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10 Reasons to Fall In Love with Air Fryers

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!

The result? 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 appliances.


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 is SO easy to clean.
  • 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 desired.
  • Cook times are faster in the air fryer than in conventional ovens!
  • Cook times are also actual cook times, meaning no waiting for pre-heating or the machine to come to pressure as you would with a pressure cooker.
  • Very little oil is needed to get that delicious crispy fried texture on food, because air fryers cook by circulating hot air.

Here are even more reasons to fall in LOVE with 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.

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 like this one I have. 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.

Hip Tip:  I made the most amazing homemade Garlic Parmesan Fries in 18 minutes by following THESE instructions, and then topping them with Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and chopped parsley.  YUM!!


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.

PS. Get this easy recipe for mozzarella sticks. SO good.


6.) Time to make donuts.

Your air fryer isn’t just for savory foods. I recently made some excellent  5 minute donuts using flaky refrigerated dough!


7.) Leftovers have never tasted better.

Seriously, you’ll never eat soggy microwaved pizza again!

Just a couple minutes in the air fryer is all you need to re-heat last night’s dinner.


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.

Hip Tip: Coat brussels sprouts with olive oil, season, and then cook in air fryer for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Stop and shake the basket  to turn sprouts halfway through cooking.


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 146

  1. Sarah O.

    Lina, Your nails always look so good in all your posts!!

    • Lina D

      Oh ha thanks – that’s super sweet 😉

  2. Anna

    I scrolled all the way back to look at your nails.. They do look so nice Lina 😁

    • Lina D

      Oh LOL thanks Anna! So sweet 😀

  3. Nathan

    Came for information on air fryers, blown away by amazing nails.

    • Lina D

      HAHA -Awesome. Thanks 🙂

  4. DJ

    I will have to try the burger and vegetables in my air fryer. Pizza too! I never thought about warming up my leftover pizza in there. My daughter warmed up Hooter’s curly fries.

  5. Amy

    I was on the fence about getting one until I saw this post, I ordered mine and it just came today! I made some chicken strips for lunch and it was so fast and perfectly crispy! I am excited to try all the recipe ideas! Thanks for the info, I really wanted someone else’s detailed opinion. 😀

    • Lina D

      I’m so glad! Yay! Now you’ll be addicted to the air fryer like me 👍

  6. beth

    Love fresh potato fries in this !!!

  7. Kaitlyn

    Thank you for the tips!

    • Lina D

      You’re so welcome!

  8. Teah

    I don’t have an air fryer so I don’t know if this is true for them. However a tip I recently learned when frying breaded meat is to dredge it in flour and let it sit (in the fridge) for an hour. THEN finish dredging in the egg then bread crumbs. The coating will not separate. Even though this does take a little more planning to work the time in, It works. I don’t know if it will work for things like cheese sticks….

  9. SANDRA

    😋 yummy

  10. Gary

    I saw the infomercial for this item abouot a year or so back. I thought it sounded too good to be true but, why not give it a shot. This is by far, the Best way of cooking I have ever had. Buffalo wings, fries, shrimp and especially stromboli are all fantastic! I mentioned to some friends at work how good this was, and one by one they started buying them.

    • Lina D

      Thanks for sharing! Great tips!

  11. 9harlow8

    hi Lina D- is it just me but I think you remind me of another beautiful woman i see on tv-Jennifer Lopez! 🙂 i see similarities
    your nails are pretty too:) yes i am going to buy an air fryer !!!! 🙂

    • Lina D

      Oh my goodness – thanks for the sweet comment! ❤️

  12. Rose wayne

    where can I find more recipes
    for my AirFryer

  13. Denise

    Just wanna say I love my Air fryer Iam addicted can help it thank you For sharing this recipe notified me thanking

  14. Tresa

    I too scrolled up to see nails 🙂 what color is that, I love it! And now I really want an air fryer!!!

    • Lina D

      Oh ha! Thanks it’s a powder color from my local nail place 👍

  15. mabfab

    What is the exact name of this air fryer. I miss this deal on Newegg when you told us about it and hoping for another sale for the $59 keep me posted please

  16. kattude

    Many Thanks, you have possibly restored my faith in the goodness of air frying. I am new and used the store spray oils and my finish is wearing already. Appreciate that tip to buy a sprayer. The recipes you provided are fantastic to give me ideas in lots of directions, not just french frys 🙂 Love your conversion page.

    • Lina D

      Oh good! And thanks for the feedback 👍

  17. ila

    For Christmas I asked repeatedly for an InstanPot. My mom gets me an AIR FRYER! I was not happy. However, I have used that thing every day and am in LOVE! My son loves pizza rolls, bagel bites, taquitos, french fries… with a teenager I am forever cooking! I have made “fried potatoes”, bourbon chicken and my families favorite CHICKEN WINGS! I want to try the donuts but they would have to be glazed so I need to find a recipe for that. I just can’t believe how much I love that thing!! PS.. your nails are ON POINT!!

    • Lina D

      Yay! I use mine daily too at home! Thanks!!! And lol 👍

    • Angela Lewis

      We make donut glaze with powdered sugar, a tsp of vanilla and milk. Just adjust the amounts to get your desired drizzle consistency.

  18. Jennifer Mast

    I want a air fryer so bad! Keeping my fingers crossed I win one from the April fool’s contest you had yesterday.☺

  19. Judie j

    Love cooking fish in mine. No fishy smell. So easy to clean up also.

    • Lina D

      That’s great to hear! I have not tried yet 👍

  20. Kimberli

    What size do you recommend? I have a family of 4… Thanks for all the air fryer recipes, I’m excited to get one!

    • Elaine

      I just bought the 7L Wolfgang Puck Airfryer on Woot for 50.00 (thanks Hip2Save for the heads up!) It is BIG! Perfect for a family of 4. I would not have thought it was worth the trouble for a smaller one. We LOVE ours!

  21. Sarah

    I’ve been thinking about getting one for quite awhile, a lot of appliances I buy don’t end up getting a lot of use. After a friend told me how much she loves hers i finally broke down and got one. I haven’t made a lot of things in it yet but so far it’s awesome. Great for heating up leftovers and making a quick lunch for the kids!!

  22. Anne

    Lumpia turns out AMAZING in the air fryer. Falafels cook up really nicely too. You can even make Southern “fried” chicken in it. Super crispy and cooked perfectly.

  23. Lisa

    Does this smell up your house like a regular deep fryer?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      No, I don’t believe so. Great question!

    • Samantha Torres

      No, not at all! Makes the house smell amazing like it was in the oven!

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