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Get your air-fry on! The best crunchy veggies, appetizers, and more.
(All recipes 100% plant-based. “WFPB” = Whole-food, plant-based, “GF” = gluten free)
Air Fryer Recipes
Vegan KFC Fried Chicken (Copycat) from Sweet Simple Vegan
Vegan fried chicken definitely factored into my air fryer purchase. This recipe has all the spices and simply replaces chicken with tofu.
Air Fryer Zucchini Fries (GF) from Vidhya’s Vegetarian Kitchen
A fun way to eat more veggies, these fries are ready in just 20 minutes with 5 ingredients.
Easy Vegan BBQ Cauliflower Wings from I Can You Can Vegan
Cauliflower wings have become one of my favorites appetizers/snacks. These are breaded for crispiness and served with BBQ sauce.
Air Fryer Fries from Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen
I couldn’t possibly make this list without fries. Just peel and slice potatoes, toss em in, and you have crispy fries in about 25 minutes.
Air Fryer Tempeh Bacon from kiipfit.com
Tempeh bacon is a delicious and protein-packed addition to your breakfast or a sandwich (like a BLT). Liquid smoke and maple syrup give it a smoky-sweet flavor.
Air-Fried Pickles (GF) from HealthyGirl Kitchen
Enjoy this app favorite at home with only 3 ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.
Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts from Glue & Glitter
Say goodbye to soggy brussels sprouts forever! If you love crispy brussels sprouts, you’ve gotta try them prepared in an air fryer.
Air Fryer Crispy Teriyaki Tofu Recipe (GF) from Rachna Cooks
Switch up the stir fry with crunchy tofu that’s the perfect protein to pair with some veggies.
Breakfast Sandwich With Eggy Tofu & Sausage from Cadry’s Kitchen
This recipe highlights an air fryer’s versatility with easy prep for Gardein breakfast patties for your breakfast sandwich.
Stuff I love: Air Fryers
Most recipes that call for an air fryer are suggested to be made with this particular device. While it is another thing that needs needs to fit into your kitchen, it’s one of my favorites.
This Instant PotVortex Air Fryer sells for around $100.
There are plenty of cheaper options too, like this Chefman TurboFry for about $40. It’s smaller and more compact but holds a little less food.
Air fryers are everywhere, so be sure to shop around for the best deal.
Already have a convection toaster? You may not need an air fryer (more on that below)
Why air fry?
The popularity of air fryers has taken off recently. A few years back, my dad got one and I thought: “Is this some kind of gimmick?” But several years later, I have to admit: air fryers are legit.
What I like most about air fryers:
- Crispiness – the strength of the air fryer is making foods crispy without the need to deep fry. As you might expect, the flavor and crunchiness aren’t exactly at the same level, but it’s close enough for me.
- Simple to use – some models come with various settings. But, I have a relatively simple model where I set the temperature and time and toss my food into the basket.
- Versatile – I love that I can toss just about any food that’s suitable for oven cooking straight into my air fryer basket with minimal preparation. Many veggies will do as well as frozen foods. The air fryer also reheats foods easily, even if they weren’t cooked initially in an air fryer.
One thing to keep in mind: an air fryer is basically a reconfigured convection oven. NYT’s Wirecutter recommends a convection oven instead of an air fryer for this reason and also because the oven performs better and holds more food. Air fryers are pretty bulky, too, so you can’t totally discount the space it takes up.
So, if you have a reliable convection oven, you can do most of the same cooking without buying an air fryer.
To air frying (nearly) everything!