20+ Air Fryer Recipes For Beginners (2024)

by Farwin Simaak.

Did you get a new Air fryer or dusting the old one? Here are 20+ Air Fryer recipes for beginners that you can make right away. They're so easy to cook and so delicious.

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What is an Air Fryer?

Air Fryer is a small countertop appliance that's like a convection oven. It works by pushing hot air around the food.

It's a simple and healthy way to cook food. The circulating hot air makes the food crispy just like deep frying with a lot less oil. I love that I don't have to worry about all the fat and extra calories that come from "frying" food.

The food gets cooked fast due to the small size of the Air fryer, unlike the oven. It doesn't need much space and there are several sizes to choose from that fit your counter space.

It can be intimidating at first just like any new appliance, but the Air fryer is really easy to use. I did a lot of experimenting and tried new recipes. I know I had so much fun cooking with it. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Air Fryer Tips For Beginners

1. Safety

Before you begin, read the manufacturer's instructions for your appliance. Remember, Air fryers can get hot so leave enough room around the Air fryer on the countertop.

2. Preheat the Air Fryer

Preheating the air fryer makes cooking fast. It helps caramelize, sear, and make the food crispy. I have better results preheating the Air fryer than not. Preheat according to the manufacturer's instructions.

3. Grease the basket

I like to grease the basket so that everything comes out golden brown. It also helps the non-stick coating last longer and food doesn't stick to the basket and comes out easily every time!

But, Do Not use aerosol spray's like PAM which can chip the coating. Use a brush to rub oil or invest in an oil mister.

4. Don't overcrowd the basket

Air fryers cook by circulating hot air around the food. If the basket is overcrowded, food won't get crispy on all sides because there won't be space for the hot air to move around.

Don't overcrowd the basket and place the food in a single layer. Cook in batches if needed.

5. Shake or turn halfway through cooking

If you shake the basket or turn the food during cooking, it will help even cooking on all sides.

6. Use an Instant Read Thermometer

When cooking chicken or meat, use an instant-read thermometer to take the guesswork out and cook food to perfection.

20 Air Fryer Recipes For Beginners

I have listed 20 beginner Air fryer recipes here you can try. Everything from chicken, meat, seafood, and snacks.

They are super easy, but packed full of flavor and hopefully make you fall in love with your Air Fryer!

For the full collection of recipes, check out my Air Fryer Recipes page.

Join my Facebook group Tasty Air Fryer Recipes to ask questions and share your recipes!

Best Air Fryer Chicken Breast Without Breading

This Air Fryer Chicken Breast With No Breading is so juicy, tender and full of flavor. This perfectly seasoned, delicious chicken breast is so easy, versatile and your whole family will love it!

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Best Air Fryer Chicken Legs

These Best Air Fryer Chicken Legs make a quick and easy weeknight dinner! They are juicy and crispy. Tossed in seasonings and mayonnaise, they're full of flavor and absolutely delicious!

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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries makes crispy fries and is a great appetizer or a side dish! It's way better than deep frying and takes less time than baking in the oven!

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Frozen Pizza In Air Fryer

Air Fryer Frozen Pizza is a quick and easy meal that you can make any time with your favorite brand of pizza! When you don't have time to make pizza from scratch but you absolutely need to have pizza, Air fryer frozen pizza is the way to go!

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Crispy Air Fryer Cauliflower Recipe Without Breading

The crispy Air fryer cauliflower with no breading is easy and quick to make! Served with a dipping sauce it's so delicious you'll be going for seconds! With a few simple ingredients you"ll have an amazing side dish!

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Perfect Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli

Make crispy yet tender broccoli in the air fryer with one little trick! They are crunchy on the out side and tender on the inside. A quick and healthy side dish the whole family will love!

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Air Fryer Shrimp

This perfect Air fryer shrimp recipe is cooked in 10 minutes and is tender, juicy and delicious! They are also perfectly seasoned . Serve them with a side dish for an easy dinner!

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Spicy Air Fryer Salmon (10 Minutes)

Tender and flakey on the inside, spicy and crispy outside, this is the best Air fryer salmon recipe and it's ready within 10 minutes! Pair it with your favorite side for a hearty and delicious meal!

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Quick and Easy Asparagus In Air Fryer

These quick and easy asparagus in Air fryer needs only 4 ingredients and less than 10 minutes for a tender, crispy, and a delicious side dish!

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Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts With Spicy Mayo Sauce

Crispy on the edges and tender on the inside, these Air fryer Brussels sprouts are the best with a spicy mayo sauce. They are so easy to make and great for the holiday table or any day of the week!

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Easy Air Fryer Steak Bites With Garlic Butter

Quick and easy, Air fryer Garlic Steak Bites are juicy and so full of flavor. Serve them for dinner as a main dish or as an appetizer!

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Air Fryer Nachos With Ground Beef

These loaded Air Fryer Nachos, piled with ground beef and yummy toppings is the ultimate appetizer, snack or a quick meal. This easy, cheesy goodness is quick and will be on the table in just 5 minutes!

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Air Fryer Roasted Nut Mix {Sweet and Spicy}

Sweet and spicy Air fryer roasted nut mix is a great appetizer or snack that's so addictive and healthy. You can bottle this in a jar or wrap in a little bag to make cute food gifts.

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Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers is an easy and delicious snack recipe you can make anytime in your air fryer. With a creamy stuffing and crispy coating it's sure to be a favorite.

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Air Fryer Crispy Roast Potatoes

These Air Fryer Roast Potatoes are the best! They are crispy and golden on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside and so addictive. Such an easy and healthy side dish or snack!

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Best Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe

Baked to a crispy perfection these air fryer baked potatoes are the best! They have a crispy skin and a fluffy interior perfect for just salt and butter or loaded up with your favorite toppings!

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Air Fryer Blueberry Scones

These delicious blueberry scones can be made in the Air fryer in just 10 minutes for breakfast or snack. They are soft, full of blueberries and tastes amazing! They are great with a dollop of whipped cream or on their own with a cup of tea!

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Air Fryer Everything Bagels With Herbed Cream Cheese

These easy Air Fryer Everything Bagels are made in just 15 minutes with greek yogurt and no yeast. They're healthy, better than store-bought. They're soft, chewy, and served with herbed cream cheese and smoked salmon, absolutely delicious!

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Air Fryer Apple Crisp For Two

The perfect Fall dessert, this Air Fryer Apple Crisp For Two combines tender apples laced with spices, with a crunchy topping. This classic dessert made in the Air fryer is easy, quick and insanely delicious!

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Easy Air Fryer Caramelized Bananas (With Chocolate)

Air Fryer caramelized bananas with chocolate and a crunchy cinnamon topping makes the plain Air fryer bananas a fancy dessert! This easy dessert can be made in 10 minutes and one your whole family will love. Serve with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of Dulce de leche for an awesome dessert!

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Did you get a new Air fryer or dusting the old one? Here are 20 Air Fryer recipes for beginners that you can make right away. They're so easy to cook and so delicious.

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 15 minutes mins

Total Time 20 minutes mins

Course Appetizer, Side Dish

Cuisine American

Servings 4

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen French fries 16 oz
  • olive oil spray
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper, paprika optional

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer at 400F for 5 minutes. Brush the air fryer with oil or lightly spray with an oil mister.

  • Spray the frozen fries with olive oil or your preferred oil lightly. Season with salt, black pepper and paprika.

  • Place french fries in the Air fryer basket. Make sure you don't completely fill the air fryer basket if you're doing a big batch. Fill up to half the basket.

  • Air fry at 400F for approximately 12 to 15 minutes or until crispy shaking the basket halfway through. You can cook for an additional 1 or 2 minutes or until you like them.

  • Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce or as a side dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 295 kcalTotal Carbs: 34 gProtein: 3 gFat: 17 gSaturated Fat: 5 gSodium: 556 mgFiber: 5 gVitamin C: 7 mgCalcium: 10 mgIron: 1 mgNet Carbs: 29 g

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  1. Jacqueline says

    This look awesome. Thanks for sharing!!

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    • Farwin says

      You're welcome Jacqueline! I'm glad it's helpful.

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