2021 Entrepreneurial Awards

Best Of 517: Air Frying

We asked our readers to name their tops when it comes to cooking without the oil

We asked our readers to name their tops when it comes to cooking without the oil.


Favorite Brands

Air fryers come in all shapes, sizes and brands. It’s not a bad idea to start small to see if you really like the process, and then go bigger if you love it. Reader Becky Search has the Cuisinart air fryer/toaster oven combo and loves it. Readers also mentioned Gourmia as a more affordable brand, and the Ninja as the most versatile. The Chefman Turbofry is also a popular choice, and the GoWise 7-quart model was mentioned for its capacity.


Favorite Foods

Top mentioned favs in our survey included chicken wings, regular and sweet potato fries, steak, and bang-bang Brussels sprouts bang-bang Brussels sprouts and sausage. We’ve been testing the air fryer out since the holidays and have had success with everything from grilled cheese, air-fried pickles, wings, pork chops, fries and more. We have to admit our air-fryer green beans were an unprecedented faceplant. That being said, we can confidently say that everything else we’ve tried has turned out pretty darn amazing.


Popular Recipes

Air-fryer french fries are a big hit with our readers, whether you are tossing them in from a frozen bag or cutting your own on your mandolin. Reader Linda Kahler cooks her sweet potato fries with light olive oil, and she suggested to lightly salt with coarse salt and sprinkle with crushed, dried rosemary. Her tip? Crush the rosemary with a mortar and pestle before adding it to your fries. Our mouths are watering already.


Missed seeing your answer? Make sure you chime in on our Facebook page, Instagram or even send us a direct message. We publish polls once a month for upcoming issues. Want the recipes mentioned in this article? Visit our website and look for our “Reader and Staff Air-Fryer Recipes” in our Weekly Reads articles. You’ll also see it in one of our April newsletters. Sign up to receive them directly at 517mag.com.


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