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Can you Put Sauce in an Air Fryer? (A Simple Guide to Cooking Right)

For many people, cooking is a tedious task that seems difficult to do well.

That’s why I put together this simple guide for you on how to cook right in your air fryer.

Many of the ingredients used today are complicated because they require unique preparation methods – like frying or baking – which can be complicated and time-consuming. But with an air fryer, it’s easy!

However, sometimes we run into a snag and, one of the questions we get asked a lot is whether we can sauce up our food and put it into an air fryer.

Let’s get started.

Can you put sauce in an air fryer?

It is difficult to find a sauce that can be used in an air fryer, but there are some possible options including ketchup and barbecue sauce.

When you’re putting sauce into an air fryer, you have to take into consideration the viscosity of the sauce and when you’re going to put it in. The answer in most cases would be yes, but you might have to adjust the amount of sauce you add if it’s either too thick or too runny. Also, take into consideration that you don’t have to put the sauce onto the food right away. You can put it on during the cooking process.

The sauce is a common addition to chicken and it can be accomplished by cooking the chicken in an air fryer. With the high heat and constant airflow, glaze caramelizes on the chicken. This makes for a tasty meal that’s easy to cook without too much effort.

However, in many cases, if the sauce is cooked for too long it can burn and this results in a char flavor that you’re not expecting.

Every sauce has a cooking limit. Burning a particular sauce is strongly correlated to the amount of time it’s spent in the air fryer as well as the temperature during the cooking phase.

Putting too much sauce in an air fryer

It’s possible to put the sauce in an air fryer without any problems, but there are some things that you should know about. For instance, the excess may drip and spread around your air-fryer chamber which can cause a mess or even ruin it.

If this happens it will be difficult for you to use your appliance again because of how much damage has been done to its interior.

Remember there’s a fan running at really high speeds inside the air fryer. Any loose food, including excess sauce, may end up splattered all throughout the chamber, in between the heating element, and perhaps even make its way into the motor and electrical system.

Not putting enough sauce in an air fryer

Sometimes, we rely on the sauce to help avoid burning the food. If you want to keep the food from getting burned, then you need to ensure that you put just enough sauce on top of the food so that it doesn’t overheat.

This means that you’ll need to experiment with different amounts of sauces until you figure out what works best for you. It also depends on the type of food being prepared. Some foods such as fish tend to dry out quickly while others like meat stay moist longer.

You can always try adding more sauce later on after the initial cooking stage. However, remember that once the food starts drying out, it becomes harder to rehydrate. So, if you do decide to go back and add additional sauce after the fact of noticing that it’s a little dried and burnt, your meal is probably already ruined.

The sauce is too thick

The extremely thick sauce can often be bad when cooking. Thicker sauces are often comprised of added flour and corn starch.

Unfortunately, overcooking these kinds of sauces can actually turn your thick sauces into more liquidity sauces. Thick sauces are thick for a good reason. But once it turns runny, it’s the flavor and texture of your meal that probably suffers the most.

If you happen to not pay attention to your air fryer and end up cooking the now-thin sauce for even longer, you’d probably be severely reduced, a process that loses all or most of its water.

What’s now left behind is a gunky pile of flavored grease.

The sauce is too runny

Once again, runny sauces can potentially result in a huge mess inside the air fryer. The liquidy sauce could easily leak through cracks in the lid and onto other parts of the air fryer. This would mean having to clean everything off before using it again.

In addition, the leaking sauce might get stuck somewhere else within the air fryer causing further issues. You don’t want to have to deal with cleaning up extra sticky stuff.

So, next time you think about making something delicious, consider whether or not you should cook it in an air fryer first.

Fortunately for you, there are ways to get around this.

Should you put sauce on your food before air frying?

If you glaze your sauce in your food ahead of time, it’s best to let it sit for 10 minutes before placing it in the air fryer. That way, any moisture that was absorbed by the food during the waiting period will evaporate away.

However, if you’re going to place your food directly into the air fryer without letting it rest beforehand, then you shouldn’t worry about the amount of sauce you apply. Just make sure that you cover every single piece of food evenly.

This goes for normal viscous sauces that mimic that of a very thick soup. Any runny water might get blown around by the intense fan.

Should you put sauce on your food during air frying?

This is probably going to be the best approach to adding sauce while air frying. If you were able to successfully coat each individual piece of food evenly, then you won’t have to worry about excess dripping from one part of the food to another.

But, if you’ve got some drips here and there, just wipe them down immediately so they don’t drip anywhere else. You can continue along with monitoring your meal by pausing the air fryer and taking a glance at the food.

Pay close attention to the outer surfaces of the food and take note of any drastic or minute changes of color. Add on more sauce as necessary.

This helps intensify the flavors brought on by the multiple added layers of sauce and keeps the food from burning in the process.

Should you put sauce on your food after air frying?

 Putting sauce onto food after you’re done cooking is also a good option. As long as the sauce is cooked, this can be a very good way of creating two different types of textures all under a single bite.

The sauce will create the runny, flavor and the exterior of the meal from air frying will produce the crunch. It’s like getting both texture and taste in one mouthful!

You’ll need to add additional oil to the pan when doing this method because the sauce has been exposed to heat. But, once again, you wouldn’t really notice much difference between the two methods.

Which do you prefer?

It depends on what kind of dish you’re trying to prepare. For example, I personally love putting my sauce on top of chicken wings right before serving. However, if you’re looking to make a pizza-like crust, then you may find yourself better off sticking with the while-being-air-fried route.

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