More Than Just An Air Fryer: 10 Things You Didn't Know An Air Fryer Could Do

The air fryer is one of the most popular appliances of the past few years, and while chicken nuggets and fries are a family favourite, it is capable of so much more.

Tefal air fryers lead the way, with innovative technology and feature-packed models that are more than your regular air fryers, elevating it further into a must-have kitchen companion that helps make your life easier and tastier.

If you’ve had the same air fryer for a while, or are yet to get one, you might not be aware that new models feature steam frying and smokeless grilling. Some are large enough to roast a whole chicken, and even feature dual zones allowing you to use cook two meals at the same time.

Here’s 10 things you probably didn’t know you could do in an air fryer, along with some delicious recipes and the Tefal air fryers that make cooking them a breeze.  

1. Steam fry

Steaming locks in nutrients and is a great option for easy, tasty and healthy eating. The Easy Fry Grill & Steam XXL 3-in-1 brings three cooking technologies together - steam frying, smokeless grilling and air frying.

Try the delicious steamed pork dumplings or crab and mushroom dumplings, steam fried to perfection. 

2. Grill (smokeless!)

Selected Tefal air fryer models come with a built-in grill function and a die-cast grill plate. Forget the time and mess of the BBQ, you can grill year-round with little to no oil, and up to 98% less smoke than traditional grill* while still giving you extra juicy and tasty results for meat, veggies and more.

This grilled chicken salad is perfect for a healthy lunch, made easy with the Easy Fry Oven & Grill 9-in-1. Steam and chargrilled corncobs with mixed herb salsa can be quickly whipped up with the versatile Easy Fry Grill & Steam XXL 3-in-1

Steam and chargrilled corncobs with mixed herb salsa

3. Pressure cook

Convert your Cook4me touch smart pressure cooker into an air fryer in a flash using the Extra Crisp Lid accessory. Get the benefits of two cooking methods in one appliance by trying out delectable dishes such as Moussaka and Lasagna, which offer succulent and juicy outcomes from the pressure cooker, complemented by crispy and caramelised topping thanks to the Extra Crisp Lid!  

4. Slow Cook

If you like batch-cooking family meals but are convinced about the advantages of owning an air fryer, then the Turbo Cuisine & Fry is the perfect solution for you. It is a versatile multicooker that includes an air fryer lid, enabling you to stew, slow cook, stir fry, roast, bake, air fry, and much more. Enjoy tender, flavorful results and rely on the Extra Crisp Air-Fry technology for that extra crispy touch!

Try this heart-warming Chickpea, Capsicum and Chorizo Stew and delicate Apple and Apricot Cake.

5. Pizza

Tefal air fryers are compatible with handy accessories to add even more variety to your cooking. Use the pizza tray that comes with the Air Fryer Accessory for this delicious white pizza with winter vegetables.  

White pizza with winter vegetables

6. Kebabs

Kebabs are a great way to cook meat and vegetables together for healthy and delicious meals, or share plates for entertaining. Prepare these classic grilled chicken kebabs, or for something different try making steak and mushroom teriyaki kebabs made easy using the Air Fryer Accessory skewers and rack

7. Cake

Can you bake a cake in an air fryer? Yes, you can! Set your trusty Tefal air fryer to bake or manual mode, use the cake tin that comes with the Air Fryer Accessory and try this delicious air fryer mango layered cake recipe.

Air fryer mango layered cake recipe

8. Desserts

Cooking desserts might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are using an air fryer, but this versatile and feature-packed appliance makes it easy. Use the Easy Fry & Grill XXL Flexcook 2-in-1 for these tempting desserts that can be made in as little as 30 minutes.

If you want a simple snack or something different for breakfast, these lemonade scones are quick and easy to prepare. Or for something a little more indulgent, try this sticky date and ginger pudding with butterscotch sauce.  

 Sticky date and ginger pudding with butterscotch sauce

9. Dehydrated fruits and vegetables

Dehydrated fruits are healthy snacks, and dehydrated vegetables can be used as ingredients for soups, casseroles, sauces and stews. If done properly, they can be stored for 6 to 12 months.

The Easy Fry Oven & Grill 9-in-1 has a dehydrating function, making it easy to dehydrate your favourite fruits and vegetables.   

10. Rotisserie chicken

Large capacity air fryers such as the Easy Fry Grill & Steam XXL 3-in-1 or the Easy Fry & Grill XXL Flexcook 2-in-1 make it easy to cook this amazing rotisserie-style whole chicken. This recipe by Tefal Ambassador Lorena Lys ensures your chicken is juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, with no pre-heating required in your Tefal air fryer.

Discover inspiring air fryer recipes to try with Tefal’s leading range of air fryers. From simple dinner ideas to clever snack hacks to healthy ‘fakeaways’, Tefal helps make your life easier and tastier.  

*External test completed in 2021. Test based on beef steak of 150g, grill function, well cooked, compared to our Tefal / T-Fal / Moulinex classical grill. The smoke emission depends on the quality and the type of ingredients used