If you just got your first air fryer then you may be looking for some air fryer recipes for beginners.
Check out these tasty suggestions below and see why we simply can't stop using our newest kitchen appliance!
Air fryers are great and they are such a fast way to conveniently cook up your food. They're also a healthy alternative to frying foods thanks to the lack of oils, but, we still get those crispy good results that we crave.
With these simple air fryer recipes, you're always going to have a simple recipe worth whipping up when you get hungry, whether it's breakfast, snacks, dinner, or desserts- these recipes have it all.
Air Fryer Tips for Beginners
Not all air fryers are created equally (but the same can be said about any kitchen appliance such as a microwave, oven, or even Instant Pot).
What this means is that you should always make sure to read the owner's manual for the proper care instructions. Some parts may be dishwasher safe while others may be hand wash only.
The manual will also cover the basic buttons and settings for your appliance as some air fryers have a preheat button and others do not. You may need to learn how to preheat the air fryer without having a preheat setting, as it is sometimes required in recipes.
Most online recipes have been tried and tested by the recipe author to ensure recipe success and although results can vary, what helps most is learning the settings of your air fryer and building up confidence and experience with using your machine.
So without further ado, here are some free air fryer recipes for beginners that are simple, easy, and sure to be a delicious way to gain experience with your new air fryer!
Easy Air Fryer Recipes
When it comes to beginner air fryer recipes you really can't get any easier than cooking up store-bought frozen foods, which is why these recipes are perfect for getting used to your new machine.
1. Air Fryer Pizza Rolls
These air fryer pizza rolls are made with one simple storebought ingredient and just a few minutes in your fryer. The end results are crunchy outer shells filled with hot melty cheese and sauce inside. A perfect binge-worthy snack.
2. Air Fryer Toast
Air fryer toast is super easy to make and ready in minutes! Toast in the air fryer is the perfect way to make perfectly crispy breakfast toast without a toaster. Plus, air fryer toast bread doesn’t even require flipping!
3. Air Fryer Frozen Crinkle Fries
You will never cook frozen french fries any other way after you air fry them. For the crispiest crinkle french fries, the air fryer is the only way to go.
Minimalistic Air Fryer Recipes
For a little more effort these other easy air fryer recipes for beginners can help you build up some confidence with your skills. These recipes start with something storebought but turn into a semi-homemade recipe the whole family can enjoy!
4. Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts
These Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts are a tasty and simple treat perfect for breakfast or dessert. They're ready in less than 5 minutes and there are multiple glaze and topping options to choose from too!
5. Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls
These ultra-soft and fluffy air fryer cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing are perfect for breakfast or brunch! The best part is that making cinnamon rolls in the air fryer is super easy and quick!
6. Air Fryer Toaster Strudel
Air fryer toaster strudel is made with puff pastry and strawberry preserves. Such a simple recipe that's perfect for breakfast or a quick treat.
7. Air Fryer Fried Ice Cream
Air fryer fried ice cream is made with only 2 ingredients. It's the perfect dessert for a special night in.
8. Air Fryer Fried Oreos
These easy Air Fryer Fried Oreos (or any creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookie) are made with 4 pantry/fridge ingredients you probably already have! Make these festival favorites at home in your air fryer or oven without all the oil and messy batter in just minutes!
9. Air Fryer Grilled Ham and Cheese
This air fryer grilled ham and cheese sandwich recipe only takes a few basic ingredients and the results are perfect every time.
10. Air Fryer Breakfast Biscuits
These breakfast biscuits are easy to make and delicious. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert!
11. Air Fryer Tortilla Chips
These Air Fryer Tortilla Chips are SO easy to make with just three simple ingredients! They are the perfect guilt-free compliment to guacamole and fresh salsa.
12. Air Fryer S’mores
Air Fryer S’mores is an easy method for large batches of the perfectly toasted classic summer treat! Made with honey graham crackers, fluffy marshmallows, gooey peanut butter cups, or other chocolate in less than 10 minutes!
13. Easy Air Fryer Mini Pizzas
With some canned biscuits and a few other ingredients together you can get a wonderful air fryer mini pizza that has a flaky buttery crust and gooey melted cheese in every sauce-filled bite.
Air Fryer Easy Dinner Recipes
Now that you're a little more warmed up to the idea of using the air fryer let's get some tasty meals under your belt. these air fryer dinner recipes for beginners are sure to hit the spot!
14. Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Breasts
You're just 20 minutes away from perfectly cooked and juicy chicken breasts smothered with BBQ sauce. These are perfect for a faster dinner option!
15. Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes
Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes are simple and easy to make, with just 5 pantry ingredients! They're crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and bursting with garlic flavor!
16. Air Fryer Stuffed Bell Peppers
Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers is a flavorful and satisfying meal that’s ready to serve in under 30 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknight dinners and a great meal prep solution too!
17. Air Fryer Chicken Breasts
Serve up juicy homecooked chicken breasts for dinner in about 20 minutes from start to finish. Juicy centers with a crispy seasoned skin.
18. Tilapia in the Air Fryer
Tilapia in the Air Fryer is the BEST way to cook fresh or frozen fish. The fish is lightly crispy on the outside and tender and flaky on the inside. These tender tilapia fillets are quick to make in only 12 minutes!
19. Air Fryer Nachos
Easy Air Fryer Chicken Nachos is a cheesy flavorful comfort food treat that cooks in less than 5 minutes, making it the perfect meal or snack for your busy family.
After all of these great recipes and meal ideas, there's only one thing left to say...
Don't forget to save some room for dessert!
20. Air Fryer Apples
These cinnamon sweet and buttery Air Fryer Apples are tender and delicious and ready in just 10 minutes. Not your typical fried apples with just a touch of butter but still so much flavor! Great as a side dish, topped with ice cream for dessert and all on their own!
Don't forget to check out our wonderful collection of Air Fryer recipes for more inspiration and ideas!
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