- Air fryers employ rapidly circulating hot air to cook food.
- You can cook a variety of sweet and savory dishes in air fryers.
- Chicken wings and fries are go-to uses for air fryers, but you can also make doughnuts and steak.
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Marketed as a healthier way of frying food, air fryers rapidly circulate hot air to crisp up and brown foods, lending a similar effect to deep frying without the use of fats like butter or oil. Like a rice cooker, there are more uses for air fryers than you may expect, thanks to attachments that allow you to grill meats and even bake cakes.
We’ve rounded up some fan-favorite recipes below to get you started.
Chef Gordon Ramsay cooks rib eye in an air fryer to lock in flavor
In a YouTube video, Gordon Ramsay demonstrated a coffee and chili-rubbed rib eye recipe, cooked in a Philips Air fryer.
“With an air fryer, you’re gonna get those delicious flavors locked in and keep all that juice inside the rib eye, without the grease,” said Ramsay.
He used a grill pan accessory to lock in flavor and color the ribeye and paired it with crispy potatoes and a compound butter.
This buffalo cauliflower makes for a killer starter
Air fryer master Laura Lea of LL Balanced describes her air fryer Buffalo cauliflower recipe as “downright addicting” and admitted to eating an entire batch of it the first time she made it.
The cauliflower coating is made with Frank’s RedHot, maple syrup, avocado oil, nutritional yeast (which lends a “cheesy flavor”), sea salt, and cornstarch.
You don’t have to go to a carnival anymore to get deep-fried Oreos
On Allrecipes, this three-ingredient recipe couldn’t be simpler. Simply dip Oreo cookies in pancake batter, cook in the air fryer, and finish with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar for an indulgent treat.
Chicken wings are an air fryer classic
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Chicken wings, French fries, and the like are no-brainers when it comes to air fryer cooking, and yield great results. Erin of Platings + Pairings spices up crispy, juicy air fryer chicken wings with Buffalo sauce (with recipes for mild, medium, and hot versions). Each sauce contains varying amounts of Frank’s RedHot, butter, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco.
Try making French fries with a twist
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Air fryers are perfect for making crispy, non-greasy fries, but if you’re looking to get a little more creative you can toss them in seasoned salt. This recipe by Amy Katz of Veggies Save The Day calls for ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder.
Alternatively, you can go sweet and make these sweet potato dessert fries. This recipe by Lindsay Cotter of Cotter Crunch is refined sugar-free, and she notes that they taste like churro fries. You can eat them alone or dip in dessert hummus, Greek yogurt, or maple frosting.
These avocado fries have a satisfying crunch and are filled with healthy fats
From Delish, these air-fried avocado fries are made in just three steps. They recommend serving it with ranch. Alternatively, if you’ve already got guacamole on hand, you can make these air-fried guacamole balls from Fit Men Cook.
Bourbon bacon cinnamon rolls are a must-try
This Taste of Home recipe takes a shortcut by using refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing, but you’ll need to do some planning ahead as infusing the bourbon flavor into the bacon requires marinating overnight.
Stirring minced ginger into the icing and finishing with a maple syrup-pecan drizzle (featuring bacon drippings for added flavor) brings this dessert to the next level.
Air fryer bacon is a magical thing
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The previous recipe calls for cooking bacon in a skillet (and uses some of the drippings for the maple-pecan syrup), but it turns out that bacon also does well in an air fryer. Marjorie of A Pinch of Healthy describes it as crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and dark around the edges – “just perfect!”
Tender, flaky salmon is cooked in minutes using an air fryer
This simple recipe by Cathy of Noble Pig is a home cooking staple, particularly in the summers when her family fishes for salmon. The salmon is seasoned with paprika, salt, and coarse black pepper, and she always sets her timer for a bit shorter than the expected cooking time, just to see how things are coming along as air fryers cook foods faster than a conventional oven.
Make homemade doughnuts with a fraction of the fat and without fear of getting splashed by hot oil
This air-fried cinnamon sugar doughnut recipe by Allrecipes uses butter as the fat to crisp up the air-fried doughnuts, with a second brushing of butter on the cooked doughnuts to allow the cinnamon sugar to adhere.