10 Healthy Air Fryer Recipes to Kick-Start Your New Routine
That little machine is handier than you might think!
Whether you just got a brand-new air fryer for the holidays or you've been using one for years, these healthy recipes will help you make the most out of your favorite countertop appliance.
There are a lot of surprising things you can do with an air fryer, but one of the best and easiest is to cook up a quick main or side dish for a fast, easy, and lower-fat weeknight dinner. Below find ten super simple recipes for mains and sides of all kinds. You can use them as a base to build a wide variety of weeknight dinners and healthy meals for yourself and your family.
Though these standard-bearers of weeknight ease can be quickly pan-seared, the process often involves a lot of cooking oil and the cleanup that comes with it. The air fryer makes it much faster—and less greasy.
There are dozens of ways to cook potatoes but there's nothing more classic—or delicious—than a simple baked potato split and steaming hot, dressed with sour cream with perhaps a few chives or some Cheddar cheese.
This may, in fact, be the recipe that justifies the air fryer's name. Crispy and crunchy on the outside, tender and delicious inside, this chicken has it all—except a container of used oil to deal with.
This air fryer recipe takes just fifteen minutes to cook, so even if you start with frozen shrimp, you can have dinner on the table in about half a hour.
A lean steak, cooked simply can absolutely be part of a healthy meal. The air fryer lets you cook one up in minutes with a minimum of fuss. Serve it sliced over a hearty salad.
From-scratch French fries that aren't drenched in oil? Yes, please!
If you're looking for a slightly healthier version of everyone's favorite football-night staple, the air-fryer is your best friend. It will help give your wings get a nice, crispy exterior without all the oil that comes from deep-frying. And you can practically cook them faster than it takes most delivery services to ring your doorbell.
Bacon is traditionally made on the stove of course, though it tends to splatter, and cleanup can be a big pain. If you're making it for a crowd, it's easiest to just cook it in the oven. But if you're looking to just make a small amount of bacon, and don't want to deal with splatter, then your top-rated air fryer is the way to go.
We're big fans of bone-in chicken thighs. With just a little prep work, these chicken thighs can go from the fridge to the table in just about 20 minutes. Though you could cook them straight from the package, we like to make sure they're extra tender and flavorful by tossing together a quick marinade in the morning.
Get the recipe for Incredibly Tender Air Fryer Chicken Thighs.
You can air fry salmon with nothing but a little salt, or you can season it with your favorite marinades or rubs. Here, we've put together a very basic combination of maple syrup, lime juice, and soy sauce, which can be cooked down into a delicious glaze in about 5-10 minutes, while the fish is cooking.