Fry Without the Fat! How to Use an Air Fryer

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Fry Without the Fat! How to Use an Air Fryer

Get ready to challenge everything you know about frying foods. Our Philips Air Fryer 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. Now you can enjoy all the fried foods you love — without the guilt.


Our Test Kitchen recently used the Air Fryer to make these crave-worthy fries. For more ideas, we turned to the team at Philips, who shared some of their best recipes and tips. Read on!




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 five to 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 loves the machine for cooking salmon!




Try these savory appetizers and snacks from the Philips team. Bonus: using the Air Fryer means you don’t have to heat up your oven in the hot summer months!


Crispy Potato Skin Wedges

Crispy Potato Skin Wedges


4 medium russet potatoes 1 cup water

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 teaspoon paprika

1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper

1⁄4 teaspoon salt


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.


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.


Cheddar Bacon Croquettes

Cheddar Bacon Croquettes


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


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.


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.


Feta Triangles

Feta Triangles


1 egg yolk

4 ounces feta cheese

2 tablespoons flat-leafed parsley, finely chopped

1 scallion, finely chopped

5 sheets of frozen filo pastry, defrosted

2 tablespoons olive oil

Ground black pepper to taste


Beat the egg yolk in a bowl and mix in the feta, parsley and scallion; season with pepper to taste. Cut each sheet of filo 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 filo and feta has been used.


Preheat the Air Fryer to 390°F. Brush the filo 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.


Jerk Chicken Wings

Jerk Chicken Wings


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


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 2 hours up to 24 hours.


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.


Cajun Shrimp

Cajun Shrimp


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


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.

27 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.

  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…

  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

  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!

  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,

  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!

  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.

  10. Sue

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

  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

  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!

  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.

  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.

  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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