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The best air fryer oil spray is an oil spray that doesn’t ruin your air fryer, to put it simply. And while this is a relatively quick topic to cover, we’re going to dive into detail just a bit.
Any non-stick spray in an aerosol spray can will ruin your air fryer. The type of oil doesn’t matter. It’s the aerosol that will damage the finish and/or coating on your air fryer. So as tempting as those sprays are, do not use them in your air fryer.
The ease and convenience of spraying oil is the whole reason people buy aerosol cans of non-stick spray in the first place. So instead of purchasing this type of spray at the store, simply purchase a refillable oil sprayer and fill it with any oil you like.
Evo Oil Sprayer Bottle, 18 oz.
Both of the bottles below spray measured amounts of oil. This first one is plastic and the one below is stainless steel.
Evo Oil Sprayer, Stainless Steel
This is the oil sprayer we use. It has never let us down. Nothing has clogged and it’s always easy to fill and use.
The truth is, the type of oil itself doesn’t matter as far as your air fryer is concerned. But there are some things to consider.
As with any type of cooking, if the oil you use has a low smoke point, you will end up with more smoke than you’d like coming from your air fryer. Here are some oils and their smoke points. Basically, you don’t want to cook at a temperature higher than each smoke point if you are using that oil. This can rule out certain oils from air fryers all together. And others, you can use them if the food you are cooking will cook well at that lower temperature. Match up the oil with what you are cooking and the temperature required to cook it.
Note that refined oils can cook at higher temperatures than unrefined or virgin. But they are also not as good for overall health. So choose wisely.
- Almond oil – 430F / 221C (refined)
- Avocado oil – 520F / 270C (refined)
- Canola oil – 400F / 204C (refined)
- Coconut oil – 450F / 232C (refined)
- Coconut oil – 350F / 177C (virgin)
- Corn oil – 460F / 230C (refined)
- Olive oil – 410F / 210C (virgin)
- Olive oil – 320F / 160C (extra virgin)
- Olive oil – 470F / 243C (refined)
- Peanut oil – 450F / 232C (refined)
- Safflower oil – 510F / 266C (refined)
- Safflower oil – 225F / 107C (unrefined)
- Vegetable oil – 428F / 220C (refined)
A part of this choice will be how high the temperature on your air fryer goes. So keep that in mind when picking an oil. Our top picks are:
- Coconut oil (refined) – This will stay in liquid state. It won’t harden like virgin coconut oil will. It also does not taste like coconut oil, so you don’t have to worry about what food you cook with it.
- Safflower oil (refined) – A good, all-purpose oil with almost no flavor.
A note on vegetable oil – While it does have a high smoke point, some research suggest it is really horrible for your health. We are not dietitians, so take that note with a grain of salt. Do your research and pick the oil you are comfortable with.
Regardless of the oil you choose for your air fryer, the only thing you truly want to avoid is an aerosol, non-stick spray which can damage your air fryer. Beyond that, it’s simply a personal choice of which oil you feel tastes best and is best for your health. Enjoy!