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Gotham Steel Crisper Tray Review: Fried Foods in the Oven?

Gotham Steel Crisper Tray is a nonstick crisping rack that allows you to create fried foods in the oven. Does it work? Read our Gotham Steel Crisper Tray review.

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About Gotham Steel Crisper Tray

Gotham Steel Crisper Tray is a crisping basket which can be used to make fried foods in the oven. The official product website is gothamcrisper.com, which was registered in December 2016. The screen shot below was taken of the product website in January 2017.

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Claims & Features

  • Made from nonstick ceramic and titanium
  • No butter or oil necessary
  • Can be used with metal utensils
  • Flame-proof up to 500 degrees
  • Dishwasher safe

Cost

You can get Gotham Steel Crisper Tray for $19.99 + $6.95 P&H. You have the option to add a 9.5″ Gotham Steel Pan for another $6.95 P&H. That brings your total to $26.94 for just the crisper, or $33.89 if you add the bonus pan.

As of this writing, Gotham Steel Crisper Tray isn’t available in stores, although it is listed as an online purchase on Walmart’s website.

Gotham Steel Crisper Tray Review

The Gotham Steel brand has inundated airwaves in recent months with a variety of kitchen products. Now with Gotham Steel Crisper Tray, we are said to have the ability to create fried foods right in the oven. But does the reality live up to the hype?

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This crisping basket comes in two parts: A mesh basket and a pan, both of which are nonstick. The mesh basket is designed to let warm air heat food from all directions, creating a more evenly cooked end result. Grease will drip away from the food and onto the pan below, rather than into the oven. This, we are told, helps create healthier foods.

I purchased a Gotham Steel Crisper Tray, and overall I think it does a pretty good job, with a few caveats.

A mesh crisping basket like this is better suited to some foods than others. Pre-cooked items that you’d normally heat in an oven (tater tots or mozzarella sticks, for example) are heated more evenly because of improved airflow. There is also no need to flip foods cooked in the Gotham Steel Crisper Tray because there is no flat surface touching the food. It works fantastic for leftover pizza.

There are, however, some foods that may present other challenges when cooked in this crisper. For example, there are times you want a hot, flat surface touching your food. Meats and raw french fries, for example, could take much longer in the Gotham Steel Crisper Tray because of the lack of direct contact with a heated surface.

Cleaning the basket portion of the Gotham Steel Crisper Tray is somewhat unusual because water passes right through it. It is best to use a large soapy sponge with warm running water in order to remove food debris. It holds up well in the dishwasher, but it seems to be easiest to simply use a sponge.

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A hamburger cooked on the Gotham Steel Crisper Tray.
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Breaded chicken strips cooked on the Gotham Steel Crisper Tray.

As with most nonstick surfaces, the impressive nonstick properties will probably degrade over time, as has started to happen with my Copper Crisper (seen in the comparison video below). This is less problematic with the mesh basket, as little surface area ever actually touches food.

Size-wise, Gotham Steel Crisper Tray is not very large, and will probably make enough food for two people, depending on the dish you’re making.

Overall, I think most consumers will find this to be a decent addition to their kitchen arsenal, although it probably won’t replace traditional pans for meats or other items that need a hot, flat surface.

Alternatives

If the advertising for Gotham Steel Crisper Tray looks familiar, you may have seen advertising in recent months for a nearly identical product called Copper Crisper (review). That As Seen on TV product is virtually indistinguishable from Gotham Steel Crisper Tray, and can be found in stores for about $20. You can also watch my hands-on review of Copper Crisper in the video below.

There are similar crispers than can be found online such as this Mesh Basket and Screen, which costs about $14. There are also a number of oven crispers which come in a variety of designs and prices.

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Your Gotham Steel Crisper Tray Reviews

Have you used Gotham Steel Crisper Tray? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below and a star rating above.

Updated April 2017.

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Lisa Wilson
Lisa Wilson
3 years ago

How to make fried chicken with the Gotham Steel Crisper. How much time is needed to cook in oven and at what temperature?

Robbi Tideman
Robbi Tideman
3 years ago
Reply to  Lisa Wilson

Don’t call and ask them, I tried that and was passed around and around only to never getting an answer.

Lynne Pack
Lynne Pack
3 years ago
Reply to  Robbi Tideman

Same here.

pam b
pam b
3 years ago
Reply to  Lisa Wilson

I’d look at other recipes for oven fried chicken… I used temps and times for fish and fries and it was perfect

Cherry Perry
Cherry Perry
3 years ago

I ordered the Gotham Crisper directly from them…on the 23 of January..as of this date March 6 I have not received…I keep getting messages from Fedex who apparently delivers for them…a different date every time I look to track the Item…this company for now is crap…I hope their item is not…but I will let you know about it…its been more than two months since I ordered…imagine if I lived in Alaska…would get next year….

Brandon Craig
Brandon Craig
3 years ago
Reply to  Cherry Perry

I wish this would allow me to send the picture of how shitty this product is.

Cherry Perry
Cherry Perry
3 years ago

Oh and don’t call because the people who answere really don’t care they are nonchellant about it…If I would of known I would of ordered through Amazon..at least they reply quickly….

db cooper
db cooper
3 years ago

bought one at bed bath but haven’t used it yet because there are no instruction re how long to cook different types of food . . . i’m almost ready to take it back since it claims there are recipes but there were none in the box.

pam b
pam b
3 years ago
Reply to  db cooper

Got mine today… has a note to go to gothamsteelrecipes.com

pam b
pam b
3 years ago
Reply to  freakinreviews

I set my oven as suggested and made Gortons fish fillets and ore ida seasoned fries… after reading some comments, I put parchment between the tray and basket. Everything was delicious… now, how to make those wrapped snickers… I’ll figure it out 😉

Julie Hogenson
Julie Hogenson
3 years ago

‘ZACTLY!! NO included instructions for any time or temperature for whatever you’re warming or cooking….WTH?

Dee Sone
Dee Sone
3 years ago
Reply to  Julie Hogenson

Yeah i had to Google the recipe book that’s a .pdf if was smaller i would attach

Christina Ward Martin
Christina Ward Martin
3 years ago

instructions are much needed….. Especially for fried chicken…..Most other things go by the instructions on the packages. Why are there NO basic instructions????

Deborah Scott
Deborah Scott
3 years ago

Agree!!!!!

Brandon Craig
Brandon Craig
3 years ago

Do not fry veggies on grill. It ruined my non stick easy to stick to crisper. This product is a lie i have veggie material stuck so bad it peels of the copper upon careful removal

Janice Broussard
Janice Broussard
3 years ago

can you “fry” …”real” potatoes with this crisper….in the oven. directions please!!!

Dorothy Everall-McCully
Dorothy Everall-McCully
3 years ago

i should have read these reviews before I bought my crisper tray. now am like many of you looking for the recipes tat they claim we can get on line,,, when itarrived today right on time thee was no invoice so no way to return if I wanted to after I give it a try. I think I will just follow directions as if I was just cooking on a cookie sheet even though I am using a basket.. good luck every one lets hope we all get it figured out.. happy eating

Deborah Scott
Deborah Scott
3 years ago

Yes, I would like to know also.

Beth Morrow
Beth Morrow
3 years ago
Reply to  Deborah Scott

Go to gothamcrisper.com and at the very bottom of their site is the free downloadable cook book. 🙂

Linda Schleusner Bechard Felle
Linda Schleusner Bechard Felle
3 years ago

How do you get the recipes that they said were free? The website said you would have to pay $9.95 or $10. to get them.

Beth Morrow
Beth Morrow
3 years ago

It’s not their website. Go to gothamcrisper.com and at the very bottom of their site is the free downloadable cook book. 🙂

Graça Medeiros
Graça Medeiros
3 years ago

I use my copper crisper with French fries they came out pretty good at 400 degrees for 25 minutes if the fries are frozen let stay in oven for 5 , 10 minutes more or let fries set at room temperature before putting in oven , you don’t need a specific time just keep your eyes on it , when you see its crisp it’s done .hope it helps .

Deborah Scott
Deborah Scott
3 years ago

How long to reheat fried fish and french fries

Cee Goliath
Cee Goliath
3 years ago

Bought the fried oven rack at Bed Bath & Beyond, attempted to do some bake chicken thighs and legs tonight. No instructions inside the box, so I googled the instructions. A complete disaster, after heating up the oven at 400 thanks to YouTube and baking for 1:45 minutes. The chicken was far from crunchy, slightly raw inside and had to throw out $15 worth of leg and thigh tonight and order out. Not recommended.

Dave W
Dave W
3 years ago
Reply to  Cee Goliath

I agree with ALL of the frustrated users! NO instructions. We tried the WONDERFUL FRIED CHICKEN and it was a disaster, came out overcooked and hard. I thought SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN IN THE BASKET WITHOUT TURNING??? I have prepared oven fried chicken for years…dip, batter, place on tray and drizzle with oil and oven fry. The fact this thing comes with NO instructions makes it a rip off! BEWARE!!! It is great for pre-battered foods or warming up, but NOT AS AN OVEN FRYER!!!

Elaine Daw
Elaine Daw
3 years ago

Bacon? Has anyone tried cooking bacon in the mesh basket? I love bacon cooked in the oven but would like to cook in the mesh basket to allow more grease to drain off

Larry Haldeman
Larry Haldeman
3 years ago

I used it to fry chicken an it sucks. I ended up frying in skillet. This is a piece of crap!!😡😡😡

Beth Morrow
Beth Morrow
3 years ago

EVERYONE! There ARE basic “instructions”, which I can safely assume you mean the recipe book… Since instructions don’t really need to come with a tray you stick in the over. Obviously no assembly required.

If you go to their website at gothamcrisper.com, scroll to the very bottom of the page, and click on RECIPE DOWNLOAD, which is 2nd from the left. Save it to your favorites, print it, whatever. It’s there. Take two seconds to look.

For those who still don’t “get it” … Here: https://www.gothamcrisper.com/images/recipes/Gotham-Air-Crisper-Tray-Recipes.pdf

Jennie Rosario
Jennie Rosario
3 years ago

Hi all. I just got and tried my Gotham crisper tray and was very impressed when I tried. It is perfect for a one person frozen food pan. I made Tyson chicken strips and oreida crinkle cut fries on one pan – just enough for me. It came out crispy, delicious and I didn’t have to turn anything over. This test drive with the crisper was to make sure it worked so that I can make my grand daughter’s favorite meal – chicken fingers and French fries! She will certainly enjoy as I did tonight. Hope it cleans well but… Read more »

Marge Elmore
Marge Elmore
2 years ago

can i cook steak on my crisper

Will Edelman
Will Edelman
2 years ago

Someone explain to me what you need that for. Isn’t what I have been doing the last several months the same thing? Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum. Put a turkey oven rack over that. Put a BBQ grilled rack over that, and isn’t it the same thing? Don’t put cooking oil on top. Don’t turn over half way, but if you have a crispy surface on top and it it is mostly crispy on the bottom, you can flip it for around five minutes. If it is crispy on both sides, but hasn’t completely browned, don’t put it back… Read more »