Air Fried Shrimp over Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Have you ever tried cooking shrimp using an air fryer? Well, this is a super simple way to have your shrimp cooked fast and without fuss…and it is delicious topped on zucchini noodles tossed with pesto sauce.

It has been a long time since I last posted a recipe or anything…I had a long break and during this time so much had happened, some good and some not so good…I should start with the “not so good” one…

When I decided to come back blogging I encountered a major mess on the website as we had some glitch on the hosting/server system and all the posts and pages got lost and the comments nowhere to be found.  I am still working on retrieving the posts, one by one… and updating as much as I can. I almost gave up on blogging but decided to rebuild and take it slowly…without any pressure and revisiting the old posts, it was like looking at old photo albums…now the comments are totally gone, and I am very sadden by it as lots of great memories were in it, all the people I met and visited…

Now, the good news…we move to a new house…after searching for our forever home for almost two years we finally move into our dream home where we plan to retire. It was a lot of work moving and redecorating the house. Fast forward 3 months…we finally have it the way we like and start to really enjoy the new neighborhood and all the amenities that the city offer.

With all that said, I am still in the process of coming back, gathering my thoughts together but decided to say “HELLO” and post a simple recipe…using my air fryer which I am still in love with. Confession…I cheated on the pesto sauce and used the one from Trader Joe’s….

So here we go…

Ingredients:

½ lb shrimp, clean and deveined

½ tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

2 large zucchini, spiralized

Pesto sauce, store bought or homemade.

Method:

Preheat the air fryer according to the manufacture’s instruction at 350F.

In a medium bowl, place the shrimps, olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss gently and place in the air fryer basket. Cook for approximately 7 minutes, make sure to “shake” the basket once in between cooking time.

While the shrimps are in the air fryer, blanch the spiralized zucchini.  Drain well and set aside.

To serve, toss pesto sauce to the blanched zucchini and top with the air fried shrimps. Serve hot.

I hope you enjoy this simple and easy recipe using air fryer you might want to take a looks at recipes using air fryer from my Recipe Box.

 

Did you know that shrimp is low in calories and contain many nutrients and vitamins? In spite of the healthy content in shrimp, we need to be aware that shrimp has high sodium and cholesterol, therefore should be eaten in moderation, especially is you have high blood pressure and heart condition.

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Air Fried Chicken Wings

This is the easiest, healthiest and fastest way to enjoy chicken wings…air-frying it!

If you are like me and enjoy crispy, and grease free chicken wings you must, I emphasize you MUST try this method…it is magical, and you just need a few ingredients besides the air-fryer and chicken wings, super simple!

Honestly since I got the air fryer I have been using it a lot and I kick myself for not have found this gadget sooner…it is true that is kind of bulky, but it does wonder and does not heat the kitchen as the oven… Did I convince you that this is the way to go?

When ordering chicken wings in a restaurant I always request them dry and the sauce or sauces on the side so I can dip the wings into the sauce as I like…not to mention that I can pretty much enjoy eating hot wings without having sauce all over my fingers.

In this post, I dip the wings in Moore’s Creamy Ranch Buffalo Sauce…a nice balance of tangy and heat…not to mention the creamy texture which coat the wings nicely…so good…by the way, I received this sauce as a compliment and all the opinion are mine.

Ingredients:

Chicken wings

Salt and pepper to taste

Drizzle of cooking Chinese wine (vodka, rice wine)

Method:

In a medium bowl toss together all the ingredients.

Preheat the air fryer to 350-375F according to the manufacture’s instructions.

Place the wings into the basket and cook for 25 to 30 minutes until the skin is browned and crisp. Make sure to shake or turn the wings during cooking.

Remove from the basket and serve with your favorite sauce.

I hope you enjoy this simple and healthy way to “fry” chicken wings.

Did you know that Chinese five-spices is made with a mix of star-anise, close, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and fennel?

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Simple Air-Fried Curry Cauliflower

This simple and tasty cauliflower can be made by simply combining a bit of curry and after a few minutes in the air-fryer you will have a super healthy side dish.

Here I am again with another recipe using the air-fryer…I must confess that this is one of the most used gadget in my kitchen and I regret not getting it earlier…I have been experimenting with all kind of food, and so far I am pretty content with the results, especially that so little oil is needed if any in order to accomplish flavorful dishes.  Moreover, it is so easy to clean…which is a very important element when it comes to everyday cooking…with no more words, I will go ahead with this week recipe.

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower cut into small florets, about ¾ in.

1 ½ tablespoon olive oil

1 to 2 teaspoons curry powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Preheat the air fryer to 350°F

In a bowl, toss together the cauliflower, olive oil, curry powder, salt and pepper.

Place the cauliflower in the fry basket and insert into the air fryer. Cook until the cauliflower is lightly browned, about 6 to 7 minutes, gently shake the basket halfway through roasting.
Transfer the cauliflower to a bowl and serve hot/warm.

I hope you enjoy this simple, healthy and easy recipe for cauliflower using air-fryer.

 

Did you know that cauliflower is from the Brassicaceae family? The same family from broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale and collard green.

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Air Fried Taiwanese Black Pepper Chicken

These little chunks of chicken are so tasty and totally addictive…they all come with lots of flavors and are a favorite in Taiwanese cafes…

I love this chicken, and with the help of the air-fryer I am not worry about of the fat that come with it…the original recipe calls for deep fry, since I have been avoiding deep frying at home I would only get this chicken when eating out.  Well, no more of ordering this chicken now that I can use the air-fryer and get the same crispy chicken.  I like to use chicken thighs for this recipe since it has a bit more of fat therefore more flavor.

This chicken is very often found in Taiwanese cafes and are sort of appetizer/snack…finger food.  I usually serve as appetizer or accompanied by a big bowl of salad if I want to use as a main dish. So here is how I make…

Ingredients:

1lb chicken thighs, no skin and bone

¼ to ½ teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder

Pinch sugar

½ tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon cooking wine

½ tablespoon soy sauce

Salt

Black pepper (freshly ground) as much as you like

All-purpose flour for coating

Method:

Cut the chicken into small pieces of approximately 1 ½in.

In a medium bowl, place the chicken and add the salt, sugar, sesame oil, Chinese 5 spice, cooking wine, soy sauce and the black pepper.  Marinate for at least 30 minutes.

In a deep plate place the all-purpose flour and coat each piece of chicken.  Make sure that each piece of chicken is well coated with the flour.

In the meantime set the air-fryer to 350F. Once the temperature is reached, add the chicken to the basket and set it to cook for approximately 10 minutes.  Shake the basket in between the cooking time.

Remove the chicken from the air-fryer and serve hot.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for the very popular Taiwanese black pepper chicken adapted for air fryer.

Did you know that ½ cup of dry black-eyed peas are low in fat and provide more than 20% of the daily recommended amount of fiber?

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Air-Fried Brussels Sprouts

If you do not care for Brussels sprout, this recipe will change your mind…by simply placing the sprouts in the air fryer and you will totally change your mind about not liking Brussels sprouts.

Lately I try to add Brussels sprouts on our table, and I have tried so many recipes, from stir-fry to roasting, and I have to admit that I am very impressed when I air fried it.  I already air fried Brussels sprouts many times, and now I got it really working well. On my first attempt, I treated the Brussels sprouts as I usually do when roasting in the oven…and realized that the loose leaves would be too well done for our taste (burned) and that we enjoy more the loose leaves as they carry more flavor and its crispy texture. Well, this was an easy solution…just peel off the layers of leaves and separate the leaves from the buds and treat them separately in the air fryer.

It is well worth the “double” stage cooking, as each part of the Brussels sprouts are cooked to precision, to serve just mix them together and you will not be able to stop easting until all the Brussels sprouts are gone, and with not additional dressing or sauce…just as it is!

Oh yes, I wanted to share with you about the knife sharpener, Any Sharp that I received to try…nothing is more annoying than having a dull knife.  I was pretty happy with this knife sharpener, it is small and come in a variety of colors…and yes, it even sharps serrated knife which I used on my bread knife. I like that the fact that it is small (easy to store) and secure to the counter when in use.  For more detail please check AnySharp site….and yes, I did use the sharpener before cutting my Brussels sprouts…

Ingredients:

Brussels sprouts

Olive oil

Salt

Pepper, fresh ground

Method:

Wash and dry the Brussels sprouts buds. Cut the tip and peel the leaves as much as you desire and place them in a separate bowl.

Cut the remaining buds in half or quarters according to its size and place is another bowl.

Add olive oil, salt and pepper in both bowls and toss until the leaves and buds are lightly coated.

Preheat the air fryer to 375F.

Air fry the buds for approximately 10 minutes. Shake the basket once in between. Once fried, remove and place them on the serving bowl.

Add the loose leaves to the air fryer basket and cook for about 5 minutes, make sure to check and shake the basket 2 to 3 times in between y as it can burn easily.

Add the air fried Brussels sprouts buds back to the basket, shake to even and air fry to another minute or two.

Serve immediately.

I hope this simple recipe for Brussels sprouts will change your mind and you will incorporate sprouts in your diet.

 

Did you know that Brussels sprouts are cruciferous vegetables? Some basic research suggest that cruciferous vegetables contain chemicals that might help prevent cancer.

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Air Fried Chunky Crab Cake

If you are looking for a healthy recipe for crab cakes, this is the one. This crab cakes taste so good that you will not be able to tell that they were pan “fried”  in the air fryer.

When eating crab cakes I love big chunks of crab in it…and get so upset when there is more filling that crab, so to fix the problem, I try not to order crab cakes when eating out and make my own.  I have made crab cakes using the conventional way by pan frying the cakes…but this time I decided to experiment with the air-fryer, and you know what?  It does work…especially that I do not have to flip the cakes which sometimes the cake can fall-apart during the process.

The crab cakes were crispy on the outside and moist on the inside…totally delicious.  I did not have to use any sauce, just serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Ingredients:

2 large eggs
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
Fresh pepper to taste
¼ cup finely chopped green onion
1 pound lump crab meat
⅓ to ½ cup panko

Method:

Combine the egg, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, Old Bay in a medium bowl and mix well. Add the finely chopped green onion to the mayonnaise mix and mix gently.

Add the crab to the mayonnaise mix until all incorporated. Add the panko to the crab/mayonnaise mix and fold together until just combined, being careful not to over mix keeping the crab chunks intact.

Cover the crab mix and place in the refrigerator for approximately 1 hour.

Shape into approximately 8 crab cakes of 1 inch thick, make sure to not pack the cakes too tightly.

Preheat the air-fryer to 350F.  Once the air-fryer reaches the desired temperature, gently place 4 crab cakes into the basket and set to air fry for 10 minutes. Make sure to flip the crab cakes after 5 minutes to accomplish even cooking.

When ready, gently transfer to a plate. Serve with lemon wedges.

If you enjoyed this crab cakes recipe you might want to look at Jalapeno Artichoke Crab Dip or Panko Crusted Crab Cake recipes.

 

Did you know that crab meat is a good source of protein? Crabs are rich in mineral like all marine species.

 

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Crispy Air Fried Chicken

Can you believe that these chicken drumsticks were cooked in an air fryer?

I am so excited to share with you my latest gadget…an air fryer…after searching on the internet and “flirting” with many models of air fryer I decided to get this one, the reviews were pretty good and the price was good as compared to the other ones in the market.

Since I got this gadget I have tried many things from air fried tofu, eggplant, crab cakes, egg rolls and so on…but the ultimate test would be fried chicken, and guess what, it pass our critique…the drumsticks were crispy on the outside and super moist on the inside…and all with only a spray of olive oil. I am really impressed with it…as I literally do not cook fried food.

I cannot say enough how much I really enjoy using the air fryer, as it is very easy to use and clean. Anyway, I am sure that all of them work pretty similar, so if you like “fried” food, you really need to consider getting one air fryer.

So here is my very simple fried chicken recipe…

Ingredients:

1 lb chicken drumstick, I used the ones from Butcher Box
2-3 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 ½ cup water
1tablespoon sea salt
½ teaspoon fish sauce (optional)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon cooking wine
Red pepper flakes to taste

All-purpose flour

Method:

In a medium bowl add the water, salt, garlic, fish sauce (if using, sugar), cooking wine, red pepper flake. Mix well until all the salt and sugar are dissolved.

Rinse the chicken drumstick and place them in the marinade. Make sure that the chicken is all cover with the marinade.

Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for 3 to 6 hours.

When ready to air fry. Preheat the air fryer according to the manufacturer’s instructions to 350F.

Drain all the liquid from the bowl. Cover the chicken with all-purpose flour. Shake to remove excess of flour.
Once the bucket reaches the temperature, gently layer the drumstick in the bucket. Lightly spray olive oil and cook for 20 to 25 minutes.

After 10 minutes of cooking, you might want to check and flip the drumstick to get an evenly golden brown around it.

Serve hot.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe  using air fryer…you might want to take a look at Air Fried Cauliflowers or Air Fried Taiwanese Black Pepper Chicken recipes.

 

Did you know that air fryer cooks by circulating hot air around the food? Moreover, due to the Maillard effect. Maillard effect is the caramelization between amino acid (protein) and sugar.

 

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