There was a time, not so long ago, when air fryers weren’t a common appliance in everyone’s kitchen. And we managed. But once we got our hands on these powerful kitchen tools that quickly crisp up foods without deep frying them, we were hooked.
Once you’ve used your air fryer to cook these 21 recipes, you’ll think twice about cooking them the traditional way again. These recipes are quick, easy, flavorful, and many of them will save you money. Have you seen the price of crispy chickpeas in the snack aisle of the grocery store? Making them in the air fryer costs a fraction of the store-bought ones.
Air Fryer Hot Dogs
In the time it takes you to boil the water to boil hot dogs, they’ll be done in the air fryer. They’ll also be crispy on the exterior and very juicy on the inside. You can also toast your hot dog buns in just 90 seconds, with the dogs in them. If you want, add a slice of cheddar to the buns before popping them in the air fryer, or top them with pineapple bacon relish.
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
It can take over an hour to bake potatoes in the oven. If you use your air fryer for the potatoes, you can cut that time down to 40 minutes. And your potatoes will have crispy skin and a light and fluffy interior.
Air Fryer Green Beans
Looking for a new way to prepare green beans? Before cooking them in the air fryer, toss fresh green beans in olive oil and a seasoned breadcrumb mixture. It gives them a really nice crunch. When they come out of the air fryer, sprinkle with lemon zest, and you’ll have your new favorite way to prepare green beans.
Frozen Dinner Rolls
Keep your oven free to cook the main course and heat up frozen dinner rolls in your air fryer. The air-fried frozen dinner rolls end up with extra-crispy crusts and warm, fluffy interiors. If you want to jazz them up a bit, during the last minute, brush them with butter and sprinkle them with flaky salt.
Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks
The secret to making the best-ever mozzarella sticks in the air fryer is to double coat them and freeze them in between coats. The extra step is worth it. They turn out crunchy and full of flavor—nothing like many of the bland frozen ones from the grocery store that you bake in the oven.
Air Fryer Hamburgers
Tired of splattering grease all over your stove when cooking burgers on the stovetop? Cook them in the air fryer, and you’ll save the splatter. Flip once and add cheese in the last minute, if you want cheeseburgers. While the burgers rest a minute before serving, toast the buns in the air fryer.
Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
Soak Brussels sprouts in water for 15 minutes before seasoning and tossing them into the fryer, and you’ll avoid burning the edges as they cook. Season them simply with olive oil, salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper, or add Parmesan or lemon zest. This is an easy, versatile way to cook sprouts.
Air Fryer Bacon
Air-fried bacon comes out perfectly crispy in about 10 minutes without splattering grease in your oven, on your stovetop, or on your shirt. Clean up is a breeze, too. This recipe includes a trick to keep the grease rendered out of the bacon from smoking in the air fryer.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings
Making wings in the air fryer is faster and crisper than oven-roasting them and also less greasy and messy than deep frying them. These wings aren’t your typical Buffalo fair. Dredge them in a salty-spicy gochujang sauce and serve with a toasted sesame mayo with cucumbers and radishes.
Air Fryer Tostones
These tostones—green plantains that you fry until they are soft, then mash and refry—make great snacks. Toss them in oil and double air fry them. Serve with a simple, but tasty mayo/ketchup/garlic sauce.
Air Fryer Crispy Cauliflower
Is it an appetizer or a side dish? You decide. Either way, the air fryer makes coated cauliflower super crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The air fryer is also a convenient way to make cauliflower Buffalo wings.
Air Fryer Salmon
Drizzle salmon portions with olive oil and season with lemon pepper, salt, and pepper, and pop the in the air fryer. In 8 minutes, they’ll be perfectly cooked and ready to eat. It’s the ultimate healthy fast food dinner.
Air Fryer Hash Browns
The fact that you don’t have to scrape burnt grated potato off a frying pan after eating breakfast is reason enough to use your air fryer for hash browns. If you need another reason, air fryer hash browns—made from fresh Yukon gold potatoes—are delicious, quick to make, and super crispy. If you want a totally pan-free breakfast, serve with microwave poached eggs.
Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas
Canned chickpeas crisp up perfectly in the air fryer because the air circulates all around them, even on the bottom. And, they’re so inexpensive to make. Seasoning options are endless, and we offer four versions—za’atar, spicy, French herb, and Italian.
Crispy Air Fryer Tofu
Marinate tofu in a soy sauce mixture that doubles as a dipping sauce. Air fry till crispy and serve as a snack or a topping of a grain dish or salad.
Air Fryer Crab Rangoon
Take-out crab Rangoon can be hit or miss. Sometimes they’re full of crab and cream cheese. Sometimes, the filling is super skimpy. These air-fried versions are always stuffed with a delicious filling. The recipe makes 30 of them, and the uncooked ones freeze really well. You can whip up a batch, air fry 10 of them as a snack, and freeze the rest for another time.
Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets
What’s the ultimate kid-friendly food? Chicken nuggets, right? Air-fried nuggets are crisp, flavorful, and so much tastier than store-bought frozen nuggets. Marinate the chicken in pickle juice before dredging in seasoned flour, egg, and bread crumbs. Make a simple honey mustard sauce for dipping or get fancy and make your own ketchup.
Air Fryer Avocado Fries
Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, you’ll turn to these air fryer avocado fries again and again for a healthy snack. Mix ranch with sriracha for a dipping sauce with a little kick.
Air Fryer French Fries
Make crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside French fries in less than a half an hour in your air fryer. Russets are the best potatoes to use for these close-as-you-can get to deep fried French fries without using a deep fryer.
Air Fryer Fried Chicken
The payload of air fryer recipes. Fried chicken without the frying and mess. Remember that the cooking time will depend on the size of the pieces and the power of your air fryer. It might be a big help to cut large breasts into 2 pieces so they cook evenly.
Air Fryer Egg Rolls
Egg rolls always seem like a great idea…until you burn your mouth biting into one because it’s steaming hot and dripping with grease. These babies are crispy and dippable without the grease factor.