If you recently purchased an air fryer, you might be wondering what you can make in it (besides french fries and chicken wings). The great news is, that you can cook just about anything in the air fryer in less time. Especially with all of the air fryer accessories that are available now. The air fryer is definitely not just for fried food!
The air fryer works by blowing hot air around the food which creates a convection-like effect. It has the ability to cook food quickly and evenly. The food always comes out crispy and cooked to perfection. Food cooked in the air fryer is so much tastier than oven cooked and much healthier than deep-fried.
From snacks and appetizers to main dishes and desserts, I have rounded up some of the best air fryer recipes that are healthy, delicious and surprisingly easy to make.
What is the Best Air Fryer?
The best air fryer for you really depends on what you are using for and how much capacity you need. There are two types of air fryers, the oven-rack style and the fryer style with a pull-out basket. Some air fryers are smaller and perfect if you are only cooking for one or two people, while some air fryers are quite large and can even fit an entire turkey.
I personally use the Instant Vortex 6 Quart Air Fryer and it meets all of my expectations. It has four cook options including air fry, bake, reheat, and roast. I especially love the reheat option because I am not really a fan of microwaves. And food reheated in the air fryer tastes so much better. I also love how easy the air fryer is to take apart and clean. The basket and nonstick tray are both dishwasher safe. This air fryer has all the features I could ask for and is fairly affordable compared to some other models.
The current top-rated and most purchased air fryer sold on Amazon is the Dreo Air Fryer Pro Max 11-in-1. This air fryer is fairly affordable compared to some of the other high-end air fryers on the market. It's pretty incredible because it has a window that allows you to watch the food as it cooks. That way you don't have to open the air fryer every time you want to check it. It also has the ability to cook up to 450°F which is higher than the standard air fryers which go up to 400°F. There's even a shake reminder feature so you don't forget to mix your food around periodically. That way it cooks perfectly and evenly every time.
by Spend With Pennies
This appetizer is so easy to make with only three ingredients! Brussel sprouts wrapped in crispy bacon with a brown sugar glaze. What more could you ask for? They are sure to be a crowd-pleaser and possibly the best brussel sprouts you've ever tried!
by Adventures of a Nurse
Air Fryer Garlic & Parmesan Green Bean Fries are perfect for an appetizer, side dish, or even a healthy weeknight snack! With only a few ingredients you can make these quickly and easily in your air fryer. They are so crunchy and flavourful that you won't believe they're not deep-fried. Don't forget to pair them with your favourite dipping sauce!
by Love and Lemons
With only some basic ingredients, you can make these delicious breaded cauliflower bites in your air fryer. They have a crunchy panko coating and are full of smokey, spicy flavour! Serve them as an appetizer, side dish or even as a healthy snack. They taste great with dip too!
by Foodtastic Mom
These little mini pizzas are super delicious and so easy to make! Start with a nan, add your toppings and let your air fryer do the rest. These are perfect for a quick lunch or a savoury snack. Kids love them too! They're so simple to make the kids can even do it themselves.
by Little Sunny Kitchen
These Chicken Fajitas are super easy and quick to make in the air fryer and so full of flavour! The chicken is juicy and succulent while the peppers and onions are crunchy and flavourful. A perfect dinner for busy nights!
by The Midnight Baker
Roast beef cooked in the air fryer is surprisingly easy and quick! It's crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. With a few simple steps, your roast beef with turn out perfect in the air fryer every time. Serve it with roasted potatoes which can also be made in your air fryer!
by What Molly Made
These Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers are quick to make in the air fryer and full of healthy ingredients. The peppers are stuffed with beef, rice, tomatoes, onions, garlic and spices. Just as delicious as classic stuffed peppers (if not better) and ready in less time!
by Easy Dinner Ideas
These Air Fryer Shrimp are super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. And with only a few steps, you can have them ready in less than 10 minutes! They are so juicy and tender with a zesty flavour and seasoned to perfection. A quick and easy appetizer or dinner for those warm summer nights!
by Averie Cooks
This mini banana bread loaf is quick to prepare and easy to bake in the air fryer. It's super soft, tender, moist and the perfect little banana loaf for two! Add peanut butter, chocolate chips, or nuts to make it even tastier.
by Bitz & Giggles
This Air Fryer Omelette recipe is easy, healthy, flavourful and ready in less than 8 minutes! These omelettes are loaded with fresh meat, and veggies and are so cheesy and delicious. You can even prepare all the ingredients the night before and toss it all in the air fryer in the morning. A perfect quick breakfast for busy families!
11) Air Fryer Donuts
by Plated Cravings
These Air Fryer Donuts are made from scratch and really taste like the real thing. So much better than baked donuts and much healthier than deep-fried. They are soft on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Dip them in a buttery donut glaze or sweet cinnamon sugar. Perfect for a quick breakfast or a tasty treat!
by Wine a Little Cook a Lot
These Apple Fritters are simply delicious and healthier than the old-fashioned fritters. They are also surprisingly easy to make in the air fryer. Perfectly crispy golden on the outside and soft on the inside with a delicious brown butter glaze. A tasty dessert while they are still warm from the air fryer or save them for later for breakfast on the go!