AIR Fryer Fried Chicken easy recipe

When optimizing your cooking space, few things are as handy as the multi-layer rack in an air fryer. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned chef, understanding how to use this feature effectively can be a game-changer. This guide will include steps, tips, and recipes you can make with multi-layer racks in your air fryer.

How To Use Multi Layer Rack in Air Fryer?

What is a Multi-Layer Rack in an Air Fryer?

A multi-layer rack is an accessory for air fryers that allows you to cook more food simultaneously, using stacked layers. This increases the cooking capacity and allows for better air circulation. I love using multiple racks in my air fryer as it helps to cut down on the cost of electricity and cooking time!

How To Use Multi-Layer Rack in Air Fryer?

Place the rack with its legs at the bottom of the basket of the air fryer basket. Load your dishes on this layer. Add a second layer if desired, and ensure the dishes are evenly placed.

Air fryer apples - Multiple layers

How to Install the Rack(s)

Step 1: Clean the Rack: Always start with a clean rack to ensure no residual grease affects your cooking.

Step 2: Placement: Place the rack over the bottom tray of the air fryer basket.

Step 3: Loading Food: Arrange the food on both layers. Make sure not to overload, to allow good air circulation.

Step 4: Second Layer: You can place a second rack layer for multiple layers, allowing enough space between the first and second rack.

Air fryer Apples
Multiple layers

My PRO tips for the perfect Multi-Layer Rack in Air Fryer

  • Don’t overcrowd your dishes to allow even cooking.
  • Have a glove handy, as the racks can get hot!
  • Remember to flip and turn your dishes for even cooking.
  • Experiment – You can cook different dishes together to save time and cost

Benefits of Using a Multi-Layer Rack

  • Increased Capacity: Cook more food at the same time.
  • Better Air Circulation: Ensures even cooking and crispier textures.
  • Versatility: Perfect for cooking different types of food simultaneously.

Recipes Ideal for Multi-Layer Cooking

  • Vegetable and Meat Combinations: Air-fry chicken on one layer and veggies on the other. While cooking, I love placing my chicken, pork, and many more on multiple layers.
  • Snack Platters: Create a snack buffet with fries on one layer and onion rings on the other. I love making apples in my air fryer using multiple layers.
  • Fish and Sides: Cook your fish filets on the bottom layer and some crispy potatoes on the top.

Do I need to adjust cooking times?

Cooking times may vary. Always check the internal temperature of meats and look for desired vegetable crispiness. I have, however, discovered that using multiple racks in my air fryer gives uneven cooking, so, I usually rearrange the layers for even cooking.

Can I use foil on the racks?

Yes, you can, but make sure to allow space for air circulation.

How do I clean the multi-layer rack?

Most multi-layer racks are dishwasher safe. Alternatively, gently scrub gently soak them in warm, soapy water.

How to wash your multiple air fryer racks in Dish washer


Using a multi-layer rack in your air fryer can revolutionize your cooking, allowing for increased capacity and more versatile meal options. So layer up your cooking and enjoy delicious, air-fried meals like never before!

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