11 Guilt-Free Air Fryer Recipes
Try our yummy air fryer recipes for fries, chicken wings, and more!
Air fryer recipes are on trend... for good reason! This countertop kitchen appliance can help you make all kinds of indulgent recipes with only a fraction of the fat and calories. From easy appetizers to hearty main dish recipes, you can use an air fryer to make your life in the kitchen easier (and healthier!).
What is an air fryer? It's a small appliance that cooks food by circulating hot air, cooking food to a crisp texture quickly. You can make crispy French fries using only about a tablespoon of oil, instead of the cups that it would take in a deep fryer. You can also use an air fryer to cook lots of other kinds of food!
Here are some of our favorite recipes using an air fryer, from easy appetizers to mouthwatering mains.
Air Fryer French Fries
This is one of the recipes that everyone is most excited about. Everyone loves fries, but most of us could do without the extra fat and calories. That's now easy to do! Get the recipe.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings
You might think that chicken wings are only delicious if they're deep fried... think again! This healthy recipe is indulgent and totally tasty. Just look at all that yummy Parmesan cheese. Get the recipe.
Air Fryer Thai Peanut Egg Rolls
Egg rolls are one of our go-to indulgent appetizers, and this Thai peanut version is absolutely crave-worthy! Luckily, you don't have to feel guilty about noshing on these air fryer egg rolls, because they're made with so much less oil than traditional fried variations. We also love the color and rich dipping sauce here! Get the recipe from The Creative Bite.
Photo courtesy of The Creative Bite.
Air Fryer Breakfast Pockets
Think your air fryer can only cook appetizers? Think again! These delicious air fryer breakfast pockets are filled with gooey cheese, fluffy eggs, and other yummy ingredients. We love that they're filling, but not too heavy, and they're quick to make. Get the recipe from Ginger Casa!
Photo courtesy of Ginger Casa.
Italian Rice Balls
These delicious Italian rice balls - or arancini - are usually a guilty pleasure that we totally love. But with an air fryer, there's no need to feel any guilt! They're cooked with minimal oil and are still crispy, gooey, and great with marinara sauce. Get the recipe.
Air Fryer Parmesan Shrimp
Did you know that you're only 10 minutes away from a plate of delicious, Parmesan-crusted shrimp? It's true! This smart recipe is easy to make, and it's the perfect way to pack healthy protein into a lunch or dinner. Serve it up with some veggies or brown rice, and you've got a fast and healthy air fryer dinner in no time. Get the recipe from Bitz & Giggles!
Photo courtesy of Bitz & Giggles.
Air Fryer Chocolate Cake
Yes, you can! This smart recipe proves that air fryers really can do anything. They can even make a chocolate cake that you'll be proud to serve to your friends and family. It's a perfect recipe for days when you don't want to turn on the oven... or any day, really!
Get the recipe here.
Garlic Air Fryer Almonds
If you're looking for a healthy treat that doesn't feel healthy... take a look at these garlic air fryer almonds. These roasted nuts are so easy to make, and they are the perfect thing to munch on during your next party (or game day!). They also make an awesome grab-and-go snack that's great for beach days, camping, road trips, and more. You name the event, and these air fryer almonds are the perfect treat.
Get the recipe here!
Perfect Air Fryer Grilled Cheese
Your favorite guilty pleasure snack just got an upgrade! Using an air fryer for a recipe like this is so smart, because it solves one of the problems that people often have with making grilled cheese: it's hard to get it to cook evenly! Using an air fryer ensures that this gooey, cheesy sandwich cooks to the perfect shade of golden brown every time. Your family will love this magical change to a classic food.
Get the recipe here!
Air Fryer French Toast
This recipe is a great example of how versatile an air fryer really is. You might not have thought to make breakfast in an air fryer, but this French toast proves that you can do it (and it tastes delicious!). This French toast recipe turns out crisp, sweet, and totally delectable. You can top it with your favorite fruits, maple syrup, chocolate chips, or just a simple dusting of powdered sugar. Breakfast is served!
Get the recipe here!
Air Fryer Cherry Pies
Are you a fan of hand pies? We certainly are! And this air fryer version is easy as pie (it takes the cake too--we're going all out with the dessert puns here). You'll let it cook to crisp, gooey perfection in your air fryer and then serve to your favorite people. These are great on their own, but we'll bet they'd taste pretty amazing with a scoop of vanilla ice cream too.
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Do you have any favorite air fryer recipes? Let us know in the comments!