Air Fryer or Deep Fryer? – Is the Priority Positive Health or Better Taste?


Air Fryer or Deep Fryer, the argument goes on since the invention of Air Fryer. A deep fryer cooks in more significant quantities quicker. In contrast, an air fryer is a healthier cooking process that can bake, roast, and barbecue in addition to frying. However, now there are air fryers in the market that can cook in larger quantities as well. 

Air Fryer or Deep Fryer – Which is Better?

One of the air fryer’s arguments is that it can fry foods with a fraction of the oil used in conventional deep fryers while retaining the same flavour and texture. As a result, it’s often promoted as a “healthier” option for deep frying. But the argument doesn’t hold when we compare traditionally deep-fried dishes with the same air fried. The question one foodie asked is

“One deep-fried samosa than three air-fried ones?” Yes – definitely, I said.

Do air fryer’s fried dish taste deep-fried? No, Never.

The Airfryer Advantage

Apart from the significant decrease in oil use, there are several other benefits. There are no more oily clothes or a greasy kitchen. There will be no more squandering of used oil. There will be no more tearing apart of patties and bondas in oil.

What can you not cook in an air fryer?

Food that has been dipped in a wet batter should not be cooked in the air fryer. Stuff with a wet batter, such as corndogs or tempura shrimp, should also be avoided in air fryers.

What are the disadvantages of an air fryer?

  • It’s challenging to keep a conventional air fryer clean though newer models are much more accessible. They come with dishwasher-safe parts. 

  • The cost of an air fryer is higher than that of a deep fryer per se. But then you can use these for bake, grill, and roasting as well. 

  • When opposed to a traditional deep fryer, air fryers take longer to cook.

  • For larger families, conventional air fryers are insufficient. Still, the newer bigger models with various new functions are already in the market.

  • Some air fryers can make a lot of noise and produce a lot of smoke and odor.

  • Air fryers are massive and take up a lot of space.

  • Choosing the best air fryer for you can be difficult due to the various new functions.

Do air fryers really make food crispy?

The crisp produced by the air fryer is not as thick as that produced by a deep fryer, but with only a teaspoon of oil, the crisp becomes even thicker. Keep in mind that the air fryer accomplishes all of this while reducing the fat content by up to 80%. Since each gram of fat contains 9 calories, air-fried food has a lower calorie density than deep-fried food.

Does air-fried food taste as good as deep-fried?

It all comes down to how much you like the taste of fat. Many people like fat because it has a distinct flavor profile that adds substance to a meal. That distinctive deep-fried taste is not possible otherwise. Besides, the dishes meant for deep frying cannot be as tasteful as any other cooking medium.

The issue is that air frying doesn’t have the same fatty taste profile as deep-fried food.

No, air-fried foods do not taste like deep-fried foods. So, how do you describe the flavor of air-fried food? It has the texture and flavor of extra-crispy oven-baked food.  

A deep-fried dish is fried in oil only, and an air-fried dish is fried in the air with oil sprinkled sparingly on it. The difference obviously will be there.

Does air frying destroy nutrients?

The bulk of the energy in deep-frying is transmitted to the food by conduction from the oil to the food. Proportional to mass and the primary heat coefficient. Not only is oil’s specific heat almost twice that of air, but the abundance of oil in a deep fryer is often several times that of air in an air fryer.

The heat used by dry, hot air, such as an air fryer, coats nutrients and allows the meals to be cooked at slightly lower temperatures. As a result, air frying does not kill nutrients but helps preserve them for a much healthier human lifestyle.

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Anil Kumar Kapoor
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