Air fryers will change the way you think about cooking. This relatively new kitchen appliance has become extremely popular for a reason. Despite its name, there’s no actual ‘frying’ in an air fryer’s cooking process. Instead, it works like a mini-convection oven, with a fan that circulates heat around your food. And it takes less oil than deep-frying and less time than a traditional oven.
There are plenty of things you can make in an air fryer. It’s a great tool to heat up frozen foods like chicken tenders or mozzarella sticks, but you can also cook juicy, tender meat or fish, roast vegetables and make crispy appetizers from scratch. If you have an air fryer and aren’t sure how to move past cooking frozen french fries, we have 16 easy, delicious recipes for hassle-free air fryer meals.
Chicken parmesan is a favorite family dinner, but it uses a lot of oil and a lot of dishes. Trade your frying pan and oven for an air fryer with this quick dinner recipe. It takes less than one hour, and you won’t have to sacrifice the crunchy breading on your chicken.
If you just bought an air fryer, chicken wings should be the first thing on your to-cook list. The skin will be so crispy, you won’t believe the wings aren’t deep-fried. You can eat your wings plain or try them with different sauces and condiments.
Give green beans more flavor by coating them in breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, then toss them in an air fryer to create healthy ‘fries’ to snack on for lunch. Serve these fried green beans as a game-day snack with ranch or your favorite dipping sauce.
If you enjoy roasting Brussels sprouts in the oven, rest easy knowing you can accomplish the same results in an air fryer. Using an air fryer cuts your cooking time in half, which makes this the perfect side dish for dinner on a busy weeknight.
Sweet potato fries are among the most common foods to make in an air fryer. All you have to do is cut your spuds into wedges, toss them with Old Bay and a little oil and put them in your machine. Serve these fries as a side with burgers or sandwiches.
Your kids will love these mozzarella sticks for an after-school snack. You only need a few ingredients, you can involve your kids to keep them occupied and you can get that gooey, stringy cheese in a matter of minutes.
If Chinese food is your go-to takeout favorite, then you’re going to fall in love with this recipe. Making crispy crab rangoons is easier than it looks. Make the cream cheese and crab filling, wrap it in wontons and let the air fryer do its thing.
If you don’t like greasy spring rolls, your air fryer will be your new BFF. Make a batch, freeze them before cooking and save them for any time you have a craving. These spring rolls will be crowd-pleasers if you bring them to a party.
You can make juicy, garlicky shrimp in less than 10 minutes in the air fryer. Add these shrimp to your favorite seafood dish for dinner in a jiffy.
Need a vegetarian dinner idea? This air-fried cauliflower recipe will do the trick. Coat these veggies in a sweet and spicy homemade Korean barbecue sauce and serve them over rice noodles and crisp veggies for a healthy bowl of deliciousness.
Don’t settle for just ordinary mac and cheese. Try something new with these tasty macaroni and cheese bites. Cover these cheesy balls in breading and cook them in the air fryer. These bite-size snacks will become your family’s new favorite.
You won’t need to buy falafel again after you learn how simple it is to make it at home. It only takes 15 minutes to make these vegetarian chickpea balls, which are best served with a savory tahini sauce or as an upgrade to your salads.
This sweet and salty combo will take your family dinner to a whole new level. Cover tofu cubes in Panko breadcrumbs and shredded coconut before placing them into the air fryer. You can enjoy these cubes on their own or make a hearty rice bowl with fresh vegetables and your favorite sauce. This even works great with cauliflower too.
Cooking salmon in an air fryer is quite simple and takes less time to bake than in an oven. Season the fish to your preference and let it cook in the air fryer for 15 minutes. That’s it! You can serve it over rice or with vegetables. Try using an air fryer to help you cook one of these simple yet spectacular salmon recipes.
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