Do You Use Oil in an Air Fryer?

Do You Use Oil in an Air Fryer

Cooking fried food with air fryers is a popular choice for those who do not want to use a lot of oil. Similar to deep fryers, these appliances produce crispy and flavorful dishes using hot air and a small amount of oil. People often wonder whether oil is needed when using air fryers to cook. Using oil effectively in air fryers will be explored, along with some tips.

There is one thing about air fryers that many of us are unsure about, and that is their use of oil. Is oil necessary for an air fryer? How much oil should I put in my air fryer? Can air fryers be used with any type of oil? Each of these questions may have crossed your mind at some point, and below I am to answer them all. The essential guide to using oil in an air fryer can be found here.

Do You Put Oil in an Air Fryer?

The answer is yes, you can put oil in an Air Fryer. However, you will not need it in large amounts and for most foods. The benefits of an Air Fryer still outweigh the disadvantages of deep frying, even if oil is necessary.

Toward the end of the article, we will review which foods typically require oil when they are cooked and which do not.

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Best Oils to Use in Airfryer

For air-frying food, I recommend using the following oils:

Avocado Oil

Avocado Oil Air Fryer

Nutritionally, avocados are also high in nutrients, and they are good for bones as well. Among the items listed on the table, they have the highest smoking point. With this oil, you can cook at high temperatures in your air fryer.

Coconut Oil (refined)

Coconut Oil (refined)

Unlike pure coconut oil, refined coconut oil has a mild taste that mellows the meaty flavor. Light, sweet, and capable of cooking food to 450°F, it is perfect for all kinds of food. Because coconut oil contains a high amount of saturated fat, it should be consumed in moderation.

Extra Light Olive Oil

Extra Light Olive Oil

It’s great to know that olive oils have so many health benefits. There are many benefits to the heart when you consume them. Pure olive oil has a strong pungency that is tempered by extra light olive oil.

By using it, you impart a light flavor without overpowering the taste of the food you are preparing.

Peanut Oil

Peanut Oil

This oil tastes and tastes wonderful when added to food – neither too strong nor too light. Almost all temperatures can be used to cook food with this oil without worrying about it burning. The heart benefits of peanut oil are also numerous.

The Right Way of Using Oil in Air Fryer 

The following three methods can be used to safely use oil inside your Air Fryer:

Brushing Oil on Food

Brushing Oil on Food

The following method of oiling is simple and easy to follow. You can use one or two spoonfuls of oil (depending on your preference for crispness and texture).

To apply the oil, dip your brush into it and apply a thin layer over the food. It should be spread evenly with large strokes.

Drizzling Oil on Food

Drizzling Oil on Food

It’s very simple to do. Put all the raw ingredients in a bowl with a spoonful or two (again according to your preference) of oil. The oil should be drizzled on the food and rubbed around with your hands. You can use your Air fryer to cook food.

Spraying Oil on Food

Spraying Oil on Food

I want to emphasize that you should not use market-bought cooking sprays with this method. There are harmful chemicals in them, such as aerosols, that can damage the interior of your appliance.

You can fill an empty spray bottle with your favorite oil and use it as a misting or spray bottle. Be sure to spray it on all sides of the food before storing it in the air fryer.

Tips When Using Oil for Air Frying 

  • The meat pieces should be coated with the brush/spray on both sides of the food halfway through cooking. By doing this, you will achieve a crunchy texture all over your food.
  • Potatoes, for instance, tend to soften down when oil is applied too much. When using oil on vegetables, keep your hands as light as possible.
  • Do not drizzle or spray oil onto food that has already been placed inside the air fryer. Air fryers should be used with the brush technique if you’ve neglected it previously. Keeping your basket and drawer clean will prevent them from becoming greasy.
  • In every drawer, you will find oil and grease from the meat you cook. Put it to good use instead of throwing it away. This is a great coating for your next meal or a seasoning with herbs for your next dish.

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Common Air Fryer Food Preparations: Oiling Suggestions

Depending on your preferred taste and texture, you can use more or less oil. In case you are planning to use your air fryer for some common food preparations, here are some suggestions.

Frozen Foods 

A certain amount of moisture will be present in frozen food. Prepare the air fryer by placing them inside. Then open up your basket and brush oil on the surface after two minutes.

During the second half of cooking time, you should brush another side with oil. Frozen food can be prevented from drying out by oiling it. The result will be juicy and crispy on the outside, with a juicy texture on the inside.


My recommendation would be to mix the oil with seasoning, then add the chopped veggies to a bowl. Be sure to mix the oil well so that all surfaces are well coated.

Oil should not be used too much as some vegetables tend to soften if fried in too much oil. Your air fryer will then cook the veggies once they are coated.

Dehydrating Veggies

You will only need a small amount of oil for this. Choosing an oil with less flavor is a good idea. The oil from vegetables works well for dehydrating vegetables. Then you can air fry your chopped vegetables by spraying them with oil.


Apply a thin layer of oil to your meat all around to create a crusty and juicy finish. As a result of the oil, the meat will become moist. The coating will also form a crust on the outside.


Is There an Oil You Can Use to Put in an Air Fryer?

When putting oil on air fryer foods, you can use a spray bottle, an oil mister, or a basting brush. Depending on what type of food you’re cooking, you may want to use a different type of oil.

To determine which method works best, you may want to experiment with a few different ones.

Are Pam Cooking Sprays Safe to Use in Air Fryers?

Air fryers cannot be used with PAM cooking spray or any cooking spray containing soy lecithin.

You will end up with an impossible-to-remove sticky layer in your air fryer basket and damage the non-stick coating.

Is There a Smoking Point For Oil?

At what temperature does an oil begin to smoke is known as the smoking point. There are some oils that can be heated to a higher temperature before they smoke, so they have a high smoking point. A lower smoking point indicates that the oil begins to smoke at a lower temperature.