If you're like most people, you probably love the convenience of making your favorite frozen foods and quick snacks in your air fryer. Well, it's time to step up your game. Try one (or all 45+) of the best air fryer recipes to take your air frying game to the next level.
Why You Should Trust That These Are The Best Air Fryer Recipes Out There
- Air Fryer Cookbooks: I have two best-selling air fryer cookbooks, Every Day Easy Air Fryer and Air Fryer Revolution, so you can feel confident in knowing that I use air fryers on a regular basis, I'm quite familiar with how they work and I know what makes a good air fryer.
- Experienced Reviewer: I've done various air fryer reviews in the past, so I have a wealth of knowledge about air fryers and what makes one better than another.
- Gadget geek!: I'm a self-proclaimed food tech enthusiast and have been known to purchase (and review) just about any kitchen appliance I can get my hands on.
How To Use An Air Fryer
Using an air fryer is incredibly easy. That is one of the many enticing factors that convinces many people to purchase their first air fryer. A few minor steps may need to be adjusted depending on which brand and model you own or decide to purchase. For the most part, using an air fryer is as simple as this:
- Remove the air fryer basket
- Select cook time
- Set cook temperature (or select the appropriate preset if your air fryer offers this function)
- Place the ingredients for your air fryer recipe in the air fryer basket
- Close the air fryer basket
- Some recipes require flipping food halfway through the cooking cycle
- Remove food from air fryer basket after cooking time is completed
- Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of your air fryer recipe
What Can You Cook In An Air Fryer?
You will be astonished by how many different types of food you can cook in an air fryer. The days of using your air fryer to cook french fries and egg rolls may soon be a thing of the past once you discover how many delicious air fryer recipes there are.
If you're not overly familiar with using your air fryer and coming up with your own recipes, I would suggest starting with one of the amazing recipes on this list. They've all been tested and are guaranteed to come out perfectly with the help of your trusty air fryer.
Here are some of my favorite things to cook in my air fryer:
- Chicken wings
- Chicken thighs
- Pork belly
- Pork shoulder
Air Fryer Recipe Roundup
Air Fryer Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
These Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms are filled with a savory flaked lump crab stuffing then baked in the air fryer or oven for pop-in-your-mouth goodness at your next party.
Healthy Samosas (Baked or Air-Fried)
Delicious Indian samosas, made with just six ingredients and vegan! The perfect air fryer snack for a cold afternoon.
Crispy Air Fried Tofu
You never knew how delicious tofu could be! crispy Air Fried Asian Tofu. Delicious & easy!
Crispy Air Fryer Onion Rings Recipe
Homemade onion rings are so good, especially when you make them in an air fryer. Less oil does not mean less crispy. You can even make them spicy too.
Air Fryer Cabbage Vadai | Lentil Fritters
These air fryer vegan lentil fritters are absolutely the best thing to make in the air fryer. Love how crunchy and delicious these fritters turn out every time.
Stuffed Okra – Bharwa Bhindi – Air Fryer Recipe
Stuffed Okra with Indian spices has incredible flavors packed into one simplistic dish. Crispy texture, bold fiery flavor and a sweet coconut finish are highlights of this dry curry.
Avocado Keto Spring Rolls
Cooked in an air fryer these crispy spring rolls have a creamy avocado filling packed with flavour. Enjoy them by themselves or serve with a tasty dip.
Fried Olives – Air Fryer Recipe
Fried olives are so darn scrumptious! This easy appetizer is perfect for the holiday season. It’s also ideal for wine and appetizer parties all year round. Make this simple air fryer recipe in less than 30 minutes!
Air fryer crumbed crunchy pasta
Ever fried filled pasta? It’s awesome and the air fryer makes it even better.
Potato Air Fryer Tacos - A Game Day Favorite!
Score big on game day with these crispy Potato Air Fryer Tacos - they're bite-sized, perfect for dipping, and totally crowd-pleasing!
How to Make Fried Pickles in the Air Fryer
Bring delicious pub food home with these air fryer pickles. Great for game day, holiday parties, or just for snacking.
Air Fryer Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe
These Hawaiian chicken wings make a tasty appetizer or throw them over sticky rice for a full meal!
We love snacking on these pretzel bites, though we definitely have debates on whether cheese sauce or mustard is the better dip!
Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp Recipe
If you love the tropical flavour of fried coconut shrimp, you’re going to love that you can omit a lot of the fat without giving up the flavour and texture of fried shrimp. You will love this Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp Recipe!
Air Fryer Salmon Croquettes Recipe
Made with 7 ingredients that include canned salmon, some potatoes I found in the back of my pantry, and spices that are pantry-staples, these tasty & easy Air Fryer Salmon Croquettes were the highlight of our weekend!
Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites
The air fryer cooks Pork Belly Bites into perfect little morsels of deliciousness. Serve them as finger food at a party or as movie night snacks that the whole family will love.
Orange Cauliflower Recipe with Video
Orange cauliflower is a vegetarian friendly take on Panda Express’s popular Asian orange chicken recipe. Loaded with a sweet and spicy orange sauce, this lightened up take out classic will have your family happily eating their vegetables!
Honey Sriracha Air Fryer Salmon
Perfectly caramelized honey sriracha salmon cooked in under 10 minutes. Just a handful of ingredients required!
Easy Air Fryer Orange Pecan Sticky Buns #Back2School
It only takes just 20 minutes to make Air Fryer sticky buns that taste like they are homemade with hints of honey, orange, and crunchy pecans
Garlic Air Fryer Pork Loin
This Air Fryer Pork Loin turns out tender and juicy on the inside, and nice and browned on the outside! This recipe only takes about 20 minutes, total! If you are trying to eat healthier for the New Year, this recipe is for you!
Air Fryer Turkey Breast
Air Fryer Turkey Breast is golden roasted turkey breast, perfectly seasoned all in your hand-dandy air fryer! No mess, no fuss! Delicious, rotisserie style turkey breast in less time than your conventional oven!
Chinese Steamed Cod Fillets Ginger Scallion Sauce (air fryer, oven)
Silky smooth Air Fryer "Steamed" Cod Fish Recipe is super simple yet incredibly delicious. With 6 ingredients only, this Chinese fish fillet recipe is tender, nutritious, and full of flavor.
Air Fryer Shrimp with Lemon and Pepper
This Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Shrimp is as easy as throwing the ingredients in a bag to mix and air frying it!
Air Fryer Easy Cheesy Pizza Bagels - Mom. Wife. Busy Life.
Serve these tasty Air Fryer Pizza Bagels for dinner this week!
Frozen Chicken Breast in the Air Fryer
Tender frozen chicken breast in the air fryer, these golden chicken pieces are easy to make and ready to serve in no time.
Air Fryer Mac and Cheese Recipe
This creamy, mouthwatering, homemade mac and cheese is a tasty comfort food dish that the whole family will enjoy! No need to pre-boil the pasta first.
Air Fryer Broccoli
Air Fryer broccoli is easy to make in just 15 minutes! It’s a great way to add veg to every meal.
Air Fryer Meatloaf
Air Fryer Meatloaf is an easy and delicious air fried meatloaf recipe. Juicy and seasoned meatloaf that is topped with a sweet and savory sauce.
Easy Air Fryer Fish Sticks
Cheesy Potatoes | Easy Cheesy Potato Recipe
This easy cheesy potatoes recipe is a classic, but it's one of my favorites by far. Potatoes are so versatile, that it's a lot of fun to see how many different ways I can use them in a recipe. These potatoes au gratin can be cooked in the air fryer or baked in the oven.
Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken Fried Steak is a traditional Southern dinner, but I've taken this classic dish and cooked it in my Air Fryer. I love having a comforting meal without all the extra calories from the deep fryer, and less of a mess (and grease smell) in my kitchen.
German Apple Pancakes | Air Fryer Recipe
German Apple Pancakes will have your house smelling like a bakery. Apples, the batter with the vanilla, and warm spices like nutmeg, and cinnamon–how could anyone not love this combination?
Air Fryer Fish Tacos
These Air Fryer Fish Tacos are healthy and easy to make! They’re breaded and fried until crispy and topped with veggies and Mexican crema.
Ultimate Air Fryer Hamburgers
Air fryers make delicious and juicy burgers that are cooked to perfection. These air fryer burgers are so simple to whip up and no fuss. Dinner is ready in 25 minutes. This will be your new go to recipe!
Air Fryer Toasted Coconut Lime Donuts
Air Fryer Toasted Coconut Lime Donuts are made with canned biscuits and a quick coconut lime glaze. Top them with toasted coconut and you have a quick and easy breakfast or treat.
Very Berry Bread Pudding
This easy Berry Bread Pudding is the best dessert (or breakfast) to satisfy those sweet cravings. It is creamy, decadent and so easy to make in the air fryer, oven or even the instant pot. Perfect to serve to the family or for entertaining!
How to Make Easy Blueberry Hand Pies in the Air Fryer
These blueberry hand pies are easy to make in the air fryer. With the included foolproof pie crust recipe, it’s a winner!
Baked Apple Recipe | The Best Way To Enjoy Apples!
This Baked Apple Recipe is quite possibly the best way to enjoy apples! They're deliciously sweet, tangy, and very easy to make. A few different variations will make this your go-to way to make baked apples in your air fryer or oven.
So, 45+ air fryer recipes aren't enough? Check out one of my two best selling air fryer cookbooks!
Every day easy air fryer and Air Fryer Revolution.
What Can You Not Cook In An Air Fryer?
Just like with any other kitchen gadget, some things are more suited for cooking in the air fryer than other things. While you can cook nearly anything in your air fryer with the right air fryer accessories and modifications, here are a few things that you might consider using your Instant Pot or trusty skillets to cook instead:
- Cheesy dishes
- Thick cuts of meat
Is It Healthy To Cook In An Air Fryer?
The health benefits of air frying are quite substantial if you're trying to replace deep frying with air frying. Air frying drastically reduces the amount of grease and oil you use to cook some of our favorite foods.
In addition to being able to cook some protein rich foods in your air fryer, it's also great for roasting vegetables.
The Best Air Fryer Recipes
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Originally Published November 20, 2020
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