I often get the question as to what type of oil is best to use in an air fryer. There are many different types of oil readily available to consumers in urban areas now. Everything ranging from regular ol’ canola or vegetable oils, varying qualities of olive oil, and the more premium oils such as avocado, coconut, and grape seed — and that’s just scratching the surface!
There really isn’t a simple answer, but I will tell you is that you do have the option to use a much higher quality (and therefore higher priced) oil than you would when deep-frying. It’s much more economical to use a tablespoon or two of that premium $50 jug of coconut oil than it is to fill a whole deep-fryer with the stuff. With that, my own preference is to use a high-grade cold pressed olive oil in most cases. It’s readily available, has plenty of health benefits, and leaves the air-fried food with a light, crispy texture. Avocado oil is my second choice for many of the same reasons and I use it to change things up a bit sometimes.
Something else worthy of trying is to use flavored oils or to use an oil that has its own natural flavor – the most notable being coconut oil. One of my favorite air fryer recipes is coconut prawns, and when cooking this dish I usually try to use coconut oil to give it that extra hint of flavor. You can do the same with other types of dishes. Cayenne-infused olive oil is great for making spicy dishes, and some of the fruit flavored oils are fun to use for fish or chicken.
My best advice? Experiment and have fun! Let me know in the comments below what type of oil is your favorite for air frying. Below are our recommendations for some oils to try.