Quick Air Fryer Delights

by | Mar 26, 2024 | Recipes

Busy times call for ‘quick’, ‘healthy’ and ‘convenient’ to be the only operative words in the kitchen. And this is why we’re clinging on to these air fryer recipes from Lelia Castello’s Super Easy Air Fryer Recipes: 69 Simple, Quick and Delicious Meals for dear sanity.

Super Easy Air Fryer Recipes: 69 Simple, Quick and Delicious Meals by Lelia Castello

From quick midweek dinners to weekend delights, each dish boasts minimum effort and a few simple ingredients. Featuring appetisers, mains, one-pot wonders and desserts, this air fryer cookbook ensures flavour-packed meals with every turn of the page.

5 Quick And Easy Air Fryer Recipes

Pink Peppercorn-Crusted Tuna with Artichoke and Pine Nut Caponata

Chef Monché Muller
From Harvest Table: A Culinary Journey Through the Wine Regions of France, Italy, Spain and South Africa
Prep Time 30 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

  • 1 Braai Stand
  • 1 Griddle Pan

Ingredients
  

For the tuna

  • 4 Tbsp Pink peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp Pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 Lemon, zested
  • 1 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 800g Fresh tuna loin
  • Marjoram, deep-fried to garnish

For the caponata

  • 200g Pine nuts
  • 2 tsp Sweet paprika
  • 2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • 375ml Extra virgin olive oil
  • 100g Capers, drained
  • 165ml Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp Marjoram, chopped
  • 800g Artichoke hearts, halved

Instructions
 

  • To make the tuna, combine the crushed peppercorns, salt, lemon zest and olive oil. Cover the tuna loin with the pepper crust on all sides.
  • Sear the tuna over very hot coals on all sides, leaving the inside raw. Also grill the artichoke hearts (for the caponata) for a few minutes, until charred.
  • Cool the tuna on a chopping board for about 10 minutes, then cut into 1 cm-thick slices.
  • To make the caponata, toast the pine nuts in a dry saucepan over medium-high heat until golden. Add the spices and toast until fragrant.
  • Add the olive oil and bring to a low simmer. Add the capers and fry until crispy.
  • Remove from the heat, stir through the marjoram and lemon juice, then pour the hot liquid over the chargrilled artichokes. Allow to cool.
  • Serve the caponata as a relish with the seared tuna slices, and garnish with deep-fried marjoram.

Notes

NB: Not in the mood to braai? Similar results can be achieved by searing the tuna in a hot griddle pan.
Keyword Easy Meals, fish

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Courgette And Feta Frittata

Lelia Castello
From Super Easy Air Fryer Recipes: 69 Simple, Quick and Delicious Meals by Lelia Castello
Prep Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

  • 1 air-fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 6 Eggs
  • 2 Zucchinis
  • 80g Feta crumbled
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 12 Sprigs flat-leaf parsley, chopped chopped
  • 1 Onion chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 180°C.
  • Chop the courgettes into cubes (cutting some into five or six thin slices for the top of the frittata). Brown the cubed courgette with the onion in the air fryer for 5 minutes.
  • Mix the eggs, feta, milk and half the parsley in a bowl.
  • Add the mixture to a flan dish or shallow cake tin with the vegetables. Cook in the air fryer for a further 15 minutes.
  • Garnish the frittata with the remaining parsley before serving.
Keyword air fryer

Indian-Style Meatballs

Lelia Castello
From Super Easy Air Fryer Recipes: 69 Simple, Quick and Delicious Meals by Lelia Castello
Prep Time 18 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

  • 1 air-fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 300g Shoulder of lamb
  • 2 tsp Tandoori spice mix
  • 1 Egg
  • 200g Tomato sauce or passata
  • 1 Red onion
  • 1 Bunch coriander

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 180°C.
  • Blitz the lamb, red onion and half the coriander in a food processor.
  • Beat the egg in a large bowl and add the lamb mixture and tandoori spice. Mix well.
  • Roll the mixture into meatballs, 4 cm in diameter, and cook in the air fryer for 4 minutes. Turn the meatballs over, pour over the tomato sauce and cook for a further 4 minutes. Serve garnished with the remaining coriander.
Keyword air fryer

Petit Pois And Basil Risotto

Lelia Castello
From Super Easy Air Fryer Recipes: 69 Simple, Quick and Delicious Meals by Lelia Castello
Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4 serving

Equipment

  • 1 air-fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 300g Risotto rice
  • 1 litre Vegetable stock
  • 50g Grated Parmesan
  • 1 glass Dry white wine
  • 150g Petit pois 1 cup
  • 1 small Bunch basil torn

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 190°C.
  • Put the rice in a cooking dish or silicone insert in the air fryer, pour over the white wine and then add the stock. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring regularly.
  • Add the peas and half the basil 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time.
  • To serve, stir, add the Parmesan and sprinkle with the remaining basil.
Keyword air fryer

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Chilli Con Carne

Lelia Castello
From Super Easy Air Fryer Recipes: 69 Simple, Quick and Delicious Meals by Lelia Castello
Prep Time 8 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 serving

Equipment

  • 1 air-fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 500g Minced beef
  • 400g Tinned red kidney beans
  • 400g Tomato sauce or passata
  • 1 Red bell pepper
  • 1 Red onion, finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 180°C. Remove the stalk and core from the pepper and cut the flesh into cubes. Brown the pepper and onion in a cooking dish or silicone insert in the air fryer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the minced beef and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse the red kidney beans, add to the chilli con carne and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  • Serve the chilli con carne with rice, if you wish.
Keyword air fryer

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These air fryers have been hailed kitchen saviours by WH editors – and for good reason.

Instant Vortex 5.7l Air Fryer

Vortex Air Fryer 5.7L

Food Network voted this one Best Air Fryer for three consecutive years, this multitasking wonder whips us crispy, tender food sans the extra fat and calories. The improved drawer design can easily accommodate large pieces of fish, four patties and a whole chicken with potatoes on the side.  

Haden Dorset Air Fryer Putty 6L

Haden Dorset Air Fryer 6L

This stylish and spacious appliance isn’t only aesthetically pleasing to the eye but can also cook meals that feed a family of up to six. The removable non-stick frying basket is dishwasher safe – we love a convenient babe!

Philips Essential 6.2L Rapid Air Technology Airfryer XL

Philips Essential 6.2L Rapid Air Technology Air Fryer XL

A unique design, generous basket capacity and Rapid Air Technology makes this a premium air fryer that requires little to no oil to create crispy, yummy meals that are tender and evenly cooked on the inside. 

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