Want to know if you can put parchment paper in an air fryer? Find out when you should use it, if it’s not necessary and so much more.
It’s no secret that air fryers are one of the coolest kitchen appliances you can own.
An air fryer is a healthy alternative to deep-frying some of your favorite foods. It has the added bonus of being incredibly easy to operate and works within minutes.
As convenient and easy as it is to use the air fryer, the clean-up is often the opposite. While we all love air fryer french fries, we don’t especially love cleaning out those pesky crumbs from the fryer basket.
You may have found yourself wondering if you can use parchment paper in the air fryer, the answer is yes!
But now you’re probably wondering if you need to and why you need to. Well, read on and I will cover all your questions so you can decide if it’s worth it to you.
Here’s what I’m going to teach you about using parchment paper in your air fryer:
- If you actually need to use parchment paper when using your air fryer
- How to use parchment paper successfully in your air fryer
- Air fryer parchment paper vs. regular parchment paper and which one you should be using
- How to make your own perforated parchment paper to allow for evenly crisped food
You’ll learn which parchment papers are best and which ones to avoid, as well as an easy how-to to save yourself a little time and money! A cleaner, faster, better air frying experience awaits.
Do I Need to Use Parchment Paper in the Air Fryer?
Parchment paper is an optional accessory for air fryers due to their nonstick surfaces, but I find it useful in certain scenarios. It’s used mainly to help with cleanup in most recipes and is optional except in a few cases.
I recommend using parchment paper rounds every time you make one of the following to prevent food from sticking to the air fryer basket to get the best results
- Air Fryer French Toast Sticks
- Air Fryer Hush Puppies
- Cinnamon Rolls
- Other baked goods that use raw dough that can stick into the air fryer basket’s holes
While it’s not needed, I find that using parchment paper liners holds a lot of the grease and crumbs, making cleanup a lot easier when cooking foods like roasting vegetables and more.
Tips For Using Parchment Paper in the Air Fryer
- Double-check your paper. Make sure that you’re using the right heat-resistant baking paper— wax paper won’t work and will damage your fryer. Parchment paper can withstand a maximum temperature of about 420 degrees F making it safe to use in the air fryer up to that temperature.
- Preheat your air fryer FIRST. Adding the parchment paper to the air fryer while preheating will cause the liner to fly up to the heating element or heating coil and catch fire. When the food is ready to go in, that’s when you add the paper.
- Make sure your food is heavy enough to hold down the parchment paper. If air frying small foods, place them around the corners of the air fryer paper or opt to use a silicone air fryer liner that will stay in place while cooking.
- If using an air fryer oven, place the parchment paper on the baking tray, just like you would do with a traditional oven.
- Check your air fryer manual for specifics on the best way to use parchment liners and your basket size.
Air Fryer Parchment Paper Vs. Regular Parchment Paper:
The main difference between air fryer parchment paper and regular baking parchment paper is the perforated holes.
Air fryer paper comes with precut holes in premeasured sheets for better airflow. Food will be crispier and juicier if you use perforated parchment paper because the hot air can still flow underneath the basket.
Can I Make My Own Perforated Parchment Paper?
Yes! Follow these simple steps to make your own!
- Cut normal parchment paper slightly smaller than the basket size.
- Use a hole puncher to cut small holes in the paper.
- Place the parchment paper in the basket AFTER you’re done preheating with food on top.
While it’s easy to make your own, it’s honestly worth your time to purchase pre-made air fryer paper online.
Is Parchment Paper Safe In the Air Fryer?
Absolutely! If it’s safe for the oven, it’s safe for the fryer. Most parchment papers can withstand a heat of over 400 degrees.
Just follow these two rules when it comes to using parchment paper in the air fryer.
- Never preheat your air fryer with parchment paper in it. Food must always be on top of it or it will burn the parchment paper.
- Only use parchment paper when you have something that will weigh it down enough.
For instance, parchment paper will not work when cooking just one frozen mozzarella stick in the air fryer. The outsides will still fly upward and hit the fan.
Can I Use Wax Paper in the Air Fryer?
No! Wax paper will completely melt in your air fryer.
What Are Some Alternatives To Air Fryer Parchment Paper Sheets?
- You can also use aluminum foil in the air fryer with specific foods. You can read more about when and when not to use foil in the air fryer here.
- If you’re looking for something more sustainable and dishwasher-safe, you can use these awesome reusable silicone perforated air fryer liners and baskets.
- I personally use a silicone basket which is great for nonstick items.