The Ultimate Guide to Reheating Food in an Air Fryer

Move over toaster oven! There’s a new sheriff in this kitchen, and it’s an air-fryer. Air-fryers have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, as these tiny convection ovens can replace several appliances like microwaves, ovens, and toasters. Learning to use a new appliance can be daunting, but fortunately, an air-fryer is simple! You can cook virtually anything in an air-fryer with excellent results. 

Air-fryers can be used to reheat any type of dry food that you would use a microwave or oven for. Unlike a microwave, an air-fryer won’t make your leftovers gummy or soggy and takes significantly less time than preheating your oven. 

How to Reheat Food in an Air-fryer

Think of an air-fryer as a mini oven. Anything you’d put in an oven, you can put in an air-fryer and cook or reheat it in a fraction of time! An air-fryer works as a convection oven, circulating hot air through a basket that cooks your food uniformly. Because of its small size, the cooking time is much less than a traditional convection oven. You can cook food directly from the freezer or reheat refrigerated leftovers. 

Ninja AF101 Air Fryer that Crisps, Roasts, Reheats, & Dehydrates, for Quick, Easy Meals, 4 Quart Capacity, & High Gloss Finish, Grey
  • LESS FAT: Now enjoy guilt-free food. Air fry with up to 75% less fat than traditional frying methods.* *Tested against hand-cut, deep-fried French fries.
  • WIDE TEMPERATURE RANGE: 105°F-400°F allows you to gently remove moisture from foods or quickly cook and crisp foods with convection heat.
  • FAMILY-SIZED CAPACITY: 4-quart ceramic-coated nonstick basket and crisper plate fit 2 lbs of French fries.
  • 4-IN-1 VERSATILITY: Includes 4 versatile cooking programs: Air Fry, Roast, Reheat, and Dehydrate.
  • DEHYDRATE: Create flat, chip-like dehydrated foods for fun, homemade snacks. The combination of low fan speed and low temperature enables thorough dehydration.

How to use an air fryer

Each air-fryer model will be slightly different, but the general operating instructions will be the same. Your air-fryer may already have preset modes for various foods, with set times and temperatures. If not, here’s a handy guide: 

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Chicken Nuggets390℉9-10
French Fries375 ℉12-14
Mozzarella Sticks400 ℉8
Onion Rings (12 o.z.)400 ℉6
Pizza Rolls375℉7

A general rule of thumb is to cut the oven cooking time in half and maintain the same temperature for the air-fryer. Companies and producers of frozen foods are beginning to add air-fryer instructions to the back of the package, making this process even easier. Make sure to toss every couple of minutes as you are cooking ensuring an even cook on all sides. 

Do not place anything into the air-fryer that you would not put on a regular cookie sheet in the oven. Foods that are very saucy or wet are not intended for the air-fryer and may not yield favorable reviews. 

CHEFMAN Multifunctional Digital Air Fryer+ Rotisserie, Dehydrator, Convection Oven, 17 Touch Screen Presets Fry, Roast, Dehydrate, Bake, XL 10L Family Size, Auto Shutoff, Large Easy-View Window, Black
  • Versatile countertop cooking: Air fry, bake, dehydrate, rotisserie, or roast to crispy perfection in one convenient appliance
  • Cook faster: No need to preheat like traditional ovens. This all-in-one convection oven uses rapid air heating elements to cook fast, even, and crispy food
  • Healthy cooking made easy: Make healthy meals using 98% less oil than traditional fryers
  • Simplified set-up: Anyone can cook perfect meals in minutes with 17 preset options and an easy-to-use capacitive touch control screen
  • All-inclusive: Includes three air flow racks, stainless steel rotisserie oven spit with retrieval tool, and a drip tray

Final Thoughts

An air-fryer is an excellent addition to your kitchen for easy and delicious food preparations. You can cook anything from frozen chicken nuggets to leftover philly cheesesteak sandwiches and have them taste as delicious as if it was freshly prepared. 

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