9 Foods you can Cook in an Air Fryer that may Surprise you
Air fryers have become so increasingly popular that they keep topping the sales charts. Consumer sales reports air fryer sales are rapidly increasing year over year according to the NPD group (National Purchase Diary Panel). Between the convenience of using an air fryer vs a traditional oven, the health benefits of air fried foods over deep fried foods, and its ability to cook almost any type of dish, it is quite clear why air fryers are Americas most popular kitchen counter appliance.
Air fryers are simple to use and cook your food to perfection. They’re famous for their ability to replicate deep fried foods, hence the name “Air Fryer”, yet they can offer you so much more. You are probably aware of air fried foods delectable crunchy exterior and juicy tender inside, but are you aware that most air fryers can roast, toast, grill, and bake as well?
It may surprise you to know that you can make just about everything from breakfast to dinner using an air fryer. You can even make your favorite snacks and desserts. No jokes! Air fryers can make just about any type of food and come in a variety of sizes and colors, making them an ideal appliance for everyone from a single college student to a big family of 8.
One of the easiest foods you can make in your air fryer is toast. It’s not difficult to do. Simply lay the bread flat into the cooking basket (do not stack the bread), in a manner ensuring you do not block air flow, then toast them for about 5 minutes at 400 degrees. You may have already assumed you can toast bread in your air fryer, but did you know that you can make French toast as well?
Preparing French toast is very easy. Prepare your egg and milk mixture, and dip each slice of bread in, but before you place it in the air fryer, it is good to let any extra mixture liquid drip off the bread firs. Leaving your bread out to become a little stale in advance helps it absorb the right amount of mixture.
Of course, make sure to use your favorite toppings!
Hard Boiled Eggs
Yes, you can make hard boiled eggs in an air fryer. You do not need to boil water. This is one of the easiest things you can make using your air fryer. Here’s how. Set your air fryer to 250 degrees, once it has preheated, simply place your eggs into the basket and wait 15 minutes. Once your eggs have been cooked, remove them and place them in cold water to be cooled and prevent further cooking. Simple.
People who love popcorn will tell you they never, ever, use a microwave to make popcorn. Popcorn tastes so much better when its popped properly. As an example, and you would probably agree too, that movie theater popcorn will always taste better than any microwavable popcorn. Plus, microwave popcorn contains unhealthy chemical additives to give it a buttery flavor and aroma. Not only does air popped popcorn taste better, its healthier, and it will cost much less than microwave popcorn.
Making popcorn in an air fryer takes a little bit of skill and sort of goes against certain rules you would normally adhere to when using an air fryer, but it is possible, and the popcorn tastes delicious.
First thing you need to do is tightly line your basket with aluminum foil. Even though it will block the perforated holes needed for air flow, line it well, you don’t want the kernels falling through into any of the air fryers components which can cause damage. The air in the machine will still pop the kernels very well, just like a popcorn machine would. The trick is to slightly coat ¼ of a cup of kernels in a good oil like olive or avocado oil and distribute them evenly throughout the basket. 15 minutes at most should be all they need to pop perfectly. This does require you to watch to ensure the popping seems to be controlled and not shooting kernels into the fan or other components of the machine.
Baking cookies in your air fryer is easy, fast, fun, and leaves you with cookies that have the perfect texture, being crisp on the outside and gooey inside.
Whether you’re making your cookies from scratch, using premade dough, or even those packages of premade cookies that you only need to separate and bake, the process using an air fryer is the same as using an oven. Prepare the dough, stick it in the air fryer per your recipe’s instructions, then set your cookies on a cooling rack awaiting its soon to be journey to your belly.
Refrain from using a lot of icing or gooey toppings while baking cookies in the air fryer, it won’t come out right. Also, since an air fryer is much smaller than your oven, you can slightly reduce the instructed temperatures as well.
Do you love grilled cheese sandwiches? Using an air fryer to grill you can make grilled cheese sandwiches easily, and to perfection every time. It won’t require much brain power or time to make.
Grab a couple slices of bread, slap some of your favorite cheese in between the slices (somewhat firm cheese will work best, like cheddar or muenster cheeses), add a little butter to each side of the sandwich, and stick it in your air fryer on 375 for 6 minutes, flipping it once mid-way. It couldn’t be easier, and your grilled cheese sandwich will come out to perfection every time.
There are a lot of people who love fried pickles. Believe it or not, you can make your very own fried pickles in your air fryer. Cooking them is the easy part, preparing them takes a tiny bit of work.
You will want to make a dip to stick in the fridge to cool down and get the right consistency. A small mixture of sriracha and mayonnaise will be a nice compliment of flavor with the air fried pickles. It is essential that you drain the pickle slices from liquid. Drying them on a paper towel works well.
In a bowl mix your egg and milk, and in another bowl mix your cornmeal, flour, and seasoning. Dip your chips in the egg mixture, then the flour mixture. Ensure that the pickles are not dripping! They should be coated but not liquid. This is important to keep the coating on the pickles and prevent any heavy dripping into your air fryer.
Next step is to line your cooking basket with the pickles in a single layer. If you run out of space, make two batches. Cook for 4 minutes on each side at 200 degrees and you’re done!
Making homemade potato chips is fun and much healthier than store bought chips. With an air fryer, you can make homemade potato chips like a pro! It’s only a few simple steps, here’s how.
First, slice your russet potatoes thinly and evenly. The thinner they are, the better they will turn out. Also, they will cook more evenly when the chips are all similar in size.
Second step is to wash the starch out of the potatoes and dry them. Soaking the chips 2 times in fresh water for 15 minutes (use a new bowl of fresh water the second time). Then, dry the chips thoroughly on a couple paper towels, swapping fresh towels as necessary until the chips are dry.
Last step is to season your chips, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees and layer the chips evenly throughout the cooking basket. Cook the chips for about 15 minutes with a break halfway through to turn the chips by shaking the basket. Watch the chips to ensure they don’t burn.
Air fryers are a wonderful tool for baking. Especially for a 2-person dessert. In fact, you can make many different baked dessert recipes in your air fryer.
Making brownies is easy. Whether you’re using a premade mixture, or doing it from scratch, the process is exactly the same as using a conventional oven.
Remember to slightly lower the temperature then the recipe instructs since the air fryer is much smaller and heats things quickly. Use the same toothpick method to check that your cake is cooked thoroughly. Finally, frost or decorate your cake or brownies once they have been baked and are out of the air fryer.
Try making your favorite brownies and cakes, from blondies to lava cake, the air fryer can do it all.
Pizza is most likely the most popular dish. Many people will eat pizza once a week, sometimes more. Walking down the freezer aisle in any grocery or convenient store and they’re always packed with frozen pizza. Everyone loves pizza.
Using an air fryer to reheat your pizza is so easy and way faster than using your oven. Everyone knows that reheating pizza in your oven is way better than from the microwave but can take a lot of time until the oven finally warms up.
Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees and reheat your pizza. Reheating different types of pizzas may vary in time, but they all take just a few minutes per slice and the air fryer will preheat in no time.