Easy Air Fryer Recipes to Make Again and Again


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Put your air fryer to use with these deliciously easy air fryer recipes! From air fryer chicken and salmon to all the vegetables you can imagine, these are the building blocks to create the best dinners in a snap.

Air fryer salmon bites with broccoli rice

Not sure what to cook in your brand-new air fryer? Well, you’ve come to the right place. These healthy air fryer recipes are not only great for beginners, but they’re a good reminder that almost everything made in an air fryer is super easy. Here’s what you’ll find in this post:

  • Perfectly cooked proteins. From the juiciest chicken breasts (that are great for meal prep) to the most tender, flaky salmon. You’ll find yourself using the air fryer more often than not with these simple recipes.
  • Quick and tasty vegetable sides. The air fryer can cook all of your favorite vegetables – no boiling water or steaming baskets necessary! But I’ll walk you through the different ways to season your veggies, as well as specific cooking times and temperatures to ensure they’re cooked perfectly.

My favorite air fryer: These recipes should generally work well with all brands of air fryers. But, just be mindful that some may differ. I have this Ninja air fryer, which I’ve used for several years now. I hope these Ninja air fryer recipes will become a staple in your cooking routine!

Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

If you’ve struggled with cooking juicy or crispy chicken, fear not because these air fryer recipes will show you just how easy it is. And if you’re looking for more chicken ideas, stay tuned as I’ll continue to add to this list as I test more air fryer chicken recipes!

Air fryer chicken breasts on a plate with a fork

Air Fryer Chicken Breast: You never have to worry about dry chicken breasts with this method. The results are juicy, tender, and perfectly flavored with a delicious spice rub.

Lemon pepper air fryer chicken wings on a plate.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings: Juicy insides and crispy skins are exactly what you’ll in this recipe. Plus, this version is seasoned with lemon pepper goodness and served with the best dipping sauce.

Air Fryer Salmon Recipes

You won’t believe how beautiful and delicious your salmon turns out with these air fryer salmon recipes. The salmon is so moist on the inside with a slightly flaky crust on the outside.

Air fryer salmon filets on a plate

Air Fryer Salmon: Although I’m a big fan of my oven baked salmon, this air fryer salmon is on par. Plus, that spiced Dijon mustard crust is hard to resist.

Air fryer salmon bites on a plate with a fork

Air Fryer Salmon Bites: If you’re looking to switch up your salmon dinners, this is a delicious way to do it. Cubed salmon is tossed in a savory seasoning, then air fried until flaky and golden. And if you want some dipping sauce ideas, I’ve got ideas in the post!

Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes

When you need a quick yet tasty vegetable side dish, these air fryer vegetables are a gold mine. Just prep and toss them with sweet or savory flavors, then pop them in the air fryer for 10 minutes or less!

A big bowl of air fryer Brussels sprouts

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts: This is my favorite way to cook Brussels sprouts. They’re slightly caramelized with a crispy outer shell that’ll make it hard to stop at one serving. Bonus – I’ve got tons of flavor ideas to keep your means delicious and interesting every time.

Air fryer cauliflower on a plate

Air Fryer Cauliflower: The best method for tender yet crunchy cauliflower. It’s seasoned with paprika and garlic for a spicy, smoky touch.

Air fryer broccoli on a plate

Air Fryer Broccoli: Achieve crisp-tender florets in under 10 minutes! Serve them as an easy, healthy side dish or an extra dose of vegetables to your macro bowls and salads.

A plate of air fryer carrots

Air Fryer Carrots: Roasted carrots are great, but these air fryer carrots are equally delicious. Plus, they’ve got a tasty yet simple herb seasoning that makes them perfect for pairing with any dinner main.

A plate of air fryer asparagus

Air Fryer Asparagus: Come asparagus season, this is one of the best ways to cook up a bundle! They’re lightly seasoned with garlic, salt, and pepper and finished with fresh lemon juice.

Air fryer beets on a plate

Air Fryer Beets: I never thought I’d say this, but I’m now preferring air fryer beets over oven roasted beets. They cook in about half the time and have delicious crispy edges. Whip up my garlic aioli for the best dipping sauce!

A white bowl filled with air fryer green beans

Air Fryer Green Beans: You only need about 7 to 8 minutes to cook green beans in the air fryer! Just toss them with a simple salt and pepper seasoning, along with fresh garlic, and let the air fryer work its magic.

More Recipe Ideas

I hope you enjoy these delicious air fryer recipes! If you make any of them, I’d love to hear what you made and how it turned out in the comment box below. Your review will help other readers in the community.

Air fryer recipes featuring chicken breast and broccoli.

Easy Air Fryer Recipes to Make Again and Again

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 3 minutes
Cook: 9 minutes
Total: 12 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


These deliciously easy air fryer recipes will show you how to cook air fryer chicken and salmon, as well as all of the vegetables you can imagine! To start — this air fryer broccoli is one of my favorites for tasty vegetable side dish.




  • Toss together. In a large mixing bowl, toss the broccoli florets, oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
    Mixing seasoning with air fryer broccoli
  • Air fry the broccoli. Transfer the broccoli to the basket of an air fryer. Set the temperature to 390°F (200°C) and cook for 7 to 9 minutes. Make sure to shake the basket halfway through.
    Air fryer broccoli in air fryer basket

Lisa’s Tips


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 487mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 948IU | Vitamin C: 136mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Broccoli, Broccoli Recipe
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About the author

Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. How are you feeling about having non-stick in the air fryer? I’d love a non-non-stick option but I can’t find one out there. Thank you!5 stars

  2. I make this recipe on a regular basis. So juicy. Goes great with anything green. I share your website often. Keep up the good work.