I Love Air Fryer Cooking! Here’s Why…
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Have an air fryer?
I was a tad bit skeptical about buying yet another kitchen gadget, but since so many people are buzzing about air fryers, I decided to try one out. If you’re curious about whether or not an air fryer is worth the investment and how it works, read on my friends!
On a side note, this post went live last year, but we thought it was worth resharing again for those of you who may have missed it since our whole team is air fryer obsessed!
I have completely fallen in love with air fryer cooking!
My Power Air Fryer XL has for sure earned a spot on the counter with my other must-have kitchen appliances. In fact, I affectionately tell people I don’t want to do life without it! My kids and I honestly use our air fryer just about every day now, even if it’s just to reheat leftovers or frozen foods.
Things I love about air frying:
- My air fryer was easy to use straight out of the box. It’s also very lightweight, and it’s SO simple to clean.
- Is my food cooked? You can conveniently remove the air fryer’s basket to see if food is done cooking, and then place it back in to cook longer if needed.
- I don’t have to turn on my oven during the summer! Cook times are faster in the air fryer than in conventional ovens, and it won’t heat up the kitchen like the oven does.
- Air fryers start cooking immediately. There’s no preheating involved or waiting for it to come to pressure like with the Instant Pot.
- It’s like frying without oil! Very little oil is needed to get that delicious crispy fried texture on foo because air fryers cook by circulating hot air.
- It’s so easy to use that even my kids can air fry! My pre-teens can use it by themselves to heat up an air fryer grilled cheese sandwich or to make whatever frozen foods they want in less than 15 minutes!
Here are 10 tips and reasons why I love air fryer cooking:
1.) Make the best bacon EVER with zero mess.
Cook times will vary based on the thickness of bacon, but I was able to make thick-cut, crispy bacon in just 10 minutes at 390 degrees. The best part is that the grease drains to the bottom basket for easy clean up at the end!
I’m never making bacon in the oven or on the stove again! THIS method ROCKS!
2.) Easily adapt oven recipes to air fryer.
Typically, you’ll just lower the cooking temperature by about 25 degrees. For instance, if your recipe states 375 degrees in the conventional oven, go with 350 degrees in the air fryer. You’ll need at least 20 percent less cooking time, although this can vary with what you’re cooking. I love that there’s no preheating involved!
Check out this helpful Air Fryer Cooking Calculator.
3.) Give foods a spray.
An air fryer can produce a crispy fried texture that’s pretty fabulous. For next-level results, consider spraying food halfway through the cook time by using an oil sprayer. I’ve read that the aerosol type oil sprays from the store aren’t recommended for the fryer basket’s non-stick finish.
4.) Shake things up.
For recipes like fries, it’s best to shake up the contents halfway through the cooking time, so your results will be extra crispy and delicious. In case you’re wondering, frozen french fries and tater tots are so crispy and delicious too in the air fryer!
5.) Make breading that sticks.
Air fryers move air so quickly that breading can separate from food. To prevent this from happening, try the following tip. Dip food in flour, then egg, and then bread crumbs to ensure the breading sticks to the food.
Hip Tip: Get this easy recipe for mozzarella sticks. They are SO GOOD and easy to make.
6.) Time to make the donuts!
Your air fryer isn’t just for savory foods. I recently made some excellent 5-minute donuts using flaky refrigerated dough! It was easy enough to do quickly on a weekday morning, and my kids were thrilled with this fun project!
Hip Tip: Love bagels instead of donuts? Try making these yummy homemade 2-ingredient bagels in the air fryer!
7.) Leftovers have never tasted better.
Seriously, you’ll never eat soggy microwaved pizza again! Just a couple of minutes in the air fryer is all you need to reheat last night’s dinner. The taste and texture is just so much better than the microwave, and it’s so convenient to throw leftovers in the air fryer.
8.) Don’t overcrowd.
This is probably the most important air fryer rule you should know! You’ll want to make sure food gets cooked evenly and crisps up deliciously.
I bought these large pre-made bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers from my local grocery store’s butcher section. I air-fried them at 370 for about 10 minutes. These are my FAVORITE thing I’ve ever cooked in the air fryer. Such a great low carb and keto-friendly snack or appetizer idea, too!
9.) Meat turns out DELICIOUS and juicy.
The air fryer goes way beyond tasty fries and snacks. We recently cooked some pretty amazing burgers in the air fryer. Medium-sized patties can be cooked for about 9-10 minutes at 350 degrees, or until desired done-ness. YUM!
10.) Air fryer veggies crisp up like a dream.
I made brussels sprouts that are perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside in just 10 minutes! They tasted amazing and were so easy to make. Coat brussels sprouts with olive oil, season, and then cook in an air fryer for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Stop and shake the basket to turn sprouts halfway through cooking.
Want more winning air fryer recipe inspiration?
Try these easy and delicious ideas:
- Copycat Air Fryer Chick-fil-A Sandwiches
- Easy Air Fryer Empanadas
- Parmesan Meatballs in the Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Cinnamon Sugar Churros