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Quick and Easy Air Fryer Recipes

quick and easy air fryer recipes

Due to their user-friendliness and lots of quick and easy air fryer recipes posted online, air fryers have become the hottest countertop commodity. For some home cooks, air fryers are replacing the microwave as the preferred appliance for reheating and quick cooking.

But what exactly does it mean to air fry? An air fryer is a small convection oven that bakes food at a high temperature with a high-powered fan. This method of baking produces a crispy, juicy texture similar to deep frying. But unlike a deep fryer, air fryers have no preheat time and require little to no oil.

Top 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.

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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.

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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.

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Amazon Basics 3.2 Quart Compact

Still looking to save counter space? The compact design of the Amazon Basics 3.2 Quart Compact Multi-Functional Digital Air Fryer makes sure that it fits in every kitchen. It has a content capacity of 3 liters, or 3.2 quarts with a detachable, washable air fryer basket. 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.

French Fries

One of the best things you can do with an air fryer is cook up a fresh, hot batch of french fries. This simple recipe from Pillsbury is perfect for making standard french fries in an air fryer, and you can iterate on it as-needed. These fries from Air Frying Foodie are heavily seasoned with paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper. Want to really make a meal out of your fries? These loaded air fryer bacon cheddar fries from Recipe Diaries are to die for.

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.

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Air Fryer Blooming Onion

You don’t need to head to the outback for your next blooming onion. This recipe from Delish will teach you how to fry your own 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.

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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 a delicious side dish, try this recipe from Good Housekeeping. These bacon-roasted potatoes with thyme, shallots and mustard go well with just about 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 the secret for cooking the salmon just right on all sides, and the cook time is only seven to nine minutes long. .

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Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp Dinner

With shrimp, sausage and a host of colorful vegetables, this all-in-one meal from Skinny Taste 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!


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11 Thoughts on “Quick and Easy Air Fryer Recipes

  1. 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.

    1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

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