I’ve hankered after an air fryer for a few years but part of me thought, ‘yeah, nice idea but would I ever use it?’ Well, I’ve had my Optimum HealthyFry Air Fryer for a few weeks now and so far in it I’ve made:
- breaded tofish (recipe below)
- loads of batches of spicy crispy tofu (this stuff is AMAZING and I can’t stop making and eating it)
- two batches of spicy polenta chips; and
- lots of batches of new potatoes (that come out like mini jacket potatoes).
so let’s just say it hasn’t been sitting on the worktop taking up space unnecessarily. I scoffed the polenta and new potatoes before taking pics but I’ll post the recipe for the tofish below, after I’ve talked a bit about the HealthyFry.
First of all, you may be wondering what exactly an air fryer is. Unsurprisingly, it’s a kitchen appliance that fries food by circulating hot air around the food, thus negating the need for any (or hardly any) oil or deep-frying. You end up with food that’s as crispy as if you’d fried it conventionally but without actually frying it. Clever, huh? You can cook fresh or frozen food (e.g. chips), vegetables, tofu and you can even make cakes in it. As far as I’m aware (or so Google tells me), the only thing you can’t cook in it is anything coated in a wet batter, as the hot air circulating would blow the batter off – hence my breaded not battered tofish.
As well as being easy to use, the HealthyFry is also easy to clean – the basket, drawer and baking pan are all non-stick and although the crispy tofu stuck to the basket because of the marinade, cleaning it was a breeze after leaving the basket to soak for a while. It’s also easy to use – you can choose from the presets or set your own cooking time and temperature, then watch it count down on the screen.
So, am I pleased with my new toy? Hell yeah! I am totally addicted to spicy crispy tofu (coat tofu in a sauce of your choice – I’ve been using Peri Peri sauce or BBQ, then put in the air fryer at 185C for about 20 minutes) and although I’m not going to lie and say the breaded tofish is as nice as the battered one, it’s certainly a lot healthier (making it a perfect candidate for the #jumpstart17 campaign) and contains far fewer calories if you’re bothered about that kind of thing. There’s also no danger of hot oil catching fire and burning the house down which is a nice added bonus.
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Air Fried Breaded Tofish
As I already mentioned, although this isn’t as nice as the battered tofish (although, you of course maybe prefer breaded to battered), it’s still a great vegan substitute for fish to go with chips from the chippy and some homemade vegan tartare sauce (vegan mayo with a bit of pickle relish mixed in) – the tofu remained moist while the breadcrumbs crisped to perfection and the nori sheets gave it an authentic fishy taste. I used Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Egg to stick the breadcrumbs onto the nori sheets but if you haven’t got any (I recommend you give it a go though, it’s great for making vegan fried egg sandwiches), you could probably use soya milk or a flax egg.
- For the marinade
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp salt
- For the tofish
- Half a block firm tofu, cut in half (I used Tofoo which doesn't need pressing but if you use Cauldron, press it first)
- 1 nori sheet cut in half
- 1 quantity VeganEgg (115ml ice cold water whisked up with 10g [2 tbsp] Vegan Egg)
- Golden breadcrumbs
- Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice and salt and leave the tofu to marinade for a few hours
- Wrap a strip of nori around each piece of tofu
- Coat the tofu in the VeganEgg mixture (or soya milk or flax egg if using)
- Dip the coated tofu in the breadcrumbs, pressing firmly until all the tofu is covered
- Cook in the air fryer for 15 minutes at 180C
More airfryer recipes
Fava Bean Kiev from Farmersgirl Kitchen
Smokey Maple Roasted Chickpeas from Fab Food 4 All
Chocolate Banana Cashew Cake from Tin and Thyme
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