You may think that an air fryer is just a modern replacement for a deep fat fryer, but I’d like to show you that there is more to air fryer cooking than just frying!
The air fryer is such a time and mess saver. No deep pans of fat splashing all over your kitchen, and the quick cooking times ensure that your food is cooked to perfection: crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside.
Also, it’s safe to leave the air fryer to do its thing whilst you do something else when dinner is cooking!
I’m determined to show you that you don’t have to stick to traditional deep fat frying foods when using an air fryer.
I’ve searched out these varied air fryer recipes to show you how to bake, roast vegetables, hard boil eggs and more with your air fryer:
Air Fryer Asparagus from Dinner At The Zoo
This is a great way to cook asparagus – tender and lightly browned with great seasoning, and it only takes ten minutes!
Air Fryer Hard-boiled Eggs from Carmy
If you want a reliable way to boil your eggs, try Carmy’s method – it’s really simple and only needs eggs, an air fryer and an ice bath!
If you’d prefer to use the traditional method to boil eggs on the hob, check out Quenton’s post on how to hard boil eggs.
Air Fryer Onion Pakoda from Masala Chilli
Here’s the perfect healthy, no-fry tea time snack!
Pakodas are traditional Indian deep-fried fritters made using Besan or Gram flour – Vidya’s recipe turns pakodas into a much healthier snack as it uses hardly any oil, and tastes just as good.
Air Fryer Meatloaf from Spend With Pennies
This delicious meatloaf with a zesty topping takes around half the time it would to bake in the oven, and the fat drips away to make it extra healthy.
Air Fryer Chicken Thighs and Asparagus from Eatwell 101
Here is a perfect weeknight dinner – delicious spicy, seasoned chicken thighs with crispy asparagus makes a great balanced meal.
Air Fryer Orange Chicken from Carmy
Deliciously simple – chicken cooked to crispy perfection in the air fryer and then coated in a yummy zingy orange sauce.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings from Iowa Girl Eats
This is such a simple recipe, and healthy too – you hardly need any oil to get this great crunchy yet juicy texture and taste.
Juicy Air Fryer Burger from Nutrition in the Kitch
This is a simple burger recipe where the meat patty is the most important part! It’s healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free and delicious!
Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes With Za’atar Spice from Masala Chilli
This recipe is for potato lovers everywhere! These potatoes have a lovely Middle Eastern spicy flavor, and are really easy to make in less than 30 minutes.
Air Fryer Fried Pickles from Little Spice Jar
Marzia from Little Spice Jar says that these Air Fried pickles are so delicious that she has to keep testing this recipe, just so that she can eat lots of them!
Middle Eastern Air Fryer Crispy Sumac Chicken from This Old Gal
This super-easy Middle Eastern dish uses ground sumac to give the chicken a delicious sharp lemony flavor.
Ground sumac is made from the dried and ground red berries of the sumac bush, which is grown in the Mediterranean.
Roasted Poblano Pesto from Fit Meal Ideas
Using your air-fryer to roast poblano peppers is a great way to make this extra smooth and creamy pesto.
This is a delicious vegan and dairy-free recipe as it doesn’t use any cheese!
Crispy Coconut Shrimp from Little Spice Jar
This recipe says that you can Air Fry or deep fry these deliciously crunchy coconut coated shrimp, but I’m sure that you’ll want to air fry them when you see how much healthier and easier it is to use the air fryer.
The recipe includes really clear instructions on how to use the air fryer to make these crispy shrimp.
Loaded Air Fryer Nachos from Nutrition in the Kitch
Here is an easy step-by-step photo guide to creating these delicious air fryer nachos.
Christal from Nutrition in the Kitch gives you lots of alternatives to try in this recipe – different types of cheese, cooking the toppings and so on.
It even has a link to Christal’s recipe for making your own tortilla chips rather than using store-bought ones.
Air Fryer Banana Bread for Two from Averie Cooks
This is such an easy recipe to make and it doesn’t require a mixer! Even the ingredients are simple – and such an easy way to “bake” it in your air fryer!
Air Fryer Baked Potato from Pickled Plum
Here’s a great easy recipe to create delicious baked potatoes – crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
With the addition of spicy soy sauce or teriyaki sauce, you can give your potatoes an Asian flavor.
Flavourful Falafel from Planted and Picked
This handy recipe shows how to cook these delicious falafel in many different ways – step 8 shows how easy it is to use an air fryer – just brush them with a little oil and then air fry for 15 minutes.
Serve these tasty falafel with a fresh crunchy salad, and you’ll have a delicious healthy meal – the chickpeas in the falafel can help to boost your friendly gut bacteria and lower your cholesterol.
Air Fryer Roasted Asparagus with Pico de Gallo from Fit Meal Ideas
This dish is made extra healthy by air-frying the asparagus rather than using the deep-fat fryer.
The pico de gallo gives the asparagus a delicious garlic-lemon salsa zing – a perfect side dish for lunch or dinner.
Home Made Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets from Averie Cooks
Averie says that air frying is the best way to cook chicken nuggets as they are extra crispy on the outside, and the chicken is tender and juicy on the inside.
She has even included a 30-second honey-mustard sauce in this recipe as a dip for your perfectly cooked nuggets.
Air Fryer Teriyaki Tofu from Pickled Plum
This is a great healthy meat-free recipe – the tofu is deliciously crunchy on the outside, and silky smooth on the inside when you bite into it.
It takes 40 minutes to cook this recipe, but that includes marinating the tofu in the teriyaki sauce, and cooking in the air fryer – both of which are hands-off tasks! So pretty easy I would say…
Air Fryer Rib Eye Steak with Blue Cheese Butter from This Old Gal
Jill from This Old Gal says that this is the best way to cook a steak, and will be the most delicious steak of your life! Even better than going out to a steakhouse!
Crispy Air Fryer Pork Chops from Spend with Pennies
This easy recipe shows you how to make delicious pork chops that are cooked to perfection – juicy inside and crispy on the outside.
Also, it’s fast – using the air fryer means it only takes 10 minutes to cook!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this selection of the best air fryer recipes – let me know if you try any in the comments below!