The 45 Best Air Fryer Recipes, from Chicken Wings to Brussels Sprouts
Frying food in hot oil: The results are crunchy and delicious, but we need to be in just the right mood (and have the time) to deal with the inevitable messy splattering. Enter the air fryer, the simplest route from zero to French fries—and not a drop of oil is required. Here are the 45 best air fryer recipes to try for newbies and pros alike.
1. Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Your kids’ all-time favorite dinner just got a whole lot healthier. And thanks to almond flour, the tenders are gluten-free, too.
2. Air Fryer French Fries
Fries for four in 30 minutes? We had a dream about this once.
3. Air Fryer Bacon
To reduce the smoke of the bacon grease, put some water, bread or foil at the bottom of the basket.
4. Clean Eating Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Just toss them in oil, herbs and seasoning before air frying them until tender.
5. Sweet Potato Cauliflower Patties
Binding flaxseeds and arrowroot starch keep these cuties both vegan and gluten-free.
7. Avocado Fries
Put them on a burger, serve them with eggs or enjoy them solo, dunked in lemony Cajun mayo.
8. Air Fryer Fried Chicken and Waffles
The frozen waffles and 30-minute wings are easy. Now for the tough part: hot sauce or syrup?
9. Air Fryer Roasted Asian Broccoli
Complete with garlic, sriracha and salted peanuts.
10. Low-Carb Whole30 Paleo Salmon Cakes
Yellow curry powder does all the heavy lifting flavor-wise, while coconut flakes offer the cakes their crunch.
11. Air Fryer Pepperoni Pizza
Five ingredients, ten minutes and all the mozz. (Using a whole wheat pita instead of pizza dough saves a ton of time.)
12. Flank Steak with Homemade Chimichurri Sauce
Want tender steak with an impressive outer crust? Let the meat rest for at least 30 minutes and preheat the air fryer before beginning.
13. Air Fryer Parmesan Dill Fried Pickle Chips
Cool if we have a whole bowl of these with a side of ranch for dinner?
14. Air Fryer Parmesan Shrimp
Stick them with toothpicks for a 10-minute party appetizer or serve them over pasta or rice for a complete meal.
15. Southern-Style Pork Chops
The buttermilk brine is key for ridiculously crispy breading.
16. Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
What’s saucy, cheesy and ready in 20? Tonight’s dinner, of course. Serve with a side of pasta or on a roll.
18. Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower
When it comes to vegan appetizers, buffalo cauli is that b**** for a reason.
19. Air Fryer Roast Chicken
The kitchen appliance of the moment can tackle a 4½-pound bird in less than an hour.
20. Air Fryer Salmon
Dump some asparagus in the basket with the fish to prepare your veggie and protein in one shot.
21. Air Fryer Hamburgers
When it’s too cold out to fire up the grill, lean on the air fryer for burgers with juicy centers and crispy outer crusts.
22. Air Fryer Potatoes
Munch ’em like wedge fries or serve as a side to beef or chicken. (Warning: Your kids will ask for seconds.)
24. Air Fryer Fish & Chips
We’ll take ours drenched in lemon juice and malt vinegar, thanks.
25. Kofta Kebab
There’s always room on our plate for this Turkish staple. Make the beef in your oven if you don’t have an air fryer, or on the grill if the weather allows.
26. Air Fryer Hardboiled Eggs
No stinky pot of water required. Who knew you could make breakfast for the week in 22 minutes?
27. Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp
Hold the vat of oil—but don’t skimp on the shredded coconut or sweet chili dipping sauce.
28. Air Fryer Meatloaf
It doesn’t get more old-school than meatloaf rocking a brown sugar-ketchup glaze.
30. Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
The key to consistently crispy fries? Cutting the potatoes identically so they cook evenly.
31. Air Fryer Carrots
Make them savory with a mix of herbs and Parmesan cheese, or sweet with butter and brown sugar.
32. Taco Calzones
Face it: Your taco Tuesday menu has gotten a tad stale. Don’t worry, store-bought pizza dough can save the day.
33. BBQ Pork Tenderloin
Your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce will turn extra sticky and caramelized in the air fryer.
34. Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks
Treat yourself to a second coating of egg and breadcrumbs: It’ll keep the mozz sticks from dripping right through the rack as they melt.
35. Air Fryer BBQ Ribs
To the age-old question of rub or sauce, this recipe says: ¿Por qué no los dos?
36. Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Cheddar cheese, bacon bits and sour cream are totally optional. (Though strongly encouraged.)
37. Stuffed Baby Artichokes
They’re bursting with what’s basically the easiest, cheesiest spinach dip to ever grace your table.
38. Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Switch up the fillings to your heart’s content, be it sliced apples or caramelized onions.
39. Juicy Air Fryer Meatballs
They’re prime for dousing in marinara or pesto sauce…if you don’t eat them all straight out of the basket first, that is.
40. Herb Butter Dinner Rolls
We’ve never seen a quicker glow-up than these butter-brushed frozen rolls dusted with Italian seasoning.
41. Steak Kebabs
Make sure to stack the baby bella mushrooms, red onion and green pepper evenly so the skewers cook at the same speed.
42. Air Fryer Brownies
BRB, hunting down the biggest ice cream scoop we own.
43. Air Fryer Apple Pie Chimichanga
It’s basically a fried dessert burrito stuffed with caramel and cinnamon-sugar apples. Need we say more?
44. Air Fryer Oreos
Forget about fussing with drippy batter. These carnival gems are made with store-bought Crescent roll dough.
45. Maple Pecan Bars with Sea Salt
Hellooooo, autumn. Scratch your itch for pie in a fraction of the time it takes to roll out a traditional crust.