Can You Put Enamel Dish In An Air Fryer? (read this first)

As air fryers are relatively new kitchen appliances, there is often some confusion as to what can and can’t be used in an air fryer. 

In this article, we look at enamel dishes and whether it’s safe or not to put enamel dishes in an air fryer.

Can You Use Enamel In The Air Fryer?

Yes, you can use enamel in the air fryer. It is considered safe by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and as a result is still often used to make cookware which can be used in an air fryer.

However there are some materials that should not be used in an air fryer. These include painted metal cookware because at high temperatures the compounds in the paint can break down and leach into food making it unsafe to eat, but as porcelain enamel is effectively liquid glass it is safe to use in an air fryer.

If It’s Oven Safe, It’s Air Fryer Safe!

As long as the enamel (or other) cookware has an “oven safe” sticker, it is also considered safe to be used in an air fryer. Some might even specifically have an “air fryer safe” sticker.

Using Enamel In An Air Fryer

There are a few  things you need to remember if using enamel dishes in the air fryer, which are;

  • You should choose an enamel dish that doesn’t completely fill the basket and block the perforations that allow hot air to circulate
  • As the base is made from metal, the enamel dish will become extremely hot after being subjected to the high temperatures of an air fryer which means you will need to exercise extreme caution when removing it from the air fryer
  • Enamel cookware will be heavier than silicone
  • You should never put enamel dishes in a dishwasher because over time, the enamel coating can be washed away in the dishwasher
  • You should only use enamel dishes that don’t have large handles that will make closing the air fryer basket difficult

Where Can You Buy Enamel Dishes?

Most reputable retailers sell enamel dishes and cookware. Amazon has the following set at a reasonable price.

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Remember to check on the amount of space you have in your air fryer and whether the enamel dishes you choose will fit comfortably.

Are There Any Other Safe Alternatives To Enamel Dishes For Use In The Air Fryer?

If you don’t want to use enamel cookware in your air fryer, there are several alternatives that you can use. These include;

Borosilicate Glass Dishes

Pyrex 8023510 Set of 3 Borosilicate Glass Oven Plates – Extreme Resistance – Made in France
  • Borosilicate glass: ideal for baking in the oven up to 300°, resistant to thermal shocks: can go from the freezer at -20°C to the oven at 240°C
  • Wide handles: good grip even with potholders.

Best known under the brand name Pyrex, borosilicate glass is toughened glass that is able to withstand high temperatures without cracking. 

It incorporates two chemicals-boron trioxide and silica which produces a safe, non-toxic heat resistant glass that can be used in air fryers.

Silicone Cookware

WellBake Silicone 20cm Round Silicone Dish. Non Stick Bakeware + 10 Year Guarantee
  • Ideal for sweet or savoury food safe non stick cooking, whether roasting or baking cakes, without the need for parchment paper.
  • Highly non stick polished silicone surface provides long term easy release food safe cooking every time with easy wash or wipe clean.

Silicone is waterproof, grease proof, non-toxic, non-stick and dishwasher safe. It can be used in a conventional oven, microwave oven, steamer and air fryer.

Stainless Steel Dishes

HaWare Deep Baking Pan Cake Tin, Ideal for Brownie/Lasagna/Casserole/Bread, Stainless Steel Rectangular Cake Oven Pan, 27 x 21 x 8cm, Rust Free & Non Toxic, Heavy Duty & Dishwasher Safe
  • 【HEALTHY MATERIAL】 - Deep baking tin is made of high quality stainless steel without any toxic coating, No worries about coating comes off, No worries about about the negative effect of aluminum. Rust resistant and durable material is perfect for many year.
  • 【EXQUISITE CRAFT】- 8 cm deep side make the large volume, can easy to shape the cake and roast various food. Wide roll and smooth edges are easy to hold and avoid hurting your hand. Brushed surface is wear proof, metallic texture and modern style make your kitchen attractive.

Stainless steel dishes can be safely used in an air fryer as long as they fit comfortably in the basket without compromising the air flow and are marked as oven safe. 

They are typically non-stick and dishwasher safe, which makes them the ideal cooking pot.

Enamel Dish

What Is Enamel?

Enamel is made from powdered glass (which is known as porcelain enamel) that is bonded onto steel.The dish, plate, bowl, cup or jug is pressed out of a sheet of steel then dipped in liquid enamel and fired in a kiln to set it.

It then hardens to a smooth coating on the steel which is extremely durable. This is not a new process, in fact, it is known that ancient Egyptians used to make enamel objects. This early enamel was very expensive and also very decorative.

It wasn’t until the mid 19th century that enamel sinks, baths and cookware started being used in the home. A few years later they developed the technique of enameling steel which led to the decrease in price of enamel cookware. Which led to its increased popularity during the late 19th century.

Why did the two dishes get married?
Because they were so enameled with each other! 😂


Frequently Asked Questions

Can you put an enamel dish in an air fryer?

You can use enamel cookware in an air fryer as long as it is oven safe and as long as it fits comfortably in the air fryer basket without compromising the steady flow of hot air.

Is enamel dishwasher safe?

Although it is OK to occasionally wash enamel dishes in a dishwasher, it is not really advisable. This is because the dishwasher will eventually wear away the enamel coating so it’s best to wash enamel dishes by hand.

Can you put porcelain enamel in the dishwasher?

Porcelain enamel is typically dishwasher safe but washing porcelain enamel in a dishwasher will wear the enamel coating away over time.

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