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The Best Things To Cook in an Air Fryer

Air frying is a total game-changer in the kitchen! It’s quick, easy, and makes so many foods taste even better than traditional cooking methods. If you’re wondering what to make to use your air fryer to its full potential, check-out this list of the best things to cook in an air fryer.

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I love quick and easy recipes and cooking methods, which is why I’m a big fan of my air fryer. The convenience of using an air fryer is unbeatable – I can simply toss my ingredients into the basket, set the temperature and timer, and let it work its magic while I focus on other tasks. But what really impresses me is how well the air fryer cooks certain foods, often producing even better results than traditional cooking methods.

What are the best foods to air fry?

From crispy french fries to juicy chicken wings, air fryers promise all the flavor and crunch of deep fried foods without the oil. But with these handy kitchen gadgets growing more popular, what exactly are the best foods to cook in your air fryer?

While their small basket size limits larger roasts, air fryers actually shine on a diverse range of ingredients, from veggies to seafood, when you know how to use them properly. In this article, we’ll share the top 10 best things to make in your air fryer for deliciously crisp results.

  • Potatoes: Whether you’re making fries, wedges, or roasted potatoes, the air fryer yields incredibly crispy exteriors and fluffy interiors.
  • Chicken wings: Air-fried chicken wings are crispy, juicy, and healthier than their deep-fried counterparts.
  • Vegetables: From crispy Brussels sprouts to perfectly roasted broccoli, the air fryer makes it easy to achieve deliciously crunchy vegetables.
  • Seafood: Shrimp, fish fillets, and even crab cakes turn out wonderfully in the air fryer, with a golden-brown crust and tender interior.
  • Appetizers: Mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, and other bite-sized snacks are perfect for air frying, ensuring a crispy coating without the excess oil.

The top 10 things to cook in an air fryer

Air fryers are great for making crispy and delicious french fries with a fraction of the oil you need for deep frying. There are a few tricks to getting them crispy, so check out the recipe for all the details:
Get the Air Fryer Homemade French Fries Recipe
Air fryers can make crispy and juicy chicken wings in no time. You can season them with your favorite spices and sauces for a personalized taste, and you can even cook them from frozen!
Get the Air Fryer Chicken Wing Recipe
Try cooking pork chops in the air fryer for tender and juicy pork chops with a crispy crust on the outside. You can even cook them along with a side of potatoes.
Get the Air Fryer Pork Chop Recipe

>> Related recipe: Air Fryer Pork Chops and Potatoes

Air fryers are excellent for roasting mixed vegetables, or just about any vegetable on their own, such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots, and zucchini. They are a great option for a quick and easy side dish and can be seasoned with your favorite herbs and spices, giving them a crispy and flavorful taste.
Get the Air Fryer Roasted Veggies Recipe

>> Browse the whole category for more Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes.

Air fryers can make steak that is seared on the outside and juicy on the inside. It's a quick and convenient way to cook steak without the need for a grill or stovetop.
Get the Air Fryer Steak Recipe
Air fryers are perfect for cooking fish, especially for those who don't like the smell of fish throughout the house. Fish cooked in an air fryer come out crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, and best of all it cooks in mere minutes.
Get the Air Fryer Salmon Recipe

>> Also try our recipes for Air Fryer White Fish, or Air Fryer Tilapia (crumbed fish)

Air frying is a quick and easy way to make baked potatoes. They are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside without needing to be in the oven for an hour. Make them even quicker by zapping in the microwave first!
Get the Air Fryer Baked Potatoes Recipe
Air fryers can make sweet potato fries that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. They are a healthy alternative to regular french fries and can be seasoned with herbs and spices for added flavor.
Get the Air Fryer Sweet Potato Wedges Recipe

>> Or try our Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Chicken breast is a great cut of meat to cook in an air fryer, as they come out juicy and flavorful with a crispy skin on the outside. They are perfect for a quick and easy mid-week meal, because of the hands-off cooking method and quick cook time.
Get the Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipe

>> Related recipes: Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast and Air Fryer Chicken Breast and Potatoes

Frozen foods that would normally be oven baked or fried from frozen are a great option to cook in your air fryer. They always come out perfectly crispy, and it is so much quicker and more convenient than cooking in an oven or deep frying.
Check out the Best Frozen Foods for Air Frying

Air frying tips

Air fryers are a convenient and easy-to-use appliance, but there are a few tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your air fryer. Here are some important things to keep in mind when using an air fryer:

  • Preheat the air fryer – Just like an oven, it’s important to preheat your air fryer before cooking. This will ensure that the food cooks evenly and comes out crispy. Preheating takes only a few minutes, so it’s worth the extra effort.
  • Don’t overcrowd the basket – To get the best results, don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. This can prevent the hot air from circulating around the food and result in uneven cooking. Make sure there’s enough space between the food items to allow for proper airflow.
  • Use the right amount of oil – While air fryers require less oil than traditional frying, it’s still important to use the right amount of oil for the best results. Too little oil can result in dry food, while too much oil can make it greasy. A light mist of oil or a brush of oil can help the food become crispy and golden.
  • Use the right type of oil – Choose a cooking oil with a high smoke point to use in your air fryer as this reduces the chance that your air fryer will start to smoke during cooking. I like to use light olive oil, but vegetable oil, corn oil, canola oil or avocado oil are all good topns.
  • Experiment with different foods – Don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of food in the air fryer. It’s a versatile appliance that can cook a variety of foods, from vegetables to meat to desserts. Try out different recipes and see what works best for you!


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