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A lot of people seem to find using the air fryer daunting, so today I’m sharing with you 40+ recipes that are perfect for air fryer beginners! Whether you’ve just bought an air fryer, received one as a gift or have one sitting around you’ve been meaning to use for months, I’ve got some recipes that will help you!
I’m a HUGE fan of the air fryer. Personally I feel that using an air fryer is easier, more convenient AND cheaper than using the oven. I’ve checked my smart meter and it seems to be quite a bit cheaper to use the air fryer, partly because the cooking time is quicker, which I’m very grateful for!
Sometimes I just want to heat up some chicken nuggets and chips for my daughters, and the air fryer is perfect for this.
Something to note about air fryer recipes is that all air fryers have different sizes, depths and as such the cooking times can vary. All air fryer recipes on this website are intended as a guide, and not a guarantee that the timings will be perfect. Enjoy!
Chips has to be one of the first things that just about everyone makes in the air fryer. You'll get a result that is MUCH better than oven chips and MUCH healthier than chip shop ones, with a taste that is in between the two!
Air fryer chips are always a winner and you can make them to any thickness, with any type of potato (or root vegetable really), and they'll be deliicous with very minimal oil!
If you're wanting to enjoy some delicious chips, with a little extra joy, then use some ready made chips, part cook and add some cheese on the top. Finish for a few more minutes and you're done - delicious cheesy chips!
Another classic potato staple has to be air fryer roast potatoes. These are delicious, super tasty and great for serving with a roast dinner. You can even make these in advance and refresh them in the air fryer just before serving. I do make frozen roast potatoes in the air fryer from time to time but these are just so much nicer.
You can purchase canned potatoes from the supermarket for around 30p, which makes these the perfect frugal side dish! These air fryer canned potatoes are so simple to prepare, take just 1 minute to get ready, and they're so tasty too!
Another twist on the great air fryer potato dishes has to be these little diced potatoes. They are super simple to make, great with a variety of different seasonings and perfect for feeding a hungry crowd.
These potato wedges are absolutely delicious. Crisp on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. These are ideal for serving with a variety of dips and great to bulk out healthy meals. Best of all these use very minimal oil.
Whether you want to make your own super cheap tortillas, or use shop bought, these tortilla chips are really simple to make and perfect for serving alongside a lunch platter for children or as the base of air fryer nachos.
If you're short on effort, or don't want to have hot pans full of boiling water on your hob, it is so simple to cook your potatoes in the air fryer and then put them through a potato ricer or mash them. Air fryer mashed potatoes are super simple!
Next time you want something a little different for lunch be sure to try out these air fryer grilled cheese. Simple to prepare, and delicious spread with butter or mayo, they're a great way to feed hungry little ones in a hurry.
Probably the easiest ever recipe, but one that is requested so frequently when I ask people what they want to know about using an air fryer. Air fryer toast is just as fast as in the toaster, perfect if your toaster breaks or you want to get rid of it to save worktop space!
I love to make garlic bread from scratch, but I also love the baguettes that you buy in the frozen section at the supermarket. These go SO crispy and lovely in the air fryer, and cook alongside whatever else you're serving up!
Turn leftover bread into crispy delicious air fryer croutons. They require just a few minutes of effort and are super with soups and salads. You can even blend them into breadcrumbs for homemade f or meatloaf.
These homemade air fryer sausage rolls require minimal ingredients and take just a few minutes to prepare. They are perfect for eating hot from the air fryer, cold for a picnic or even popping in the freezer for those nights you want something low maintenance.
Chicken fajitas are a staple in many households, and these air fryer chicken fajitas are super simple. You'll add the vegetables in around the halfway mark and evreything is crispy and delicious and ready at the same time!
I love to make a variety of different chicken breast dishes for lunches in particular. Only I'll enjoy these in sandwiches, with rice or as part of a pasta dish. This air fryer chicken tikka is really easy to make and you can use the shop bought tikka paste to save effort.
Next time you fancy a tasty bacon sandwich be sure to try out air fryer bacon. It'll go crispy and delicious and if you wrap it in a little foil you'll get away with not scrubbing the air fryer basket too afterwards.
Pizza, in the air fryer? I know! Mad! You'll want a bigger sized air fryer for this, or to measure the size you can fit in. I've got a NInja Foodi and this fits pre-made pizza bases perfectly. I find the pizza goes love and crisp underneath thanks to the air fryer basket and the toppings are all soft and delicious still.
Next time you want to make something fun with children these air fryer pizza rolls are really simple. You can use shop bought pastry, sauce and pre-grated cheese if you want to make it a little easier, and it's a tasty fun way to make lunch.
Have you ever made cheese scones? These take just a few minutes to mix up, you can drop them in to the air fryer on some parchment paper and they'll rise up lovely and be tasty with a little fresh butter.
I love to experiment with different vegetable dishes, and these air fryer carrot fries are a hit with my little ones. They are NOT as crisp as potato fries, but they are still ideal for serving to little ones if you want something a little healthier.
We often have family Fakeaway nights, where we recreate our favourite desserts and this air fryer dessert pizza is a great way to use up some leftover pizza dough scraps, and a little goes a long way with this.
I'm going to share some frozen recipes with you now. Items you can buy in the supermarket, frozen, and jazz up a little by crisping them up in the air fryer, starting with these air fryer frozen sweet potato fries, super tasty!
Next time you want a fast lunch or dinner in a hurry be sure to try this air fryer frozen salmon recipe. Frozen salmon is usually much cheaper than fresh, and you can jazz it up really easily with homemade garlic butter.
Another frozen staple in our household are air fryer frozen onion rings. You can't beat opening the bag, pouring them into the air fryer and cooking up! So simple and you just need to shake 1 or 2 times during cooking to stop them from sticking together.
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