Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners

So, you find yourself the proud new owner of an air fryer! Now what? To help get acquainted with your new kitchen gadget, here are 40 Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners that keep things simple and oh-so-tasty. Try out your favorites, and you’ll be an air frying whiz in no time!

An air fryer on a kitchen counter

What is an Air Fryer & How Does it Cook Food?

An air fryer is a kitchen countertop appliance that is essentially a cross between a deep fryer and a convection oven. It doesn’t actually “fry” food, in the sense that there is no oil or deep frying involved. Instead, air fryers work by circulating hot air around food in a basket. This cooks the food from all sides and creates a nice, crispy layer much like frying would.

Is Air Fried Food Healthier?

Since the food isn’t submerged in oil, air fryers are generally a healthier way to enjoy recipes that taste fried without actually deep frying. In some cases, air frying food can cut the calories by 70-80%! Less fats and oil are absorbed into the food while air frying, which means less saturated fats and inflammation – and potentially less risk of chronic diseases down the road.

Of course, at the end of the day, what really makes air fried food healthier is the kinds of food you’re air frying! An air fryer isn’t a free pass to eat loads of calorie-laden foods, or to add excess oils to a recipe simply because it’s air fried. Vegetables, fish, whole grains, and lean meats, however, are just about as healthy out of the air fryer as they’ll be out of the oven!

Easy Air Fry Recipes to Try

These easy recipes are just the ticket to get warmed up to your air fryer! From savory dinner ideas and snacks, to air fryer desserts and sweet treats that even a beginner can “fry” up in minutes!

Pickle Juice Marinated Chicken Tenders Made in the Air Fryer

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders


These crispy air fryer chicken tenders are packing loads of flavor thanks to a special brine: pickle juice! An easy, family-friendly recipe for juicy air fryer chicken that won’t disappoint.

a serving plate of air fryer cauliflower with dip

Air Fryer Cauliflower

Skip the oven and make easy, crispy cauliflower in the air fryer instead! Seasoned with a simple yet flavorful blend of common pantry spices, this healthy veggie recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners.

parmesan truffle fries on a baking sheet with parchment paper and a small bowl of ketchup

Air Fryer Truffle Fries

Make delicious fries from scratch that are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside with this easy air fryer recipe. Bursting with truffle flavor, these homemade fries are upping the game when it comes to side dishes!

Air fryer cheeseburger on a bun with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.

Air Fryer Hamburgers

Juicy, tender hamburgers are so easy to cook in the air fryer! Try a healthier alternative to your favorite drive thru burgers that’s just as delicious. And just as quick!

One bowl of broccoli with sliced lemon

Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli [+VIDEO]


You’ll never roast broccoli in the oven again after you’ve tried this air fryer version! Tender broccoli florets are cooked to a satisfying and flavorful crispiness, for an easy vegetable side dish.

air fryer frozen meatballs in a white bowl

How to Cook Frozen Meatballs in an Air Fryer

Learn how to cook meatballs from frozen quickly and easily in the air fryer with this handy guide. Your juicy meatballs will be ready to serve with your favorite dishes in just 15 minutes!

air fryer bbq chicken drumsticks on a plate with bbq sauce

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Hone your air fryer skills with these easy air fryer chicken drumsticks! This bone-in BBQ chicken recipe stays super moist and tender, with a delicious and sticky, saucy coating that crisps up perfectly in the air fryer in 25 minutes.

Air Fryer prepared chicken breasts served with asparagus.

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

The perfect introduction to cooking chicken breast in your air fryer! This easy method is healthy and quick to prepare, and will leave you with the juiciest, most tender chicken that’s ready to pair with all kinds of sides.

Air fryer hardboiled eggs on a bed of arugula

Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

Making hard boiled eggs in the air fryer is super easy to do, and ideal for breakfast and meal prep. This simple method for hard boiled eggs is a game changer!

Overhead image of orange chicken served over rice with an orange wedge.

Air Fryer Orange Chicken


Make perfectly succulent and saucy homemade orange chicken with only 5 ingredients! This is a delicious 15 minute weeknight dinner that you can easily make in the air fryer, no matter your skill level!

Sliced pork chop being picked up by a fork.

Air Fryer Pork Chops

A lighting-quick pork chop recipe that you can make in the air fryer in under half an hour. These chops are so juicy and tender, once you’ve mastered them in the airy fryer, you’ll never want to prepare them another way again!

Two Pieces of Breaded, Partially Cooked Chicken Being Topped with Marinara and Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

This classic dinner recipe made from crispy chicken breasts smothered with tangy marinara and melted mozzarella comes out perfectly tender in the air fryer! Chicken parmesan is easier to make than you’d think!

Crispy zucchini fries with dipping sauce

Crispy Air Fryer Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Classic pub grub gets a healthier upgrade with these not-so-greasy, ultra crispy parmesan crusted zucchini fries! The whole family will be hooked on these air fryer zucchini fries!

Air Fryer Roasted Butternut Squash

Delectably roasted butternut squash comes out so insanely tender in the air fryer! These savory chunks of butternut are seasoned with herbs and spices, for an impressive and easy beginner’s recipe.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries


Make your next batch of sweet potato fries in your air fryer! You won’t regret it. A light and easy snack or side dish tossed in garlic seasoning that’ll definitely become a repeat offender in your kitchen.

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets


If there’s one recipe that will earn you your air fryer equivalent to sea legs, it’s these outrageously tender, easy air fryer chicken nuggets! Make a batch of these in minutes for a fun and tasty culinary confidence boost.

air fryer tofu on a plate with sauce and a gold fork

Crispy Air Fryer Tofu (How to Make Crispy Tofu)

Vegetarian air fryer hopefuls, this one’s for you! Make crispy, flavorful tofu that you can toss into countless veggie-friendly recipes. This is destined to become your new favorite way to cook tofu!

air fryer cauliflower wings tossed with honey bbq sauce in a basket

Epic Air Fryer Honey BBQ Cauliflower Wings

Try this easy game day appetizer for crispy battered cauliflower wings tossed in a sweet n’ sticky, hot n’ spicy honey BBQ sauce! Wow guests with your newfound air frying skills, and all that finger-licking flavor!

A plate of Air Fryer buffalo wings with a small dish of ranch beside them

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

Another wing recipe you can make in minutes using your new favorite kitchen appliance. Air fryer buffalo wings are made with a handful of ingredients while packing all the delicious heat!

Easy Crispy Garlic Parmesan Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

Brussels sprouts in the air fryer are a game changer, and you’ll see why with this easy recipe. These crispy air fryer Brussels sprouts make a perfect beginner’s side dish that tastes and looks like it was made by a pro!

Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas

Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas


Family-friendly chicken enchiladas are so easy to cook in the air fryer! Great to make for dinner and bursting with craveable Tex-Mex flavor.

frozen french fries in a black air fryer basket.

Crispy Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

If you’re looking for the ultimate beginner’s air fryer recipe, classic homemade French fries are a good place to start! These super simple but uber-delicious fries crisp up in minutes. You won’t be able to eat just one!

Chicken Fingers dipping into honey mustard sauce

Air Fryer Chicken Fingers

This healthier spin on chicken fingers should come with a warning: once you have a bite of this satisfyingly crunchy, juicy air fryer chicken, you won’t be able to stop!

Air Fryer Honey Sesame Salmon


A beginner-friendly air fryer fish recipe that’s super flavorful and so easy to make. Asian-inspired flavors of honey and sesame come together in this 10-minute salmon recipe that’s perfect for a last-minute weeknight dinner.

Air Fryer Beef Taquitos


Get your air fryer skills on a roll with these easy air fried beef taquitos! A homemade taquito recipe that’s full of flavor and the best finger food for game day.

Baked Potato in air fryer filled with toppings.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

A classic and hearty side dish, these baked potatoes couldn’t be any easier to make thanks to the air fryer! Tender, soft and buttery baked potatoes with a delightfully crispy exterior.

Plate of air fryer asparagus.

Air Fryer Asparagus

A veggie side that you can make for almost any occasion, air fryer asparagus is super tender on the inside and just the right amount of crispy on the outside. Plus, this recipe is ready in 12 minutes!

Air Fryer S'mores Hand Pies

Air Fryer Smores Hand Pies


You’ll definitely be s’more comfortable with your air fryer once you’ve whipped up a batch of these incredible sweet hand pies! All the best flavors of a classic s’mores recipe – Graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows – wrapped up in one delicious package!

Air Fryer Blueberry Cheesecake Wontons

Air Fryer Blueberry Cheesecake Wontons


This easy air fryer dessert is a fusion of Asian wontons and classic all-American blueberry cheesecake. These sweet wontons are not your ordinary bite-sized dessert, but this recipe is an absolutely must-try!

Air Fryer Pumpkin Pie

Another classic dessert, simplified in the air fryer! You’ll be air frying this delightful version of pumpkin pie for many occasions to come, from Thanksgiving to Christmas!

A French toast stick is being dipped into a small cup of syrup.

Air Fryer French Toast Sticks

Make these air fryer French toast sticks as a kid-friendly breakfast or easy after school snack! They’re quick to make in less than 20 minutes and the perfect size for little hands to dip into maple syrup.

A plate of strawberry glazed donuts served with glasses of milk.

Air Fryer Donuts

These are the most cheerful donuts that you’ll ever make, and they’re super quick and easy in the air fryer! Frosted pink and covered in rainbow sprinkles for a delightful dessert.

Cinnamon sugar donuts on baking rack to dry

Air Fryer Donuts

Try these buttery, sugary air fryer donuts on for size. You don’t need beginner’s luck for this air fryer recipe – only 4 ingredients and 5 minutes!

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or kitchen newbie, you’re guaranteed to find loads of recipe inspiration using the recipe finder!

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