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Air Fryer Magic

There’s nothing more frustrating than buying a kitchen gadget, tool or appliance to find that you never use it. Thankfully, that won’t be the case for your air fryer, especially once you try some of these highly rated — and creative — recipes.

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Fried Tortellini

Parmesan "Fried" Tortellini

Fried Chicken
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Un-Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is a picnic staple, so will Un-Fried Chicken be the next big thing? If you use Trisha Yearwood’s recipe, it just might be. One five-star reviewer proclaimed: "One of the best chicken recipes I have ever had."


Bob Harper’s Air-Fried French Fries


Juicy Air-Fryer Hamburgers

Not only is this a gluten-free recipe, but it also has plenty of enthusiastic tips on preparation, nutrition, and pleasing fussy kids: "I feel like we should drop everything, whip up a batch or two of these juicy burgers and tuck right in. Who’s with me?" Um, we are.

Avocado Fries
Apple Pies

Fried Apple Pies

Food personality Paula Deen notes that, "As a Southerner, I can’t help but love fried foods. Of course, I’ve had to cut back on them over the past few years — until now! I’ve got a new way to enjoy my beloved fried foods with less fat and oils: air frying." She shares favorites in her air fryer cookbook, featuring a few on her website including this one, which has our mouths watering.

Fried Rice
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Fried Rice With Sesame-Sriracha Sauce

This flavorful vegetarian dish could serve as entrée or side. Either way, no wok needed. If you’re a fan of heat, you can always increase the amount of Sriracha in the sauce — or dial it back if you’re looking for a milder option.


Ratatouille, Italian-Style

This dish features eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, and is both nutritious and delicious. The air fryer keeps the vegetables from getting soggy without using too much oil.

Sweet Potato Hash

Liven up your breakfast plate without a trip to the diner. This recipe spotlights sweet potatoes in a dish ideal for brunch. Switch to turkey bacon for a healthier pick if you prefer. One reviewer noted it has "great flavor from the variety of seasonings."

Fried Turkey Breast

Air Fryer Turkey Breast

Breakfast Frittata
Salmon and Broccoli

5-Ingredient Salmon and Broccoli Stir-Fry

This recipe makes the healthy choice with frozen salmon and reduced-sodium soy sauce. It adds up to a healthy main course at 265 calories and 240mg sodium per serving.

Mozzarella Sticks
Chicken Tenders
Falafel Burger

Falafel Burger

Vegetarians will delight in this recipe that can easily be custom-spiced to reflect a variety of cuisines, from Moroccan to Mexican, Thai to Indian. It’s already connected with more than 1,000 home cooks.

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Zucchini Parmesan Chips

Air Fryer Bacon

While this might be the tastiest way to make bacon, the real win has nothing to do with flavor. Instead of getting grease all over the inside of your oven or splattered around your stovetop, this method is not only easy, but makes cleanup a snap.

Steak-Lover's Meatloaf


Fried Pickles
Pork Chops
Rotissiere Chicken

Rotisserie Chicken

Skip that rotisserie chicken at the grocery store for a quick dinner. Making a golden-brown bird at home is surprisingly easy to do, and it needs to cook for only 30 minutes.

Fried Tofu
Fried Catfish

Southern Style Catfish With Green Beans

Wondering if an air fryer can turn out crispy fish? This recipe makes a strong case — and you can have fish with a side of green beans on the table in less than half an hour.

Party Meatballs
French Toast Sticks
Eggplant Parmesan
Steak Bites
Fried Shrimp
Egg Rolls

New York Style Egg Rolls (Shrimp & Pork)

Forget the oil leaking through the paper on the way home from the local restaurant. Here’s a homemade version of the restaurant favorite has been shared by more than 18,000 Chinese food fans.

Banana Bread
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Churros With Chocolate Sauce

A lighter version of the classic churro, this treat features a cinnamon-sugar mixture that delivers the classic crunch. This recipe might take a bit of effort, but results are said to be well worth it. Dieters can skip the chocolate sauce.

Air Fried Vegetables
Fried Artichoke Hearts

Crispy Artichoke Hearts With Horseradish Sauce

Sugar Donuts

Sugar Doughnuts

Four minutes and four ingredients, including canned Pillsbury biscuits make for an inexpensive treat. While they may not be low in sugar, they’re a quick and easy dessert. (For inspiration, check out these Unique Doughnuts You Have to Try.)

Personal Pizzas

Perfect Personal Pizzas

Wait, you can make pizza in an air fryer? Yes, and the results are low in calories but still satisfying. Inexpensive ingredients and endless topping possibilities have us ready to toss out the takeout menu.

Hot Dogs

Basic Air Fryer Hot Dogs

When even turning on the grill or boiling a big pot of water seems too daunting, turn to the air fryer to toast buns and cook the dogs — and top with condiments of your choice. This recipe is so quick to prepare, you’d spend more time waiting in the drive-thru.

Snack Mix
Fried Chickpeas
Apple Chips

Apple Chips

Grilled Pineapple
One Instant-pot Family Favorite
The Veggie Queen

Spaghetti Tomatoes
Easy 20-Minute Recipes

Toaster Ovens