Easy Air Fryer Recipes You Will Love

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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 food still comes out crispy and delicious.

Collage of Air Fryer Recipes including donuts, wings, fries, and onion rings
Images from top to bottom: Air Fryer Donuts, Chicken Wings, French Fries, Onion Rings
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  1. What is the best thing to cook in an air fryer?
  2. Air Fryer Meat Recipes
  3. Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes
  4. Air Fryer Frozen Foods
  5. Air Fryer Desserts
  6. Air Fryer Recipes – Air Fryer S’mores Recipe

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, 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 easiest and best air fryer recipes with you!

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 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 meat.

Air Fryer Hamburgers

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.

An air fryer hamburger on a plate with fries
An air fryer hamburger on a plate with fries
Air Fryer Hamburgers
5 from 3 votes
Making Hamburgers in the air fryer is quick and easy. You can enjoy a delicious juicy burger any day of the week!
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Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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.

Overhead view of air fryer chicken wings on a plate with veggies and ranch dip
Portrait view of air fryer chicken wings on a plate with veggies and ranch dip
Air Fryer Chicken Wings
5 from 9 votes
Can you believe that you can make crispy on the outside, tender on the inside chicken wings with no oil? These Air Fryer Chicken Wings are cooked perfectly crisp then smothered in our favorite wing sauce!
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Air Fryer Salmon

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, its a great simple recipe with tons of variations!

A fork taking a bite of salmon from a plate
A large plate with asparagus, wild rice, and air fryer salmon topped with a lemon slice
Air Fryer Salmon
5 from 2 votes
Get a delicious, simple, salmon dinner on the table in no time with our Air Fryer Salmon recipe.
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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

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 a Air Fryer. You can get that crispy texture quicker, and with way less oil! 

One chicken tender about to be dipped in ranch
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
4.75 from 4 votes
These Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are so crispy and crunchy, you won't believe they aren't fried! Made with a special batter and Panko bread crumbs, they come together in about 20 minutes.
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Air Fryer Steak Bites

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!

A steak bite dipped in butter
Air fryer steak bites on a plate with garlic butter
Air Fryer Steak Bites
5 from 4 votes
These Air Fryer Steak Bites are ready in 5 minutes and packed with flavor! It is the perfect way to spruce up your Sirloin.
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Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Bowls

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!

A bowl of white rice topped with chicken teriyaki and vegetables
A bowl of white rice topped with chicken and vegetables
Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Bowls
5 from 4 votes
Air Fryer Chicken Teriyaki Bowls are the perfect quick, easy dinner for any busy night. Get a healthy and filling dinner on the table in no time.
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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken 

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.

Sliced seasoned chicken on a plate
Sliced chicken on a plate with an instant pot and a bag of frozen chicken in the background
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken
5 from 2 votes
Forget to take the frozen chicken out of the freezer? Don't worry! It cooks in the Instant Pot in no time!
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Air Fryer Bacon

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 our of every bite. In addition, the bacon is evenly cooked with no pieces of uncooked fat. 

Hashbrowns, 2 eggs, and bacon in a bowl
Air Fryer bacon, fully cooked, and in a decorative server
Air Fryer Bacon
5 from 3 votes
Looking for the best way to cook bacon? Air Fryer Bacon is the way to go! The bacon is crispy and you won’t be cleaning up grease splatters all over the kitchen.
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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.

Air Fryer Green Beans

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 needed to get these crispy, golden green bean fries!

Air fryer green bean fries next to a cup of ranch dressing
Air fryer green beans on a platter
Air Fryer Green Beans
5 from 6 votes
These easy air fryer green beans are a tasty, low-carb snack that can be made in minutes! 
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Air Fryer Zucchini

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. 

Air fried zucchini on a serving plate
A golden brown fried zucchini spear cooked in an air fryer being held by a fork
Air Fryer Zucchini
5 from 3 votes
Air fryer zucchini is a healthy, low-calorie, low-carb snack that tastes just as good as fried. Try it with our favorite dipping sauces!
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Crispy Air Fryer French Fries

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.

Air Fryer French fries laid out on newspaper to cool
Air Fryer French Fries in a basket with 3 dipping sauces
Crispy Air Fryer French Fries
4.84 from 6 votes
Air Fryer French Fries give you the crisp texture of deep fried french fries with a fraction of the oil. The perfect quick and easy side dish or appetizer!
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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

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.

Cooked Brussels Sprouts on a plate with parmesan cheese and lemon wedges
Cooked Brussels Sprouts on a plate with parmesan cheese and lemon wedges
Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
5 from 3 votes
These Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts are the best Brussels sprouts you will ever make! They are easy, flavorful, and cook up in minutes.
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Air Fryer Onion Rings

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 the oil. This has quickly become one of our all-time favorite air fryer recipes. Try it and you will see why!

An onion ring made in the air fryer being dipped in sauce
An onion ring made in the air fryer being dipped in sauce
Air Fryer Onion Rings Recipe
5 from 2 votes
Air fryer onion rings come out just as crispy as deep fried, but with hardly any oil. Try them with one of our tasty dipping sauces!
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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

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 in half the time, and the you don’t have to heat the whole house doing it. If you have an Air Fryer, this recipe will help you get dinner on the table in no time!

Baked potatoes on a platter with sour cream and chives.
Four baked potatoes on a platter with sour cream and chives.
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
5 from 4 votes
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are crispy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. What's even better? They cook up in half the time it would take to bake them in the oven.
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Air Fryer Zucchini Pizza Bites

Air Fryer Zucchini pizzas are a quick healthy snack that have the flavor of pizza without all the carbs. These are a favorite after school snack for my kids.

Uncooked zucchini pizza bites on an air fryer rack
Slices of zucchini topped with pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni that has been cooked in the air fryer
Air Fryer Zucchini Pizza Bites
5 from 6 votes
These easy 10-minute zucchini bites are a HIT with the kiddos. One of my favorite snack ideas!
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Easy Air Fryer Asparagus

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!

Cooked asparagus on a plate
Roasted asparagus in an air fryer
Air Fryer Asparagus
5 from 1 vote
Air Fryer asparagus can be made in minutes and is perfectly roasted every time! Try it plain or jazz it up with one of our tasty variations.
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Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

If you want corn on the cob that is perfectly cooked, juicy, and not watered down then Air Fryer corn is the perfect solution!

Cooked Air Fryer Corn on the Cob on a plate with a slice of butter
A plate of 3 cooked Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
5 from 2 votes
Try our Air Fryer Corn on the Cob recipe for flavorful, sweet, tender corn on the cob – without fail. Cooking corn on the cob is now easier than ever.
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Perfect Air Fryer Yellow Squash

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.

Sliced squash in an air fryer ready to be cooked
Yellow Summer squash cooked four different ways and on separate plates
Air Fryer Yellow Squash
5 from 5 votes
Yellow squash is an easy, healthy summer veggie side dish that can be roasted, grilled, sautéed, or even fried in the air fryer!
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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.

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

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!

Chicken nuggets that have been air fried and are golden brown
A close up of cooked air fryer chicken nuggets
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets
5 from 3 votes
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets: How long to cook? What temperature? What dipping sauces are best? We answer all your questions here!
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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

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 the oven. 

A basket of French fries cooked in the air fryer
Cooked French fries in a basket next to three dipping sauces
Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
5 from 3 votes
Air Fryer Frozen French Fries are crisp on the outside, tender on the inside. They taste exactly like deep fried French fries, only much healthier.
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Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks

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. 

A mozzarella stick being dipped in marinara sauce
Air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks on a plate with dipping sauces
Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks
5 from 4 votes
Air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks taste just like they’re deep fried but without the extra oil (and mess)! 
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Air Fryer Frozen Egg Rolls

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! 

Frozen air fryer egg roll that has been cooked and being dipped in sauce
Platter of cooked air fryer egg rolls
Air Fryer Frozen Egg Rolls
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Air Fryer Frozen Egg Rolls are a cinch and they come out perfectly crispy every time! Serve as a snack or appetizer and dip them in your favorite sauce!
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Air Fryer Desserts

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Air Fryer Donuts

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! 

A platter of chocolate sprinkle air fryer donuts with a bite taken out of one
A platter of chocolate sprinkle air fryer donuts with a bite taken out of one
Air Fryer Donuts
5 from 5 votes
Learn how to make donuts in your air fryer with this simple and delicious recipe. Your family and friends will enjoy this tasty treat!
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Air Fryer S’mores

4 Smore's on a plate with chocolate and marshmallows on the side
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Air Fryer Recipes – Air Fryer S’mores

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You don't need a camp fire for this quick and easy treat! Perfectly cooked marshmallows and melty chocolate between two graham crackers.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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!
    4 Smore's on a plate with an air fryer in the background

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Recipe Tips

Mix up the chocolate! Try using Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Cadbury caramel filled chocolate squares.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 0.2mgSodium: 99mgPotassium: 75mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 3IUCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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