These Easy Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners are a great introduction to air frying! Here's a collection of flavor-packed air fryer appetizers, side dishes, and entrees you can make to get to know your air fryer!
Whether it's crispy french fries, roasted vegetables, or mini pizzas, these easy-to-make recipes will get you air frying like a pro in no time!
Has anyone else ever bought a new kitchen appliance only to let it sit in the box for months because learning how to use it feels like a big task?
If that's how you feel about your air fryer, then you've come to the right place! There are way too many absolutely delicious air fryer recipes to not utilize what has become one of the most popular kitchen appliances!
Here you'll find the answers to a lot of common questions about air fryers as well as a list of the best air fryer recipes for beginners.
So, whether you're a seasoned user or you're new to the air frying game, these easy air fryer recipes will not disappoint!
What is an Air Fryer?
An air fryer is essentially a very small convection oven. It's meant to mimic the texture of deep fried food, but without all the oil! Instead, it cooks and crisps the food by circulating hot air around the food.
Air Fryer Facts: You can find a detailed guide on an Air Fryer - how it works, which one to buy, and what all you can cook in it, in this article: How Does an Air Fryer Work?
What Do I Need to Know Before Using an Air Fryer?
Here are a few of my key tips and tricks for air fryer cooking!
- Use a recipe. If you're a little overwhelmed with the endless air frying possibilities, just pick your favorite food and google an air fryer recipe for it. Chances are, there is one!
- Preheat the air fryer. Unless otherwise specified in a recipe, you'll want to preheat the air fryer before you add anything. This results in crispier, better-cooked food! If you don't preheat, the outside of the food might burn before the inside is cooked all the way through.
- Don't stack. The key to air frying is to allow the air to circulate around the food. That means leaving space between food in the air fryer basket so it cooks all the way around, not just on the surfaces that are exposed to air.
- Flip foods or shake the basket. Usually about halfway through the cook time, you'll want to either flip the food over or give the basket a little shake to redistribute. This results in more even cooking.
- Avoid aerosol. Cooking sprays containing aerosol can damage the air fryer basket. I recommend using non-aerosol cooking sprays!
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Beginner Air fryer Recipes
The best thing about air fryers is just how many types of food you can make in them! You can cook meat, roast veggies, warm up leftovers, "fry" appetizers, you name it! You can even make some desserts in the air fryer (check out my blueberry bread pudding!)
Here are a few of my favorite easy air fryer recipes for beginners:
Appetizers & Snacks
Classic French Fries
Sweet Potato Fries
Healthy Carrot Fries
Tandoori Chicken Wings
Guilt-Free Kale Chips
Bread Pizza Toast - 5 Flavors
Garlic Bread (15 minutes!)
Crispy Potato Wedges
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Balsamic Brussel Sprouts
Spicy Bombay Potatoes
Air Fryer Carrots (Perfectly Roasted)
Green Beans with Almonds
Corn on the Cob
Blackened Fish Tacos in Air Fryer
Easy Chicken Fajitas - Sheet Pan & Air Fryer
Common Questions for Air Fryer Cooking
The best way to ease yourself into air fryer cooking is to make something easy, like roasted vegetables! Any of the recipes listed above are a perfect way to get comfortable using your air fryer.
Any food with a wet batter. The air fryer mimics the texture of fried food but does not actually fry it. Wet batter will just drip through the holes in the basket and create a big mess.
French fries! As one of the most popular deep-fried foods, french fries are naturally an air fryer favorite. Just as crispy and delicious, but much less greasy!
Yes! You can cook frozen meat, appetizers, and even veggies in the air fryer.
Yes. You can put both aluminum foil and parchment paper in the air fryer. Make sure you do so after you preheat though. Otherwise, they will just get sucked into the fan.
Usually, yes. You'll want to lightly grease the inside of the air fryer basket before you add any food so it doesn't stick.