18 Air Fryer Tricks You Should Know About

    Everything you need to know about using your air fryer — from cooking perfectly crisp veggies to how often you should actually be cleaning it.

    If you've never used an air fryer before, they can seem intimidating. How long does it take to cook things? Do you need to clean it? It can feel overwhelming.

    So we went ahead and rounded up 15 helpful cooking tips so you can get the most out of your air fryer.

    1. Preheat your air fryer before adding your food.

    2. Make sure to grease your air fryer basket with oil so nothing sticks.

    3. But don't use nonstick aerosol cooking sprays, as they can cause damage to your air fryer.

    4. Instead of reheating food in the microwave, do it in the air fryer for crispier, tastier leftovers.

    Brussels Sprouts heating up in the air fryer.

    5. Add water to the air fryer drawer when cooking fatty foods (like chicken thighs or bacon) to prevent smoking...

    6. And utilize the drippings that collect in the drawer (like bacon fat!) to make pan sauces and gravies.

    7. Shake the basket a few times during cooking to make sure everything is browning evenly.

    8. Rather than douse food in olive oil, use oil sparingly to achieve the crispiest food.

    9. Make sure you don't overcrowd your air fryer basket.

    10. And for larger items (like whole chicken cutlets or pork chops), cook them in a single layer and don't stack them.

    11. From chicken nuggets to cauliflower gnocchi, you can cook just about any frozen food in the air fryer.

    12. Use foil or parchment paper to make cleanup easier.

    13. Make sure there's at least 5 inches of space around your air fryer.

    14. Ditch the oven and toast nuts in your air fryer.

    15. Mix your seasonings with oil before adding them to your foods to prevent them from blowing around.

    16. Clean your air fryer after every use — but not in a dishwasher.

    17. Don't limit yourself to savory things. "Baking" in an air fryer is not only possible, but super practical.

    18. And you can "hard-boil" eggs in an air fryer, too.

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