The Best Foods to Cook in Your Air Fryer
Rewind just a few short years and the notion of frying your dinner with air would have sounded like culinary wizardry. Fast forward to today, however, and air fryers are rapidly becoming an indispensable appliance in kitchens all across Canada.
The magic of air-frying works by circulating hot air around your food, which creates a crispy and golden exterior without the need for oil. This cooking method makes it easier than ever to prepare a huge variety of healthy alternatives to all of your fried favourites.
These compact and simple to use appliances are one of the most versatile cooking options available. And when you pair the ease of the air fryer with the convenience of Sealand’s premium meat and seafood delivery, you’re guaranteed delicious, healthy meals with absolutely zero hassle! We even have air fryer specific guidelines for most of our products under the 'Cooking Instructions' tab on our website!
Here's a quick rundown of our favourite dishes to prepare with the power of air!
Cooking Potatoes in an Air Fryer
These versatile gifts from the ground are a Canadian meal-time staple and are perfect for air-frying. Whether you’re in the mood for homemade French fries, sweet potato fries, roast potatoes or even your own hand-prepared potato chips, the air fryer has got you covered! And because they're not being dumped in a vat of oil, you can even add your own creative touch by experimenting with different spices and seasonings.
So if you want a low-fat option for enjoying crispy, delicious potatoes that are every bit as good as their deep-fried counterparts, then you’ve just found it! And if you’re not keen on all that peeling and chopping, why not try air-frying our ready-made Potato Au Gratin for a potato dish that is guaranteed to impress on any occasion!
Best Chicken Dishes to Cook in an Air Fryer
Chicken Wings - If you want crispy and golden wings without the greasiness of traditional deep-frying, then the air fryer is your new best friend! For extra flavour, try marinating the wings in your favourite sauce before cooking. Check out our air fryer recipe for the best chicken wings ever!
Battered Chicken - Battered chicken and deep fryers have always been a match made in fast food heaven. But now, with the power of the air fryer, these delicious treats can be made with all of the flavour and none of the oil! For a simple appetizer, why not give our Chicken Fingers or Chicken Vegetable Dumpling Gyoza a go? And for anyone who thinks breaded chicken can’t be fancy, we suggest trying our Chicken Cordon Bleu or Chicken Parmigiana dishes that are both dinner party approved!
Marinated Chicken - The air fryer is ideal for sealing in flavours. Try marinating our Organic Chicken Breasts overnight, or take the guesswork out of getting the flavours right with our pre-marinated Chicken Kebabs, Chicken Souvlaki and BBQ Chicken.
Best Beef Dishes to Cook in an Air Fryer
Steaks - Remember how we said that air fryers were great at sealing in flavours, well this makes them perfect for cooking steaks! Try air-frying our Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin Steak or our incredibly juicy Ribeye Steak for a melt-in-the-mouth experience your taste buds won’t soon forget!
Ground Beef - Handmake your own patties or meatballs and throw them in the air fryer for a quick and simple meal that is perfect for weeknight dinners. Alternatively, if you want the best quality ground beef without all the heavy lifting, then pick up a box of our expertly prepared Premium Prime Rib Burgers or our rich and juicy Meatballs.
Sliced Beef - Up the ante on your next Mexican night by using slices of air-fried Top Sirloin Baseball Steaks for fajitas or tacos. And when the cold winter nights have the whole family craving a warm and hearty beef stew, try air-frying our Beef Tenderloin Tips before adding them to the broth to help seal in all that beefy goodness!
Best Pork Dishes to Cook in an Air Fryer
Bacon - We all love the sound of bacon sizzling in a hot skillet, and while the sound of hot air circulating might not be quite as musical to the ears, it definitely is to the taste buds! Try air-frying our Berkshire Back Bacon or Peameal Bacon and make your next breakfast an ‘air fry-up’!
Chops - Give the grill a night off and let the air fryer work its magic on this evening’s pork dinner. Our French Cut Pork Chops or Pork Steaks are both perfect choices for your first foray into the wonderful world of air cooking pork.
Pulled Pork - A BBQ favourite that takes hours to prepare and minutes to devour! But now, with air fryer technology and Sealand convenience, you can have delicious pulled pork any night of the week! Simply heat our ready-made Pulled Pork in the air fryer and serve with buns, BBQ sauce and some crunchy slaw for a southern classic that can be enjoyed all year round!
Best Lamb Dishes to Cook in an Air Fryer
If you think that air fryers are great for pub classics but have no business cooking elegant meals, then we suggest you try air frying our Lamb Chops or Lamb Speidini. And if you’re still not convinced, then give our 2-Bone French Rack of Lamb a spin around the air chamber and get back to us!
Best Seafood Dishes to Cook in an Air Fryer
Fish - The original fried food love story - battered fish meets deep fryer, deep fryer fries fish, fish lives deliciously ever after! But now there’s a new fryer in town! For fish that’s every bit as crispy and delectable as its deep-fried counterpart, try air-frying our light and tasty Battered Haddock or our rich and flavourful Guinness-Battered Cod. But the air fryer isn’t only interested in battered fish, it’s got its eye on fresh fish too and is the perfect way to prepare Chilean Sea Bass or our ever popular Canadian Salmon.
Seafood - Seafood can be a tricky one to cook just right, often requiring a wide range of techniques and cooking appliances. Luckily, the air fryer is here to remove the guesswork and keep things simple. We suggest starting with our Bacon Wrapped Scallops, juicy and tender Frog Legs or Herb and Garlic Butterfly Shrimp for a top-notch dining experience without all the fuss.
Prepared Dishes - If you’re looking for all the elegance of a seafood dish without any of the effort or culinary know-how, then look no further than our Crab Salmon Pinwheels. Or for a great appetizer, try our spicy Firecracker Calamari Bites and delicious Lobster Seafood Cakes.
Best Vegetable Dishes to Cook in an Air Fryer
When it comes to choosing healthy options you can’t really go wrong with air-fried vegetables. Try carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, peppers or just about anything you can think of!
For the best results, consider spraying or brushing your veggies with a tiny amount of oil and seasoning them with salt, pepper, or your own blend of herbs and spices. Cooking times and temperatures may vary depending on the type and size of the vegetable, so it's important to check them regularly while they're cooking.
Best Plant-Based Dishes to Cook in an Air Fryer
The air fryer isn’t just great for meat and seafood, it's ideal for cooking all your plant-based favourites too! Our go-to picks for Plant-based air fryer glory are our Garlicky Chick-un Bites and our Sweet Chilli Chick-un Tenders. Or for the perfect pairing of Chick-un Kievs and Chick-un Burgers, pick up one of our incredibly popular Plant-Based Variety Boxes!
Cooking Gluten-Free Dishes With an Air Fryer
Eating gluten-free can be an enormously challenging endeavor, especially when you have to worry about cross-contamination. The air fryer is a great solution as it's extremely easy to clean and keep free from gluten. Alternatively, as air fryers are fairly small and economically priced, you could always have a standalone gluten-free one that never touches the wheaty enemy! For a quick and easy gluten-free meal, try our GF Salmon Burgers or our pre-marinated GF Mediterranean Chicken.
Making Dessert With an Air Fryer
Okay, so at this point we’ve established that air fryers can cook just about anything, but surely that doesn’t include desserts, right? Wrong! Believe it or not, air fryers are great for cooking desserts! Try starting your air-fried dessert adventure with some simple apple chips. From there you can progress to donuts, funnel cakes, and churros until you're ready to tackle the holy grail of fried desserts, air-fried ice cream!
Can I Reheat Food in an Air Fryer?
Reheating leftovers has never been easier than with an air fryer. It’s far quicker than reheating with a conventional oven and produces much better results than a microwave. Thanks to its air circulation technology, air fryers reheat food more evenly and thoroughly without extracting excess moisture. So say goodbye to sloppy unappealing leftovers that are scalding on one side and ice cold on the other and hello to crispy and delicious reheated meals that are every bit as good as the day you made them.
Can I Cook Frozen Food Using an Air Fryer?
Just in case air-frying wasn’t convenient enough, it’s also the perfect way to cook frozen food! Just a few extra minutes in the air fryer is all it takes to prepare the most delicious meals from frozen. And with Sealand’s individually quick frozen technology, dinner time just got a whole lot easier! Our products are hand-picked for quality and frozen in individual right-sized portions to improve health and decrease food waste. Plus, we sell in bulk to save time and money, meaning all that’s left for you to do is plug in the air fryer and set the table!
Final Thoughts:The air fryer is an extremely versatile kitchen appliance that can cook an enormous variety of foods, from meats and seafood to vegetables and even desserts. By using little to no oil and circulating hot air, air fryers can create a crispy texture and delicious flavour in a fraction of the time it takes to cook in a conventional oven. They are a healthier alternative to many cooking methods and are unmatched in their convenience and ease of use.
When combined with Sealand’s premium meat and seafood delivery service, the air fryer is the perfect tool for making healthy and delicious dishes in the most convenient way possible. We source the absolute highest quality products available - from proteins to carbs - catering to meat lovers, plant-lovers and everyone in between.
So when it comes to choosing the best foods to cook in your air fryer, THINK SEALAND, and trust us to feed the whole family with fresh and flavourful meals every night of the week.