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!
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!
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.
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 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 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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Air Fryer Monkey Bread
This monkey bread recipe is fun and simple, yet loaded with sweet, sticky flavor and a deliciously fluffy texture. Making this sharing bread in the air fryer is the best dessert secret you never knew you needed!
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 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!
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