Philips AirFryer Review

Mushroom schnitzel recipe

Philips recently launched their new AirFryer which enables you to fry the tastiest crispy fries that contain up to 80% less fat than a conventional fryer! How does it do this?  It uses a unique combination of fast circulating hot air and a grill element that allows you to fry a variety of delicious foods quickly and easily, and more importantly, with much less fat.

If like me, for health reasons you have held off on purchasing a deep fryer, the Philips Airfryer is definitely a product for you to consider. In addition to the Rapid Air technology which enables you to fry food with less fat, the AirFryer also includes a built in timer which switches the fryer off when the time is up, adjustable temperature control up to 200 degrees Celsius, a food separator so you can cook different dishes at the same time, and an in built air filter which means less odours.

When I was asked to review the AirFryer I was interested to put it to the test making a couple of vegetarian recipes.  So, for the last week I have had fun making a number of dishes in the Airfryer.

 

Test 1 – Chips

First up, given it’s claim of making delicious hot chips with 80% less fat I was keen to see how it would perform.  I, like most people, enjoy crispy golden chips but feel guilty indulging given the amount of oil involved, as a result I rarely indulge.  So, I made Sea Salt and Rosemary Potato chips (recipe below) to see how the AirFryer performed.

Potato chips without the fat…sounds great doesn’t it….but do they taste good?  They certainly do!  I’ve also made sweet potato chips in the AirFryer, and they were just as delicious.

Grill'd potato chips recipe
Test 2 – Mushroom Schnitzel

For my next test I decided to steal one of my boyfriends recipes.  On the occasions he makes himself Chicken Schnitzel for dinner he makes me a vegetarian version – a Mushroom Schnitzel (recipe below) using a large portobello mushroom which is crumbed and fried in a hot pan.  Using the AirFryer makes this a whole lot healthier as no oil is required.  The end result is a juicy, crumbed portobello mushroom schnitzel.

How to make mushroom schnitzel

Test 3 – Crusted Pumpkin Wedges

The tests above proved that the AirFryer is a great alternative to a conventional deep frier and frying in hot oil.  For my last test, I wanted to use the AirFryer to make a conventional oven dish, so, for this test I decided on Yotam Ottolenghi’s Crusted Pumpkin Wedges (recipe below).  The Crusted Pumpkin Wedges were fantastic and just as good as those made in the oven,the only difference is that using the AirFryer the cooking time is reduced from 30 minutes to 20 minutes.

Yotam Ottolenghi Crusted Pumpkin wedges recipe

The Philips Airfryer comes a recipe book which includes recipes from stuffed mushrooms, quiches, croquettes through to baking recipes such as brownies.  In fact, I had hoped to make the brownies using the AirFryer, but don’t own a pan small enough to fit in the AirFryer basket and wasn’t able to find one in the 3 kitchen shops I visited.

Overall I think the Philips Airfryer is a great product for people who would otherwise consider purchasing a deep frier or perhaps already own a deep frier but don’t use it for health reasons.  I also think the Philips Airfryer would be a handy product for people who cater events and need portable ovens, or perhaps no oven is available on site.  Finally, I think the Airfryer is perfectly suited for someone who lives in a small inner city apartment that perhaps doesn’t include a kitchen.

The Philips AirFryer retails for $329 and is available in all leading electrical and department stores.

Rosemary Sea Salt Potato Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 large waxy potato, peeled and cut into chips
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly chopped rosemary
  • Sea salt

 

Method:

  1. Soak the chips in water for 30 minutes then drain and dry on kitchen paper.
  2. Pour the olive oil into a bowl and add the chopped rosemary and sea salt before adding the potato and tossing to combine.
  3. Use your fingers remove the chips, ensuring that excess oil stays behind in the bowl, and place them into the basket of the Philips AirFryer and cook at 180 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden.

 

Mushroom Schnitzel
Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 large portobello mushrooms, trimmed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup of Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Note: We usually add a little fresh Thyme to this, but had none on hand. I suggest trying it with a little chopped Thyme added to the egg wash.

Method:

  1. Combine the breadcrumbs, garlic and salt and pepper in a bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Dip each mushroom into the beaten egg and ensure it is well coated before dipping the mushroom into the breadcrumbs.  Sprinkle the crumbs over the mushroom to ensure a good coating.
  3. Place the mushrooms top facing up, into the AirFryer basket and close.  Turn the AirFryer on and set the temperature to 180 degrees and cook for 20 minutes or until golden and the mushroom is cooked through.

 

Crusted Pumpkin Wedges
Recipe adapted from Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 300g of pumpkin, cut into 1 cm wedges
  • 25g of Parmesan, grated
  • 15g of Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons of finely chopped Sage
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 30ml of olive oil

 

Method:

  1. Mix the breadcrumbs, parmesan, parsley, sage, garlic and lemon zest in a bowl.
  2. Brush one side of each slice of pumpkin with olive oil and add the remaining oil to the breadcrumb mixture and mix until well combined.
  3. Pat the breadcrumb mixture onto the oiled side of each piece of pumpkin and place into the basket of the AirFryer.
  4. Turn the AirFryer on and set the temperature to 180 degrees Celsius and cook until crumb topping is golden and pumpkin is cooked through. About 20 minutes.

 

Delicieux reviewed the Philips Airfryer courtesy of Philips and Fleishman-Hillard.

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17 Comments

  1. muppy May 27, 2011  5:10 pm Reply

    Wow I have never heard of this before. I have resisted buying a deep fryer as I want to avoid fried foods (but i do love them). I really like the look of that mushroom and I adore sweet potato fries. Its sounds quite versatile too.

    • delicieux May 27, 2011  5:13 pm Reply

      I avoided purchasing a deep frier for the same reason Muppy. I love that you can make fries quickly and easily in this without the fat. I actually prefer the taste too because you don't end up with that horrible greasy feeling afterwards.

  2. elle marie May 27, 2011  5:40 pm Reply

    That looks insanely awesome... I never heard of the air fryer, I wonder if it will make its way to Japan?

  3. Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 May 28, 2011  12:21 am Reply

    Wow, how have I never heard of this before? It's amazing. I need to research more about it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Stephanie May 28, 2011  1:05 am Reply

    That's amazing! Everyone loves fried foods, but they're just so bad for you and I hate the greasiness. I would love to try this product, especially if foods taste just as good. This could be revolutionary!
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  5. Maria @ Scandifoodie May 28, 2011  3:46 am Reply

    I have to admit I've only ever deep fried once or twice in my whole life! I didn't grow up eating anything deep fried which is probably why I don't really have a craving for that kind of taste. This sounds like a great piece of equipment for those who do enjoy deep frying though, especially when it makes a bit healthier!

  6. Blair James May 28, 2011  4:41 am Reply

    This looks fabulous!



    I have the same sentiment with @muppy. But after reading this post, I think I need to revisit the idea of having a deep fryer. The meat looks tender and well-cooked.



    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  7. anhsfoodblog May 28, 2011  2:55 pm Reply

    thanks for the post! It's a handy gadget, yes? I love the idea of no-fat fries!

  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 28, 2011  4:30 pm Reply

    Thanks for your review and the pumpkin looks great! :D I can't wait to try mine out. It is sitting there and I just to find the time to play with it.

  9. Pete May 30, 2011  4:11 am Reply

    I tried for my first item 1 portion of frozen tesco potato cubes with mediterranean veg, without oil for 8 mins at 180 deg. They were fine.

  10. msihua May 30, 2011  9:24 pm Reply

    Oh wow! Now I really want to get one too... thanks for the review. That mushroom looks divine!

  11. Aliciajay June 25, 2011  6:40 pm Reply

    Thanks for the great review, I have been considering purchasing one of these air fryers. Do you think you could also use it for spring rolls and other pastry or wonton creations? My other thought is fish and prawns - I love tempura, for example. Many thanks again.

    • delicieux June 27, 2011  7:25 am Reply

      Hi Aliciajay :D In answer to your question, Spring Rolls would work well in the AirFryer, but tempura would not work because of the loose batter. I hope that helps :D

  12. Harriet June 28, 2011  5:37 pm Reply

    I have an airfryer and I love it, but how can one make a quiche, what tin will fit in? I bought a 7" tin and thought it would fit in the basket (measured and all) but it doesn't.

    • delicieux June 29, 2011  4:50 pm Reply

      Hi Harriet :D I haven't been able to find a tin that is small enough either, but I am thinking that foil tins would work.

 

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