21 Delicious and Surprising Recipes You Can Make in an Air Fryer

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21 Delicious and Surprising Recipes You Can Make in an Air Fryer
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Even if you haven’t taken the plunge and gotten yourself an air fryer, I’m guessing you’ve heard plenty about the convenient countertop appliance. I mean, it can mimic the effects of deep-frying with way less oil (and way less mess)—that’s pretty hard to compete with.

Air fryers are cleverly designed to use a mixture of oil and air to “fry” food, but you can also just use an air fryer as a mini oven, setting it to a certain temperature and let it do its thing.

MORE: 17 Creative Ways to Make French Fries Without Using a Single Potato

Unsurprisingly, the possibilities for foods you can make in an air fryer are almost endless. It’s great for fries, obviously, but it’s also great for unexpected things like pie and corn on the cob.

If you’re looking to buy one, I can vouch for the Philips Avance XXL Twin Turbostar Airfryer ($300 at Amazon) being the absolute best option. Plus, with a four-quart basket capacity, it’s bigger than some of the others on the market. For a less expensive option, the Krups Air Fryer ($90 at Amazon) is also solid and has a 2.5-quart basket capacity, which is plenty for most things.

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So, OK, now you have an air fryer, or at least have one coming in the mail. What to make? Like I said, the possibilities are many, but certain foods lend themselves especially well to the air-fry cooking method. Anything that you’d deep-fry is a good candidate for air-frying, but you can also make traditionally roasted dishes—or even baked ones.

Here are 21 easy, delicious air fryer recipes to try, ASAP.

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Baked Garlic-Parsley Potatoes

These classic "baked" potatoes take 40 minutes in the air fryer and have extra-crackly skin.

Get the recipe here.

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Jen's Air-Fryer Donuts

These sugar-coated doughnuts are as good as anything you'd get at a bakery but have the advantage of being fresh from the fryer.

Get the recipe here.

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Chicken Tenders

All you need for these kid-friendly (and adult-friendly) chicken tenders is chicken, panko and an egg. Make things a little more interesting by adding a spice, like paprika or even taco seasoning, and be sure to salt your tenders when they come out of the fryer.

Get the recipe here.

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Whole30 Lemon Pepper Chicken

If you're braving the Whole30 and can't eat panko-crusted chicken tenders, this breadless recipes makes a great substitute.

Get the recipe here.

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Perfect Onion Rings

The best onion rings are made with thick slices of onion dipped in batter, not breading. These are exactly that. You'll need to bake the rings before you air-fry them, but the two-step process is worth it.

Get the recipe here.

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Crunchy Parmesan Chickpeas

Crispy chickpeas are a great snack—they're tasty, but they also have tons of protein and fiber, both of which will help keep you full until your next meal. Add parmesan to the mix, and you've got a total win.

Get the recipe here.

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts

If you've ever had perfectly crispy, bitter Brussels sprouts at a restaurant, I've got news for you: Those things have definitely been deep-fried. The air fryer makes a similar kind of sprout, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Get the recipe here.

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Copycat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich

People say it's the best fast-food chicken sandwich around, so it's definitely worth trying this simple copycat recipe in the air fryer.

Get the recipe here.

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Parmesan-Dill Fried Pickle Chips

If you've never tried fried pickles, the time is definitely now.

Get the recipe here.

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Pizza

Fried pizza—um, what? Turns out, yes, you can absolutely make pizza in the air fryer. At 325 degrees without oil, the air fryer is similar to an oven, and the pizza will cook evenly and perfectly.

Get the recipe here.

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Mexican Street Corn

Sweet, juicy corn topped with herbs, cheese and seasoning makes the perfect side, whether you're cooking for a crowd, or just for one.

Get the recipe here.

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Pork Taquitos

Forget those stale-looking things on the hot rollers at 7-Eleven, these DIY taquitos are guaranteed to be fresh every time.

Get the recipe here.

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Baked Sweet Potatoes

The best thing about sweet potatoes is that they're perfect for any meal, and can skew sweet or savory. Make a big batch, then reheat the leftovers as a base for breakfasts, lunches or dinners.

Get the recipe here.

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Apple Pie

Just like your air fryer will work as a pizza oven, it can also be used to bake pies.

Get the recipe here.

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Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

You can make several of these lava cakes at once, in little ramekins placed inside your air fryer. That's great news for your next dinner party.

Get the recipe here.

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Churro Donut Holes

Are chonuts going to be the next cronuts? Probably not, but they definitely deserve a spot in your rotation.

Get the recipe here.

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Crispy Roasted Broccoli

Coated with a batter of chickpea flour, yogurt and spices, these crispy broccoli bits make a delicious and unexpected side dish, but also work as a snack.

Get the recipe here.

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Avocado Fries

If you love avocados straight up, you'll absolutely love them air-fried with dipping sauce.

Get the recipe here.

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Crispy Fries

French fries in an air fryer is a no-brainer, but this list wouldn't be complete without them. This recipe is simple and satisfying.

Get the recipe here.

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Omelette

Easy, cheesy and perfect for any time of day.

Get the recipe here.

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Beef Empanadas

Tasty beef filling and tender savory dough set these empanadas apart. They're perfect comfort food and not too hard to make.

Get the recipe here.

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