Why You Need an Air Fryer in Your Kitchen

An air fryer might sound like a specialty kitchen gadget, but it has become the most-used appliance in my kitchen. Here’s how an air fryer works and why you should consider adding one to your kitchen arsenal.*

What is an Air Fryer?

Think of an air fryer as a speedy veggie roaster plus a deep fryer that doesn’t use cups and cups of oil. Instead of boiling in oil, like a deep fryer, an air fryer uses hot, circulating air to cook food to crispy perfection. Some air fryer recipes are completely oil free, and others use just a little bit of oil to prevent sticking and get that extra crispiness.

Related: 18 Oil Free Vegan Meals with 10 Ingredients or Fewer

Between my air fryer and pressure cooker, I’ve barely turned on the oven or stove in the past two months. That’s especially great in the summer when you don’t want to heat up the house. An air fryer also cooks food considerably faster than an oven, usually about half the time.

When you’re cooking in the air fryer, shaking the basket occasionally is important to prevent sticking and to cook your food evenly. For most recipes, I shake once, halfway through cooking, but for food that tends to stick more, I’ll shake every 2-4 minutes.

Why You Need an Air Fryer in Your Life

Air Fryer Recipes

When most folks think of an air fryer, they picture cooking french fries, but there are so many other cool things that you can make! My friend Julie Hasson made crispy veggie fries in her air fryer, and they are super delicious. If you want to get really fancy, check out Kristina’s crispy air fryer fishless tacos. In my own kitchen, I’ve been making lots of regular and sweet potato fries, tofu and various veggies, and I’ve created videos for a few of my favorite air fryer recipes.

We eat a lot of tofu in my house, and the air fryer cooks it up so beautifully! The video below shows my favorite way to make crispy tofu in the air fryer.

On the more decadent side of air fryer cooking, I love making these avocado fries. Like Julie’s veggie fries, they’re coated in panko bread crumbs, so they’re extra crispy with no added oil at all.

Probably the most life-changing air fryer recipe I’ve developed, though, is these kale chips. Store-bought kale chips are perfectly healthy, but they come in individual plastic bags and are super expensive. These Vegan Ranch Kale Chips cost pennies to make and are just as healthy as store-bought.

What’s the best air fryer to get?

I got the 3.7 quart GoWISE 8-in-1 air fryer. For my family of three, this works well. GoWISE does have a larger air fryer, and if we had a larger family, it would have been the better choice. Overall, I feel like this was a great purchase for the price. I do have two complaints about my GoWISE. First of all, the touch screen is a little bit fussy. That’s not a big deal for me, but my three-year-old loves to help in the kitchen, and he has trouble with the screen sometimes. My other issue is that if you stop cooking before your set time is up, there’s no way to reset. Even if you unplug, the GoWISE remembers how much time was remaining. The workaround I’ve found is to dial the time down to zero minutes and wait for it to turn itself off.

The other popular air fryer I’m seeing is from Philips, which has a higher price point. A friend of mine got the Philips, and she says that its touch screen is a little bit easier to use. It is a bit messier and takes up more counter space than the GoWISE, but the word on the street is that it makes better french fries.

There are other air fryers available, but these two seem to be the most popular. I’d suggest reading reviews before purchasing, since there are lots of other makes and models out there.

*Note: This whole article might sound like some kind of paid advertorial for an air fryer, but I have not been compensated by an air fryer company in any way for expressing my opinion here. I just have a cooking crush on my air fryer and wanted to share my new favorite kitchen gadget with you!

188 comments

John J
John J5 months ago

thanks for sharing

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John J
John J5 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Cheryl B
Cheryl Babout a year ago

thanks

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Sonia M

Good to know thanks for sharing

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Thomas Perez
Thomas Perez2 years ago

Can you use a counter-top convection oven? Has it been tried?

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John B
John B2 years ago

Thanks Becky for sharing the info.

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Judith Emerson
Judith Emerson2 years ago

well, U've got me interested .... :)

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Nellie K Adaba
Nellie K Adaba2 years ago

Really?

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Melania Padilla
Melania P2 years ago

I need one, I've seen a lot of recipes on this. It should be a time saver too, right? Thank you, sharing as well

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Shin Takahashi
Shin Takahashi2 years ago

Thank you for informative post. Surely, I'll get one asap.

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