Seeing I stocked two cans of pineapples last time for my sweet and sour pork and have some remaining capsicum sitting idly in the fridge, I thought I’d be resourceful and make use of the other can by experimenting with air-fried sweet and sour fish this time. Batter the hoki fillets up with bread crumbs, stick it in the fryer for 10 minutes at 180 degrees celsius, then mix it in with the sweet and sour sauce. Simple.
- Slice of hoki fillet (large palm size) cut into 1-2 inch cubes
- 1 small can pineapples in syrup
- 1/2 red and 1/2 yellow capsicum, sliced into cubes
- 1/3 cup bread crumbs
- 1 shallot, wedged
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1/6 cup apple cider sauce
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
1) Cut capsicum and shallot into wedges.
2) Wash and pat dry fish fillet. Cut fish into slices.
3) Rub white pepper and salt over fish. Batter fish with bread crumbs mixed in with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Stick in air fryer for 10 minutes at 180 degrees celsius.
4) Heat saucepan on medium heat. Add oil, capsicum and shallots. Fry until lightly brown.
5) Make sauce. Pour in apple cider vinegar, ketchup and sugar in saucepan. Heat until boiling. Pour mixture into saucepan with the vegetables and stir together.
6) Cover fish with the sauce. Transfer to plate and serve.
Finally! I discovered a guilt-free way to cook sweet and sour pork that does away with the threatening calorie count. Instead of deep frying the pork cubes, I experimented with the Phillips air fryer tonight. Surprisingly, the end result was pleasing – there was not too much compromise in texture nor in taste. An added bonus is that you save the need for oil too! Scroll down for my “secret” recipe as to how to recreate the classic sweet and sour pork dish the ‘air-fryer’ way.
INGREDIENTS (serves 4):
For the pork:
- 1 pound pork cut into cubes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 egg white
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 1/2 medium red pepper, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1/2 medium yellow pepper, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
For the sauce:
- 1 can (8 ounce) pineapple chunks in syrup (i.e. undrained)
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4-1/2 cup white sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon corn starch
1) Wash and pat dry pork loin. Cut the pork into one inch cubes.
2) Place cubed pork in a medium bowl and season with the salt, sugar, and soy sauce. Mix in the egg white and green onions. Best to marinade for an hour in the fridge (NB: since I had no time, I personally did not bother).
2) Preheat air fryer at 180 degrees celsius. Coat the pork in the 1/2 cup of corn flour all over.
3) Preheat air fryer for 3 minutes at 180 degrees celsius. Chuck in the marinaded pork cubes and “fry” for a total of 10 minutes. Best to cook for 5 minutes, then flip the pork cubes over with tongs to cook the alternate side for the remaining 5 minutes.
Flip the pork cubes over at the 5 minutes mark
What the pork cubes will look like after 10 minutes of air frying at 180 degrees celsius. Crisp and crunchy (without the oil!).
4) In the meantime (while the pork is cooking), heat a fry pan with vegetable oil and throw in the chopped peppers with onions. Add the pineapple chunks (reserve the sauce in the can). Cook until tender and season with a sprinkle of salt and sugar. Remove from heat, set aside.
5) Next, time to make the sauce. Pour all the sauce ingredients (not the cornstarch yet) in a saucepan. Bring to boil and stir in the air fried pork cubes, peppers, onions and shallots. Return to boil and add the remaining pineapple juice from the can and the 2 tablespoons of corn starch to thicken the sauce to your desired consistency. Cook until well blended.
6) Transfer to a clean plate. Serve while hot.
Sometimes I crave fish and chips but am ever so cognisant of my expanding waistline. Seeing home cooked food should be healthy I decided to give my Phillips air fryer a shot and make my own version of battered fried fish without the oil and chips. I used frozen New Zealand Hoki Fish Fillets. After coating it with bread crumbs and air frying it for ~7 minutes, it actually turned out rather tasty!
- Hoki fish fillet (if frozen can thaw overnight in fridge or put in air tight plastic bag and soak in room temperature water for 20 minutes)
- Bread crumbs
- Salt and Pepper to taste
1) Preheat air fryer 3 minutes at 190 degrees celsius.
2) Pour bread crumbs onto a plate and rub white pepper and salt over the fish fillet.
2) Mix a teaspoon of olive oil to the bread crumbs. Coat fish generously with the crumbs on both sides.
3) Place fish inside air fryer and set timer for 7 minutes. Halfway whilst cooking, flip fish over with tongs. Serve with lemon juice and/or ketchup.