I see many air fryer users asking on Reddit:

These questions indicate some confusion among air fryer users about the best practices for lining their air fryers. If you are one of them, keep reading!

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The simple answer is Yes, you can put parchment paper in an air fryer. However, you need to follow some precautions to ensure it’s used safely with your air fryer.

Parchment paper is indeed a safe and effective liner for use in an air fryer. To ensure safety, make sure to weigh down the parchment paper with food to prevent it from lifting and coming into contact with the heating element. It's also important to note that parchment paper can typically withstand temperatures up to about 450℉/232℃, making it suitable for most air frying recipes.

Benefits of Using Parchment Paper in Your Air Fryer

Prevents Food from Sticking

One of the biggest nuisances when air frying is dealing with food that sticks to the basket. Whether you’re cooking something breaded or a sticky dough-based treat, parchment paper acts as a barrier, preventing food from adhering to your air fryer’s basket. This not only means less scrubbing and scraping during cleanup but also ensures that your meals look and taste better, as they retain their shape and texture.

Simplifies Cleaning

Parchment paper is a lifesaver for cleanliness. By lining your air fryer basket with parchment, you catch drips and crumbs before they burn onto the basket. After cooking, instead of scrubbing the basket, you simply lift out the parchment and discard it. This convenience is especially appreciated by those who use their air fryer frequently.

Of curse, you don’t need to worry about the cleaning stuff if you have a self-cleaning air fryer.

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Non-Reactive Surface

Unlike aluminum foil, parchment paper is non-reactive, which means it doesn’t react chemically with acidic foods like tomatoes or citrus. This property makes parchment paper a superior choice for cooking a variety of foods, ensuring that the flavors remain pure and untainted.

How to Use Parchment Paper in the Air Fryer

Use food grade parchment paper

It’s crucial to select the right type of parchment paper for cooking. Always opt for food-grade parchment paper when using it in your air fryer. Food-grade parchment is specifically designed to be heat resistant and is safe for cooking, ensuring that no harmful chemicals leach into your food during the cooking process.

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Check the maximum temperature restriction of the parchment paper

Before you start cooking, it’s essential to check the maximum temperature that your parchment paper can handle. Most parchment paper can withstand temperatures up to 420-450°F (215-232°C), but it’s always best to confirm by checking the packaging. This step is crucial because exceeding the temperature limit can cause the parchment paper to burn, which could potentially ruin your meal and pose a fire hazard. Always adjust your air fryer’s temperature settings according to the parchment paper’s limits.

Measure Your Parchment Paper Correctly

First things first, measure the parchment paper to fit the air fryer basket. The key here is not to cover all the holes at the bottom of the basket. You want to ensure that hot air can circulate freely around the food, which is crucial for achieving that even, crispy texture. Cut the parchment slightly smaller than the base of the basket, or use pre-cut perforated parchment paper specifically designed for air fryers.

Measure Your Parchment Paper Correctly

First things first, measure the parchment paper to fit the air fryer basket. The key here is not to cover all the holes at the bottom of the basket. You want to ensure that hot air can circulate freely around the food, which is crucial for achieving that even, crispy texture. Cut the parchment slightly smaller than the base of the basket, or use pre-cut perforated parchment paper specifically designed for air fryers.

Dispose of the used parchment paper

After cooking, the parchment paper will likely be dirty and possibly greasy, depending on what you’ve cooked. Typically, it’s best to dispose of the used parchment paper to avoid any contamination or decreased performance in your next cooking session.

When to Use Parchment Paper in an Air Fryer

Are you keen to optimize your air frying technique with parchment paper but unsure about when exactly to use it? Let’s show you when you should use it!

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1. Cooking Sticky or Wet Ingredients

Parchment paper is ideal when you’re cooking foods that tend to stick or have a wet batter. Items like breaded fish fillets, marinated wings, or small vegetables that might otherwise stick to the basket benefit greatly from the non-stick surface of parchment paper. This prevents tearing and breaking, keeping your meals looking and tasting great.

2. Baking Sweets

Air fryers aren’t just for savory dishes; they’re fantastic for baking too! When making small batches of cookies, muffins, or even delicate pastries, using parchment paper helps in easy removal without sticking. This is particularly helpful for keeping your sweets in perfect shape.

3. When Seeking Easier Cleanup

If you dread cleaning your air fryer, parchment paper can reduce your cleanup time significantly. It catches drips and crumbs that would otherwise burn onto the basket. After cooking, simply remove the parchment with all the mess on it, and you’re done!

4. Cooking High Fat Foods

For fatty foods like bacon or sausage, parchment paper can help manage grease. It keeps excess fat contained, preventing it from splattering and building up on your air fryer’s heating elements, which can reduce smoke and odor during cooking.

5. To Prevent Flavor Transfer

When cooking different foods back-to-back, parchment paper can act as a barrier that prevents flavors from transferring from one batch to another. This is especially useful if you’re cooking a sweet dish after a savory one without having time for a thorough cleaning in between.

6. Reheating Pizza and Other Crispy Leftovers

Reheat pizza, fried chicken, or other crispy foods in your air fryer using parchment paper to maintain the crispiness without the sogginess that often comes with microwave reheating.

FAQs

Do we still need to wash air fryer if use parchment paper?

Yes, you should still wash your air fryer even if you use parchment paper. While parchment paper helps keep food from sticking and can make cleanup easier by catching drips and crumbs, it doesn’t completely eliminate the need for cleaning. Grease and particles can still escape around the edges of the paper, and the heating element and other parts of the air fryer can accumulate residue over time. Regular cleaning ensures that your air fryer continues to operate efficiently and safely, maintaining good hygiene and preventing any buildup of old food or grease.
The Typhur Dome air fryer features self cleaning mode, which can remove stubborn oil grease build-up from the top area of air fryer.

Is it better to use parchment paper or foil in an air fryer?

If your priority is health and avoiding chemical reactions with food, parchment paper is generally the safer choice. It’s also preferable for achieving a crispy texture without the risk of sticking. However, for high-temperature cooking or when needing to contain juices or make cleanup a breeze, foil can be very effective as long as it’s used carefully to not obstruct the air fryer’s airflow.