Ah, the air fryer – one of the best inventions to come about since sliced bread! These convenient countertop convection ovens are revolutionizing home kitchens everywhere, providing reduced cook time, simple clean-up, and a healthier alternative to deep-frying. But whether you’ve just opened the box or are an old pro, researching recipes for your air fryer is a must!
We’ve put together a full round-up of the best air fryer recipes out there to make it a little easier. Try a new dish or the air fryer spin on an old favorite – you’re sure to enjoy every bite!
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
A go-to in many homes, chicken tenders are definitely dinner winners for children and adults alike! But instead of the pre-cooked package from the freezer section of your grocery store, making delicious chicken tenders at home with your air fryer is not only healthier but much easier than deep-frying. And they’re crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
Serve with a side of ranch or honey mustard for dipping!
Air Fryer Apple Fries
Afterschool snacking just got a whole lot better! These amazing air fryer apple fries are a treat that your kids will love and would be a great snack you can make together. Young kids can help crush the graham crackers while you cut up the apples and pre-heat your air fryer.
Serve them warm and don’t forget the caramel sauce on the side! Your kids may not eat apples the same way again!
Air Fyer Falafel with Tabbouleh & Tzatziki
For a great meatless Monday recipe, try the air fryer falafel! A Mediterranean street food, falafel is similar to hushpuppies but is made of ground chickpeas and spices. They’re often deep-fried for a crispy outside and a soft, bread-like consistency inside.
But making these in your air fryer is much easier and healthier since you’re using a fraction of the oil! The tabbouleh and tzatziki are the perfect (and traditional!) accompaniments – just add some warm pita bread and you’ve got yourself a delicious, vegetarian meal!
Air Fryer Hot Wings
Gameday – or any day, really – is a great day to make some wings! These air fryer hot wings are dredged in a perfect blend of spices and come out perfectly crispy. While they’re delicious naked, tossing them in the hot sauce really kicks it up a notch!
After you’ve tried these air fryer hot wings and how easy they are to make, they’ll definitely be added to your weekly rotation! The only question will be: blue cheese or ranch?
Air Fryer Meatloaf
Meatloaf is comfort food that reminds me of my childhood. My dad worked nights, but on Saturday he cooked dinner for us and meatloaf was the most requested meal! This recipe for meatloaf cooks in the air fryer for roughly 35 minutes, and you don’t even need a pan!
Simply form the meat mixture into a loaf and pop it into your basket. You can always add parchment paper on the bottom to help with cleanup. Side bonus – cooking your meatloaf in your air fryer basket allows the grease to drip through, so your final product is perfectly crispy all the way around!
Air Fryer Creamcheese Wontons
Whenever I go to a new Chinese food place, I always order the cream cheese wontons. They’re my absolute favorite appetizer! And making them in the air fryer is so simple, it’s actually pretty dangerous because I can have them any time I want!
The air fryer cream cheese wontons are perfectly crispy without the added fat from deep frying in oil. The hardest part is folding the wrappers together, but even that is easy once you get the hang of it. I love to use Thai sweet chili dipping sauce, but you can also use sweet and sour or any other one that you enjoy!
Air Fryer French Fries
This is definitely a must-have recipe for any air fryer owner: french fries. I love potatoes in all forms, but french fries are my absolute favorite and I could eat them every day. And there’s nothing like a hand-cut fry!
The air fryer is practically made for french fries – in fact, that’s the original reason I purchased my air fryer. They come out perfectly crispy every time! It’s a good thing that you don’t need more than a spritz of oil, making the air fryer fries the best choice in satisfying my french fry obsession.
Air Fryer Fried Chicken
It’s true – real, delicious deep-fried chicken is an art form. It’s a labor of love and devotion, and you can really taste it in every bite. Not everyone has the time for that kind of labor, especially when that chicken craving hits!
While it’s certainly not the same, this air fryer chicken recipe is a great option when you just don’t have the time to put it in. You’ll still get that delicious, crispy outside and juicy inside, though!
Air Fryer Baked Potato
Bake, boil, microwave, and now… air fry! Yes, you can cook a baked potato in your air fryer. What happens?
Well, in about 45 minutes (depending on the size of your potatoes), you’ll have super crispy skin on the outside and the fluffiest potatoes inside, perfect and primed for your favorite topping! While cooking potatoes in the oven also takes a long time, you definitely don’t get the combination of interior fluffiness and exterior crispiness that you get with the air fryer.
This is now my go-to method for all baked potatoes.
Air Fryer Shrimp
I love cooking shrimp on the grill, but in the colder months and when the weather isn’t cooperating, that isn’t always possible. Then I found out that you can make them in the air fryer, and let me tell you it’s the best go-to “fancy” dinner I have! This recipe uses Cajun seasoning, but I like to brush mine with garlic-herb butter.
This is one of our go-to meals, so we always have a bag of shrimp in our freezer. Add some steamed veggies and you’ve got dinner in about 20 minutes!
Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Bacon-wrapped scallops remind me of my mom because she would make them every Christmas Eve as an appetizer. I love the crispy saltiness of the bacon on the outside and the buttery sweetness inside of the scallops! The air fryer makes this cooking so much easier than I actually make it as a weeknight meal with a leafy green salad on the side.
I also love that you pre-cook the bacon in the air fryer, so you don’t have to mess with the stove at all. It’s a quick, light dinner that brings back wonderful memories of holidays at home that I can have any time of year!
Air Fryer Donut Holes
You’ll never stop at that chain coffee house for donut holes again! These air fryer donut holes are the perfect cure to that sweet tooth craving. I love that I can easily whip these up with things I already have on-hand: refrigerated biscuit dough, cinnamon, and sugar.
While I’m not a big fan of sweets for breakfast, this would be great to quickly cook before getting the kids to school. However, I prefer to have them as a late-night snack with a nice cup of tea!
Air Fryer Meatballs
My grandmother’s best friend made some of the best meatballs I’ve ever tasted. I’ll always remember her bringing a giant crackpot with softball-sized orbs bobbing in her equally delicious sauce! While these aren’t the ones I remember from back then, they’re pretty darn good in their own right!
The air fryer makes these meatballs crispy on the outside while keeping the inside nice and moist. And I like the fact that they’re not sitting in grease because it just drips into the basket! Perfect on a bed of pasta with marinara and a sprinkle of parmesan.
Air Fryer Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole with Kielbasa Sausage
We recently purchased an accessory pan that fits inside our air fryer, and it has been an absolute game-changer because I love a good casserole! This one is a great air fryer casserole that really takes advantage of the air fryer’s qualities. You crisp up the tater tots before adding in your egg mixture, so the tater tots stay intact with a slight crunch.
And because you’re working everything right in your pan, that’s the only cleanup you’ve got when you’re done!
Air Fryer Monkey Bread
This is another great air fryer recipe to try with an accessory pan that fits inside the air fryer basket. Monkey bread is a crowd favorite here, especially on special occasions like birthdays and holidays when we’re expecting a crowd for brunch. This is quick, easy, and cooks in 20 minutes, so I can serve it warm as my guests start to arrive.
Air Fryer Pizza
If I were stranded on a desert island with only pizza to eat, I’d be fine. That’s how much I love pizza. In fact, I don’t think “bad pizza” exists. And while I’ve tried making pizza in different ways, from open flame to pizza oven, I never thought of using the air fryer until I came across this.
Air fryer pizza is the perfect solution to the dreaded topping conflict – everyone can make their own personal pie! Make sure you build the pizzas inside the basket because transferring them from the countertop to the basket will end up on the floor.
Air Fryer Pork Taquitos
The winter I spent in Texas and Arizona I had some of the best Mexican food I’ve ever eaten. And every once in a while, I get a craving to have a big Mexican food feast at home and make a big batch of carnitas. This air fryer pork taquito recipe is perfect to make up with some of the meat.
It’s also a WeightWatchers-friendly recipe, so you can enjoy the crispiness of the taquitos without the added fat!
Air Fryer Chunky Crab Cakes
I love experimenting at home with creating foods that I’ve tried around the country. For example, I had the best crab cake po’boy I’ve ever eaten in New Orleans, Louisiana. Now, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to replicate that specific recipe because I’m not that good.
But when I get a craving for that po’boy, this air fryer crab cakes recipe really does hit the spot! They come out with a nice crunch on the outside thanks to the panko. It’s best smothered in remoulade sauce with lettuce and tomato!
Air Fryer Garlic Pork Loin
Sometimes, when you want or need dinner on the table in 30 minutes, the oven is just not going to cut it. I sometimes look at my oven and think, “Nope, not today!” That’s why I love my air fryer! It’s just so much more convenient.
This air fryer garlic pork loin cooks in just 30 minutes with three ingredients, and it’s perfectly moist! No need to wait 20 minutes for the oven to heat up, and you’ve got a great centerpiece of your meal ready to go.
Plus, if you’re looking to eat healthier, air frying is a healthier way of preparing your food than a lot of other ways because of the little-to-no oil or fats needed.
Air Fryer Blooming Onion
Enjoy a chain restaurant favorite at home and in a healthier way with your air fryer! The air fryer blooming onion really showcases everything I love about the air fryer at the gate: a way that I can enjoy foods that I love in a way that’s healthier (and less expensive) at home.
The recipe uses the same spice blend that you’re used to – just make sure that you shake off any excess batter before putting the onion into your basket! Serve with the accompanying sauce or mix up your own!