First off, an air fryer is quite a versatile kitchen appliance: It can bake, roast, fry and grill food. Some air fryers, like the Gourmia GTA2500 even come with a rotisserie cage for delicious grilled chicken!
If you buy a T-Fal Actifry, you can even make Asian stir fries with it! The steering paddle in the middle of the bowl will stir fry your food for you!
Let’s start with the food the air fryer is most famous for: French Fries. You can use an air fryer for making crispy crunchy French fries from frozen supermarket type fries or from scratch.
To prepare frozen French fries, you would simply add a layer of fries in your air fryer basket and fry them for 12-15 minutes. You don’t need to add any oil here.
To make fries in the air fryer from scratch try this:
- Cut potatoes into fries and soak them in water to remove any excess starch
- Rinse and use a paper towel to pat them dry. Transfer to a bowl.
- Add a tablespoon of oil to the fries and mix to ensure even coating.
- Add the potatoes to the basket and fry for 15 minutes, than take out the basket and give them a little shake.
- Fry for another 10-15 minutes till crispy golden
Raw meat can easily be prepared in the air fryer. Think of meats like chicken wings, pork chops, lamb chops, steaks and burgers.
In some cases you might need a separate grill pan to get great results. The Philips AirFryer has one that needs to purchased separately.
Some air fryers, like the GoWise Turbo Air Fryer, have a roasting fork, so you can grill a whole chicken. What’s even better: a small whole chicken can be grilled in just 30 minutes.
With most raw meat you’ll probably need to add a little oil. This is usually a tablespoon or less, so you’ll save a lot of calories compared to a skillet or deep fryer.
Grilling vegetables in the air fryer is one of my favorite things to make. I love grilling cauliflower, mushrooms, zucchini, red pepper and eggplant in my hot air fryer and it’s real easy too!
Usually I just cut my veggies, add a little olive oil and garlic and then pop them in the air fryer for like 15-20 minutes.
They come out crispy and ready to serve with cooked rice or, if I’m making breakfast, with some scrambled eggs!
You can roast all sorts of nuts in the air fryer: walnuts, chestnuts, peanuts and pecans are just a few examples. If you happen to own an Actifry, you don’t even have to shake the nuts halfway through, because the the stirring paddle moves the food around the bowl constantly.
Pies and Cakes
Do you fancy something sweet?
Most air fryers can also bake a cake. You may need to buy an optional cake pan, but you can make apple pies, cupcakes and even crème brulée with your air fryer.
You can prepare all kinds of fruit in an air fryer, but we’ll just take a few examples:
Sliced fresh pineapple is delicious prepared in the air fryer. It takes about 10 minutes to grill the pineapple slices and they will caramelize beautifully.
Serve the grilled pineapple with ice cream or Greek yogurt for a yummy desert.
Apples can be grilled in the air fryer or you can even make apple chips.
Air Fryer Cookbooks
If you want some great recipes for the air fryer, you should consider getting an air fryer cookbook.
The ones selected below are very popular and contain many versatile recipes. You can literally make meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner with the air fryer!