Saturday, December 1, 2018

Adventures in Air Frying - Whole Fish

Hello Darlings,

Yes it's me again. Today I came up with a new recipe for whole fish. As you will remember I purchased an air fryer last month, and let me tell you. I am amorous with this machine. There are many brands on the market, but I chose the  Big Boss Oil-less Air Fryer, 16 Quart, 1300 watt simply because I like to watch my food as it cooks.  And so far, I have not been disappointed.

This Big Boss Air Fryer has really changed the way I prepare our meals, especially meats.  As we like the taste of the foods I cook, I opted to convert as many  of the recipes for meat, fish, and chicken as possible.  This being said  the recipe below is one I converted from  my deep fryer to my air fryer.

What you need:
  • 2 whole ocean whiting fish, minus heads and tails
  • A one  gallon size plastic bag
  • Your favorite fish batter, homemade or store bought
  • Cooking oil to spray
  • 4 pieces of string or yarn
  • Air fryer mesh basket
  • Air fryer lower rack
  • Large oven mitt
  • Turning tongs

What you need to do:

  1. Place mesh basket and lower rack inside of the air fryer bowl, then stray each with cooking spray.
  2. Remove mesh basket and lower rack and set aside
  3. Preheat air fryer bowl at 400 degrees
  4. While air fryer is heating, rinse fish and pat dry.
  5. Then in the plastic bag add your favorite batter.
  6. Add one fish at a time to bag and cover thoroughly
  7. Place the battered fish in the mesh basket,  and then place the lower rack on top. Use the four strings to tie four bows to join basket and the lower rack together. This keeps the fish in place and prevents them from breaking when turning during the cooking cycle.
  8. Now, place the bound fish in the preheated air fryer bowl and spray the top of the fish with cooking oil.
  9. Place the lid on the air fryer and set time to 9 minutes.
  10. After the 9 minutes is up use the tongs and the oven mitt to prevent burning yourself,  then turn over the basket with the lower rack in place. Spray this side of the fish with cooking oil as well. Replace the air fryer lid and cook for 9 minutes.
  11. When the timer stops set the cooking time for an additional 5 minutes, then repeat on the other side.

When the fish is done untie or cut off  the strings  from the basket and the rack to get the your prize of golden brown and crispy yet moist inside ocean whiting.  If you love fried fish and have a Big Boss air fryer give this recipe a try. It can be adjusted to many types of whole or thick fish fillet.

Download the recipe.

Until next time,
           Chow Darlings