Seriously, It’s Magic
About two weeks ago, my roommates and I got an AirFryer and let me tell you, it is MAGICAL. When I had first heard of it, I could not, for the life of me, figure out how frying foods could be healthy in any way, shape or form, but the air frier proved me wrong! We have made so many healthy renditions of fried, comfort food, except the best part is there is NO OIL. It uses high pressurized air to give the foods you want fried with a crispy outside, yet super moist inside. AirFryers can range anywhere from $65- 165, depending where purchased from.
We have made so many different things since getting it, from homemade chicken tenders, to blooming’ onions, homemade potato chips, to bacon for breakfast! Anything you can think of, you can pretty much cook in the fryer. We have been planning on doing fried pickles, fried Oreo, and a ton of different types of veggies.
A few helpful tips when making things in the AirFryer:
- Spray the crate with Pam or lightly coat in olive oil for drier or starchier foods
- Make sure to adjust the temperature to it’s proper setting
- Flip larger items frequently for a more even crispiness
Cajun Shrimp Cilantro Rice Bowls
This week, we made one of my favorite dinners I have ever made; Cajun Shrimp with Cilantro Lime Rice Bowls and an Avocado Cream. We made the shrimp in the air fryer, and it may be some of the best shrimp I have ever eaten! I pretty much just winged the recipe, as I usually do, but below gives you an idea of what I added and how it was prepared.
First, we started by thawing the shrimp, which we bought 24, peeled and cleaned, raw shrimps. We used medium shrimp, but they definitely shrink when they cook, so large would work fine as well. Once they were thawed and rinsed, we added them into a bowl, and seasoned with:
1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/4 tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp Cumin
2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 Tbs Salt
1 Tbs Chili Powder
1 Tbs Old Bay
Drizzle with Olive Oil
Multitasking At It’s Finest
Once everything is mixed, the shrimp is added to the airfryer to cook for about 20 minutes on 350 degrees. During the time the shrimp cooks, begin preparing the remaining in ingredients for the bowl by starting with boiling water for the rice.
For the jalapeño corn, I used:
One bag frozen corn, cooked
One Jalapeño, seeded, diced
2 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
2 Tbs finely chopped Cilantro
Dash of Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbs Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Simply add the cooked corn to the heated oil, and cook on medium high heat for about 7-10 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Add the diced jalapeños, garlic, and remaining spices, and cook for another 5 minutes until vegetables are tender and blackened.
Cilantro Lime Rice
Once the water has boiled and the rice has cooked, add the juice of one whole lime, salt and pepper to taste, and about 4 tablespoons of finely chopped cilantro. I absolutely love cilantro, so I don’t think there can ever be too much, but add as much as you like to your tasting!
The last, but best part of the bowl, is the avocado cream, which is so simple and quick to make. For the cream, it only has few ingredients, which are all added to a puréer or blender, and processed until smooth. I add:
1 Tbs Cilantro
1 and a half limes
Warm Water as needed
Salt and Pepper to taste
Tip: If the consistency of the cream is still too thick, add a few splashes of warm water at a time until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
Once everything is ready, I added a few quartered tomatoes, the corn, rice, and cream, and viola!! Cajun Shrimp Cilantro Rice Bowls! It is SO tasty and took about 35 minutes to prepare, so it’s feasible to make during week nights or on busy days.
I would love to hear some feedback or answer any questions!! Please feel free to comment and I will get to as many as I can!