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8 Reasons to Add an Air Fryer to Your Wish List

Happy #SeafoodSunday, Seafoodies!

How do we love our Air Fryers? Let us count the ways…

Oh, we easily could write an ode to the Air Fryer! It’s safe to say we’re waxing poetic when it comes to this game-changing kitchen appliance. We can’t imagine an easier way to reduce fat in our diet, recreate our favorite restaurant meals or just get dinner on the table quickly! If you want to know why we think it should be on every Seafoodie’s holiday wish list, read on!

First, some basics. The Air Fryer is not really a “fryer” at all. It uses extremely hot air circulation to do the job that hot oil, or any other source of high heat, does in traditional fried cooking. So, you can make seafood such as calamari lusciously crisp without deep-frying it. This can help you cut the calorie count by as much as 70% to 80%!

Also, you can air-fry just about any food that stands up to high heat. If you usually bake or broil your seafood in the oven, try it in the Air Fryer. This can save you time, especially when you add the rest of your meal to the fryer and cook it all at once. One-pot cleanup, too! 

A few tips for success: 1) Preheat your Air Fryer for a crispier exterior, 2) A thicker wet coating will work better than a loose batter, and 3) Start with some tried-and-true recipes like our recommended air-fried seafood recipes. After you explore these eight great recipes, we’re sure you’ll understand why we believe there should be an Air Fryer in every Seafoodie’s kitchen!

1.   Air Fryer Fish and Chips 

The seasoned panko coating on this fish takes crunch to a whole new level! Plus, this is a 15-minute recipe, making it perfect for a weeknight family meal.

2.   Air Fryer Chili Lime Cod 

You’ll never miss the deep frying once you try this spice-rubbed cod in your fish tacos. The fish can be served in toasted tortillas, or simply topped with cilantro-lime cabbage if you’re looking for a lower-carb meal.

3.   Air Fryer Cajun Scallops 

Opposites attract in this dish, which balances the delicate flavor of scallops with the peppery punch of Cajun spices. This four-ingredient recipe gives you a taste of N’awlins in 10 minutes!

4.      Air Fryer Tuna Cakes  

Air-frying ensures these tuna cakes are evenly cooked and deliciously golden brown! With just a few staples from your pantry and fridge, these cakes make an appetizing, protein-packed light meal.

5.   Easy Air Fryer Salmon 

It’s a breeze to get your omega-3s when you put heart-healthy salmon in the air fryer. If you usually broil or bake your salmon fillets in the oven, give this recipe a try!

6.   Air Fryer Calamari with Creamy Chipotle Sauce 

This slimmed-down version of fried calamari is over-the-top good! Double-coating the calamari is the secret to an appetizer that’s super crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. This recipe is one of our team’s all-time favorites!

7.   Easy Air Fryer Thai Coconut Shrimp 

Shredded coconut gives these Thai-inspired shrimp a mild sweetness that is offset by a delectable dipping sauce. And since high-protein shrimp is a great source of selenium, omega-3s and Vitamin B-12, this snack is as nutritious as it is delicious.

8.   Air Fryer Crab Rangoon 

Creamy crab filling, savory wontons and less guilt—what’s not to love? Since this crab rangoon is likely to disappear as soon as you serve it, you might want to make a second batch to keep on-hand in the freezer!

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