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9 Unforgettable Ninja Air Fryer Recipes

By now, I’m sure everyone (most people at least) has realized that the air fryer is not just a fad that is going somewhere anytime soon. The simplicity of an air fryer is what attracts me to it; you can cook dinner without having to keep a constant eye on the stove! Most people are blinded by a few simple things they can make in their air fryers, such as chips & nuggets, while others are amazed that you can cook a steak in them. As much as I appreciate this, I am stunned that people don’t use their air fryers to experiment a little more. — I have done the experimenting myself, so you don’t have to. Here are 9 Unforgettable Ninja Air Fryer Recipes.

9 Unforgettable Ninja Air Fryer Recipes

1. Air Fryer Crispy Chickpeas

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The below is more of a guideline than it is a recipe. Depending on how many people you are, you can adjust the number of chickpeas and season according to your preference. Please don’t hesitate to play with different spices to find your favourite seasoning for this deliciously healthy treat!

Serves: 3-4
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can Chickpeas
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt 
  • Chili powder
  • Za’atar (Thyme, Cumin, Coriander, Sesame Seeds, Sumac, Chili flakes)

Method

  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, put them on a paper towel and leave to dry for about 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer the chickpeas to a bowl, drizzle with oil and add spices. Shake until evenly distributed.
  3. Transfer to the air fryer basket, set to 200°C for 12-15 minutes (keep an eye on them from about 12 minutes) 
  4. Enjoy!

2. Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

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Everybody loves a good Jalapeno Popper. Although getting the batter right could be challenging, I’ve found an easier (and tastier) way!

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 Pickled Whole Jalapenos (fresh will work as well)
  • 200g Cream Cheese
  • 5g Fresh Chives
  • 2g Garlic Powder
  • 8 Strips Streaky Bacon
  • Salt & Pepper

Method

  1. Cut a small incision along the length of each Jalapeno. With a small teaspoon, remove the seeds.
  2. Add Cream Cheese, Chives, Garlic Powder, Salt & Pepper in a small mixing bowl. You can add any herbs or spices that you like. Mix through until combined. 
  3. Fill each Jalapeno with the Cream Cheese mixture. Do not overfill the Jalapenos but make sure they are filled. 
  4. Carefully wrap each stuffed Jalapeno with a slice of bacon. If necessary, you can use a toothpick to keep them in place.
  5. Place the stuffed Jalapenos in the air fryer with the incision facing up. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until browned.
  6. Serve with a dipping sauce of your choice. Enjoy!

3. Crispy Parmesan Brussel Sprouts

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I know most people don’t like Brussel Sprouts, and to them, I say grow up! Whenever I hear an adult say, “I don’t like *insert any vegetable*” I think of, a little kid that refuses to eat something healthy. 

So if you are a real adult and you like Brussel sprouts, this is a straightforward recipe that you can serve as a side or as a snack on its own.

Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 13 Minutes
Cook Time: 14 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 500g Brussel Sprouts
  • 2tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2tsp Smoked Paprika
  • ¾ Cup Grated Parmesan
  • Chopped Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive oil

Method

  1. Cut the Brussel sprouts in half and place them in a mixing bowl. Add all the ingredients except for the Parmesan and toss to coat evenly. 
  2. Place the Brussel sprouts into the air fryer basket. Cook for 7 minutes at 200°C. Shake them halfway through, returning them in a single layer.
  3. After the first 7 minutes, remove the basket and top the Brussel sprouts with the Parmesan cheese.
  4. Return the basket and cook for a further 7 minutes at 200°C 
  5. Remove and serve!

4. Air Fryer Fish Sticks

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I’ve always loved fish sticks, especially if they are homemade. This recipe might be a little messy, but I guarantee you it is worth it.

Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 10-15 Minutes
Cook Time: 12-15 Minutes

Ingredients

500g Cod/Hake

2 Large Eggs

2 Cups Panko Breadcrumbs

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 cup Flour

3 Tbsp Milk

Tartare Sauce

Lemon wedges

Method

  1. In a bowl, combine the eggs and milk. Place the breadcrumbs in a separate bowl and the flour into a third bowl. 
  2. Season the fish with salt & pepper. Cut into sticks (any size you like) 
  3. Dredge the fish sticks in the flour. Then into the egg mixture & finally cover with the breadcrumbs.
  4. Place into the air fryer basket. Adjust the temperature to 180°C and cook for 12 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  5. Serve with tartare sauce and a lemon wedge.

5. Air Fryer Blooming Onion

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This onion snack not only tastes fantastic but is visually appealing and relatively easy to make. 

Serves: 2-4 
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Large White Onion
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • ½ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Blue Cheese Dressing

Method

  1. Mix Panko crumbs with olive oil & season.
  2. In a separate bowl, add salt, pepper, paprika & garlic powder. Add flour and combine well.
  3. In a third bowl, gently whisk eggs and milk.
  4. Peel the onion, cut off the top and place cut side down onto chopping board. 
  5. Starting 1cm from the root, cut downward, all the way to the cutting board. Repeat to make four evenly spaced cuts around the onion while keeping it intact.
  6. Continue slicing between each section until you’ve made eight cuts in total. 
  7. Place the onion in ice water for at least 2 hours. Remove from water, pat dry and open the onion to expose the ‘petals’.
  8. Sprinkle generously with the flour mixture, ensuring that all the nooks and crannies are filled. Turn upside down to shake out any excess flour. 
  9. Spoon over the egg mixture, ensuring that all the crevices are filled. Lift the onion to remove any excess egg.
  10. Sprinkle onion generously with the breadcrumb mixture and press it into place. 
  11. Place the prepped onion in the air fryer basket and place a foil dome over the onion to protect it from direct heat.
  12. Set the temperature to 180°C and Air Fry for 15 minutes. 
  13. Check if the onion is crispy. If not, return it until desired crispness has been achieved. 
  14. Serve with dressing of choice.

6. Lazy Man’s Air Fryer Mac & Cheese

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Although this is not the correct way of making mac & cheese, it is very convenient! Try this recipe when you are not in the mood to cook.

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups dry macaroni
  • 2 Cups heavy cream
  • 1 Cup Grated Cheese
  • 1 Cup Grated Mozzarella
  • 1 Tsp Corn starch
  • 0,5g Nutmeg
  • 1g Paprika
  • 3g Dried Mixed Herbs
  • Salt & Pepper

Method

  1. Thoroughly mix the corn starch, cheddar & mozzarella (reserving a little of each to top the mac & cheese off with)
  2. Then add the remaining ingredients (still keeping some cheese aside) and mix well.
  3. Pour into a small baking tray that will fit into the basket. Cover the baking tray with foil and place it into the air fryer basket. 
  4. Set the cooking temperature to 160°C and the timer to 15 minutes. 
  5. When the time has run out, remove the foil and sprinkle the cheese you kept aside. 
  6. Return the basket to the machine (leaving the baking tray uncovered) and cook for an additional 10 minutes at 150°C.
  7. Season & Enjoy!

7. Air Fryer Mac & Cheese Balls

If you are a Mac & Cheese fan like me, you will always have leftover mac and cheese. I always make an abundance to ensure that I have enough to make this recipe the next day.

Serves: 4 – 6
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Leftover Mac & Cheese
  • 1 Cup Grated Cheddar (Mature cheddar preferably)
  • 6 Eggs
  • 3 Cups milk
  • ¾ Cup white flour
  • 2 Cups Plain Breadcrumbs

Method

  1. Mix the grated cheese with the leftover mac & cheese.
  2. Place the breadcrumbs in a bowl and the flour in a separate bowl. In a third bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. 
  3. Divide the mac & cheese mixture into evenly sized balls. You can size them as you like.
  4. Roll the balls in the flour mixture till covered. 
  5. Dip into the egg mixture 
  6. Then roll them in the breadcrumbs. 
  7. Repeat with the remaining balls and place them in the air fryer basket. 
  8. Air fry them at 180°C for 10-15 minutes until golden brown, rotating halfway through.
  9. Serve with the dipping sauce of your choice & enjoy!

8. Air Fryer Cheesecake!

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Yes! You read that correctly. You can make a cheesecake in your Air Fryer! It is effortless and straightforward. One thing to check before you begin is; Ensure that you have a baking pan that will fit in the air fryer basket.

Serves: 4- 6 
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Chill Time: 3 Hours

Ingredients

  • 450g Cream cheese
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Honey Flavoured Graham Crackers
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter

Method

  1. Cut out a piece of parchment paper to line the baking pan.
  2. Melt the butter and mix in the Graham crackers. Spoon it into the lined baking pan and press down to form a crust.
  3. Place the baking pan into the air fryer basket and bake for 5 minutes at 180°C
  4. While the crust is busy forming, blend the cream cheese and the sugar. Add one egg at a time, while mixing, until creamy, then add the vanilla and mix well.
  5. Remove the basket from the air fryer and pour the cream cheese mixture into the graham cracker crust.
  6. Place it back into the basket, adjust the temperature to 155°C and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. After baking, remove it from the machine and let it cool on the counter before chilling in the fridge for 3 hours.
  8. Spoon over any flavoured fruit coulis. 
  9. Serve and enjoy!

9. Air Fryer Doughnuts

What? You’ve read that correctly as well! You can make doughnuts in your air fryer as well! Now I don’t want to give you a whole spiel that this is a healthy alternative to traditional doughnuts. However, it still is a carbohydrate and sugar bomb! They are delicious, though. Another delicious air fryer doughnut recipe here!

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 14g Yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp salt

Glaze:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Egg Wash:

  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg yolk

Method

  1. In a mixer, add the yeast, sugar and milk. Combine butter, cinnamon, flour, nutmeg, allspice, salt, and sugar in a separate bowl.
  2. Add one egg to the mixer and start mixing. Add the flour mixture and keep on mixing until it forms a ball.
  3. Set aside and let double in size. When the dough has doubled in size, place it on the counter and roll out to about 3cm thick.
  4. Mix the egg yolk and milk to create an egg wash. 
  5. Shape the doughnuts and brush them with the egg wash. Put it in the frying basket. 
  6. Bake them for 15 minutes at 160°C, flipping them over halfway through. 
  7. While they are baking, prepare the glaze by mixing the sugar and cinnamon with some water.
  8. While the doughnuts are still warm, dip them into the mixture.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Ninja Air Fryer Recipes: Conclusion

Never be afraid to try something new, even if you are unsure if it will work. I’ve created these recipes through trial and error and a lot of laziness. As I’ve said, I like the simplicity and effortlessness of using an air fryer. I have therefore experimented with a ton of different foods and combinations to find a few favourites that I can rely on whenever I am not in the mood for cooking.