Best Air Fryer Recipes For Beginners

Got your first air fryer but aren’t sure what to make first? Then this collection of the Best Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners is for you! From main dishes, sides and snacks to breakfasts and sweet treats, each of these air fryer recipes is super quick and really simple to prepare. You’ll love how easy it is to cook up delicious dishes with your new air fryer!

Includes recipes that are suitable for Vegan, Low Carb, Keto, Paleo and Gluten Free diets. Weight Watchers points also includes.


Congratulations, you just got your very first air fryer! But if you find yourself staring at it and thinking ‘what now?!’ do not worry.

You will be amazed and relieved to know that the air fryer can do so much more than simply heat up frozen French fries. Soooooo much more.

And to help you get started, I have gathered up what I think are the Best Air Fryer Recipes For Beginners.

This list of delicious recipes has got you covered.

There are classics like kid-approved chicken tenders and hamburgers, and tasty side dishes like Mexican street corn, asparagus, and zucchini fries.

Speaking of kid-approved, you’ll want to check out this collection of awesome Air Fryer Back To School Recipes too!

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You will also find recipes that are waaaaaay better than your (formerly) favorite takeout.

We’re talking chicken fried rice, falafels, smoky ribs, and 5 minute pita bread pizzas. And yeap, you can even bake up a batch of delicious muffins or whip up some fresh donuts right in the air fryer.

Whether you’re brand new to the wonderful world of air fryers or a seasoned pro, I am confident you will love this collection of super quick, really simple, and amazingly delicious air fryer recipes.

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And to make this post even more helpful, I have organized the recipes in the following categories:

So, are you ready to start cooking with your air fryer? Then read on!

Air Fryer Main Dishes

Parmesan Breaded Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Parmesan Breaded Air Fryer Chicken Tenders turn out perfectly golden and crunchy every time. And the best part? They are ready to serve in under 15 minutes!

cooked air fryer chicken tenders on a white plate and served with a ramekin filled with ketchup

Air Fryer Pizza Rolls

A family favorite, these wholesome kid-friendly air fryer pizza rolls are easy to make and totally delicious! 

a plate of pizza rolls served with a cup of marinara sauce

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers are a healthy and easy burger alternative that doesn’t compromise on texture or flavor.

two of the completed turkey burgers served on sesame seed buns

Air Fryer Cod

This air fryer cod recipe gives you perfectly cooked, golden, crispy cod fish without all the fuss and mess. And it’s ready to serve in just a handful of minutes!

top down view of the completed air fryer cod recipe

Easy Air Fryer Falafels

Healthier than the deep fried versions, these air fryer falafels are perfect for serving up as snacks, appetizers, or as a satisfying meal.

blue rimmed plate filled with cooked air fryer falafel and a cup of tahini yogurt sauce

Air Fryer Garlic Mushroom Steaks

Air Fryer Garlic Mushroom Steaks are perfect for your meatless Mondays! These big, hearty marinated portobello mushroom steaks cook up super quick and easy right in the air fryer.

air fryer garlic mushrooms served on a white plate with a side of green salad

Air Fryer Steak Bites

Tender and juicy steak bites made in the air fryer are exactly what you need for busy weeknight dinners! This air fryer steak bites recipe doesn’t need to marinate, so it’s ready to serve in minutes.

the completed air fryer steak bites recipe

5 Minute Air Fryer Pita Bread Pizza

With this recipe for Air Fryer Pita Bread Pizza, all it takes is just 3 everyday ingredients, 5 minutes, and almost no effort at all to enjoy delicious cheesy pizza goodness.

Air Fryer Pita Bread Pizza served on a white plate with air fryer apple chips and sliced baby tomatoes


Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

Delicious Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks are easy to whip up, made from pantry staples, and a totally versatile meal prep solution.

air fryer chicken drumsticks with spicy mayo sauce

Air Fryer Tacos

Air Fryer Fish Tacos are so simple to make and full of great flavor! With fresh fish and a few simple ingredients, you can whip up these tasty fish tacos in the air fryer in just minutes.

close up view of two completed air fryer fish tacos served on a plate

Air Fryer Chicken Quesadilla

These Air Fryer Chicken Quesadillas are a quick, easy and tasty meal. Perfect for serving up for a quick lunch, dinner, appetizer, or even as an afternoon snack.

Golden Crispy Air Fryer Fish

With this recipe for Crispy Golden Cajun Air Fryer Fish, you can indulge in a healthier version of super delectable, crunchy fish fillets without the guilt.

one air fryer fish fillet served with a green salad on a white dinner plate

Air Fryer Hibachi Shrimp Dinner

Hibachi Shrimp is a delicious restaurant-quality Japanese meal that is quick and easy to make in the air fryer.

air fryer hibachi shrimp served with yum yum sauce

Air Fryer Cornish Hen

Air Fryer Cornish Hen is a super delicious dish that’s also quick and easy to make! Just the thing for Sunday suppers, meal prep, and fuss-free weekday meals.

air fryer cornish hen on a white plate and ready to serve

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice

Making chicken fried rice in the air fryer is super easy and budget-friendly. Plus it’s faster and healthier than ordering takeout.

Smoky Air Fryer Ribs

These Smoky Air Fryer Ribs turn out super tender and are ready to serve in less than 30 minutes. The air fryer makes it easy to enjoy the classic summer barbecue flavor all year round.

air fryer ribs on white parchment paper next to a small dish of bbq sauce

Juicy Air Fryer Hamburgers

Air Fryer Hamburgers are simple and easy to whip up. Everything a classic hamburger should be, these air fried burgers are tasty, juicy and oh-so-cheesy.

juicy air fryer hamburgers on a table

Golden Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Breast

This recipe for Golden Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Breasts lets you indulge in deep-fried classic taste without any of the guilt. Delicious, versatile and so easy to make, this just might become your favorite way to prepare chicken.

Close up of the cooked Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Breasts on parchment paper and ready to serve with a side of dipping sauce

Air Fryer Salmon

Air Fryer Salmon is not only good for you but tastes good too! In just a few minutes, and almost no effort you can enjoy perfectly moist, tender, and flaky salmon fillets.

The finished Air Fryer Salmon served on a white plate with a green salad

Air Fryer Pork Chops

A healthier version of your classic comfort food favorites, Air Fryer Pork Chops are nice and crispy on the outside, yet deliciously tender and juicy on the inside.

One serving of Air Fryer Pork Chops on a white dinner plate served with fresh greens and tomato salad

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

This recipe for Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs is quick, easy, and super versatile. We’re talking turkey, juicy bell pepper, and fresh herbs all mixed up and air fried to perfection. Appetizers, dinners, and snacks have never tasted sooooo good.

Air Fryer Meatballs (Turkey Meatballs) on a plate with coloured toothpics

Air Fryer Chili Nachos

Delicious Air Fryer Chili Nachos is a comforting cheesy meal that cooks in about 5 minutes.

an air fryer basket filled with chili nachos

Air Fryer Tilapia

If you’re looking for a quick, healthy, and customizable seafood dish, this Air Fryer Tilapia is exactly what you need! Cooking tilapia in air fryer is a quick and easy way to whip up a delicious and healthy meal in less than 10 minutes. 

top down view of the finished air fryer tilapia in the air fryer basket

Air Fryer Chicken Kebobs

Air Fryer Chicken Kabobs are full of delicious Asian flavor! An easy-to-make recipe that’s great for lunch, dinner, or serving up as a party appetizer.

close up view of air fryer chicken kabobs

Air Fryer Taco Lasagna

Taco Lasagna is a delicious and easy-to-make air fryer casserole that’s the perfect mashup of Mexican meets Italian.

the finished taco lasagna topped with sliced tomatoes, parsley and served on a white plate

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Air Fryer

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Shrimp is an easy-to-make and totally delicious dish! versatile appetizer Perfect for serving as a tasty main dish, party appetizer, or for any occasion. With just 4 ingredients and less than 10 minutes, this flavorful and satisfying recipe is ready to be served.

the finished bacon wrapped shrimp air fryer recipe

Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin Fajitas

Delicious Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin Fajitas are super versatile and super flavorful. 

top down view of a plate filled with air fryer pork tenderloin fajitas

Air Fryer Fish and Chips

That’s right, you can make an entire meal in the air fryer at the same time! This recipe for Air Fryer Fish and Chips lets you easily whip up a healthier version of your pub favorite whenever the mood strikes.

the completed air fryer fish and chips

Air Fryer Sides and Snacks

Air Fryer French Fries

Homemade Air Fryer French Fries are easy to make and totally delicious! You will love this healthier version of everyone’s favorite side dish.

air fryer french fries with ketchup

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

Just 3 ingredients and a handful of minutes are all that’s needed to whip up deliciously crispy air fryer Brussel sprouts.

plate full of crispy air fryer brussels sprouts

Mexican Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

This Mexican Air Fryer Corn on the Cob is cooked to tender charred perfection in just 10 minutes. So easy and so delicious, you may never make corn on the cob any other way again!

three pieces of Air Fryer Corn on the Cob topped with fresh herbs and served on a white plate with lime wedges

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Dates

This 3-ingredient appetizer or snack is elegant and delicious, and perfectly suited for many different occasions. Plus, making bacon wrapped dates in the air fryer is incredibly quick and simple!

close up view of the completyed bacon wrapped dates air fryer recipe

Air Fryer Asparagus

Cooking asparagus in the air fryer requires just 3 simple ingredients and is ready in a fraction of the time as traditional methods. Makes a perfectly healthy and delicious accompaniment for all sorts of main dishes.

air fryer asparagus served on a white plate with fresh lemon wedges

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries are the perfect starter, side dish, or snack. Totally crave-worthy, these air fried Parmesan zucchini fries are crisp and golden on the outside yet moist and tender on the inside.

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries served with herbed yogurt dip on a white plate

Air Fryer Kale Chips

Air Fryer Kale Chips are a super healthy snack that is so easy to make, even the kids will want to help!

top down view of the kale chips in air fryer basket

Air Fryer Potato Chips

Crispy, crunchy homemade air fryer potato chips are perfect for snacking and serving with sandwiches, burgers, and more!

the completed air fryer potato chips stacked in front of a white bowl

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Crispy golden bacon wrapped around tender and juicy scallops is the perfect party appetizer or snack! You only need 2 ingredients to make these elegant air fried bacon wrapped scallops that are ready to serve in just minutes.

close up view of the bacon wrapped scallops air fryer recipe

Air Fryer Potato Wedges

Crispy Air Fryer Potato Wedges are a tasty and easy side dish and appetizer that turns out tender on the inside and golden and crunchy on the outside every time.

close up view of the completed air fryer potato wedges served on a white plate

Air Fryer Breakfasts and Sweets

Air Fryer Monkey Bread

Air Fryer Monkey Bread is a delectably sticky and sweet sugar and cinnamon pull-apart bread that’s perfect for breakfast or dessert.

the completed monkey bread recipe inside the air fryer basket

Air Fryer Breakfast Frittata

This Air Fryer Breakfast Frittata is a quick, easy, and protein-packed dish that comes together in just minutes.

finished air fryer frittata sliced and ready to serve

The Crispiest Air Fryer Bacon

With this recipe for Crispy Air Fryer Bacon you can cook up a healthier version of crave-worthy bacon that turns out perfect every time!

close up view of cooked Crispy Air Fryer Bacon served on a light blue ceramic plate

Air Fryer Sausages

Making sausage in air fryer takes no time at all and means your meal prep will be a total breeze. Perfect for serving at breakfast, lunch or dinner!

cooked sausages inside the air fryer

Air Fryer French Toast Sticks

French toast sticks are a kid-approved breakfast that is so easy to make, thanks to the air fryer!

two plates of Air Fryer French Toast Sticks served with syrup and powdered sugar

Air Fryer Banana Bread

Air Fryer Banana Bread is tender and moist with the perfect texture. Made with everyday pantry staples, and so easy even the kids can make it unsupervised.

the finished banana bread loaf with two slices cut

Air Fryer Raspberry Muffins

Delicious Air Fryer Raspberry Muffins are quick and easy to put together and great for breakfast, serving at brunch, or just eating on the go.

Healthier Air Fryer Donuts – 2 Ways

Making donuts uses just a fraction of the oil as the traditional method. A healthier way to indulge your sweet tooth that is easy, fun, and guilt-free.

Air Fryer Donuts with various toppings set next to small bowls filled with sprinkles and dried edible flowers

Air Fryer Apple Fritters

Sunday mornings just got a little brighter, thanks to these homemade air fryer apple fritters!

three completed apple fritters on a baking tray
Air Fryer Apple Fritters

Air Fryer Fried Oreos

Make your own Air Fried Oreos and satisfy those carnival food cravings! It’s super easy and super fun to make delicious fried Oreos in the air fryer.

air fried oreos cut in half and stacked vertically
Air Fryer Fried Oreos

Air Fryer Nutella S’Mores

These utterly delicious Air Fryer Nutella S’mores are a tasty twist on the classic campfire treat.

three nutella smores stacked on top of one another

Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies

Make these classic cookies in the air fryer with just 3 ingredients and they’ll be ready to devour in less than 10 minutes. Soooo good!

close up view of finished air fryer cookies served on a white plate

Air Fryer Gingerbreadman Cookies

‘Tis the season to bake delicious seasonal cookies right in the air fryer! Everyone will love helping make these festive treats…almost as much as they love eating them.

close up view of air fryer gingerbread cookies inside the air fryer basket

More Air Fryer Recipes

Ready to cook up even more using your Air Fryer? Then you’ll want to check out these collections:

  • This round-up of the easiest and best Air Fryer Frozen Foods is a busy cook’s secret weapon!
  • And this collection of Healthy Air Fryer Recipes is full of good-tasting and good-for-you dishes.
  • Learning how to Reheat Food in Air Fryer is a great way to save money and reduce food waste.
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  1. I had no idea that you could make all of these recipes in a air fryer! mind blown! I don’t own one but maybe this post will change my mind! Great round up

  2. Wow! This is huge list of air fryer recipes! I got one last winter and just love it! I’m just not sure which one to make first!