Recently SheSpeaks sent me a Philips AirFryer to use. I had heard about air fryers a bit but I was not really sure what it was until I looked it up. It is a small kitchen appliance for cooking food that uses heat and air. One of the cool things is that instead of deep fat frying foods you can “air fry” them without all that oil. Cool, right? I have a coupon to share (end of post) if you decide to buy one yourself and a chance to win your own Philips AirFryer!
So I thought this would be great for us because I avoid deep fried foods with my weight loss journey and for health and also because Hubby loves (no, that is not an understatement) deep fried foods but it is not good for him and I want him to eat a little healthier too. Admittedly we were both skeptical on how well the Philips AirFryer would work but after just one use we were hooked! Honestly!
The pictures here are just quick ones I took with my Nokia Lumia 928 as we cooked things. Again, I honestly was skeptical so I was not sure how much I would share about this product. Well, I am glad I took some photos!
I also want to add that you can grill, cook, and bake in this also – it is not just for frying but that is what I wanted to try out first.
Air Fried Fish
In the freezer I had some white swai fillets that I decided to try out. In my family we normally deep fry fish we catch like bass, croppy, and blue gill but we did not catch much last summer so the white swai was what I had to use on hand. I actually cook recipes for white swai fairly often as it is a mild white fish that everyone seems to like. It is often called white ruffy too.
Since this was just a time for us to play with the AirFryer I did not really follow any set recipes. We ended up with two different breadings for the fish.
For the first batch I used Kellogg’s Corn Flake crumbs that I added some salt, pepper, and garlic powder too. Then I took a very small drizzle of extra virgin olive oil – maybe 1 teaspoon at most – and drizzled it into the crumb mixture and mixed it up with a form. I smashed any wet lumps to spread it throughout. Then I just breaded each piece of fish with that by placing it on the plate with the crumbs and pressing down a bit and flipping over to do the other side. I preheated the Philips AirFryer for 3 minutes at 390° F (just turn it on and set the timer for it to kick on and preheat) and then I put the breaded fish pieces in the basket in a single layer and cooked it for about 12 minutes. There is no other oil that you add to the AirFryer or anything, it is just this simple!
For the second batch I had to readjust. I had forgotten that Hubby likes Andy’s Fish Breading and I had already put the Cornflake crumbs on so I had to wipe those off the remaining fish pieces. I did not add any olive oil to the Andy’s because it is very fine and I figured it didn’t need it. I was right, it stuck well to the fish. I cooked this batch for about 12 minutes also – again no oil at all.
Hubby and I were both SHOCKED at how crispy and delicious the fish was! I preferred the Cornflake batch and he preferred the Andy’s batch – but neither were bad at all. The fish was cooked wonderfully and was nice and flaky but the outside really was just the perfect crispness. Amazing! We were out of malt vinegar, which is what Hubby usually puts on fried fish, but we both tried Heinz ketchup on the fish – what I generally use – and it was great with and without it.
BIG BONUS – the house did not smell like fish or fried fish at all! Happy dance!
Air Fried Zucchini Fries
Next up we tried some zucchini fries by just slicing up a zucchini and breading it the same way as the fish. Most had Cornflake crumbs, but a couple I did in Andy’s also. The breading does not stick as well to the skin part of the zucchini, but there was still plenty. I air fried these for about 10 minutes and in the middle of cooking I gave the basket a good shake to move them around a bit.
These were not crisp like French fries get – but they never are really. They are a bit softer but the breading still had a crunch to it. Really delicious. We ate them plain with no dipping sauces.
Air Fried Potato Chips
Now on to the potatoes. For these I used Russet potatoes. I peeled them and then I actually tried two different ways to cut the chips. The recipe book included with the Philips AirFryer said to use a vegetable peeler to make very thin slices of the potatoes – I tried that but it was a bit awkward. Then I got out my OXO slicer and used that which was much easier but not quite as thin. All the slices went into a bowl of cold water to soak about 30 minutes and I changed the water once during the soak time. I drained them well and patted them dry and then in the same bowl put maybe a half of a tablespoon or so of extra virgin olive oil on them and tossed them around. This was for two potatoes total. Then I put them in the Philips AirFryer for 10 minutes, then tossed them around a bit in the basket, and then cooking another 10 minutes.
This was the result! Crispy potato chips! As soon as they came out I sprinkled them with a little salt. You could flavor them any way you like. You can see that the smaller pieces (the ones I made with the peeler) were a little more well done, but still good. The slices had a couple of areas that were not brown but the potato was completely cooked and still delicious even in those areas. Again, these are crispy potato chips – but no deep fat frying needed.
Air Fried French Fries
Finally we did traditional French fries. Again, Russet potatoes, peeled, sliced into fries and soaked in cold water about 30 minutes. Tossed with just a bit of olive oil. Then these air fried for about 25-30 minutes total with me shaking them in the basket a couple of times during cooking.
Very impressive results! The fries were that perfect combo of a bit crisp on the outside while being soft and fluffy inside. The couple of pieces that were a little larger were a little less done and then there were some smaller pieces that were more done – but that was all good to me because someone always likes the more well done and the less well done. I like hand cut fries being a bit different in size.
Philips Air Fryer Unit
This is the entire unit – I would compare the size of it to about a bread machine maybe.
Here is the cooking area pulled out. It comes with a divider thing if you cook two different things at once, but I did not use it today.
You can see that the basket lifts out of the bottom inset. Under the basket you can see the few crumbs that gathered in there during all of this cooking – and that was from the breaded items. It is non-stick and you can easily wipe it out with a wet paper towel when it is cool if you want. I washed both of these pieces by hand (when cooled off) but they are dishwasher safe even.
This is nothing like the clean up with a deep fat fryer where you have all that oil to decide what to do with. Long ago we had a little deep fryer but rarely used it because of just that reason – it was simply a pain in the neck to clean up after using it and it used a lot of oil (I think we used Crisco back then for that).
I just went grocery shopping today and bought more foods to try out in the Philips AirFryer. Those will be shared with you too. These appliances are very popular in other countries already actually but are new to the US. On Pinterest I have found some recipes specifically for it and then some with notes on adapting it for the AirFryer. I made a Pinterest AirFryer board to collect all of these.
Now the Philips AirFryer is not inexpensive but I do think it is one of those appliances that you will actually use rather than buy and only use once or twice. I will keep sharing what I am doing with mine too so that you can see if it would fit for your family.
You can use the coupon code: SheSpeaks until January 31 to get $50 off your purchase of a Philips AirFryer.
If you are feeling lucky, enter to win your own Philips AirFryer from SheSpeaks. USA only, ends January 27.
What kinds of foods would you like to make in the Philips AirFryer?