Should You Get an Air Fryer? Here's Why It's Worth It (Plus, 5 Recipes to Try)

If the Instant Pot was the must-have kitchen appliance of 2018, then the air fryer may be on its way to the same sort of popularity this year. Since it started to gain traction last fall, the air fryer has become an in-the-know gadget that home chefs are using to create flavorful, golden brown foods more easily than other frying alternatives. But what is an air fryer exactly—and is it worth all the hype?

We are just as curious about the air fryer as you are, and that's why we've looked into what this appliance is, how it works, and what to cook with it so that you can have all the knowledge you need to get started. And once you get the mechanics down, we've also included five healthy air fryer recipes to try that'll help make this appliance prove its spot on your countertop. Take it from Heidi Larsen of the blog Foodie Crush, whose recipe for chicken tenders is included below. "If you're looking for an even crispier chicken tender that delivers an amazing crunch, then you've gotta try the air fryer," she says.

Read on to learn more about the air fryer, and be among the those who embrace this trend as it continues to gain a following.