Easy Air Fryer Recipes You'll Love (Must Try!)

Eric Ginsburg
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The whole point of an air fryer is ease. Well, that and — for some folks — the ability to make healthier meals. But most people aren't splurging on a tool like this unless it makes cooking easier and quicker. That's why we've rounded up some of our favorite easy air fryer recipes to make planning and cooking meals even simpler!

When I first heard the term "air fryer" I mistakenly assumed it would be a tool meant exclusively to replace a deep fryer. I definitely didn't expect you'd be able to make things like a perfectly cooked salmon or cupcakes in it. 

They're shockingly straightforward to use, but still, I admit to feeling a little intimidated. Or at least, more comfortable with the conventional cooking methods I'd grown used to relying on for more than a decade of actually cooking legitimate meals.

We received an air fryer as a second-hand gift from a family member who never used hers. It sat on our countertop for far longer than I'd like to admit, gathering dust and buried under mail and other random items in search of a home.

When I finally took out the instruction manual and fired it up, I remember thinking, "Wait, that's it? That's all I have to do?" Sure, you could get fancy with it, but you can also often just... put in some chicken and push the chicken button.

Quick trivia — can you put a plate in the air fryer? It's worth knowing the answer! It might change the way you cook.

Still, you can do more than just tossing single ingredients in or limiting yourself to the presets on your machine, of course. Try any of these air fryer recipes today for the perfect side, entree, or dessert! And be sure to bookmark, save, or pin this list, because we'll be updating it in the future as we discover more of our favorite easy air fryer recipes.

1. Air Fryer Falafel Recipe

This Air Fryer Falafel is stupid easy to make. It's full of spice and flavor, and so dang good!

2. Easy Air Fryer Broccoli Recipe

This easy air fryer broccoli recipe makes a flavorful vegetable side dish the whole family will love in 10 minutes or less.

3. Cook Frozen Meatballs in an Air Fryer

Cook Frozen Meatballs in an Air Fryer
You can cook frozen meatballs in a slow cooker, air fryer, oven, and more with our handy how-to guide.

4. Gluten Free Air Fryer Honey Garlic Shrimp Recipe

My obsession with the Air Fryer continues with this Gluten Free Air Fryer Honey Garlic Shrimp. You won’t believe how easy it is to get crisp, flavorful results!

5. Our Favorite Garlic Bread Air Fryer Recipe

Our Favorite Garlic Bread Air Fryer Recipe
It's easy (and fast) to make garlic bread in an air fryer following these steps.

6. Brussels Sprouts Air Fryer Recipe

Brussels Sprouts Air Fryer Recipe
You can easily cook frozen Brussels sprouts in an air fryer — just follow these simple steps.

7. You Can Reheat a Burrito in an Air Fryer

You Can Reheat a Burrito in an Air Fryer
Need to reheat your burrito in an air fryer, oven, or by any means necessary? Start here.

8. Air Fryer Chocolate Orange Cupcakes Recipe

Air Fryer Chocolate Orange Cupcakes Recipe
Delicious, moist, & gluten free, these Air Fryer Chocolate Orange Cupcakes are a treat for when those chocolate cravings hit, and you don’t want to fire up your oven! Talk about quick and easy.

9. Air Fryer Potato Chips

Air Fryer Potato Chips
Air Fryer potato chips are made for snacking! Healthier than your standard chip, these crisp bites are easy to make at home.

10. Sweet & Sour Chicken Air Fryer Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Gluten Free Sweet and Sour Chicken is the most delicious dinner made in an air fryer! The whole family will love this simple and healthy meal.

11. Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Air frying meatballs is one of the easiest recipes you can make. Using ground turkey will give you delicious and healthy results!

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