Why Do Air Fryers Smoke So Much?

Are you that person who likes to prepare food at home? If yes, I believe that you know that air fryers have become popular. This kitchen device is easy to use and economical. You just need to use few drops of oil while frying. On top of that, the kitchen appliance can be used to bake, grill and even roast different foods. It can be used to cook vegetables, meat, lasagna, cakes and even corns. Why do air fryers smoke so much? This is a big question that many air fryer users are looking for an answer. Below is a brief discussion of tips for using the device, why it produces white smoke and how to reduce the smoke.


Tips for using an air fryer


An air fryer is an economical kitchen appliance that makes healthy food compared to deep fryers. It is a device that uses hot air to cook food. The hot air is circulated around the food. The device has a heating element that heats the air which is then blown into the cooking basket by the fan. For you to make healthy food using the air fryer, you need to get the ingredients ready before preheating the fryer. During preparation of the ingredients you need to sprinkle some oil around the food so that it cooks well and gets a crunchy texture. On top of that, you need to arrange the food well in the cooking basket to avoid overcrowding which can make the food not to cook evenly. Make sure to flip or shake the basket during the cooking process.

Why Do Air Fryers Smoke So Much?

Why do air fryers smoke so much?


When you cook high-fatty foods like chicken or bacon, you are likely to see white smoke coming from the air fryer. This is as a result of the grease getting burnt by the pan.  We know that the hot air is the one that cooks food and this makes the fats to melt and drain in the pan. If the pan is too hot, definitely the fats/oil will be burned and that leads to white smoke. Also, when some foods are blown and attached to the heating element, they burn and black smoke is generated.


How to reduce the smoke


One of the main things you are supposed to do is to avoid cooking high-fatty foods. It is advisable to remove excess fats and you will see little or no smoke when air frying. Also, you can add some water on the drawer below the cooking basket to ensure that the oil floats on the water and it doesn’t get burnt. You can as well soak the oil and grease using a towel. In case of black smoke, you are supposed to switch off the fryer and check what is being burnt by the heating element and remove it.


Final verdict


Why do air fryers smoke so much? This question is asked by many people but we should understand that not always when you cook different foods. It is not a thing to make your worry as the white smoke is always from burnt fats and grease mostly when you cook high-fatty foods. However, dark smoke can be emitted and you should know that something is being burnt by the heating element.

2 Responses

  1. James Youngman

    my old airfryer never smoked. New airfryer oven grill is unusable no matter what tricks I’ve tried. Smoke alarms everytime I use it. I mean it’s an airfryer right? I think that means fatty foods could be involved. Never buy another one that’s for sure and a shame because my olf airfryer el worked without issue !

    • Chimezie Mike

      Thank you for your feedback and we apologize for the inconvenience and confusion. We do not recommend any fatty foods in air fryers. Please reach out to us if you need any assistance or want to share any suggestions or feedback.


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