Easy Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners

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We’ve got you covered with these delicious and easy Air Fryer recipes!

These are the best recipes for beginners because they are fail proof, easy and help you learn exactly what your air fryer can do!

Simple recipes with great flavor! 

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Table of Contents
  1. Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners
  2. Tips For Beginners 
  3. How to Use an Air Fryer
  4. What Else Can You Cook in an Air Fryer

Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners

The collection of air fryer recipes below are great starter recipes. Our beginner recipes are:

  • easy to make
  • fail-proof, these are the tried and true favorites
  • selected to show you exactly what you can do with an air fryer
  • tried, tested, and true so they’ll work perfectly in almost any model

Tips For Beginners 

  • Add a touch of oil to get a nice crust on most items.
  • Ensure foods are not wet or they will steam instead of crisp. Use a kitchen towel or salad spinner to dry washed veggies.
  • Don’t overcrowd the basket or the air won’t circulate properly.
  • Shake/Flip as needed, this helps to ensure that items cook evenly.
  • Check foods early because air fryers (and even a different shape of meat) can cook at a different rate.

How to Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is essentially a small convection oven that circulates air. The circulation of the air cooks quickly and creates crispy food and great color in a fraction of the time of baking or roasting. With just 3 easy steps you can have crispy air-fried dishes to enjoy!

  1. Preheat the air fryer if needed.
  2. Prep the food and place it in the air fryer basket ensuring there is space for air to circulate each piece.
  3. Set the time and temperature on the air fryer and let it work its magic!

Air Fryers can come in many forms now, from those that are compact countertop versions, to toaster oven-style air fryers, and even new full-sized ranges with an air fryer feature. Find our top air fryer choices here.

How to Preheat an Air Fryer

An air fryer should be preheated if you’d like to get a nice crisp or color on the outside of your food.

  • If your air fryer has a preheat button, press it and you should be able to adjust the temperature. Allow the air fryer to preheat for approximately 5 minutes or until the air fryer indicates it is preheated.
  • If your air fryer has no preheat button, set the air fryer to the desired temperature and let it heat for 5-7 minutes. Add the food and reset the timer to the correct time as indicated by the air fryer recipe.

5 Beginner Air Fryer Recipes

Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

What Else Can You Cook in an Air Fryer

Almost anything and everything that isn’t liquid! Meats, eggs, casseroles, potatoes, leftovers, muffins, breads. Here are our favorites:

Air Fryer Appetizers

We love cooking air fryer appetizers because they’re easy, quick and come out as crispy as deep fried without the mess. Make appetizers from scratch or buy prepared appetizers and serve with your favorite sauces.

Air Fryer Dinner Recipes

Dinner is ready in a fraction of the time in an air fryer. Meats come out tender and juicy with a nice crust, crumbs and coatings crisp up beautifully and clean up is a breeze.

Sides in the Air Fryer Recipes

The air fryer is great for potatoes and fries but we also love it for roasting veggies. If you have meat drippings in the bottom of your air fryer (especially from chicken skin) toss it with your veggies before you cook them for an extra boost of flavor.

More Easy Air Fryer Recipes

Did you know you can brown beef in the air fryer, make nachos, desserts, or even boil eggs? Here are a few things you probably didn’t know you could make in the air fryer.

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