Air fryers are small, countertop kitchen appliance that can cook food with the taste, texture and golden-brown colour of fried foods but without the need for excessive oils and fats. The device itself works a lot more like a convection oven than a fryer, with a fan-forced heating drawer or basket that can reach around 200°C or more and the option to add small amounts of oil (a tablespoon or less) to the food to make sure chips and roast veggies stay moist and batters get crispy and golden.
Because it works in a similar way to a small oven, air fryers can prepare a wide variety of dishes beyond what a normal deep dryer can do. Cakes, vegetables, homemade fries, roasted meats, a whole chicken and more can all be prepared using an air fryer.
An air fryer is great for preparing convenient meals and cooking frozen, pre-packaged foods like chicken tenders, fish fingers, spring rolls, and potato chips and wedges. For the best results remember to shake or rotate your food mid-cook to make sure every side is crisp and evenly cooked.