If you are the proud new owner of an air fryer or on the hunt for air fryer recipe inspiration, then this list of the 10 best air fryer recipes is for you! From appetizers, to entrees to side dishes, this list has a little bit of everything.
The other day I saw a video joking that the reason millennials love air fryers so much is because they grew up playing with Easy Bake Ovens. As a 90’s baby that is obsessed with her air fryer, I can confirm this is 100% accurate for me.
My air fryer is my favorite kitchen appliance and has completely transformed my cooking habits and standard rotation of dinner recipes. It has also been a source of inspiration for so many of my recipes.
Air frying food is a healthy alternative to deep frying or even pan frying food, but the food still turns out deliciously crispy and perfectly cooked.
Air fryers are also more energy efficient than ovens, so they are a great alternative if you are looking to reduce your energy consumption or save money on energy bills.
Below are 10 of my favorite air fryer recipes I’ve created. This list is meant to provide inspiration for you if you are a lucky new owner of an air fryer or are looking for new ways to use it.
Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
I love turning. veggies into crispy crunchy fries. These air fryer zucchini fries are a healthy and delicious snack, appetizer or side dish.
They are easy to make, a fun way to get in extra veggies and use up summer produce. I love to serve them with a variety of dipping sauces, like an easy homemade aioli, recipe included in the recipe post.
Air Fryer Roasted Garlic
Did you know you can roast garlic in the air fryer in a fraction of the time you can in the oven? Air fryer roasted garlic is extremely easy to make and is delicious in so many dishes.
I love to spread air fryer roasted garlic on toast, mix into pasta dishes, add to pizzas and blend into sauces. The best part is you can make a big batch and store in the fridge for whenever you want to spruce up your meals.
Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings
Whether you love football season or you’re just there for the food like me, you are going to love these air fryer garlic parmesan wings. They’re crispy, buttery, cheesy and oh so delicious.
I love using the air fryer to make chicken wings because they turn out perfectly juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. They are the perfect, easy game day appetizer everyone will love.
Air Fryer Caprese Chicken
This air fryer caprese chicken is the easiest recipe in this air fryer recipe round up. All you have to do is tenderize and season your chicken, par cook in the air fryer, top with slices of tomato and mozzarella cheese and finish off in the air fryer.
Everything gets topped with fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. It makes for the best easy summer protein and great served along side pasta, salad or pasta salad.
Air Fryer Veggie Tots
These air fryer veggie tots are a fun way to get in an extra serving of veggies. The base is potato and they contain spinach and frozen riced veggies, which saves a ton of time.
Kids will love help out making and eating these. I love to serve them as an appetizer or side dish with a variety of dipping sauces.
Air Fryer Crab Stuffed Salmon
This air fryer crab stuffed salmon is one of the most popular recipes on my site. The recipe features juicy salmon and a delicious stuffing chuck full of fresh crab.
The best part about this recipe is it cooks in a fraction of the time it would take in the oven. Additionally the of the crab stuffing gets nice a crispy, which provides the dish with some great texture.
Cheesy Southwest Egg Rolls
These cheesy Southwestern eggs rolls are crispy, crunchy pockets of cheesy flavorful goodness, and make a fantastic appetizer for game day.
The filling for these cheesy Southwest egg rolls consists of shredded chicken, veggies, cheddar cheese and Southwest spices. Everything is wrapped in egg roll wrappers and air fried to golden and crispy perfection.
They can be prepped in the morning and then pop into the oven or air fryer right before the game starts. They are delicious on their own or dipped into my tasty cilantro avocado crema.
Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes
I’m sure you’ve had roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes and French fries, but have you tried smashed potatoes? They somehow manage to combine all 3 into one delicious side dish.
These air fryer smashed potatoes are soft and creamy on the inside and extra crispy on the outside. They are simply seasoned with garlic powder, rosemary and flaky salt, but they really can be seasoned however you wish.
Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls
These buffalo chicken egg rolls consist of shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, types of cheese, Greek yogurt and are crisped to perfection in the air fryer. They are an incredibly delicious and easy as a party or game day appetizer.
Air Fryer Chicken Chimichangas
I love chimichangas, but the traditional deep fried ones can be heavy and greasy. These air fryer chicken chimichangas give you the crispy exterior of deep fried chimichangas without the excess oil and calories.
I love serving these air fryer chicken chimichangas with cilantro lime crema, rice, beans or a side salad.
My Air Fryer
The air fryer I own and use on a daily basis is the Cuisinart Compact Air Fryer. It has a flat, wide basket and tray, is easy to use and gets food deliciously crispy fast.
I highly recommend the air fryer I own as it is affordable and works well. A slight upgrade would be this Cusinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven, with similar dials and design, but is slightly larger (and better for families).
If you make any of these air fryer recipes, be sure to leave a comment below to let me know and rate the recipe on the respective blog! If you snap a pic, be sure to tag me on Instagram @thechowdown! I love seeing your creations!