Illustration for article titled You Should Air Fry Some CapersPhoto: Claire Lower

My air fryer stopped working about two weeks ago. Fortunately, Instant Pot was able to send me a new one (thanks, guarantee!), But in that half month without my Vortex Mini, I realized how much I could rely on.

Reheating to take away, toasting bread and making perfect little ‘extras’: these were just a few of the things I had to do in my large, less efficient ‘Big Oven’, and I was very relieved when my new tabletop was put into a fan oven arrived. I couldn’t just enjoy mine again crispy tofu Bowls garnished with air-fried spring onionsI was finally able to test my plan of making crispy little salty bois – also known as air-fried capers.

Similar to air-fried chickpeasCapers need a bit of oil, but not nearly as much as you would need if you really were. really fry them. (This may be the second time I’ve used the air fryer in a way that “reduces fat.” I don’t really care about counting calories, but I like saving money and using fewer ingredients to do this to achieve that.)

Fried capers (whether really fried or “wrong” fried in a turbo convection oven) are a crispy, salty, savory delight. You can eat them as a snack – they go very well with a martini – or you can sprinkle them over a salad, pasta, or a nice piece of fish. I usually eat them like tiny popcorn.

To make air fried capers you will need:

  • Some capers with brine
  • A type of fat (olive oil, bacon fat, and duck fat).

Remove the capers from the salt solution and drain them on paper towels. Transfer them to a bowl and drizzle with a little oil. Throw them in a coating until they are shiny but not floating in fat. If you have a basket-style air fryer, remove the shell (the capers just fall through the holes) and put the oiled capers right in the bottom of the basket. Fry in the air at 400 ° C for 5-7 minutes until they bubble and are crispy. Let cool down briefly and enjoy.

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