Move over Instant Pot, there’s a new appliance in town: the air fryer! Built like a super-convection oven, an air fryer uses hot air to surround and cook food that sits in a fryer-like basket. The result? “Fried” food without all the fat and oil! If your air fryer has been collecting dust on the counter because you’re at a loss as to where to start, then keep reading. We’ve rounded up the tastiest air fryer recipes, from breakfast through dessert, to keep you cool and cooking this summer.


French Toast

Tasty and crispy French Toast is the perfect weekend breakfast. In the air fryer, it's easy to whip up while you're getting the rest of the meal together. The best part? You don't have to worry about constantly checking to make sure it doesn't burn! Get the full recipe from Bitz n' Giggles.

Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe combines store bought cinnamon rolls with sweet, homemade cream cheese frosting with a bang. Unlike baking in the oven, this method cooks in eight minutes and once topped with the ooey gooey frosting, is definitely drool worthy. Check out Savory Thoughts to see how easy it is!


Bye bye fried, donuts! The recipe used is super similar to that of your fave donut shops, but when cooked in the air fryer, makes for a far less-fattening version. Dip in glaze or top with sugar––you can't go wrong with Plated Cravings donut recipe!

Appetizers & Sides

Puff Pastry Pigs in a Blanket

This recipe majorly ups your pigs in a blanket game. Instead of using crescent dough, the puff pastry makes for the perfect blanket that is air fried to perfection. Don't forget the cheese dipping sauce! Find the entire recipe over at Bake Me Some Sugar.

Greek-Style Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Perfect as a side dish, these twice cooked potatoes are bound to be a hit. Combine olive oil, oregano and lemon zest after boiling and before air frying for a finger-licking appetizer! Grab the full recipe at Scrummy Lane.

Garlic & Parmesan Green Bean Fries

Great for a side dish, healthy alternative to fries or the perfect appetizer for an upcoming party, these Garlic and Parmesan Green Bean Fries are so tasty, you won't miss the fact that they aren't fried in tons of oil! It only takes six ingredients and five minutes in your air fryer to get thee finger-licking beans. Get the full and simple recipe over at Adventures of a Nurse.

Egg Rolls

This simple egg roll air fryer recipe will have you skipping your fave Chinese food takeout. Made with easy to assemble ingredients, they only take nine minutes to cook and pair perfectly with your go-to dipping sauce. Head over to Sustainable Cooks for the simple recipe!

Main Courses

Honey Garlic Shrimp

Shrimp makes the perfect light and refreshing meal, especially when it's covered in honey and soy sauce! This air-fryer ready recipe includes frozen mixed-stir fry veggies, fresh shrimp and savory garlic amongst others that come together in a restaurant-worthy dinner. Check out Food Fanatic for the full recipe.

Chicken Fried Rice

Perfect for using up leftovers, this recipe for Chicken Fried Rice uses ingredients you probably already have on hand. Toss in rice, meat of your choice, frozen veggies, soy sauce and a few other savory items to get this dinner faster than you can place a to-go order. Check out Recipes From a Pantry to get the entire recipe.

Teriyaki Chicken & Brussels Sprouts

Three ingredients and 15 minutes is all it takes to get this Teriyaki Chicken & Brussels Sprouts recipe. All it takes is a little marinating, then a toss in the air fryer, giving a quick shake around 10 minutes before finishing the cooking. Bam! Dinner is served! Check out all the details at Sweet Pea Lifestyle.

English Muffin Pizzas

Pizza night just got a whole lot easier (and cuter!). English muffin pizzas are great for little hands, portion control and whipping up in a flash. Just grab your fave toppings and cook for 5 mins! Find the entire recipe at Clarks Condensed.

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken parm is delicious, but not super healthy when it's fried. With the air fryer, you can once again enjoy the saucy, cheesy goodness, guilt free! Check out Julie's Eats & Treats for the simple recipe.


"Deep Fried" Oreos

You don't have to wait for the summer fair to get your fried fix! These tasty OREO cookies are wrapped in a two-ingredient dough, air fried to perfection and then topped with powdered sugar and the sauce of your choice! Head to Recipe Diaries to get the simple recipe.


While these churros are a labor of love, you won't regret making them. A simple choux dough is made, piped and frozen before baking in the air fryer. Don't forget your cinnamon sugar topping! You can find the recipe over at Lifestyle of a Foodie.


––Karly Wood



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