Air frying is a quick, easy and tasty way to perfectly roast or crisp your vegetables. This article is everything you need to know about air fryer vegetables, and includes tried and tested recipes for healthy side dishes. Give it a try, you'll be pleasantly surprised!
If you're looking for easy, tasty and healthy recipes for crisp roasted vegetables in your air fryer, you've come to the right place! This article is a complete guide on Air Fryer Vegetables.
It includes a brief introduction to an air fryer, common questions regarding how and what kind of vegetables to cook, along with 10+ tried and enjoyed recipes for a variety of veggies, including broccoli, carrots, okra, sweet potatoes, just to name a few.
If you're new to this revolutionary gadget, let me introduce you to this latest smart kitchen appliance.
Air Fryer Facts: For a detailed analysis of an Air Fryer, how it works, which one to buy, and what all you can cook in it, read this article: How Does an Air Fryer Work?
What is an Air Fryer?
Air Fryer is a counter-top appliance that uses rapid air circulation to crisp food, with very little oil. This is the same technology that's used in convection ovens.
Air fryers cook faster than ovens (depending on quantity), and produce delicious and healthy vegetables that are perfectly roasted. It works out great for weeknight meals for our family of four. While my entree is cooking, I cook the vegetable side dish in the air fryer.
In this collection you will find over 10 tried and tested recipes for healthy vegetable side dishes that can be made in the air fryer in under 30 minutes!
How to Air Fry Vegetables?
Part of the reason air fryers are so popular for cooking vegetables is that in two simple steps you can have perfectly crispy veggies that are tender on the inside, and are healthier too.
Step 1: Toss your vegetables with a little oil and seasoning. Spread them in the air fryer basket in a single layer (see recipe options below).
Step 2: Set the temperature and time on the air fryer. Air fry until they're cooked to your liking, shaking the basket halfway through. Quick and easy!
Are Air Fryer Vegetables Healthy?
Air Frying vegetables is certainly healthy. Since you get the same crisp texture in a fraction of the oil, the dishes are lower in calories and fat, especially when compared to deep-fried vegetables.
Even when compared to cooking vegetables with other methods such as boiling or grilling, air frying retains a lot of key nutrients because the surface of the vegetable stays dry and is cooked with circulating hot air.
What Vegetables Can you Cook?
There are many vegetables you can cook with a wide variety of seasonings as well! Some of my personal favorites include corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, sweet potato fries, broccoli, turnips, potatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts and mushrooms. Take a look below for more recipes!
Here are some of our favorite recipes for roasted air fryer vegetables:
Frequently Asked Questions
Let's take a look at some frequently asked questions about Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes:
The fryer basket in an air fryer has an advantage over an oven because the hot air is able to circulate underneath the food in the basket, cooking faster with crisper results. Air fryer cooks faster than an oven. But it is limited on space so if you're cooking a large quantity, you may have to cook in multiple batches.
Air frying does not destroy all key nutrients. In fact, compared to other methods of cooking, air frying maintains a lot of the key nutrients in vegetables because they aren't soaked in oil and the circulating hot air cooks them quickly.
Yes, you can cook frozen vegetables in an air fryer. The circulating air in the air fryer helps dry out the frozen vegetables and create a crispiness. Keep in mind though, that they won't be as crisp when compared to roasting fresh vegetables.
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