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What Should I Make First In An Air Fryer? (First Comes First)

To be honest, my love for french fries made me buy the air fryer. The first day when I bought my Philips air fryer, I tried to make french fries in it. Although it didn’t turn out to be perfect but was quite fresh and tasty.

When you first buy an air fryer, these are a few foods you can try out first: french fries, bagels, Brussels, nuggets, or any frozen food. All these food, aka snacks, are easy to make and won’t take much of your time.

With an air fryer making homemade fried food won’t seem like a chore. Once you know how to use this machine efficiently, you can make various healthy foods.

In this blog, we’ll look at the foods you can try in the air fryer for the first time. Apart from the foods in an air fryer, there are many other queries about the air fryer that we should know to use better. I’ll try my best to deliver all the information I have.

So let’s get to it right away!

What Is An Air Fryer?

An air fryer, like an oven, bakes and roasts; however, its heating elements are only on the top and are accompanied by a large, powerful fan, resulting in super crispy food in no time — and, more significantly, with less oil than deep-fried counterparts.

Because of the combination of a concentrated heat source and the length and placement of the fan, air fryers typically heat up quickly and cook food quickly and evenly.

Another advantage of air frying is the ease of cleanup. Most air fryer baskets and racks can be washed in the dishwasher.

How does an Air Fryer function?

Food is placed in a perforated basket in an air fryer, and the machine cooks it by blowing hot air around it.

The air force causes a convection effect, which cooks and browns the food in the basket. Breaded foods, such as frozen chicken tenders, or unbreaded starchy foods, such as french fries or tater tots, will turn brown if the air temperature rises above 320 degrees Fahrenheit.

Which Dishes Should You Prepare In Your New Air Fryer?

You can prepare various foods in an air fryer, such as spring broccoli, frozen foods, stuffed pizzas, chicken strips, and chicken nuggets.

Air-fried broccoli is the easiest recipe to try out! The recipe I am going to share is simple and suitable for anyone (vegan, whole30, gluten-free, etc.). It tastes like cheese yet has no dairy at all.

As for a crunchy, delicious delight, fry chickpeas, spice them up a bit, and add a little oil.

You must make fries out of potatoes if you have an air fryer. Both normal and sweet potatoes can be used.

Then stuffed cheese pizza is your win-win recipe. Since I adore pizza in all its forms, I had to try this combination. By using the air fryer in place of the oven, you may prepare the stuffed chicken ahead of time and save cooking time.

What a clever way to use the air fryer.

I’ll discuss the recipes one by one.

How To Make French Fries In An Air Fryer?

French fries in an air fryer
French fries are love

French fries are the first thing most people think of making whenever they try air fryers for the first time. Air fryers can easily make french fries with regularity and ease

Start with a batch or two of these low-risk fries to learn how quickly your air fryer heats up and crisps.

  1. First, Spray the basket of an air fryer with oil spray and preheat it to 380 degrees F.
  2. Cut the potato into 1/4-inch sticks. Place them in a medium basin, thoroughly rinsed with cold water, drain, and dry with paper towels.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss the fries with the oil before seasoning with 1/2 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper. Place them in the air fryer basket in an even layer, without overlapping, and cook.
  4. Later, turn once halfway through, for 14 to 16 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.

Last but not the least, remove the fries, then sprinkle them with salt. All in all, it’s just a matter of 15-16 minutes that yields the crispiest and yummiest versions.

What Is The Most Commonly Cooked Food In Air Fryers?

Undoubtedly, the most popular food to cook in an air fryer is french fries. They turn out with a noticeably crisp surface and fluffy interiors without the greasiness of deep-frying and only require a fraction of the oil.

Apart from French fries, Brussel sprouts can also be tried in an air fryer. I’ll discuss the recipe that’d help you to make them easily within no time.

What Is Used To Make Bagels In An Air Fryer?

The following ingredients are required to make air fryer bagels:

All-purpose flour, 1 cup unbleached, 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.

Instead of yeast, you can use greek yogurt to make bagels. Bagels have sunflower seeds and homemade seasoning on top. It takes roughly 45 minutes of your time to cook them.

What’s the Procedure For Making Bagels In Air Fryers?

bagels
Bagels can be healthily cooked in the air fryer

I prefer the procedure given below to make bagels in an air fryer. I’ll advise you to follow these steps too.

  1. Add three tablespoons of shelled, unsalted sunflower seeds after whisking the ingredients together. Before adding 1 cup of plain, nonfat greek yogurt, stir the mixture once. Stir with a spatula until mixed. Then form into a ball.
  2. Later on, spread the dough out on a surface dusted with flour. Make a hole in the center of each piece. Pinch the two ends together firmly to secure them. Use remaining dough pieces to continue with the recipe.

Each bagel should be placed on a piece of paper that has been dusted with seasoning. To ensure that the dough sticks to the bottom, gently push it into the seasoning.

Brush the bagels with an egg wash of one beaten egg and a little water. Finally, liberally sprinkle everything with seasoning. In the interim, heat your air fryer to 300 degrees, put your bagel in it, and cook.

Keep cooking for 12 minutes and Ta Da! Delicious and healthy bagels are ready to enjoy.

Which Frozen Meals Are Suitable For Air Frying?

You can cook all frozen foods easily in the air fryer. If you’re used to merely popping them in the microwave or oven for a quick cook, try cooking them in your air fryer this time.

The food’s condition when it is frozen—whether raw or already cooked—will affect how long it needs to be cooked in the air fryer.

To ensure that frozen meals are cooked to the recommended safe internal temperatures, you should cook frozen meals without thawing them, and a meat thermometer should be your best buddy while cooking meats.

Here are some frozen meals you can easily fry in an air fryer.

Pizza Rolls, Fish Sticks, Chicken Wings, Potato Skins, Pizza Bagels, French Fries, Chicken Nuggets, and hot pockets are what I prefer to cook in my air fryer.

4 easy recipes to make in an air fryer

How Can We Cook Brussel Sprouts In Air Fryer?

Cooking Brussel sprouts in an air fryer
Cooking Brussel sprouts in an air fryer

Here is the step-by-step procedure for making Brussels sprouts in the air fryer.

It’s an easy recipe with 35 minutes and 10 minutes of active observation. You can serve up to 2 persons by trying this out.

Ingredients:

Small Brussels sprouts: 1 pound, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan, and 1/2 lemon zest.

Procedure:

Trim and divide into quarters, the Brussels sprouts should then be combined with 2 tablespoons of salt and some olive oil in a big bowl.

A 3.5-quart air fryer should be preheated for 5 minutes at 390 degrees F.

Transfer the sprouts to the air fryer, and cook them for about 18 minutes, flipping them halfway through until well-browned and crispy.

Lastly, place in a serving bowl and top with lemon zest and parmesan.

Some Of The Do’s and Don’ts Of The Air Fryer

Do’sDon’ts

When air frying, do your best to 
keep the food in a single layer.
Cooking shouldn’t be done in a tiny, 
enclosed space that isn’t well-ventilated.
Avoid burning your countertops or yourself.When not in use, do not keep 
your air fryer plugged in.
Do read the air fryer’s instruction manual.Avoid letting hot air vents from 
air fryers blow into electrical sockets.
Do spend a few bucks on a good oil spray or 
pump, and use high-quality oil.
Avoid using cooking sprays that include propellants.
Use an oven-safe mitt or silicone glove.Don’t put your air fryer on a stove.
Do’s and Don’ts of using an Air fryer.

Conclusion

To conclude, I’d like to say that;

  • When you start using an air fryer, you must try some of the easiest foods first. Some of them are french fries, Brussel sprouts, chickpeas, stuffed pizzas, bagels, and air-fried broccoli.
  • I’ve shared my experience of trying out French fries. I won’t be wrong if I say this as to why I bought an air fryer. I wanted healthier French fries than the deep-fried ones that made me fat and caused oil toxicities.
  • I’ve tried my best to share all the recipes I had been trying in my air fryer. The dishes that I’ve made, I hope you’ll try them too.
  • It’s better to change some ingredients and temperature settings according to your taste buds and the type of air fryer you own.

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