This Chart Shows You Exactly How to Air Fry Your Favorite Foods

Can't figure out the air fryer cooking time you need for your favorite fried food? We've broken it down for you in this chart.

Determining how long to air-fry recipes can be a challenge. (Especially when there are so many tasty and surprising things you can make in an air fryer!) That’s why we’ve put together everyone’s favorite air fryer recipes—from chicken wings to ravioli—and decoded how long they’ll take in your trusty air fryer.

Air-Fryer Cooking Chart

Air-Fryer Time 
Bacon 400°F 5-10 minutes
Burgers 350°F 8-10 minutes
Meatballs 400°F 7-10 minutes
Steak 400°F 7-14 minutes
Pork Chops 375°F 12-15 minutes
Chicken Breast 375°F 22-23 minutes
Chicken Thighs 400°F 25 minutes
Chicken Tenders 400°F 14-16 minutes
Chicken Wings 375°F 10-12 minutes
Shrimp 375°F 8 minutes
Salmon 400°F 5-7 minutes
Cauliflower 400°F 10-12 minutes
Zucchini 400°F 12 minutes
Pickles 400°F 14-20 minutes
Potato Chips 360°F 15-17 minutes
Potato Fries 400°F 10-20 minutes
Brussels Sprouts 350°F 15-18 minutes
Pasta (Tortellini, Ravioli) 350°F 8 minutes

The tricky thing with air fryers is that their temperatures can vary a bit. That’s why we give a time range on most of these foods. When cooking seafood and meat, it doesn’t hurt to check with a meat thermometer just to be on the safe side until you get to know your air fryer’s temperatures down pat.

Here’s how to make ’em:

Be sure to avoid these mistakes everyone makes with their air fryer, too.

Air Fryer Tips

First and foremost, most of these foods will need to be flipped over half-way through cooking time. Since air fryers cook by rushing hot air down onto the food, flipping will fry the food evenly and will prevent overcooking or burning. There are exceptions for a few recipes, but many foods follow this half-way mark rule.

Another air fryer tip we recommend is to always fry your foods in a single layer in the air-fryer basket—which will allow the food to cook perfectly even and crispy. So, if you’re air frying large quantities or large food items, we recommend prepping the food in batches for a speedy cook time.

Lastly, don’t forget to preheat! This is one of the most common air fryer mistakes that many people fall victim to. It takes only a few minutes and will save your food majorly in the long run.

Hungry for more? Check out these air fryer cooking tips you need to know.

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Christina Herbst
Christina is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in content creation and SEO optimization. She enjoys trying out local foodie restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on.