I have talked about the Philips AirFryer in a few posts, namely here, here and here. Today I’d like to share a bit of a detailed review on this time-saver. Better yet, I shall share with you the interesting dishes I’ve cooked using the AirFryer. But before that, an image of my new love in the kitchen.
It’s about the size of a big rice cooker, and it sits right next to my microwave without taking too much space. Better than having an portable oven! My oven is not getting much actions lately, poor thing.
There are many things you can cook using the Philips Airfryer. I’ve covered some of the more interesting ones. The first recipe I cooked was a small batch of Fried Adobo Wings. And the next day, I followed up with a killer: Siew Yoke.
The Siew Yoke was prepared the traditionally way with boiling, air-drying for few hours, then poking holes over all the skin. The marination is just salt, pepper, 5 spice powder, and I applied some lemon juice and salt mixture several times. The skin is pat dry before air-frying for about 50 minutes.
The next day I made something completely different. It’s my favourite type of breakfast:
I prepared the Ratatouille separately. Spoon a generous portion into the ceramic dish, top with some almond meal, an egg, some cheese and generous sprinkling of chili and air-fried for about 10 minutes. Runny yolk, melted cheese, perfection.
Just putting a simple lunch together with these ingredients. It was fun!
Of course, I wanted to do some more basic recipes such as homemade fries. This pleases the Irishman because it meant going out to get some potatoes (something that doesn’t happen anymore in this household).
With fries, you need to first cut the potatoes into desirable shape, soak in water for 30 minutes, pat dry, and then just airfry for about 30 minutes. I coated mine with a tablespoon of olive oil and some smoked paprika. Frank was happy with the results (I tried a couple, to be honest, and they were good).
This is the special accessory you can get for the Airfryer separately. You can see that it has pierced surface which allows the Rapid air flow to cook the food evenly. It is also non-stick, which allows for easy cleaning. This is perfect for grill fish, steak, and vegetables. For the next 2 dishes I used the Grill pan. That’s right, I was in a the mood for some fish dishes.
I must say I was impressed with how juicy the salmon was. I cooked this for 5 minutes, which means the inside was no longer raw, but still pretty succulent and tasty so I’m willing to look past the fact it was slightly overcooked for my liking.
Last but definitely not the least, a lovely piece of Barramundi. This one I had to cook for a little longer, about 10 minutes to make sure it’s definitely cooked through. Once again the fish retained it juices and this was a joy to eat!
Frequently Asked Questions:
How does it work, exactly?
Think of it as a mini powerful oven, with precise temperature control. The rapid air circulating technology quickly heat up the food. And because it’s small, the temperature will stay constant even if you pull out the ‘drawer’ to check on the food. It has the ability to crisp up food just a deep fryer, just without the oil.
So, no oil at all?
Most of the time, yes. But if you were to cook something that’s breaded, or if you like to cook homemade fries, it’s recommended you use a tiny amount of oil (generally not more than one tablespoon) to help the process along. It’s fabulous for meat that already contains some fat, like chicken wings, salmon etc.
How is it different than conventional oven then?
First, it is much quicker to heat up, and it also cooks the food quicker too. A small batch of Chicken wings takes no more than 12 minutes to achieve perfect golden crust.
Is it easy to clean?
You only need the normal dish washing sponge to clean the basket. Sometimes when there’s stubborn remnants of food, just fill up with water until it covers the metal basket, and then airfry on 180C for 10 minutes. It will soften the stubborn bits.
Feel free to send me some more questions so I can update the FAQs as needed.
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