Food Prep Russell's Pro Tips

Getting the Most Out of Your Air Fryer

Are you excited to add variety to your table by using the air frying feature on your new Frigidaire appliance? This feature is a great way to make a more healthy version of the foods you would normally deep fry. Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of your air fryer.

Pan of onion rings on Frigidaire oven with air fry

How It Works

Air frying circulates super-heated air around food to provide crispy, golden results without all the oil that deep-frying requires. The Frigidaire Gallery Ranges with Air Fry eliminate the need for another countertop appliance by putting the same technology right in your oven.

Use the Right Cookware

Air frying works best with a dark, non-stick baking sheet with low sides. Air fry works best on dark pans because they get and stay hot very quickly. For quicker, crispier results, try the ReadyCook™ Air Fry tray. The Air Fry Tray lets air circulate all around each piece of food, so it’s crunchy even on the bottom. We suggest putting a baking sheet on a rack a couple of positions below your tray. You can line that sheet with foil or parchment (or both) to catch any drips or crumbs, but you should never put aluminum foil, liners, or bakeware on the oven bottom. The shiny foil reflects heat off the bakeware, which may change your results.

Make the Switch

You can use the air fry setting on your oven for most foods that can traditionally be deep-fried. You can also cook battered foods in your air fryer. Crispy food needs enough oil to bind batters and coatings, but not too much or you’ll end up with soggy results. If the food has a crumbly or floury outside texture, try spraying it with a little bit more oil. If you’re making air fried food from scratch, spray your homemade items with a light coating of oil and arrange foods so the hot air circulates around each piece as much as possible.

Choose the Right Oil

Use cooking oils that can stand up to high temperatures while air frying: avocado, grapeseed, and peanut oil are great for achieving crispy goodness. For best results, brush on lightly or spray an even coat of cooking spray made from these oils. Extra virgin olive oil is not an air fry-friendly oil due to its low smoke point, but extra light olive oil can be used for air frying because of its high smoke point. Other types of olive oil and some vegetable oils smoke at lower temperatures, causing food to dry up quickly and prevent it from getting crispy.

Keep It Clean

Before using the air fry feature, place a cookie or baking sheet a rack or two under the Air Fry Tray to catch crumbs or drips. This will keep the bottom of the oven clean and free of fallen bits that can burn or cause odors later. The Air Fry Tray is dishwasher safe, but for optimal cleaning, we recommend washing it by hand. It’s designed to hold foods that already have some oil on them, which should keep food from sticking.

Limit the Smoke

Air fry uses really hot air to cook food fast and make it crunchy. When some high-fat or greasy foods like fresh wings meet that hot air inside an oven, some smoke is normal. If air fry is making a lot of smoke, try putting a baking sheet with some foil-lined parchment paper on a rack or two below the Air Fry Tray. Parchment paper traps oil and keeps it from smoking. Remember, if air can’t circulate around each item, the cooking and crisping process may slow down and allow more grease to settle or drip. Keep your oven bottom clean so that pieces of food don’t create additional smoke. If you have an oven vent, use it when cooking with air fry, like you would when using the cooktop.

Now you are ready to air fry just about anythingafter all, everything is better when fried. If you want to start frying in a more healthy way, come in today to see how you can get the new Frigidaire Air Fryer Oven into your home!