Air fryers can fry without oil, right? But some recipes need oil for crispier results. This raises a lot of questions from where do you put the oil to which foods and so I’ve collated answers to these queries to help with the quandaries about yes or no, what type, or where to put oil in an air fryer.
It helps to have answers to these frequently asked questions about air frying with oil in the one place, like a compendium. So here we go…
The overarching details to know about putting oil in air fryers is that you don’t do it! You add the oil to the ingredients before placing them in the basket of the air fryer and then only as a light coating. That’s what many sources explain is the approach to take. The type of oil matters in that because air fryers cook at between 350–400ºF, you need oil with a smoke point to handle the heat.
As I explained in my article on cooking with oils, “burning or overheating of an oil ruins the goodness of the food you are cooking. The heating of oils above their smoke point also creates harmful free radicals.”