Can you use parchment paper in an air fryer?Yes, absolutely.
Parchment paper is made of cellulose, like regular paper. However, it’s processed to withstand high temperatures, resist water and grease, and prevent sticking for easy cleanup.
These properties make parchment paper a quick answer for cooking on a stovetop, baking in a conventional oven, and is perfect for an air fryer basket.
Regardless of your method, never let the paper touch the heating element.
Don’t mix up regular parchment paper and wax paper. Wax paper has a thin layer of coating that burns if you heat it up, so you can’t air fry with wax paper. And while aluminum foil isn’t good for acidic food, parchment paper works perfectly.
How to Use Parchment Paper in an Air Fryer
Remove the Air Fryer Basket
First, take the basket out of the air fryer and place it on a piece of parchment paper.
Trace the Basket
Next, trace the outline of the basket onto the paper with a pen. Remove the basket and cut out the shape with a pair of scissors.
Make sure the piece of parchment paper can fit within the basket’s contours.
Perforate the Paper
You can find parchment paper made specifically for air fryers. It has tiny perforations in it so that the air can still circulate properly in the fryer.
If you can’t find perforated parchment paper, you can make your own perforated parchment paper by punching enough holes in it for good air flow. For this, you can use a sharp stick, a pin, or even a hole puncher.
Set up the Basket
Turn your basket right-side-up and put the parchment paper inside. Check that it perfectly covers the basket.
Trim and Tuck
You don’t want any paper coming over the rim of the basket, so trim or tuck in any bits of paper that stick out.
Tips For Using Parchment Paper in an Air Fryer
Place the Parchment Paper in the Basket Only
The only place you should ever put parchment paper is in the air fryer basket. If the paper in the air fryer blocks air circulation in the bottom of the basket, your food won’t cook properly.
Also, paper is a fire hazard, so make sure the parchment never touches the heating element. And since there is constantly moving air, the paper could blow around.
Therefore, never leave the air fryer unattended just in case something goes wrong.
Weigh Down with Food
As air moves in the fryer, parchment papers can fly into the fan at the back of the appliance and touch the heating coil on its way.
Secure your parchment in the basket with your food to keep the paper from flying around.
Also, never put parchment paper in the air fryer while the machine preheats, you risk the paper flying about.
In general, make sure the parchment paper sits securely in your air fryer basket and can’t move around. So, cut off loose ends and keep all the edges inside the basket so it can’t catch on anything.
Avoid Excessive Heat
Though parchment paper is great for air frying because it can withstand heat up to 420-450 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it is still paper, so it can catch fire.
The maximum temperature depends on the brand. So, when you buy parchment paper, check the box to see how high you can heat it.
If the paper starts to smoke or burn, turn off the machine immediately and remove the parchment.
Reuse Three Times Max
Be eco-friendly and reuse your parchment paper three times.
After three uses, the parchment can start to break down and burn, especially if your recipes use high temperatures.
Even if you’ve only used the paper twice, throw it out if it starts turning brown and/or you smell burning. Not only can it start a fire, but it can also make your food taste off.
In case of doubt, check the air fryer manual.
Opt for Perforated Parchment Paper
Using parchment paper creates a non-stick surface, but it can also disrupt the airflow. As mentioned earlier, prevent this by using parchment with perforated holes.
These sheets come pre-cut and are designed specifically for most air fryers. Hot air can pass through the holes so that your food cooks properly.