Can You Put Batter In An Air Fryer?

Cooking batter in an air fryer can be a bit tricky due to the appliance’s design, which circulates hot air to cook food. Unlike deep-frying, where the batter is immediately set by the hot oil, in an air fryer, liquid batter can drip off before it has a chance to cook and solidify. However, there are workarounds and techniques to enjoy batter-coated foods in an air fryer.

Tips for Using Batter in an Air Fryer

Pre-Freezing: For items like battered fish, chicken, or vegetables, one approach is to dip the food in batter and then freeze it for a bit until the batter is firm. This helps prevent the batter from dripping off when you start air frying.

Breading Instead of Batter: A more common method for air fryer cooking is to use a breading technique rather than a wet batter. Coat your food in flour, dip it in beaten egg, and then dredge it in breadcrumbs or panko. This method works well in an air fryer, creating a crispy outer layer.

Parchment Paper With Holes: If you’re set on using a wet batter, consider placing a piece of parchment paper with holes in it at the bottom of the air fryer basket. The holes allow for air circulation, while the paper can catch drips and prevent a mess.

Special Accessories: Some air fryers come with accessories designed for liquid batter, like baking pans or molds that fit inside the basket. These can be used to cook batter-based foods without the batter dripping through the basket.

Air Fryer Batter-Friendly Recipe Idea: Mini Pancakes


  • Pancake batter (homemade or from a mix)
  • Cooking spray or oil


  1. Prepare the Batter: Mix your pancake batter according to the recipe or package instructions.
  2. Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (about 177°C).
  3. Prepare the Basket: Lightly grease the air fryer basket or use a parchment liner with holes to prevent sticking.
  4. Cook: Spoon small amounts of batter into the basket, leaving space between each mini pancake. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, or until they’re golden brown and cooked through, flipping halfway if necessary.
  5. Serve: Enjoy your mini pancakes with your favorite toppings like syrup, fruit, or whipped cream.

While traditional wet batter might not be the best fit for air frying without some preparation, you can still enjoy a variety of battered foods with the right techniques. Experimenting with pre-freezing or opting for a breadcrumb coating can open up many delicious possibilities.

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