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Foodie Tips

Surprisingly Delicious Foods You Can Cook in an Air Fryer

If you have been searching for the perfect cooking gadget, look no further. I present to you the air fryer – a small kitchen appliance that has made it big in the cooking industry!

It took the air fryer a while to find its place in the hearts of cooking aficionados, and now that everyone’s in love with it, I doubt it’s going anywhere anytime soon.

With an air fryer, you cook your food with the help of hot air. You can always use some oil, but you don’t have to. Isn’t that amazing?

So, for those of you who are still skeptical about this super easy-to-use compact food gadget, here are some great ideas for your next air fried meal.

The Air Fryer Classics

Juicy meats

Preparing meat the usual way can take a lot of time, but that’s not the case with an air fryer. You can roast pork, chicken breasts, and drumsticks, cook stakes, or even a whole chicken in it, and it won’t take you more than 30 minutes.

If you prefer seafood, salmon, and fish, fillets taste amazing. If you are preparing a romantic dinner, you can even cook shrimps and lobster tails in no time. 

Tasty vegetables

Using your air fryer for cooking veggies is an excellent idea! 

The first things that come to mind are probably potatoes and carrots. Besides them, you can also air-fry most vegetables you’d throw on the grill:

*Zucchini

*Broccoli

*Brussels sprouts

*Asparagus

*Bell peppers

*Onions

You should only be careful with leafy greens like fresh spinach and romaine lettuce. They are quite light, will only fly around and create a mess. However, if you know your way around this machine, you can probably pull off some quick and easy homemade kale chips.

Portobello and Oyster mushrooms are another crunchy and mouthwatering treat straight from your air fryer.

Frozen foods

When you need to beat the clock, frozen food and an air fryer are a winning combination. Frozen burgers, French fries, onion rings, fish sticks, pizza rolls – the choices are limitless. This machine is reinventing fast food!

A Few Air Fryer Surprises

Desserts

Would you ever think that you could make your favorite dessert in an air fryer? Well, for the ones with a sweet tooth, the Mexican cinnamon-sugar dessert – churros – is a perfect idea! 

Also, mini apple pies are awesome in an air fryer, and they don’t take more than 10 minutes. And if you are feeling extra special and fancy, you can make some chocolate souffle for two.

Pizza

Although most air fryers are pretty compact and don’t take much space on your countertop, you can’t fit anything oversized. However, a pizza for one is a no-brainer.

Preheat the Air fryer to 400º F, roll out the pizza dough, add some super-tasty toppings. Ten minutes later, you have a crispy instant pizza.

Ravioli

 Talking about Italian food, give your family a treat with air-fried ravioli. They will disappear faster than it took you to prepare them.

Burgers

If you are more of a burger lover who also wants to stay healthy, you won’t be disappointed either! The air fryer will keep your burger patties juicy in the middle and unbelievably tasty. Frozen patties take about 15 to 20 minutes to cook, and fresh ones need around 12 minutes of cooking time.

Pumpkin seeds

If you’re still not convinced about the air fryer magic, think about all healthy, crunchy, and unbelievably addictive pumpkin seeds, you can air fry.

Add some spices of choice like salt and paprika. Drizzle a bit of oil, and in half an hour, you have a crispy, healthy snack!

Things to Avoid

Besides the leafy greens, there are a few things you’d probably want to stay away from, at least until you get some experience with the air fryer. 

For example, cheese doesn’t go well with this kind of cooking. It will only melt and stick to your machine. 

Also, consider seasoning your food after you take it out of the fryer. Any loose seasoning will fly around and get into the tiny parts of the machine, thus making it harder to clean. 

People also don’t have the best experience with battered food. Once you put the runny batter in the fryer, it will start flying around. However, this might work if you have a recipe specifically adjusted for an air fryer.

To Sum Up

Air fryers come in different variations, so choose wisely and in accordance with your needs. It may take you some experimenting at first, but there is no doubt that it will become your favorite tool!

The air fryer is a multicooker that will surprise you with versatility and the ability to give you healthier, more delicious food than you could ever imagine. It’s worth having it in your kitchen!

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