Air fryer is a life-saver, it severely cuts down on your fat consumption. You can have your favorite fried dishes with almost 90% less fat. Just get one if you are concerned with eating fatty food and dislike the smell of fried oil. Plus, your kitchen will stay clean. You do not have to wash down everything only because you fried some potatoes. Want to know how to use an air fryer effectively? You came to the right place.
How to Cook with an Air Fryer?
You can prepare delicious food every day for your family and friends with this powerful appliance. It is good for grilling, frying, baking, and roasting. The provided basket cooks just about anything. But if that is not enough then you can even use your own pans (check your manual). Most air fryers come with presets for cooking certain type of food or they have easy dial knobs to adjust the temperature and the time.
Some users are concerned with food too dry in an air fryer. You just have to add a little oil or sauce, that’s all. Remember this is oil-less cooking not oil-free. However, the amount you use is only 3% to 10% depending on your recipe. Be careful not to put oil directly inside the basket but rather mix your ingredients with oil.
Eat Fries – Do Not Get Fried
Chemicals from fried fat ruin your body. High cholesterol causes severe health problems. We all know these, but it is so hard to stay away from fried food since most tastes incredibly delicious. Cooking with an air fryer is the ultimate answer to this dilemma. It is way healthier if you compare with deep frying. Almost no oil or just a tablespoon or two, are used when cooking with these practical appliances. Your food never gets soaked in those chemicals from fried fat.
Fry and Try These on Your Air Fryer:
Here are some tasty recipes to go with your handy air fryer.
Meatballs with Coconut in Air Fryer
Ingredients (Serves 5)
- 454 gr ground meat (1lbs.)
- 1 garlic clove diced
- Salt to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 small onion chopped
- 4-5 egg whites (100ml)
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 100 gr bread crumbs
- 60 gr wheat flour
- 120 gr unsweetened coconut flakes
- In a large bowl, mix the ground meat, diced garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Shape them into meatballs.
- Blend bread crumbs and unsweetened coconut flakes in a small bowl.
- Mix the wheat flour and corn starch in a bowl.
- Put the egg whites in another bowl.
- Dip each meatball first into flour mixture and then to egg whites and finally into coconut mixture.
- Put the meatballs in the air fryer basket.
- Cook for 15 minutes at 180°C / 350°
Stuffed Tomatoes in Air Fryer
Ingredients (Serves 4)
- 4 large tomatoes
- 150 gr white feta cheese
- 3 tablespoon cream cheese
- 2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ teaspoon dried basil (use fresh if you like)
- 2 tablespoon ground walnuts (or pecans)
- ¾ cup sliced parsley (20gr)
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Salt to taste
- Cut the top of the tomatoes as if you were making small lids out of them. Remove the insides carefully.
- Mix all the cheese, walnuts, parsley and basil using a fork. Add black pepper and salt.
- Stuff the tomatoes with the cheese mixture.
- Put the tomatoes standing in the basket of the air fryer.
- Cook for 12 minutes at 180°C / 350°
What Can You Cook in an Air Fryer?
Too many to list here; meat, seafood, poultry, desserts, muffins, cakes, pizzas, and all kinds of frozen food. It is like your oven; you can cook any food. The best choice is the frozen food; as it cooks exceptionally good in the air fryer.
Do I Have to Put Oil in An Air Fryer?
You can use your air fryer without any oil. However, it is better if you put at least 1 tablespoon and mix that into your ingredients. This is to add flavor and crispiness, but it is not mandatory, as air fryers are designed to work with little or no oil.
Can You Cook Veggies in An Air Fryer?
Yes, and the most popular one is potatoes. People cook all kind of greens with air fryers and they all taste marvelous. It is also a great way to prepare side vegetables for your dishes.
What Oil Is Best for Air Fryer?
The best oil choice when cooking in an air fryer is light olive oil. But you should know that most oils can be used. Canola, sunflower, peanut oil are just a few to mention. It is totally up to you and what you prefer as vegetable oil.
Can You Put Frozen Chicken in An Air Fryer?
You can cook frozen chicken in air fryer and it tastes so good. Brush your chicken with sauce or oil for extra crispiness, otherwise they might get a bit dry. If your frozen chicken is already marinated then you do not have to add anything.
Can You Air Fry Frozen Vegetables?
You can air fry frozen vegetable but keep in mind that the cooking time will be prolonged since you are defrosting first. Most users say that air fryers are the best way to go when cooking frozen vegetables.
Life is usually never this good so I am thinking someone outside this world came out with the idea of using hot air instead of oil for frying food. Whoever invented this useful device just made our lives much healthier, happier and delightful. It is time you should use hot air instead of oil for frying.