How to cook in an air grill and how to use it (video)


Lovers of deli­cious meat or fans of a healthy diet will need an air grill (see how to choose it). In addi­tion, it has a huge plus — you can cook sev­er­al dish­es at the same time, pro­vid­ed that the smells do not inter­rupt each oth­er. You will learn more about this kitchen unit below.

What can be cooked in an air fryer?

In an air grill, you can cook every­thing — from first cours­es to desserts. Stew, bake, dry veg­eta­bles — every­thing is with­in the pow­er of this device, as well as bake pies, bagels and piz­za, cook jam direct­ly in jars, dry fruits, greens and mush­rooms, dark­en food.

Of course, we can say with absolute cer­tain­ty that lovers of meat del­i­ca­cies will enjoy dish­es from it. Here you will get the most ten­der chick­en meat, bar­be­cue, cut­lets with a gold­en crust, smoked fish, baked meat in foil. And all this is cooked with a min­i­mum amount of oil, but keep in mind that the prod­ucts must be man­u­al­ly turned over to the oth­er side.

Air grill fish fillet

What utensils to use in the air fryer?

Many own­ers of this appli­ance choose dish­es based on microwave con­tain­ers, but in an air grill the tem­per­a­ture reach­es 280 ° C, so it is for­bid­den to use a con­tain­er with low heat resis­tance. Com­plete­ly refuse plas­tic and wood­en uten­sils.

An equal­ly impor­tant role in choos­ing dish­es is played by what dish you are going to cook:

  • To bake veg­eta­bles with meat or cook soup, you will need ceram­ic pots.
  • For fry­ing meat, glass con­tain­ers are select­ed.
  • For bak­ing bak­ery prod­ucts, met­al bak­ing sheets or trays with a non-stick coat­ing or ordi­nary ones for a sim­ple oven are used.

Unlike the same microwaves, it is allowed to use alu­minum uten­sils, includ­ing foil, met­al, clay, high-qual­i­ty sil­i­cone con­tain­ers.

So, hav­ing bought an air grill, you need to pur­chase uten­sils, adher­ing to three rec­om­men­da­tions:

  1. Be sure to pay atten­tion to heat resis­tance and ther­mal con­duc­tiv­i­ty before buy­ing con­tain­ers. Uten­sils should be made of mate­ri­als that can with­stand high tem­per­a­tures. Alu­minum and heat-resis­tant glass have the high­est ther­mal con­duc­tiv­i­ty, there­fore, in such dish­es, food will cook much faster. But if you stew or bake foods in clay pots, then you will have to be patient, since it will take quite a lot of time to cook due to the low ther­mal con­duc­tiv­i­ty of the mate­r­i­al.
  2. Of great impor­tance is the thick­ness of the walls of dish­es. If you want to get fried pieces with a gold­en crust, cook them in a thin-walled con­tain­er. More juicy dish­es will turn out in thick-walled dish­es, but they will also take more time to cook.
  3. The con­tain­ers should not exceed 25 cm in diam­e­ter, oth­er­wise the heat flows inside the appli­ance will spread uneven­ly, which will not have the best effect on the readi­ness of the dish. It will be either under­cooked or over­cooked.

Cooking meat dishes in an air grill

To pre­pare cut­lets, baked meat, ribs, steaks or chops, you will need grills, bak­ing sheets, skew­ers and foil.


The meat is first mar­i­nat­ed accord­ing to your favorite recipe. The main thing is to cut the meat into pieces so that they can be placed on skew­ers. As soon as the meat is mar­i­nat­ed, it is strung on skew­ers and placed in an elec­tri­cal appli­ance, where the tem­per­a­ture is set to 230 ° C and the fan is turned on at medi­um speed.

To form a gold­en crust, the kebab must be turned over every 20 min­utes.

Cook­ing bar­be­cue in air grill is shown in the video:


Juicy soft cut­lets with a crispy gold­en crust will turn out in an elec­tri­cal appli­ance. When bak­ing cut­lets, a tray is placed in the bowl of the appli­ance, on which excess fat from the cut­lets will drain.

The formed raw prod­ucts are laid out on a grate, pre­vi­ous­ly lubri­cat­ed with veg­etable oil, and placed in the cen­ter of the appli­ance. Set the timer for 30 min­utes and cook at 230°C.

Pork baked in foil

Hav­ing pre­pared a piece of meat (it is rubbed with salt and spices, sev­er­al cuts are made), it is wrapped in foil and baked in an air grill at 230 ° C. After 15 min­utes, change the tem­per­a­ture regime, reduc­ing the tem­per­a­ture to 170 ° C, and con­tin­ue to bake for anoth­er half hour.

The recipe for pork in the air grill is pre­sent­ed in the video:

How to cook chicken in an air fryer?

It is nec­es­sary to choose a whole chick­en car­cass weigh­ing 1300–1700 g, which is pre­pared as fol­lows:

  1. To make the chick­en bake even­ly, make sev­er­al cuts along the breast.
  2. While the appli­ance is warm­ing up, the chick­en is rubbed with salt, pep­per and spices. For this dish you will need a min­i­mum amount of sea­son­ings at your dis­cre­tion.
  3. In the tray where the car­cass will be baked, you can add light beer to make the meat more ten­der and juicy.
  4. The chick­en is placed breast side up on the mid­dle rack and roast­ed at 250°C with a high fan speed.
  5. 10 min­utes before the end, reduce the fan speed to medi­um.

In total, the dish is cooked for about 35–45 min­utes. An indi­ca­tor of the readi­ness of the dish will be a clear liq­uid flow­ing out of the chick­en after being pierced with a sharp knife or a tooth­pick — if a pink­ish liq­uid flows out, then the car­cass is cooked for a few more min­utes. You don’t need to turn the chick­en.

Chick­en with a gold­en crust can be pre­pared accord­ing to the recipe from the fol­low­ing video:

In the air grill, you can also cook excel­lent wings accord­ing to the recipe from the video:

How to cook fish in an air fryer?

Fish in an air grill is fried on a wire rack, baked in foil or cooked in bat­ter.

Fish in foil

For cook­ing in foil, fish of not very fat­ty vari­eties is cho­sen. Fish fil­lets are mar­i­nat­ed or rubbed with spices, put in foil and cov­ered with an enve­lope. Place it on the top rack and bake at 200°C for about 20 min­utes.

In an air grill, you can bake red fish steaks with veg­eta­bles accord­ing to a sim­ple recipe from the video:

Fried fish

To pre­pare fried fish, it is cut into 5 cm slices and sprin­kled with spices. The upper grate is greased with veg­etable oil and pieces of fish are laid out on it. Set the timer to 200 ° C and fry for 20–30 min­utes.

To form a gold­en crust, the fish is reg­u­lar­ly turned over.

Fish in batter

The bowl of the air grill is cov­ered with a piece of foil. The fish is dipped in bat­ter and laid out on the mid­dle grill. Cook for 25 min­utes at medi­um fan speed. First, bake for 15 min­utes at a tem­per­a­ture of 260 ° C, then con­tin­ue cook­ing at 235 ° C.

As men­tioned above, you can bake in an air grill. So, for exam­ple, you can cook a deli­cious fish pie accord­ing to the instruc­tions from the video:

How to cook potatoes in an air fryer?

Fans of fried pota­toes need not wor­ry about their health — they are cooked in an air grill with a min­i­mum amount of veg­etable oil, which favor­ably affects the lev­el of cho­les­terol in the blood. In addi­tion, there are var­i­ous deli­cious recipes:

  • Rus­tic. Pota­toes are peeled and cut into slices. Spread in a deep con­tain­er, salt, pep­per and sprin­kle with gar­lic — mix every­thing well, leave for 5 min­utes. The grate is greased with veg­etable oil and the pota­toes are laid out on it. Cook for 25 min­utes at 250°C.
  • Baked. New pota­toes are thor­ough­ly washed and cut into 2 or 4 parts. Soak it in saline for 15 min­utes. Lay the pota­toes on a wire rack, sprin­kle them with veg­etable oil and bake at 220 ° C for about 30 min­utes.
  • Fried. The pota­toes are washed, peeled and cut into slices. Veg­etable oil, herbs, spices, salt are mixed in a deep con­tain­er and chopped pota­toes are added. Leave every­thing for 20 min­utes so that the pieces of veg­etable are mar­i­nat­ed. Then they are laid out on the low­er grill of the air grill and cooked for 35 min­utes at a tem­per­a­ture of 200 ° C and an aver­age fan speed.
  • In “uni­form”. This is one of the fastest ways to pre­pare a side dish. The pota­toes are thor­ough­ly washed, sev­er­al punc­tures are made in each pota­to and laid out whole in a deep bowl. Sprin­kle it with spices, veg­etable oil and salt, leave for 30 min­utes. Then they are laid out on a wire rack and cooked at a high blow­ing speed and a tem­per­a­ture of 260 ° C.

French fries can be use­ful if cooked in an air grill accord­ing to this recipe:

  1. Pota­toes are washed, peeled and cut into even bars, dried with a paper tow­el or cot­ton nap­kin.
  2. In a deep con­tain­er, pota­toes are mixed with salt and spices, then veg­etable oil is added (3 table­spoons are enough for 1 kg of tubers) and mixed well again.
  3. In the air grill, select the “Warm­ing up” func­tion and warm up the device for 6 min­utes.
  4. Spread the pota­toes on a mesh bak­ing sheet and place on the mid­dle rack. Cook the dish for about 20 min­utes (time varies depend­ing on the thick­ness of the tuber sticks) at 235 ° C and medi­um fan speed.

As soon as the pota­toes are red­dened, the dish is ready.

In an air fry­er, pota­toes can be cooked with bacon, as shown in the video, which also looks at the capa­bil­i­ties of the appli­ance:

How to cook kupaty in air grill?

In addi­tion to the usu­al dish­es, it also pre­pares dish­es from dif­fer­ent cuisines of the world. For exam­ple, baths. This is a Geor­gian meat dish, which is pre­pared from minced meat of fat­ty vari­eties with the addi­tion of gar­lic and a large amount of spices — all­spice, pome­gran­ate seeds, bar­ber­ry berries, corian­der, cumin and thyme. It is stuffed into the shell from the intestines and formed in the form of sausages.

In order for kupats to turn out juicy and with a light, appe­tiz­ing and fried crust, they are not easy to bake in an air grill (in this case they can turn out dry), but they are fried and stewed in pots.

Raw sausages are first fried on a medi­um grill, pre-greased with veg­etable oil at a high fan speed and a tem­per­a­ture of 250 ° C. To pre­vent them from burst­ing, small punc­tures are made at the ends to release steam. Depend­ing on the degree of roast­ing, it will take 15–20 min­utes. As soon as the sausages are browned, they are trans­ferred to a pot, chopped gar­lic, toma­to paste, salt and spices to your taste are added there. And con­tin­ue to cook under the same con­di­tions for anoth­er 15 min­utes.

How deli­cious kupatas are fried in an air grill can be seen in the video:

air fryer vegetable recipe

There are many ways to cook a deli­cious veg­etable dish in an air fry­er. For exam­ple, lovers of egg­plant and zuc­chi­ni can choose the fol­low­ing recipe:

  1. Wash the zuc­chi­ni and egg­plant and cut into rings 0.3 cm thick.
  2. Pre­pare a spicy sauce — mix 3–4 tsp. olive oil and 1 tsp. bal­sam­ic vine­gar, squeeze one clove of gar­lic, add Ital­ian herbs, salt, pep­per and mix.
  3. Put the chopped veg­eta­bles in a bowl and add the cher­ry toma­toes, pour over the sauce and mix.
  4. Line the top rack of the air fry­er with foil and place half of the veg­eta­bles in a lay­er.
  5. Close the air fry­er lid, set the tem­per­a­ture to 230 ° C and bake for 20 min­utes.
  6. Open the lid of the appli­ance, turn the veg­eta­bles over, cook for anoth­er 10 min­utes and remove.
  7. Cook the sec­ond part of the veg­eta­bles in the same way.

Cooked veg­eta­bles can be served with chopped herbs.

Some Tips

To make cook­ing in an air grill a plea­sure, you must fol­low a few rules:

  • Before you start cook­ing, the appli­ance must be warmed up.
  • Prod­ucts are laid out on grates, and not thrown out in a heap to the bot­tom.
  • Observe safe­ty pre­cau­tions — do not touch the glass con­tain­er of a work­ing device to avoid burns.
  • When get­ting ready meals, do not look inside the air grill, oth­er­wise you can burn your eyes with steam.

Video: How to choose and use an air grill?

Ele­na Maly­she­va and her col­leagues will help you choose an air grill, and also tell you how to use the appli­ance cor­rect­ly:

The con­vec­tion oven, when used cor­rect­ly and fol­low­ing the tem­per­a­ture regime and recipes, will help you pre­pare hun­dreds of healthy dish­es, because they are pre­pared with lit­tle or no oil. And steamed veg­eta­bles retain more vit­a­mins. If you adhere to a healthy and prop­er diet, then this elec­tri­cal appli­ance is a must for you.






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