November 7

Can I Use Steel Bowl In Air Fryer? | Considerations to Keep In Mind


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The air fryer is one of the most recent innovations in the kitchen. The process of cooking food using hot air instead of oil is a great way to cut down on calories and fat. It’s also an easy way to make some dishes that would be too difficult to cook at home. But what about steel bowls? Can you use them in your air fryer?

The answer is yes, you can use a steel bowl in an air fryer but with a few caveats. The steel or metal bowl should be marked oven safe. For more information, read the entire article.

Key Takeaways

  • Many people like to use oven-safe steel bowls in the air fryer because of their many advantages such as withstanding high temperatures, being durable, etc.
  • Oven-safe steel bowl is designed to withstand high temperatures so you don't have to worry about it melting or breaking when it is heated up.
  • You may also want to check with the manufacturer of your air fryer before using a steel bowl in your air fryer. They might have some specific instructions for using certain types of bowls in their product.
  • It’s very easy to damage your kitchen appliance if you try to cook something inappropriate in it. The same thing applies to using a bowl not designed to be used in an air fryer.

Why Opt for a Steel Bowl for Your Air Fryer?

Steel Bowls Are Durable

The best thing about using steel bowls is that they can be used over and over again without getting damaged or breaking apart easily as some other materials might do such as glass after repeated use.

They can withstand high temperatures and hence won't melt like other types of bowls do.

Easy to Clean

Another benefit of using a non-stick steel bowl for air frying is the fact that it is easy to clean. This means that you will not have to spend much time cleaning it after using it. You can just use some warm water, soap, and a sponge or cloth to wipe it dry and it will be ready for use again.

Stainless Steel Bowl Does Not Rust

Stainless steel bowls do not rust unlike other types of materials that easily rusts over time due to exposure to moisture or other factors which causes oxidation after being exposed for a long period of time without proper care.

a set of 3 stainless steel bowls

Some Recipes Require one to use a Bowl

I have been using my air fryer for about 3 years now.  I have found that some recipes require one to use a bowl etc. The air fryer comes with a basket but I wanted a bowl that is nonstick and easy to clean. So I bought myself one.

The bowl is made of steel which is great for cooking. It is also dishwasher safe so cleaning up after making something like fried chicken or chicken wings is much easier than having to scrub away at the old bowl each time you cook something in it and can be used for recipes that require one to use a bowl.

hot meal on the table

Can I Use a Steel or Metal Bowl in My Air Fryer?

If you have an air fryer, chances are you've been wondering about the best way to cook with it. If you're a fan of using steel or metal bowls, you might be wondering if that's allowed.

The short answer is yes. But there are some considerations to keep in mind when using them.

Things to Keep in Mind when using Stainless Steel Bowls in Air Fryers

Use Steel or Metal Bowl That Is Marked Oven Safe

You will find many steel bowls in the market, but not all are suitable for use in an air fryer. Only those marked air fryer oven safe can be used to cook food. So, what is an oven-safe steel or metal bowl?  

An oven safe metal bowl is one that can be heated in the oven without breaking down and becoming damaged. This means that it can be able to withstand temperatures generated by air fryers such as 400°F.

The most common type of metal used for these bowls is stainless steel.

ground meat in a stainless bowl

Check The Manufacturer's Label of the Metal Bowl

To find out if a metal bowl is oven safe, check the manufacturer's label on the bottom or side of the bowl. If it says "oven safe," then you know for sure that you can use it in the air fryer.

These steel or metal bowls have been designed specifically for use with air fryers and will not cause any damage or harm. You can use them for many different recipes including fries, chicken wings, fish filets, and more

Bowl in an Air Fryer Does Not Have Parts Touching Heating Elements

Make sure that the bowl you will be using does not have any parts touching the heating element of the air fryer because this will cause air fryer problems.

Have Enough Room to Accommodate a Bowl

If you are using a standard air fryer, you will have to make sure that it has enough room to fit the bowl. Some models have larger capacities than others, so make sure that you measure before you purchase an Air Fryer.

preparing pizza in the air fryer

Checking with the Manual

The best way to avoid any problems when using metal bowls in an air fryer is by checking with the manual first of all. Some brands recommend that you only use certain types of metal (e.g., stainless steel) and some don't recommend using any metal at all.

If there is no information in your manual about using metal bowls then you should call its manufacturer out first before actually cooking with one so that you know for sure if it's going to affect the safety of your food or not.

What Metals You Can't Put in The Air Fryer?

When you’re cooking in the air fryer, you have to be aware of metal utensils that you can and cannot put in there.

First, you should never put a metal bowl with plastic parts in the air fryer. Plastic melts at a very low temperature and will release toxic chemicals into your food.

Metal with Paint

The other metal that you should not put in the air fryer is anything that has paint or lacquer on it. This is because the paint will leach into your food when heated and cause health problems for you and your family (see family size air fryers).

air fryer and a dish

Which Utensils Can Be Used Instead in The Air Fryer?

An air fryer is an amazing appliance that can cook your favorite meals with little to no oil. But you can't use just any utensil in the air fryer. There are certain types of utensils that can withstand high temperatures and won't melt or warp when used in the air fryer.

Stainless steel bowls are the common utensils used but there are other alternatives and they include:


Pyrex is one of the most popular brands of glassware used for cooking and baking. Most Pyrex dishes are oven-safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and have been tested for use in air fryers. If you're using Pyrex dishes in your air fryer, make sure that they're oven-safe before putting them in the appliance.

Ceramic Dishes

Ceramic dishes and bowls are also commonly used for cooking and baking because they can withstand high temperatures without cracking or melting. Some types of ceramic cookware are even oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

 If you want to use your ceramic bowls in an air fryer, make sure they are marked oven safe or are safe to use in an air fryer.

various food on the black plate

Can You Use a Plastic, Paper, or A Glass Bowl in an Air Fryer?

You should never use a plastic bowl for cooking in your air fryer. The heat from the food will melt the plastic and release toxic elements into your food.

It is not recommended to use parchment paper as it can block fryer's airflow. This can cause overheating and damage to its components, not something you want when you're trying to air fry food with minimal oil.

Finally, if you're using glass bowls, make sure they're oven safe (or at least microwave safe) since they could break if heated too high or for too long. If you are unsure whether it is safe to use in an air fryer, then don't risk it.

About the author

Ana Stanar

An Art Teacher, entrepreneur, and a mother of three, Ana considers cooking a form of art - pleasure for all senses as well as a process that requires creativity, passion and devotion. Since she leads a busy life, Ana just loves testing various kitchen appliances for Kitchen Gearoid, especially those that save her time while preparing food and cooking but also make every meal a masterpiece!


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