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20 Best Air Fryer Recipes

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The Best Air Fryer Recipes for easy, delicious meals! Air fryer chicken recipes, easy air fryer meals, healthy air fryer vegetables, and more! These easy air fryer recipes are perfect for beginners to air frying.

four cooked chicken thighs in air fryer basket

Air fryer recipes can help you to get fast, healthy meals and snacks on your table without a lot of effort. My air fryer has quickly become one of my most used kitchen appliances. Every time I cook with it, I’m impressed with the flavor and crispiness of air fried food!

I’m excited to share with you my favorite tried and true air fryer recipes, the ones that I make again and again for my family. These recipes are easy, tasty and most of them require just a few simple ingredients. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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What is an Air Fryer?

An air fryer is a versatile kitchen appliance that can air fry, roast, bake, broil, crisp, dehydrate and reheat foods. An air fryer has a heating element that radiates heat and a fan that circulates hot air around the food in the air fryer basket. The hot air circulation allows you to use less oil and still get deliciously crispy foods. To help you get started with air fryer cooking, I’ve written a beginner’s guide about How to Use an Air Fryer.

Why Air Fryer Recipes?

  • Crispy foods! The hot air circulation in an air fryer helps to make the crispiest foods. From Air Fryer Fried Chicken to crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, there’s so much to love about crispy air fryer foods. You’ll also love how meats and fish cook up especially tender and juicy in the air fryer.
  • Easy to use. Right out of the box, you’ll find that most air fryers are easy to use. Plus, it’s easy to check on food during the cooking process. You can simply pull out the basket to take a peek.
  • Quick cooking. Air fryers cook food quickly, making them perfect for weeknight cooking. They reach cooking temperature quickly, much faster than it would take to preheat your oven. The air fryer recipes below are simple, with fast preparation times. 
  • Easy clean up! Air fryer baskets typically have a nonstick coating that makes clean up a breeze.
  • Use it year round. Your air fryer won’t heat up your kitchen, so it’s perfect for making light summer meals and winter comfort foods.

Best Air Fryer Recipes

Now on to the recipes! Whether you are the proud new owner of an air fryer or have been air frying for years, there’s something for everyone in the list below.

The Best Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

Air fryer chicken recipes are some of my most popular, and it’s easy to see why. Chicken is a dinnertime staple, and it cooks up perfectly juicy and tender in the air fryer.

two air fryer chicken breasts on a plate with one partially sliced

When you need a foolproof way to cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts, Air Fryer Chicken Breast comes to the rescue! This easy air fryer chicken recipe makes perfectly juicy and flavorful chicken breasts, every time.

close up of crispy chicken thighs on a plate

With a delicious seasoning rub, these Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are a weeknight staple. They cook up juicy and flavorful, with the best crispy skin!

air fryer fried chicken legs and thighs on a plate garnished with parsley and lemon

Satisfy your fried chicken cravings in a healthier way with Air Fryer Fried Chicken. This recipe will wow everyone at the table. It’s incredibly crispy, perfectly seasoned and easy to make.

air fryer chicken tenders stacked on a plate with a dish of honey mustard sauce

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are a kid favorite that adults happen to love, too. If you’re looking to make the crispiest healthy chicken tenders, then this is the recipe for you. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauces and watch them disappear!

Close up of cooked air fryer chicken legs on a plate.

Kids and adults alike will go crazy for these Air Fryer Chicken Legs! Chicken drumsticks cook up juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. You will love the delicious seasoning, too!

Easy Air Fryer Meals

The air fryer recipes below are some of my favorite quick and easy meals. From pork to salmon, steak and shrimp, there’s plenty of dinner inspiration for every night of the week!

3 air fryer pork chops on a plate

It’s easy to cook pork chops in the air fryer! My go-to Air Fryer Pork Chops recipe has a delicious seasoning and makes perfect juicy pork chops. The recipe includes cook times for both boneless and bone-in pork chops.

four air fried salmon fillets on a plate with parsley and lemon slices

This recipe is one of my very favorites! You’ll love the caramelized crust and moist, flaky interior of this easy Air Fryer Salmon.

two cooked steaks in air fryer topped with pat of garlic butter

Learn how to cook a perfect Air Fryer Steak. Easy enough for any night of the week, this juicy steak is even better served with a pat of garlic butter.

Sliced air fryer pork tenderloin on a serving plate.

This Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin turns out perfectly tender and flavorful, every time! It cooks up quickly in the air fryer for an easy weeknight dinner.

air fryer shrimp stacked on a plate

Air Fryer Shrimp is a quick meal that you’ll want to have in your back pocket. Shrimp cooks incredibly fast in the air fryer, and this easy shrimp recipe features a flavorful Cajun-inspired seasoning. Cook from fresh or frozen.

Air Fryer Vegetables – Crispy and Delicious!

You will love these easy options for healthy air fryer side dishes. These air fryer vegetable recipes are here to help you round out your meals. But watch out, they’re so tasty they just might steal the show!

close up of brussels sprouts with parmesan in a serving dish

These Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts are seasoned with garlic and Parmesan and have the most delicious crispy edges. We usually polish these off straight from the air fryer basket – they’re that good.

air fryer broccoli with parmesan and red pepper flakes on a serving dish

A few simple tips will have you making the best Air Fryer Broccoli. It’s perfectly crisp-tender and extra delicious with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese or a squeeze of lemon juice. 

bite of cauliflower on a fork held over a bowl of cauliflower

Air Fryer Cauliflower has browned, crispy edges and a simple garlic and Parmesan seasoning. It’s a healthy side dish that’s unbelievably addicting!

asparagus on a serving plate with lemon and Parmesan cheese

Air Fryer Asparagus is my favorite fast way to cook asparagus. It’s tender on the inside and crispy on the ends. Serve it with a squeeze of lemon juice, some sliced almonds or a sprinkle of Parmesan or crumbled goat cheese.

Comforting Air Fryer Potato Recipes

Potatoes are classic comfort food and the air fryer makes the best potatoes! Crispy on the outside, fluffy in the center, you will love these air fryer potato recipes.

air fryer baked potato topped with butter and chives

Craving the perfect baked potato? An Air Fryer Baked Potato has the crispiest skin and is perfectly soft and fluffy in the center. Pile on your favorite toppings (bacon, anyone?) and enjoy!

a plate of air fryer french fries with a small dish of ketchup

These Air Fryer French Fries were one of the first recipes that got me hooked on air frying! They’re so crispy and made with just 3 simple ingredients, including only a tablespoon and a half of oil.

Air fryer potato wedges with parmesan.

Crispy Air Fryer Potato Wedges seasoned to perfection and topped with Parmesan cheese make a delicious appetizer!

Two air fryer baked sweet potatoes served with butter, salt and pepper.

An Air Fryer Sweet Potato is a real treat! Making baked sweet potatoes in the air fryer is fast and easy. They come out perfectly soft and creamy inside, and the skins crisp up nicely in the air fryer.

air fryer potatoes with parmesan in a white bowl with serving spoon

These Air Fryer Potatoes are oven roasted-style potatoes, only they’re made in the air fryer. They’re an incredibly easy side dish, but watch out, they might all disappear before they even hit the dinner plates!

Appetizers and Snacks

One of the things that the air fryer does best is make crispy game day snacks and appetizers. Crispy fries and chicken wings are always the hit of the party!

air fryer chicken wings served with ranch dressing and buffalo sauce

Air Fryer Chicken Wings are fast to prep and disappear even faster! With its ability to make foods deliciously crispy, the air fryer really is the best way to make wings. You’ll love the seasonings on these!

air fryer onion rings

Air Fryer Onion Rings are the best game day snack food or appetizer.  Forget the deep fryer, making onion rings in the air fryer is easy and the results are just as crispy and delicious. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. 

sweet potato fries served with ketchup and ranch dip

While I’ll never turn down regular French fries, I have to admit that I am partial to these Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries. You just can’t beat the sweet and savory flavor of these ultra crispy healthy fries!

air fryer zucchini fries around a dish of marinara sauce

When your garden is bursting with fresh zucchini, what better way to put those green squash to good use than Air Fryer Zucchini Fries? A few simple seasonings and Parmesan cheese with a crispy breadcrumb coating give these zucchini fries the best texture and flavor. Serve them as an appetizer, side dish or snack.

More Easy Air Fryer Recipes

While these recipes don’t fit in any of the categories above, that doesn’t mean they are any less delicious!

air fryer bacon stacked on a white plate

Air Fryer Bacon is extra crispy, with perfect wavy edges. It’s so easy to make, with no flipping required! 

air fryer grilled cheese sandwich cut in half showing melty cheese

Air Fryer Grilled Cheese is extra crispy, ultra cheesy, and completely irresistible. It’s the best way to make a grilled cheese sandwich!

Which of these recipes are you most excited to try first? Let me know in the comments!

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