Can You Fry An Egg In An Air Fryer

Yes, you can fry an egg in an air fryer, offering a simple and quick method for preparing eggs with minimal cleanup. Here’s how to do it:

How to Fry an Egg in an Air Fryer


  • Eggs
  • Cooking oil spray or a small amount of oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)


  1. Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 370°F (about 187°C). Preheating ensures the egg cooks evenly.
  2. Prepare the Container: To prevent the egg from spreading too much, use a small, oven-safe dish, ramekin, or a silicone muffin cup. Lightly grease it with cooking oil spray or a brush of oil to prevent sticking.
  3. Crack the Egg: Carefully crack an egg into the prepared container. You can season it with salt and pepper or your choice of seasonings at this point if desired.
  4. Place in the Air Fryer: Carefully place the container with the egg in the air fryer basket. Try to keep it level to ensure the egg cooks evenly.
  5. Cook: Air fry for about 3-5 minutes. The exact time may vary depending on your air fryer model and how runny or firm you prefer your egg. Start checking at 3 minutes to avoid overcooking.
  6. Check Doneness: Cooking times can vary, so it’s best to keep an eye on your egg to achieve your preferred doneness. For a softer yolk, cook for less time. For a firmer yolk, add an extra minute or two.
  7. Serve: Once cooked to your liking, carefully remove the container from the air fryer using oven mitts, as it will be hot. Enjoy your air-fried egg as is, or serve it on toast, with vegetables, or however you prefer.

Tips for Perfect Air-Fried Eggs

  • Use a Heat-Safe Container: Ensure the dish or ramekin you use is safe for use in the air fryer and can withstand the temperature.
  • Adjust Cooking Time: The first time you try this, watch the egg closely to determine the perfect cooking time for your desired level of doneness. You might need to adjust the time slightly in future attempts.
  • Batch Cooking: If you’re cooking multiple eggs, use individual containers for each egg to ensure they cook evenly. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may be able to cook several eggs at once.

Frying an egg in an air fryer is a convenient method that produces a delicious result with very little mess. Whether you’re making breakfast, a snack, or adding a protein boost to a salad, air-fried eggs are a quick and easy option.

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