Cooking Tips

This is a page in progress. I've decided t share some of my favorite cooking tips and recipes. I plan to add things fairly regularly. If you find anything useful, please check back every few weeks to see what is new.

We have a Cosori Smart Air Fryer with a 5.8 quart basket. All recipes or tips concerning cooking in the air fryer are done with the Cosori. Make any adjustments necessary for your specific air fryer.

The Cosori Smart Air Fryer works with either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. We use it with Alexa. The touch pad is not accessible, though you can place dots on some of the buttons like, stop/start. The beauty of this and probably all Smart Air Fryers is that you can completely control it with your voice. We've had the Cosori since January 2021, and the basket looks as good as new and we use it at least two or three times a week. It cleans up incredibly easily. Check it out at Cosori 5.8 quart Smart Air Fryer on Amazon.

Air fryer Foods

General tips about air fryer cooking

Rather than repeating the same instructions for each air fryer food, here are some basics that hold true for all air fryer cooking, unless otherwise stated in the recipe.
* Spray the bottom of the basket with your preferred cooking spray.
* Season the food to your tastes before putting it in to cook.
* Unplug the air fryer when finished cooking.
* Always leave some space between items in the basket to allow air flow around each item for proper cooking. A tiny space is enough.
* Wear long sleaved gloves, preferably silicone/oven safe.

Trader Joe's Spanakopita

Remove from package and separate pieces, and arrange in one layer on the bottom of the basket.
Spray with a little oil, and cook at 350° for 6 minutes, stop, turn them over and cook another 5 minutes.

Trader Joe's Pot Stickers

Preheat at 370 ° for 4 minutes.
Spray with a little oil. Cook at 370 ° for 5 minutes, shake the basket, cook for another 4 to 6 minutes.

Trader Joe's Mini Pizza

Cook at 360 ° for 11-12 minutes.

Trader Joe's Mandarin Chicken

Cook at 330 ° for 14 minutes and flip them over after 7 minutes. Cook a little longer if not crispy enough.
Heat about 1 cup of water in a 2 cup glass measuring cup in the microwave, or in a pan. Turn off the heat/remove from microwave, and place packet in the water to thaw/warm up.
If cooking the entire package, use both sauce packets.

When chicken is done, place in a mixing bowl and open the sauce packets and pour over chicken, stirring to coat the chicken completely.
Serve over rice or noodles.

Tip on cooking rice

If cooking white, Jasmine, or Basmati rice, this is my wife's tip that avoids burning the rice.
Place 2 parts water and one part rice in a sauce pan.
Bring to a boil for a minute or two.
Turn the heat off and let sit for 15 or 20 minutes.
The rice will be done. If any water is left, turn the heat on low until it is absorbed. Stir with a fork to fluff it up.
Serve the chicken over the rice and enjoy.

Sweet Potato Fries

Preheat at 400 ° for 5 minutes.
They do not need to be sprayed with oil.
Cook at 400 ° for 15 minutes. Flip halfway through.

Tater Tots

Preheat 5 min at 400°.
Spray the tots with a little oil.
Cook at 400° for 15 minutes shaking every 5 minutes. longer if you want them more crispy.

Medium Boiled eggs

For medium boiled eggs, from 1 to 6 eggs: Place in basket and cook at 270° for 12 to 13 minutes.
Place in cold water bath for 1 to two minutes.
Peal and eat.

Chicken Thighs

Preheat the Air Fryer for 5 minutes at 390°.
Season both sides of the thighs and put some olive oil, or what you prefer, on them.
Place in the fryer basket skin sides down and cook for 12 minutes at 390°.
Turn the thighs over and cook another 8 to 10 minutes depending on size.

Fresh Salmon Fillets

Season to taste.
Drizzle with a little olive oil.
Depending on thickness, Cook for 6 to 10 minutes, skin side down at 390°. No need to flip over.

Trader Joe's Breaded Cod Fillets

Cook at 380° for 12 min.
Flip them over and cook 3 to 4 min longer.

Herb and Brown Sugar Dry-brined Chicken with Air Fryer instructions

Here is our favorite roast chicken recipe with air fryer instructions, plus regular oven instructions on page 2. It is a word document, so you can bring up the context menu and select save target as.


Non Air Fryer Cooking

We do not only cook in the air fryer, though we are using it more and more; here are some recipes/methods I find work well for me as a person who is blind.

Oatmeal, Old Fashioned

We only use regular old fashioned oatmeal, no steel cut, no quick oats, just good old fashioned oatmeal. And, if you can get it, Bob's Red Mill is our favorite.

This recipe is for two people following the heart smart recommendations.



Perfect Pot Roast

The first requirement is having a really good roasting pan. My favorite is the roasting pans made by Granite Ware. Granite Ware is made by fusing porcelain to a Steel core at 1500°F. The Steel core provides strength and even heat distribution while the porcelain Surface is inert and naturally nonstick. Porcelain is all natural and will not alter the color, taste or nutritional value of your Food. There is no PTFE, PFOA or other unhealthy chemicals in Granite Ware.
You can find Granite Ware at most stores with a good kitchenware department, or of course online through Amazon, etc.
We have had our pans for over 25 years and they hardly look used, though they are used a lot; for turkeys, roasts, chickens, etc.

My favorite cut of roast to cook is Chuck Roast. It has great marbling, and is usually quite tender and flavorful.

I brown the roast thoroughly on all sides in a frying pan with olive oil or canola oil. Plan on about 5 to 6 minutes per side in a medium hot pan for good browning.

While the roast is browning, I make a dry rub of fresh garlic, salt, pepper, and thyme. I use a mortar and pestle to smash it into a nice paste.

When the roast is done browning I transfer it to the roasting pan.

I use one can of Campbell's Beef Consommé. I pour that into the frying pan which I have turned down to a simmer, and add a can of water and simmer to get the flavor from the bits left in the pan.

While dealing with the consommé, I rub the roast with my dry rub mixture on all sides. Then pour the mixture from the frying pan over the roast.

Put the lid on the roasting pan and bake at 350° for about one and a half to two hours for about a 3 pound roast.

Add any potatoes, carrots ... when there is about an hour left. If using large potatos like russets, you may want to cut them in half. We prefer yukon golds, medium sized, no need to cut in half.

Dry rub recipe

Put all the ingrediants in the mortar and thoroughly smash, grind, pound, with the pestle until it is a nice paste. Be sure to keep working it to get all the juice out of the garlic.

Alternate medthod

You can also put the rub on the roast several hours before browning, up to a full day, and leave in the refrigerator, uncovered, to allow the flavors to really sink into the meat.
Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before browning. Then, follow the rest of the instructions above.

Updated on March 29, 2022