How to Keep Food From Flying Around in an Air Fryer

Picture this; you’ve got a hankering for a tasty ooey-gooey grilled cheese sandwich—the kind where the cheese is perfectly melted on the inside with that delicious golden-brown crust. You go to start preparing the tomato soup, but then you happen to notice something in your air fryer. Thanks to that very useful fan, the top slice of bread has slid around, and now that melted cheese you were craving is sliding off into the bottom of the unit…

If this or a similar scenario has happened to you, you’ve come to the right place to find the solution. In this article, we’ll tell you a couple of things you can do to prevent your food from flying or sliding around in your air fryer.

Method 1: Basket Rack

If you’ve got a unit with a basket, it’s probably that it came with a rack that you’d generally place in the bottom before inserting your food. Guess what, though. You can actually use that rack to hold your food down. Who would’ve thought? Simply insert your food into the basket and then place the rack upside-down (with the legs facing up) on top of the food.

Method 2: Toothpicks

Toothpicks are handy to have around the kitchen. If you’ve used them while cooking, there’s a good chance you were using them to hold something in place. If you are stacking food, you can stab a toothpick through the multiple layers to hold the food in place. This method works great when you don’t have a basket model.


Hopefully, these methods will help stop the chaos that occurs when your food slides or flys around inside your air fryer. Now, go make some delicious food!