Here Are Frying Hacks Everyone With An Air Fryer Should Know

Got one of these? Make sure you use it well!

IMAGE Roselle Miranda

Air fryer owners know that cooking in this modern small kitchen appliance is a dream! It solves the problem many of us have who fear the dreaded talsik of hot oil but also this appliance uses less and even no oil at all! 

There are so many ways of making your air fryer work with you to make anything from an easy air fryer fried chicken or lechon kawali with the crispiest skin to a chewy brownies recipe that anyone (including a newbie!) can make in their air fryer. 

For anyone who is unaware, the air fryer can do more than just fry with little to no oil. It can also roast, broil, and (believe it or not) bake a small batch of cupcakes. Here are some tips and tricks to help you maximize the use of your air fryer to its fullest! 

Photo by Unsplash/Toa Heftiba
Recommended Videos

1 Use foil. 

Foil may be your new best friend if you have an air fryer. You can achieve many things with foil and the best part is, it lessens the amount of cleaning and hard scrubbing you will need to do when it's time to wash up.  


You can also make a foil basket so that any food that's got a sauce, such as buffalo wings, gambas, sticky pork ribs, or even a honey-glazed salmon, won't char on the basket. Instead, the foil will be there to take the burnt hit.

Love roasted vegetables? Toss your favorite vegetables in oil, season with salt or your preference of spices, and air fry until "roasted" to perfection! To make it even easier on yourself, line the basket with foil to make cleaning as easy as the roasting. 

Reheating, especially of fried food, is also made easier with foil! Just remember to wrap your leftovers in foil and when it's ready to reheat, pop the entire packet in the air fryer. Turn it on and the foil will do double duty.

Photo by RitaE from Pixabay

Make foil packets and "steam" food. 

Steam fish, chicken, and even tahong and halaan in the air fryer! Just make a pouch or a packet using foil instead of parchment paper that you can stuff with aromatic ingredients. Use lemon wedges, calamansi juice, salsa, and herbs and spices. You can also just leave it plainly seasoned with salt and pepper and let its natural juices be the flavor that shines!


Photo by Bianca Laxamana

3 Use foil to stabilize shellfish.

Tahong or mussels are super delicious! It's even more so since it cooks fast! All shellfish cook fast so when you cook it in the air fryer, the speed is even faster. Best of all, since shellfish have shells, some crumpled foil will make it easier to keep the shells from moving around in the basket as you open and close it.    

Photo by Unsplash/Glen Carrie

4 Spray or brush it with oil. 

You may not like it but sometimes, a little oil is necessary to brown and sear food. The power of the air fryer is really its ability to heat up the air around it but it won't brown or sear food. To do that, you need to place it closer to the heating element above the food. You don't need to prop it up to get it golden brown! To speed up this process, add a little oil. 

To make sure that you don't use too much, use an oil spray or even just a brush to lightly coat the exposed parts of fish, chicken, pork, and beef, so it browns evenly in the air fryer. You can spray oil on frozen food, too, so it too has just enough to brown as well.  

Photo by from

5 Use silicone bakeware. 

It may be hard to find the right size cupcake tins and cake pans that will fit your air fryer, so this baking tip for air fryer owners is a genius one: use silicone bakeware. There are numerous inexpensive cups and baking tools in surplus shops and even in your favorite online baking supply stores and shops where you might find a range of silicone bakeware. Take advantage and check if they have bakeware that's around 6-inch in size. These are perfect for using in the air fryer! 

There are also inexpensive aluminum cake pans that are tiny in baking supply stores, too. Consult the store owner for their recommendations for bakeware that's the right size.  

You need to try these tips and trick when using your air fryer! 




Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

Got your own version of the classic dishes? Pa-share naman! Get your recipe published on by submitting your recipe here!

Comments. Join the discussion below!
Trending in Summit Network