Chicken nuggets and crinkle cut fries on an air fryer basket

CAN I AIR FRY IN MY OVEN?

If you’ve been wanting to purchase an air fryer, consider streamlining your appliances with an oven that has air frying capabilities. Learn how to air fry in an oven with air fry settings so you can enjoy oven-sized portions of delicious fried foods at home. Don’t have a kitchen range with air fry? Learn some techniques for making air fryer recipes in your conventional or convection oven.

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How does an air fryer oven work?

Ovens with an air fry setting use a fan that circulates heat rapidly within the oven cavity. A perforated air fry basket allows the heat to envelop the food from all angles. When air frying food, this combination creates a crispy exterior while only using a fraction of the oil as you would usually use with deep frying.

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Can I air fry in my CONVENTIONAL oven?

No, you can't truly air fry in a regular, conventional oven unless it has a specialized air fry setting. However, there are a few adjustments you can make to promote crisping and browning in a conventional oven. You’ll want to use a perforated tray and spread the food evenly. Additionally, smaller pieces have more exposed surface area which can help speed up browning. Aim for bite-sized morsels, and flip or shake halfway through, depending on your recipe. Learn more about the different types of ovens and their settings to find out which one is best for you.

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Can I use my convection oven to air fry?

While both air fryers and convection ovens operate on a similar principle of circulating hot air around food items, you’ll only achieve true air fried results with an oven that has an air fry setting. Air fry settings are designed to run at a hotter offset than a regular oven. But, if you're trying to recreate similar results in your convection oven, you can use a convect roast setting to create a similar environment. 

 

It is strongly recommended to use proper cookware when using your convection oven to air fry. In order to get the desired crispy results, the circulating heat will need to reach all surfaces of the food. Additionally, temperature and cooking times may need to be adjusted, so always read the recipe instructions and keep a close eye on the food as it cooks.

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Are ranges with air fryer settings available?

Ranges with specialized air fry settings are available from some brands. Air fry settings typically circulate hot air throughout the oven cavity at temperatures ideal for achieving crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside taste using little to no additional oil. 


Maytag offers a selection of ranges with Air Fry Settings that include specialized cookware, so that you can get to work making air fryer recipes in the oven right away. Just toss your favorite foods into the 13" x 18" stainless steel basket included in your range for crisp results, and after eating, toss the basket into the dishwasher for easy cleanup.

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Maytag Tip: Use the Proper Cookware for Air Fryer Oven Recipes

Whichever type of oven you’re working with, make sure to use a perforated tray or basket. If you're in a pinch, you can also use a pan with low sides. Keep a baking tray on the bottom of the oven to catch any crumbs or drippings, making sure to leave space for air between the crumb and baking trays for best results.

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How to use an air fry oven

While it may vary slightly by model, ovens with air fry generally allow you to select the air fry setting at the push of a button. You can then usually adjust the temperature and timing to suit your air fry oven recipe. While the oven is preheating, load up your air fryer basket making sure to keep some space around your food items. This will allow hot air to circulate in between, which helps create the crispy, golden results you’re looking for.


Some recipes require you to shake the basket halfway through. Because the air fry function rapidly circulates hot air it may pause whenever you open the oven door. For best results, try to avoid interrupting the air fry cycle more than necessary. Once your air fry cycle is finished, remove the air fry basket to prevent drying out. Then simply serve alongside your favorite dipping sauces or sides and enjoy the irresistible fried flavors prepared in your own oven with a fraction of the oil.

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