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9 Easy Air Fryer Recipes For Beginners

Cooking with an air fryer is much more than cooking frozen chips and spring rolls, it is a whole new way to learn to cook. Yes, it heats up left over pizza really well, but did you know you can cook almost anything that you cook in an oven or fry pan? Get ready today I am going to share with you 9 easy air fryer recipes for beginners. You will find 6 easy savory recipes and 3 super easy desert recipes to get you started on your air fryer cooking journey. 

Air Fryer Recipes For Beginners 

Now this is just the starting point to ignite your imagination and what you can do with an air fryer. Play around with your fryer, try out different herbs & spices, different ingredients, and ideas. You’ll be amazed at the results you come up with.  

Remember that cooking times can vary between models of air fryers, your air fryer will cook faster than a traditional oven. So, drop a few minutes off your favorite oven recipes and get cooking with your air fryer. 

Pro Tip- Place foil under the basket on in your drip tray. This will make cleaning faster and easy. 

1. Homemade Potato Wedges 

Instead of buying frozen wedges create your own. Most of us usually have a few potatoes in the veggie draw so go grab them and let’s cook!  

air fryer recipes for beginners

Ingredients

  • 2 large potatoes, washed 
  • 2 Tbs Onion powder 
  • 2 Tbs Garlic powder 
  • 2 tsp chili powder (depending on your spice preference) 
  • 1 tsp salt

Method

  1. Cut washed potatoes into large wedges leaving skin on.  
  2. Bring a pot of water to the boil and cook the potatoes until just soft. Test with a fork. 
  3. Drain into a colander and let the potatoes steam dry. 
  4. Combine spices in a medium sized bowl. Once cooled slightly and dry toss your wedges into the spice mix trying to get as much coating on them as you can. 
  5. Preheat your air fryer to 180c 
  6. Place the wedges into your fryer, spray with a little spray oil. Cook until golden and crunchy, you make need to shake for turn during cooking depending on your fryer.

2. Golden Baked Meatballs In Tomatoey Sauce 

This is as simple way to create one of the best comfort foods that feels like a little hug. I love plant-based meatballs in tomato sauce served with garlic mash potatoes and steamed veggies.

My teenage sons love the meatballs in sauce on hot dog rolls as subs, they toast them in the air fryer with cheese on top of the roll. This recipe is so versatile you can eat the meatballs baked and dip in sauce or add to any dish you like. 

Ingredients

  • 15-20 meatballs (homemade or premade) 
  • 1 jar pasta sauce 
  • 1 tsp oil 
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped 
  • ½ onion, diced 
  • 4 button mushrooms, chopped 
  • Parsley, fresh or dry to garnish.

Method

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 180c 
  2. Place meatballs into the fryer and cook until golden, usually about 12mins. Check on them during cooking and turn if required. 
  3. Heat oil in a medium saucepan, add onion and garlic cooking gently until starting to go translucent. Add mushrooms and continue to cook. 
  4. Once the mushrooms soften and brown add in your pasta sauce. Bring to simmer 
  5. Add in the cooked meatballs stir to coat in the tomato sauce and cook for 2-3mins 
  6. Serve with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetable or serve in a long bun with cheese and parsley on top. If serving in a bun place the filled buns into the air fryer for 2 minutes to melt the cheese and crisp up the bun.

3. Roasted Potatoes 

Roasted potatoes aren’t just for roast night! They can accompany any salad or meal and are great in your meal prep for lunches. A few simple steps and you’ll have the crunchiest golden potatoes you’ll be dreaming about! 

air fryer recipes for beginners

Ingredients

  • 2 large potatoes 
  • 2tsp Olive oil 
  • 2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1 tsp onion powder 
  • Salt.

Method

  1. Wash potatoes and cut into large pieces. 
  2. Bring a medium sized pot of water to the boil and par boil your potatoes until just soft. Test with a fork.
  3. Drain into a colander and air dry with the steam. This step is important to get the potatoes to dry and fluff up. Gently toss in the colander to ‘fluff’ the surface of the potatoes. Not too much or they’ll turn to mash! 
  4. Toss the potatoes in oil then sprinkle the seasonings on coating each piece. 
  5. Place into a preheated air fryer of 180c 
  6. Bake for 15-20mins or until golden and crispy. 
  7. Serve as a side with salad or in your favorite lunches.

4. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad 

Salads don’t have to be boring. You can top them with delicious crunchy roast vegetables that you can make in a snap.

Get creative with your salad toppers, start with sweet potato then try other of your favorite vegetables like asparagus, Brussel sprouts and even broccoli!

air fryer recipes for beginners

Ingredients

  • ½ sweet potato, small 
  • ¼ block cream cheese (optional), cut into small cubes 
  • 1 tsp oil 
  • ½ bag mixed lettuce leaves 
  • ½ tomato, diced 
  • ½ cucumber, diced 
  • ½ tbs balsamic vinegar 
  • ½ clove garlic, minced 
  • 1tsp olive oil.

Method

  1. Preheat air fryer to 180c. 
  2. Cut sweet potatoes into 2cm cubes and toss in a little oil. Place into preheated fryer and cooked for 5-8mins. Check and turn, add in the cream cheese cubes on top of the sweet potatoes if using and continue to cook until golden 
  3. Place lettuce mix, tomato and cucumber and any other salad items into a bowl. 
  4. Combine balsamic vinegar, minced fresh garlic and olive oil in a small jar and shake well to combine. 
  5. Take the baked sweet potato and cream cheese from the fryer and toss onto the salad. Dress with the dressing and serve.

Tip – for a work lunch, add dressing when you are about to eat.

Cream cheese can stick to trays, place into of the sweet potatoes or use baking paper under it. 


5. Cheese And Avocado Quesadillas  

This is the perfect little snack that really hits the spot, they almost feel naughty to eat! They are so Moorish and perfect to each for breakfast, lunch, or a light dinner as well as a snack! The hardest part about these quesadillas is waiting until they have cooled enough to dig in. 

air fryer recipes for beginners

Ingredients

  • ½ avocado, ripe 
  • 2 soft tortillas 
  • ¼ cup grated cheese 
  • Salt & pepper.

Method

  1. Preheat air fryer to 180c. 
  2. Cut avocado in half and mash the flesh inside the skin with a fork until soft. 
  3. Smear the avocado across half of both the tortillas. Sprinkle with cheese, season with salt and pepper then fold in half and press shut. 
  4. Place into air fryer and cook for 2mins. Open fryer and check to see if they are still folded closed as they can pop open. Press sides together again if its opening. 
  5. Cook for a further 1-2mins or until golden and cheese melted. 
  6. Remove from air fryer and cool slightly so you don’t burn your mouth. Enjoy.

6. Balsamic Glazed Brussel Sprouts 

If you’re not a fan of Brussel sprouts you will be after you eat these bad boys! Crispy and golden with an amazing glaze can turn anyone’s mind about these tasty little brassicas.  

Ingredients

  • 10 Brussel sprouts, cut in half lengthways 
  • 1 tbs olive oil 
  • 2 tsp garlic powder 
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • Glaze 
  • 1/2tbs maple syrup 
  • 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar.

Method

  1. Preheated air fryer 180c 
  2. Trim the end off each Brussel sprout and slice in half lengthways. 
  3. Toss the sprouts in the olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and salt. 
  4. Place into air fryer and cook for 10mins, the Brussel sprouts should look cooked on all sides. Mix maple syrup and balsamic vinegar together with a splash of olive oil. 
  5. Transfer to a bowl and coat with the balsamic mix. Season with salt and pepper.

6. Cheesy Garlic Bread 

Garlic bread needs no introduction. It makes a great side or easy snack. 

air fryer recipes for beginners

Ingredients

  • 1 small bread stick 
  • 3 tbs butter, softened 
  • 2 tbs minced garlic 
  • 1 tbs parsley, fresh 
  • Salt 
  • ½ cup grated cheese.

Method

  1. Preheat the air fryer 160c 
  2. Cut your bread stick in half lengthways. 
  3. In a small bowl mix the softened butter with the garlic and parsley. You want to make a smooth paste. Season with salt and mix well. 
  4. Spread the garlic butter onto your cut bread sticks. Sprinkle with cheese. 
  5. Place into air fryer and cook until cheese has melted and golden.

Tip- place foil under your cheesy breads to catch any cheese that melts off. Makes cleaning easier.


7. Cinnamon Apple Chips 

After all those savory recipes it’s time for something sweet. Your air fryer is unlimited in what you can make, and sweets are no exception. Start simple with these cinnamon apple chips then build up to apple pies, cakes and more! 

These cinnamon apple chips are a great last-minute snack when you’re sitting on the lounge at night but also make a great treat in your lunch box each day. After you try these, you can also use bananas to make chips or even make apple wedges to dip in caramel sauce.  Simple fruit desserts and treats are so much more satisfying that store bought sweets. 

Ingredients

  • 1 apple 
  • ½ tsp cinnamon 
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg 
  • optional 
  • ½tsp brown sugar.

Method

  1. Preheat air fryer to 180c 
  2. Thinly slice your apple using a mandolin, spiral cutter, or knife. Remove any seeds. 
  3. In a bowl mix together the apple slice with the cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar if using. 
  4. Layer your slices into your fryer in a single layer. You may need to flip during cooking. 
  5. Cook for 8-10mins.

8. Air Fryer Smores 

Craving smores but don’t feel like going out to light a fire. Now you can have them at home in your air fryer. 

air fryer recipes for beginners

Ingredients

  • 4 Graham Crackers (break in half) 
  • 4 Marshmallows 
  • ½ block of chocolate.

Method

  1. Place 4 pieces of Graham Cracker into your tray or basket. Cut a small slice off the bottom of each marshmallow and place the cut side onto the bottom cracker (this will hold in place while cooking). Cook for 5 mins on 180c or until marshmallow starts to go golden. 
  2. Add 2-3 chocolate squares to each cracker on top of the marshmallow. Then top with remaining Graham crackers. 
  3. Continue to cook for another 2minutes or until the chocolate starts to melt. 
  4. Lift out and allow to cool before eating.

9. Air Fryer Bread And Butter Pudding 

Making bread and butter pudding always reminds me of going to my husband’s parents farm where there was an abundance of eggs to always use, and they didn’t waste a thing. This recipe is perfect for using up stale bread and filling up the family, plus it super easy! You will need a cake tin or pan that fits in your fryer. This will hold in the liquid so it can bake beautifully and set up for you. 

air fryer recipes for beginners

Ingredients

  • 2 cups bread (old bread works better) 
  • 1 egg 
  • 2/3 cup cream, thickened 
  • ¼ cup sugar 
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • ½ cup sultanas or raisins.

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180c and lightly grease a cake pan that will fit in your air fryer 
  2. Tear the bread into rough chunks or cubes and place into cake pan. Spread the raisins or sultanas across the bread. 
  3. In a bowl whisk the egg, sugar and vanilla with the cream and pour over the bread into the pan. Let stand for 5mins for the bread to soak up the mixture (therefore stale bread works better). 
  4. Put the baking dish into your air fryer and cook for 15-20mins or until cooked through. If the top is browning to fast place some foil over the top. 
  5. Serve and enjoy.

Now you are all set and ready to get cooking! Remember trial and error lead to amazing creations, play with your food and make it to taste. Have fun! 

Alison Stringer
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