You Should Cook Vegetables In Your Air Fryer. Here's Why

People have been shouting the praises of the air fryer far and wide for years now — and with good reason, too. Not only does the appliance offer a healthier alternative to deep-frying, but it's also a time-saving way to make a variety of deliciously crispy dishes. Yet, while you might think traditionally fried foods like french fries, tater tots, chicken tenders, and more are the only or best types of food to cook in the air fryer, know that the kitchen appliance is also perfect for all kinds of fresh vegetables too.

Just like other foods, the air fryer significantly cuts down on the amount of time you need to cook most kinds of vegetables, according to The Cookful. (Denser, harder vegetables like cauliflower or sweet potatoes do take a little longer than the usual 10 minutes many other vegetables take to cook — though remember that's a far sight faster than most standard oven roasting times.) As if that weren't enough, another great reason to use the air fryer to cook vegetables is that the appliance does a great job both browning and roasting vegetables to a tender state every single time. It's a no-brainer way to make great-tasting vegetables practically anytime you need them.

Keep these tips in mind when air frying vegetables

Cooking vegetables in the air fryer frees you up to be cooking other sides or your main dish in the oven at a different temperature. That means you'll have dinner on the table even faster since you don't have to wait on oven space to free up or wait around for a temperature change in the meantime. That said, to get delicious vegetables from the air fryer, you do need to keep a few cooking tips in mind.

Live Eat Learn reccomends adding a little olive oil to your air-fried vegetables, which will help them achieve a more roasted flavor. Like everything that goes into the air fryer, you need to cook the vegetables in a single layer. (Yes, even if that means working in batches.) But remember that the air fryer typically works pretty fast, so splitting your cook time up into a couple of batches isn't as time consuming as it might sound. Also remember to shake the basket of the air fryer a few times during the cooking process to ensure the vegetables cook evenly.

So, give the air fryer technique a try. You might find the time-saving trick is your key to eating healthy, yet scrumptious vegetables more often.