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Quick and Easy Air Fryer Recipes

Air fryers are the latest must-have kitchen appliance, touted for producing quick, easy and delicious meals. If you aren't already a fan, these recipes may make you a believer.

quick and easy air fryer recipes

Because they are fast at cooking , easy to clean and can help you cook tons of quick and easy air fryer recipes, air fryers have become the hottest commodity in home cooking, on par with the popularity of the Instant Pot.

But what exactly does it mean to air fry? An air fryer is a small, countertop appliance that bakes food at a high temperature and with a high-powered fan. This method of convection baking produces a crispy, juicy texture similar to deep frying. Unlike a deep fryer, an air fryer has no preheat time, and produces food with much less oil. Instead of immersing your food in oil, with an air fryer you can simply brush or spray your food with a small amount oil before frying it.

Air Fryers

If you don’t already own one of these popular appliances, here’s a selection of some of the top-rated air fryers on Amazon to help you choose the best one for  you.

COSORI Air Fryer Max XL

You can save counter space with the square COSORI Air Fryer Max XL. With 13 one-touch cooking functions, a dishwasher-safe basket, shake reminders and more, you’ll be air frying like there’s no tomorrow. Plus, it comes with 100 easy recipes for you to try and fry. Buy it here.

NUWAVE BRIO 6-Quart Digital Air Fryer

The NUWAVE BRIO 6-Quart Digital Air Fryer offers six present menu selections, a removable basket divider for cooking different foods and digital temperature control for consistent cooking. All removable pieces of the air fryer are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. It also comes with over 80 quick and easy air fryer recipes. Buy it here.

Sboly 8 Mode Air Fryer

The Sboly 8 Mode Air Fryer packs a punch with its eight preset modes, LCD touch screen and large internal cooking area. Its nonstick basket is easy to clean, and it even has a detachable shelf for grilling. It comes with a set of tongs and a recipe book with over 40 easy air fryer recipes. Buy it here.

Quick and Easy Air Fryer Recipes

Now that you’ve chosen your air fryer, it’s time to find out what it can cook. You may be surprised at all your little air fryer can accomplish. Here are few easy and inventive picks from the web.

Southern-Style Chicken

This recipe from Taste of Home is a great way to get Southern-style fried chicken on your table, fast. Depending on the power of your air fryer, the cook time is between 20 and 30 minutes long. Seasonings like parsley, garlic salt, paprika and sage make this chicken special.

Air Fryer Blooming Onion

You don’t need to head to the Outback for your next blooming onion when you can make one in your own kitchen! This recipe from Delish will teach you how to air fry your own blooming onion in just 20 minutes. Don’t forget the sauce!

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Air Fryer Steak

Wait, you can make steak in an air fryer? By following this recipe from Craving Tasty, you can have steaks on the table in just 25 minutes. This comprehensive guide to how to cook steaks in your air fryer will change the way you cook for good.

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Air Fryer Crab Cakes

Craving some crab? This recipe from Crumb Top Baking will teach you how to make your own air fryer crab cakes in less than fifteen minutes. It’s the perfect summer treat or year-round appetizer.

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Air Fryer Churros

Air fryers aren’t just for dinner, they can make sweet treats too! This churro recipe from Plated Cravings puts a new spin on the Mexican classic with special instructions just for air fryers.

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Bacon-Roasted Potatoes

If you’re looking for the perfect side dish, try this recipe from Good Housekeeping. These bacon-roasted potatoes with thyme, shallots and mustard are the perfect companion to any meal. And they’re an easy air fryer recipe to boot.

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Perfect Air Fryer Salmon

This recipe from Kitchn is a fast-cooking salmon fillet. The circulating air of the air fryer is perfect for cooking the salmon to perfection on all sides, and the cook time is only seven to nine minutes long. That’s some fast fish.

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Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp Dinner

If you want to make your whole meal in one go, this recipe from Skinny Taste is perfect for you. With shrimp, sausage and a host of colorful vegetables, this Cajun shrimp dinner can’t be beat. It has a total cook time of 30 minutes, making it an easy meal to whip up any day of the week.

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Do you have an air fryer? What are your favorite quick and easy air fryer recipes? Let us know in the comments below!

  • I LOVE Crumb Top Baking’s crab cakes. I’ve made it before and it’s so easy and delish.

  • Charles B.

    I have to air fryers and they save alot of time, and I love them.

  • Kathleen O.

    There is just the two of us. What size air fryer should I get?

    • we just got a 5.5 quart model and we are 2 people. it seems fine for smaller portion meals for 2. For example we split a box of frozen coconut shrimp as appetizer and then cooked 2 portions of salmon for main meal.

    • Just M.

      Get the larger fryer, cooks the same, and if at some point you want to cook a larger portion or more combinations of food at the same time you’ll be able.

  • Susan A.

    I love my air fryer. Favorite things to make: mini Chinese dumplings (frozen), chicken hot “wings” with Frank’s ho wing sauce, grilled cheese sandwiches, grilled salmon. I want to try the steak recipe.

  • Been using an air fryer for a few months and wanted to try cooking bacon. The recipe I followed said to preheat the fryer. Big big big mistake. Blew a fuse affecting three outlets in my kitchen. The fuse box wasn’t indicating which fuse to switch. I had a very handy friend look at it. Said now I have to hire an electrician for a completely new fuse to be installed.

  • Kathleen M.

    Love my air fryer make chicken cutlets best we have ever had .
    also made the cajun shrimp and chicken sausage recipe and had a good meal in 8 minutes .

  • How do you keep food warm while baking in batches? I am borrowing my daughter’s AF and most meals need to cook in batches.

    • Sarah H.

      Hi Rita! To keep food warm, you could wrap it in tin foil while you’re working on the other batches. That should keep it warm for about thirty minutes. If you need to keep it warm a little longer, you can put it in the oven at your lowest temperature setting. Just make sure you don’t leave it in there for more than an hour, it could change the texture of your food. Thanks for reading!


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