Air Fryer Recipes

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Carol Smith, Nutrition Expert
Carol Smith
Here’s my top pick of recipes suitable for any air fryer out there. These recipes may look at first like they’ll use a ton of oil, but with an air fryer you’ll be able to bypass that, and eat your favorite food guilt-free. You can learn more about air fryers here.

Potatoes au Gratin

Total preparation time: 45min

Ingredients (serves 6 people):

  • 7 medium russet potatoes, peeled
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup Gruyère or semi-mature cheese, grated

Preparation:

  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 390°F. Slice the potatoes wafer-thin. In a bowl, mix the milk and cream and season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Coat the potato slices with the milk mixture.
  • Transfer the potato slices to an 8-inch heat resistant baking dish and pour the rest of the cream mixture from the bowl on top of the potatoes. Place the baking dish in the cooking basket into the Air fryer. Set the timer and cook for 25 minutes. Remove cooking basket and distribute the cheese evenly over the potatoes. Set the timer for 10 minutes and bake the gratin until it is nicely browned.

Fried Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Total preparation time: 23min

Ingredients (serves 3-4 people):

  • 1 small onion
  • ¾ pounds (12oz) ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoon breadcrumbs
  • pepper & salt to taste
  • 10oz of your favorite tomato sauce

Preparation:

  • Finely chop the onion. Place all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Shape the mixture into 10 to 12 balls
  • Preheat the Air fryer to 390°C.
  • Place the meatballs in the Air fryer basket and slide the basket in the Air fryer. Set the timer and cook for 8 minutes.
  • Transfer the meatballs to an oven dish, add the tomato sauce and place the dish into the basket of the Air fryer. Slide the basket into the Air fryer. Set the temperature to 330°C and the timer for 5 minutes to warm everything through.

Cheddar Bacon Croquettes

Total preparation time: 50min

Ingredients (serves 6 people):

For the filling:

  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, block
  • 1 pound bacon, thinly sliced, room temperature

For the breading:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs

Preparation:

  • Cut the cheddar cheese block into 6 equally sized portions, approximately 1-inch x 1¾- inch each. Take two pieces of bacon and wrap them around each piece of cheddar, fully enclosing the cheese. Trim any excess fat. Place the cheddar bacon bites in the freezer for 5 minutes to firm. Do not freeze.
  • Preheat the Air fryer to 390°F. Mix the oil and breadcrumbs and stir until the mixture becomes loose and crumbly. Place each cheddar block into the flour, then the eggs and then the breadcrumbs. Press coating to croquettes to ensure it adheres. Place the croquettes in the cooking basket and cook for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown.

Air Fryer Recipes

Jerk Chicken Wings

Total preparation time: 35min

Ingredients (serves 5 people):

  • 3 pounds chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 habanero pepper, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 scallions, finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar

Preparation:

  • In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients, covering the chicken thoroughly with the seasonings and marinade. Transfer to a 1 gallon re-sealable bag and refrigerate for 2 hours up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat the Air fryer to 390°F. Remove the wings from the bag and drain all liquid. Pat wings completely dry with a paper towel. Place the wings in the cooking basket and cook for 16-18 minutes, shaking halfway through. Serve with blue cheese dipping sauce or ranch dressing.

Mushroom, Onion and Feta Frittata

Total preparation time: 45min

Ingredients (serves 4 people):

  • 6 eggs
  • 4 cups button mushrooms, cleaned
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 pinch salt

Preparation:

  • Peel and slice a red onion into ¼ inch thin slices. Clean button mushrooms; then cut into ¼ inch thin slices. In a sauté pan with olive oil, sweat onions and mushrooms under a medium flame until tender. Remove from heat and place on a dry kitchen towel to cool.
  • Preheat the Air fryer to 330°F. In a mixing bowl crack 6 eggs and whisk thoroughly and vigorously, adding a pinch of salt. In an 8-in. heat resistant baking dish, coat the inside and bottom with a light coating of pan spray. Pour eggs into the baking dish, then the onion and mushroom mixture and then the cheese. Place the baking dish in the cooking basket and cook in the Air fryer for 27 to 30 minutes. The frittata is done when you can stick a knife into the middle, and the knife comes out clean.

Cajun Shrimp

Total preparation time: 10min

Ingredients (serves 4 people):

  • 1¼ pounds tiger shrimp (16-20 count)
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Preparation:

  • Preheat the Air fryer to 390°F. In a mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients, coating the shrimp with the oil and the spices. Place the shrimp into the cooking basket and cook for 5 minutes. Serve over rice.

Cod Fish Nuggets

Total preparation time: 25min

Ingredients (serves 4 people):

  • 1 pound cod

For the breading:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 pinch salt

Preparation:

  • Preheat the Air fryer to 390°F. Cut the cod into strips approximately 1-inch by 2.5-inches in length. In a food processor, blend the panko breadcrumbs, olive oil and salt to a fine crumb. In three separate bowls, set aside panko mixture, eggs and flour.
  • Place each piece of cod into the flour, then the eggs and then the breadcrumbs. Press the fish firmly into breadcrumbs to ensure that they adhere to the fish. Shake off any excess breadcrumbs. Add the cod nuggets to the cooking basket, cooking for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fluff Turnovers

Total preparation time: 20min

Ingredients (serves 4 people):

  • 4 sheets filo pastry, defrosted
  • 4 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
  • 4 teaspoons marshmallow fluff
  • 2 ounces butter, melted
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Preparation:

  • Preheat the Air fryer to 360°F. Brush 1 sheet of filo with butter. Place a second sheet of filo on top of the first and also brush with butter. Repeat until you have used all 4 sheets. Cut the filo layers into 4 3-inch x 12-inch strips.
  • Place 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and 1 teaspoon of marshmallow fluff on the underside of a strip of filo. Fold the tip of the sheet over the filling to form a triangle and fold repeatedly in a zigzag manner until the filling is fully wrapped. Use a touch of butter to seal the ends of the turnover. Place the turnovers into the cooking basket and cook for 3-5 minutes, until golden brown and puffy. Finish with a touch of sea salt for a sweet and salty combination.

Rosemary Russet Potato Chips

Total preparation time: 1h 10min

Ingredients (serves 4 people):

  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
  • 2 pinches salt

Preparation:

  • Scrub the potatoes under running water to clean. Cut the potatoes lengthwise and peel them into thin chips directly into a mixing bowl full of water. Soak the potatoes for 30 minutes, changing the water several times. Drain thoroughly and pat completely dry with a paper towel.
  • Preheat the Air fryer to 330°F. In a mixing bowl, toss the potatoes with olive oil. Place them into the cooking basket and cook for 30 minutes or until golden brown, shaking frequently to ensure the chips are cooked evenly. When finished and still warm, toss in a large bowl with rosemary and salt.

Apricot Blackberry Crumble

Total preparation time: 30min

Ingredients (serves 6-8 people):

  • 18oz fresh apricots
  • 5½oz fresh blackberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup flour
  • salt
  • 5 tablespoons cold butter

Preparation:

  • Halve the apricots and remove the stones. Cut them into cubes and place into a bowl. Add the blackberries, 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the lemon juice and mix.
  • Scoop the fruit mixture into the oven dish and spread it out.
  • In a bowl, mix the flour with a pinch of salt and the remaining sugar. Add the butter and 1 tablespoon cold water and rub together with your fingertips until you have a crumbly mixture.
  • Preheat the Air fryer to 390°F.
  • Distribute the crumbly mixture evenly over the fruit and lightly press down.
  • Put the oven dish into the basket and slide the basket into the Air fryer. Set the timer for 20 minutes and bake until the timer rings and the crumble is golden brown and cooked through.