How to Dry Sage in the Air Fryer – Quick and Easy

After I just finished a nice roasted chicken dinner, I was staring at my leftover sage leaves. Of course I didn’t want them to go to waste, so I thought: why not dehydrate them? I’ll show you just how easy it is to dry sage in the air fryer so you can also preserve your fresh herbs.

If you don’t have an air fryer, or want to compare methods, you can also dry sage in the microwave quickly!

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Can I Dry Sage in an Air Fryer?

Yes, you can dry sage in an air fryer.

In fact, air frying sage is one of the quickest and easiest methods to dehydrate it. Unlike the microwave method, you don’t even need to remove the leaves from the stems ahead of time, which really cuts down on prep.

The air fryer is great for drying many herbs actually. Learn how to dry rosemary in the air fryer for another herb that’s frequently seen alongside sage!

How to Dry Sage in the Air Fryer: Step By Step

  1. Wash and dry your sage if needed
wash and dry sage if needed
  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350°F
  2. Place the sage bunches in the preheated air fryer basket, keeping as close to a single layer as possible
place fresh sage in the bottom of air fryer basket
  1. Cover the sage with your air fryer rack or trivet. If you don’t have one, bundle the bunches together by the stems with a heat-safe tie
cover sage in air fryer basket to prevent leaves from blowing around
  1. Cook sage on the air fry setting for 3 minutes at 350°F
  2. Sage is done when leaves have curled in, appear dry, and crackle when touched
air fry fresh sage until leaves curve and crackle
  1. If additional time is needed, add in increments of 1 minute and check frequently for doneness to prevent burning
  2. To remove sage leaves from stems, hold the dehydrated sage over a plate by the stem with one hand, and squeeze from bottom to top with the other. This will cause the leaves to drop onto the plate
remove air fryer dried sage leaves by squeezing with one hand
  1. If desired, crush the leaves up finer using your fingers, or a mortar and pestle if you want a highly ground dust-like consistency
if desired, crush dehydrated leaves further
  1. Store in an airtight container, spice jar, or similar
quick sage dehydrated in air fryer

It’s important to try and keep the sage as close to a single layer as possible for even drying. Otherwise, you may end up with wet pockets. Since it only takes a few minutes, it’s not too much trouble to cook in batches if necessary.

On average, it takes me about 3 to 3 ½ minutes in total in a Ninja Foodi Dual Zone air fryer to completely dry sage. However, other brands, models, and sizes of air fryers may need slightly different times.

Sage typically stays green during the drying process in an air fryer, though some light browning is normal. If your sage turns a dark brown to black color, you have overcooked it.

The scrunching process to remove leaves from stems also works really well on parsley dehydrated in the air fryer!

Is Sage Better Fresh or Dried?

As with most herbs, sage is more potent when it’s fresh. However, that doesn’t necessarily make it better than dried.

Dried sage keeps longer – properly stored, for about 1-3 years (Source). This makes it much easier to keep handy when needed for dishes.

You’ll also be able to crush or powder sage, making it easier to properly incorporate into marinades, rubs, or compound butter (versus the whole-leaf version of fresh). 

While the flavor may be slightly stronger when fresh, the convenience and versatility you get from dried sage is better, at least to me. 

easy fresh dried sage in air fryer

Final Thoughts

Sage is an herb that truly dehydrates well, and it’s only made easier when you dry sage in the air fryer. It’s one of the quickest ways, and fairly easy to do even for a beginner, making your air fryer one of the best ways to dry fresh sage.

Use it in a variety of fall-inspired dishes. It pairs well with poultry, squash, soups, and so many other foods.

If you love squash, then take a look at my favorite air fryer butternut squash recipes to try today!

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Simple Air Fryer Dried Sage

Use your air fryer to dry sage for a fully dehydrated herb in around 3 minutes. It’s quick, easy, and one of the best ways to dry sage for storage.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Garnish
Cuisine Herb
Servings 3
Calories 2 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2-3 bunches Sage leaves washed and dried if needed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350°F
  • Place the fresh sage bunches in the preheated air fryer basket, keeping as close to a single layer as possible
    2-3 bunches Sage leaves
  • Cover the sage with your air fryer rack or trivet. If you don’t have one, bundle the bunches together by the stems with a heat-safe tie
  • Cook sage on the air fry setting for 3 minutes at 350°F
  • Sage is done when leaves have curled in, appear dry, and crackle when touched
  • If additional time is needed, add in increments of 1 minute and check frequently for doneness to prevent burning
  • To remove sage leaves from stems, hold the dehydrated sage over a plate by the stem with one hand, and squeeze from bottom to top with the other. This will cause the leaves to drop onto the plate. Rub your thumb and index finger together to loosen any stuck leaves
  • If desired, crush the leaves up finer using your fingers, or a mortar and pestle if you want a highly ground dust-like consistency
  • Store in an airtight container, spice jar, or similar

Notes

  • 3 bunches of sage leaves should give you around 1 Tbsp ground, dried sage (depending on the specific size of your bunches and leaves)
  • It normally takes me between 3 and 3 ½ minutes in my Ninja Foodi Dual Zone air fryer to completely dehydrate my sage. Times will vary slightly based on your specific air fryer
  • Make sure to keep in as close to a single layer as possible, or else you’ll get wet spots from the overlap
  • Leaves will curl as they cook
  • Some light brown or gray coloring is normal to see during the drying process. However, darker brown or blackening of the leaves indicates overcooking

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 2kcalCarbohydrates: 0.4gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPotassium: 7mgFiber: 0.3gCalcium: 11mg
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Katie Vine