19 of Our Favorite Air Fryer Recipes To Try

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We love cooking just about everything in the air fryer. Not only is it a great way to make a quick meal, completely replacing the need for an oven, it’s also just a great way to keep foods moist and flavorful without drying them out.

» You might like to check out these 25 Air Fryer Tips and Tricks.

Salmon bites, S'mores, and steak and potatoes. All cooked in the air fryer.

Often people ask us what our favorite air fryer recipes are, so we thought we’d share the things that we make the most.

It’s really a great tool for vegetables, any type of meat, crisping up frozen foods, and reheating food.


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Our Favorite Air Fryer Recipes

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.
Short ribs on a plate
Air Fryer Quesadilla
In just 5 minutes, you can make a crispy Air Fryer Quesadillas with cheese, chicken, and any of your other favorite quesadilla fillings.
Air Fryer Quesadilla
Air Fryer Lamb Chops
These Air Fryer Lamb Chops are made with rosemary, garlic, and cooked to perfection in the air fryer for a flavorful, tender, and easy weekday meal.
Lamb chops on a plate
Air Fryer Salmon Bites
Air Fryer Salmon Bites are probably my favorite thing to make in the air fryer. These delicious morsels cook so well in the air fryer, with perfect crispy edges, while staying juicy in the middle. Dress them up with any sauce you like for additional flavor.
Salmon bites on a plate with chopsticks
Air Fryer Apple Turnovers
These Air Fryer Apple Turnovers have a deliciously crunchy puff pastry shell with a warm caramelized apple filling wrapped inside.
Apple turnovers with one cut in half
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.
Chicken and broccoli on a plate
Perfectly Crispy Air Fryer Pork Belly
One of the easiest ways to cook pork belly is in the air fryer, thanks to the circulating air that makes crispy skin pork belly, without the need to slow cook for hours.
Crispy pork belly
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.
ribs in air fryer
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.
Slicing tri tip
Air Fryer Corn Ribs
These delicious Air Fryer Corn Ribs are not only super fun to eat, they are just the right amount of crispy, sweet, and juicy. We love them for snacking and to take as an appetizer for parties.
Corn ribs
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.
Two cooked Portobello mushrooms
Air Fryer Roasted Garlic
This easy Air Fryer Roasted Garlic recipe brings out the sweet and nutty flavors of garlic with a hint of spiciness, all in a spreadable, creamy texture.
Roasted garlic
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.
Stuffed pork chop
Air Fryer Cajun Chicken Wings
These wings are seasoned with a spicy and flavorful Cajun seasoning then air fried to perfection.
air fryer cajun chicken wings
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.
Salmon with rice and veggies
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.
Steak bites and potatoes
Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes
These Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes are coated in a tasty blend of oil and seasonings to make a simple yet delicious side dish that goes with just about any main dish.
Fingerling potatoes
Easy Homemade Air Fryer Biscuits
These easy homemade air fryer biscuits are really quick to make and they bake up warm and fluffy in the air fryer in less time than the oven.
Easy Air Fryer S’mores
S’mores don’t have to be made on the campfire. We’ve made these Air Fryer S’mores in the air fryer with the typical marshmallows, chocolate, and crackers. And they are amazing!
s'mores stacked together

Fun Things to Try in Your Air Fryer

The air fryer really is so versatile. It isn’t just for foods that you would have deep fried. Here are a couple of things to try.

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.

Frequently Asked Air Fryer Questions

Do I need to preheat the air fryer?

It’s not necessary to preheat the air fryer before cooking. If you do, it could change the cook time of your recipe. Only preheat if the recipe you’re following says to do so.

How do I prevent food from sticking in my air fryer?

The air fryer comes with a non-stick coating that will help prevent food from sticking. You can use a light spray of cooking oil while cooking. This helps prevent food from sticking and also helps crisp up the outside of foods while they cook.

Make sure to use a non-aerosol sprayer for your oil. You want to avoid the sticky residue that can harm the non-stick coating.

Can I use parchment paper in my air fryer?

Yes, you can and you can use tin foil as well.

It’s not always necessary, but for times when the food you’re cooking is especially sticky or delicate, you can use parchment paper to keep it from sticking to the basket. I use them when cooking fish so it doesn’t crumble when I take it out of the basket.

You can get round or square parchment paper that’s pre-cut with air holes so it doesn’t affect the air circulation around your food.

If you’ve been wondering, you can use tin foil in the air fryer. It can be used to keep foods from sticking, or to make clean up easier. You can also wrap liquidy foods in it or steam food, as you would “en papillote” (wrapped in foil) in the oven.

You might also use an aluminum pan to cook in, which is also okay to use in the air fryer. Disposable foil pans can be a great way to reheat food in the air fryer, like lasagna or a casserole.

What Oil & Oil Sprayer is Best for the Air Fryer?

The biggest issue most air fryer lovers face is finding the right oil and oil sprayer to use on food cooked in the air fryer. A fine mist of oil will help the entire piece of food crisp evenly, so it’s very important.

My personal preference is to use canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. I use both a refillable spray bottle like the Evo one pictured below and non-propellant extra virgin olive oil, which has not harmful aerosols or chemicals.


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Beef short ribs, stuffed pork chops, apple turnovers, and quesadillas all cooked in the air fryer.

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