This post may contain affiliate links. See our disclosure policy.
Our fast and easy air fryer recipes make using an air fryer super easy. Air frying is healthier than deep-frying since it uses less oil, yet the food still comes out crispy and delicious.
Featured in this post
Air fryers are becoming a very popular appliance to have in the kitchen, and for good reason. Not only does an air fryer offer a way to cook that doesn’t require a lot of fat, but it also creates great-tasting, fresh, and healthy foods. It’s definitely earned a spot on our kitchen counters. After lots of experimenting and testing, we are excited to share some of our most accessible and best air fryer recipes with you!
Get ready to use the best small kitchen appliance yet! With this air fryer, you can make sweet, savory, and everything in between from appetizers, and side dishes, to dinner time. All these air fryer recipes are simple and ready for beginners with great flavor. Cut the cooking time
What is the best thing to cook in an air fryer?
The best answer is Anything you want to be crispy on the outside and cooked through perfectly, and still moist and tender on the inside. Chicken, fish, beef, vegetables, and frozen foods all cook up perfectly in an air fryer, even donuts. The air fryer uses convection heat to cook the outside of the food first, sealing in flavor while preserving a crisp outer layer.
Our air fryer recipes are tried and tested and have received rave reviews. You will find many “best things to cook in your air fryer” here, the hardest part will be deciding which one to make first.
Air Fryer Meat Recipes
Many people ask if you can put raw meat in the air fryer. Of course, you can! The air fryer was made for it, for the very reasons explained above. Whether it’s beef, chicken, pork, or fish, the air fryer will cook it from the outside in. This seals in the juices and gives a nice crisp outer layer to the meat.
It is hard to beat a burger cooked on a grill poolside in the summer, but sometimes you just need a quick, weeknight dinner inside. That’s where cooking hamburgers in the air fryer comes in! You can have delicious, juicy air fryer burgers on the table in less than 20 minutes. Pile on your favorite toppings and serve with chips, fries, veggies, watermelon, or salad.
Chicken wings are the perfect appetizer and game-day food. They are easy to snack on, easy to make, and everyone loves them. My favorite way to serve them is with ranch dipping sauce or blue cheese dressing, and carrot and celery sticks on the side.
The air fryer is one of my favorite ways to cook salmon. It is quicker than the grill or oven, and it comes out so flavorful and flakey. Whether you are making it for dinner, or making it for meal prep, it is a great simple recipe with tons of variations!
Even though I love crispy, crunchy chicken tenders, I don’t love it when my whole house smells like oil. This is why I love this recipe and using an air fryer. You can get that crispy texture quicker, and with way less oil!
I used to think that I only liked steaks cooked on the grill, but this air fryer steak recipe changed my mind. The steak is perfectly seasoned, plus it is served with garlic butter, so what’s not to love? No standing over a hot grill flipping the steaks, just put everything in the air fryer and walk away!
These air fryer teriyaki chicken bowls are one of my go-to meals for weeknight dinners. It is quick, easy, and all my kids love it. The tender bites of chicken and the flavorful veggies are just too good! For the marinade, I love to use Mr. Yoshidas. You can find it in the grocery store in the condiment aisle. However, if you have another teriyaki sauce that you like that will work too!
This air fryer grilled cheese recipe takes one of the comfort food classics and makes it even easier. Forget standing over the stove, just air fry the sandwich for four minutes on each side and you are done! Plus the clean up is simple. Make this delicious air fryer grilled cheese for your next lunch or dinner!
The air fryer method is quicker than the oven and the chicken breast comes out so well. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may not be able to fit as many chicken breasts in the basket as you would in the oven. I was able to fit three chicken breasts in my air fryer.
One of the most popular ways to use the air fryer in our family is air fryer bacon. We can’t get enough of it. The bacon cooks up perfectly. It is crispy, but still chewy enough to get the satisfying flavor out of every bite. In addition, the bacon is evenly cooked with no pieces of uncooked fat.
Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes
The air fryer is ideal for vegetables! Potatoes, zucchini, onion rings, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, and more cook up beautifully when air fried. A light coating of butter or olive oil will give it the extra crispness it needs but isn’t necessary.
Fried green beans seem like they are all the rage right now and for good reason! They can be served as an appetizer, side dish, or snack. Fried green beans are a great low-carb alternative to regular fries and they are even healthier when made in the air fryer. No deep frying is needed to get these crispy, golden green bean fries!
The trick to making zucchini crispy is spraying the breadcrumb coating with cooking spray before air frying. If you coat the zucchini with breadcrumbs but don’t spray it, the coating will clump and fall off. Spraying over the coating will allow the crumbs to “fry” and get golden brown. Otherwise, it will have more of a baked taste.
Sure, you can make french fries in the oven or in a deep fryer, but have you tried french fries in an air fryer? If not, you are missing out! With an air fryer, you get the best of both worlds – the crispiness of a deep fryer, and the health benefits of using an oven. Tasting is believing. With very little oil, the french fries are completely and evenly crispy on all sides.
Before I got an air fryer, I didn’t love making Brussels sprouts. Sometimes I would cook Brussels sprouts in the oven, or sometimes I would boil them, but they just never wowed me. Now that I know how to air fry them, I make them all the time! This air fryer recipe produces crispy Brussels sprouts with tender insides. They make a great veggie side dish with chicken or beef.
Onion rings are the perfect, flavorful, quick, healthy[ish] snack, especially when made in the air fryer. They come out just as crispy as they do when deep fried but with a fraction of the oil. This has quickly become one of our all-time favorite air fryer recipes. Try it and you will see why!
I can’t count how many times I have wanted to bake potatoes for dinner, but I forget to put them in the oven in time. Enter the air fryer. The potatoes are baked half the time, and you don’t have to heat the whole house doing it. If you have an air fryer, this air fryer potatoes recipe will help you get dinner on the table in no time!
Air fryer zucchini pizzas are a quick healthy snack that has the flavor of pizza without all the carbs. These are my favorite after-school snacks for my kids. It is perfection!
Air fryer asparagus is an easy side dish that can be made in less than 10 minutes. No need to heat up the entire oven to get perfectly roasted asparagus, this recipe can be made start-to-finish before a typical oven even pre-heats!
If you want corn on the cob that is perfectly cooked, juicy, and not watered down then Air Fryer corn is the perfect solution!
Cooking Squash in the air fryer is so easy and tasty! Simply Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Air fry for 8 minutes, and you have a delicious side dish to any meal.
Air Fryer Frozen Foods
Before experimenting with recipes, our love for the air fryer began with reheating leftovers. Have you tried leftover pizza in the air fryer yet? Game changer.
The next game changer? Frozen foods. The air fryer breathes new life into frozen chicken nuggets, French fries, egg rolls, and tater tots. You will never go back to the microwave or oven.
Cooking frozen chicken nuggets in an air fryer is THE way to go. You get perfectly crispy, cooked chicken nuggets in a matter of minutes. No preheating, no uneven cooking, and no need to flip. The outside coating actually gets crispy and the inside is always perfectly tender. You will never go back to making them in the oven (or the microwave) again!
Got a craving for some good, crispy fries? Skip the fast food fries with all the fat and calories and make a batch of Air Fryer Frozen French Fries at home! Air frying a bag of frozen fries results in perfectly golden, crispy potatoes that look and taste just like the fast food favorites but with a fraction of the sodium, fat, or calories. Plus, they cook up faster in the air fryer than in the oven.
Once you make frozen mozzarella sticks in the air fryer, you will never go back to trying to bake them in the oven. They are a tasty snack for kids (or adults) and they air fry in mere minutes! They also make for a great party appetizer. The air fryer cooks them perfectly and in the perfect amount of time. No cheese oozing out from cooking too long. Dip them in marinara sauce, ranch dressing, or your favorite dipping sauce.
Frozen egg rolls made in an air fryer are by far my favorite! The oven doesn’t get them crispy enough, deep frying them in oil makes them crispy but too greasy, and the microwave ruins them. In my opinion, the air fryer is the only way to go!
Air Fryer Desserts
We saved the best for last…
The alleged promise of an Air Fryer is to make traditionally fried foods without oil (or at least with much less oil). So, why not donuts? Donuts are one of my favorite treats, but sometimes I just don’t want to deal with a deep fryer. After a lot of trial and error, I am so excited to share my Air Fryer Donut recipe with you!
Air Fryer S’mores
“So many great air fryer recipes! I made the salmon recipe in the air fryer and it turned out perfectly!”-Olivia
Air fryers are unique that they can cook sweet treats to savory whole meals. There are several different types of food that are fresh or frozen. Place it all in the air fryer basket and the air heats from the inside out.
These recipes we have are all great choices to choose from to start. Frozen meatballs are always popular, as well as fried chicken, or get fancy with air fryer chicken parmesan or air fryer pork chops. All great and simple meals to try!
Although there are so many delicious recipes to try, there are some things that do not cook well in an air fryer. Cheese will melt through the cracks but making cheese sandwiches is a great way to add cheese to the air fryer. Wet battered food will also fall through the basket holes and make more of a mess.
Yes! Make air fryer doughnuts or fried dough are great options for a sweet treat!
How to Make Air Fryer Recipes
Easy Air Fryer Recipes
- 4 large Marshmallows
- 8 squares Graham Cracker
- 1 king size chocolate bar , divided into 4
- Place 4 graham cracker square into the air fryer.
- Top each square with a marshmallow and then place a wire rack over all the marshmallows to hold them in place.
- Cook at 400 degrees for 3 minutes or until marshmallows reach desired toasted color.
- Remove wire rack and top each marshmallow with chocolate and another graham cracker square.
- Carefully remove from air fryer and enjoy!
Recipe TipsMix up the chocolate! Try using Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Cadbury caramel filled chocolate squares.
Love this recipe?
We want to hear from you! Please leave a review.