Air fried beetroot chip
Air fried beetroot chip
Air fried crispy chicken fingers and waffles
Air fried crispy chicken fingers and waffles
Air fried Shishito peppers
PICTURE: Grumpy's Honeybunch
Air fried Shishito peppers PICTURE: Grumpy's Honeybunch
An Air Fryer
PICTURE: Creative Commons
An Air Fryer PICTURE: Creative Commons

It’s no best kept secret that fried foods are high up on the “naughty” list, and a very few people are under the illusion that fried anything is good for you. Despite the fact that it’s well understood that deep fried food can lead to the development of wide range of health complications, fried food is eagerly consumed all the time.

Air fried crispy chicken fingers and waffles

In 2010, the first air fryer was invented by Fred van der Weij, and introduced to the market by Phillips, a multinational electrical appliances manufacturer. Instead of using an unsavoury amount of boiling hot oil to fry foods, this kitchen appliance works with rapid air technology. A mechanical fan circulates hot air at an incredibly high speed, cooking the food with a crispy outer layer. The food is air-fried in a cooking basket that sits atop a drip tray.

In just 10 to 12 minutes, you can make a cake, nuggets, burgers, steaks, potato medallions, beetroot chips, Shishito peppers, a whole batch of french fries, coconut shrimp, baked sweet potato, Jalapeno poppers, pork taquitos, doughnuts, ham and egg toast cups, frittata, french toast, mozzarella sticks, taco fried egg rolls, crispy chicken fingers and even tofu satay.

Air fried Shishito peppers PICTURE: Grumpy's Honeybunch

 Essentially, any food can be rapidly cooked to achieve the same results when toasting, roasting, baking or frying.