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41 Nutritious Air Fryer Recipes That Will Make You Stop And Say "Whoa, Is This Seriously Not Fried?"

·9 min read

If you're trying to eat a more balanced and nutritious diet, investing in an air fryer is a great place to start. This handy appliance makes it easier (and more delicious) than ever to cook good-for-you dishes that actually taste incredible. Here's some inspiration to get you started.

1.Crispy Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Brussels sprouts in the basket of an air fryer.

Tossed with olive oil, garlic powder, and Parmesan, these Brussels sprouts are ready in about 12 minutes flat and make for a delicious side dish with whatever you're cooking.

Recipe: Crispy Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

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2.Air Fryer Honey Garlic Salmon

Air Fryer Honey Garlic Salmon with rice and broccoli.

If you're intimidated by the idea of cooking fish, this recipe is great place to start. It's basically impossible to mess up.

Recipe: Air Fryer Honey Garlic Salmon

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3.Air Fryer Cauliflower Steaks

Spiced cauliflower steak in the air fryer.

Try serving this cauliflower steak as a filling main come meatless Monday. It tastes amazing with your favorite grains or Israeli salad, served with hummus or tzatziki.

Recipe: Air Fryer Cauliflower Steaks

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4.Healthy Air Fryer Chicken and Veggies

Diced chicken and veggies in the air fryer.

A complete dinner, ready in under 20 minutes in your handy dandy air fryer.

Recipe: Healthy Air Fryer Chicken and Veggies

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5.Crispy Air Fryer Tofu

Ingredients for crispy tofu.

Tossed in a sweet, zesty, and savory mixture of rice wine vinegar, honey, soy sauce, lime, and garlic, these tofu bites taste great in stir fries, over rice, or simply dipped in your favorite condiment.

Recipe: Crispy Air Fryer Tofu

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6.Air Fryer Chili-Lime Cod

Chili lime cod.

This slightly spicy, zesty air fried cod is so flaky and tender you don't even need a knife. Put it into tacos, burrito bowls, and so much more.

Recipe: Air Fryer Chili-Lime Cod

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7.Air Fryer Dijon Pork Chops

An air fried pork chop with salad.

These pork chops are marinated in avocado oil, Dijon mustard, thyme, salt and pepper for as little as an hour or as long as overnight. In the air fryer, they get delightfully crispy on the outside while remaining super tender on the inside.

Recipe: Air Fryer Dijon Pork Chops

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8.Air Fryer Chinese-Style Green Beans With Garlic

Air Fryer Chinese-Style Green Beans With Garlic

If you have picky eaters in your house, air fryer vegetables are a total godsend. With just a few simple ingredients and a few minutes of cooking, turn any bland vegetables into an exciting and delectable side.

Recipe: Air Fryer Chinese-Style Green Beans With Garlic

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9.Air Fryer Filet Mignon

Two fillet mignon steaks marinating.

Steak in the air fryer? You bet. You can achieve tender, perfectly cooked fillet without even turning on your oven or stovetop.

Recipe: Air Fryer Filet Mignon

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10.Crispy Air Fryer Fish Tacos With Pineapple Slaw

Crispy air fryer fish tacos.

White fish fillets are dredged in egg, panko bread crumbs, and lots of spices. Cooked in the air fryer, the exterior gets so crunchy you'd think it was deep fried in oil.

Recipe: Crispy Air Fryer Fish Tacos With Pineapple Slaw

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11.Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash With Fresh Herbs

Spaghetti squash halves in the air fryer.

Shave time off your dinner routine by making spaghetti squash right in the air fryer. It takes about 30 minutes and it easily shreds with a fork. Toss it in your favorite pasta sauce and serve it with olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh herbs.

Recipe: Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash With Fresh Herbs

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12.Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

Ingredients for air fryer sesame chicken.

Put down the take-out menu and whip up this Chinese-inspired sesame chicken for dinner. Serve it over rice with some air fryer broccoli.

Recipe: Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

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13.Air-Fryer Shrimp Scampi

Air fryer shrimp scampi over spaghetti.

Air fried with butter, lemon juice, garlic, red pepper flakes, and broth, this is the easiest ever shrimp scampi. Serve it with pasta, orzo, rice, or your favorite grain.

Recipe: Air-Fryer Shrimp Scampi

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14.Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients for air fryer chicken Parmesan.

This chicken parm is so golden brown and crispy, you literally won't believe it wasn't deep fried in oil.

Recipe: Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

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15.Air Fryer Japanese Sweet Potato Wedges

Japanese sweet potato wedges.

Japanese sweet potatoes are starchier and sweeter than your average yams. Seasoned in salt, pepper, ground mustard, and garlic powder, these are a delicious side dish you'll make time and time again.

and Recipe: Air Fryer Japanese Sweet Potato Wedges

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16.Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken drumsticks in the air fryer.

You'll never make drumsticks any other way...trust me.

Recipe: Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Drumsticks

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17.Air Fryer Hot Honey Chicken Wings

Chicken wings in the air fryer.

Paging all chicken wing fanatics. You need an air fryer in your life. Achieve decadently crispy wings with no flour or oil required.

Recipe: Air Fryer Hot Honey Chicken Wings

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18.Honey Balsamic Glazed Air Fried Brussels Sprouts

Crispy honey balsamic Brussels sprouts.

This mixture of sweet honey and tangy balsamic tastes seriously heavenly on charred Brussels sprouts.

Recipe: Honey Balsamic Glazed Air Fried Brussels Sprouts

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19.Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs

Shaping chicken meatballs on parchment paper.

This recipe calls for ground chicken, but you could try them with turkey, beef, pork, or even salmon. After about 10 minutes in the air fryer, they're ready to eat. Try tossing them with pasta and your favorite sauce.

Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs

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20.Air Fryer Tuna Cakes

Tuna patties in the basket of an air fryer.

Turn canned tuna fish into a satisfying dinner with the help of eggs, breadcrumbs, a handful of spices, and most importantly, your air fryer.

Recipe: Air Fryer Tuna Cakes

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21.Air Fryer Falafel

Falafel balls in the air fryer.

Whip up wholesome homemade falafel from chickpeas, flour, onion, herbs, and spices... no deep frying required.

Recipe: Air Fryer Falafel

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22.Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin With Lemon and Garlic

A marinated pork tenderloin in the air fryer.

For a family-friendly dinner that's affordable and easy, look no further than this lemon and garlic pork tenderloin.

Recipe: Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin With Lemon and Garlic

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23.Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas

Chicken and vegetables going into the air fryer.

This recipe calls for chicken, but you could definitely whip up these air fryer fajitas with any protein like flank steak, shrimp, or chorizo.

Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas

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24.Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Skins

Buffalo chicken zucchini boats in an air fryer basket.

If you love the flavors of buffalo chicken, try it stuffed in zucchini boats for a low-carb, nutritious meal that is bursting with flavor.

Recipe: Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Skins

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25.Air Fryer Crispy Juicy Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs in the air fryer.

You can pretty much season or marinate chicken thighs in anything, toss them into the air fryer, and wait for a restaurant-quality chicken dinner.

Recipe: Air Fryer Crispy Juicy Chicken Thighs

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26.Air Fryer Pistachio-Crusted Halibut

Two pieces of salmon in the air fryer.

This goat cheese, lemon, and pistachio crust makes this halibut worthy of a special occasion. Best of all, it's ready in under 20 minutes.

Recipe: Air Fryer Pistachio-Crusted Halibut

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27.Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

Shshito peppers in the air fryer.

Shishitos on the stove top are delicious, but all that oil splatter is a pain. For an easy-clean side dish, try them in the air fryer. Then drizzle 'em with sesame oil and sea salt.

Recipe: Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

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28.Air Fryer Caprese Chicken

Caprese chicken drizzled with balsamic.

Looking for a 30-minute family dinner that's guaranteed to please everyone at the table? The search is over.

Recipe: Air Fryer Caprese Chicken

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29.Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potato

Air fryer "baked" sweet potato topped with butter and cinnamon.

Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there's no wrong time of day for baked sweet potato. Top it with anything from maple syrup, tahini, peanut butter, or avocado for a filling meal that won't break the bank.

Recipe: Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potato

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30.Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos

Seasoned shrimp in the basket of an air fryer

This crispy shrimp is done in under 10 minutes. Add it to your salads, rice bowls, tacos, burritos, and so much more.

Recipe: Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos

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31.Air Fryer Cauliflower

Cauliflower in the air fryer.

This air fried cauliflower, tossed in garlic powder and paprika, quite literally melts in your mouth.

Recipe: Air Fryer Cauliflower

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32.Air Fryer Steak Tips

Air Fryer Steak Tips

Winner, winner, steak dinner. Start with whatever cut of meat you have on hand and dice it into cubes so that it cooks in no time in the air fryer.

Recipe: Air Fryer Steak Tips

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33.Brown Sugar Garlic Air Fryer Salmon

Salmon and asparagus in the air fryer.

Not only is this recipe fool-proof, but it won't make your whole kitchen smell like fish.

Recipe: Brown Sugar Garlic Air Fryer Salmon

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34.Air Fryer Spicy Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Air fryer cilantro shrimp.

Thanks to an easy marinade of olive oil, lime, cilantro, and spices, this shrimp might be the quickest, tastiest, easiest dinner of all time. I love serving it over a bowl of rice with some Tex-Mex toppings like guacamole, pico de gallo, black beans, or corn.

Recipe: Air Fryer Spicy Cilantro Lime Shrimp

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35.Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potato in the air fryer.

This blend of garlic powder, onion powder, is the perfect flavor to complement sweet potatoes.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato

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36.Air Fryer Asian Roasted Broccoli

Broccoli coming out of the air fryer.

Say goodbye to boring, tasteless broccoli and say hello to your new favorite veggie side dish.

Recipe: Air Fryer Asian Roasted Broccoli

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37.Air Fryer Healthy Eggplant Parmesan

Dredged eggplant slices in the air fryer.

Sliced eggplant is lightly dredged in beaten eggs and breadcrumbs, then it's air fried until golden brown and crunchy. Once the eggplant is just about done, top it with marinara and cheese and let it cook until melty.

Recipe: Air Fryer Healthy Eggplant Parmesan

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38.Sesame Air Fryer Mushrooms

Mushrooms in the basket of an air fryer.

All you need are three ingredients for this side dish: mushrooms, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Take it to the next level by using a blend of different mushrooms like maitakes, baby bellas, and shiitakes.

Recipe: Sesame Air Fryer Mushrooms

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39.Air Fryer Cod

Fillets of cod topped with lemon in the air fryer

This seafood dinner tastes and looks totally fancy, but you'll be shocked to see just how easy it really is to make.

Recipe: Air Fryer Cod

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40.Air Fryer Chinese BBQ Pork

Sticky Chinese BBQ pork.

Turns out you can make this Chinese classic, barbecue pork (aka char siu) right in your own kitchen. The marinade is the most important part. Then your air fryer does the rest of the work.

Recipe: Air Fryer Chinese BBQ Pork

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41.Air Fryer Eggplant Fries

Eggplant strips in the basket of an air fryer.

Dip these eggplant fries in ketchup, marinara, tahini, or your favorite condiment.

Recipe: Air Fryer Eggplant Fries

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