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How to Make Your Air Fryer Food Crispier (Part 1)

  (HYSapientia teaches you step-by-step how to make crispier and more delicious food with your air fryer!)   Have you ever felt dissatisfied with the food you made in your...


(HYSapientia teaches you step-by-step how to make crispier and more delicious food with your air fryer!)


Have you ever felt dissatisfied with the food you made in your air fryer because it wasn't crispy enough? At HYSapientia, we have years of experience in air fryer manufacturing and have interacted with numerous users. We understand the various challenges people face when using air fryers. We know how frustrating it can be when you prepare a meal with great expectations only to find that it's not as crispy as you'd hoped. If you've encountered similar issues, don't worry! In this blog series, we have created a detailed air fryer crispiness guide to help you effortlessly create delicious meals with a crispy exterior and tender interior.


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Step 1: Choosing the Right Ingredients for Crispy Air Fryer Food

Which ingredients are best for making crispy food in an air fryer? Choosing the right ingredients is the first step to making crispy food in an air fryer. Various ingredients such as potatoes, chicken, fish, and vegetables are suitable for air frying. Each type of ingredient has unique characteristics that make it excel in an air fryer. Potatoes are ideal for making fries and wedges because their high starch content allows them to become very crispy in the air fryer. Choosing high-starch varieties like Russet or Yukon Gold will yield the best results. Chicken wings, legs, and breasts also perform well in the air fryer. Proper marination can make the chicken's exterior crispy while keeping the interior juicy. Fish fillets or pieces can also turn out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside when air-fried. Opt for firm-fleshed fish like cod or salmon. Vegetables such as carrots, cauliflower, and kale can also achieve good results in the air fryer with simple preparation.


How should you prepare these ingredients before cooking?

Different ingredients require appropriate pre-treatment before using the air fryer to ensure crispiness. For example, cut potato strips or chunks can be soaked in cold water for 30 minutes to 1 hour to remove excess starch. This step helps increase the crispiness of the fries. After soaking, drain the potatoes, pat them dry with paper towels, and then toss them with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper to ensure even coating on each potato strip. Chicken can be marinated with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chili powder for at least 30 minutes. This not only enhances the flavor but also helps the chicken retain moisture and crispiness in the air fryer. After marinating, coat the chicken with a thin layer of flour to help form a crispy crust during cooking. Fish fillets or pieces can be marinated with lemon juice, salt, and pepper for 15 minutes to remove any fishy smell and enhance flavor. Coat the fish with crushed cornflakes or breadcrumbs to form a crispy outer layer during cooking. Vegetables should be thoroughly washed and drained to remove excess moisture before cooking. Toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper to ensure even coating, which helps form a crispy outer layer during cooking.


Step 2: Pay Attention to the Size and Shape of the Ingredients

The size and shape of the ingredients significantly affect the cooking results in an air fryer. Evenly cutting the ingredients ensures that each piece is evenly heated, achieving the best crispiness. When cutting potatoes, you can cut them into uniform strips or chunks to ensure even heating. Using a sharp knife to ensure clean cuts is recommended. The ideal size for potato strips is about 0.5 cm thick, which helps maintain a soft interior and crispy exterior during cooking. When cutting chicken breasts, slice them into uniform strips or chunks to ensure even heating in the air fryer and achieve the best crispiness. The ideal size for chicken breast strips is 1-2 cm wide, ensuring a juicy interior and crispy exterior during cooking. When cutting fish fillets, slice them into uniform pieces to ensure even heating in the air fryer. The ideal size for fish pieces is 2-3 cm thick, which helps maintain a tender interior and crispy exterior during cooking.


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Step 3: Use an Appropriate Amount of Oil to Increase Crispiness

The Role of Oil

Using the right amount of oil helps food become crispier in the air fryer because oil promotes heat conduction and forms a crispy crust on the food's surface. Oil plays a crucial role in the cooking process by evenly conducting heat and helping food achieve the desired crispiness.


Oil Spraying Techniques

Use an oil sprayer to evenly coat a thin layer of oil on the surface of each ingredient. This helps the food form a crispy crust during cooking. Avoid using too much oil; a light spray is sufficient. Excessive oil can make the food greasy and lose its crispiness. After cooking, you can mix the leftover breadcrumbs with a little oil and use them for a second round of cooking to increase crispiness. For example, mix the leftover breadcrumbs with some oil, recoat the chicken pieces, and cook for a few more minutes. After the initial cooking, remove the food from the air fryer, lightly spray another layer of oil, and cook again for a few minutes. This can further increase the food's crispiness.


Further reading: Choosing and Using the Best Oils to Enhance the Deliciousness of Air Fryer Cooking


Step 4: Coat Your Ingredients with Breadcrumbs and Coatings

Adding Crispy Coatings

Coating the food with breadcrumbs, crushed cornflakes, or other coatings can significantly increase its crispiness. Coatings not only enhance the texture of the food but also protect the inner ingredients, keeping them tender during high-temperature cooking.


Three-Step Coating Method

The three-step coating method of flour, egg wash, and breadcrumbs can make the food's exterior even crispier. First, coat the ingredients with a layer of flour, which helps the coating adhere better to the surface of the food. Then, dip the floured ingredients into the egg wash, ensuring each piece is evenly covered. Finally, roll the ingredients in breadcrumbs to evenly coat them. This preparation ensures that the food forms a very crispy crust in the air fryer.


Diversity of Coating Materials

Besides breadcrumbs, you can use other coating materials like crushed cornflakes, coconut flour, or almond flour to bring different crispy textures. For example, coating chicken wings with crushed cornflakes not only increases the crispiness but also adds a unique flavor. Coating fish fillets with almond flour adds a nutty aroma and distinctive texture. Adding a small amount of starch or flour to the coating can also increase the crispiness of the food. Starch absorbs excess moisture, forming a crispier crust. This method is particularly effective for making fried chicken pieces, fried fish pieces, and other foods, significantly improving the texture and appearance.


Step 5: Preheat Your Air Fryer and Adjust the Temperature

The Importance of Preheating

Preheating the air fryer ensures that the food is exposed to high temperatures from the beginning, quickly locking in moisture and forming a crispy crust. Usually, preheating the air fryer for 3-5 minutes is enough to reach the appropriate temperature. Preheating not only shortens cooking time but also helps the food form a crust quickly under high temperatures, locking in internal moisture.


Temperature Settings

Different ingredients have optimal cooking temperatures and times. For example, the best temperature for fries is 200°C, with a cooking time of 15-20 minutes; for chicken wings, the best temperature is 180°C, with a cooking time of 25-30 minutes. Understanding the cooking characteristics of different ingredients and adjusting the temperature and time accordingly can help achieve the ideal crispiness.


Further Reading:How Do I Know the air fryer temp for Cooking Food in My Air Fryer?


What to Do If Your Crispy Air Fryer Food Is Overcooked or Undercooked

Avoiding overcooking and undercooking issues during the cooking process is crucial. If the food is cooked too long in the air fryer, the outer crust can become too hard, losing its crispiness. You can check the food's status midway through cooking to ensure it is not overcooked. If the cooking time is insufficient, the interior might not be fully cooked. You can use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature of the food, ensuring it reaches a safe consumption temperature. Mastering these tips can help you better control the cooking process and ensure that you can create perfect crispy food every time.


Step 6: Place Ingredients Appropriately, Avoid Overlapping

When placing food in the air fryer, avoid stacking the ingredients together to ensure that each part can be evenly heated. Placing the food appropriately not only ensures the crispiness of the food but also improves cooking efficiency. Cooking in batches or using multi-layer racks are good methods. During the cooking process in the air fryer, each piece of food needs enough space to be heated. If the ingredients overlap, some parts might not be fully heated, affecting the final crispiness. Cooking in batches is an effective solution to this problem, especially when dealing with a large amount of food. By cooking in batches, each batch of food can be evenly heated, ensuring consistent crispiness. Using multi-layer racks is also a great method, allowing you to handle more food at the same time without overlapping. This not only improves cooking efficiency but also ensures that each piece of food is evenly heated, achieving the ideal crispiness.



In this blog, HYSapientia has shared how to choose and pre-treat ingredients, cut and prepare them, use a small amount of oil to increase crispiness, and coating techniques. We also explained the crucial steps of preheating and temperature settings. Mastering these techniques will make your air fryer food crispier and more delicious.


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Due to the richness of the content, we will share these tips in two parts. Stay tuned! In the next article, we will reveal more advanced techniques, such as how to skillfully flip food, perfect cooling and storage methods, magical marinating and seasoning techniques, and some practical accessories that make your cooking more efficient. Let's continue exploring and cooking crispier food with the air fryer.


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