Fry Without the Fat! How to Use an Air Fryer

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Get ready to challenge everything you know about frying foods. Our Philips Avance Airfryer can fry your favorite foods to crispy, golden brown perfection (yes, French fries and potato chips!) using little or no oil. The machine uses patented technology to circulate hot air, yielding crunchy, satisfying results—and this next-generation air fryer boasts a more compact size (same capacity!) and new TurboStar technology, which ensures food cooks evenly (no more worrying about pile-ups!). Now you can enjoy all the fried foods you love—without the guilt.

 

Our test kitchen recently used the airfryer to make these fries, and it was love at first bite. Read on for more great recipes, including air-fried tonkotsu, chicken wings and more.

Tips for Using an Air Fryer

Shake it.

Be sure to open the air fryer and shake foods around as they “fry” in the machine’s basket—smaller foods like French fries and chips can compress. For best results, rotate them every 5-10 minutes.

Don’t overcrowd.

Give foods plenty of space so that the air can circulate effectively; that’s what gives you crispy results. Our test kitchen cooks swear by the air fryer for snacks and small batches.

Give foods a spray.

Lightly spray foods with cooking spray or add just a bit of oil to ensure they don’t stick to the basket.

Keep it dry.

Pat foods dry before cooking (if they are marinated, for example) to avoid splattering and excess smoke. Similarly, when cooking high-fat foods like chicken wings, make sure to empty the fat from the bottom machine periodically.

Master other cooking methods.

The air fryer isn’t just for frying; it’s great for other healthy cooking methods like baking, roasting and grilling, too. Our test kitchen also loves to use the machine for cooking salmon!

 

Air Fryer Recipes

Try these savory appetizers and snacks. Bonus: using the air fryer means you don’t have to heat up your oven in the hot summer months!

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Air-Fried Tonkatsu with Ginger Cabbage Slaw

 

Ingredients

 

For the ginger cabbage slaw:

  • 1/2 head red or green cabbage, or a mixture, cored and shredded (about 1 lb./500 g)
  • 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1-inch (2.5-cm) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 Tbs. minced pickled ginger
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. rice wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbs. grapeseed oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Asian sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. firmly packed brown sugar
  • Kosher salt

For the tonkatsu:

  • 1 cup (5 oz./155 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package Sesame Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 2 lb. (1 kg) boneless pork cutlets, each about 1/2 inch (12 mm) thick

Tonkatsu sauce for serving

 

Directions

 

1. To make the slaw, in a large mixing bowl, toss together the cabbage and carrot. In a small bowl, whisk together the fresh ginger, pickled ginger, vinegar, grapeseed oil, sesame oil and brown sugar. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss to combine. Season with salt, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

2. Preheat a Philips air fryer to 360°F (182°C). Preheat an oven to 200°F (95°C) and place a wire rack on top of a baking sheet.

 

3. To make the tonkatsu, place the flour, eggs and sesame panko in separate shallow bowls. Stir the salt and pepper into the flour. Working with one pork cutlet at a time, dip a cutlet into the flour, coating it evenly and shaking off any excess flour, then dip it into the eggs, coating it evenly and allowing the excess egg to drip off. Finally, coat evenly with the panko mix. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining cutlets.

 

4. Place half of the cutlets in a single layer in the fry basket and insert into the air fryer. Cook for 8 minutes, then open the basket and use tongs to turn the cutlets. Close the basket, increase the temperature to 400°F (200°C) and cook for 5 minutes more. Transfer the cooked cutlets to the wire rack on the baking sheet and transfer to the oven to keep warm. Reduce the temperature of the air fryer to 360°F (182°C) and repeat to cook the remaining cutlets.

 

5. While the second batch of cutlets are cooking, drain the coleslaw, discarding the liquid.

 

6. To serve, cut each cutlet into strips about 1 inch (2.5) wide and divide evenly among 4 plates. Spoon the slaw next to the cutlets. Serve immediately, passing the tonkatsu sauce alongside for dipping. Serves 4.

 

Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen

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Air-Fried Chicken Wings

 

Ingredients

 

2 lb. (1 kg) chicken wings, tips removed and wings cut into drummettes and flats

1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) wing sauce

 

Directions

 

1. Preheat a Philips Airfryer to 360°F (182°C).

 

2. Place half of the chicken wings in the fry basket and insert into the air fryer. Cook until the skin is browned and crisp, 26 to 28 minutes, opening the basket 2 or 3 times during cooking to turn the wings with tongs. Transfer to a bowl, add 2 Tbs. of the wing sauce and toss to coat. Repeat with the remaining wings and sauce. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

 

Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen

 

Crispy Potato Skin Wedges

Crispy Potato Skin Wedges

 

Ingredients

  • 4 medium russet potatoes 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt

 

1. Scrub the potatoes under running water to clean. Boil potatoes in salted water for 40 minutes or until fork tender. Cool completely (approximately 30 minutes) in the refrigerator.

 

2. In a mixing bowl combine canola oil, paprika, salt and black pepper. Cut cooled potatoes into quarters and lightly toss in the mixture of oil and spices. Preheat the Air Fryer to 390°F. Add half of the potato wedges to the cooking basket and place skin side down, being careful not to overcrowd. Cook each batch for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serves 4.

 

Recipe courtesy of Philips

Cheddar Bacon Croquettes

Cheddar Bacon Croquettes

 

Ingredients

 

For the filling:

  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, block
  • 1 pound bacon, thinly sliced, room temperature

 

For the breading:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1⁄2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs

 

1. Cut the cheddar cheese block into 6 equally- sized portions, approximately 1-inch x 13⁄4- inch each. Take two pieces of bacon and wrap them around each piece of cheddar, fully enclosing the cheese.Trim any excess fat. Place the cheddar bacon bites in the freezer for 5 minutes to firm. Do not freeze.

 

2. Preheat the air fryer to 390°F. Mix the oil and breadcrumbs and stir until the mixture becomes loose and crumbly. Place each cheddar block into the flour, then the eggs and then the breadcrumbs. Press coating to croquettes to ensure it adheres. Place the croquettes in the cooking basket and cook for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown. Serves 6.

 

Recipe courtesy of Philips

Feta Triangles

Feta Triangles

 

Ingredients

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4 ounces feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leafed parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 5 sheets of frozen phyllo pastry, defrosted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Ground black pepper to taste

 

1. Beat the egg yolk in a bowl and mix in the feta, parsley and scallion; season with pepper to taste. Cut each sheet of phyllo dough into three strips. Scoop a full teaspoon of the feta mixture on the underside of a strip of pastry. Fold the tip of the pastry over the filling to form a triangle, folding the strip in a zigzag manner until the filling is wrapped in a triangle. Repeat until all the phyllo and feta has been used.

 

Preheat the air fryer to 390°F. Brush the phyllo with a little oil and place five triangles in the cooking basket. Slide the basket into the Air Fryer and cook for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Repeat the process with the remaining feta triangles and serve. Serves 5.

 

Recipe courtesy of Philips

Jerk Chicken Wings

Jerk Chicken Wings

 

Ingredients 

  • 4 pounds chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 habanero pepper, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 scallions, finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1⁄2 cup red wine vinegar

 

1. In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients, covering the chicken thoroughly with the seasonings and marinade.Transfer to a 1 gallon re-sealable bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 24 hours.

 

2. Preheat the air fryer to 390°F. Remove the wings from the bag and drain all liquid. Pat wings completely dry with a paper towel. Place half the wings in the cooking basket and cook each batch for 14-16 minutes, shaking halfway through. Serve with blue cheese dipping sauce or ranch dressing. Serves 6.

 

Recipe courtesy of Philips

Cajun Shrimp

Cajun Shrimp

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1⁄2 pound tiger shrimp (16-20 count)
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

 

1. Preheat the air fryer to 390°F. In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients, coating the shrimp with the oil and the spices. Place the shrimp into the cooking basket and cook for 5 minutes. Serve over rice. Serves 2.

 

Recipe courtesy of Philips

 

35 comments about “Fry Without the Fat! How to Use an Air Fryer

  1. Judie Dooley

    This looks awesome–I’d love to own one. MabeynI’ll put it on my Christmas list. Or I might buy one for one of my 4 daughter but the other 3 would probably be mad they didn’t get one.

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  2. Steve Puu

    I own a Philips AirFryer and use it often to enjoy French Fries, Fried Plantains, Chicken Wings, Chicken Fried Steak, Homemade Sweet Potato Tater Tots, you name it! IT’S AMAZING! Everybody should have one! Just saying…

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  3. Sara

    wow! excellent post. Most informative. Thx! , Super! Thanks especially for the video! I love philips products. I would LOVE to make fries more often! We have burgers once a week and making fries quicky would be awesome! Thanks for sharing

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  4. Linda

    I bought one of these and although they’re a bit pricey they’re worth it!! I’ve never had better wings, fries, poppers, etc. and the food is much more healthy than frying in fat. The wings were crispy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside. When I cleaned out the drawer there was a 1/4 inch of chicken fat drippings at the bottom.

    Easy to use, easy to clean.
    I highly recommend it!

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  5. gobnait

    just bought the air fryer and did both frozen and home made chips already, i am absolutely delighted with the purchase, as the chips in both cases are amazing, love the idea that there is a timer and temp control as well as the safety aspect,

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    1. Mary Landis

      Turn the air fryer to the temperature needed according to recipe. Put the timer on two minutes. That will adequately preheat the air fryer according to my air fryer manual.

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  6. Peanut

    You can make donuts in it,do chicken fried steak the usual way.Bread it and cook on fry setting!I spray it with Pam or olive oil spray.To pre heat just set it to fry or whatever you are doing and let it run til it reaches the degree you need.I DONT KNOW IF I CAN MENTION NAMES BUT I GOT MINE FROMA SHOPPING CHANNEL AT 129.00 FREE SHIPPING AND LOVE IT!

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  7. Beverley

    Also brilliant for making roast potatoes, spare ribs and yes chicken wings are the best ever

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  9. Elena Erwin

    I love my air fryer. So many amazing uses and recipes out there. If you don;t have one I really recommend you purchase one.

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  10. Sue

    I think I’m missing the “how to” book, because it is very vague in how to use it.

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  11. Jean Myers

    I love my air fryer! I have made the Cajun shrimp recipe several times. It is outstanding! So easy, so healthful, and so tasty! I like it atop a mixed salad or as an appetizer. I often make extra to serve with grits for brunch.

    The air fryer is well worth the price. The food that comes out of it is great and the clean up is very easy

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  12. Mary

    Does anyone have a good tried-&-true recipe for Air Fryer Mushrooms? I’m concerned with how the batter covered mushrooms will do in the Air Fryer, as well as the clean up. Thanks in advance!

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  13. Rebeka

    I have a GoWise USA GW22621 Air Fryer. I use it everyday for breakfast to dinner. It’s extremely easy to use and serves healthy food. My family is a big fan of chicken. i loved the way you described Jerk Chicken Wings recipe. I am planning to make it on dinner. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. Pam

      I got this airfryer for Christmas but I haven’t used it yet. Did you buy a recipe book other than the one that came with the fryer? I loved your comment about using it for breakfast to dinner. I’d love to have more recipes.

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  14. Carol S. Lawson

    Can french fries and tortilla chips be cooked without any oil at all. I am on The Starch Solution lifestyle and not alloowed any oil at all.

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  15. Lynn

    I’m trying to cook for my husband, more healthy foods. I’m going to try the air fryer. Hoping this our answer to what we need. The receipts look wonderful.

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  16. Anna denise hicks

    Thank you I really needed that . I forgot to get the cook book.

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  17. Jay Montanus

    Can you use the Phillips Air Fryer to prepare frozen shrimp, fish sticks or other breaded, frozen foods? All the recipes seem to be from scratch. Just received one for a gift and don’t want to ruin it in my first use!

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    1. Jean Myers

      Prepared foods work very well. I have cooked jalapeno poppers, mozzarella sticks and breaded calamari with great success. I use a gentle spray of olive oil to make the food more crispy. I love the quick cooking and easy cleanup.

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