Air fryers are so easy to use, and with a little bit of know-how give really great results. Here are our hot tips for getting the best out of your air fryer.
- The number one important thing to remember if you want to get good results from your air fryer is to make sure that what you are cooking is dry if you want it to come out crispy. When I say ‘dry’ I mean ‘dry of water’ before you spray with oil and place in the air fryer, otherwise the first 5 minutes of cooking time is spent evaporating the water off the outside of the food before it starts to cook. This is particularly important for crispy potato fries and roast potatoes.
- Don’t overfill the air fryer basket (check your manual for limits). An overfull basket prevents air from circulating around the food, which can lead to soggy food and increase cooking time.
- When making items that are stacked on top of one another (e.g. potato fries, or chicken wings), remove the basket from the air fryer and shake well a couple of times during cooking. This ensures that the food does not stick together, and is cooked evenly.
- If the food you are cooking is naturally high in fat (e.g. chicken wings) empty the fat from the bottom of the air fryer occasionally during cooking to smoke being produced.
- Oil sprays are essential to use with an air fryer. They allow a very thin even layer of oil to be applied to food prior to cooking, and you can also spray the bottom of the air fryer basket to prevent food from sticking to it.
- If you need to preheat the air fryer, 3 minutes is all it takes.
- Always ensure that food is cooked properly before consuming. Cut meat open to check that it is cooked through (the juices from chicken run clear when it is cooked), or use a meat thermometer if you are unsure.
- Oven-ready foods cook great in an air fryer. As a guide, lower the conventional oven temperature by 70°F (30°C) and reduce the cooking time by half. Exact times and temperatures will vary by food and depend on the type of air fryer you have, but check my handy table for estimated air fryer cooking times to get started.
Now, if you are wondering what to cook in your air fryer, using your new knowledge, check out one of my air fryer recipes.