed in depth to clear your concepts about both appliances. An air fryer is beneficial and time-saving when there is a small batch of food whereas an oven is beneficial for big batches. Both are having its own importance and value but as far as timing is concerned air fryers are faster than they are electrical. They don’t require to be preheated before cooking which ultimately saves prep time as well. The oven requires a minimum of 10 minutes Now don’t waste any further time start cooking.



Written by Owais

I am Owais, CEO of Zomusk. My love for the kitchen, cooking and kitchen appliances is infinity and beyond and I have been following my passion by writing in this awesome niche. I have been really lucky among the people who do the job they love to do. I really hope my articles and personal experiences help you guys. You can always contact me and if you want to give some suggestions or just want to say a hello.


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