14 Best Foods To Cook in Your Air Fryer

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Air fryers are an essential kitchen tool these days. Once you get one of your own, you’ll forget you even have a convection oven because air fryers are essentially an amped-up countertop convection oven. It uses hot air to cook and crisp food quickly. Plus, it cuts calories because less oil is required.

Continue reading to find out the best 15 foods to cook in your air fryer.

14. Bacon

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Making air fryer bacon is so much easier and faster than cooking it on a pan! Once you try it, you’ll never go back. Also, you won’t have to worry about getting a burn from oil flying off of the pan. It only takes about 8 minutes to get extra crispy bacon without any extra oil.

13. Bananas 


You may be surprised by this one, but cooking bananas in the air fryer turns the fruit into a caramelized treat. Coat them with a bit of coconut oil before cooking. Then pair it with your favorite ice cream for a delicious dessert.

12. Steak 


Cooking steak in the air fryer is a must-try. When done correctly, you’ll get a perfect filet just how you like it. You can season the steak with a small amount of olive oil, salt and pepper before cooking. And to ensure that the steak is cooked properly, flip it halfway through the cooking.

11. Chickpeas 

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The air fryer can cook your chickpeas and transform them into a crispy, savory treat. First, wash your garbanzo and remove the skin from them before you toss the beans in oil and seasonings. After that, they are ready for the air fryer to crisp them up.

10. Donuts


Donuts can be made right at home using the air fryer instead of a deep fryer. Not only will this oil-less option help you cut calories from the donuts, but they will taste amazing. Once they are cooked, you can decide the coating you would like. We recommend butter, cinnamon and sugar or sugary glaze.

9. Chicken Nuggets


Whether you purchase chicken nuggets at the store or create your own, the air fryer does the job of getting them crisped to perfection. The hot air that comes from all sides results in irresistible golden brown nuggets.

8. Fish

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The air fryer is great for preparing fish. However, it only works well if you cook one filet at a time. So, next time you are craving fish and chips, throw some breaded cod and french fries in the air fryer for a delicious meal.

If you like salmon, you can marinate a filet overnight and cook it in the air fryer for a flakey, crispy fish in just 10 minutes. Soy sauce, sriracha, maple syrup and garlic create a satisfying, finger-licking taste.

7. Single-Serve Pizzas 


You can use your air fryer to make personal size pizzas at home. The air fryer has an open area at the bottom that allows the air to circulate, creating a crispy crust fast!

It’s always a fun activity to make your own pizzas rather than buying them pre-made. So pick up some ready-to-bake pizza dough at the grocery store along with your favorite sauce and toppings. After having fun creating your pizza, you won’t have to wait long for the air fryer to cook your pie to perfection.

6. Gnocchi 


Air fryers work best when making gnocchi. It transforms them from being gummy to golden and crispy every single time. Therefore, eliminating the struggle and extra calories that come with pan-frying them.

5. Baby Carrots 


Some people love to prepare carrots in the air fryer because it gives them perfectly caramelized carrots. You can coat in olive oil, toasted fennel seeds, fresh thyme, sea salt and pepper. Leave them for 10 minutes at 370 degrees Fahrenheit. You will be pleasantly surprised with the most delicious carrots ever.

4. Kale


Kale can crisp up in the air fryer to create a healthy, salty snack. But make sure you put a lot, so they don’t fly all over the place inside and end up burnt. Coat the kale using coconut oil and sea salt. Enjoy them on their own or with a flavorful aioli drizzled on top.

3. Stuffed Peppers


Stuffed peppers are cooked easily in an air fryer. You can use any filling of your choice. You can also wrap the peppers in bacon and add cream cheese to your favorite meat. Not many persons do this, but it tastes delicious once done properly.

2. Potato Chips

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Rather than eating store-bought potato chips that are covered in unhealthy oils and preservatives, create your own at home in your air fryer.

Cut a potato into very thin slices, then soak them in a large bowl filled with ice water for about 15 minutes. After that, drain your chips and repeat that process one more time. Doing so helps with crisping. Then coat the potatoes in olive, salt and pepper. Then they are ready for frying!

1. Chicken Wings

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Many people love chicken wings. Having an air fryer at home can create some tasty chicken wings in no time. You will get crispy wings without a lot of calories.