12 Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Make in the Air Fryer

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As with most meal that you make for a large crowd, there’s never enough space in the oven to cook everything at once and have it all perfectly heated when it’s served. That’s why we love the air fryer as a sidekick for Thanksgiving.

These 12 Thanksgiving side dishes to make in the air fryer will save you time while preparing your Thanksgiving dinner. You can have the air fryer making the sides while you prepare the turkey in the oven and the mashed potatoes on the stove. Easy peasy.

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Air Fryer Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Air Fryer Green Beans
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.
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A plate of green beans
Air Fryer Acorn Squash
Air Fryer Acorn Squash cooks quickly in the air fryer and comes out with a soft silky interior that's perfect for mashing or turning into a tasty side dish, or even using as a soup bowl.
A plate of cooked acorn squash
Air Fryer Parmesan Sweet Potatoes
These Air Fryer Parmesan Sweet Potatoes make a perfect side dish for your meal. They are super quick to make and have a great balance of sweet and savory.
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parmesan sweet potatoes
Air Fryer Cubed Butternut Squash
Air Fryer Butternut Squash cubes cook quickly in the air fryer and have a slightly crispy exterior and soft silky interior.
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cubed butternut squash
Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
Learn how to make the perfect air fryer brussels sprouts that are tender on the inside and incredibly crunchy on the outside.
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Cooked brussels sprouts
Air Fryer Delicata Squash
This delicata squash is great when made in the air fryer – a quick and easy method.
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delicata squash
Air Fryer Broccoli
Air Fryer Broccoli is a great side dish that takes less than 10 minutes to make in the air fryer and leads to a low-calorie, low-carb healthy side dish.
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air fryer broccoli
Easy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Cubes
These Easy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Cubes have a crispy exterior and a fluffy interior that make them a wonderful and versatile side dish.
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Sweet potato cubes on a plate
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.
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Fingerling potatoes
Easy Air Fryer Asparagus
This easy air fryer asparagus is a quick way to make a veggie side dish in just a few minutes in the air fryer. It can be cooked to your preference – tender and crisp.
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A plate of cooked asparagus with the air fryer basket in the background
Easy Air Fryer Corn Bread Muffins
These easy Air Fryer Cornbread Muffins are so simple to make, you might find they start to appear at every dinner. Using a box mix, they turn out moist and tasty – perfect size for a side dish.
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Corn bread muffins
Air Fryer Cranberry Brie Bites
Air Fryer Cranberry Brie Bites are easy to make and delicious. The crispy phyllo base, gooey brie and fruity cranberry sauce makes these cranberry brie bites a mouthwatering combination and a perfect appetizer or finger food.
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Cranberry Brie Bites
Air Fryer Baked Apples
Air fryer baked apples pack all the delicious flavors of fall into a sweet and crunchy dessert that's so delicious and yet so simple to make.
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baked apple with whip cream on top
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Looking for an easy Thanksgiving menu?

Try this easy menu for two!

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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