While I no longer consume oil, it doesn't mean that I don't miss fried food. Sure, one can accomplish a decent "fried" affect using the oven, but that is so last season.
I present you with the Airfryer.
The advertisement for this little gem states that it can fry, bake, grill and roast food using a tablespoon or less of oil. However, after learning that many in the whole-food, plant-based, oil-free community are successfully using this machine using no oil at all, I had to give it a go myself.
I picked up the Philips Airfryer on Amazon for just under $200.
So far, I have had success making fries, curly fries and onion rings (recipes to come). It also does an excellent job on frozen food that typically call for frying - things like tater tots and vegetable rolls. I wouldn't say the results exactly mirror those of traditional frying, but it's pretty close.
I appreciate the adjustable temperature (up to 390 degrees) and timing controls (up to 30 minutes). It takes a mere three minutes to heat up and you can simply add those minutes to your cooking time. It also cooks at a fraction of the oven time, a mere 10 minutes for curly fries, 15-20 minutes for traditional fries. The basket is rather large (1.8 lb. capacity) and can easily hold enough servings for two people. It's non-stick surface and removable fryer basket makes clean-up effortless, both of which are dishwasher safe.
I have found that the key to frying is not packing too much into the basket as well as tossing the food during cooking.
This would make a most excellent stocking stuffer for the oil-free lover in your life.
Ho, Ho, Ho!