16 Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners

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Crispy, crunchy, and finger-lickin’ good—that’s what you get when you cook in an air fryer! Oh, and let’s not forget, easy. In this roundup of 16 Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners, I’m listing my all-time favorites in mouthwatering detail!

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The Best Easy Air Fryer Recipes

What’s your favorite recipe to make in the air fryer? I’ve tried to pick one, but I just can’t! Frying in my air fryer makes so many of my favorite recipes possible, with no mess. On top of that, the air fryer cooks quickly and gives the food inside a great crispy crunch. It doesn’t get better than that!

Whether you’re new to air frying or a major fan, I hope you’ll take a look at this fun recipe roundup and find something you love. There’s something (or hey, maybe a lot of things) for everyone! We’ll start with appetizers, move on to main courses, and highlight a few simple sides as well. And if you want even MORE ideas, check out these air fryer recipes.

Do You Spray Food Before Air Frying?

One of the great things about air frying, as opposed to deep frying, is that it takes so little oil. Deep frying means that your food is cooking in a lot of oil, usually several cups of oil! That can be time-consuming, messy, and expensive, depending on the kind of oil you use. It can also lead to overly-greasy food. With air-fried recipes, you usually only need a light spray of oil before you cook the food – and sometimes, you don’t need any oil at all!

16 Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners

So what foods do really well in the air fryer? The list is practically endless – chicken, veggies, beef, crispy appetizers, and more! Let’s take a look at a few great recipes that work equally well for air fryer ninjas and air fryer newbies.

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Crispy Air Fryer Onion Rings

Crunchy, golden onion rings are breaded with flour, milk, panko, and seasonings, before air-frying to a crispy perfection.
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Cauliflower florets topped with hot sauce and served in a bowl with celery sticks. Bleu cheese dressing is placed at the top right of the bowl.

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo… cauliflower? You read that right! With this easy recipe, bite-sized chunks of cauliflower cook up golden brown, perfect for slathering in buffalo sauce.
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Hand dipping crispy air fried shrimp in buffalo sauce.

Crispy Air Fryer Buffalo Shrimp

Love popcorn shrimp? Me too! Love hot wings? Me toooo. So why not get the best of both worlds with this killer buffalo shrimp appetizer? Perfect for game night… or any night, for that matter.
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overhead close up shot of Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Air Fryer Zucchini Crisps

I think we can all agree that fried zucchini are pretty magical. The mellow, wholesome flavor of everyone’s favorite summer veg really shines when air-fried with chipotle and lime. Give ‘em a try. You’ll be glad you did!
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serving air fryer potato chips with a small bowl of ketchup on the side

Air Fryer Potato Chips

Have you ever made your own potato chips? If not, you’re in for a treat. Freshly made chips are just a whole different level of amazing. And with an air fryer, the whole process is super easy and mess-free.
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overhead shot of chicken wings on a platter served with sriracha sauce, ranch, and celery sticks.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Dipping Sauce

The O.G. reason for getting an air fryer? Almost certainly chicken wings. Who doesn’t love savory, spicy buffalo wings (or any kind of wings!), fresh out of the fryer?All you need is a teeny bit of oil, and the perfect appetizer is only minutes away.
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stack of zucchini corn fritters set on a white plate with yogurt dip next to it, and a gray linen napkin behind the plate

Air Fryer Zucchini Corn Fritters

Fritters are lightly-fried patties made of just about anything you love: apple, onion, chicken, or in this case, fresh summer zucchini and sweet corn. You’re gonna love them!
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Air Fryer prepared chicken breasts served with asparagus.

Air Fryer Chicken Breast

This recipe for air fryer chicken is super special, because of the 20-minute salt brine! It makes each piece juicy and full of flavor. From there, a flavorful spice rub seasons the chicken to perfection, and the air fryer does the rest.
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fried sliced chicken on a black plate

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

While bone-in, old-fashioned, Sunday picnic fried chicken will always have a special place in my heart, this easy air fryer version is pretty amazing – and nowhere near as messy. Each piece is marinated in buttermilk and Frank’s hot sauce (don’t worry, it won’t be spicy) plus a Panko coating.
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cooked chicken thighs in an air fryer

Asian Glazed Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

This easy recipe is full of the Asian flavors you love! Honey and soy sauce, along with garlic and a few other goodies, whip up into a tasty marinade you’ll want to make again and again.
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overhead picture of cooked steak topped with a pat of butter

Air Fryer Steak

Your favorite steak just got even more sizzlin’. Cooking up a juicy T-bone, ribeye or other special steak is super easy in the air-fryer, and the meat comes out tender and delicious every time! You’re going to love this well-seasoned, tender and juicy steak dish.
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Cooked salmon fillets in an air fryer basket

Air Fryer Salmon

This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy salmon! Healthy and low-carb, these salmon fillets are topped with garlic, lemon, and butter, and then air-fried until they delicately flake. Just ten minutes and your air fryer are your key to a fabulous, easy dinner.
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two air fryer cooked lobsters arranged on a dinner plate and topped with cream sauce.

Buttery Lobster Tails

Super-easy cooking method? Check. Gorgeous presentation? Check. Amazing buttery flavor and meltingly sweet lobster meat? Double check! Yep, this beautiful lobster recipe has everything you could want, and more. Try it, you’ll love it!
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red baby potatoes cut in quarters

Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes with Herb Butter

Olive oil, fresh garlic, and Parmesan cheese take yummy fried potatoes to new heights. And since this easy side cooks up fast and crispy in the air fryer, it’s a great choice for busy weeknights. You’ll want to serve these all the time, and since they go with everything—why not!
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air fryer roasted broccoli and topped with parmesan cheese

Crispy Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli

Broccoli, in the air fryer? You bet! Like most veggies, broccoli really shines when you let it roast, but you don’t even have to heat up the oven to get that deep, sweet, lightly caramelized result. Try this easy recipe – you'll be hooked.
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A bowl of cooked, caramelized brussel sprouts.

Crispy Parmesan Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

If you love brussels sprouts like I do, you’ll adore this easy recipe! Super-crunchy and dripping with flavor, these sprouts are coated with garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan—plus Panko! Yum!
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And, that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoy the ease of cooking in an air-fryer, and the tasty recipes you can make using it! It’s truly one of my favorite ways to make crispy, crunchy food, fast.

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  1. GLENDA ASKINS says:

    How do I get the recipe? All I get is the photo of the recipe, but now the recipe? It’s very confusing. Please email me an answer at glendacaskins@gmail.com

  2. Catalina says:

    Air Fryer is the best kitchen tool I have! I would like to try some new recipe!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      That’s great! I hope you will enjoy these Air Fryer recipes! Thank YOU! 🙂

  3. Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert says:

    I know for sure this would be a huge hit in my house!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      I hope you enjoy these recipes! Thank YOU! 🙂

  4. Erik says:

    So many amazing recipes to choose from! I’m really stoked about the onion rings.

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

  5. Krystle says:

    This is a great list! I’ve been making the air fryer potato chips over and over.

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      That’s great to hear! I’m very happy you enjoyed the air fryer potato chips! Thank YOU! 🙂

  6. Beth says:

    Thanks for making me so hungry that I can not stand it! I have got to try the fried chicken and the zucchini fritters.

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      😀 I hope you enjoy them! Thank you so much! 🙂

  7. Jess says:

    This post is SUPER helpful and I never knew that I could make steak or lobster in my airfyer until I found this recipe! Game changer!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      That’s wonderful! I am so happy to hear that! I hope you enjoy these air fryer recipes! 🙂 Thank YOU! 🙂