The air fryer deserves to be the MVP of dinnertime. Seriously, the machine can whip up delicious entrees quickly and reliably—taking the pressure (and the effort) out of cooking dinner. And since air fryers are basically miniature ovens, it should come as no surprise that you can cook just about anything in them. Craving crispy salmon, juicy chicken breasts, or veggie-packed fajitas? Your air fryer can handle it.
Easy, healthy air fryer recipes abound—and tons of them are perfect for dinner. Tackle one tonight, another tomorrow, and another the next day. There are enough options out there to keep you going for a while. And we’ve rounded up 19 of our favorites to get you started.
Ginger Garlic Air Fryer Salmon
The Recipe: Ginger Garlic Air Fryer Salmon
Why We Love It: Salmon is great in the air fryer. And this Pickled Plum recipe is particularly delicious. Use minced garlic, grated ginger, chopped scallions, soy sauce, and mirin to make a flavorful marinade, and soak your salmon in it for 30+ minutes. Once you’re done marinating, pop your salmon in the air fryer, and let the machine do its thing. After just 10 minutes, you’ll have a delicious dinner to devour.
Pro Tip: While a 30-minute marinade will do the trick, Caroline of Pickled Plum recommends letting your salmon soak for a full 90 minutes. This will make the fish even more moist and flavorful, giving you an incredibly delicious dish to enjoy when you’re done.
The Hero Ingredient: The flavor-packed marinade sets this recipe apart from other takes on air fryer salmon. Ginger, soy sauce, and mirin combine to offer plenty of traditionally Asian flavors, while garlic adds a little warmth and depth.
Crispy Sesame Tofu
The Recipe: Crispy Sesame Tofu
Why We Love It: Air fryers are great for cooking meat, but they can be just as great for cooking tofu. This Love and Lemons recipe will get your tofu crispy and delicious, and the sesame seed coating will add even more crunch.
Pro Tip: You’ve heard of marinating meat, but have you tried marinating tofu? Jeanine and Jack of Love and Lemons recommend whipping up a blend of soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic and ginger. Once you’ve whisked together these delicious ingredients, drizzle the mixture over your tofu—and pop it in the fridge to let it marinate for 20–60 minutes. At the end, you’ll have delicious, flavor-packed tofu steaks that you’ll love chowing down on.
The Hero Ingredient: The marinade may add flavor, but the sesame seed coating adds texture. And with tofu, texture is everything. Your tofu steaks will spend 30 minutes in the air fryer, and you’ll want to flip them over halfway through. This will ensure your hero ingredient—the sesame seed coating—gets cooked evenly.
Vegan Black Bean Sweet Potato Tacos
The Recipe: Vegan Black Bean Sweet Potato Tacos
Why We Love It: This The Full Helping recipe makes multitasking easy. Let your air fryer handle the sweet potatoes, while you handle the bean dip. After just 15 minutes of cooking, you’ll have everything you need to craft delicious, flavorful tacos. If that’s not quick and easy, we don’t know what is.
Pro Tip: Gena of The Full Helping recommends warming your tortillas on the stove before serving, but you could just as easily heat them up in your air fryer! Once you’re finished cooking your sweet potatoes, pop your taco shells in for a minute or two. You’ll end up with warm, slightly crunchy tortillas that’ll taste great with your veggies and toppings.
The Hero Ingredient: Tacos may seem like a warm-weather dish. But roasted sweet potatoes keep this dish feeling hearty and cozy—a perfect meal for any season.
Turkey Meatballs with Spicy Peanut Sauce
The Recipe: Turkey Meatballs with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Why We Love It: Any recipe that promises a hearty, flavorful meal in under 30 minutes gets a “yes” from us. So it should come as no surprise that we love this Windy City Dinner Fairy dish. Spend 5 minutes combining lean ground turkey, an egg, some breadcrumbs, and a handful of delicious spices. Use a cookie scoop to turn that mixture into meatballs, and let your air fryer handle the rest. In just 25 minutes, you’ll have a dish worth devouring.
Pro Tip: While your air fryer cooks your meatballs, whip up a dipping sauce. Peanut butter, soy sauce, and sriracha will combine to create a sauce that’s both hearty and spicy. And minced garlic and grated ginger will add even more flavor to the mix.
The Hero Ingredient: A ground turkey base makes these meatballs leaner than most, which is awesome if you’re looking for a lighter option. And don’t worry about skimping on flavor—the dipping sauce will keep your meatballs tasting delicious.
The Recipe: Coconut Shrimp
Why We Love It: Coconut shrimp makes a delicious dinner, and your air fryer will cook it to perfection. Simply dip your shrimp in an egg-based batter, and cover them in panko breadcrumbs and shredded coconut. Once you’re satisfied with your breading, pop your shrimp in the air fryer. After just 3 minutes, your shrimp will be ready to be flipped. And after another 3 minutes, they’ll be ready to eat.
Pro Tip: Kim of Kim’s Cravings initially designed this dish to be deep-fried, but she says it works just as well in the air fryer. (In fact, she says the air-fried version might be her “favorite way to enjoy this recipe!”) Since you’re tackling a modified version of the recipe, you won’t need the canola oil the original calls for—and you’ll need to scroll down to the “recipe notes” to get the air fryer instructions.
The Hero Ingredient: Panko breadcrumbs lend this dish its signature crunch. And be sure not to swap them with other breadcrumbs. According to Kim, alternatives may not get as crispy.
Air Fryer Chicken Breasts
The Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Breasts
Why We Love It: This I Am a Food Blog recipe deserves a spot in your rotation. It’s quick and easy, and it’ll reliably produce juicy, delicious chicken breasts. Drizzle your chicken breasts with olive oil, cover them in seasoning, and pop them in your air fryer. After just 20 minutes, you’ll have perfectly cooked chicken breasts. Really—it’s that easy.
Pro Tip: Mike and Steph, the couple behind I Am a Food Blog, recommend investing in a meat thermometer—and we couldn’t agree more. No one likes over- or undercooked chicken, and a meat thermometer can help you get it right every time.
The Hero Ingredient: Because this recipe is so straightforward, the seasoning makes a big difference. Mike and Steph used salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. But feel free to get creative—just be sure to pile the seasoning on.
Air Fryer Veggie Fajitas
The Recipe: Air Fryer Veggie Fajitas
Why We Love It: These veggie-packed fajitas are delicious and nutritious. And the fact that you can quickly whip them up in your air fryer makes them even better. Start by slicing portobello mushrooms, sweet peppers, and a large onion into strips. Then, let your veggies marinate in a mixture of sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, and assorted spices. Once they’re done, let them char in your air fryer, serve them over warm tortillas, and dig in.
Pro Tip: Christine of Happy Veggie Kitchen doesn’t put a time limit on your marinade or your air fry, giving you a little room for creativity. Soak the veggies until you’re satisfied, and cook them until they’re charred but juicy. Focus less on following precise instructions, and more on cooking a meal you’ll be excited to eat.
The Hero Ingredient: These meatless tacos get their hearty, savory appeal from portobello mushrooms, which are filling and flavorful. Give the dish a try, whether or not you’re a vegetarian—it might just become one of your new favorites.
Paleo Salmon Cakes
The Recipe: Paleo Salmon Cakes
Why We Love It: Crab cakes are tasty, but salmon cakes can be just as delicious. And thanks to this recipe from Food Faith Fitness, they can be pretty healthy, too. Combine salmon, avocado, cilantro, coconut flakes, and more to create protein-packed salmon cakes. And let your air fryer do the rest of the work for you.
Pro Tip: These salmon cakes taste great on their own, but they taste even better served over greens. Taylor of Food Faith Fitness recommends an arugula and spinach salad, drizzled with melted coconut oil and seasoned with salt.
The Hero Ingredient: Coconut flakes make a surprising addition to these salmon cakes—and one that leaves them tasting incredible. We never thought we’d see the day when we’d pick coconut flakes over breadcrumbs, but here we are.
Air Fryer Falafel
The Recipe: Air Fryer Falafel
Why We Love It: Falafel may seem hard to make. But thanks to your air fryer, it’s actually pretty easy. Mix chickpeas with onion, sesame seeds, and a bunch of herbs and spices, then add flour and baking powder to thicken it up. Let the mixture firm up in the fridge for an hour, then roll it into a series of small balls. Your air fryer will handle the rest of the work, giving you delicious fried falafel balls in just 15 minutes.
Pro Tip: Erin of Platings and Pairings suggests a few wine pairings for this dish, and we recommend you give them a try. The falafel balls should taste great alongside a Sauvignon Blanc, a Gewurztraminer, or a Chenin Blanc. (Remember, you could always whip them up thrice and try a new bottle of wine every time!)
The Hero Ingredient: Chickpeas are at the heart of this recipe. And they act as a versatile canvas for all the dynamic spices you want layer on.
Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
The Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
Why We Love It: It may seem strange that you can whip up a restaurant-worthy Chicken Parmesan in your air fryer. But it’s true—you can. Bread your chicken breasts, and let them cook in your air fryer for about 10 minutes. While they’re cooking, prep your marinara sauce and grate a ton of cheese. Layer these on top of your chicken breasts, and pop them back in the air fryer for a few minutes of warming. The masterpiece you’ll end up with will be well worth the extra minutes of patience.
Pro Tip: To make sure your chicken cooks evenly, flatten it before you bread it. Taylor of Food Faith Fitness recommends using a mallet or rolling pin to flatten it until it’s one-half inch thick.
The Hero Ingredient: No Chicken Parmesan is complete without tons and tons of Parmesan—so don’t be afraid to pile it on. Taylor recommends mixing some into your breading, then layering a bunch on top of your marinara sauce.
Vegetable Egg Rolls
The Recipe: Vegetable Egg Rolls
Why We Love It: Egg rolls? At home? It can be done. And thanks to your air fryer, it can be done with ease. Start by frying a bunch of vegetables—cabbage, carrots, and scallions—in a saucepan. Add ginger, garlic, and a few other spices for flavor. Then let the veggies cool while you prep your egg roll wrappers. Put a couple spoonfuls of veggies in each wrapper, carefully fold them up, and pop them in your air fryer. You’ll end up with crispy, crunchy, veggie-packed egg rolls after just 8–12 minutes.
Pro Tip: Be sure to take your time when folding your egg rolls. You’ll want to roll them up tight—and to seal the corners with water. This will make sure everything stays firmly in place as they fry.
The Hero Ingredient: Premade egg roll wrappers are what make this recipe so easy (and so delicious). Caroline of Pickled Plum opted for some Nasoya vegan egg roll wrappers she found at Whole Foods, but she says other store bought brands should work just as well.
Family Famous Air Fryer Turkey
The Recipe: Family Famous Air Fryer Turkey
Why We Love It: Yes, you can make an entire feast’s worth of turkey in an air fryer—and you can do so in just 3.5 hours. The only hiccup? You’re going to need a pretty huge air fryer to pull it off. Equipment aside, this Sugar & Cloth recipe is incredibly straightforward. Simply thaw your turkey, inject it with marinade, cover it in seasoning, and let your air fryer handle the rest. Once you’ve let the turkey cool for 30 minutes, it’ll be ready to feed the whole family—potentially for days on end.
Pro Tip: This recipe is shockingly easy to make—so long as your air fryer is big enough to house a whole turkey. But what if it isn’t? Simply scale down the recipe to suit the turkey your machine can accommodate. Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth recommends 10 minutes of cook time per pound of turkey. And if you have a meat thermometer, check to make sure the turkey’s internal temperature has reached 165 degrees.
The Hero Ingredient: With a recipe this simple, your seasoning goes a long way. Ashley Rose uses a creole seasoning blend to give her turkey a little spice, but just about anything will work. So opt for a seasoning blend that sounds delicious to you.
Sweet Potato Cauliflower Patties
The Recipe: Sweet Potato Cauliflower Patties
Why We Love It: Looking for a veggie-packed dinner that isn’t just salad? This Cotter Crunch recipe will give you exactly what you’re looking for—with plenty of flavor to boot. Use a food processor to mix up cauliflower, sweet potato, seeds, seasoning, and a dipping sauce of your choice. Then, roll that batter into patties. After 10 minutes of setting time in your freeze and 20 minutes of cook time in your air fryer, your patties will be ready to eat.
Pro Tip: If you don’t have a food processor, you can always use a blender to mix up your batter. Keep blending until the mixture has the same consistency as a burger patty. Remember, once you’re done blending, you’ll be rolling the batter into patties—so you want it soft, but not too soft.
The Hero Ingredient: Though cauliflower and sweet potato are at the heart of this recipe, the seasoning you use to flavor your patties will make all the difference. Lindsay Cotter, of Cotter Crunch, uses garlic, cilantro, chili powder, cumin, and an organic ranch seasoning mix to keep her patties tasting delicious.
Air Fried Whitefish
The Recipe: Air Fried Whitefish
Why We Love It: Whitefish served over spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes is a dream meal as far as yummy, healthy dinners are concerned. And the fact that you can cook it in your air fryer makes it all the more enticing. Start by drying and seasoning your whitefish filets, then pop them on some parchment paper in your air fryer. While they’re cooking, sauté your vegetables on your stove. After just 12 minutes of cooking, you’ll have an entire meal to devour. And since this recipe makes two servings, you might even have leftovers.
Pro Tip: Nicole of Windy City Dinner Fairy uses parchment paper to keep her fish from sticking to her air fryer. This quick trick makes for easier cleanup—and for a prettier meal.
The Hero Ingredient: Oyster mushrooms make a perfection addition to this dish. While many mushrooms have a meaty flavor, oyster mushrooms, in particular, tend to taste like seafood. Combine them with your just-fried whitefish, and you’ll have a delicious, congruent pair.
Keto Eggplant Parmesan Stacks
The Recipe: Keto Eggplant Parmesan Stacks
Why We Love It: This Eggplant Parmesan recipe is a great go-to—primarily because Kim of Low Carb Maven offers so many modifications. Kim has you covered whether you have a basket-style air fryer, an oven-style air fryer, or no air fryer at all. And since she includes reheating instructions, you can whip up a big batch of Eggplant Parmesan and dole it out for days.
Pro Tip: If you want your Eggplant Parmesan to feel like a vegetarian take on Chicken Parmesan, Kim recommends cutting your eggplant into thick, round slices. But if you want to mimic her recipe, cut them a little thinner and stack them up, instead.
The Hero Ingredient: Most Eggplant Parmesan recipes call for one kind of cheese: Parmesan. But since Kim’s was originally lasagna-inspired, it calls for mozzarella slices, too. These mozzarella slices make a surprising addition to this recipe, but one that’s incredibly welcome (and incredibly delicious).
The Recipe: Fish Tacos
Why We Love It: Taco night is always a delight. And this easy-to-make fish taco recipe makes it even more fun. Simply pop some seasoned tilapia in your air fryer, and gather your toppings while it cooks. Give the fish filets about 20 minutes in the air fryer, and pull them out once they’re flaky. Then, all you have to do is assemble your tacos—and enjoy.
Pro Tip: Toni of Boulder Locavore uses soft corn tortillas when she makes this dish. The only problem? They can be a little bit fragile. To prevent spillage, double up on your tortillas—giving two to each taco.
The Hero Ingredient: Fish tacos are great, but they taste better doused in fish taco sauce. Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, Sriracha, lime juice, and seasoning to mimic Toni’s fish taco sauce recipe—which requires a mere three steps. (Mix, taste, pile on.)
Crispy Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken
The Recipe: Crispy Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken
Why We Love It: Popcorn chicken is endlessly delicious, and this easy recipe puts a gluten-free spin on the dish. Start by cubing some chicken tenders, then coat them in a corn starch-based batter. Cover them in gluten-free corn flakes, and let your air fryer handle the rest. After just 10 minutes, you’ll have a bunch of crispy popcorn chicken worth snacking on.
Pro Tip: This Strength & Recipe calls for you to cube chicken tenders, but you could just as easily use breasts or thighs. As long as you end up with juicy, snack-sized bites of chicken, you should be good to go.
The Hero Ingredient: Crushed corn flakes give this popcorn chicken its signature crunch, while keeping it allergen-free. The result is a batch of popcorn chicken that’s crispy enough to delight—and versatile enough to serve at parties.
Roasted Butternut & Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad
The Recipe: Roasted Butternut & Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad
Why We Love It: Salad is a great dinner go-to. And thanks to your air fryer, you can pile on some seriously hearty toppings. Use your air fryer to roast some butternut squash, and let your blender handle the flavor-packed dressing. Once everything’s done, throw your squash in a bowl with shaved Brussels sprouts and cranberries—and drizzle on your dressing.
Pro Tip: This recipe calls for fresh Brussels sprouts. But for a heartier, cozier salad, you could just as easily roast them. Pop them in your air fryer before or after cooking your squash for a seriously filling meal.
The Hero Ingredient: Is it cheating to count The Full Helping’s creamy cashew dressing as an ingredient? The dressing gets its sweetness from dates, its spice from Dijon mustard, its acidity from apple cider vinegar, and its creaminess from raw cashews. All of these flavors combine to create one delicious, dynamic salad.
Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken
The Recipe: Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken
Why We Love It: If you want an easy chicken breast dinner that’s just a little bit exciting, this Flavour and Savour recipe has you covered. Simply brine your chicken, coat it in seasoning, and pop in the air fryer for an 8-minute cook. Once it’s done, cover the chicken in shredded Parmesan, and let it spend another few minutes in your air fryer. At the end of all that, you’ll have a delicious chicken breast worth devouring for dinner—and you didn’t have to spend a ton of time or effort throwing it together.
Pro Tip: It may be tempting to fast-forward through this recipe and skip the brine—but Elaine of Flavour and Savour advises against it. The brine should make your chicken extra juicy, so it’s worth the added prep time.
The Hero Ingredient: Since the crispy Parmesan coating takes these chicken breasts from nice to delicious, it’s easily the hero of this recipe. If you love cheese, pile on a little extra. You deserve a treat for making dinner this efficiently.