I put off getting an air fryer for probably over a year...thinking it would just be another "fad" appliance and I would probably never use it. I HATE clutter so I'm picky. But after thinking about it for what seemed like FOREVER curiosity got the best of me and Target put out of a good sale. And I've never looked back! So far it's found its place on the counter and I thought I would share a few tips, tricks and "recipes" I have made so far!
Air Fryer Tips & Tricks (so far!)
Remember THESE FAJITA BOWLS? These were done in the air fryer! The chicken, steak, onions, mushrooms and peppers -
- cut your veggies and your meat to make the pieces evenly sized
- spray the inside the basket with a cooking spray
- cook the meat first, then clean the basket before doing the veggies!
See the above link for the full instructions!
Fish! We have a ton of fresh fish in the freezer thanks to B's fishing habit and skills. We have done perch and walleye in the fryer so far. We usually deep fry fish which is FINE but HONESTLY I hate the cleanup but LOVE the flavor! Disclaimer: B says that deep frying is still better ... which I don't disagree although I LOVE the taste of this too and even more so love the simple clean up!
1. Turn on the air fryer to the fish setting and let preheat for a few minutes while you prep your fish
2. wash off the fish and it cut into "fish nugget" size
3. I use TWO tupperwares: in one I whisk an egg into...and into the other one I add the breading I will be using! I'll link below some of our favs!
4. Spray the inside of the cooking basket with cooking spray
5. Dip the fish in egg first and then the breading! Coat as best you can before adding to the fryer.
6. Fill bottom as best you can without overcrowding(we usually do a couple batches - it just depends on how big your fryer is!)
6. Cook for TEN minutes total and flip the fish as best you can halfway through (so about the 5 minute mark)
7. Fish should be golden and flakey!
Air fryer chicken has become a staple for me around here. You can do breaded or unbreaded.
1. Cut up chicken in even sized pieces
2. Season with whatever is your favorite!
3. Set air fryer to 400 degrees and preheat for a few minutes
4. Spray inside of basket with cooking spray and add chicken
5. Cook the chicken for about 10-12 minutes and flip halfway through
I use this on it's own and serve with sides like the squash below, on wraps, in bowls, on salads, etc Super easy for meal prep!
Butternut squash is one of my favorites! I found a pre cut option at Costco and I would HIGHLY recommend going that route to save your fingers ...
1. Spritz squash (potatoes work great too!) with cooking spray and add your favorite seasoning to the cubes
2. Set air fryer to 400 degrees and preheat for a few minutes
3. Spray the inside basket of the air fryer with cooking spray and then add the squash and/or potatoes
4. Set air fryer for about 20 minutes and flip/check the tenderness every five minutes
So good! Note: if the veggies seem to be drying out simply add some more fat! Spritz with cooking spray or add butter, oil or ghee.
My latest experiment were these bagels! I followed the recipe from Skinnytaste's blog for her recipe for Everything bagels - You can find the recipe HERE
Some tips I found helpful when making these!
1. I used a silicone mat when kneading and rolling out the dough and lightly sprinkled it with flour to prevent sticking
2. Spray the inside of the basket really well with cooking spray making it easier to flip the bagels halfway through
3. I set the temp of the air fryer to 320 and let it preheat for a couple minutes before adding the bagels
4. I cooked for about 4 minutes before flipping them with a fork - I had to be careful peeling them off of the basket (remember cooking spray is important!)
5. I used white whole wheat flour and it worked great! I think any flour would work for this recipe!
6. I seasoned mine with Trader Joe's Everything Seasoning, but use whatever you like. You could make them sweet OR savory
Check out my friend Wendy's Carrot Cake bagels she made in the air fryer! I'm DEFINITELY trying those next! (I have PLENTY of carrots left over from Easter...I don't know about you!) Go check out her recipe and Blog HERE - She has a ton of other great recipes too!
Do you have a air fryer?
What have you made so far if you do have one?
What will you make first out of these recipes?
I will post the air fryer I have below and some of my favorite kitchen tools!
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