So, what can you make in an air fryer? The possibilities are limitless—and you can use an air fryer to make comfort food favorites that are normally deep-fried, sauteed, baked, or grilled. So whether you've craving onion rings, French toast, or cheesy loaded potatoes, here are 35 delicious air fryer recipes to show you how to make the most of this amazingly versatile kitchen tool.
Classic pub fare like fish and chips can be a real grease-fest, but not when your air fryer’s invited to the party. Panko-crusted tilapia cooks up golden-brown and crispy in the air fryer, while spiralized potato fries make for an irresistibly tasty (and healthier) spin on the traditional "chip." Don’t skip the rich and tangy malt vinegar on the side; it brings a lot of flavor without the added calories and fat of tartar sauce.
I LOVE this 8 QT Power Air Fryer Oven! I had the 5.3 QT Power Air Fryer for almost a year and loved it, until the lock that keeps the basket attached to the pan broke. Sadly for me the outer pan landed on my foot with hot chicken wing grease. I wanted to find an Air Fryer that did not have a two piece slide out drawer that I had to be wary of. As soon as I saw this Power Air Fryer Oven I knew I had to try it. No Basket to shake, no handle lock to break. The door opens like a real oven. It even slides up and off to clean. This is one of the best decisions I have made. The oven cooks much more even than the regular air fryers. You can cook much more food either in quantity or variety at once in the oven. You are able to use one or all of the racks. Or you can space them to fit your foods. I have had zero issues with this and feel. It is very easy clean up, I just soak with dish detergent in the sink after I take the food out and by the time dinner is done, they are clean. I simply rinse and dry. No sticking, No scrubbing. I ordered the white to match my kitchen and love it.
Traditional frying methods induce the Maillard effect by completely submerging foods in hot oil. The air fryer works by coating the desired food in a thin layer of oil while circulating air heated up to 200 °C (392 °F) to apply heat and initiate the reaction. By doing this, the appliance is able to fry foods like potato chips, chicken, fish, steak, cheeseburgers, french fries or pastries using 70% to 80% less oil than a traditional deep-fryer.
Bear in mind I have only used the product once - to fry sausage patties. Frying using three racks really saves a lot of time vs. Skillet frying. I think the unit has a lot of potential that is why I bought it. First thoughts, I wish there were more cooking ideas. Second, forget using an oven mitt. There is not enough room with the mitt to grasp the frying trays. I used a pot holder without any problem. Also removing the drip pan without spilling is slightly tedious. Finally, in frying multiple layers of food ( sausage for example ) remember the grease from the upper levels will simply drip down on the lower levels. Keep that in mind. Otherwise I look forward to do more with this unit.
If you’re truly looking for a healthy alternative to frying, why not try a convection toaster oven? They employ the same exact technology, but have the added bonus of being something you already use all the time for a million other foods that aren’t frozen fries or chicken fingers. They’re leaner, cleaner, and endlessly more useful than their mysterious fryer cousins. Oh, and most models are the same price if not cheaper. If you step up to investing in an entire convection oven, your capacity issues disappear completely, and you can fake-fry, bake, and broil to your heart’s content.
We re still overwhelmed at how quickly and perfect salmon can cook in the air fryer. In fact, almost anything cooked in the air fryer always has come out wonderful. After our air fryer brussels sprouts recipe tests, we started experimenting more with this fantastic way to cook. It s a great way to get dinner on the table, especially for two after a long days work.
Available via Amazon, the KRUPS Air Fryer is a Prime eligible item, meaning Prime members can have it shipped at no cost within a day. It features 3D Air Pulse Technology that operates using an upper heating element and an optimized airflow, ensuring healthy, rapid, and easy cooking. In addition to frying, the KRUPS Air Fryer allows users to grill, roast and bake yummy "fried" concoctions. Other features include a 2.5-liter capacity, 30-minute timer and dishwasher safe parts.
The bottom of the Airfryer XL cooking chamber has fan-shaped grooves meant to distribute the airflow evenly. Our tests indicate that the design works – at least the food tests. Our temperature testing highlighted pretty big gaps in the temperature from one side to the other, but we were only testing surface temperatures, not the temperature of circulating air during the cooking process. Judging by the universal crispiness of every wing and french fry, this one does a practically perfect job of moving the air into every corner of the interior.
When it comes to the “latest and greatest” kitchen gadgets, I’ll be the first to admit I have some baggage. A few years ago, my brother nearly ruined Christmas dinner by using an “As Seen On TV” infrared oven (a gimmicky predecessor to the air fryer) to “re-fry” my mom’s Vietnamese imperial rolls. Not only did it take forever, but the rice paper wrappers emerged from the “miracle machine” with an extremely unappetizing plastic-like texture. It was a grim meal that my mother has never let him forget.
The T-fal came out on top for having some of the best and most consistent cooking across all of our tests, at half the price of its closest competition. Instead of the usual rapid air-circulation tech that keeps hot air constantly moving around the food, the T-fal uses pulsating heat technology to pump hot air periodically throughout the food, maintaining the temperature without drying things out. We initially thought the pulsating-heat tech was marketing nonsense, but we couldn’t argue with the results.
Even though our wings came from The Cherry Lounge in Jamestown, New York, the best wings, in my opinion are from Guppy’s in Bemus Point, NY. Guppy’s was owned by my Aunt Sally and Uncle Mike and their were always the best. Crispy and spicy, with just the perfect kiss of butter. They’ve since sold the restaurant, but I was back a few summers ago and I have to say that the wings are still amazing.
If you dislike the texture of quinoa, then you’re correct. It’s crumbly and often mushy, but if you take it one step further and let it cool and toss with just a tablespoon of oil, the air fryer transforms it into a cracklin'-crisp grain that’s ideal as the base of a grain bowl or sprinkled over greens for a crunchy salad topping. Before, you could only achieve that texture by deep-frying, then draining all those grains; now, it only takes an extra 20 minutes while you bring the rest of your meal together and set the table.
Fresh Chicken wings - this is what sold me on this machine. Just take fresh wings from the grocery store and brush with some olive oil, cook for 18 minutes on 350-390 with a shake half way, plate and pour on your favorite warmed wing sauce. Definitely as good as doing it in the deep fryer in terms of crisp on on the outside and tender inside, superior to baking as well (conventional baking). However, this does create some smoke but if you pour out the oil (the extra oil just from the chicken itself that comes from cooking) at the time you shake you will avoid the smoke. This makes 8 wings easily, could probably make 12 easily as well without stacking. and I am also thinking of getting the layering rack when the price goes down.
The chicken was not only crunchy on the outside, it was also tender and juicy on the inside. The subtle flavors of the wet dredge can be tasted in the crunchy crumb topping. I served these with a side of Ranch Dressing, but you could also serve these with honey mustard, barbecue sauce, or Polynesian Sauce. All are very good options for these lightly flavored chicken tenders.
Do you just want to place the food in the basket and sit down and relax knowing that your food will be ready in a bit, or do you mind checking on it every once in a while? Air fryers like the T-fal Actifry, which has a stirring paddle, were made so that you can rest easy knowing that you won’t have to do much to eat. Other air fryers products require a little more attention if you want some food in your stomach. Checking out air fryers with specific functions that best fit your needs is important before making a purchase.
Will it be frozen fries, chicken wings, chips, and other simple dishes, or more complex recipes that require different heating options, like grilling, steaming, and baking? Air fryers like the Philips XL AirFry are perfect for people who will need an appliance with different modes so they can make a large variety of meals. The downside to it is the steep learning curve you have to go through in order to understand the machine fully, but once you do, you’ll be making mouth-watering cuisine in no time.
The downside is that this is a big, heavy, and rather expensive machine that’s noisier than most when it’s operating. It doesn’t have digital controls, and therefore hard to set the temperature and timer precisely. With a few more parts than most air fryers, there’s more to clean. And while all of the parts can go in the dishwasher, the huge basket will eat up considerable shelf space. However, like all air fryers, it’s still relatively easy to use—this one requires no preheat—and the results are worth the payoff. A cookbook is included to give you lots of recipe ideas. If your family really likes fried food but not the fat, the Philips is definitely worth the investment.
But after a few trusted colleagues raved about air fryers, I decided to reconsider. At my local home goods store, I eyed the futuristic, egg-shaped appliance with skepticism. Air fryers are basically compact convection ovens that rapidly blow lots of hot air onto food to cook it. I was intrigued but hesitant to commit due to its small capacity. I went home empty handed; I needed a little more convincing.
We’re sad to say that after more than 35 hours researching and testing air fryers, we don’t recommend them for most people. The air fryers we tried didn’t cook food better than a regular convection oven or convection toaster oven. Though we were genuinely excited to test air fryers, we think they’re far too expensive for what they give you. However, if you’re determined to get an air fryer, the Philips HD9641/96 Airfryer was the best of the models we tested—but we still don’t recommend it.
Good afternoon, Ben,
I really liked your recipe ideas and can't wait to try many of them (still not eating Quinoa, lol) like the okra, sweet potatoes and eggplant. I'm also looking forward to trying your recommendation of the baking powder added to my spices for making wings crispy. Thanks so much for that tip! I have recently purchased the Sarki air fryer and put my wings is the bottom pan with the stirring blade in motion. They come out somewhat crispy and they are pretty darn good for not being oil fried. But the really big payoff for me is the reduction of calories.
My husband and I are recently empty nesters and the air fryer idea came to me to help me reduce the amount of food I'm used to preparing for our family. You can only stuck so much in there, right?
Our favorite thing I make in it is chicken tacos. I take a pack of boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut it into bite sized pieces, and put the chicken in a bag with any brand taco seasoning, and also a package of guacamole mix (dry seasoning), about 3/4 of an onion, and some jalapeno chopped up, then adding a small amount of oil just enough to get all the ingredients to blend nicely together. Then I just let that sit in bag inthe fridge all day.
When I'm ready to cook supper, I spray my pan with a little Crisco, pour the prepared chicken yumminess into the bottom pan with the spinner blade (it turns the food the entire time it's cooking so it cooks uniformly) press a few buttons (350-375°) and in about 15 minutes, I've got delicious taco meat ready for a tortilla or shell. Tacos aren't just for Tuesday anymore 😉
Thank you so much for writing this informative article about cooking in an air fryer.
We tested chips – the staple food of the air fryer. The recipe book that comes with the unit recommended a temperature setting of 450 °F and a timer of 20 minutes. At the end of the time (including flipping the chips over midway) we found the chips on the edge of the mesh basket to be cooked more than the ones in the center. We had to cook the chips for 5 minutes longer to get all of them to a good level of crispiness. It’s not a huge deal, but other air fryers like the Phillips XL and Black and Decker obviously have a better way of circulating the hot air more evenly. Luckily there is a 60 minute timer which we feel is needed since food is probably going to take longer then you expect with this unit.
Purchased Power Air Fryer Oven we have had an air fryer for years and love it so we were excited to try it. Five minutes after turning on the first time and very strong electrical odor was emitted and the fan quit. Did not work again. Odor so strong it lingered in the kitchen for hours. We are not first time air fryer users so this was very disappointing. Also machine cheaply made and tricky to use. Sending it back. Very dissatisfied.
My husband really liked this, but like some others, I also had trouble with it not being cooked through. Not your fault — I suspect the problem is that I had thick chicken breasts, so when I sliced them through lengthwise, they were thicker than yours were. Maybe it would be worthwhile to guess how thick yours are, and put that number in so that people can know they should pound theirs down a bit if they’re thicker?
If you’re OK with an air fryer taking up a lot of space, than the Philips XL comes with our recommendation. With a price exceeding the $200 mark, it is a fairly expensive piece of equipment but it does cook food to a very high standard and is well built and usable. Included in this price is a free app and recipe book with more than 150 recipes. You’ll also have the option of purchasing a grill pan and double layer rack with skewers as additional cooking accessories.
Always unplug the air fryer and let the basket and unit cool prior to washing. It’s best to clean out the pan and basket after each use; otherwise any residual oil will smoke or cause the interior to smell a little funky. You can also clean the interior of the appliance with a damp cloth or paper towel. We think it’s best to store an air fryer with its basket slightly ajar to allow the interior to air out.
The best air fryers are marketed on their ability to produce an air fried texture to the outside of food that mimics that of deep fried food. While it can definitely get pretty close, there is a specific taste and texture to deep fried food that’s impossible to replicate just with rapid air circulation. It isn’t an extremely distinct difference, but your air fryer food will definitely have a different feeling to it.
The GoWISE USA GW22621 4th Generation Electric is the best Air Fryer present in the market right now, Black, 3.7 QT, 1400W provides great benefits and is the perfect appliance for your smart kitchen. High-speed air circulation technology of this Air Fryer lets you cook your favourite meal in a short time and also maintains the perfect taste of the dish. Without using any oil or sometimes may be a little, this device gives you a healthier food without any added calories. View Air Fryer Review.
So how does the air fryer stack up against the others on this list? Well firstly, it’s a pretty generic design that follows the tried and true formula of two knobs to adjust the temperature and timer and a bottom drawer that houses the mesh basket. Both of these elements are dishwasher friendly which is a good thing since they are the only components that need cleaning.
What is the sat fat in this recipe? To correctly calculate the Smart Points the saturated fat grams are necessary. You do not show 0 g for sat fat (as you do in some other recipes) but there are several types of cheese & oil in the recipe. It looks like it was missed. If there is indeed 0 g sat fat per serving, it would be helpful if you showed 0 g sat fat. As it is now, I need to put the whole recipe through WW Recipe Builder to verify the Smart Points value.