25 Best Air Fryer Main Dishes to Try

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If you’re on a quest for meals that are not only mouthwateringly delicious but also quick and hassle-free, then it’s time to introduce your kitchen to the magic of the air fryer. This remarkable appliance has taken the culinary world by storm, revolutionizing the way we cook our favorite dishes.

But, it’s not just for snacks and French fries. We’re diving deep into the world of air fryer main dishes to try that will forever change the way you view weeknight dinners. From juicy, tender steaks, to baby back ribs and teriyaki chicken these recipes will show you how the air fryer can cook amazing meals.

Steak and potatoes, Cornish game hens, and fried tilapia
Air fryer main dishes
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Air Fryer Main Dishes to Try

Air Fryer Pork Steak
Air Fryer Pork Steak is generously seasoned with a blend of spices including paprika, brown sugar, and onion powder, to create a flavorful crust on tender pork.
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A pork steak
Air Fryer Crunch Wrap
These Air Fryer Crunch Wraps are even tastier than they look!
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air fryer crunch wrap
Air Fryer Chicken Quarters
These Air Fryer Chicken Quarters have a flavorful dry rub that helps lock in the flavor while ensuring a crispy skin. Using the air fryer is one of the best ways to cook chicken quarters. Give it a try and you'll see.
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Air fryer chicken quarters
Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken
This Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken with tender and juicy chicken thighs coated in a mouthwatering teriyaki glaze, is a quick, easy, and delicious weeknight meal.
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Teriyaki chicken and rice
Air Fryer Meatballs
Air Fryer Meatballs are a simple easy to make dish with a combination of lean ground beef and/or pork, along with some aromatic herbs and spices.
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Homemade meatballs
Air Fryer Skirt Steak
This delicious air fryer skirt steak is marinated and takes just 10 minutes to cook to perfection.
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air fryer skirt steak
Air Fryer Tuna Steaks
This Air Fryer Tuna Steaks are seasoned with simple ingredients and paired with a flavorful sesame soy sauce for a perfect balance of flavors.
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tuna steaks in the air fryer
Air Fryer T-Bone Steak Recipe
This Air Fryer T-Bone Steak is seasoned and cooked quickly in the air fryer, resulting in a juicy steak with a nice sear and lots of locked in flavor.
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T-bone steak on a plate
Easy Air Fryer Halibut Recipe
This Air Fryer Halibut can be made in just 8 minutes in the air fryer for a healthy and delicious meal that needs just a small amount of ingredients.
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Air fryer halibut with lemon and asparagus
Air Fryer Short Ribs (Korean Style)
These Air Fryer Short Ribs are marinated in a delicious Korean-style sauce and cooked in less than 25 minutes in the air fryer. They are a short cut for making deliciously flavorful short ribs in less time.
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Short ribs on a plate
Air Fryer Cornish Hens
These little birds come out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, making them perfect for any gathering. So next time you’re looking for a festive meal, give this Air Fryer Cornish Hens recipe a try!
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A Cornish hen on a plate
Air Fryer Portobello Mushrooms
Looking for a great vegetarian main dish? These Air Fryer Portobello Mushrooms are easy to cook in the air fryer. They get toasty on the outside, but stay juicy and soft on the inside.
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Two cooked Portobello mushrooms
Air Fryer Turkey Breast
This Air Fryer Turkey Breast recipe is a great way to cook a smaller amount of turkey that turns out perfectly tender and moist
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air fryer turkey breast
Easy Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon
This Easy Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon can be made in just 8 minutes in the air fryer for a healthy and delicious meal that has just 2-3 ingredients.
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Teriyaki salmon and veggies
Air Fryer Tri Tip Steak
This Air Fryer Tri Tip Steak is well seasoned and cooked to perfection in the air fryer, which leaves it with a deliciously cooked exterior and tender juicy interior.
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Slicing tri tip
Air Fryer Steak Bites & Potatoes
Air Fryer Steak Bites & Potatoes is a simple meal you can make in minutes with just a piece of steak and any potatoes you have in the house. They cook quickly in the air fryer and make a hearty and satisfying meal.
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Steak bites and potatoes
Air Fryer Stuffed Pork Chops
Air Fryer Stuffed Pork Chops are filled with spinach, mushrooms, and cream cheese, then dusted with flavorful seasonings before being cooked to perfection in the air fryer.
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Stuffed pork chop
Air Fryer Pork Kebabs
Air fryer pork kebabs are a great low carb meal with seasoned chunks of pork and vegetables on skewers, cooked quickly in the air fryer.
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A stack of pork kebabs on a plate
Easy Air Fryer Meatloaf Bites
Air fryer meatloaf bites are filled with seasonings and then cooked in the air fryer to make for a speedy, but delicious meal.
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Meatloaf bites on a plate
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 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
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 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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crispy breaded shrimp
Easy Air Fryer Ribs
Air Fryer Ribs are so easy to make and you'll be surprised how well they turn out, with tender meat and perfect crispy edges.
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ribs in air fryer
Air Fryer Whole Chicken Recipe
You can easily cook a whole chicken in the Air Fryer and it comes out with crispy skin and the juiciest chicken.
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air fryer 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 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

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.

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What Side Dishes to Serve?

You can serve some really easy side dishes with your main dish cooked in the Air Fryer. Sometimes, you can cook them together in the air fryer to make it even faster.

Some of our favorite side dishes to serve include:

Here are 28 more air fryer side dishes to try

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