3 Air Fry Recipes You Need To Try

3 Great Airfry Recipes

Air fryers are having a moment and we’re seeing people using their air fryers for breakfast, dinner, and even dessert. An air fryer is definitely worth the investment as it can be used for all kinds of recipes. Moreover, it usually results in faster cooking times and it takes less time to preheat than a standard oven.
An air fryer allows you to control how much oil you’re using so it’s a great way to cut down on unwanted fat and calories. These small but mighty devices get your food nice and crispy, which is something that a conventional oven can’t match.
On the downside, most air fryers don’t have the space capacity to cook large meals. Most of the time, you will find yourself cooking food in batches. Most air fryer enthusiasts say that it’s worth the wait, though!
Today we’re going to focus on three super simple air fryer recipes that you can whip up in no time. They’re versatile too so have fun experimenting with different flavor combinations.

1. Air fry Popcorn

Air frying popcorn might sound as if it would be a fire hazard but there are ways to make it work. You just need to do your research before trying this out so that you don’t end up with a pile of burned kernels and a screeching smoke detector.
The thing is that your method will vary slightly depending on which air fryer you have. A favorite among air fryer enthusiasts seems to be the GoWISE USA air fryers such as the Multi Air Fryer Vibe. It’s got an 11.6-quart capacity, which makes it more suited to things such as popcorn and batch recipes. It also has nifty little accessories such as a rotisserie cage, which is what most enthusiasts prefer to use for air frying popcorn.
That being said, making popcorn in an air fryer can be a much more time-consuming process. Popping a bag in the microwave takes about three minutes but an air fryer can extend the cooking time to up to 20 minutes.
On the other hand, popping your own kernels often results in a healthier batch of popcorn since you don’t have the nasty additives that are included in many microwavable versions. Also, you have more control over how many calories and how much fat you’re consuming since you can choose to forgo the oil or butter, or at least use less of it.
If you’re using a different air fryer, then you might need to be careful about the fans in the device. Remember that an air fryer cooks your food by blowing hot air directly on it. Therefore, little popcorn kernels are prone to blowing around in the air fryer and getting stuck in places that you don’t want them.
One way around this is by making a pouch out of aluminum foil. You simply pour a couple of tablespoons of kernels along with some oil into the foil and then gently fold the edges over, making sure to leave enough room for the kernels to pop and expand. If your air fryer comes with a grilling or baking rack, then you can place on top of the pouch to prevent it from banging around in the fryer.
This recipe uses the GoWISE air fryer, which comes with a convenient rotisserie cage.

Ingredients:

● Popcorn kernels (yellow or white)

● Olive or vegetable oil (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat air fryer to 450°F and let sit for about five minutes.
  2. Pour between a quarter-cup and a half-cup of kernels into the rotisserie cage. For extra flavor, you may add some oil if you’d like.
  3. Fry the kernels at 450°F for about 10 to 12 minutes. That’s it!

You can also try some flavor variations such as caramel corn, cheddar cheese popcorn (you can make it vegan to keep it semi-healthy), or any combination of spices and seasonings that tickle your fancy. Below are a few ideas that you might want to try.

Caramel Corn Mix

● Caramel Magic Shell syrup, one-third cup

● Chocolate Magic Shell syrup, one-third cup

● Chopped walnuts, one-quarter cup

Cheesy Popcorn Mix

● Ancho chili powder, one-half teaspoon

● Cayenne, one pinch

● Cumin, one-half teaspoon

● Garlic powder, one-half teaspoon

● Nutritional yeast, two tablespoons

● Onion powder, one-half teaspoon

● Salt, one teaspoon

Cilantro Salt Mix

● Fresh cilantro (chopped), one-quarter cup

● Lemon zest (finely grated), one-half teaspoon

● Salt, one teaspoon

Lemon-Parmesan Mix

● Black pepper, one-quarter teaspoon

● Grated Parmesan, one-quarter cup

● Lemon zest (from one lemon)

● Salt, one-quarter teaspoon

Ranch-Buffalo Mix

● Cumin, one-eighth teaspoon

● Dill, one-half teaspoon

● Garlic powder, one-half teaspoon

● Hot sauce, one teaspoon

● Salt, one-quarter teaspoon

Rosemary-Asiago Mix

● Black pepper, to taste

● Fresh rosemary (chopped), one teaspoon

● Garlic powder, one pinch

● Grated Asiago, one and one-half tablespoons

● Salt, to taste

Sweet and Salty Mix

● Chocolate Magic Shell syrup, one and one-quarter cups

● Graham crackers (crushed), about 15

● Mini marshmallows, one cup

Tex-Mex Mix

● Chili powder, three-quarters teaspoon

● Cumin, three-quarters teaspoon

● Lime zest (finely grated), one and one-quarter teaspoons

● Salt, one-quarter teaspoon

Wasabi Mix

● Curry powder, one-half teaspoon

● Dried pineapple (chopped), one-half cup

● Peanuts, one-quarter cup

● Salt, to taste

● Wasabi peas, one-half cup

2. Air fry Chickpeas

Instead of reaching for a bag of chips, try out these air fry chickpeas for a satisfying crunch. You can spice them up any way you want whether you prefer them simple or spicy. Chickpeas are a great source of fiber and protein; plus, when they’re air-fried they can be a great replacement for common junk foods such as pretzels and potato chips.
The advantage of cooking chickpeas in an air fryer is that they take less time; plus, they often turn out crunchier since the oven provides a more roasted texture. Also, air frying chickpeas eliminates the need to dry them before cooking, making this a less fussy and time-consuming process. Air-fried chickpeas are a vegan-friendly and gluten-free snack that you can share with just about anyone.
This recipe uses the Philips Original Digital Airfryer. Thanks to the chickpeas’ small size, you can cook them all in one single batch. The seasonings used in this recipe will give the chickpeas a savory and slightly zesty flavor, great for eating on their own or for tossing onto a hearty salad.

Ingredients:

● Chickpeas (one 14-ounce can)

● Olive oil, one tablespoon

● Cayenne, one-quarter teaspoon

● Garlic powder, one-quarter teaspoon

● Onion powder, one-quarter teaspoon

● Paprika, one-half teaspoon

Instructions:

  1. Drain a can of chickpeas and give them a good rinse under cool water.
  2. Place them in a bowl and drizzle them with a bit of olive oil. Sprinkle them with the seasonings and use your hands or a spoon to combine everything thoroughly.
  3. Pour the chickpeas into the air fryer basket and cook at 390°F for 12 to 18 minutes, giving the chickpeas a good shake every few minutes so that they don’t stick.
  4. Remove from the air fryer and enjoy.

Of course, you can choose the seasonings that you put on your chickpeas. Experiment and see which flavor combinations your tastebuds enjoy the most. Below are a few variations that you might want to try on your next batch of air fried chickpeas!

Greek Seasoning Blend (eight servings)

● Basil, two tablespoons

● Black pepper, one tablespoon

● Dill, one tablespoon

● Garlic powder, two tablespoons

● Onion powder, two tablespoons

● Oregano, three tablespoons

● Salt, one-half teaspoon

Indian Spice Mix (six servings)

● Cumin, two tablespoons

● Curry powder, two tablespoons

● Garam masala, one tablespoon

● Ground coriander, one tablespoon

● Salt, one teaspoon

Jamaican Jerk Rub (eight servings)

● Black pepper, one teaspoon

● Brown sugar, two tablespoons

● Cayenne, one-quarter teaspoon

● Cinnamon, one teaspoon

● Dried thyme, one tablespoon

● Garlic powder, one tablespoon

● Ground allspice, one tablespoon

● Salt, one teaspoon

Lite Ranch Seasoning (one serving)

● Black pepper, one teaspoon 

● Dried dill, one tablespoon

● Dried parsley, one tablespoon

● Garlic powder, two teaspoons

● Onion powder, two teaspoons

● Salt, one-half teaspoon

Mexican Spice Blend (four servings)

● Brown sugar, two tablespoons

● Cayenne, one-quarter teaspoon

● Chili powder, two tablespoons

● Cumin, one tablespoon

● Garlic powder, one teaspoon

● Onion powder, one teaspoon

● Paprika, one tablespoon

● Salt, one and one-half teaspoons

Moroccan Spice Blend (four servings)

● Black pepper, two teaspoons

● Brown sugar, two tablespoons

● Cayenne, one-half teaspoon

● Cinnamon, two teaspoons

● Cumin, four teaspoons

● Ground cloves, one teaspoon

● Ground ginger, one teaspoon

● Paprika, four teaspoons

● Salt, one teaspoon

3. Air fry Veggie Chips

Before you reach for that bag of potato chips, imagine the delightful flavors and textures that you could create by air frying some veggies. Air fry veggie chips are a crowd favorite and for good reason. Not only do they contain far less fat but they are downright delicious and you get the satisfaction of having made them all by yourself (with the help of your air fryer, of course).
When you’re craving something crunchy and salty, it can be hard to say no to the bag of greasy potato chips sitting in the cupboard. You’ll thank yourself for prepping up a batch of veggie chips when that killer craving strikes.
Veggie chips can incorporate all kinds of different vegetables so there is plenty of room to play around here. You can go for the traditional potato chip and make a healthier version with little or no oil. Different seasonings allow you to get new flavors without sabotaging your waistline or your wallet. Below we’ll go over a few homemade veggie chip recipes that you might want to try in your air fryer.
It’s important to note that when you’re making veggie chips, you want to slice the vegetables as thinly as you can. A mandolin works great for this as you can choose the specific thickness you want.

Air fried Carrot Chips

Ingredients:

● Carrots, two medium

● Salt, to taste

● Olive or vegetable oil (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  2. Slice the carrots to about quarter-inch thickness.
  3. Drizzle with oil if you’re using it and season with salt to taste.
  4. Place the carrots flat in the air fryer basket. It’s okay to layer them.
  5. Cook at 400°F for about 12 minutes, shaking halfway through.

Airfry Crispy Beet Chips

Ingredients:

● Black pepper, one-quarter teaspoon

● Olive oil, two teaspoons

● Red beets, three medium

● Salt, three-quarters teaspoon

Instructions:

  1. Peel the beets and cut them into slices about one-eighth of an inch thick.
  2. In a bowl, combine the beets, oil, salt, and pepper. Place half of the beets in the air fryer basket.
  3. Fry at 320°F for 25 to 30 minutes, shaking every few minutes. Repeat with remaining batches.

Airfry Homemade Potato Chips

While potatoes might not technically be a vegetable, there are times when a potato chip craving can get intense. Here is how you can lighten up the recipe while still getting that satisfying crunch. Red potatoes seem to work best but you can try this out with sweet potatoes and any other variety too.

Ingredients:

● Red potatoes, two large

● Salt, to taste

● Black pepper, to taste

● Additional seasonings (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Slice the potatoes to about one-quarter inch thickness.
  2. Fill a large bowl with lukewarm water and season lightly with salt. Place the cut potatoes into the bowl of water and allow them to sit for 30 minutes. This removes the starches from the potatoes, giving them a crispier texture once you air fry them.
  3. Remove the potatoes from the water and pat them dry with a towel. Sprinkle them with seasonings of your choice so that they are thoroughly coated.
  4. Layer the potatoes in your air fryer basket, making sure not to exceed four layers of flat-lying potatoes. Fry at 170°F for 20 to 25 minutes, shaking them every few minutes. For the last five minutes or so, bring the temperature to 400°F to get that crispy texture.

Airfry Zucchini Parmesan Chips

Ingredients:

● Black pepper, to taste

● Cooking spray

● Egg, one

● Grated Parmesan, one-half cup

● Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs, one-half cup

● Salt, to taste

● Zucchini (thinly sliced), two medium

Instructions:

  1. Slice the zucchini and pat dry with a towel.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the egg, salt, and black pepper. In a separate bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and Parmesan.
  3. Dip each zucchini slice in the egg mixture, followed by the breadcrumbs, and place in the air fryer. Repeat with the remaining zucchini, forming a single layer.
  4. Spray zucchini with cooking spray and cook at 350°F for eight minutes and repeat for the remaining batches.

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