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9 Easy Air Fryer Recipes To Try Now

9 Easy Air Fryer Recipes To Try Now

The kitchen appliance of the year has made it into our list of must-tries! Here are 9 easy air fryer recipes to try out.


5 min read

January 28, 2022

Air fryers have been all the rage in the world of healthy cooking recently, and we totally understand why. Eliminating the need for oil, this trendy kitchen gadget makes health-conscious eating much easier without sacrificing the crispy and crunchy goodness of your favorite foods. Got your hands on an air fryer and don’t know what to make as your first dish? We have your back with easy air fryer recipes that’ll have you hooked to this awesome appliance instantly. Appetizers, sides, dinner, and dessert—these quick air fryer recipes from California bloggers are as good as you’d expect them to be. You know what kitchen gift to get us next year!

Air Fryer Easy Recipes That'll Get You Hooked

1. Crispy Sweet Potatoes

These crispy sweet potatoes by A Cozy Kitchen are as easy as air fryer meals can get. And guess what? You need less than five ingredients to pull it off! Adrianna serves this easy healthy air fryer recipe with a side of green shakshuka, but that’s totally up to you to include.

1 sweet potato, cubed
1 teaspoon olive oil
½ teaspoon ground cumin
Salt to taste

This air fryer zucchini is a crispy, gluten-free side dish that cooks in just 15 minutes.

2. Air Fryer Zucchini

Zucchini is one of our favorite things to chuck into the air fryer for a quick and healthy snack. Use Detoxinista’s recipe for a foolproof formula that’s as crispy as it is easy. If you want to make this easy air fryer recipe gluten-free, just switch the breadcrumb coating for grated parmesan; it’ll be just as good.

1 large zucchini (about 12 ounces)
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup chickpea flour
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon black pepper

These little pieces of joy are just as crunchy as traditionally fried wontons and a lot less messy.

3. Air Fryer Pork Wontons

Wontons are the perfect easy appetizers to make in an air fryer. Use your favorite ready-made wonton wrappers, spice the filling using Created by Diane’s recipe, and fry them until they’re as crispy as you like—easy air fryer recipes for the win.

1 pound ground pork
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon garlic paste
2 green onions, chopped
⅛ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce 

4. Cream Cheese Wontons

If you like the idea of frying wontons but want to exclude the meat filling, make Culinary Hill’s cream cheese wontons. Appetizing and addictive, this air fryer meal idea is about to be your next favorite.

8 ounces whipped cream cheese
½ cup mayonnaise
3 scallions, sliced
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water
24 wonton wrappers
Pepper jelly for serving (optional)

Vegan, Mediterranean, healthy, and satisfying? You CAN have it all.

5. Greek Salad with Air Fryer Falafel

Falafels turn out absolutely delicious when made in an air fryer. Follow Forks Over Knives’ steps, combine them with chopped veggies and a creamy vegan dressing, and have yourself a healthy air fryer dinner recipe that you’ll love.

1½ 15-ounce can unsalted chickpeas
⅓ cup shredded zucchini
⅓ cup onion, finely chopped
⅓ cup packed fresh parsley
3 tablespoons chickpea flour
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
¾ teaspoon ground coriander
6 cups chopped romaine
2 cups chilled cooked bulgur
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, quartered lengthwise and cut into ½-inch slices
¼ cup chopped red onion
2 tablespoons slivered Kalamata olives
¼ cup raw cashews, soaked 20 minutes in hot water
¼ cup white wine vinegar
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic
6–8 tablespoons unsweetened plant milk of choice 
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

6. Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Dinner at the Zoo has come up with this easy air fryer chicken recipe that’s a perfect alternative to your greasy childhood favorite. Who knew chicken tenders could be enjoyed guilt-free?

1 ¼ pounds raw chicken tenders
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons salt (plus more to taste)
½ teaspoon black pepper (plus more to taste)
2 eggs
¾ cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons butter melted
Cooking spray

You can have juicy, tender, crisp and so much flavor for dinner in a matter of 11 minutes.

7. Air Fryer Turkey Breast and Gravy

For a healthier easy air fryer dinner recipe, try House of Nash Eats’ flavorful turkey and gravy concoction. A perfect meal for the holiday season, this easy air fryer meal will definitely impress your guests.

5–7 pound bone-in turkey breast
1 ½ teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 fresh whole garlic heads
1 ½ tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
Half a lemon

Turkey gravy
½ cup fat drippings from your turkey
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 ½ cups turkey or chicken broth
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon salted butter

8. Lemon Pepper Wings

You won’t be able to get enough of these lemon pepper wings by Carlsbad Cravings. Perfect for gatherings, parties, and potlucks, this easy air fryer chicken covered in kickin’ lemon pepper butter sauce is mouth-watering.

24 chicken wings
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 ½ tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon paprika
¼–½ teaspoon cayenne pepper 

Lemon pepper sauce
3 tablespoons melted butter
½ tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning (or more to taste)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey

Yes, an air fryer CAN give you elegance, indulgence, and a confectionary treat all in one.

9. Almond Croissant

Did you know you can also make delicious desserts in an air fryer? Just ask The Little Epicurean. The Los Angeles-based blogger’s almond croissant is a quick air fryer recipe that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth in the best way. Maryanne uses ready-made croissants to whip up this easy air fryer recipe. But, if you want to start from scratch, you’re more than welcome to.

6 butter croissants

Almond syrup
2 tablespoons simple syrup 
1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate 
1 teaspoon almond extract

Almond frangipane
⅓ cup unsalted butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar 
½ teaspoon orange zest, finely grated
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 large egg
1 cup ground almonds (or almond flour, almond meal)
2 tablespoons whole milk (or heavy cream)

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