31 Things You Can Make in an Air Fryer

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Have you met an air fryer evangelist yet? You’re at a party, sipping your drink, and then, boom: someone corners you about the unbelievable wings/ French fries/ doughnuts(!) they just air-fried. Suddenly, you’re hungry… and a convert.

Here’s how an air fryer works, what tools you need, and all the marvelous foods you can crisp up using it.

How It Works

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Air fryers are sort of like countertop convection ovens. They circulate hot air around food very quickly, cooking it fast and crisping it up. You can add a little bit of oil to help with crispiness, but it’s not necessary. That’s why so many folks watching their fat intake love these gadgets.

The Tools

Remember how we said it’s a mini convection oven? It’s true! That means, with the right gear, you can also do wild things like bake bread or even muffins in it, maximizing its use of precious countertop real estate. And while you have it working, double its usable cooking space with a little rack! Or make sculpted little meatballs or donut holes in these bitelet pans. The air fryer process and tools to enhance it are constantly evolving. Our test kitchen keeps cracking the code for new ways to maximize it.

The Recipes

From easy, breezy appetizers you can whip up without all the heat, fuss, oil and smell of a deep-fryer to gorgeous entrées to sweets like donuts, you’ve got options when it comes to your air fryer. Our test kitchen has had a blast dreaming up the following crispy, crunchy, fabulous recipes.

Appetizers and Sides

1. Apple Chips

2. Arancini With Grilled Red Pepper Sauce

3. Cauliflower Bites

4. Chicken Wings

5. French Fries

6. Fritto Misto With Lemon and Artichokes

7. Kale, Beets and Parsnips

8. Kale Crisps

9. Pigs in a Blanket

10. Root Vegetable Chips

11. Samosas with Cilantro Sauce

12. Shrimp With Lemon and Chile

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13. Sichuan Garlic Chicken Wings

14. Sour Cream and Onion Potato Poppers

15. Spicy Lemon Chickpeas

16. Spring Rolls

17. Sweet Potatoes With Candied Walnuts

18. Zucchini Fries

Mains

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19. Asian Meatball Hoagies

20.Beef and Vegetable Skewers

21. Black Garlic BBQ Chicken

22. Harissa-Spiced Chicken

23. Meatballs

24. Mushroom-Chard Frittata With Goat Cheese

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25. Salmon With Preserved Lemon Tapenade

26. Ribs With Sesame-Soy Teriyaki Sauce

27. Spicy Chicken

28. Tonkatsu With Ginger Cabbage Slaw

Sweets

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29. Cardamom Cream-Filled Doughnuts

30. Doughnuts With Matcha and Hibiscus Glaze

31. Caramel Sesame Air-Fried Doughnuts

Everything air-fried, right this way!

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