Air Fryer Perfection: From Crispy Fries and Juicy Steaks to Perfect Vegetables, What to Cook & How to Get the Best Results

Air Fryer Perfection: From Crispy Fries and Juicy Steaks to Perfect Vegetables, What to Cook & How to Get the Best Results

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Get the best possible results from your air fryer and discover the best ways to use it (not just frying!) with 75 fast, convenient, great-tasting recipes.

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

Potato WedgesPotato Wedges

What to buy and what to fry

(and roast, and bake, and more )

Roasted BrusselsRoasted Brussels

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Salmon tacos with pineapple slawSalmon tacos with pineapple slaw

Reasons to love an air fryer:

Less-fat frying

Set it and (almost) forget it

Minimal mess

It’s fast

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

Chicken Nuggets

Chicken Nuggets



Fingerling potatoes and chicken

Fingerling potatoes and chicken

Hand Pies

Hand Pies

Chicken Nuggets

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).

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