Hot Air, Great Fare: 27 Air Fryer Recipes That Make Cleanup a Snap

In the ever-evolving landscape of kitchen appliances, the air fryer has quickly risen to culinary stardom as the unsung hero of hassle-free cooking. Gone are the days of sizzling pans and greasy ovens; in their place, the air fryer employs hot air and a touch of magic to transform your favorite recipes into crispy, mouthwatering creations. In this 27 Air Fryer Recipes collection, I’ll guide you through a delicious journey where hot air meets great fare.

Air Fryer Meatballs

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What sets these Air Fryer Meatballs apart is the ability to savor a tasty and hassle-free meal in a fraction of the time it typically takes for baking. This recipe delivers a swift and delightful dinner experience reminiscent of my mom’s classic meatballs. They emerge from the air fryer with a perfect blend of crispy exteriors and irresistibly tender interiors. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Meatballs

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Bites

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Regarding game day snacking or appetizers, look no further than these Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Bites. They boast a delightful contrast, with a crispy exterior and a soft, flavorful interior. These bites are not only quick and easy to prepare but also incredibly tasty, making them an ideal choice for any occasion. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Bites

Air Fryer Cornish Hens

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Cooking Cornish hens in the air fryer adds an innovative twist to this timeless poultry dish. This recipe showcases a versatile flavor profile and delivers a succulent texture, making it a guaranteed standout on your dinner table. So, dust off that air fryer and embark on a culinary adventure! Get the recipe: Air Fryer Cornish Hens

Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites

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Indulge in the irresistible allure of Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites, where the outside boasts glorious crispiness while the inside remains wonderfully juicy and tender. Crafted with only a handful of basic ingredients, one taste of these delectable morsels, and you’ll be utterly captivated from the first bite. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

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Enjoy the ultimate comfort meal with this Air Fryer Chicken Thighs recipe. It consistently delivers juicy and flavorful chicken while keeping cleanup to a minimum. What’s more, the entire dish is ready in under 30 minutes, allowing you to savor this delicious treat with your family without spending an entire evening in the kitchen. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Air Fryer Chipotle Chicken Flautas

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Looking to add some excitement to your taco night? Give these Chipotle Chicken Air Fryer Flautas a try for a fun twist on your usual fare. These air-fried flautas are not only a breeze to prepare (especially if you have pre-cooked chicken), but they also offer an opportunity for the whole family to personalize their fillings. And here’s the secret to unlocking the best smoky flavor – don’t forget to drizzle them with the chipotle sour cream. It’s a game-changer! Get the recipe: Air Fryer Chipotle Chicken Flautas

Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes

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Prepare to be amazed by these Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes, brimming with a delectable combination of mashed potatoes, butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, and chives. This recipe is the pinnacle of crowd-pleasing comfort food. Whether you serve them as a side dish or a game-day snack, these potatoes are sure to steal the spotlight and leave your guests craving for more. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes

Air Fryer Homemade Hot Pockets

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Whether you’re craving a homemade or frozen delight, Air Fryer Hot Pockets are a breeze to prepare. In just a few minutes, you can craft your pocket of choice, filling it with a medley of sweet or savory ingredients to suit your culinary desires. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Homemade Hot Pockets

Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

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Get ready for a culinary sensation with these Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks. They emerge from the air fryer with a golden and crispy exterior, while the meat inside remains irresistibly moist and tender. This meal will linger in your thoughts long after the last bite, delivering a truly delectable experience. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

Air Fryer Pickles

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You will love the delectable taste and satisfying crunch of these Air Fryer Pickles, which faithfully replicate the flavors of traditional fried pickles but without the greasy aftermath. A perfect appetizer or snack, these air-fried pickles are best enjoyed alongside your preferred dipping sauce, delivering a guilt-free treat bound to delight your taste buds. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Pickles

Air Fryer Salmon

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Savor the simplicity and incredible taste of this Air Fryer Salmon Recipe, which relies on just a handful of essential ingredients to create a mouthwatering dish. In 10 minutes, you’ll witness a delightful transformation as the salmon becomes perfectly crispy on the outside and irresistibly flaky on the inside. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Salmon

Air Fryer Potato Skins

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While potato skins make for a fantastic appetizer, not having any excess grease can be a priority. Enter Air Fryer Potato Skins, offering all the delectable taste you love without the need for deep frying. Indulge in these air-fried potato skins that are as satisfying as their traditional counterparts but with a healthier twist.

Get the recipe: Air Fryer Potato Skins

Air Fryer Sausages

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Achieving perfection in Italian sausages is a breeze with these quick and effortless Air Fryer Sausages. They emerge from the air fryer with a tantalizingly brown and crispy exterior, while the meat inside remains incredibly juicy and bursting with flavor. In just about 15 minutes, you can count on this method to consistently deliver mouthwatering Italian sausages each time you prepare them. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Sausages

Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes

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Delight in the delectable simplicity of Crispy Garlic Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes. With just six easy-to-find ingredients and a mere 45 minutes, you can enjoy these flavorful treats. Plus, we’ve included oven instructions for your convenience. What’s more, these potatoes are not only mouthwatering but also suitable for vegan and gluten-free diets. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes 

Air Fryer Pork Loin

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Transform your culinary experience with this flavorful Garlic Air Fryer Pork Loin. It boasts a tender and juicy interior while achieving a delightful crispy brown exterior. The best part? This recipe is a quick fix, requiring just around 20 minutes in total. If your New Year’s resolution includes a commitment to healthier eating, look no further – this recipe is tailor-made! Get the recipe: Air Fryer Pork Loin

Air Fryer Corn Ribs

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Elevate your summer gatherings with the delightful Easy Air Fryer Corn Ribs Recipe. In just 20 minutes and with the help of six simple ingredients, you can transform ordinary corn cobs into a fun and delectable appetizer that’s sure to be a hit at any summer celebration. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Corn Ribs

Air Fryer Loaded Bagel Breakfast Bake

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For a delightful departure from the usual cereal or toast, try the Air Fryer Loaded Bagel Breakfast Bake Casserole, also known as an effortless breakfast strata. Perfect for special occasions like Easter or Christmas brunch, this everything bagel casserole is a flavor-packed treat. Crafted easily in your air fryer using stale or leftover bagels, this is a delicious and convenient way to start your day with a burst of flavor. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Loaded Bagel Breakfast Bake

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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Unleash the magic of your air fryer with a recipe that’s set to become a favorite! Dive into these mouth-watering chicken wings, effortlessly prepared and ready in under 30 minutes. Savor the bursting flavors and the irresistible crispy skin that everyone craves. Don’t miss out on this culinary delight!. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Frozen Crab Cakes

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The quest for fantastic air fryer recipes continues for those who own this remarkable kitchen gadget, and Air Fryer Chicken Wings are an absolute must-try. These wings are not only a breeze to prepare but also boast a readiness in under 30 minutes, all while delivering an explosion of flavor and that beloved classic crispy skin everyone craves. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Frozen Crab Cakes

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

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Unlock the secret to easy and lightning-fast crispy French fries in the comfort of your home with Air Fryer Frozen French Fries. This method is not only a healthier alternative but also far more convenient than traditional frying or baking. Indulge in the delightful taste of perfectly crispy fries without the hassle. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

Air Fryer French Toast

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Air Fryer French Toast offers the ideal fusion of simplicity and deliciousness, featuring a delectable contrast between its crunchy exterior and pillowy-soft interior. Whether you prefer to serve it immediately or make a batch in advance and freeze it, you’re in for a mouthwatering breakfast experience at your convenience. Get the recipe: Air Fryer French Toast

Air Fryer Sloppy Joes Hand Pies

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In 15 minutes, you can whip up a batch of these Easy Sloppy Joe Air Fryer Hand Pies featuring a delectable blend of flaky pastry and savory beef filling. For air fryer owners, this recipe is a culinary essential that’s both quick and irresistibly delicious. Take advantage of these delightful hand pies! Get the recipe: Air Fryer Sloppy Joes Hand Pies

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

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These Air Fryer Chicken Tenders boast a delectable extra crispiness that’s sure to please. What makes them even more enticing is that they contain just a fraction of the fat and calories compared to their fried counterparts. Additionally, the breading is gluten-free, making these chicken tenders a healthier and more inclusive choice. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer Artichokes with Garlic Aioli

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For those seeking an effortlessly prepared, low-carb appetizer, Air Fryer Artichokes with Garlic Aioli dipping sauce is the answer. They make the perfect starter or side dish, ready to elevate any occasion with their delightful flavors. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Artichokes

Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower

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Raise your side dish game with this Easy Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower Recipe. It’s not only quick but also bursting with deliciousness, making it the perfect accompaniment for almost any main course. With just three ingredients, this broccoli and cauliflower in the air fryer can be prepared in under 10 minutes, simplifying your meal preparation while tantalizing your taste buds. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower

Air Fryer Butternut Squash

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Are you in search of a speedy and straightforward recipe that combines both health benefits and delectable flavor? Air Fryer Butternut Squash is the answer. This delightful and uncomplicated recipe promises a burst of taste while retaining its healthful properties, making it a must-try for a nutritious and satisfying dish. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Air Fryer Pork Chops

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You’ve got to try these Air Fryer Pork Chops, where the exterior boasts a delectable crispiness while the interior remains irresistibly juicy. Meticulously seasoned to perfection and swiftly prepared in under 15 minutes, this pork chop recipe will elevate any dish you pair it with. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Pork Chops

25 Instant Pot Favorites for Busy Foodies

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Dive into an enticing selection of Instant Pot masterpieces tailored for the bustling gourmet in you! Revel in timeless comforts such as Chicken Cacciatore, or warm up to a robust Lamb Stew. This collection boasts a medley of flavors, featuring the savory Pork Chops, the spicy kick of Sausage and Peppers, and a soul-soothing Whole Chicken Soup. Explore and savor! GET THE RECIPES

23 Fall Cocktails You’ve Never Heard of

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When autumn chills the air and paints the trees in fiery hues, a heartwarming fall cocktail becomes the perfect companion. Whether it’s the timeless allure of an apple cider bourbon smash or the indulgent charm of an apple dumpling cocktail, there’s a delightful drink waiting just for you. Stir up one of these autumnal concoctions and settle into a snug evening or celebrate the season with loved ones. GET THE RECIPES

33 Fall Soups That Will Have You Wanting More

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As the weather grows chilly, heartwarming bowls of fall soups become our go-to comfort. Whether you’re craving the timeless charm of Italian wedding soup or the fiery delight of spicy cabbage soup, there’s a concoction tailored for every palate. Novice or expert, these dishes promise to delight your senses and provide warmth from within. GET THE RECIPES

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From lighting up stages with her BA in theater to food journalist, Elaine Benoit's journey is a testament to passion's transformative power. As the CEO of Dishes Delish, she offers a blend of healthy, comforting recipes and exquisitely crafted cocktails. Beyond the kitchen, Elaine voiced her culinary adventures on her podcast, "Dishing," and co-owns Food Blogger Help, extending her expertise to guide budding food bloggers to success. Whether it's for a heartwarming dish or insights into food blogging, Elaine's diverse experiences make her a beacon in the culinary digital landscape.

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  1. Elaine, thanks for your recommendation on the air fryer you use. I got it on sale and now I use it all the time. Also thanks for this roundup as now I have more recipes to try. Yay!

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