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How to Convert Air Fryer Recipes to Oven Recipes

Don’t own an air fryer but love all those air fryer recipes you’ve been seeing? Learn how to convert your favorite air fryer recipes to oven recipes with these simple tips and tricks!


Air fryers are great for cooking crispy, healthy meals with minimal oil. I recently write a post on how to convert oven recipes to air fryer recipes but how do you switch that around? Not everyone has an air fryer or some may just want to use an oven instead. Luckily, it’s easy to convert pretty much any air fryer recipe to oven recipes with a few small adjustments.

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There are several reasons why you might want to convert an air fryer recipe to an oven recipe:

  • You don’t have an air fryer.
  • You want to cook a larger quantity of food.
  • You prefer the taste and texture of oven-cooked food.

Whatever your reason, converting an air fryer recipe is simple once you know the basic rules.

How to Convert Air Fryer Recipes to Oven Recipes:

Time needed: 5 minutes.

Best practices:

  1. Adjust the temperature

    Air fryers cook at a higher temperature than ovens, so you’ll need to adjust the temperature when using an oven. A good rule of thumb is to decrease the temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit. For example, if the air fryer recipe calls for 400 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll want to set your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Increase the cooking time

    Air fryers cook food faster than ovens, so you’ll need to increase the cooking time when using an oven. A good rule of thumb is to increase the cooking time by 5-10 minutes. Keep an eye on the food as it cooks to ensure it doesn’t burn.

  3. Use a wire rack

    Air fryers use a wire rack to allow air to circulate around the food, which helps to cook it evenly. You can achieve the same effect in an oven by using a wire rack. Place the wire rack on top of a baking sheet and place the food on the wire rack if you’re looking for extra crispiness.

  4. Flip the food

    In an air fryer, the food is cooked evenly on all sides. To achieve the same effect in an oven, you’ll need to flip the food halfway through the cooking time. This will ensure that the food cooks evenly on all sides.

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Can I use the same cooking time and temperature for all air fryer recipes?

No, you’ll need to adjust the cooking time and temperature based on the recipe and the type of food you’re cooking.

What is the difference between a convection oven in an air fryer?

They are the same thing! An air fryer is just a small convection oven as it circulates the air around the food in the same way an air fryer does. So if you already have a convection oven, you can really consider it a larger air fryer! You can pretty much use the same temperature and cooking time as any air fryer recipe.


The basic rule of thumb of converting air fryer recipes to oven recipes will be to decrease the temperature by about 25 degrees and add about 5-10 minutes (or 20% more) to the cooking time. If cooking raw meat, always cook to the FDA recommended internal temperatures.

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