A plate with air-fried sweet potato fries and sauce.

How to Use an Air Fryer: Instructions, Tips, & Recipes

The air fryer is a revolutionary kitchen tool celebrated for its ability to cook food using hot air, requiring significantly less oil than traditional frying methods. As a healthier alternative, air fryers have become a staple in modern kitchens. At Shaws, we're excited to introduce our range of the best air fryers, selected to cater to the diverse needs of every household.

Air Fryer Instructions



Recommended Foods

Typical Temperature Range (˚C)

Typical Cooking Time Range


Uses rapid hot air circulation to fry food with minimal oil, creating a crispy outer layer while maintaining a moist interior.         

Fries, chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, onion rings

180 - 200         

18 - 25 minutes


Simulates a traditional oven by circulating hot air evenly, ideal for baking pastries, bread, and desserts.         

Cakes, muffins, cookies, bread         

160 - 180         

20 - 45 minutes


Intense heat from the top element crisps and browns the surface of the food, similar to grilling.         

Steaks, fish fillets, vegetables 

200 - 230         

15 - 20 minutes


Gently warms food without drying it out, maintaining the original texture and flavour.         

Leftover pizza, pasta, casseroles, rice 

120 - 150         

5 - 10 minutes


Maintains a low, steady temperature to keep cooked food warm until ready to serve. 

Soups, stews, side dishes

60 - 90

Up to 2 hours


Browns and crisps bread and other items quickly using high heat.

Bread slices, bagels, English muffins        

160 - 200         

2 - 5 minutes


Uses low heat and a fan to remove moisture from food, preserving it for long periods while maintaining nutrients and flavour.         

Fruits and vegetables 

50 - 70

4 - 10 hours

Air Frying Cooking Tips 

  1. Preheat (if required): Some models recommend 3-5 minutes to preheat.
  2. Arrange Food: Arrange the food in the basket to form a single layer to ensure even cooking and avoid overcrowding.
  3. Set the temperature and time: Use the recommended air fryer cooking times and temperatures for different foods, as shown in the chart above.

How Long Does it Take to Air Fry? 

The cooking time for food in an air fryer can vary depending on the type of food, its thickness, and the desired level of doneness. Generally, an air fryer can cook food faster than a conventional oven due to its rapid air circulation technology. Here are some general guidelines for common foods:

  • French fries: 15-20 minutes
  • Chicken wings: 20-25 minutes
  • Vegetables: 10-20 minutes, depending on the type
  • Frozen foods like mozzarella sticks or nuggets: 10-15 minutes

For the best results, always check the specific instructions in your air fryer's manual or the recipe you're following. Additionally, flipping or shaking the food halfway through cooking can help achieve an even crispiness.

What Can You Cook in the Air Fryer? 

The versatility of an air fryer is one of its most incredible benefits. Here are some ideas:

1. Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

A plate with air-fried chicken wings and sauces.


  • 1 kg chicken wings
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Optional: your favourite wing sauce (buffalo, BBQ, etc.)

How to Cook Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer 

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer: Set your air fryer to 200°C and preheat for 5 minutes.
  2. Prepare the Chicken Wings: Pat the chicken wings dry by using paper towels. Mix the wings with olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl until evenly coated.
  3. Arrange in Basket: Place the wings in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Avoid overcrowding by cooking them in batches.
  4. Cook: Air fry the wings at 200°C for 20-25 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  5. Optional Step: Toss the cooked wings in your favourite wing sauce.
  6. Serve: Enjoy hot, crispy wings with your choice of dipping sauce.

2. Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

A plate with an air-fried salmon fillet with veggies.



  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

How to Cook Sweet Potato Fries in the Air Fryer:

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer: Set your air fryer to 180°C and preheat for 5 minutes.
  2. Prepare the Sweet Potatoes: Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into thin, even strips.
  3. Season the Fries: In a large bowl, toss the sweet potato strips with olive oil, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  4. Arrange in Basket: Place the sweet potato fries in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook them in batches to avoid overcrowding.
  5. Cook: Air fry at 180°C for 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through for even cooking.
  6. Serve: Serve warm with your favourite dipping sauce.

3. Air Fryer Salmon


  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  1. Preheat the Air Fryer: Set your air fryer to 200°C and preheat for 5 minutes.
  2. Prepare the Salmon: Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Brush this mixture over the salmon fillets with a cooking brush.
  3. Arrange in Basket: Place the salmon fillets in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  4. Cook: Air fry the salmon at 200°C for 10-12 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked and flakes easily with a fork.
  5. Serve: Serve the salmon fillets with lemon wedges and your favourite side dishes.

Are Air Fryers Healthy?

One of the main reasons people love air fryers is their ability to cook healthier meals. Air frying reduces oil consumption, which can help lower the fat content of your dishes. This cooking method also helps retain more nutrients compared to traditional frying. This is a significant benefit for individuals who are mindful of their health.

How to Clean and Maintain Your Air Fryer? 

Proper maintenance ensures your air fryer lasts longer and performs optimally. Here are some tips:

  • Clean After Each Use: Remove the basket and tray and wash them with warm soapy water.
  • Avoid Abrasive Cleaners: Use soft sponges or cloths. They prevent damage to the non-stick surface.
  • Regular Deep Cleaning: Clean the inside of the fryer every so often to remove any buildup of food or grease.

Air Fryer FAQs

Do I need to preheat an air fryer?

Not all air fryers need preheating. But doing so can help cook more consistently. Always refer to your specific model's instructions.

Can I cook frozen food in an air fryer?

Absolutely! Air fryers are perfect for cooking frozen foods like fries, chicken wings, and fish sticks. Adjust the cooking time and temperature whenever required.

Do you put oil in an air fryer?

A small amount of oil can enhance the crispiness of your food. However, it's only sometimes necessary. When you do use oil, a light spray is usually sufficient.

What foods should not be cooked in an air fryer?

Avoid cooking foods with a wet batter, as the hot air can blow the batter off. Additionally, large joints of meat may cook sparingly in an air fryer.

How to prepare food for the air fryer? 

Ensure food is dry before placing it in the fryer. Excess moisture can cause steam, preventing crispiness.

Where to Buy an Air Fryer in Ireland? 

Check out our home category for the best selection of air fryers and other kitchen appliances. Happy air frying!