If the idea of crisp, perfectly cooked food without the fat that comes from frying sounds too good to be true, then you must be unfamiliar with air fryers. These nifty kitchen tools have gained immense popularity in recent years since air fryer recipes yield crunchy, evenly browned veggies, meat, tofu, and more without the oil. Air fryers work a lot like convection ovens, which circulate hot air around the food to cook it quickly and perfectly every time. That’s a pretty hard concept to resist.
Whether you got an air fryer over the holidays and can’t wait to get started, or are wondering how to justify yet another kitchen gadget, here are nine of our best air fryer recipes to get you started.
|Air-Fried Seasoned French Fries
Of course the first thing we wanted to test out in an air fryer was french fries! Check out our tips for using an air fryer, then get the easy recipe for these seasoned fries that use just 1 tablespoon of oil and two potatoes. You may never go back to deep fried fries again.
|Air-Fried Asian Meatball Hoagies
Of course, the air fryer is good for way more than French fries. Here, meatballs are flavored with garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and soy sauce and air fried to crisp perfection before landing on a banh mi-inspired sandwich. They’re also great served on their own over rice.
|Air-Fried Sriracha Honey Wings
Wings have never tasted so good! Spicy, sweet, and satisfyingly crunchy without the fat of deep-frying, these air-fried wings are a winner for game day – or any day.
|Air-Fried Samosas with Cilantro Sauce
Frozen puff pastry makes these tasty Indian morsels a breeze to make, while air frying crisps them up and gives them that appetizing golden hue. Filled with curried potatoes and peas and served with a flavorful cilantro sauce, this is one of those air fryer recipes that you’ll surely pull out time and time again.
|Air-Fried Beet Chips
For a next-level, guilt-free snack, try turning your veggies into chips! Candy cane beets make for a pretty presentation but any kind will work in this air fryer recipe that produces crunchy, craveable, dippable chips you’ll just love.
|Air-Fried Shrimp with Lemon and Chile
Even if you don’t typically deep fry shrimp, don’t miss out on air-frying those crustaceans. Air frying keeps them juicy and tender while producing a crisp exterior – in other words, perfection. Even the sliced lemon is fried here, adding crunchy and pleasant flavor to this elegant dish.
|Air-Fried Zucchini Fries
Potatoes aren’t the only veggie that make great fries! Press sliced zucchini into panko crumbs then throw them in the air fryer for a delicious, healthy side even the kids will love.
|Air-Fried Jalapeño Poppers
When you’re craving bar food without the calories, break out the air fryer and make these healthy(ish) jalapeno poppers stuffed with corn, bacon, and cheese! As a bonus, you can prep these delicious morsels in advance and cook them up right before serving for an easy entertaining option.
For perfectly cooked air fryer food, check out our tips for using an air fryer.