Hi, my name is Jennifer Lam and I’m a fried food lover.

Put me in front of some piping hot chips, a bowl bucket of onion rings, a plate of light and crispy tempura prawns or a pile of golden fried banana fritters, and you’ll make me weak at the knees.

While in my fantasy world, I’d be able to eat foods like that endlessly without developing obesity or a cholesterol or heart condition, in the real world, I’m used to exercising lots of self control. It’s easy at home because I’m rather terrified of frying. It’s the micro-explosions of oil, the fear that it will blister my arms or blind my eyes.

So rarely do I get the pleasure of eating fried foods at home.

Philips Airfryer

However, over the last fortnight, I’ve had the delight of testing Philip’s new Airfryer. The whole concept is a bit of a contradiction as the idea of frying is to use ridiculous amounts of oil to achieve massive crunch… So yes, I was very skeptical about the results… That is, until I actually used it.

I’ve just become a bit obsessed since – airfrying everything I’ve ever wanted to fry by myself.

Here are ten things I’ve air-fried to date:

1. Fish and chips

This was probably one of the quickest dinners I’ve ever made. Perch fillets are crumbed in ground tortilla chips and then placed into one half (it comes with a removable separator) of the Airfryer. On the other hand, potatoes are cut, soaked in water and pat dry. Then they’re lightly coated with half tablespoon of olive oil, and poured straight into the other side of the Airfryer. The timer was set to 15 minutes and dinner was served.

I was extremely impressed with how evenly the fish was fried, and how effortless it was. In a normal grill-oven, you’d normally have to turn them around a couple of times or continuously check for even heat distribution – with this, you don’t.

Philips Airfryer - fish and chips

 

2. Salmon croquettes

This was a really quick afternoon snack, made of salmon, egg, dill and chives. The main difference with preparing croquettes for air-frying as opposed to oil deep-frying, is that you need to mix in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil with the breadcrumbs prior to crumbing. Cooking time was only 7 minutes, and out came these golden brown morsels.

Philips Airfryer - salmon croquettes

 

3. Spicy drumsticks with barbecue marinade

These drumsticks were done in 30 minutes, from start to finish. A homemade barbecue marinade was made from garlic, mustard, brown sugar, chilli powder, black pepper and olive oil. This was rubbed over the drumsticks and air-fried for 20 minutes, that is 10 minutes at a pre-heated 200°C and then lowered to 150°C and roasted for another 10 minutes.

The drumsticks are slightly crisp and well caramelised… So juicy and tasty!

Philips Airfryer - spicy drumsticks

 

4. Prawn crackers and pappadums

After the third usage, I was feeling quite confident with the Airfryer and got thinking about fried foods that I well and truly love to eat. Who can resist prawn chips or pappadums?

I sprayed these with olive oil and air-fried them in batches of 3 – 4 for a couple of minutes each.

They don’t expand as much as when fried in oil, but still have the indulgent crunch that I adore. Plus they now have a clean and non-greasy taste!

Philips Airfryer - prawn crackers

 

5. Fries

Store-bought frozen fries can be thrown straight into the Airfryer but I like to make mine from scratch. It’s a bit more time consuming (about an extra 30 minutes prep time) but oh so rewarding.

For best results, waxy potatoes must be used. After the preparation process, where the spuds need to be cut into strips, soaked in cold water, patted dry and coated in a tablespoon of oil, they’re pre-fried at a higher temperature, allowed to cool, and then fried a second time.

In total, the potatoes only spend about 15 minutes in the Airfryer and the results are beautiful non-greasy golden brown fries.

Philips Airfryer - fries

 

6. Sweet potato crisps

These were a little trickier to air-fry as the sweet potatoes were shaved so thin, they clung onto each other once they were coated in a bit of oil. So I had to be careful with how they were placed in the Airfryer but other than that, these were definitely a delicious wholesome alternative to its deep-fried twin!

Philips Airfryer - sweet potato chips

 

7. Dry rub fried chicken wings

The explosions of chicken skin blistering in oil scares the heck out of me, but this time, all that occurred within the Airfryer, and saved me the pain of ducking and cleaning up! A dry rub of garlic, ginger powder, ground cumin and freshly ground pepper was rubbed on the chicken wings and then air-fried for just 10 minutes.

As you can see, they’re crisp and flavoursome!

Philips Airfryer - dry rub fried chicken wings

 

8. Crispy duck pies

I’ve been wanting to use this recipe from Donna Hay’s cookbook No Time To Cook for a while now. Finely chopped roast duck is mixed with chopped green onion, hoisin sauce and plum sauce and encased between two gow gee wrappers. These were air-fried and ready in about 10 minutes and were unbelievably scrumptious.

Philips Airfryer - duck pies

 

9. Prawn toast

By now, I was feeling a bit more adventurous and decided to make some prawn toast – the ultimate party food. Crumbing seemed to have worked a treat so far and I happened to come across Neil Perry’s fabulous prawn toast recipe, from his cookbook Balance and Harmony.

With the first batch, I forgot to adapt the recipe and mix oil into the bread crumbs so there was a noticeable dryer texture. By the second batch, we just kept demolishing these straight out of the Airfryer!

This only took about 15 minutes to prepare, 10 minutes per batch in the Airfryer and no effort in cleaning up as the Airfryer is dishwasher-proof! But more about that later.

Philips Airfryer - prawn toast

 

10. Eggplant chips

Inspired by another Donna Hay recipe, these eggplant sticks are air-fried for about 25-30 minutes until crisp, sprinkled with sumac and served with a coriander, garlic, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and yoghurt dip. It was such an easy Middle-Eastern themed snack. Love it!

Philips Airfryer - eggplant chips

 

How does it work?
The Airfryer combines fast circulating hot air with a grill. As you can see with the test results above, you’re able to prepare tasty fried foods with very little oil.

Because hot air is ued to prepare food rather than oil, it also emits fewer vapours and odours so the house (and you) don’t smell :)

The only negative is that it’s not made for wet coating type batters.

How much does it cost?
The Philips Airfryer is now available from leading electrical and department stores at RRP $329.

Overall thoughts
In general, I was really pleased with how economical the Airfryer was for a small household like mine – we didn’t have to fill up an entire pan with oil just to cook a small meal for two! It was also a relief to know that there was no possibility of getting burnt from random explosions of oil.

The two major benefits I experienced with the Airfryer was how quick it cooked food, particularly with the convenience of the timer, which meant I could step out of the kitchen to do other things; and how the parts are removable, non-stick and fits into the dishwasher with ease!

It is a little pricey, being over the $300 mark, but you gotta love hassle-free frying! I guess it comes down to – how much do you really love fried food?

 

For more information: http://www.philips.com.au/c/home-cooking/viva-collection-800g-timer-temperature-control-hd9220_40/prd

 

Promotional consideration was provided by Philips with thanks to Fleishman-Hillard; as usual, opinions are our own

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
67 comments
LSU Mom
LSU Mom

I purchased an air fryer just yesterday and am planning to try it tonight.  Does the food, specifically the meat, need to be thawed before placing it in the fryer?  My plan when purchasing this product was 1. to prepare healthier meals for myself and my husband and 2. to do so in much less time (since neither of us typically get home before 6:00 pm we don't have much time for preparation/cooking). 

KirkM
KirkM

At $50 to pot is way over priced.  We do love the machine.  Anyone find a small pot that fits the airfryer?

CFroster
CFroster

I love my Philips air fryer. I only got it recently but it was a tough decision because there are some good models available nowadays. http://www.thefreshome.com/kitchen/air-fryers/ had some good useful information and I couldn't be happier! I've even been air frying vegetables and my children actually don't mind eating them.

CFroster
CFroster

I love my Philips air fryer. I only got it recently but it was a tough decision because there are some good models available nowadays. www.thefreshome.com had some good useful information and I couldn't be happier! I've even been air frying vegetables and my children actually don't mind eating them.

shahrehman
shahrehman

Very helpful guideline for beginners like me, i would love to fry chicken wing, you made me able to take a step , stay happy!

JulieSaldana
JulieSaldana

Wonderful guideline for air fryer beginners. I think I should start with fries first. I still prefer having some more drops of oil as the image of fries without less oil is not so attractive. Olive oil can make the coat more shining. I will slice potatoes, not make them in chips like the recipe with sweet potato. Sliced fried potatoes are often more crispy like crackers. Delicious snacks for my long episode video film tonight.

Ellen Scott
Ellen Scott

I bought mine in Philips sale season with 30% discount, plus recipe book. The recipe book contains 15 recipes which cover almost all 9 out of the 10 in your post, except the prawn crackers. Looking at your image, I'm not absolutely sure whether the prawn crackers can be expanded properly. I'm afraid the edges of the crackers could be undercooked which make its rather chewy. It also happens even in case of deep pan fry with unequal flipping.

BTW, I have problems with eggplant chips. They are almost dry and too crispy.

Siao
Siao

Thanks for your thorough review of this product! 

beachnutphil
beachnutphil

Has anyone tried a steak in the air Fryer?  Would you put it in frozen?

jon
jon

More like a counter top oven. No wet batters? 30 minutes for chips after prep? For that price?!

Priyanka
Priyanka

Hi, is it possible to air fry and make spinach or kale leaf chips?

PuuSteve
PuuSteve

I own a Philips AirFryer and use it often to enjoy French Fries, Fried Plantains, Chicken Wings, Chicken Fried Steak, Homemade Sweet Potato Tater Tots, you name it! IT'S AMAZING! Everybody should have one! Just saying...

Peter Ryan
Peter Ryan

Hi. Can i cook a whole small chicken in my new Airfryer

nat chec
nat chec

Was wondering if you can cook schnitzels on top of each other with maybe baking paper in between.otherwise will only fit w at a time.I need to cook 5

Clarene
Clarene

Where did you get the rack for the chicken wings? The one with the wide spaces so you can stand the wings between them standing on edge.

nzmike001
nzmike001

Hi Jen,

You said the (normal) chips were only in the airfryer a total of 15 minutes but cooked once at high temperature than again at low - can you please give us the exact method you used?  i.e: How long did each fry take and at what temperature?  I'm just going to follow the Philips recipe book for now but they say 25 minutes with a shake in between... if you could give us some more details on exactly how you cook your chips I'd be grateful.

Punshi7
Punshi7

Hi, could you post some recipes please

Connie
Connie

I was just wondering if it is possible to fry home wrapped egg rolls in this?

Thanks,

Connie

mikeysussex
mikeysussex

Hello

Have you ever cooked toad in the hole. I'd love to try that.

Valerie
Valerie

did you do some banana (plantain) fried too?

Fatimah
Fatimah

TQVM - U convinced me to purchase the ori phillips

Rob
Rob

Hi, with the chips, I was wondering how you crumbed the fish? Did you have to soak the fish in egg before you crumbed it?

Also, maybe this a stupid question, but can you buy the tortilla crumbs, or do you have to crumb tortilla chips yourself? Thanks!

starr003
starr003

Hi was wondering if you can do a wet batter in the airfryer?? ie battered fish/

paul
paul

@starr003  hi there I have seen the cook demonstration  and the presenter  said to add some oil to the

batter mix and use baking paper

janama
janama

@paul @starr003 Yes - I've read that also. The wetness/dryness of the batter is important - it can't be too runny or too dry. You have to experiment. Also add a layer of either baking paper or alfoil so it doesn't stick to the basket.

Jen
Jen

Here you go! 1 tin of red salmon (approx. 200g), drained 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 tbs. fresh dill, finely chopped 2 tbs. chives, finely chopped Freshly ground pepper 50g bread crumbs 2 tbs. vegetable oil Prepare by mashing up salmon in a deep dish using a fork, mix with the egg and herbs and season to taste with pepper and salt. Preheat the airfryer to 200 Celsius, mix bread crumbs with oil in another dish until you have a loose mixture. Shape salmon into eight smoth croquettes and coat in bread crumb mixture. Place croquettes in airfryer and set timer to 7 to 10 minutes, bake till golden brown.

Jazza
Jazza

Hi Jen, is it possible for you to share your Salmon croquettes recipe please? They look really nice and I would like to make them for my little one. :) Thank you in advance

Jen
Jen

Hi Carol, I have no idea where my copy is as I've grown confident with my Airfryer and now make up recipes on the whim! I would recommend getting in touch with Philips' customer service team for a copy of the official recipe booklet. Otherwise, do try some of the recipes I've mentioned in this review as a starter! Have fun with the Airfryer!

Carol Wilkinson
Carol Wilkinson

Hi there,Jen would you be able to send me a copy of your recipe book-I am buying a machine but hasnt got any reipes with it :-( Cheers Caz

Jen
Jen

You call it burnt but I call it fried-well. You can just take it out of the fryer earlier but I like fried foods to be a deep golden brown.

Lizzie
Lizzie

Why did some of the fried products look burnt? Does it happen often?

Eegiee
Eegiee

Hie, I read your review several months ago and it was great and helpful. I have been waiting since Phillip's is way over my budget. Until just recently there is a new model out in the market priced only half of what you're paying for Philip's and work as amazing. It is Princess Fat Free Air Fryer. What's impressive about it is all the compartments are detachable, saving you all the hassle and difficulty in cleaning. Fully stainless steel body this product is amazing, especially for the price of only MYR 489/ USD 162. The brand Princess is from Dutch, an imported and reliable brand. I bought it online from 1234estore.com, paid and received in good condition. I've tried it and it produces results just as fine as your try out with Phillip Air Fryer. If any of you guys are interested try look up online for Princess Fat Free Fryer 181000. Or you can visit http://1234estore.com/product.php?id_product=171 , they provide complete information. Good Day

Jen
Jen

You can get much better looking and tasting chips by Airfrying store-bought frozen varieties.

Francis Gallagher
Francis Gallagher

I thought of buying this but the picture of the chips in your review has put me off. They look absolutely disgusting.

Nic@diningwithastud
Nic@diningwithastud

Want. One. Now! Love fried food but being on a diet - totally miss it. I'd def fry everything if we bought one lols. Wait maybe thats worse

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