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I’m a HUGE fan of using the air fryer. With near on 100 air fryer recipes already listed on this website, and lots more planned, it is fair to say that I LOVE using it! Making air fryer side dishes has to be one of my main uses for my own air fryer.
Sometimes we’ll have a slow cooker dinner, or a meal cooked in my Ninja Foodi, and so I’ll use the air fryer to knock up some tasty sides to go with our meal.
So many items cook to perfection in the air fryer. Potatoes crisp up well and frozen food cooks fantastically too. The enclosed cooking area makes the cook time faster than using the oven and it is very convenient for me, as a sufferer of chronic pain, to have the air fryer just sitting up here on the worktop so I don’t have to bend down when using it like I do the oven.
I am always happy that you can spend just a few minutes preparing a side dish for the air fryer, and then it will be crispy and tasty in next to no time at all. Usually with very minimal shaking, checking or flipping too.
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!
Air fryer side dishes
Delicious side dishes that go perfectly in the air fryer and are great whether you're feeding just yourself or a hungry crowd!
Chips are probably one of the very first items that just about everything makes in their air fryer. It can take a little time to get the right methods, for the different cuts of french fries, steak cut chips, crinkle cut etc, but this recipe makes perfect chips every time!
Whether you're wanting to top a Bratwurst sausage or hot dog, or just want something to serve on the side alongside other vegetables, these air fryer onions work so well. They are super simple to make and you can serve them grilled style or crispy style with just a few more minutes cooking time.
I love to make homemade tortillas, but if you're not rich on time, or just can't be bothered, then you can still use shopbought ones to make these easy air fryer tortilla chips. Perfect for dipping in salsa or nacho cheese sauce!
These air fryer pigs in blankets are simple to prepare and perfect with a Christmas dinner or as a tasty side dish when you've got guests. Perfect when you're enjoying a few drinks with friends and want something delicious.
Jacket potatoes are a real staple in our household. I love to make a huge batch, freeze lots, and then enjoy them when the weather is a little cooler and I want to enjoy a hot lunch. Air fryer jacket potatoes are really simple to prepare and tasty too!
Another frozen item I love to cook in the air fryer are these frozen sweet potato fries. You CAN make your own, but these frozen ones have a lovely coating on them and turn out super crisp and delicous every time. A great little shortcut when you want tasty side dishes but are low on time or effort.
I love to turn leftover mashed potatoes into these air fryer mashed potato balls. They are super simple to prepare, so so crispy and perfect for serving to people when you don't want lots of cutlery floating around too.
I've made both homemade garlic bread in the air fryer and frozen garlic bread in the air fryer. Both are always a real crowd pleaser and the shop bought frozen version is one of the cheapest air fryer side dishes I've ever found!
This recipe can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. Top and tail the green beans and then throw them in the air fryer basket with a little oil. Cook for a few minutes and you've got a healthy, and tasty, air fryer side dish.
Another pretty tasty vegetable air fryer dish are these air fryer carrot fries. I love to serve alongside tasty dips, shop bought or homemade, and these are a great way to get little ones to enjoy a few more vegetables while still looking fun on their plate!
Air fryer mushrooms are one of our favorite quick and easy side dishes. A blend of baby portobello and shiitake mushrooms are coated in a delicious garlic soy sauce then air fried to perfection in just 20 minutes.
Making Frozen Broccoli in Air Fryer is so quick and easy! In just 10 minutes you can serve up perfectly cooked broccoli from frozen with no thawing required. This is a fantastic healthy side dish to serve with all your meals.
For crispy potato lovers cutting back on carbs, it's time to learn about "keto" potatoes. These crispy garlic parmesan radishes are the perfect low carb substitute for potatoes and only take around 15 minutes in the air fryer.
Air fryer cabbage will quickly become your new favourite way to eat it. Simply seasoned with garlic, onion and salt, these cabbage steaks come out perfectly tender with crispy edges when cooked in the air fryer.
This easy air fryer side dish recipe is great to serve up with all of your favourite Chinese meals. Made with just 5 ingredients, this egg fried rice is simple and quick to make in the air fryer and full of flavour.
Cook up a tasty potato gratin in less time in your air fryer. Thinly sliced potatoes are cooked in a seasoned cream sauce before being topped with panko breadcrumbs and parmesan and broiled to crispy perfection. This indulgent potato side is truly indulgent and delicious!