It takes a lot for someone to sacrifice their kitchen-countertop space, given how many of us don't have much of it. Seeing as how a good portion of it needs to be reserved for food prep, the rest of our open counter space is precious real estate. That's why most-used items, like your trusty toaster, coffee maker, and maybe even a blender usually get priority. However, there's one more item you might want to add to that list: the air fryer.
This efficient contraption, which circulates hot air to "fry" your favorite foods, has grown in popularity for its ability to deliver indulgent dishes in a healthier form. Air fryers can whip up items like french fries, potato chips, and chicken tenders, as well as baked goods like donuts and muffins, with fewer calories than the classic iterations—plus, they do it in lightning speed. In other words, this is an appliance that will easily earn its place on your kitchen countertop. Now, all you need is some inspiration to keep it on deck.
We found six of the best air fryer cookbooks to try if you're willing to give this appliance a go. Learn the easiest ways to use and clean this kitchen item and make your favorite meals in a snap. From vegan and vegetarian options to the most reliable frying and freezing tips, these inclusive cookbooks will have you using your air fryer regularly. So regularly, it'll earn a well-deserved permanent spot on your countertop.
Title: The Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook by Linda Larsen
Why Try It: If you're looking for a way to eat fried foods with less salt and lower fat content, this cookbook holds all the answers. The Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook provides more than 100 straightforward recipes that live up to its title, plus options for vegetarians and vegans. Spanning every meal of the day, recipes include stuffed portobello mushrooms, pumpkin donut holes, roasted mushrooms with garlic, and fish fillets.
Title: The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook by Linda Larsen
Why Try It: Much like the cookbook mentioned above, this other Larsen recommendation also lives up to its name. It shows you how to not only fry foods in this appliance, but gives instructions on how to grill, bake, roast, and steam items in it, too. This cookbook includes 100 recipes as simple as hard-boiled eggs and as complex as a beef stir-fry.
Title: The Super Easy Air Fryer Cookbook by Brandi Crawford
Why Try It: The air fryer has grown in popularity because of its ease, and Brandi Crawford's cookbook sets out to prove it with recipes that can mostly be made in 30 minutes or less. There are gluten-free and vegetarian options, but the biggest draw of this cookbook is how many recipes can be cooked for a crowd. Some ideas include burgers, corn on the cob, salmon filets, pizza, and even kale.
Title: Every Day Easy Air Fryer by Urvashi Pitre
Why Try It: f you're constantly pressed for time, you'll take comfort in knowing most of the recipes here can be made in about 30 minutes, and the rest in an hour. But what we like most about Pitre's collection of recipes is that it draws on the flavors of many different cultures, including Mexican, Indian, and Korean. Learn how to make dishes like pork bulgogi, carne asada, miso salmon, and baked shrimp curry, and you can eat these global flavors from the comfort of home.
Title: Air Fryer Perfection by America's Test Kitchen
Why Try It: If the freezer aisle is your happy place, this cookbook will change the way you shop and eat. America's Test Kitchen teaches you to prepare your own freezer foods, which can be healthier and tastier than buying them at the grocery store. Try making their version of chicken nuggets, zucchini fries, and fish sticks to see for yourself.
Title: The Essential Air Fryer Cookbook for Two by Gina Kleinworth
Why Try It: Since air fryers come in various sizes, we like how this cookbook specifically targets those with smaller baskets designed for two. The recipes in this lineup are also designed for speed—most of which can be made in about 30 minutes—and all pull from a small collection of spices and tools. Recipes include banana bread, maple-glazed donuts, chicken tenders, fish tacos, and beef sliders—which means that you and your mate can use your air fryer from morning to night.