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74+ Easy Air Fryer Recipes

Easy air fryer recipes are here! If you like quick and simple dinners we have tons to choose from with chicken, pork, beef, and vegetables for you!

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Did you just get a hot air machine and now you’re looking for super easy air fryer recipes? Well we are all about simple here on The Typical Mom blog! 

  • The air fryer benefits are so many I cannot list them all. You too will see soon what all the rage is about.

From air fryer macaroni and cheese (yes you can) to vegetables, main dishes and more the possibilities are endless I tell you.

If you don’t have one, this is the best air fryer on the market. We share a lot of Cosori air fryer recipes here too.

Only looking for Ninja Foodi air fryer recipes? No problem, all of these will work with that pot too.

Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners

If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

cosori review

What are the best foods to cook in an air fryer?

Well that would depend on whom you asked really.

In our opinion we air fry everything!! Seriously, you can even make things like air fryer salsa in it. I know, game changer right? Have leftovers? This is the best way to reheat chicken ever to keep it moist.

I will say there is nothing I have tried in it that hasn’t turned out delicious. SO I do it all.

  • When I figure out the exact time and temperature that is best I share it here with you. BOOKMARK THIS PAGE so you can come back often.

To make frozen foods like a crunchy batch of tater tots they come out soft inside, and restaurant crunchy on the outside. It’s an easy way to make a side dish, same goes with these air fryer hush pupppies.

how long to cook frozen tater tots in air fryer

Airfryer Recipes

That’s right, we even cook frozen foods in an air fryer because they come out WAY better than in the oven.

If you want to try it I would start with a few things you would normally bake, but not anymore!!

There are many styles of machines out there. Choose which one is right for you but I will show you the main difference I have found.

  1. I would suggest getting one that has a square air fryer basket. You can fit A LOT more in it since most foods aren’t circular. 😉
  2. This is the machine I have and like it a lot. With preset buttons, it’s quick and easy to clean too.

I have a Ninja Foodi machine that’s a pressure cooker and air fryer that’s great too.

cosori review

What frozen foods can you cook in an air fryer?

  1. If you don’t want to make homemade french fries, we have directions for frozen french fries in air fryer. These are a game changer. You’ll never bake them again after this.
    1. Frozen chicken tenders in air fryer are wonderful
    2. Use Rhodes rolls to cook this pull apart air fryer garlic bread too!

As well as how to cook air fryer corn dogs and frozen mozzarella sticks in an air fryer

I offer up a bunch in my Ninja Foodi cookbook too if you want to print that out.

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Easy Air Fryer Meals

We will show you how easy frozen french fries in air fryer are to make below. They pair great with our air fryer chicken leg quarters. We love a duo of air fryer carrot fries with chicken too.

Want to make something your kids will love? Try a homemade hot pocket with any ingredients you like. Our air fryer chicken cordon bleu is one of our faves.

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Easy Air Fryer Recipes

Lots of easy air fryer recipes here like how to cook frozen french fries in it and lots more. Here is how you do that.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, french fries, frozen
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 1kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Pour in one layer of frozen fries ensuring they are overlapping as little as possible.
  • Set time to 15 minutes total. Open basket and shake to flip fries over and rotate them every 5 minutes.
  • Before cooking for last 5 minutes spray lightly with olive oil spray and sprinkle with salt.
  • Enjoy once they're as crispy as you'd like them (timing will vary slightly depending on how thick your fries are but traditional sizes take 15 minutes total for us)
Nutrition Facts
Easy Air Fryer Recipes
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 1 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 117mg5%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Frozen pizza in air fryer and chicken nuggets turn out great in just a few minutes. Your kiddos will love both of those for sure.

  1. Want to know how long to cook frozen hamburger in an air fryer? We have that too.
  2. Frozen chicken wings in air fryer and air fryer frozen chicken breasts are even possible.
    1. Try cooking frozen fish in air fryer to perfection.

Our buttery air fryer scallops and air fryer fish tacos are to die for y’all. If you want more finger foods try these air fryer stuffed mushrooms.

Air fryer frozen shrimp come out great with a light coating of parmesan on top and air fryer roasted potatoes. Light without any real breading, seafood in air fryer really turns out amazing. Then try our air fryer bang bang shrimp.

can you cook frozen shrimp in air fryer

What can I make with my air fryer?

You can make the “regular” things like wings and frozen items. Well the question I throw back is, what can’t you make in it? I really haven’t found anything, really. Even our tofu air fryer recipe rocks.

We used to make stuffed bell peppers in the oven but not anymore! After making air fryer stuffed peppers there is no other way.

It has given me the ability to cook a lot healthier, and homemade meals on a more regular basis. Now I might make a meal in a few batches like:

And my kids’ favorite new snacks are air fryer cauliflower wings and this eggplant air fryer recipe! WE have made homemade mozzarella sticks air fryer style too which were yummy with marinara.

eggplant air fryer

The real game changer for us was when we figured out how to make air fryer ground beef!! Then used it to make ground beef egg rolls. I mean, air fryer popcorn chicken was a win but this could be used for a multitude of recipes.

Throw it into a pot of spaghetti or make our favorite chili mac recipe. For a quick meal or fun appetizer, make air fryer oysters that taste like they were deep fried.

You can even cook frozen salmon in air fryer that comes out perfectly.

The grease drains away so it’s super lean, then throw it into spaghetti or make taco meat out of it. Or use it to make a batch of air fryer won tons!

air fryer won ton

Air Fryer Meals

For something really easy just throw in a frozen pot pie in air fryer and enjoy in under 20 minutes. Or make a few frozen pierogies in air fryer with chicken.

We’ve made an air fryer chimichanga with shredded chicken or pulled pork inside before. Boy were those good. For an Asian twist try air fryer sesame chicken that is rich with bold flavors.

Air fryer wings or air fryer marinated chicken with a batch of air fryer potato wedges for dinner is always a winner. You can make 1-2 air fryer bbq chicken breasts too with your favorite sauce.

Air Fryer Wings Recipe

Is air fryer healthier than oven?

I wouldn’t say there is much more of a benefit between these two devices, but your finger food will get crispier this way!

If you’re comparing a deep fryer to this though there is a BIG guilt free health difference!

  • The benefit is you’ll get that same fried food crispiness with NO oil needed (other than maybe a spritz on the top).
  • This is my favorite olive oil spray I use for almost all of these healthy air fryer recipes.
  • For things such as air fryer sausage patties it IS much healthier because the grease drains away as it cooks.

Just a little spray on top at the end makes the outside of everything turn out extra crispy and tastes fried. No need to deep fry anymore when making air fryer artichoke hearts, just do it this way! Just look at these air fryer flautas and/or our air fryer empanadas.

Air Fryer Empanadas

Tasty air fryer recipes

Have you tried ribs in air fryer or chicken kabobs yet?? They’re great paired with air fryer butternut squash cubes.

  1. They’re great with an air fryer tortilla that requires no yeast to make. Throw some air fryer catfish or air fryer mahi mahi inside with cole slaw for a healthy dinner.
    1. Side dishes like frozen onion rings in air fryer are better than in the oven served with air fryer roast beef too.
  2. This air fryer sausage and potatoes recipe is great with a batch of air fryer vegetables like asparagus in the air fryer on the side.
  3. You can even cook frozen pork chops in air fryer now.

We have a lot of air fryer vegetable recipes here. It’s seriously the only way we cook air fryer mushrooms, air fryer zucchini fritters or mixed veggies anymore. Add meat with our air fryer chicken and vegetables recipe or leave plain. Savory air fryer carrots are always a winner but we have a big roundup of air fryer zucchini recipes too.

air fryer vegetables

Are air fryers safe?

I don’t see it any different than any other small kitchen appliance like a slow cooker or Instant Pot really.

It’s a lot safer than a deep fryer for sure without any worry of spilling or splashing. AND if there are only a few of you, it’s great for cooking holiday meals.

Like this air fryer turkey breast or a KFC copycat air fryer fried chicken breast! If you make frozen dinners like air fryer orange chicken, it’s way better than in the oven.

turkey breast air fryer

Quick Air Fryer Recipes

For more air fryer dinner recipes and pairings like air fryer tuna steak and veggies, here are a few others we love.

Now if you want a quick snack, we’re all about crispy crunchy air fryer taquitos!

My girls can make them on their own and they come out so much better than in the oven or microwave.

frozen food in air fryer

If you have ground beef, make meatballs in air fryer with baked potatoes on the side stuffed with all the things!

We love air fryer fried chicken thighs, that aren’t really fried but taste like they were. For a low carb choice, try our air fryer chicken tenders no breading recipe with air fryer brussel sprouts.

air fryer chicken strips

Is air fryer useful for vegetarians?

I think everyone needs one really. We eat meat but do cook vegetables in it quite often because they come out tender on the inside but crispy on the outside.

Snacks like air fryer chickpeas come out amazing and you can just add veggies to our air fryer quiche recipe for a meal. We love air fryer cheese curds with marinara too.

We use veggies as a side dish usually. If I just want something light I have been known to eat just a plate of spicy air fryer zucchini chips.

You can serve those with air fryer turkey legs or just about anything really.

crispy turkey legs

Frozen meatballs in air fryer smothered in bbq sauce is a fun appetizer, or throw them into spaghetti for dinner.

We share here how to reheat pizza in air fryer because it is way better than the microwave people!

Or make some air fryer spaghetti squash or air fryer cabbage with pork steaks in air fryer are loaded with flavor.

air fried cabbage

What is the difference between an air fryer and a toaster oven?

Air fryers have a single fan and heating element on top of the oven. Some toaster ovens may have an air fryer function but usually have heating elements on the top and the bottom.

We do have one which we tried for a while but ended up breaking down and buying a standard machine.

It works better. Some multi function machines work well, I don’t think this combo is quite as good. I suggest buying JUST an air fryer machine vs. a crisplid too.

cosori air fryer toaster oven

We’re not done yet though!! We’ve got more to share like how to make chicken fried steak and more.

Pizza rolls in the air fryer are OH MY goodness better than any other method out there.

If it’s the holidays and you’re making a large brunch you might want to try our air fryer ham and or sausage links in air fryer!

air fryer ham recipe

If you haven’t made air fryer bacon yet I highly suggest you do. It’s much better than it laying in it’s own grease as it drops away thru the holes.

For a snack, brunch or appetizer I would give our air fryer calamari bites a whirl. Just grab some rings frozen and they’re super easy to coat and cook.

how to make fried calamari

An easy lunch is to throw in a few frozen chicken patties in air fryer. They’re tender on the inside but crispy on the outside.

If you love all things seafood, I would make our air fryer fish and chips. You can use frozen fillets, stick, tater tots or fries. OR use fresh for our air fryer fish nuggets.

fish and chips

Try crispy chicken legs in air fryer with broccoli in air fryer or sweet potatoes for the win

  • When people come over I have made this air fryer baked brie which is so amazing I cannot even tell you.

Many times when my kids want a quick snack, it’s homemade beef jerky, grilled cheese or air fryer quesadillas for the win.

air fryer beef jerky

Best air fryer recipes

You can just add some salt and pepper, or our homemade dry rub to this salmon in the air fryer and it comes out perfect every time.

Simple air fryer tilapia has just a light breading. With zucchini fries it’s a healthy meal.

tilapia air fryer

Wash fresh kale and throw them in with some seasonings for the best kale chips in the world.

And making a whole chicken in an air fryer has never been easier. Way better than rotisserie.

Air Fryer Whole Chicken 2

Then let’s move on to something like air fryer chicken parmesan. It is simple and gets that crunch on the outside you love.

Air fryer fried shrimp is delicious with Old Bay seasoning which I love. If you love spicy, give air fryer firecracker chicken a whirl. Paired with fried ravioli without any oil is great.

Want a really quick meal that your kids will love to “dress up” just the way they want to? Try a frozen turkey burger in air fryer tonight.

how to cook frozen chicken patties

Our air fryer pork chop recipe with air fryer pickles is amazing.

Air Fryer Pork Chop Recipe

You can read our article about Ninja air fryer recipes if you have that specific machine. Many are listed here though.

Can you make dessert in an air fryer?

YES!! This gooey air fryer cake is a great example of perfection. OR make a small batch of air fryer cookies after dinner.

Air fryer monkey bread could be dessert or breakfast! And during the Fall you’ve gotta’ try our air fryer pumpkin pie or air fryer pumpkin bread recipes you see here.

air fryer pumpkin pies

But wait, there is more….

We’ve even made the best apple crisp in this handy machine.

Air fryer donuts are easy with this semi homemade recipe, or use refrigerated biscuits to make biscuit donuts.

air fryer donuts 2

Looking for an easy and healthy snack? Try our sweet potato chips air fryer recipe. Or throw in a few air fryer frozen egg rolls some day.

We love potstickers in air fryer too.

Air fryer recipes

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