It is really, really difficult to top the flavor offered by fried foods – which is exactly why so many of us consume them by the bucketful even though we know they probably aren’t the healthiest thing for us.
Thankfully though, with a proper air fryer, you’re going to be able to cook the most delicious fried food you’ve ever had using only a fraction of the cooking oil. This is going to dramatically reduce the amount of oil and fat that makes it into your food and your daily diet, and help you enjoy all of your favorite meals without having to worry about your health getting run right off of the rails.
At the same time, however, there are going to be a couple of limitations that you’re going to have to contend with when it comes time to start cooking with your new air fryer. You have to understand exactly what kinds of foods you can effortlessly prepare in an air fryer, as well as which ones you are probably going to want to stay away from.
Check out the rest of this quick guide and we’ll show you EXACTLY the kinds of foods you can easily prepare in your new air fryer to really get rocking and rolling right out of the gate with your new kitchen appliance.
Let’s dive right in!
FROZEN FOODS COOK UP NICELY IN AN AIR FRYER
Believe it or not, you can go from completely frozen to 100% cooked – and beautifully fried – with the use of an air fryer, without having to take any steps whatsoever to do high great your foods along the way.
To really get that nice crispy crunch you’re looking for, you have to be able to dehydrate your foods across the surface while still keeping the inside moist and flavorful. This is usually a bit of a challenge with frozen foods, but because air fryer’s work so efficiently – and at such high temperatures – you’re able to “flash fry” and eradicate any frozen texture while adding quite a bit of crunch along the way.
FISH AND CHIPS CAN BE DONE IN THE SAME BATCH
If you are a big fan of fish and chips (a favorite in England) you are going to be very excited about your ability to put out restaurant quality dishes in a fraction of the time it would have taken you with a traditional appliance or deep fryer, all without losing any quality whatsoever.
You can prepare your fish AND your fries at the exact same time (working in the exact same batch) because you don’t have to worry about overcrowding or a reduction of the temperature of your oil as you fry.
SALMON CROQUETTES ARE DELICIOUS IN YOUR AIR FRYER AS WELL
One of the healthiest fried foods you’ll ever have the opportunity to enjoy, you’d have to be at least a little bit crazy not to kick back with some fresh fried salmon croquettes made from scratch – especially since it’s only can it take two minutes to prepare them and about seven minutes to fry them up completely.
ARE YOU A BIG WING FAN?
Wings are definitely one of the most beloved fried foods available at any restaurant, bar, or corner pub, and millions and millions of people all over the world consumed record numbers of Buffalo wings (or any other flavored wing, for that matter) each and every single day.
If you’ve been looking for a way to crisp up perfect chicken wings without having to smother them in oil and fat, your air fryer is going to get the job done perfectly. Once you are all fried up and crispy, simply toss in your favorite sauce and serve.
FRIED POPOVERS ARE A GAME CHANGER
Popovers are one of the most beloved foods in the South, and a big time favorite for those all over the country when fares and circuses come to town. However, most people are used to the more traditional popovers that are baked in the human at home, as opposed to the fried popovers that you’ll get at any entertainment venue.
With your new air fryer, creating your own authentic popovers (and fried dough, if you’d like to) has never been easier!
FRENCH FRIES TAKE NO TIME AT ALL
You can either go with store-bought frozen french fry route when you are working with your air fryer (with no wasted time waiting for them to thaw out), but you can also make your own fresh-cut fries and cook them in the fryer as well.
It’ll take a little bit of extra work (but not much) but you’ll have a lot of extra control over the consistency, the flavor, and any spices that you’d like to add.
POTATO CHIPS ARE A FANTASTIC ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL FRENCH FRIES
Those that are looking to prepare healthier alternatives to their fatty favorites with their new air fryer are going to want to take a very close look at everything that air fryer potato chips have to offer, especially the home made a variety.
A simple attachment that you can hook up to a portable power drill will make quick work of all the sweet potatoes you have on hand, and a rapid dunk in your air fryer will turn them into crispy magic in no time at all.
HOW ABOUT SOME TRADITIONAL CHINESE DUMPLINGS?
You would be hard-pressed to find even just a handful of people that love Chinese food that aren’t completely crazy about traditional Chinese dumplings. There’s just something about these savory little delights that make people go crazy!
At the same time, you’ll be able to make these little wonders at home with just a bit of effort and the help of your air fryer, giving them that crunchy texture you’re looking for to go with the silky smooth filling.
EVER TRIED DEEP FRIED FRENCH TOAST?
French toast is a big time breakfast favorite for millions all over the world, but if you’d like to spice things up a little bit simply add a bit of extra vanilla extract, some cinnamon and nutmeg, and a touch of salt to your traditional French toast dredge and then pitch each piece right into your fryer.
The texture will be much crispier on the outside with an almost custard like filling and the flavor will be out of this world!
AIR FRIED PICKLES ARE GREAT, TOO
All of your favorite pub foods and appetizers (including onion rings, mozzarella sticks, and the like) can be made in your air fryer, but you’d have to be at least a little bit crazy not to crank out a couple of batches of fried pickles with your new appliance just as soon as you get a chance.
There are plenty of recipes online to try for yourself in the odds are good you’ll fall in love with at least a handful of them!