Find all the best air fryer recipes here! Tips for beginners, the do’s and don’ts of air frying and everything else you need to be an air fryer pro.
I started using an air fryer back in 2018 and quickly fell in love. In that time, I’ve published almost 50 air fryer recipes here at Foodtastic Mom, with many more in the works. My recipes range from beginner to advanced, breakfast to dessert and everything in between. Search air fryer recipes on Google and you’ll find many of my recipes at or near the top – Air Fryer Pork Chops, Air Fryer Potato Skins, Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos, Air Fryer Lava Cakes and more. Be sure to pin and bookmark this post because you’ll refer to it often for all the Best Air Fryer Recipes!
Air Fryer Tips for Beginners
It doesn’t take much practice to be the master of your air fryer. Take care of it and it will take care of you! My most favorite thing to cook in my air fryer is protein – beef, chicken, pork and seafood. The constant circulation of hot air in the small space of the air fryer basket works magic. I cook raw meat and fish in my air fryer all the time. It always cooks to perfection. Seared on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside.
- Don’t over-crowd the basket.
- Cook your food in a single layer.
- Always clean your air fryer basket with warm, soapy water after each use.
Is it necessary to preheat your air fryer?
I have not found it necessary to preheat my air fryer. I have created almost 50 recipes (so far) using my Philips XXL Air Fryer and I never preheat it.
Can you use cooking spray in the air fryer?
No, please don’t. Aerosol cooking sprays like Pam and similar brands will damage the non-stick coating of your air fryer basket over time. When oil is necessary (a small amount always) I recommend using vegetable oil. I drizzle the oil onto the food before air frying. Or lightly brush it on with a pastry brush.
Kitchen Tools to enhance your Air Fryer experience
- Instant Read Digital Meat Thermometer – a must for cooking raw meat and making sure it is the correct temperature for safe eating
- Tongs for turning over food or removing it from the air fryer basket
- Ramekins for recipes like lava cakes or pot pies
- Silicone Pastry Brush for brushing food with vegetable oil
Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners
Your air fryer is not just for heating up frozen foods. Although the frozen aisle might be a good place to start. However, cooking times and temperatures on a package meant for an oven do not translate to the air fryer! See my recipes for tater tots and frozen french fries for more about that. These five recipes are super simple and will give you confidence to keep on air frying!
Best Air Fryer Recipes
I’ll continue to add links to all my air fryer recipes as I continue to publish them. Here’s a clickable list of all my air fryer recipes, sorted by category…
Air Fryer Appetizers
- Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms
- Chicken Taquitos
- Crab Rangoon
- Asian-style Egg Rolls
- Loaded Potato Skins
- Southwestern Egg Rolls
- Crispy Chicken Wings
- Air Fryer Ravioli
- Roasted Edamame
Air Fryer Breakfast Recipes
Air Fryer Dinner Recipes
- The Best Meatloaf
- Chicken Pot Pies
- Greek Turkey Meatballs
- Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Filet Mignon with Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
- Brats with Beer Braised Peppers and Onions
- Homemade Chicken Tenders
- BBQ Chicken Legs
- Beef Italian Meatballs
- Homemade Fish Sticks
- All-American Cheeseburgers
- Steak with Shrimp Cream Sauce
- Perfect Pork Tenderloin
- Lemon Dill Salmon
- Fish Tacos with Avocado Salsa
- Grilled Cheese
- Boneless Pork Chops
- Simple Chicken Breasts
- Herb Buttered Shrimp
- Shrimp Tacos
- Chicken Chimichangas
Air Fryer Vegetables
- Whole Carrots with Maple Dijon Sauce
- Summer Squash
- Corn on the Cob
- Potato Wedges
- Garlic Parmesan French Fries
- Lemony Asparagus
- Twice Baked Potatoes
- Acorn Squash
- Hasselback Potatoes
Air Fryer Dessert Recipes
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