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Looking for a side dish for dinner tonight that you can easily make in the air fryer? We’ve got 28 of our favorite everyday side dish recipes in the air fryer list below. Feast your eyes on the array of fantastic side dishes you can make in a flash using the air fryer.
Some of our favorite side dishes are smashed potatoes and crispy Brussels sprouts, but you don’t want to leave out the garlic bread and biscuits! Find something that matches your meal and you’re on your way to an easy dinner menu.
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.
If you don’t have an air fryer yet, check out these options to find one that fits your needs.
This recipe for Air Fryer Corn Bread is made with simple staple ingredients like cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and creamed corn. It's an easy and quick way to make perfectly crispy and moist bread every time.
Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans are a great side dish that you can always have on hand in the freezer. It takes just 8 minutes to cook in the air fryer and is a very healthy side dish to pair with any meal.
Air Fryer Frozen Brussels Sprouts are a great side dish that you can always have on hand in the freezer. It takes just 10 minutes to cook in the air fryer and is a very healthy side dish to pair with any meal.
Air Fryer Green Beans are so simple to make and they turn out perfectly crispy and tender when cooked in the air fryer. So why not save yourself a few steps and cook your green beans with a tasty seasoning in the air fryer.
Yes you can but we want you to be aware of some caveats and safety issues.
First of all, the air fryer was not designed to require foil or parchment paper. It has a non-stick surface and a basket to catch any drippings. There are holes in the basket that help the air circulate around the food to cook it properly.
When you introduce other elements, such as aluminum foil and parchment paper into the process, things can go awry. Overall, the best way to cook in the air fryer is without any foil.
However, using foil can have various benefits, such as easier clean-up after cooking, or preventing liquids in a dish from leaking out through the holes. I’ve also seen people make foil boats for things like mini-cakes and quiches, or to make fried eggs in.
Yes and what a time saver it is! Vegetables don’t need to be thawed first. Just add them to the air fryer basket frozen. Follow specific recipes as times can vary depending on what vegetable you are cooking.
Do veggies have to be in a single layer in the air fryer?
No. We find that most vegetables cook through just fine if the basket is crowded full. Make sure to shake the basket halfway through cooking. That will help ensure that the vegetables cook evenly.
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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.