Air fryers are the perfect appliance when you want deliciously crispy food without all the oil that’s typically involved in frying food. It also works faster than a traditional conventional oven, so it helps you to get meals and snacks on the table quicker. You can make anything from vegetable side dishes to appetizers to meats! We also love that it doesn't take up too much kitchen space. If you want to cook nutritious food using the air fryer, it is a breeze.
The only challenge is finding the recipes. Luckily, we did all the work for you, and we have a whole list of nourishing air fryer recipes that you can put to use. If you're looking for a healthier option to satisfy your French fry cravings, consider trying the avocado or jicama fry recipes listed here. Not only are these options healthier, but they also provide a unique and delicious twist to the classic snack. Additionally, this list offers a variety of meat and seafood dishes, including succulent salmon, tender chicken, flavorful sausage, and juicy pork chops. So, it isn't lacking in versatility. Stick around to discover which healthy recipes are a must-try for your air fryer appliance!
Did you realize you can cook fish so easily in the air fryer? This salmon recipe is straightforward and only requires a handful of ingredients. The lemon pepper seasoning and paprika give it a fantastic flavor. We recommend you serve this with wild rice or sauteed vegetables to make it more of a meal. Sprinkle it with ground black pepper just before you serve it!
We love this healthy chicken dinner that you can make in the air fryer because it has both the protein and vegetables cooked together to perfection. There are zucchini, squash, and carrots with the crispy chicken. However, the best part is the homemade sauce with hints of ginger, garlic, and soy sauce! Since all components are evenly tossed in the sauce, it guarantees that every bite is juicy and flavorful.
This is a family-friendly recipe by Hungry Girl for breaded chicken breast. You make the crust with panko, parmesan cheese, and ranch seasoning mix, which turns golden brown when you cook it in the air fryer. You can also dip the chicken in ranch dressing after you cook it if you can't get enough of the ranch! Serve this with a side salad or soup. It's great because it works for either lunch or dinner!
With smoked sausage and fresh chopped cabbage, this air fryer recipe is perfect for you! Aside from the main components, all you need to worry about gathering up is olive oil and assorted seasonings. The air fryer slightly softens the cabbage and ensures that the sausage has crispy edges. This recipe is not only gluten-free, but it's also low carb which is excellent news. To keep it keto-friendly, you can always serve it with cauliflower rice.
Next time you want a replacement for classic fries, make this air fryer recipe for jicama fries! All you have to do is peel and cut the jicama into the size of an average French fry and toss them in oil and seasonings. Although it takes up to 25 minutes in the air fryer, the result is worth it. Dip it in your favorite sauce and serve it alongside a lettuce wrap for a nutritious lunch.
Air Fryer World shared this recipe for a scrumptious chicken and broccoli meal that your kiddos will love! It has flavors of garlic, hot sauce, ginger, and of course, meat and veggies. The marinade makes the chicken tender, so the air fryer doesn't dry it. This is a great meal to make on weeknights when your schedule is jam-packed, and you need something quick!
We love finding ways to enjoy the flavors of pizza but with a lighter feel. These zucchini boats do just that since the vegetable essentially replaces the bread. Aside from that, all you need is Italian sausage, pizza sauce, and shredded cheese. The recipe recommends parmesan and mozzarella, but you can use any cheese you wish, and reduced-fat shredded cheese is always a plus in our book!
Who would have thought you could make eggplant parmesan in the air fryer? This is a game-changer! Since you coat and cook the eggplant separately first, it makes them extra crispy. Then the sauce and cheese come in later on. This recipe is vegetarian, so if you want to keep it that way, we recommend that you serve it alongside veggie noodles. Or, you can scatter lean ground turkey on top of the eggplant.
Our recipe for air fryer asparagus is incredibly healthy and quick to make (7 minutes, to be exact). It works as a fantastic side dish for hearty dinners, providing a tasty serving of vegetables. The asparagus has hints of lime juice and parmesan cheese which makes it exceptionally flavorsome! It makes four servings, but you can always adjust it to make more if needed.
We couldn't include a healthy air fryer round-up without including some type of cauliflower recipe. Cauliflower crisps up perfectly in the air fryer! This recipe by The Travel Palate stands out because it has flavors of smoked paprika, sriracha, honey, and sesame oil, making the cauliflower so good that you'll want to save the recipe to make it again. Once you cook the vegetable bits, sprinkle on green onions or sesame seeds to complete them!
This vegan recipe has nutrient-packed ingredients such as avocado, vegan refried beans, lettuce, and cilantro. You can make these rolled tacos in the air fryer; they only take 10 minutes to cook. Serve them as an afternoon snack or turn them into a dinner, whatever your preference is! You can also include other diced veggies inside of them to bulk them up, such as onions, bell peppers, or jalapenos.
You might not think that you can make avocado slices this crispy, but this recipe will prove you wrong. The avocado fries have a panko bread crumb coating, which gives them their crunch. It also has chili powder, paprika, and garlic, which complements the creaminess of the avocado by contrasting it. We recommend that you dip these in buffalo sauce or another spicy sauce! Serve them with your favorite chicken burger.
Stuffed mushrooms just got a whole lot easier with this recipe! With hints of cream cheese, spinach, artichoke, and mozzarella, there are many flavors and textures to indulge in. The air fryer makes the Portobello mushrooms perfectly fork tender, and the cheese gets a nice brown crust. The best part is that it's as delicious as can be. You can even use reduced-fat cream cheese and mozzarella to make it healthier!
We all know that the air fryer gives foods a nice texture, which is why this quesadilla is more delicious than average. It can be hard to get it to the right consistency on the stove top without burning it but pop it in the air fryer, and it is so easy! This recipe has diced tomato, red onions, feta cheese, and more. We suggest that you serve it with low-fat sour cream and salsa.
If you are a fan of tofu, you will love this sweet and spicy tofu recipe by Hello Spoonful. The extra firm tofu holds up well in the air fryer, and you can make a honey garlic sauce to coat it in. The sauce has chicken broth, honey, soy sauce, and fresh minced garlic. Serve this with brown or white rice to make it more filling, or eat it as a snack or appetizer.
Try something new for a change, and cook your pork chops in the air fryer! This recipe makes it incredibly easy to do so and only requires butter, rosemary, and garlic. Of course, you'll want to include the traditional salt and pepper seasonings. It's fantastic because it takes just over 10 minutes to cook the pork chops to the perfect temperature and texture. This pork is lovely with creamed spinach or a side salad.
Let's talk about how you can make incredible fajitas with your air fryer appliance. Specifically, this recipe uses bell peppers, onions, and strips of boneless skinless chicken breast. There are tons of seasoning in it, ranging from cumin to paprika to chili powder. Pop the chicken and vegetables in the air fryer for 20 minutes while you prep the garnishes, then get ready to enjoy a healthy and scrumptious meal.
Although we love stir-fry skillet recipes, we also love the air fryer versions because they are easy. We can't get over how delicious this specific recipe is since it includes snow peas, different-colored bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Of course, you can't forget the pieces of chicken breast that turn out oh-so-juicy! This meal is perfect for meal prep so you can get ahead for the week!
If you want a healthy meatloaf recipe, look no further than our air fryer meatloaf! You might be under the impression that meatloaf always has to cook for a long time, but the air fryer works magic. This meatloaf is done cooking within 25 minutes so that you can devour it in no time. We include healthy and yummy ingredients to make it a show-stopping dish, with garlic, parmesan, ground beef, and BBQ sauce.
You don't always have to cook gnocchi to a soft consistency. You can also make it crispy in the air fryer. If you've never had gnocchi, it's usually made with potatoes. However, there are other versions. For this recipe, you can toss it with oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and the best part: parmesan cheese. Once it is ready, serve it as an appetizer at a party, or pair it with your favorite protein for a meal!
Using your air fryer gets a whole lot more fun when you realize that you can make different things in it, like these southwest burritos. The air fryer makes the tortilla perfectly crispy while melting the cream cheese and sharp cheddar cheese inside. The rotisserie chicken is perfectly juicy, and the burrito also has numerous veggies in it. This burrito is not only nutritious, but it might just become one of your new go-to recipes!
When you want a simple meal that you know everybody will enjoy, this recipe is a good option. Whole Kitchen Sink created it with chunky pieces of red, green, and yellow bell peppers (not to mention onions and sausage, which gives it more substance). We love that you can serve this alone or over a bed of rice or pasta! It is also a great make-ahead meal for work lunches.
If you are anything like us, you love a good zucchini fritter! Our recipe is amazing because you can make it in the air fryer and avoid using tons of oil. The fritters have grated zucchini, celery root, lentil flour, and even nutritional yeast, so you receive plenty of nutrients when you eat this tasty snack. The fritters turn out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Could it get any better?
Steak in the air fryer? Yes, please! These bite-sized steak bites are perfect for children because they are easy to eat. Not to mention everyone will love them since you make them with top sirloin. The smoked paprika and coriander bring out the best flavors in the meat! It only takes 6 minutes to cook them in the air fryer. The recipe is low-carb and gluten-free, which is always a bonus.
Did someone say fish tacos? We love this recipe by Lemons And Zest because it only takes 20 minutes. There are different components to the recipe, such as the fish mixture, cilantro lime slaw, then, of course, you have the tortillas and additional fresh lime juice for serving. The slaw counterbalances the savory flavors of the fish with its light mayo and cilantro, making everything perfectly balanced.
This air fryer dish is vibrant in color, thanks to the bright edamame and the earthy Brussels sprouts. It's extremely healthy since it only includes those ingredients, plus some parmesan cheese and oil. You can always use avocado oil or olive oil as a healthier alternative to other kinds. You'll receive plenty of protein from this delicious snack, so it keeps your hunger at bay, which is why we recommend it!
And I'll leave you with one of the most popular air fryer recipes on my blog, Air Fryer Cinnamon Bites!
26 Healthy Air Fryer Recipes
- Open the cinnamon rolls and separate them into 8 rolls, cut each roll into 6 pieces, giving you a total of 48 pieces.
- Heat air fryer to 325F, line the bottom with some parchment paper. Bake the pieces in batches so they do not stick together, depending on the size of your air fryer, 3-4 batches should be enough.
- Bake each batch for 3 minutes then turn over pieces and bake another 3 minutes.
- In a bag mix together the sugars and cinnamon. As soon as the pieces come out of the air fryer shake them in the bag of the sugar mix.
- Serve with the icing that comes in the package. Each serving of 6 pieces lightly dipped in the icing is 7 points using the WW app, it has the cinnamon rolls with icing as 6PP plus I have added a point to each serving for the sugar used.