An air fryer is a healthy way to “fry” or cook foods using hot circulating air which reduces the need to use tons of oil to achieve a crispy outer texture while still keeping the inside of an ingredient cooked and tender. In this collection, you’ll find 20 healthy air fryer recipes ranging from proteins like eggs, beef, chicken, pork, tofu, and seafood.
You’ll also find tasty side items such as green beans, potatoes, zucchini, cauliflower, and more. Air fryers are wonderful for mess-free cooking which means less clean-up. Plus, air fryers cook quickly which means you can have a delicious meal on the table in less time than using traditional cooking methods. Check out these healthy ways to air fry all your favorite meats and veggies.
20 Healthy Air Fryer Recipes
Air Fryer Broccoli Parmesan by Happy Veggie Kitchen
Broccoli is never soggy or lifeless when you cook fresh florets in an air fryer! Just toss them in a little olive oil, parmesan cheese, and garlic before cooking. In less than 15 minutes they’ll be cooked to tenderness and ready to be enjoyed as a healthy side dish with any meal.
Air Fryer Salmon by Life Made Sweeter
You’re just 10 minutes away from tender and flaky salmon, thanks to your air fryer. Just a spritz of olive oil and some seasoning is all you need. Let the air fryer do the rest while you prepare your favorite side items for a healthy seafood meal.
Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters by Life Made Sweeter
Cook up a batch of fritters using shredded zucchini that’s been mixed with parmesan cheese, egg, green onions, and flour. Form into patties and add them to your air fryer’s basket. Flip them halfway through cooking for crispy and delicious veggie fritters.
Air Fryer Meatballs by Hint Of Healthy
A delicious mix of ground beef and pork combined with onion, garlic, egg, seasonings, and bread crumbs for a delicious meatball mixture. Form into meatballs and place in your lightly oiled air fryer basket. Cook for approximately 10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through for even cooking on all sides. Juicy and delicious, keep these on hand for meals throughout the week since they keep well in the fridge for a few days or in the freezer for a few months.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries by Recipes From A Pantry
Whether you use frozen fries or cut your own, these sweet potato sticks are cooked to crunchy perfection on the outside and tenderness on the inside, thanks to your air fryer. With just a bit of oil and your choice of spicy seasonings, air fry these potatoes for a healthy snack or side item for dinner.
Crispy Air Fryer Pork Chops by This Mom’s Menu
Pork chops covered in seasoned almond flour breading cook up with a crispy coating in your air fryer. You’ll love the ease of clean-up with this mess-free method of cooking a healthy version of pork chops that will become a family favorite.
Air Fryer Green Bean Fries by Amanda’s Cookin
Green beans are made into finger-food “fries” with a little parmesan cheese and almond flour coating before being air fried. You’ll get a crispy texture and a delicious crunch in each bite. These are also a great way to get kids to eat green beans!
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders by Whole Kitchen Sink
A family favorite, chicken tenders cook in as little as 10 minutes in your air fryer. Coat them with almond flour to keep them healthy and serve as snacks, appetizers, or salads. Have your favorite dips available to enjoy with these easy chicken tenders.
Air Fryer Cauliflower by Plated Cravings
Cauliflower florets get seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic before being air fried to a crisp and browned perfection. They make a healthy side item and you can even garnish them with parmesan cheese for a little something extra.
Air Fryer Beef Kabobs by Berry Maple
For delicious flavor, marinate your beef chunks for at least 30 minutes before adding them to a skewer, along with bell peppers and onions, for a quick 10-minute session in your air fryer. The simple marinade is a mixture of yogurt and soy sauce. The yogurt helps tenderize the meat and the soy sauce gives it a little flavor kick.
Air Fryer Tofu by Well Plated
You’ll never get soggy or bland tofu if you season it this soy sauce, sriracha, and rice wine vinegar marinade before cooking it. Also, a little cornstarch on the tofu helps it stay crisp and develop a golden hue while cooking. It takes less than 12 minutes in your air fryer to cook this protein-rich ingredient, perfect for meatless meals.
Air Fryer Rosemary Roasted Potatoes by Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons
Cut potatoes and toss with olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic, and fresh rosemary for a fragrant and scrumptious side item. Air fry them until lightly browned and tender. Golden baby potatoes work best for this recipe.
Air Fryer Parmesan Shrimp by Bitz N Giggles
Thawed shrimp gets seasoned with a zesty mixture of garlic, onion powder, and parmesan cheese before being placed in your air fryer basket for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Serve with lemon and your favorite sauces. Easy and delish!
Air Fryer Roasted Root Vegetables by Savory And Savvy
Root veggies such as carrots, butternut squash, parsnips, and potatoes cook easily and to tenderness in an air fryer. Just peel and cut the vegetables and season with olive oil and salt before roasting. The flavors stay intact as well as all the healthy nutrients when you cook them in an air fryer.
Best Air Fryer Chicken Thighs by The Typical Mom
This quick chicken recipe uses thighs for a moist and tasty outcome. Season the chicken with olive oil and your favorite dry rub spices before adding them to the air fryer. Flip them halfway through for even cooking. So easy!
Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts by The Girl On Bloor
You’ll love these tasty Brussels sprouts that are cooked to crispy perfection. With just olive oil and salt and pepper, they cook quickly and are elevated to deliciousness with a dash of Balsamic vinegar, garlic, and honey in their last few minutes of cooking. When done, garnish them with a smattering of parmesan cheese.
Air Fryer Pork Chops by Savory Nothings
For luscious and tender pork chops, try cooking them in an air fryer. Prior to cooking, season them with dried herbs, onion, and garlic, and be prepared for a juicy chop when done!
Zucchini Fries by Tastes Lovely
Zucchini can be cut into spears that are “breaded” by dipping in an egg mixture and coating with pork panko crumbs for a crispy and crunchy texture once they’re cooked. Your air fryer will produce these healthy zucchini fries in about 10 minutes, making them ready to dip in your favorite sauce.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings by Natasha’s Kitchen
Who doesn’t love a tasty and crispy batch of chicken wings? Season up your wings with a lemony garlic mixture and air fry them to zesty perfection, flipping them halfway through to ensure even cooking on all sides. A sure winner for game days or a quick family dinner.
Air Fryer Egg Bites by Spend With Pennies
Make these egg bites to keep on hand for a quick breakfast option or a snack. Scrambled eggs get flavored with shredded cheese and your choice of finely chopped veggies, like bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions, and any other add-in such as cooked crumbled bacon or diced ham. Make them in a silicone mold or small ramekins.