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Air fryers promise crisp fried food without actual deep frying. Was it too good to be believed? And what can you cook in them besides French fries? In truth, air fryers cook food by blasting it with circulated hot air. The method is fast, convenient, and can be surprisingly good–if you have the right recipe. We cooked more than 70 pounds of potatoes to create the perfect air fryer French fry, with an evenly crisp exterior and creamy center. But what really drew us to this appliance was the variety of what you can make in it, effortlessly and without having to enlist numerous pots and pans.
In addition to crispy fried chicken and fries, you’ll turn out evenly cooked steaks, such as Spice-Rubbed Steak with Snap Pea and Cucumber Salad (the spice rub gives them a bold crust), Sweet and Smoky Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Butternut Squash (the pork cooks directly on top of the squash to save time), and Tandoori Chicken Thighs. Many of the recipes yield both a main and a side for a complete meal. Most recipes take only 45 minutes or even less time, and all come with complete nutrition information.
Frozen foods cook up crisp in the air fryer, but the results are so much better when you start with homemade. So we offer freeze-it-yourself Chicken Nuggets, Southwestern Beef Hand Pies, and more that go straight from freezer to air fryer and cook to perfection. And we share plenty of kid-friendly meals and snacks, from Better-Than-Boxed Fish Sticks to Zucchini Fries.
From the Publisher
What to buy and what to fry
(and roast, and bake, and more )
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Reasons to love an air fryer:
Set it and (almost) forget it
Easy meals for kids
Air-Fry with Confidence
Are air fryers worth the investment of money and counter space? Yes, if you’re looking to use less fat in your cooking, you crave minimal fuss and mess, you want fast meals and sides that satisfy adults and kids alike, and you appreciate consistently great results. Air Fryer Perfection contains surprising, foolproof recipes plus everything we learned about air fryers—from how to make the crispiest, crunchiest, tastiest food to how to keep your air fryer clean.
Full nutritional information for every recipe
Equipment review telling you what the winning model is
Recipes that work in all air fryer models
Healthier recipes of some of your favorite meals!
Tips and tricks to make the most out of your new countertop appliance
Are you slogging through a ‘my kids only want to eat chicken nuggets’ phase? Ours are tender and juicy and can be made ahead and frozen.
Ginger-Soy Beef and Vegetable Kebabs
Thread the vegetables and meat onto separate skewers, stagger the cooking times, and ‘Lincoln Log’ the skewers in a crosshatch pattern to ensure optimal air circulation.
Roasted Bone-In Chicken Breasts and Fingerling Potatoes with Sun-Dried Tomato Relish
Roasting chicken on top of potatoes is a favorite way to infuse the potatoes with savory drippings. Move the whole show to your air fryer for crispier, less greasy results.
Southwestern Hand Pies
They’re like DIY Hot Pockets you can freeze and you’ll know everything that goes in (no more ingredients you don’t recognize and can’t pronounce).