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What can you cook in an air fryer? UK air fryer recipes

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I absolutely LOVE cooking recipes in my air fryer. Using an air fryer is a great way to get some delicious crispy food, in less time than oven cooking.

I’ve got a vast array of tasty air fryer recipes, that I’d love to share with you! Scroll down to see my favourite chips, roast potatoes and much, much more!

Air fryer Ninja roast potatoes, chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes and air fryer pizza with salad and garlic and herb dip - text overlay that says what can you cook in an air fryer?

One of the best things about using the air fryer is the amount of time that it saves. I love being able to heat up preprepared food in a rush for my daughters dinner, as well as cooking delicious crispy food from scratch.

Cooking food from frozen works so well in the air fryer, and it is quicker too. Ideal when I have hungry little ones waiting for a meal after the school run!

So, you’re wondering, what can you cook in an air fryer? I’ve got you covered, enjoy:

Air fryer recipes (UK ones)

Airfryer wedges

Air fryer potato wedges

Air fryer potato wedges are so simple. These are much less time consuming than air fryer chips or fries. I love how quick and easy it is to slice the potatoes into wedges, cover them with a little spray of oil and my favourite herbs and seasonings and then cook.

These wedges go great with a variety of dinners and I love the simplicity of them too. The crispy outside and fluffy soft inside work really well together.

Air fryer baked potatoes

Air fryer jacket potatoes cooked and served with salt and pepper and chives on baking paper in an enamel tray on a baking tray backdrop

These delicious air fryer jacket potatoes are so simple to make. They are crisp, fluffy on the inside and they are absolutely fantastic.

I love how simple these are and you can even make a batch and freeze them too. When I want to enjoy a tasty lunch these are my go to air fryer recipe!

Air fryer roasted carrots

Air fryer carrots - baby carrots made in the air fryer

These air fryer carrots take just a few minutes to prepare and then require minimal effort while cooking.

Often I will buy the ready prepared baby carrots, just to save a few minutes of prep work, but you can use full size carrots too and skip the peeling if you want to save some time.

Air fryer roasted tomatoes

Air fryer roasted tomatoes in a glass bowl

Growing your own produce is a great hobby. It helps save money AND you can’t beat the freshness of fruits and vegetables that you picked yourself from your garden.

Air fryer roasted tomatoes are a delicious, simple, tasty way to prepare the base of a good pizza sauce, or pasta sauce. They are also delicious tossed through a salad once cooled or even in a warm salad!

Air fryer pizza

A cooked pizza, made in the air fryer, on a slate board with a pizza cutter and a rocket salad dressed with balsamic vinegar

When I grow my own tomatoes I love to make a roasted tomato pizza sauce, which I then use to spread on pizzas. I make my own pizza dough in a bread maker and then I cook up air fryer pizzas.

These are super simple, quick and fit perfectly in my Ninja Foodi 9-in-1.

Air fryer pizza scrolls

Air fryer pizza scrolls, 7 cooked pizza scrolls that are golden brown, served on parchment paper with a side dish of roasted tomato pizza sauce

If you’re looking for a tasty lunchbox snack, or part of a meal to feed a hungry crowd, then these air fryer pizza scrolls are absolutely delicious.

They freeze really well and take just a few minutes to refresh in the air fryer.

Air fryer roast potatoes

Roast potatoes that have been pressure cooked and air crisped using the Ninja Foodi served in a Le Creuset red roasting dish. In the background there is a glass Pyrex jug of beef gravy
Roast potatoes

No roast dinner would be complete with my original and best ever air fryer recipe – the air fryer roast potatoes.

I’ve had 100,000s of views on this single recipe and I absolutely love it. These are a real crowd pleaser and make a roast dinner extra special.

I love how easy this recipe is, and so so much faster than standard oven cooking times too. I’ve had lots of compliments on these potatoes in recent years and I absolutely love them.

This is the single recipe I’d choose for my air fryer if I could only make one recipe for the rest of my life in it!

Air fryer mashed potatoes

Air fryer mashed potato in a bowl on a wooden serving board

Making mashed potatoes in the air fryer has been a game changer for me! It is SO simple to make, extra creamy and delicious and best of all I don’t need to watch the hob to stop it from boiling over.

I love to use leftover mashed potatoes for a variety of purposes, including fish pie with leeks, slow cooker cottage pie, lazy tuna fishcakes and even air fryer mashed potato balls – yum!

Air fryer mashed potato balls

Air fryer mashed potato balls

I absolutely love to find uses for leftover mashed potatoes. Tuna fishcakes and fish pie are my favourite, but now I’ve found a love for these air fryer mashed potato balls.

You really can make another meal with just a few leftovers, and make something different every time.

Air fryer stuffing balls

Air fryer stuffing cooked, in a dish, with sage leaves

A roast dinner wouldn’t be complete in our house without stuffing and these air fryer roast stuffing balls are a real winner.

You can blitz up herbs, bread and onions for your own delicious stuffing or even cook patch stuffing in the air fryer for a super crisp, crunchy, yet soft delicious stuffing that goes great with onion gravy.

Air fryer fish fingers

Fish fingers that have been cooked in the air fryer, displayed in an enamel tin

Super crispy delicious air fryer fish fingers are a real hit with little ones.

With fish fingers being one of the most cooked frozen foods on weekday evenings why not make yours in the air fryer to save a little time and make them the crispiest fish fingers ever?!

Airfryer chicken wings

Four cooked air fryer chicken wings in the air fryer basket

I absolutely love these air fryer chicken wings. Crispy, juicy and blinking delicious! These are so simple, you can use just about any dipping sauce or marinade you like and they are tasty too!

Air fryer chicken nuggets

Air fryer frozen chicken nuggets on a plate with a side of tomato ketchup

Next time you want to cook up a storm, in a hurry, or just fancy a nice bit of junk food then be sure to check out these air fryer frozen chicken nuggets. It takes minutes to cook from frozen, and is a great way to have extra crispy, delicious nuggets without having to get a takeaway!

Air fryer chicken tikka

Cooked air fryer tikka chicken breast

Crisp yet juicy inside this air fryer tikka chicken breast is absolutely delicious. This is perfect served in a soft white roll, with chips or even just served on top of slow cooker rice.

Air fryer cajun chicken

cooked cajun chicken on baking paper in an enamel baking tray

This delicious air fryer cajun chicken was made with my homemade cajun seasoning. I know fried chicken is delicious, but so is this – without swimming in grease! You can use chicken thighs too if you want it to be extra succulent.

It is super simple to prepare and ideal in a sandwich, served with chips or air fryer mashed potatoes and even goes lovely in a cajun chicken pasta. Ideal for prepping for a few days of easy lunches!

Airfryer sweet potato fries

Frozen sweet potato fries cooked in the air fryer served in a metal basket with a Le Creuset ramekin of tomato ketchup

If you want to mix things up a little bit then these air fryer sweet potato fries are delicious. We also love air fryer frozen sweet potato fries when I don’t want to give any real effort to dinner.

The outside is crispy and the inside is fluffy. I love how easy these are to make and thanks to this *potato chipper I can slice the sweet potatoes with ease. We love to turn these into dirty fries by loading them up and then air frying for a couple more minutes. Delicious!

Airfryer apple chips

Apple chips made in the air fryer with an apple and cinnamon sticks

When you want to enjoy a healthy snack these air fryer apple chips are the one for you! They are easy to make, require very little ingredients and are great for storing for a day or two to help feed little ones alongside a tasty dip.

I am pleased with how simple these are to make and you can easily mix up the flavours with different seasonings or herbs.

Air fryer cookies

Mini air fryer cookies, a large air fried cookie and cookie dough cooked in the air fryer on a cooling rack with a glass of milk

When you fancy a real sweet treat these air fryer cookies are an absolute winner. You can make the dough, from my recipe, or you can even use cookie dough.

I love the simplicity of using the air fryer and being able to cook a single cookie, or two, in a matter of minutes is perfect for those late night snack munchies we all get when parenting little ones and staying up way too late!

Airfryer cheese scones

Air fryer cheese biscuits

When you’re looking for some cheesy and fluffy yet crisp these air fryer cheese biscuits have got you covered! They are SO simple to prepare and cook in next to no time.

I love the different texture that comes from air frying these. The outside is extra crisp and I love serving these with lightly salted butter for a real additional flavour punch!

Air fryer prawn toast

Cooked air fryer prawn toast pieces (triangles), on a white and grey coloured plater with a blue dish filled with sweet chilli sauce

If you’re a lover of Chinese food, as I am, you may want to eat it a little more than is healthy for your body! I would probably eat it nightly if I thought that I could.

This air fryer prawn toast is a great way to enjoy a super delicious Chinese side dish, with a lot less oil and calories! It’s super crisp and delicious still too.

Airfryer fruit scones

A jam and cream dressed air fryer fruit scone on a glass cake stand with air fryer fruit scones around it and jam and cream in serving dishes.

These air fryer fruit scones are delicious! They are super fast, tasty and cream with clotted cream and jam!

If you’re looking for a last minute sweet treat to serve with guests on the way then these are perfect!

Airfryer grilled cheese

A cooked air fryer grilled cheese sandwich cut in half on a plate

Carrying on the theme of cheesy goodness is this air fryer grilled cheese. It takes just 12 minutes from start to finish and is perfect as a tasty lunch idea.

You could even pack some of these up and take them on a picnic with you!

Airfryer chips

Healthy Airfryer chips in a fries basket with a heart shaped ramekin of tomato ketchup

These air fryer chips are one of my post popular posts ever. I love seeing all the feedback on these and they are a great way to still enjoy crispy, tasty chips without frying them.

The air fryer was absolutely made for creating air fryer fries. These work well with just about anything and form the basis of many a fakeaway dish in this house.

Air fryer frozen french fries

I also love cooking air fryer frozen french fries when I’m feeling a little lazier and these go so crispy and delicious!

Air fryer cheesy chips

Air fryer cheesy chips

We’re BIG fans of a simple tea in our home. It stops us getting too many takeaways and these air fryer cheesy chips are absolutely fantastic!

You can use frozen chips, and even pre-grated cheese if you want to save some time and effort. These are super simple and they go SO crispy and delicious in the air fryer!

Air fryer garlic bread

A garlic baguette and individual pieces of garlic bread that have been cooked from frozen in an air fryer

Whether it is homemade garlic bread, with garlic butter, or you’re just cooking a frozen garlic bread, it is ALWAYS going to be SUPER crispy when you make it in your air fryer.

This is a great way to save a little time, and air fryer garlic bread is super simple!

Air fryer hash browns

Airfryer hash browns

These air fryer hash browns are quite a new recipe from me. These may be the crispiest hash browns I have ever had outside of a fryer! I love how these can be kept in the fridge for several days, and they were great with all types of breakfast.

We love to enjoy them with poached eggs and spring onions or as part of a delicious full English breakfast. This hash brown recipe is the perfect way to use up some leftovers so that nothing goes to waste.

Air fryer sausages

Chicken sausages that have been cooked in the air fryer, within an enamel tin served with tomato sauce on the side in a blue textured dish

Air fryer sausages are a simple and delicious treat! Using the air fryer helps them to go extra crispy and delicious while separating the sausages from some of the fat. These are so tasty with a big breakfast!

That is it for now! I’m really pleased to see so many people loving my air fryer recipes and I hope I have given you some inspiration as to what can you cook in an air fryer!

I am going to be sharing lots more of my UK air fryer recipes again very soon. I absolutely love the convenience of my air fryer and can’t get enough of how crispy it makes everything.

Air fryer bacon

Smoked bacon rashers cooked in an air fryer

Air fryer bacon is absolutely delicious. It goes SUPER crisp and it doesn’t sit around in it’s own released fat, so it is nowhere near as greasy!

I love to make bacon this way, as it is crisp and delicious. Perfect for a sandwich, for using on a slow cooker hunters chicken when you’re trying to save time or for crumbling into a bacon mac and cheese pasta bake.

Air fryer parsnips

Airfryer parsnips

Air fryer parsnips are the perfect side dish to accompany an easy roast dinner. These are crispy, yet soft and fluffy and perfect with a nice glug of onion gravy.

I love being able to prep these in just a couple of minutes and shake them up during cooking. These can be prepped in advance of the roast dinner and reheated near the end if you need to save time.

Air fryer tortilla chips

Air fryer tortilla chips

If you’re a fan of nachos, tortilla wraps, burritos or just having things to dip into sauce then these airfryer tortilla chips are perfect! So simple to make, and they cost around 20-30p depending on the flour you use, making them super budget friendly.

While you’re here be sure to check out my slow cooker recipes!

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Saturday 17th of July 2021

I have just bought an Air Frier and a recipe book. Lots of recipes for individual items but how do I cook a complete meal. If everything is done separately, what’s the point?


Saturday 17th of July 2021

Most of the items cooked in the air fryer are things that typically you might like fried, and so the point seems to be just to save some calories while still having crisp food. You could make a full meal, however, items require different cook times and temperatures and a lot of them are quite small aren't they!

For us we use ours to make side dishes most of the time to accompany slow cooker dinners (where you may not just want soft as the only texture on your plate) or when we are low on oven space (so I cook stuffing in mine when the oven is already groaning on roast dinner days). It's great to cook anything where you'd usually want lots of oil, like roast potatoes, but I wouldn't say it's great for complete meals personally.


Monday 28th of December 2020

Would love a Uk airfryer recipe book. The ones I have seen are American and most of the recipes seem to have pressure and sauté functions.


Monday 28th of December 2020

I think it is because a lot of people use the multi-cookers, which come with saute/brown and pressure functions. I use them personally but don't often put them into my recipes.

I've got lots more recipes planned in the New Year that I hope you'll find useful (And free!) x

John r alderson

Saturday 21st of November 2020

All the cook books r for Americans not for the UK am not into posh food just normal day to recipes what's the ninja air fryer mines 3.8l


Saturday 21st of November 2020

Hello, I'm in the UK and own all of those cookbooks and use them with no problems. Most cookbooks are either written for a specific air fryer or with a specific countries measurements, it's really easy to find conversions online if you're stuck. Unfortunately I can't find any UK specific air fryer books at present or I would like to those also.

If you mean what is the capacity of the Ninja Air Fryer then they have multiple models, one is indeed 3.8L. I use a very small Air Fryer so all of the recipes I make should be easily replicated in any standard basket type air fryer.

If you have some other specific questions please do reply and I'll get back to you.

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