6 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Cook With an Air Fryer

What can you cook in an air fryer

Why it took so long for the human race to invent the air fryer is a complete mystery. This magical little kitchen gadget is akin to the school nerd who can play the cello, understands quadratic equations, and holds the record in the long jump. 

If you’ve been on the fence about investing in this trendy kitchen gadget, then we’re here to tell you that it’s not just about fish and chips. (Although the air fryer makes a brilliant job of both!) Rather, we invite you to explore several dishes that you probably didn’t know that you could cook with an air fryer, along with some other tasty morsels of useful information.

What Can You Cook With An Air Fryer?

Just to set the record straight, an air fryer can’t replace the process of boiling or steaming. The cooking process is very different from these, so just as you wouldn’t boil a chicken and expect a crispy surprise, the same goes for some foods. (Read our article How to Use an Air Fryer.)

That said, here are a few ideas of what you can cook with an air fryer. How many of these did you already know? 

1. Toasted Sandwiches

Toasties are a staple food, especially in homes with teenage boys. Those crispy outsides stuffed full of cheesy, gooey goodness are hard to resist. So, if you don’t own a toasted sandwich maker and you’re in the mood for this tasty snack, you’re in for a treat. 

Simply butter the outside of the bread and pop in your favourite fillings, then position it carefully in the air fryer. Use a high heat for around 4 – 5 minutes, and you have yourself a crunchy toastie just the way you love it. Or, a simple slice of bread topped with cheese is quickly turned into scrumptiously crispy grilled cheese in no time at all. 

crispy bacon cooked to perfection in an airfryer

2. Bacon & Sausages

Who doesn’t love crispy bacon? Air fryers certainly take the cake when it comes to producing crispy, tasty bacon done to perfection. Don’t worry about those delicious slices sticking to the pan or burnt patches here and there – just enjoy evenly cooked bacon slices in a fraction of the time it would take to fry them. 

Sausages, too, love the air fryer. It’s a great way to ensure that they are cooked through without burning on the outside and still keep those insides juicy and tender. 

3. Whole Roast Chicken

Did you know that you can get that delectable whole roasted rotisserie chicken vibe in your own little kitchen? All thanks to our friend, the air fryer. Obviously, you want to prep the chicken before cooking it, and there are some steps that you want to follow to make sure you enjoy a juicy, tender, well-cooked chicken. But yes, you can cook a whole roast chicken in your air fryer!

Air fried whole roast chicken

4. Home Made Bread

Those brave souls who have mastered the art of bread making may want to level up and try their hand at bread making – in the air fryer. Is it possible? We must answer with a resounding yes! In fact, there are hundreds of bread recipes available detailing the benefits of air-fried bread that is simple, tasty, and makes you feel a little like Martha Stewart. Go on, have a try and tell us how it turned out.

5. Desserts

We expect crispy chicken pieces and crunchy fries from our trusty air fryer, but what about dessert? The happy news is that you can make all sorts of sweet surprises in your air fryer, including:

  • Cookies
  • Brownies
  • Churros
  • Pies
  • Cakes
  • Puddings

Here’s a collection of delectable dishes that you may want to try to satisfy that sweet tooth.

6. Roasted Seeds & Veggies

Those healthy and surprisingly filling snacks that we all love don’t have to cost the earth, and we don’t have to wonder what else has been added to them. You can make your own “padkos” at home with your air fryer. For example, pumpkin seeds, finely sliced sweet potatoes or beetroot, and kale can all be spiced and cooked to crunchy perfection. Why not try mixing up chickpeas with a little olive oil, some garlic powder, salt and cumin, and air frying them until they are crispy? 

Shopping For an Air Fryer?

It’s clear that this multidimensional kitchen appliance is well-worth buying, and especially so when you consider its energy efficiency. Shorter cooking times in a smaller space equal less power usage overall, although when comparing it to other cooking methods, it’s worth doing a little more research.

If you’re just starting out, then choose one of the entry-level models, such as the Defy 3Lt 1300W Airfryer, which is perfect for couples who want quick and healthy meals. 

Defy 3Lt 1300W Airfryer - DAF7003B

Defy 3Lt 1300W Airfryer – DAF7003B

If you’re a certified foodie and you’re keen to dive deeper into the world of air-fried magic, then perhaps you’d prefer the impressive Instant Vortex DUAL ClearCook Airfryer with 8 different functions, a cavernous interior, and a clear cook window to keep an eye on your feast.


Instant Vortex Clear Cook Dual Air Fryer

Take a look at our specials while you consider what you’re going to cook with your air fryer. 


Q: What are some airfryer uses?

A: An air fryer is a versatile kitchen appliance that can be used for various purposes, such as frying, roasting, grilling, baking, and reheating food. It can also be used to cook a variety of dishes, including vegetables, meats, seafood, and desserts. One of the best airfryer uses is that it can be used to warm up leftover pizza, making it perfectly crispy and delicious!

Q: Can you use the Kenwood Air Fryer from Hirsch’s for cooking for a family?

A: Yes, the Kenwood Dual Air Fryer HFP70-000BK is a great appliance for cooking and is available at Hirsch’s. It has a large cooking capacity and features a dual cooking zone allowing you to cook two different foods simultaneously. It also has a digital display and adjustable temperature control for precise cooking.

Q: What are some unique features of Hirsch’s Philips Air Fryer?

A: The Philips 6.2L Essential XL Airfryer HD9280-91, available at Hirsch’s, has several unique features that make it a great appliance for cooking. It features a patented rapid air technology that allows for even cooking of food with little or no oil. It also has a large cooking capacity and a digital touchscreen display that allows for easy control of the cooking temperature and time. Additionally, it comes with a variety of accessories, such as a grill pan and baking tray, for added versatility.

Q: Why should I buy an air fryer from Hirsch’s?

A: There are several reasons why you should consider buying an air fryer from Hirsch’s. Firstly, Hirsch’s offers a range of high-quality air fryers from top brands such as Philips, Defy and Kenwood. This means that you can choose from a variety of sizes, features, and prices to find the air fryer that best suits your needs. Additionally, Hirsch’s offers excellent customer service and after-sales support, so you can be confident that you will be well taken care of even after your purchase. Lastly, Hirsch’s frequently offers promotions and deals on air fryers, so you can save money while still getting a high-quality product.