Why Does Food Stick to my Air Fryer??

so, you are a big fan of air fryers. They’re so convenient, and they don’t really require any attention, except for some occasional cleaning. But, at the same time, you always find yourself asking the same question: why does food stick to my air fryer?

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about why food sticks to the outside of air fryers. Air fryers are like non-stick pans. when you try to cook food in a non-stick frying pan with no oil, most of the time, it will stick. Same as Air fryers. Air fryers are used to cook food with little or no oil and this can cause food to stick in your air fryer.

Also, if you add too much food to the air fryer basket, there won’t be enough space for the even distribution of heat and this may cause the foods closer to the edge of your air fryer basket to stick. To avoid this phenomenon, we’ve outlined some actions below to help eliminate food sticking to your Air Fryer.

How do you keep food from sticking in an air fryer?

Why Should I Prevent Food From Sticking to My Air Fryer?

As previously stated, even with a nonstick coating, food can adhere to your air fryer basket (and other cooking surfaces). The issue is, what will you do if your air fryer becomes clogged with food? Most people’s first instinct would be to clean it, maybe with a scourer pad or something similar.

The issue here is that your air fryer’s nonstick coating is sensitive in nature. Look at any air fryer customer reviews. It won’t be long until consumers start complaining about peeling nonstick coatings on their items!

I understand that this is not an ideal scenario, but the reality is that you must be cautious with this coating and prevent any type of severe or even slightly vigorous cleaning!! Keeping food from sticking to it in the first place is the greatest method to prevent cleaning altogether!!

How do you keep food from sticking in an air fryer?

Here are the workable steps to stop food from sticking to the bottom of the air fryer…

Use Oil with High Smoke Point

Check the smoke point of the oil you’re using to ensure it’s high enough not to smoke out your entire kitchen. To check your oil’s smoke point, place a small piece of crumpled foil in the air fryer. Watch to see how long it takes until the foil begins to smoke. This is a good indicator of how hot your oil will get and what it will be doing for you.

Keep Food in Containers

Food should not be placed directly on the bottom of the air fryer basket. When storing food in containers, use a lid for the container and prevent spills. The lid will help protect you from spillage and keep your air fryer clean.

Use Parchment Paper

Cook food without oil and with very little moisture will cause sticking. One way to prevent sticking is by using parchment paper to line the air fryer basket before you place your food. Parchment paper allows for easy cleanup and easy removal of food from the basket, as well.

Use Aluminium Foils

A foil sling is one of the ultimate barriers against food sticking in your air fryer. Folding a piece of aluminum foil and frying the food on top not only prevents sticking but also makes it much simpler to remove items like fish fillets, tiny turkey meatloaves, and creamy potatoes.

Use little Oil

Use a tiny quantity of oil to get a crispy texture while also preventing sticking. While cooking with no oil may sound enticing, fat encourages browning and may help food crisp up. It also reduces the likelihood of it sticking.

For example, in our Air-Fryer Thai-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps, we dry and then massage trimmed boneless, skinless chicken thighs with oil before tossing them in the air fryer. In our Air-Fryer Spice-Rubbed Steaks with Snap Pea and Cucumber Salad and Air-Fryer Roasted Bone-In Pork Chops dishes, we utilize the same dry-then-oil approach with the steaks and pork chops.

Use Oil Sprays

Gently spraying the basket with vegetable oil spray We advocate doing this with sticky dishes like fried chicken, chicken Parmesan, and our better-than-boxed fish sticks.

Don’t be in a haste

Food sticks to the air fryer because there is no oil or grease in the basket during cooking. Once you cook your food, allow it to cool down before trying to remove it from the basket. Wait for a couple of hours before removing food from the basket to let it cool.

Cooldown the Food

After cooking your food, allow it to cool before you try to remove it from the basket. Work in batches when removing food from the air fryer and allow it to cool before pulling it out.

Make sure you allow enough time for your food to cool before trying to remove it with excessive force from the basket. Food that is too hot can cause burns when attempting to remove it from the air fryer.

Use Dish Towels

When trying to remove stuck-on food, use “dish towels” instead of using paper towels. While paper towels are added to the basket, it is easy to mishapally burn your food and burning destroys the taste of food. Dish towels are easy to clean up after they are done being used and will not burn your food like paper towels.


When trying to prevent sticking, make sure you clean your air fryer regularly. Over time cookware and other non-stick surfaces can build upon them. Regular cleaning is important in keeping the non-stick surface of your air fryer.

With simple soapy water, thoroughly clean your air fryer basket. Allow it to dry completely before placing it in the air fryer for around five minutes to cook up. The assumption is that this will aid the air fryer’s acceptance of the oil you are going to add, or at the very least make it easier to apply!

The best way to prevent this is to cook your food in an air fryer with very little oil. If you do not want to change the way you are cooking your food, then you can always make sure that you clean the air fryer after use. You may think it’s too much of a hassle or time-consuming but it really isn’t.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a natural remedy to eliminate food sticking to the outside of your air fryer. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with one cup of water and cover the bottom of your Air Fryer basket with this mixture to eliminate foods sticking.

Angela Jones

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