All The Food You Can Air Fry
You can cook corn, bread, and even eggs!
We all know how crispy and golden brown frozen food can become when you use your air fryer to "fry" these par-cooked food. We also know that pork belly or liempo is fantastic when air roasted. All that extra fat drips off, and you're left with pork that's perfectly cooked that remains tender and juicy despite being blasted with a fan the entire time. You can do the same trick with fried chicken, too!
The accessories for air fryers help in making all of these dishes easy but there is some food that you might not have thought to cook in there, too. Here are different kinds of food that you might not have thought to think to air fry:
Corn is easy to cook but what's wonderful about air frying it is that you get the best of both worlds. You get the wonderful char from grilling or roasting the corn in minutes! Here's what you do:
- 1 Remove husks and silk from the 1 ears of corn. Cut corn in half or in quarters, as desired.
- 2 Brush corn kernels with butter or oil and season with salt as desired.
- 3 Place in the air fryer basket, and set the temperature to 200 degrees C for 15 minutes.
- 4 Brush while hot with butter and season with your desired seasonings and spreads.
Burger patties may not be the meat you automatically think to air fry but if you like your burgers cooked but without being greasy, the air fryer can do just that. The basket is perfect for this since the burgers are already shaped and won't fall apart. This allows the basket to cook your burger patties and makes sure that the fat drips down into the drip tray below. Here's what you do:
- 1 Make the burger patties as the recipe directs and place these in one layer in the basket.
- 2 Set the temperature to 180 degrees C and the timer to 10 minutes.
- 3 Check for doneness, and serve between burger buns.
The air fryer is commonly compared to an oven with the fan on. The main difference is that the oven has heating elements on both the bottom and the top of the appliance instead of just on top. This makes "baking" a little tricky for the air fryer but it can be done. This method works best with pandesal and other bread rolls, not whole loaves since loaves might rise too high and hit the fan and heating element.
You can follow the instructions and recipe book that comes with your air fryer or you can try this easy method:
- 1 Place parchment paper with small holes cut out on the bottom of the air fryer basket.
- 2 Lightly coat the parchment paper with oil and place prepared bread dough in the prepared basket. (Proof again as needed first.) Lightly brush the tops with egg wash or butter as desired.
- 3 Place prepared bread dough in the air fryer and set the temperature to 160 degrees C and the timer for about 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown.
Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread
There's a fast and easy shortcut to this recipe. Just buy bread and hack it! Here's what you do:
- 1 Make and prepare the cream cheese filling and the garlic egg mixture.
- 2 Slice the bread roll.
- 3 Pipe or spoon in the cream cheese filling then coat in the garlic egg mixture. Top with salt or grated Parmesan cheese as desired.
- 4 Place foil or parchment paper underneath the roll and place in the air fryer basket.
- 5 Set the temperature for 180 degrees C and the timer for 10 to 15 minutes.
Baked Potatoes and Kamote
Treat your air fryer like an oven or a turbo broiler and you'll definitely be able to cook more kinds of food than you originally thought possible. Take potatoes and camote. Raw vegetables are not the best when cooked in the air fryer since these commonly become soggy rather than crispy and delicious as it might turn out when roasted in the oven.
However, baked potatoes and sweet potatoes is another story. If you love fluffy baked potatoes and kamote, you'll want to do it in the air fryer instead of in the oven. Here's how to do it:
- 1 Prepare 2 potatoes and/or kamote: Pierce the skin with a fork or tip of knife.
- 2 Place vegetables in the air fryer basket and set temperature for 200 degrees C and the timer to 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of your vegetables.
- 3 Check for doneness, and serve while hot.
This may be controversial but it apparently works. If you have ever baked eggs in the oven, you can do this in the air fryer. You'll need silicone or metal cupcake tins for this method. The best news is that it takes 15 minutes without needing to boil water! You can even make egg cups! Here's what you do:
- 1 Set the temperature to 120 degrees C and the timer for 3 minutes to preheat.
- 2 For hard-boiled eggs, place 4 to 6 eggs in the air fryer basket. Reset timer at the same temperature to 16 minutes.
- 3 Prepare an ice bath or bowl with cold water. Using tongs, place cooked eggs in the water to cool, about 10 minutes.
- 4 Peel once cool enough to touch.
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