I love my deep fryer, but nights I want to use it are guaranteed to be a mess. What my new air fryer lacks in deep fried goodness it makes up for with fast, low maintenance recipes. Or does it?
With the two fryers and a lot of time on my hands, I tried a few foods in both the deep fryer and the air fryer: coconut shrimp, fried pickles, and deep fried Oreos. Some things I learned
- You can’t put something battered in the air fryer without splattering it everywhere. So, no deep fried Oreos.
- Instead of batter, coating it in a faux breading with bread crumbs works!
- Unsurprisingly, the deep fryer food was delicious. But I can still see a place for the air fryer in these traditionally deep fried foods for a healthy alternative!
I’ve included below a recipe for the batter I used for the deep fryer.
Air Fryer Batter
I set up a bowl of 2-3 eggs, whisked, and a bowl of 2 cups bread crumbs for the air fryer experiments. Since this was coconut shrimp, I added 1/3 cup shredded coconut to the breadcrumbs.
Deep-fried (left) and air-fried (right)
Deep Fryer Batter
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup flour
- Pinch salt
- 1 egg, whisked
- 1/4 cup vodka (*this extends its longevity while you cook!)
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 2 quarts canola or peanut oil for frying
- Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl with a fork.
- Whisk egg and vodka together. Add to dry ingredients and stir vigorously until well blended.
- Toss shrimp (or whatever you’re frying) in batter. Fry at 350 degrees or according to manufacturer instructions until batter is golden.