Surprising Foods That You Can And Cannot Cook In An Air Fryer

Since the air fryer was introduced in 2010, it has become massively popular. The device not only fries food quickly and safely, but also cooks other meals within minutes. You can make juicy chicken, baked pasta, and even eggs–but you should never cook cheese in an air fryer! Surprised? Read on to learn which foods you cannot heat in an air fryer, and a few that you probably didn’t know you could.

Never Include Wet Batter

In a traditional fryer, you would cover meat, fish, or vegetables in a batter of flour and eggs before frying. But you should not do this in an air fryer. An air fryer has nothing to set the batter.

A donut-maker dips a Snickers bar on a stick into frying batter.
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Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

For instance, a traditional fryer has oil that will keep the batter on the food. Because an air fryer does not have this, the batter will just fall off. You will end up with a giant mess and, in the worst-case scenario, the batter will burn. Coat the food in a light layer of oil instead.