15 Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners

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These easy Air Fryer recipes for beginners are perfect for all air fryer lovers! Quick prep, simple ingredients and big flavor!

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  1. Tips for cooking with an air fryer:
  2. Air Fryer Recipes FAQs
  3. The BEST Air fryer recipes for beginners:
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Sometimes getting a new kitchen appliance can be intimidating, and I’m here to tell you that the air fryer is easy to use and perfect for cooks of all skill levels!

These Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners will show you that you can cook almost anything in the air fryer and you can get great results even when you’re just starting out (and you can ditch the deep fryer!).

These easy recipes use simple ingredients and don’t require a lot of prep.

They’re perfect when you’re just getting used to your air fryer!

Tips for cooking with an air fryer:

  • Think of your air fryer as a countertop convection oven — it can do many of the same things!
  • Most air fryers need to be preheated just like your oven. Check your manufacturer’s guide for instructions, but a good a rule of thumb is 5-10 minutes at the temperature you’ll be cooking at.
  • Similar to cooking in the oven on convection mode, cooking in the air fryer is even faster than cooking in a regular oven. Some foods will cook up to twice as fast, so don’t be afraid to open up the basket and have a peek.
  • Cooking in a single layer is best when possible, because it will allow the food to cook and brown evenly.
  • Avoid aerosol non stick spray as it can damage your non stick basket. Opt instead for a brush of olive oil or other oil spray.

Air Fryer Recipes FAQs

What tools can I use in my air fryer:

You can use any tool in your air fryer that you can use in your oven — that means, parchment paper, foil, baking pans and casserole dishes or ramekins are all fair game!

How does an Air Fryer work?

An air fryer essentially has two important pieces: a heating element and a fan. When you put food into the basket (or on the racks, in an oven-style air fryer) and turn it on, the element heats and the fan forces the air around. This results in more even browning that other cooking methods, but with less oil for and a shorter bake time.

What’s the first thing I should cook in my air fryer?

That depends on what you like! Our two favorites are Air Fryer Chicken Breast and Air Fryer Baked Potatoes — both recipes are below!

What is the best air fryer?

That depends on what you like! We have tried three or four different air fryers over the years, we found that we prefer the basket style over the oven style with the racks. We now own two Chefman air fryers, a 3.7 quart TurboFry and an XL 8 quart TurboFry. We love them both!

The BEST Air fryer recipes for beginners:

When you don’t know where to start, start here!

These are easy air fryer recipes that anyone can master, and will give you the confidence to try even more recipes!

From easy weeknight dinners, to healthy recipes the family will love, the air fryer is going to be your new favorite kitchen gadget 😉.

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Air Fryer Chicken Breast
This Air Fryer Chicken Breast is perfectly seasoned and incredibly juicy! It is golden and crispy on the outside and SO flavorful!
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This Air Fryer Chicken Breast is so moist and flavorful! Made with a simple seasoning rub and cooked to golden perfection. Cooking chicken breasts in the air fryer is now our favorite way!

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Air Fryer Baked Potato
This Air Fryer Baked Potato recipe is incredibly crispy on the outside, fluffy and creamy on the inside, and couldn't be easier! Simply seasoned and perfect for your favorite toppings.
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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are the real deal! They are fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and they cook in less time than if you’d baked them. An added bonus? You don’t have to heat the whole oven just to make a few potatoes in this air fryer version.

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Air Fryer Meatballs
These Air Fryer Meatballs are incredibly juicy on the inside, and golden brown on the outside! They're loaded with flavor and made with just a few ingredients!
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The air fryer is now our favorite way to cook meatballs! Can you believe you can make meatballs in the air fryer in just 7 minutes?

And check out that golden crust! This is one of our favorite easy air fryer meals.

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Air Fryer Potato Wedges
These ultra crispy Air Fryer Potato Wedges are made with just a few simple ingredients and turn out perfectly every time! Golden and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
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When you’re going for potato wedges that are crispy on the outside, you can’t beat the air fryer! These air fryer potato wedges require no pre-cooking, just soak, dry, season and cook for perfectly dunkable potatoes. This healthier take on french fries will definitely satisfy!

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Air Fryer Burgers
Air Fryer Burgers are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside! Perfectly seasoned, make ahead and freezer friendly.
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When you don’t feel like starting up the grill, these Air Fryer Burgers are the perfect alternative! They have a crispy exterior but they stay so juicy on the inside. Perfectly seasoned and SO flavorful!

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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
Air Fryer Frozen French Fries are hot and crispy and just as good as your favorite takeout spot! With a simple seasoning and lots of ways to customize!
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Making frozen french fries in the air fryer is a great way just to try it out without worrying about ruining dinner. These Air Fryer French Fries are foolproof because all you have to do is heat and crisp! Once you start cooking French Fries in the air fryer you’ll never go back 😉

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Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
Air fryer brussels sprouts are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. With five simple ingredients and ready in under 15 minutes!
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When you need a few more veggies in your life, the air fryer is the best way to cook them. Check out the browned edges on these Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts!

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Air Fryer Tater Tots
These Air Fryer Tater Tots are perfectly crispy and cook quickly! The best way to cook tater tots!
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And if you’re more of a tots person? These Air Fryer Tater Tots are another recipe that’s perfect for beginners because there’s no room for error — just cook until crispy!

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Air Fryer Salmon
This Air Fryer Salmon has the perfect crispy exterior and is flaky and tender inside! Simply seasoned and perfect with so many things!
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Looking for something healthier? This Air Fryer Salmon is simply seasoned and cooks quickly, meaning you can have dinner on the table in about 12 minutes!

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Air Fryer Potatoes
These crispy Air Fryer Potatoes are made with a few simple ingredients and little prep time! They are golden on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
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These Air Fryer Potatoes are so crispy I may never roast potatoes again. With a golden crust and a tender flesh, these potatoes cook in about half the time as they do in the oven! Crispy foods are some of the best ones to make in the air fryer. Plus, there are so many different ways to serve them!

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Lemon Parmesan Air Fryer Asparagus – Sweet Peas and Saffron
This lemon parmesan air fryer asparagus is cooked through to tender perfection in minutes! Low carb, gluten-free, and so simple to prepare.
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Can you believe this Air Fryer Asparagus is ready in just 7 minutes? Perfectly cooked and full of flavor.

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Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs
These Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside! With a simple seasoning, they are prepped and cook quickly!
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You’re a dark meat lover? Check out these Boneless Air Fryer Chicken Thighs! Simple but flavorful, they cook in under 15 minutes! This makes for such juicy chicken.

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Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
Air fryer hard boiled eggs are cooked through in 16 minutes, peel easily, and are perfectly cooked each and every time!
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When you don’t feel like messing around with water on the stove, these air fryer eggs will be perfectly cooked in under 20 minutes! Easy peel and no fuss. These are a great option for weekday meal prep!

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Air Fryer Bacon
This air fryer bacon will be your new favorite way to cook bacon! Crispy, perfectly cooked, melt-in-your-mouth bacon in just minutes and clean-up is so simple.
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Because crispy bacon is the only way! Air Fryer Bacon is perfect for eating on its own or garnished salads, pasta, pizza and more. No smoking or burning!

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Easy Air Fryer Green Beans
You will love these tasty and healthy air fryer green beans that are ready in less than 10 minutes! Get the setp by step recipe for air fried green beans.
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When you want a quick veggie side for any meal, it’s Air Fryer Green Beans to the rescue! Ready in less than 10 minutes, they add color and flavor to any plate.

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Air Fryer Nachos – Spend With Pennies
Loaded with melty cheese, black olives, jalapenos, and diced tomatoes, these Air Fryer Nachos are the ultimate appetizer for a crowd!
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Air Fryer Nachos have got to be one of the best recipes for beginners! Since nothing needs to be cooked through and we’re essentially just melting cheese on chips, anyone can do it. It’s the perfect recipe if you’re just getting started! Grab some tortilla chips and your favorite toppings.

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Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners

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New air fryer? Start here! These easy Air Fryer recipes for beginners are perfect for all air fryer lovers! Quick prep, simple ingredients.
Cuisine American
Course Air fryer
Servings 4 servings
Keywords air fryer recipes

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. jess says

    I was just talking about this with my roommates and I didnt know that we could hard boil eggs in the air fryer – that is a game changer!

  2. Trang says

    Thank you for compiling this list! We just got our air fryer so we haven’t been able to try every single recipe but so far the salmon, burgers and fries have been a hit with the family!

  3. Julie Ryberg says

    Just got my first air fryer and will be making the burgers tomorrow with a lot more to follow! Thank you for all you do, and Happy New Year!

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