Instant Pot vs Air Fryer. Wondering which one is better? Foodie friends, I am here to break it all down so that you can decide which one is right for you!
When it comes to meal prep, we’re all looking for ways to make cooking up healthy, nutritious, (and delicious) meals faster and easier. And fortunately, there are many kitchen appliances on the market designed to do exactly that.
And two of the most popular gadgets (and also my personal faves), the Instant Pot and the Air Fryer, include loads of features that help you save time in the kitchen. #easycookingforthewin
But before you can determine if you should select the Instant Pot vs Air Fryer, let’s answer the question “what’s the difference between Instant Pot and Air Fryer?”
What Is An Instant Pot?
An Instant Pot is an electric multi-function appliance that has pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, steaming, warming, and sautéing capabilities.
It can take the place of many different gadgets and makes cooking easier with the ability to simply set it and forget it.
*** My Instant Pot Top Pick ***
What Can You Cook With Instant Pot?
From your morning oatmeal to decadent desserts, Instant Pot has the capability of preparing most of the foods we love. A few examples include;
- Rice (white or brown)
- Soups and Stews
- Chicken and Turkey
- Seafood and Fish
- Bread Dough
- Brownies and Cakes
Instant Pot Considerations
There are many different makes and models of multi-function electric pressure cookers out there. The most important factors to consider are the size and number of functions.
Instant Pot Size
Instant Pots come in a range of capacities. There is a 3-quart size that is suitable for those who cook for 1-2 people. The most popular is the 6-quart size, which is big enough to cook meals for families of 3-6 people. The largest 8-quart capacity is great for larger families, entertaining, and weekly meal prep.
Instant Pot Functions
There are many different functions that enable the Instant Pot to prepare the foods needed. Some models have 6 – in- 1, 7- in -1 and 10- in- 1 functions extending the versatility of the instant pot.
What Is An Air Fryer?
Air fryers work by circulating heat all around the food, which allows you to ‘fry’ foods using the smallest amount of oil, or even no oil at all. This means that you get the great crispy and crunchy consistency of fried foods, with far less fat and calories overall.
Not just limited to frying, air fryers also have the ability to grill, bake, and roast a variety of foods.
*** My Air Fryer Top Pick ***
What Can You Cook With Air Fryer?
It’s easy to prepare a wide variety of foods in the air fryer. Here are just a few;
- French fries
- Potatoes and Potato chips
- Roasted nuts
- Pork chops
- Fish fillets and fish sticks
- Hot Dogs
- Cakes and cupcakes
Air Fryer Considerations
When shopping for an air fryer, you’ll want to take into consideration the configuration (basket style or oven) and ease of use.
Air Fryer Basket or Oven?
The basket style air fryers are smaller and more portable. They are great for smaller kitchen and for those who prepare food for fewer people. An oven style air fryer is good for cooking larger quantities of food and for larger items, like a whole chicken or frozen pizza.
Ease of Use
Most air fryers have an easy to understand interface with just a few buttons. Simply set the temperature and cook time, and you are good to go.
Instant Pot vs Air Fryer – Which Is Better?
Soooooo, we’ve gone over the features and benefits of the Air Fryer vs Instant Pot. It’s easy to see why they’re both so popular. And how they make cooking delicious meals easy and simple.
But if you’re anything like me, you don’t want to have to choose between them.
Well peeps, I have good news! There are some innovative products out there that allow you to pressure cook, slow cook and air fry food, all in one unit!
Yeap, you really can have it all when it comes to quick and easy meal preparation.
***Instant Pot And Air Fryer Cookbooks****
Need some cookbooks for your Instant Pot and Air fryer. Then check out this list.
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