Air-frying: the lighter way to fry your favourites
Who doesn’t love chips? But the greasiness of deep-fat frying or dry, lacklustre results from oven chips can be off putting… Enter the air fryer. Cooking perfectly crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside chips with hardly any oil, it’s a revolution in cooking. By circulating hot air from all directions, air fryers cook really evenly for much lighter ‘fried’ chips, wedges and sweet potato fries – and just about any other food that you can cook in a deep-fat fryer. No messy fat, no greasy pan and no kitchen filled with cooking smells – just a plate of chips that will be gone before you can say ‘Pass the salt’. So, whether you’re considering investing in an air fryer, or you have one but you’re not quite sure what you can cook in it, we’ve got lots of delicious inspiration for you here.
What is air frying?
Redefining our perception of fried food, air frying is a cooking technique that uses Rapid Air Technology – in other words, superheated air circulated at very high speed – to ‘air fry’ food using a fraction of the fat of traditional frying methods. It’s a much healthier way to achieve perfectly browned, crispy results, so you can enjoy perfect golden home-cooked chips, as well as fry succulent steaks, juicy chicken breasts and much, much more, all with the tiniest amount of oil.
Reach chip perfection
Chunky chips. Skinny chips. Sweet potato fries and wedges. Vegetable chips, anyone? The humble chip comes in all shapes and sizes, and an air fryer will cook them all to perfection. With only a teaspoon of oil, you can enjoy a plateful of golden chips, with deliciously fluffy centres. Why not really up your chip game by experimenting with flavoured oil, like chilli for a cheeky kick, or dust with herbs or spices. Is it lunchtime yet?
What else can you make in an air fryer?
An air fryer is capable of far more than simply making chips (delicious as they are). Think fish fillets, juicy chicken breasts and healthier steaks. Pork chops and crispy duck. You can even make cakes in them – yep, you heard right, cake. And if you enjoy pub classics like scampi or onion rings, you can cook them from frozen using no oil at all. Now, where’s the tartar sauce?
Let’s get air-frying
We have two delicious recipes to get you started on your air frying journey, which, of course, just has to include French fries…
French Fries – Serves 4
A delicious classic, follow this simple recipe for a plate of perfectly crisp-yet-light French fries that are so good, everyone will be fighting over the last one.
4 large potatoes, washed and dried
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp sea salt
- Use the Fresh fries and vegetable Function setting on the Air Fryer (if using one of our machines).
- Cut the potato lengthwise into 1cm slices. Lay the slices flat and cut lengthwise again into 1cm pieces.
- Lay potato pieces on paper towel and roll them around to dry off any excess moisture.
- Toss the potato pieces in a bowl with the oil.
- Lay oiled pieces in the basket. Make sure they do not stick together. They can be layered as long as air can get through.
- Place into the Air Fryer. Air fry at 200°C for 10 minutes, shaking once halfway through the cycle. Season immediately with salt (or whatever you fancy) when they are done.
- Lastly, and most importantly, enjoy!
Five Spice Chicken Wings – Serves 2
We say serves 2, but we could easily polish off four of these moreish chicken wings! Serve with salad for a lovely light lunch, or as a scrumptious side dish at dinnertime.
4 chicken wings
¼ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp five spice powder
32g plain flour
½ tsp vegetable oil
- Place the chicken wings on a paper towel and thoroughly pat dry.
- Toss the chicken with kosher salt and five spice powder.
- Cover with plain flour and shake off the excess.
- Then toss the chicken wings with vegetable oil.
- Place in the Air Fryer and air fry at 200°C for 25 minutes using the Poultry function (if using one of our machines), and wait for crispy chicken perfection.
- Once done, remove and garnish with some herbs and lime, or whatever tickles your taste buds, and tuck in.
If you really want to unleash your air fryer’s full potential, The Air Fryer Cookbook is full of delicious recipes for you to try. And when the results are so tasty and low in fat, there’s no reason you can’t make every day fry-day.