A new appliance has hit the home cooking market, and it’s taking the industry by storm. What is it? – The air fryer.
If you are interested in cooking healthier, or you are just interested in getting in on the new wave of kitchen gadgets, you might be considering getting an air fryer. However, before you make the purchase, you probably want to find out what this appliance is all about.
What is an Air Fryer?
An air fryer is an appliance that cooks food by circulating hot air around the food. The device contains a mechanical fan that circulates the hot air around the food at a rapid speed, thus cooking the food and giving it a crispy layer. The circulation of hot air replaces the need to use oil to cook food.
What are the Benefits of an Air Fryer?
There are some serious benefits to using an air fryer to cook your food. Some of the biggest benefits of using this kitchen gadget include:
- There is no need to use oil to cook your food
- It cooks healthier food, which not only benefits your waistline, but also improves your health
- Since there is no oil to contend with, they are easier to clean up
- It cooks your food from all angles, ensuring that it is fully cooked
- You don’t have to worry about the dangers of hot oil
- You need less ingredients simply because you don’t have to use oil
What are the Best Oil-Less Fryer Recipes?
Wondering what some recipe options are? Well, you’ll be amazed to find that there are some pretty incredible – and pretty simple – air fryer recipes.
Here’s a look at some of the oil-less fryer recipes that you simply have to try.
Vegetable Spring Rolls
Your family, guests – and just you – will be impressed when you taste these yummy vegetable spring rolls.
- 2 cups of shredded cabbage
- 1 large carrot
- 1 large onion
- Pepper powder
- Soy sauce
- Spring onion
- Spring roll sheet
- Corn flour
To prepare, shred the vegetables and combine them with the seasonings and the sauces. Lay them on top of the spring roll sheet and then roll them up. Place them inside your oil-less fryer and let it work its magic! In no time, you’ll have incredible, crispy, flaky, light vegetable spring rolls.
Air Fried Buffalo Bites
Try this healthy, light and meatless twist on a beloved American classic with your air fryer.
- 1 large head of cauliflower
- Olive oil
- 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 1/8 teaspoon of pepper
- 1 tablespoon of melted butter or coconut oil
- Your favorite buffalo wing sauce (as much as you’d like – to your taste)
To make this tasty treat, clean and cut the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Place the cauliflower into a plastic bag and drizzle with olive oil. Add the garlic powder, salt and pepper. Close the bag and toss the ingredients so that all of the cauliflower is coated with the ingredients. Set the cauliflower onto an ungreased cookie sheet or baking pan and put them into your air fryer, allowing it to cook for 15 minutes. Turn once during cooking. Once cooked through, remove from the fryer. Melt butter and place in a bowl. Add hot sauce and toss the cauliflower into the bowl, covering until completely coated. Place the coated florets into the fryer and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing and enjoy!
Air Fryer Baked Garlic Parsley Potatoes
These light, crispy and tasty potatoes are delicious as a side dish – or a main dish!
- 3 Idaho or Russet baking potatoes
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of garlic
- 1 teaspoon of parsley
To make, wash the potatoes and puncture holes in them with a fork. Sprinkle the potatoes with olive oil and the rest of the seasonings, rubbing the potatoes to ensure they are evenly covered with the seasoning. Place them in the potatoes of your air fryer and put them in the middle of the machine. Cook them at 392 degrees for about 40 minutes, or until a fork can easily push through them. Slice the potatoes and top them with your favorite toppings, like sour cream, butter, cheese and parsley.
Air Fried Apple Chips
This air fryer recipe is delicious as a snack or a dessert.
- 1 apple
- ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- A pinch of Kosher salt
Preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees. Clean, peel and core the apple, and slice it into thinly sliced pieces. Place the apple slices on a baking sheet. Mix the cinnamon, sugar and salt in a bowl and sprinkle the mixture over the apples. Place the apple slices in the fryer basket and place them in the air fryer. Cook for about 7 minutes, or until golden brown, turning halfway through cooking.
Air Fried Buttermilk Chicken
Try this tasty chicken dish as an entrée, or slice into small pieces and serve as an appetizer.
- Skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
- 2 cups of buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 2 teaspoons of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon of paprika
- 1 teaspoon of salt
Rinse the chicken thighs and remove any fat and residue. Pat dry with paper towels. Toss the chicken with the black pepper, paprika and salt in a large bowl. Pour the buttermilk over the chicken, ensuring it is coated. Place in the refrigerator for 6 hours, or overnight. In a separate bowl, combine the flower, the paprika, the salt and the pepper. Dredge each piece of chicken in the buttermilk and dredge in the seasoned flour. Shake off any excess flower and place on a plate. Set the chicken in a single layer in the fryer basket. Cook the chicken for 8 minutes, turn pieces over and cook for another 10 minutes. Place on a paper towel to drain.
Honey Roasted Carrots
This is another tasty, yet healthy air fryer recipe.
- 3 cups of baby carrots, or large carrots cut into large pieces
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- Salt and pepper to taste
Place the carrots, honey and olive oil in a bowl and mix together, coating the carrots with the ingredients. Season the covered carrots with salt and pepper. Place in the air fryer and cook for 12 minutes. Serve the carrots hot.
Air Fried French Toast Sticks
These air fried French toast sticks are a tasty breakfast or brunch treat – or enjoy them any time.
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons of soften butter or margarine
- 1 cup of cinnamon
- 1 cup of ground cloves
- 1 cup of nutmeg
- 1 cup of salt
- 4 pieces of sliced bread (the thicker, the better)
- Icing or maple syrup
To make, place the eggs, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a bowl. Beat together. Cut the bread into strips and dredge each piece in the egg mixture. Place the eggs in the basket of your air fryer and spray them with cooking spray. Cook the bread in your air fryer until they are crispy, for about four minutes.
Air Fried Pork Chops
You and your family – and anyone else who eats them – will love these melt in your mouth pork chops!
- 2 pieces of pork chops
- Black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of plain flour
- 1 egg
- Bread crumbs
- Olive oil
To make the pork chops, season them with salt and black pepper. Once seasoned, coat them in a layer of flour on both sides. Coat the pork chops with egg, on both sides. Cover each piece of pork with bread crumbs on both sides. Drizzle each piece of pork with olive oil and place them in your air fryer. Cook until they are nice and crispy – about 10 minutes on each side.
Whether you are cooking snacks or meals for your family, or you are entertaining guests, this collection of air fryer recipes are sure to be a real crowd pleaser. Not only are they tasty and easy to prepare, but they are also extremely healthy. With this selection of best oil-less fryer recipes, you will certainly be eating good – and feeling great! Give them a try and see for yourself how incredibly delicious these air fryer recipes are.