Best Air Fryer Recipes

Best Air Fryer Recipes | Easy and Delicious Air Fryer Recipes

If you recently got an air fryer and are looking for the best air fryer recipes then you are at the right place, because I am about to share some of my own personal favorites. But let me warn you that there is no hard and fast rule to apply here. Everybody has different tastes and opinions regarding different dishes. All I can do is share what I like and throw the ball in your court to decide which one you like the best.

Moreover, you can be as creative with your dishes as you want to be. You may disagree with my methods of cooking a particular dish and choose to follow your own ways, the choice is absolutely yours. With that being said, let’s get down to business!

5 Best Air Fryer Recipes That We’re Obsessed With

1. Air Fryer Steak

An air fryer steak is hands down one of the best air fryer recipes I have ever come across. If you are fond of a crispy juicy steak then you are going to love the special Air Fryer Steak. It is not just incredibly delicious but also saves you the trouble of all that smoke that fills up your house due to sizzling meat. Shallow fry a few greens and a side of potatoes and your meal is all ready for you to enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 1-2 inches thick steak
  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. Tex-Mex Seasoning blend
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tbsp salt
  • ¼ tbsp grounded black pepper

Take out the steak from the freezer and let it de-freeze for around 30 minutes. Next, take a small bowl and add butter, cilantro, lime zest, salt, garlic, and pepper. Mix well before putting it in the refrigerator. After that, take another small bowl and mix Tex-Mex seasoning with brown sugar, salt, and black pepper. Then, sprinkle this mixture all over the olive oil layered steaks.

Your steak is now all ready to go into the air fryer. Set the temperature to 400 degrees and cook the steak for seven minutes. After that, flip the steak and cook again for five to seven minutes. Then take out the steak and put a large chunk of butter mixture you had prepared initially. Let it melt all over the hot steak. Now, slice the steak and serve the deliciousness.

2. Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

There is no denying the fact that one can never go wrong with Brussels. Whether roasted or fried with maple syrup, pomegranate seeds, or butternut squash, it is an absolute treat and a healthy side to any plate. However, frying them would make them soggy, plus too much oil can prove to be more harmful than good. But using an air fryer, you will get an excellently fried crispy Brussels with the right amount of oil. So, let’s check out the recipe and find out why it made it to the list of some of the best air fryer recipes!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. sriracha or chili-garlic sauce
  • Salt & pepper

Start by treating the brussels sprouts while keeping the roots intact. Cut them in half right through the roots. Once finished, put the chopped Brussels in a large wide bowl and add olive oil, salt, and pepper to them. Mix them well, then let them marinate for a few minutes while you set the temperature of the air fryer to 380 degrees. Now, transfer the Brussels into the air fryer for a good eight minutes.

When the timer goes off, take out the basket and shake it once to change sides, put it back for another eight to ten minutes. While the Brussels are in the air fryer, prepare a coat by mixing soya sauce, honey, and sriracha in a large bowl and whisk the contents well. Now take out the Brussels and transfer them directly into this bowl. Toss the contents gently but firmly to get an even layer of coating. Now, transfer the Brussels into platters, add garnishings and seasonings if desired, and serve immediately.

3. Air Fryer Potatoes

Air fryer potatoes’ is yet another one of the best air fryer recipes. Whether you are a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian, potatoes in anybody’s diet are a constant. In many countries, it is considered a staple food. You can place them on the side of the steak, salad dressings, and so much more. However, we can all agree on the point that crispy crunchy potatoes are far more delicious than soggy ones. An air fryer is a perfect equipment for this purpose.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lb. russet potatoes, scrubbed, dried, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 3/4 tsp. paprika
  • 3/4 tsp. dried Italian seasoning

Wash your potatoes thoroughly to get rid of any mud or dirt sticking to the potatoes. You can also peel the potatoes as per your personal preference. Then dice them up into small 1 inch cubes. Now, soak the diced potatoes in cold water for a few minutes. Take out the potatoes and dry them out thoroughly. This additional step is guaranteed to give you the crispiest and yummiest potatoes you have ever had.

After that, set the air fryer temperature to four hundred degrees and let it preheat for two minutes. Meanwhile, take a huge bowl and add olive oil, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Toss the contents well before transferring them into the basket. Let them cook for ten minutes before taking them out. Shake the potatoes before returning them to the air fryer for another eight to ten minutes. Your potatoes are now prepared to be served!

4. Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella sticks are the true meaning of perfect deliciousness. If you don’t like Mozzarella sticks then I don’t know what is wrong with you. Now, how would you feel if I told you that you can make these sticks at your home and get the same results you get in those expensive restaurants? Great huh? So, let’s just dig into our recipe.

Ingredients

  • 8 mozzarella string cheese sticks
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 1/2 c. breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 c. panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning blend
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Marinara sauce

Chop down the cheese in the form of sticks. Now take three large bowls. In the first bowl break three eggs, add some water, and whisk well. Add breadcrumbs, panko, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and paprika in the second bowl; stir the contents well. In the third bowl, mix flour, salt, and pepper. Your layerings are now ready, you just have to take each Mozzarella stick, dip it in the egg, then immediately transfer it into the flour mixture, before dredging it again into the egg and transferring the stick to the breadcrumbs mixture.

Repeat this process for each stick, and keep putting them onto the baking sheet. Once completed, put the stick into the freezer for thirty minutes. After thirty minutes, take out the sticks from the freezer and repeat the same layering process before transferring the contents into the freezer again. Preheat the air fryer at 390 degrees and spray the basket with the nonstick cooking spray. Then, transfer the sticks into the basket for seven to eight minutes. Once cooked, transfer the sticks into a platter and serve with marinara sauce.

5. Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

If there is something I can have all day every day without ever hesitating, it is the chicken tenders. I just love how it can go with all sorts of dips and help you enjoy all your favorite sauces with the crispy crunchy deliciousness of a chicken tender. However, air fryer chicken tenders are even crispier and lack all that extra oil that spoils the taste of a good tender. So, let’s check out the complete recipe of the most perfect air fryer chicken tenders you have ever had.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. chicken tenders
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt, divided
  • 3/4 tsp. black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese (or 1/4 cup pre-grated parmesan cheese)
  • Cooking spray, such as Pam Olive Oil
  • Honey mustard, BBQ sauce, and/or ranch dressing, for serving

First, take a zip-lock plastic bag and place the tenders inside. Then, add buttermilk, salt, and pepper into the bag and seal it. Gently massage the tenders through the plastic bag to evenly spread the contents all around the tenders. Now, let it marinate for thirty minutes in the refrigerator. Next, take three deep bowls and add flours in one, whisk two eggs in the second. In the third bowl, add parmesan cheese, panko, salt, and pepper and mix well.

Now, take out the tenders from the plastic bag and place them in a single layer on paper towels. Pour the buttermilk into the eggs bowl and whisk well. Then, with the help of tongs, take the tenders and dredge them into the flour, then the egg, and then the parmesan mixture. When done, spray the tenders with cooking spray and transfer them into the basket. Set the temperature to 380 degrees and cook for eight minutes before taking out to flip the basket. Cook for another 4-5 minutes, before taking out and serving with your favorite sauce immediately.

FAQs

What is the best thing to cook in an air fryer?

Now, this is a trick question because there is absolutely no way that I can ever settle on a single dish and call it the best. However, I can most certainly provide you with a list of a few items that you are guaranteed to love cooking in an air fryer. The first and foremost are the chicken tenders. You can also cook bacon, french fries, many vegetables, egg rolls and so much more. And the best part about an air fryer is that it is a good alternative to unhealthy deep-fried food.

What Cannot be cooked in an Airfryer?

If you are wondering what recipes you shouldn’t be trying in an air fryer, let me give you a hint. You must avoid cooking the whole chicken with the bones in an air fryer because it will result in partially and unevenly cooked food. Plus the heat of the air fryer will not reach the bones, thus leaving them raw. Other than that, you should avoid cooking battered food in an air fryer as well, such as corn dog battered with cornmeal.

Can you put raw meat in the Airfryer?

Yes, you can definitely cook raw meat in an air fryer such as pork, chicken, or beef. However, make sure that you slice the meat into small pieces so that the air fryer heat can cook it evenly. If you try to cook large pieces of raw meat or a whole chicken, it will definitely result in unevenly cooked food. The reason being, it will be harder for the air fryer heat to reach the deep layers of meat thus resulting in partially cooked food.

Can you put aluminum foil in an air fryer?

Putting aluminum foil in an air fryer will not cause any sparks to appear but it will cause the food to cook only partially. The reason being, unlike a microwave, an air fryer simply uses hot air to cook a meal. Thus, the aluminum foil will only prove to be a hindrance as the hot air will have difficulty passing through the layer of aluminum foil. So, avoid using aluminum foil at all costs.

Final Thoughts

So, these were a few recipes that I personally love a lot. An air fryer is basically a very handy piece of equipment that will definitely make you skip a few calories while helping you enjoy all the delicious food you like. It is not necessary that you only stick to the above-stated recipes. You can get as creative with it as you can be. Just make sure that you set the timer and temperature of the air fryer correctly, otherwise, you may end up either overcooking or undercooking the food.

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