What air fryer accessories do I need? Food experts reveal all
February 4, 2024
The era of the air fryer has begun and now we can’t imagine our kitchen without one. But even the best air fryerscan be improved with a handful of handy accessories. From prepping, cooking and even cleaning an air fryer these are the best air fryer accessories.
I cook in my air fryer almost daily (so much so that I’m tempted to use my oven for storage), have written recipes for air fryer cooking and tested and reviewed numerous models; I’m very familiar with the capabilities of different air fryers and everything you need to know about air fryers, including knowing which accessories are most useful.
These are my essentials that I recommend as the best air fryer accessories which I rate for being air fryer compatible, good quality, and easy to use, as well as a welcome addition to your kitchen kit.
The best air fryer accessories
Air fryers vs ovens are more compact so you may find that, as your cooking habits evolve to integrate this new piece of kit into your kitchen, it’s worth picking up a few extra accessories to master the latest air fryer hacks.
My top 3 essential air fryer accessories
An oil spray bottle, a probe thermometer and oven mitts are my go-to essentials for integrating an air fryer into your daily meal prep.
At their core air fryers are great at creating an effect similar to deep frying without the need for copious amounts of oil, making air fryers healthier. An even spritz of oil is the trick to crisp foods perfectly in an air fryer. Cooking with excessive oil is a common air fryer mistake; a simple way to evade this is by using a spray bottle. You can purchase spray oil from the supermarket, but I prefer to use a reusable bottle so I can choose what oil to fill it with.
When cooking meat I like to use a probe thermometer. Monitoring the internal temperature takes the guesswork out of knowing when it’s cooked to perfection. Especially useful if you’re still familiarising yourself with this new way of cooking.
For air fryer cooking a probe thermometer such as the Thermometer Dot Digital Thermometer is ideal as the probe can be left in the meat as it cooks and alert you when it’s ready. Some Ninja air fryers also come with integrated thermometers which makes cooking meat in an air fryer so much simpler.
Another common kitchen accessory that is essential for air fryer cookery is a pair of oven gloves. I like using pot holders as they are more compact and less unwieldy than old-school oven mitts. They are ideal for handling the smaller parts of the air fryer as well as being useful for placing the air fryer drawer on while you dish out dinner.
RRP: £4.99 | A powerful spritz action that effortlessly covers a full drawer of food in a few presses. The bottle is glass and compact, great if you’re short of cupboard space. It’s a handy addition to the kitchen, not just for air fryer cooking, but also useful for coating a frying pan before frying or spraying chilli oil on pizza.
RRP: £37.80 | Easy-to-read display, quick and accurate temperature readings. You can set this thermometer to alert you with an alarm when the temperature is reached. Before investing in this make sure there is a gap in the seal of the air fryer that the cable can fit through, otherwise, you will have to keep opening the air fryer to test the temperature.
RRP: £14 | A kitchen staple that’s also great for use with an air fryer. These are available in a range of colours to match your kitchen aesthetic. This is good value as they come in a pack of two and can double up as a pot holder and trivet. They are 20cm square and made of a classy-looking natural matt cotton.
Best tongs for cooking with an air fryer
A decent pair of cooking tongs are so useful for cooking with an air fryer and probably come in first place for my most used kitchen accessory.
It’s important to use ones that won’t scratch the non-stick surface of the air fryer, so avoid naked metal and instead opt for a pair with a plastic or silicone end. You also don’t want something too large as it will be hard to manoeuvre, so a sleeker design is preferable.
I find them so useful for a range of applications: from moving food in a frying pan to tossing a stir fry, they’re even great for twirling spaghetti to arrange it artfully on a plate. I have all of these tongs in my kitchen, and they are all brilliant quality options.
RRP: £8.50 | Another compact accessory perfectly compatible with the air fryer’s smaller size. The pointy tip is ideal for flipping little things such as individual prawns or used at an angle to pick up chunkier foods.
RRP: £18.75 | I particularly love the sleek design and quality feel of these tongs. Brabantia makes a range of matching accessories; the spatula from the range is a great compact size for flipping food in the air fryer.
RRP: £25 | The integrated rests are really useful so these don’t mess up the worktop while you’re cooking. These narrow tongs are perfect for air fryer drawers.
Best air fryer bakeware
If you have been inspired to expand your air frying repertoire to the realm of baking then you may well need some bakeware. Most air fryers are too small to accommodate conventional bakeware, but if you have cake tins that fit these will work.
Alternatively, Sam Milner, a best-selling cookbook author suggests using ramekins. She explains “Ramekins are also really useful for air fryer cooking: I love using ramekins in the air fryer and they are brilliant because no matter what the shape of the air fryer, ramekins will fit. I can fit two in my super tiny air fryer, or 5 in my big air fryer at once.” Ramekins are great for baking things like crumbles and melting middle chocolate cakes.
Author of one of the Sunday Times bestsellers: The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook Sam Milner is an air fryer early adopter, she’s been at it for almost 12 years making her an experienced authority on air fryer cookery.
Silicone muffin cases are also a useful air fryer accesorry, like ramekins they can fit into any air fryer size or shape. They’re Jane Curran’s fave air fryer accessory: “silicone muffin cases and cake pans are ideal for an air fryer. They are totally non-stick and easy and quick to clean.” Not only is silicone bakeware usually dishwasher safe, it’s also non-stick so your bakes will pop straight out. Sam points out that when using a silicone case “you don’t have to worry about lining it with parchment paper first or greasing it.” making it even quicker to use than a conventional cake tin. Silicone is also lightweight and easy to store. Tower sell a kit of air fryer accessories ideal for baking that will fit in most air fryers.
Previously food director at Woman & Home, Jane is part of the team behind the woman&home air fryer bookazines and the Quick & Simple Air Fryer Cookbook. Jane has tested every recipe in the book, so she’s well-versed in adapting recipes to work in air fryers and knowing what not to cook in an air fryer.
RRP: £9.99 | Useful for air fryer baking, also microwave and dishwasher safe. The pack of two have handles to make taking them out of the air fryer easier.
John Lewis ANYDAY Porcelain Ramekins
RRP: £10 | We recommend this set of four. However, you may well already have some of these in the kitchen, possibly leftover from a Gü pot, I know I do!
Best air fryer drawer liners
If you use your air fryer regularly or to cook foods that stick then liners are going to be a big help. While you can put foil in an air fryer we recommend using flat air fryer liners, like the ones below from Lakeland come in all shapes and sizes and can be cut to fit your model.
You can either put them under the removable base to make cleaning easier, or you can use them on top if you’re cooking things that might melt through the holes such as something topped with cheese.
Jane Curran is a fan, she explains: “Parchment paper liners are a real help on the cleaning front. I always put one under the drawer to catch any drips or crumbs, as well as using it as a liner for fish or anything with a marinade.”
Flat air fryer liners are especially useful for baking biscuits and cookies. A great hack is to freeze balls of cookie dough that can be baked individually from frozen. The problem is the powerful fan in the air fryer can blow baking paper, so instead use a liner.
For messier foods, you might find silicone liners with sides and handles more useful as all the cooking mess and juices stay contained. There are lots of options available.
RRP: £12.99 | These universal silicone air fryer liners (set of 2) are small enough to fit into most air fryer models. They’re easy to clean and compact, the ideal size for a couple of chicken breasts.
Best air fryer cleaning accessories
When it comes to using an air fryer over an oven one of the pros high on the air fryer’s list is it’s simpler to clean as most of the parts can be run through the dishwasher.
However, for the bits that can’t be, I have a few secret cleaning weapons. I use microfibre cloths for cleaning all around my home, and they’re ideal for cleaning and polishing the air fryer too. Ecloths are great because they remove bacteria without the need for lots of chemicals. The two ecloths below are ideal for most air fryers, but there is pretty much one designed with every material in mind.
And when you’re deep cleaning an air fryer a good cleaning spray such as the one below from Lakeland makes light work of cleaning the cooked-on grease.
RRP: £3 | For washing up and removing grease without scratching this is a great sponge. One side is slightly abrasive and the other is a soft sponge. It’s machine washable or can be boiled in a pan of water to remove grease. It also miraculously removes 99.9% of bacteria without the need for soap!
RRP: £9.99 | A perfect shine has never been easier. Ecloths are my best cleaning friend, and I’m constantly amazed at how well they work. This microfibre cloth duo is ideal for the air fryer as one is great for wiping away grease, while the other polishes.
Best airfryer cookbooks
My final essential air fryer accessory is a good cookbook is an essential air fryer companion, great for reference and inspiration.
It can be confusing to know what is best to cook in an air fryer it’s not always clear how long things take or what temperature to cook at, so these books are a great help. There’s a whole array of brilliant books to choose from, but these three are my most-rated, reliable options for everyday cooking.
RRP: £5.95 | A handy companion, this guide contains suggested air fryer cooking temperatures and times for a variety of foods, good for a quick reference. It also comes with a magnet so you can store it on the fridge door for better kitchen organisation.