Do you like fried foods? No one can deny the temptation of fried potatoes, chickens and shrimps. But if you are on a diet, you may have to refrain yourself from eating fried foods because of the excessive oils the foods need when you cook. Well, you should not worry much. The best air fryer is your rescue as all the air fryer reviews are talking about how wonderful this product is in order to make your favorite fried foods crispy, golden and delicious with giving you extra fats and calories.

An air fryer, like its name suggests, uses a new technology to circulate hot air to cook food instead of hot boiling oils. Before you use the machine, remember to read all the instructions carefully. Following all tips below could also help you to use the air fryer effectively.

Here are some tips to cook the best food in an air fryer:

  • Shake your food regularly: every 5 to 10 minutes, you should open the air fryer and give the food basket a good shake. This is to make sure compressed foods like fries and chips can be rotated and so they are cooked evenly and have golden brown color on all sides when they are cooked.
  • Do not stuff too much food into the basket: Don’t overcrowd your foods. Give them some space so the air could circulate well. Your crisps and fries are cooked evenly as well. It is better if you cook in small portions.
  • Add cooking spray: you can add cooking spray or just a little bit of oil to prevent the food from sticking into the basket.
  • Dry the foods before you put them into the basket: make sure the food is dry before cooking. You could use absorbing paper for food that is marinated to avoid smoking from dropping water.
  • Empty the fat from the machine regularly: if you cook foods which are high in fat content, remember to clear all the fat from the machine to prevent smoke or inconvenient smell.
  • Try other cooking methods: Luckily, the air fryer could be used to not only fry but also bake, roast and grill and any cooking method that requires heat as well. Read the manual carefully to see what the machine could do. Also you could go to forums and Youtube to see all the demonstration for different methods of cooking with an air fryer.

There are some tips of using an air fryer, now I will introduce you some recipes you could use with this air fryer.

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1. Crispy Potato Skin Wedges
  • Clean 4 medium sized potatoes with water and boil them in salted water until they are tender. Let them cool down in the refrigerator.
  • Mix paprika, salt, canola oil and black pepper altogether and apply the mixture onto cut potatoes.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 390°F.
  • Pour all the potatoes into the basket, ideally with skin facing down
  • Cook them for 15 minutes until you see them all golden brown. Serve 4.
2. Feta Triangles:
  • Mix the egg yolk with feta cheese, herbs and pepper.
  • Slide each sheet of filo dough by small strips and apply the feta mixture on each side of the strips.
  • Fold the strips to a triangle and wrap the fillings inside this.
  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 390°F.
  • Spray the filo with cooking spray or a little oil and place all the wrap in the cooking basket.
  • Shake the basket regularly for the food to cook evenly until golden brown. Serve immediately.
3. Cajun Shrimp:
  • Mix a bowl of cayenne pepper, old bay seasoning, salt, olive oil and smoked paprika with tiger shrimp. Coat your shrimps all over thoroughly.
  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 390°F.
  • Place the shrimp into the cooking basket and cook for 5 minutes. Eat with rice.
4. Jerk Chicken Wings:
  • In a large bowl, make a mixture of olive oil, garlic, ginger, thyme, soy sauce, habanero pepper, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, white pepper, salt, brown sugar, lime juice and wine vinegar. Mix the ingredients thoroughly
  • Marinate the chicken wings in the bowl, seal them in a bag and leave in the refrigerator from 2 to 24 hours.
  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 390°F.
  • Remove the wing and use absorbing papers to dry them out completely.
  • Cook into small batches for 14-16 minutes; rotate halfway until you see a caramelized color.

Here are all the tips to make sure the make the best out of the air fryer. There are several ideas for you to try with new food. An air fryer could provide you with the best fried food as well as baked, roasted foods. There are also a variety of food for you to cook with like fries, chickens, shrimps and salmons. Remember all the hints and tips and you could keep creating more inventive dishes.

Through the years, both as a homemaker and a cook, I’ve used my fair share of kitchen appliances. (Sabrina Zaragoza)