8 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 8 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.

» Also check out our favorite air fryer appetizers for the holidays.

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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.
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.
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.
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.
Cooked brussels sprouts
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.
air fryer broccoli
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.
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.
baked apple with whip cream on top
thanksgiving meal

Looking for an easy Thanksgiving menu?

Try this easy menu for two!

Why Use an Air Fryer

With an air fryer, 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. Compared to deep-frying, using an air fryer can reduce the amount of fat, calories, and potentially harmful compounds in your food.



This Instant™ Vortex™ Plus has a ton of useful features, but top of the list is ClearCook window, with a perfectly placed light inside, so you can check on food without opening the basket.


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