20 Simple 30-Minute Air Fryer Meals

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The best thing about the air fryer is that you can use it to make simple 30-minute air fryer meals that are healthy, time-saving, and delicious. Whenever I’m not able to cook in the air fryer, I miss it madly. There’s just something so convenient about it.

So put away your baking trays and your frying pans. Get ready to make some of the easiest meals you’ve ever made, with just one pan to clean at the end of the meal. You can use these easy recipes to create a simple menu for the whole week.

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30-minute air fryer meals

Oh and another thing! Since cooking in the air fryer is as simple as putting in the food and pushing the “on” button, it’s almost like you’ve inherited an easy button. The whole family can help make meals now. So be sure to add an extra column to your weekly menu for who’s turn it is to cook.

Super Useful Air Fryer Accessories

Once you’ve started using your air fryer more regularly, you’ll find there are so many other ways you *could* be using it, if you had a few extra useful accessories. Here are a few favorites that we use almost every day.

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30-Minute Air Fryer Meals

Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich
Air Frye chicken sandwiches are simple to make and come out just like your favorite restaurant sandwich.
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chicken sandwich
Air Fryer Sausage, Peppers, and Onions
Air Fryer Sausage Peppers and Onions are seasoned with spices to create a super easy and low-carb lunch or dinner, made with sausage, red and green bell peppers and onions. You won't believe how much flavor develops in the air fryer.
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Plate of peppers, onions and sausage
Air Fryer Bone-In Pork Chops
It is super easy to make frozen pork chops in the air fryer to save yourself the time and effort involved in thawing them. They turn out just as juicy and delicious as from fresh.
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boneless frozen pork chops in the air fryer
Air Fryer Turkey Burgers
Air fryer Turkey Burgers are quick and result in juicy patties perfect for your burgers, whether you use store-bought patties or make your own.
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air fryer turkey burger
Air Fryer Frozen Fish Fillet
These crispy air fryer frozen fish fillets, cooked from store-bought breaded fish, are super easy to make in the air fryer so you save time making your meal.
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air fryer frozen fish fillets
Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks
Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks are incredibly easy to make in the air fryer. They're seasoned to perfection and ready to eat in 25 minutes.
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chicken drumsticks
Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp
Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp is simple to make and full of flavor with a spicy sweet copycat bang bang sauce.
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bang bang shrimp
Air Fryer Chicken Breast
Air fryer chicken breasts without breading is a tasteful, tender, and juicy dish that is super easy to make.
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Chicken breast on plate with fork
Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin
This perfect Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin is seasoned with salt, paprika, chili powder, and onion powder to form a delicious crust packed with flavor.
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Sliced tenderloin and salad
Air Fryer Chicken & Broccoli
This air fryer chicken and broccoli has a light Asian-inspired sauce that adds a delightful flavor to a light meal that's easy to make in the air fryer.
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Chicken and broccoli on a plate

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

Frozen Salmon in the Air Fryer
Frozen Salmon in the air fryer is just about the easiest possible way to make this healthy, Omega-3 packed fish. It's done in minutes and you'll never go back to making it any other way.
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Salmon with rice and veggies
Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs (Frozen or Fresh)
Air fryer Boneless chicken thighs are juicy, tender, and loaded with flavor, but they are nearly effortless to make. The flavors come from brushing the chicken with a sweet and tangy sauce while air frying.
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Boneless Chicken Thighs
Air Fryer Italian Sausages
Air fryer Italian sausages are super easy and quick to make. These sausages are cooked to perfection in just 10 minutes, faster and cleaner than cooking on the stove top.
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Italian sausage with peppers and onions
Air Fryer Fried Chicken
This easy Air Fryer Fried Chicken is crunchy and golden, with juicy and moist chicken on the inside. It's one of the easiest ways to make fantastic fried chicken without the mess of deep frying.
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air fryer fried chicken
Air Fryer Breaded Shrimp
Air Fryer Breaded Shrimp is so easy to make in the air fryer and it turns out perfectly crispy and delicious in just 6 minutes.
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air fryer crispy breaded shrimp
Air Fryer Chicken Patties
Air fryer chicken patties are quick and result in juicy patties perfect for your burgers, whether you use store-bought patties or make your own.
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Chicken patty sandwich
Air Fryer Tilapia
This Air Fryer Tilapia is a great way to get crispy fried fish without all the oil and grease of deep frying. The crunchy exterior gets golden brown in the air fryer in just 15 minutes
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air fryer tilapia
Easy Air Fryer BBQ Chicken
This easy Air Fryer BBQ Chicken requires just chicken, seasonings, and BBQ sauce and it almost magically turns into a delicious, well-cooked BBQ Chicken without the fuss of cooking on the grill.
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BBQ chicken
Air Fryer Hamburgers
Want to know how to easily make burgers in the air fryer? You'll be surprised how easy it is and how delicious burgers in the air fryer turn out!
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hamburger
Air Fryer Brats
This air fryer brats method is the fastest and best way to cook brats. They turn out crispy on the outside with perfectly cooked centers.
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Brat on a bun with sauerkraut

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