Monday, February 2, 2015

Recipe: Fried Crabsticks!

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We have been using the air-fryer actively due to my mom trying out new recipes for CNY snacks so here's another easy peasy one!

This is a fuss-free recipe because all you need is crabsticks, and a bit of oil.

Fried Crabsticks

Ingredients:
crabsticks
oil (I used oil spray) 

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 This is one packet of Dodo crabsticks. Some say that the different brands (of crabsticks) will result in different taste and Dodo offers the best taste so yeah. Your preference.
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 Tear them into strips. Thick or thin, it's your preference. Dry the strips with kitchen towel. Spray oil and mix it up a little. The purpose of spraying oil is to prevent the strips from sticking to each other or the cage.
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Throw it into the air-fryer. I'm using the Europace air-fryer which has the rotisserie function. I really like this one compared to the Philips air-fryer though. It's way bigger than the Philips one and they provide a lot of tools like the pans, rotary cage etc. 1 packet of crabsticks is a good amount of for the cage. 2 packets should fill the cage to the brim.

Temperature is set at 180 degree Celcius and let it rotate for 50 minutes. Yes 50 minutes. I know a lot of people got theirs done in 10 minutes or less but I guess because this is rotating non-stop, it needs more time to cook. Also, for this version, I forgot to dry the strips before throwing them into the air-fryer. 
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It is done when it is crispy, and fried to a nice golden brown color. Wait for it to cool before keeping them in an air-tight container.

A packet of Dodo crabsticks can fill a small container.
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So here's another not-so-nice attempt..

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 For my second time, I decided to experiment with the time and temperature. I tried 195 degrees Celcius and set it to 30 minutes instead. It was not crispy and some strips were still white so I gave it an additional 15 minutes. It came out looking really brown :( Taste wise, it's slightly burnt but the crab stick taste is still there.

Here's a comparison..
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I know this can be pretty expensive outside. With a bit of effort and time, you can save yourself $8 - $10 for a very easy-to-make snack!

Method:

1. Defrost the crabsticks.
2. Tear them into strips. Your preference as to whether it is thick or thin.
3. Spray oil onto the strips and mix them up a little.
4. Using the rotissarie function, fry them at 180 degree Celcius for 50 minutes.
5.Wait for the fried crabsticks to cool before keeping them into an air-tight container.

Let me know if you have any tips for this recipe! :)

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