Here’s how to air fry everything!! Wondering how air frying works with fish, chicken, beef and vegetables? We’ll share the best method of crisping it all + foolproof recipes your family will love.
Looking for tips and tricks on how to air fry everything??! From how to cook your favorite frozen foods, to fresh meats, veggies, and even desserts, crisping makes everything better! We’ll help you understand how to make healthy and crunchy air fryer recipes at home tonight.
Let’s start with the basics shall we:
- I have both a traditional style air fryer, and the Ninja Foodi
- You can grab a recipe book here.
- You’ll find more Ninja Foodi air fryer recipes here too.
- Join my Ninja Foodi EASY Recipes Facebook group for more recipes.
It doesn’t matter whether you have a Phillips or other brand, these tips to air fry everything will work!
First let’s start with a cheat sheet of sorts shall we?? Why not right??!! Anything that makes my life easier is a go + it’s FREE to print out. Score!
- Now click here on my air fryer cooking times chart and hit print. Tape it on your fridge so you’ll have a good idea of what temp and timing each food requires to air fry.
- Then decide whether you just want to toss in olive oil and seasoning like our air fryer vegetables, or if you’re going to bread your food.
- You’ll want to dredge it into some flour, then into whisked egg, and finally press it into some bread crumbs or Panko.
- Wet batter will not work!
- The next thing you’ll need is a bottle of olive oil spray. THIS is KEY to getting your hot air fryer recipes super crispy, like deep fried but WAY healthier.
- After you’ve breaded your foods and placed them into your air fryer basket, spray it with this in order for the outsides to get nice and brown. I kid you not, you mind as well buy it in bulk right now. 😉
- For foods like air fryer egg bites that have no breading, you won’t need this.
- Then refer to the time sheet with the recommended temperature (or use preset buttons on machine) and cook accordingly.
- You can even cook frozen foods in your air fryer like corn dogs by referring to the oven temp. and times on the box, they’re pretty close.
- Even every day lunch options like grilled cheese are better in this machine!
What can you fry in an air fryer?
- You can cook all sorts of things!! Using less than a tablespoon of oil or a couple of sprays of canola cooking spray you can fry beef, chicken, fish, frozen food, and vegetables.
Can you use breading in an air fryer?
- Following proven air fryer recipes will help when you crave foods that typically have wet batters but need a dry coating instead to work in your machine. When in doubt, use a classic three-step breading procedure:
- Egg dip
- Crisp coating like Panko or Italian bread crumbs
What are the differences between all the electric air fryer machines you see out there. We will begin with our Cosori hot air fryer, it’s the style you’re used to seeing.
Why we like this style:
- There are preset buttons for cook time and temperature for a variety of foods.
- The air fryer basket is square and quite large (even for the 6 quart version) compared to the older versions that are round.
- There’s a bit of space between the drawer and the basket for oils/liquid/fat to drain away from the food.
- I love how contained it is without a lot of unnecessary space so foods like our air fryer zucchini fries get really nice and crispy in no time.
Have a larger family? THIS is the best large air fryer on the market!
I will tell you this is a game changer if you want to get a large batch done all at once. Want to make a bunch of beer battered onions rings for dinner? Pile them on the shelves!
This is why I love this model:
- It has 3 air fryer shelves that hold a lot of food.
- This Power Air Fryer Pro comes with a rotisserie so you can cook a whole chicken really easily and it will rotate on it’s own.
- You can learn how to dehydrate apples, other fruits, and beef jerky in this.
- There are preset buttons for a variety of foods to help you try a bunch of new things and have them turn out perfectly crispy.
BUT what if you want a multi-functional device?
Next we will discuss how the Ninja Foodi is so different! This is why I love this model:
- It’s no surprise I do love my Instant Pot, but this magic pot takes it a step further!
- With larger cuts of meat you’re able to pressure cook something like our air fryer pork loin, and then brown the outside all inside one pot!
- If you have limited counter and storage space it’s awful nice to have a few different functions available all in one appliance.
- It’s the only way we cook white rice now too.
- How does the Ninja air fryer work? I actually am not talking about the individual device, I’m referring to the Ninja Foodi model. These are two different things.
- Get this one that offers 7 different functions in one machine.
Why do I love this machine??!!
OH let me count the ways…..I do really love multi function kitchen appliances like this. The main ones I use are pressure cooker and air fryer.
- I show you how to use both with our Ninja Foodi steak and mashed potatoes recipe here.
- You can create more than fried parmesan chicken fingers and fish though.
- We’ve even made mini molten chocolate cakes!
- There are more functions than just one like the others. You’ll be able to replace your steamer and rice cooker too. As I shared above, you can even bake in it!
- The air fryer basket is a bit smaller than the Cosori above because it’s round, but the added functions kinda’ make up for it.
- You can see the air crisp lid below, there is a different one for the other functions.
It really depends on what you’re looking for. If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet I would recommend a Foodi instead since you can crisp in it as well.
- If you do have one, you can turn your Instant Pot into an air fryer with this CrispLid. It is a cheaper option but if you’re going to air fry everything you’ll want something more than just this. I would recommend one of these 3 above.
The difference is that the lid only browns a few spots on top of the food facing up. With an actual air frying machine it will crisp the food all the way around, it’s just better I tell you.
All of these machines will create your favorite fried chicken fingers and fish and chips, turning them into healthy meals with no added oil. The biggest difference is the size of the basket and machine itself:
- I don’t know about you but I do love to get it all done in one shot vs. multiple batches. If you live by yourself, or there’s just two of you, the smallest one at the top will work fine.
- For families I’d recommend the large air fryer for families. There are 5 of us and this one works well if I don’t need to pressure cook anything beforehand.
Now let’s talk about a few of our favorite easy air fryer recipes:
- Let’s start with these barbecue or cherry chipotle chicken wings, they’re to die for!! You can do it with all three models really, the biggest difference is the size of the basket.
- Our easy chili recipe
- Shredded cheese
- Sour cream and chives
- Add salsa for a low fat meal
- Stuff it with chopped leftover ham or steak
You could make a hamburger bar too with all the fresh ingredients you want to. Now this can be fun! Especially when it is cold outside and you aren’t about to barbecue burgers, using your air fryer can be a great alternative.
- Our kids really love making their own personal air fryer pizzas at home.
- I just use a simple dough you mix with water for the crust. This makes it easy for my girls to make it themselves for dinner or as an after school snack.
Looking for more easy air fryer recipes?
- Try these green bean fries!