TIPS FOR AIR FRYING
These are my tips for air frying, I adore cooking in air fryers, they toast, roast, reheat and yes fry with air.
The air fryer is basically a compact convection oven with rapid hot air that circulates around your food. At the bottom of the tips is a recipe for my favorite crispy chicken wings.
1. There is no need to add oil to the air fryer, you simply spritz or toss food with a kiss of oil to get the crispiest results. Some air fried food will brown better if spritzed with oil before air frying, but do not add oil to the fryer, only on to the food before putting in the fryer.
2. One of everyone’s favorite things to do with an air fryer is cook frozen foods available in the grocery freezer section. The cooking times and temperatures on the package will work the same in the air fryer, you just do not need to preheat and you should turn the food halfway through the cooking process.
3. An important Tip for Air Frying is to not overcrowd the basket. The air fryer cooks fast you will get crispier results if you keep the basket half full. When doing things like wings or French fries overcrowding can lead to soggy results. I cook in two batches, put the first batch on a sheet pan in the oven on 220 while I cook the second batch. This will result in even crispiness.
4. When roasting vegetables in the air fryer, I toss them with olive oil and seasoning like salt and pepper and fresh thyme, toss them frequently on 400 degrees. They get so golden brown and delicious.
5. Toasting sandwiches or bagels are awesome in an air fryer, I always do it on 320 degrees, it takes longer but it results in golden toasted bread with amazing melted cheeses and heated meats. I love to put mayonnaise on the outside of the sandwiches to get even browning and a softer texture.
6. An air fryer tip for reheating pizza is to preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes, I spray the top of the slices with a touch of olive oil, then cook for 5 minutes on 375 degrees.
7. Roasting meat is amazing in the air fryer. Make sure the meat has sat at room temperature for at least 15 minutes, rub evenly with oil, season with salt and pepper.
8. Roasting whole chickens or Turkey breasts are amazing in the air fryer, I love to brine the poultry which is soaking in salt water for up to 12 hours (1 cup of kosher salt to a gallon of cold water.) This additional step adds so much flavor and juiciness to the poultry. I line the air fryer basket with parchment paper or foil, so the skin does not get the little holes. I cook the poultry skin side down for the first half, then turn skin side up and spray well with oil. I roast at 350 degrees, for 90 percent of the cooking time, then I raise the temperature to 400 degrees for the last 10 minutes.
9. Baking in an air fryer. Most air fryers do not have bottom heating elements, so baking is not as easy. I preheat the air fryer for 10 minutes before baking in it at 400 degrees. I always use ceramic bakeware which tends to hold and distribute the heat better. I bake at 325 and cook 20 percent longer than the recipe calls for so the inside is cooked through.
10. Another Tip for Air Frying is to add liquid to the air fryer to steam roast. If your air fryer is a dual basket system, most are you can but a cup of wine in the bottom basket, let it preheat for 10 minutes on 400, then add in fresh seafood like shrimp, lobster, clams or mussels. The air fryer will steam roast. You will get moist crispy results; I do my cauliflower this way too.
11. Make sure all vegetables are cut the same size for best results.
12. Bacon wrapped food is amazing in the air fryer, I always secure with toothpicks to start then remove after cooking. Turn food once in the cooking process.
13. When choosing coating for air fryers I prefer panko breadcrumbs, however they are rather large pieces, so I place them in a mini food processor to grind smaller. I put the panko in a nonstick fry pan and toast to golden brown before using. This will give you a very even golden brown crumb.
14. You can get crispy results while using seasoned flour in the air fryer, I have found the best technique for chicken, seafood or fish is to soak the protein in beaten egg, then dredge in the seasoned flour, then I spray with oil and refrigerate for at least one hour. You will want to spray again with oil when placing in the air fryer. My fried shrimp and oysters come out amazing in the air fryer with this technique.
I have written a cookbook on air frying here is the link https://www.shophq.com/Product/474-349. There are tons of air frying recipes on my website. I will include my crispy air fryer wings in this blog as well as my video for crispy fries. https://youtu.be/oppNjNohFhM
Feel free to leave questions or comments.
Here is a chart to use as a guideline. Remember some food manufacturers will differ slightly.
air fryer chart
Crispy Chicken Wings
1- pound chicken wings (8-10 pieces)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sea salt
Oil for spraying
2 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ cup Frank’s Hot Sauce
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
½ teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
In a large bowl, place chicken wings, add baking powder and salt and toss until well coated
Spray wings all over with oil and place in basket.
Set temperature for 250 degrees, set timer for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine butter hot sauce, vinegar, soy sauce and ketchup
When cooking is complete, shake basket, spray wings with oil and set temperature to 400, set timer to 15 minutes.
When cooking is complete, open basket and remove wings to sauce; toss well to coat.