If you just got your air fryer, then you’ll want to check out this round-up of the Best Easy Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners. Find 45 basic recipes for fresh vegetables, frozen vegetables, main dishes, snacks, desserts, and more. These recipes all have vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

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How to Get Started Air Frying

Don’t be intimidated by your air fryer.

Even though it’s big and bulky, just think of it as an adult version of an easy mini-bake oven. It is essentially a small convection oven that sits on your countertop.

A convection oven simply means that there is a powerful fan that blows the hot air around the food, creating a crispy exterior to the food with just a little bit of olive oil.

You can cook almost anything in an air fryer that you would cook in a regular kitchen oven. If you just want some basic recipes to get started, then peruse this list that I’ve created just for you below.

You might also want to check out my round-up of the best vegan air fryer recipes.

Step One

Open the box and remove your new air fryer from the packaging. Read the instruction manual and wash any washable parts of your air fryer, such as the basket.

Step Two

Find a suitable place on your countertop to set up your air fryer. You’ll want to have it handy so you have easy access to it.

Step Three

Find a recipe that sounds good to you. Make sure you have all the ingredients available.

Step Four

Prep and cook!

Once you have your air fryer, you’ll want to use it as soon as possible so that you get comfortable with it. I think you’ll be delighted that you can cook everything from sweet potatoes to chicken wings to egg rolls to a whole chicken!

Air Frying FAQs

Are air fryers hard to use?

Not at all! In my experience using many appliances, air fryers are among the easiest to use. They are much easier to use than an Instant Pot pressure cooker in my opinion.

What is the best air fryer?

There are several excellent air fryers on the market. I’ve rounded up my favorites in this list of the best air fryers under $100.

Now let’s move onto the easy recipe! Find recipes for French fries, chicken breasts, chicken tenders, air fryer salmon, and more!

These are some of my personal favorite recipes for air frying and getting food on the table fast. The best part is that you can get a crispy texture and crispy food with much less oil than fried food.

Air frying is one of my secrets to making vegetables taste delicious!

If it’s your first time using an air fryer, then be sure to follow one of these easy recipes.

Best Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners

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Find some of the easiest and best air fryer recipes for beginners. The air fryer can help make healthy eating quicker, more efficient, and more delicious! Enjoy your easy air fryer meals.

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About the Author: Carrie Forrest has a master’s degree in public health with a specialty in nutrition. She is a top wellness and food blogger with over 5 million annual visitors to her site. Carrie has an incredible story of recovery from chronic illness and is passionate about helping other women transform their health. Send Carrie a message through her contact form.