Ninja Air Fryer Max XL Owner’s Guide

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This PDF owner’s manual is for the Ninja AF161 Air Fryer Max XL.

Ninja Air Fryer Max XL Model: AF161

Meet the Ninja Air Fryer Max XL, a fast and easy way to cook your favorite foods. Cook and crisp 3 lbs of French fries, using little to no oil, in a family-sized XL 5.5-qt basket.

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(PDF) OWNER’S GUIDE in English (EN) language.


– Technical Specifications
– Important Safeguards
– Parts & Accessories: Main Unit. Air Outlet Unit. Air Intake Vent. Ceramic-Coated Basket. Ceramic-Coated Crisper Plate. Mid-Level Rack. Broil Rack.
– Getting to Know Your Air Fryer Max XL
– Function Buttons: Max Crisp, Air Fry, Air Roast, Air Broil, Bake, Reheat, Dehydrate.
– Operating Buttons: TEMP arrows, TIME arrows, START/STOP button, POWER button.
– Before First Use
– Using Your Air Fryer Max XL:
– Using the Cooking Functions: Max Crisp / Air Fry / Air Roast / Air Broil / Bake / Reheat / Dehydrate
– Cleaning & Maintenance: Cleaning Your Air Fryer Max XL
– Helpful Tips
– Replacement Parts
– Warranty


Q: Why won’t the temperature go any higher?
A: The max temperature is 450 deg F for Max Crisp and Air Broil. The max temperature is 400 deg F for all other functions.

Q: How long does it take to preheat, and how will I know when it’s done?
A: We recommend 3 minutes of preheating. To preheat, select desired function and temperature, set time to 3 minutes, and press Start/Stop.

Q: Should I add the ingredients before or after preheating?
A: For best results, let the unit preheat for 3 minutes before adding ingredients.

Q: When should I use Max Crisp instead of Air Fry?
A: For best results, use Max Crisp when cooking prepackaged frozen foods such as french fries or chicken nuggets.

Q: Do I need to defrost frozen foods before air frying?
A: It depends on the food. Follow package instructions.

Q: How do I pause the countdown?
A: The countdown timer will pause automatically when you remove the basket from the unit. Pressing Start/Stop during cooking will stop the cooking function and reset the timer.

Q: Is the basket safe to put on my countertop?
A: The basket will heat during cooking. Use caution when handling, and place on heat-safe surfaces only.

Q: How do I know when to use the crisper plate?
A: Use the crisper plate when you want food to come out crispy. The plate elevates the food in the basket so that air can flow under it to cook ingredients evenly.

Q: My food didn’t cook.
A: Make sure the basket is fully inserted during cooking. For consistent browning, make sure ingredients are arranged in an even layer on the bottom of the basket with no overlapping. Shake basket to toss loose ingredients for consistent crispiness. Cook time and temperature can be adjusted at any time during cooking. Simply press the TIME or TEMP buttons and rotate the dial.

Q: My food is burned.
A: For best results, check progress throughout cooking, and remove food when desired level of brownness has been achieved. Remove food immediately after the cook time is complete to avoid overcooking.

Q: Why do some ingredients blow around when air frying?
A: Occasionally, the fan from the air fryer will blow lightweight foods around. Use toothpicks to secure loose lightweight food, like the top slide on a sandwich.

Q: Can I air fry fresh battered ingredients?
A: Yes, but use the proper breading technique. It is important to coat foods first with flour, then with egg, and then with bread crumbs. Be sure to press the bread crumbs onto the food so they stick in place. Loose breading may be blown off by the unit’s powerful fan.

Q: Why is the unit beeping?
A: The cooking function is complete.

Q: The screen went black.
A: The unit is in standby mode. Press the power button to turn it back on.

Q: An “E” message appears on display screen.
A: The unit is not functioning properly. Please contact Customer Service


(32 pages)
– Air Fry 101: Preheat, Crisper Plate, Shake Or Toss
– Using Your Air Fryer’s Functions: Function / Accessory Required / Temp / Time
– Air Fry Tips & Tricks
– Dehydrate Tips & Tricks
– Air Fry Cooking Chart
– Max Crisp Cooking Chart
– Dehydrate Chart
– Frozen French Fries
– Crispy Chicken Wings
– Tater Tot Egg Bake
– French Toast Sticks
– Crescent Roll Breakfast Tarts
– Crispy Fried Fish
– Bacon-Wrapped Sausages
– Mini Cheeseburger Meatloaves
– Cajun Shrimp & Vegetables
– Ranch Chicken Tenders
– Cuban-Style Biscuits
– Italian Pork Loin & Roasted Vegetables
– Prosciutto-Stuffed Cheesy Chicken Breasts
– Greek-Style Potatoes
– Brussels Sprout & Bacon Gratin
– Garlic Parmesan Hand-Cut French Fries
– Chicken Jerky
– Crispy Asparagus Fingers
– Air-Fried Peanut Butter Cup S’mores
– Peanut Butter, Jelly & Banana Bites

This user manual (with recipe book) provides all the information (according to the table of contents) from Ninja about the AF161 Air Fryer Max XL, including answers to the questions listed above. You can download and save it for offline use, including viewing it on your device or printing it for your convenience if you prefer a paper version.

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