The best Air Fryer Recipes from around the web! This recipe roundup includes everything from main dishes to vegetable side dishes, appetizers and even a few sweet treats. All made in the air fryer!

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For those who love cooking in the air fryer, you’re in the right place! This roundup of healthy air fryer recipes includes everything you need for complete healthy meals!

Focusing on delicious recipes made with whole foods and clean ingredients, the main dishes are protein-centric and the side dishes are vegetable based.

This way, you can formulate a winning dinner no matter the time of year, using seasonal ingredients for your main course and side dish. 

The goal is to keep you and your family feeling nourished and satisfied on a budget in very little time with hardly any effort.

In case you’re new to air frying, the concept is simple. 

Hot air is circulated throughout the machine, resulting in a crispy exterior and tender interior for the perfect cook. The best part is you need far less oil than a deep fryer, and also less oil than cooking on the stove top or pressure cooker.

For instance, you can make fried chicken or any crispy foods using only a little olive oil in a fraction of the cooking time. 

Using this handy kitchen appliance is a great option for saving oven space and is the best way to whip up easy recipes with very little time or energy put into the cooking process.

These gluten-free air fryer recipes are easy to make at a moment’s notice as they all involve simple ingredients that can be found at any grocery store.

So let’s get straight to these healthy recipes!

Drop a comment below to let me know which ones of these easy air fryer recipes you try!

Air Fryer Main Dishes:

Lemon Garlic Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs – Lemon Garlic Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs are easy to prepare and turn out with the perfect tender inside and delicious crispy outside. Making boneless chicken thighs in the air fryer is a quick goof-proof method for cooking chicken.

Air fryer boneless chicken thighs in an air fryer

Crispy Air Fryer Salmon – This very basic crispy air fryer fish recipe is ideal for those of us who love a nice crisp on the outside with a tender inside. A wise go-to for healthy weeknight eating when you don’t want to spend a ginormous amount of time cooking!

Crispy Air Fryer Salmon - a quick, easy, amazing method for cooking salmon!

Air Fryer Shrimp Recipe – Learn how to make crispy shrimp in the air fryer with no breading! This easy Air Fryer Shrimp Recipe is deliciously savory, flexible, and ready to eat in less than 20 minutes.

Shrimp on a plate with fresh lemon in the background.

Crispy Mediterranean Air Fryer Chicken Thighs – Crispy Mediterranean Air Fryer Chicken recipe cooked to tender perfection! A generous amount of spices makes the chicken marinade positively dreamy. Very similar to Chicken Shawarma, these Mediterranean chicken thighs are blasted with zesty flavor and warm spices.

Top down plate of Mediterranean chicken sprinkled with green onions and slices of lemon on a rustic wooden background.

Sesame Garlic Air Fryer Salmon Bites – This Sesame Garlic Air Fryer Salmon Bites recipe come together in a flash and are perfect for salmon lovers who adore crispy skin. Serve them up as an appetizer with spicy mayo dipping sauce or with side dishes for a balanced complete meal. 

Air fryer salmon bites in a white bowl on top of steamed brown rice and edamame. A gold fork and napkin to the side.

Easy Air Fryer Pork Chops – Crispy Air Fryer Pork Chops and green beans is the easiest weeknight meal! While this simple meal is unpretentious and straightforward, it has incredible, winning flavor and comes together so quickly and easily. Make it a household staple!

Perfectly tender and delicious Pork Chops in the Air Fryer with Green Beans - an easy dinner recipe perfect for any night of the week.

Perfect Air Fryer Steak – Air Fryer Sirloin Steak is beautifully seared on the outside and stays juicy and tender on the inside. Air frying steak is quick and easy, and makes a delicious meal for the whole family. 

Air fryer steak, cut into slices.

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts Easy Air Fryer Chicken Breasts and broccoli are a silly simple dinner recipe that fuels you in all the right ways. Lean protein, fiber, vitamins…this dinner recipe checks all the boxes. Plus, you end up with the juiciest chicken! 

Easy Air Fryer Chicken Breasts made with a few simple ingredients. Tender chicken for a clean dinner

Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Thighs – Easy, tender, juicy Air Fryer Bone-In Chicken Thighs are an absolute delight! Not only do they take very little time to prepare, but they turn out incredibly flavorful with delightfully crispy skin.

Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Thighs made with just a few simple ingredients is a goof-proof method for cooking chicken thighs. Crispy, tender, delicious!

Air Fryer Mahi Mahi Air fryer mahi mahi is one of the easiest and healthy ways to cook a delicious dinner. Top with a bright mango salsa and ready in less than 20 minutes!

Mahi mahi on a plate with veggies and wild rice

Frozen Meatballs in Air Fryer – Healthy eating doesn’t have to cost a ton! Use your air fryer to crisp your favorite (homemade or store-bought) frozen meatballs and top with sauce! 

Meatballs in tomato sauce in a serving dish.

Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas are a quick and easy weeknight dinner packed full of flavor with fajita seasoning, sweet bell pepper, and onion then served in warm corn tortillas or as a healthy salad. Ready in under 30 minutes! 

Air fryer basket with chicken fajitas inside

Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp Preparing shrimp in the air fryer saves time and requires very little clean-up. Skip the store-bought frozen coconut shrimp and see how easy it is to make from scratch!

Plate of coconut shrimp with dipping sauce to the side

Air Fryer Side Dishes:

Air Fryer Green Beans Air Fryer Green Beans are a quick, easy, healthy side dish that can go with any main entrée! This simple vegetable side dish recipe has beautiful flavor and texture for all the green bean lovers out there.

Air fryer green beans inside of the basket of an air fryer, ready to serve with a main dish.

Air Fryer Curry Cauliflower Crispy Air Fryer Curry Cauliflower is a work of art! Packed with flavor and cooked to crispy perfection, this simple recipe pairs famously with just about any main dish. Keep it on constant rotation to have a good vegetable option at your fingertips.

Air Fryer Curry Cauliflower Recipe in a white bowl, sprinkled with parsley, ready to serve.

Air Fryer Garlic Butter Brussel Sprouts – Air Fryer Garlic Butter Brussel Sprouts are a quick, easy, nutritious side dish! Easy to toss together any night of the week and a perfect demonstration on just how amazing brussels sprouts can be!

Garlic Butter Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts - a quick, easy healthy side dish loaded with flavor!

Air Fryer Butternut Squash – This air fryer butternut squash is crispy and golden on the outside and soft and tender inside. This easy and healthy recipe is great as a side dish, appetizer or snack! 

Butternut squash in an air fryer

Air Fryer Asparagus This ultra easy Air Fryer Asparagus Recipe leverages 7 simple tips for great results! You basically need just 1 main ingredient and 10 minutes – but there are so many ways to dress it up and customize it! 

Cooked asparagus in an air fryer
Easy Air Fryer Asparagus recipe – a simple side dish, perfect for any meal.

Air Fryer Zucchini Make this Air Fryer Zucchini with simple ingredients, resulting in a crispy and delicious side dish or appetizer that is quick and easy to prepare. Grain-free and low-carb!

Cooked breaded zucchini on a plate with a dipping sauce.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes – Making delectable baked potatoes using an air fryer is a breeze! The beauty lies in its simplicity, and the end result is nothing short of perfection—a delightful contrast between a light and flaky interior and an outer layer of irresistibly crispy skin. 

Baked potatoes on a white plate with toppings.

Air Fryer Vegetables These Air Fryer vegetables are a quick and easy side that you can make with any vegetables you have on hand. Air Frying vegetables is much quicker than using the oven, and you end up with a healthy and delicious side dish. 

Mixed vegetables on a plate, ready to serve.

Air Fryer Appetizers:

Air Fryer Steak Bites Super quick and easy Air Fryer Steak Bites are perfectly tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, and seasoned to perfection! Serve them as an appetizer for any occasion, or enjoy them as your main dish!

Air Fryer Steak Bites - perfectly cooked steak made in the air fryer! Crispy, flavorful bits of deliciousness. The perfect appetizer recipe!

Air Fryer Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers – Air Fryer Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers are a creamy cheesy bite of joy for anyone who loves a good appetizer. Whip them up for any occasion to share with friends, family.

Air Fryer Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers - an easy low-carb keto appetizer recipe made lightning quick! An epic crowd pleaser of a bite!

Air Fryer Chicken Wings – Easy, crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings made with just 6 basic ingredients! These quick, mouth-wateringly tender yet crispy wings come together lightning fast and are so fun to share with friends and family. An easy way of cooking wings without deep frying!

Air Fryer Chicken Wings are incredibly tender yet crispy! Made with only a few basic ingredients, this easy recipe makes a delicious appetizer

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries – Delicious air fryer sweet potato fries! These are the healthier alternative to the deep-fried original. Sweet potatoes are seasoned with chaat masala and other spices then air-fried to a golden brown crisp. Use any spices you love here. 

Sweet potato fries on a plate with dipping sauce

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Dates – Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Dates stuffed with creamy goat cheese are the perfect three ingredient appetizer recipe with sweet and savory flavors in one little bite. The best part of this easy finger food is that you can make them ahead and fry them up just before your party!

Plate of bacon wrapped dates

Air Fryer Parsnip Fries –  Air-fryer parsnip fries are crispy, golden-brown fries made from sliced parsnips, cooked using an air-fryer for a healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried potato fries. They offer a deliciously savory and slightly sweet flavor with a satisfying crunch. Serve them at your next dinner party!

Parsnip fries on a black plate with a dipping sauce to the side

Asian Air Fryer Chicken Bites – Air Fryer Asian Chicken Bites with an amazing sweet and savory marinade and dipping sauce! This quick and simple recipe for chicken bites turns out with amazingly flavorful tender chicken, perfect for serving as an appetizer or a main entrée.

Fork grabbing a chicken bite off a plate

Sweet Treats and Desserts:

Air Fryer Paleo Brownies These Air Fryer Paleo Brownies are great for anyone who loves gooey brownies but prefers to bake a smaller batch. They’re made entirely with almond flour and are dairy-free. 

Paleo Brownie on top of another brownie.

Air Fryer Caramelized Pears – These easy air fryer pears are coated in cinnamon sugar, have a golden caramelized exterior, and are topped with a simple crisp oat crumble. The pears are tender and juicy, and the topping is crispy, slightly spiced, and sweet! These pears make a simple late summer, fall or winter dessert. 

Pears in a white bowl with yogurt on top

Air Fryer Apples – These sweet and warm-spiced Air Fryer Apples are easy treats that are made with only 5 simple ingredients. They are cooked until golden and fork-tender with the juice from the apples mixed with the delicious maple-cinnamon syrup – it is a heavenly apple pie experience! 

Apples in a bowl with ice cream.

Gluten-Free Air Fryer Apple Fritters – This easy recipe for gluten free air fryer apple fritters is the perfect dessert or breakfast for fall. These are made from scratch and then air fried for a healthier version of this fall classic dessert. These donuts are made in under 30 minutes with cinnamon, fresh fruit and a yummy glaze.

Apple fritters on a plate with fresh apples to the side.

Air Fryer Cinnamon Bites – These air fryer cinnamon bites are so quick and easy to make. They’re perfectly soft on the inside yet crisp on the outside, and full of delicious cinnamon sugar flavor!

Gluten-free cinnamon bites in a bowl

For the best results, always place the ingredients in a single layer in the air fryer basket unless the recipe specifies otherwise. This is a game changer for achieving results that are even better than the traditional versions.

And that’s it!

The best recipes for easy weeknight dinners that are a healthy alternative to the real deal. 



Julia Mueller
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living,, etc.

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  1. THANK YOU — these all look great – can’t wait to try them. These were so well organized and easy to find.