If you have ever dealt with a traditional oil fryer before, you know how messy they can be. Having a hot vat of oil to deep fry your food in can create all kinds of splatters in your kitchen. It can also be hazardous dealing with hot oil. It isn’t uncommon for people who own oil fryers to get tiny burns when oil speckles or splatters out of the container.
Although a modern deep fryer is designed to avoid splatters, you need to fry properly to prevent your foods from soaking a lot of oil. Unless you use a good deep fryer that comes with a thermostat to help you get the right temperature, you may end up getting greasy foods. The excessive oil can be harmful. On the other hand, air fryers give that same fried crispness to your food, without drowning your food in fatty oil.
What’s also nice about air fryers is that you don’t have to worry about the mess, and cleanup is super easy. Most all removable parts of an air fryer are machine washable, and no oil is required. There are also several best air fryers on the market for you to choose based on your cooking style and needs. You can choose one with digital control such as Philips Digital Airfryer or analog control such as Philips Airfryer HD9220. You can check out our Philips Airfryer reviews. GoWise USA GW22621 4th Generation Air Fryer even comes with 7 preset programs including chicken, chips, steak, shrimp, fish, meat, and cake (read this GoWise Air Fryer review).
What Can You Cook in an Air Fryer?
So what all can you cook in an air fryer? The answer may surprise you, because you can cook just about anything that you want.
Just about anything that you can cook in a traditional oil fryer, you can cook in an air fryer. Here is just a quick overview of some of the foods that you can cook with your air fryer.
– Homemade french fries
– Tater tots
– Sweet potato fries
– Frozen assorted veggies
Can You Cook Frozen Foods in an Air Fryer?
Yes! You can absolutely cook frozen foods in your air fryer. They are great for making frozen snacks and meals that range from frozen bags of mixed veggies to frozen filets of tilapia or frozen salmon steaks.
One of the ways that we recommend cooking frozen foods in your fryer is using your microwave to thaw it out first before you fry it. That will help shorten the necessary cooking time that your previously frozen food needs to be in the fryer. It will also help remove some of the moisture from your frozen food so that it can get nice and crisp in the fryer.
If you are going to be throwing some frozen meat, veggies, french fries, fish sticks, or tater tots straight into the air fryer, just keep in mind that they are going to need a longer time frying, if you did not thaw them first.