This air fryer cheat sheet will take the guess-work out of cooking with your air fryer! Whether you are an experienced cook or just starting out, these cooking times and temperatures will help you prepare safe — and not overcooked –food!
Why Use an Air Fryer?
I love this printable air fryer cheat sheet so much, I am thinking of laminating it and putting it on the side of my fridge for quick reference.
I have air fried foods for quite a while now and there are several advantages to air frying vs. typical deep frying or sautéing on the stovetop. First, air frying takes so much LESS oil than deep frying. You can use 2-3 tbsp. oil for your entire recipe, compared to 1/2 cup or much more if you are using a frying pan.
If you need to avoid large amounts of cooking oils due to health or dietary reasons, just use a spray of coconut oil or spritz with butter or margarine. A cooking spray bottle works well to give foods a light but even coating. A pastry brush also works for larger foods.
Secondly, there is so much less mess! A lot of us who fry in the kitchen know the oil gets pretty much everywhere. Even if you are using a vent, it can spatter and even get on cabinets and on the oven. This can happen just from frying a single meal if you're not careful. Aside from the health reasons, just the mess makes me not want to deep fry anything hardly!
Purchasing an Air Fryer
Air fryers are fairly new on the market, but you can now get them in pretty much any size you need for your family. There are the smaller ones, which can prepare food for 1-2 people. You can also use these smaller appliances for side dishes. For example, if you only want to air fry potatoes or a veggie, and have no interest using it for the main dish.
You can get a much larger one if you plan to air fry food for several people or if you're doing a main dish like the Keto Air Fryer Chicken (recipe below).
And, if you can't decide if you really need an air fryer, you can opt to purchase one of the combination appliances like a Ninja Foodi or Instant Pot with air fryer features. I actually own the Ninja Foodi and use the air fryer regularly.
The only downside with this one is that since the food is not actually in a basket. It's more time consuming to turn and rotate the food when it needs it. (I always rotate or turn the food to the other side about half way through cooking time. Air frying will usually cook one side more than the other.) With the basket types, you just have to remove the basket and give it a gentle shake or toss to stir and rotate your food. I can say the Ninja Foodi is ideal for air frying things like homemade French fries, tots, and other small things you can just stir with a long spoon or pair of tongs. Easy peasy.
If you have read this far, you are probably ready to get your Air Fryer Cheat Sheet printed and start using it! 🙂
Reasons To Use an Air Fryer Cheat Sheet or Food Guideline:
Not sure if it's worth the time to print? Here's a few reasons you NEED this in your kitchen! 😀
- Good reference for cooking meats to a safe temperature
- No need to worry about those undercooked potatoes– that's the worst! lol.
- No googling a last minute recipe while you're trying to get dinner on the table!
- It's great to include if you have a new air fryer and are not familiar with the cooking times.
- When recipe cooking times just don't seem right. We've all seen those recipes that say to cook for 10 minutes and that seems oddly short? Or a recipe that says cook for an hour and you're convinced the food will be way overdone! Yep. I've been there.
I hope this cheat sheet is useful and you are able to expand your comfort level with foods you can cook in your air fryer. Be sure to leave a comment on Facebook with any recipes you tried from My Royal Kitchen! Thanks for reading.
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