If you haven’t hopped on board the air fryer trend yet or need some inspiration for the air fryer that’s been sat uselessly on the countertop, here are the 26 best air fryer vegetable recipes to get you started.

Almost any vegetable can be cooked in the air fryer, though vegetables with more density cook the best as thinner ones run the risk of burning. Vegetables to avoid in the air fryer are kale, spinach, cabbage, or romaine lettuce.

Vegetables can be air fried after drizzling oil and sprinkling on some seasoning, or you can try more elaborate recipes like eggplant parmesan or potato and kale nuggets.

Here are 26 of the best air fryer vegetable recipes out there. Why not try one tonight?


1. Air Fryer Blooming Onion

Taking onion rings to another level, here is the full-blown Blooming Onion recipe! For fans of Outback Steak or Chili’s, this is for you. Don’t forget the chipotle aioli dip to serve alongside, you won’t regret it.

2. Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

The air fryer makes them super crunchy, and the seasoning makes them super delicious! Okay, it’s not all the seasoning that makes them incredibly moreish; the parmesan cheese Kristine’s Kitchen Blog adds to the crumb coating adds up too. Luckily zucchini is like water with some vitamins thrown in, so eat as many as you’d like!

3. Easy Air Fryer Zucchini Tots

Sticking with zucchini, Simply Delicious Food has an excellent recipe for a crunchy, cheesy zucchini-based tot! They only take 10 minutes in the air fryer and use shredded zucchini mixed with eggs, cheese, breadcrumbs, and seasoning. They are great as a side or an appetizer for adults and kids.

4. Air Fryer Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

You definitely couldn’t load up a sweet potato and toss it in a deep fryer, could you? It’d just fall apart. The beauty of an air fryer is that you can put almost anything in there! This recipe from House and Garden calls for the sweet potatoes to be baked, loaded, and popped onto the air fryer tray for 12 minutes. Try it; you won’t regret it!

5. Air Fryer Stuffed Mini Peppers

A fried mini pizza bite? That’s basically what this recipe from Yellow Thyme is giving, just a healthier alternative. Instead of a pizza base, you’ve got a mini pepper stuffed with marinara sauce, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. Then air-fried so it’s all melted and crispy on top. They can be prepped ahead of time and put in the air fryer for 10 minutes before you want to eat.

6. Sweet Potato Wedges

The key to these super crunchy sweet potato wedges from Cook It is the coating of corn starch. Paprika and salt enhance the flavor, and the olive oil helps it all stick together. Air-fried fries or wedges are so tasty in the air fryer because they have all the crispiness but aren’t greasy.

7. Air Fried Potato Fritters

Garlic and onion powder give these fritters a delicious flavor. The recipe from 30 Days Keto calls for grated potatoes mixed with flour, egg, and breadcrumbs to form the base of the patties. It also suggests trying out different flavor combinations apart from garlic and onion to make these a regular dinner table staple.

8. Air Fryer Eggplants

Where Is My Spoon has created a spicy eggplant recipe that still keeps the soft texture of an eggplant? Slice them into long fry shapes or cubes as you prefer. The only ingredients you need for this simple recipe are eggplant, olive oil, and seasoning. They need to be cooked in the air fryer for about 13-15 minutes and will have a beautiful caramelized taste.

9. Garlic Parmesan Air Fryer Asparagus

This recipe from Everyday Family Cooking is pretty simple. Toss the asparagus in olive oil and garlic, then air fry for about seven minutes. Once tender, pull them out to top with parmesan cheese for that delicious flavor. Cheese makes every veggie taste better!

10. Air Fryer Asparagus Fries

Another way to enjoy asparagus in the air fryer is to turn them into fries. Air Frying Foodie suggests coating them in breadcrumbs, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and egg. Perhaps you could even fool the kids to eat these green veggies by disguising them as fries!

11. Air Fryer Roasted Bell Peppers

Roasted bell peppers are sweet and delicious but usually require you to turn on the oven for a long time. If you want to save energy and get them roasted more quickly, try out this air fryer recipe from Bite On The Side. They take 10-20 minutes in the air fryer and have a slightly charred, yet juicy flavor.

12. Air Fryer Mushrooms

Love and Other Spices has concocted this slightly spicy mushroom recipe, perfect for the air fryer. They describe how wiping the mushrooms is preferential to washing them so they don’t end up soggy. The finishing touch after they’ve been air fried is to pour melted butter over the top – delish!

13. Crispy Air Fried Brussels Sprouts

These crunchy, salty Brussels work well as a side to something like a honey mustard chicken dish or can be eaten on their own as a snack because they are actually that delicious. This is a pretty classic recipe from Andi Anne, with olive oil and seasoning, but the addition of parmesan cheese at the end takes the flavor to another level.

14. Air Fryer Cauliflower

Wholesome Yum’s recipes give you cauliflower florets with crispy edges every time. It cooks in seven minutes which is far quicker than roasting it in the oven, less messy, and more delicious! The recipe gives lots of alternatives for seasoning as well, including garlic-parmesan, buffalo, chili-lime, and curry-spiced.

15. Air Fryer Roasted Vegetables

Assorted vegetables roasted in a big pan are an easy way to make a big side dish. However, they can end up soaking up a lot of oil. Air frying is a much healthier way of cooking them, and it doesn’t sacrifice taste with this recipe from Brooklyn Active Mama. It also only takes about 10 minutes and longer if you have big chunks of something like a potato, but for slices of onion, zucchini, etc… it’s very quick.

16. Air Fryer Avocado Fries

Mama Loves Food has created this delicious recipe for avocado fries cooked in the air fryer. Crunchy and golden on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside. Perfect for everyone in the family, even the babies can hold and enjoy this one! They work great when served alongside tortilla soup or Tex-Mex-flavored dishes.

17. Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan

Ready in under 20 minutes and because it’s pretty much an entire meal, this is probably one of the best air fryer dishes. In case you don’t know, it’s breaded eggplant slices slathered in marinara sauce with cheese melted on top. Sounds good doesn’t it?

18. Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas (Four Ways)

If you haven’t tried crispy chickpeas, you need to up your snacking game. Making them at home is much healthier than buying them in the store, so start air-frying those garbanzos! This recipe from My Forking Life gives you options for four flavors – ranch, chili-lime, BBQ, and cinnamon sugar. Which one to try first?!

19. Air Fryer Falafel Balls

Made from garbanzo beans (chickpeas), these veggie meatballs from Ela Vegan are great with a yogurt/cucumber sauce and salad, stuffed inside a flatbread. The beauty of the air fryer is that you’ll get that nice crispy exterior on the balls but they will have a wonderfully soft texture on the inside.

20. Air Fryer Onion Rings

Now we’re talking about a healthier version of a favorite junk food indulgence. Make Your Meals aims to replicate the chunky onion rings served at a steakhouse. They describe how tricky it can be to make your onion rings as the batter could fall to the bottom of the air fryer pan. They conclude the best way to cook them is to coat them in breadcrumbs after the egg, so they are more solid going in the air fryer.

21. Kale and Potato Nuggets

These are like little potato croquettes but have kale sneakily thrown in! Kale isn’t something that works well in an air fryer on its own but when added into a vegetable dish, it fries fine. So if you are looking for air-fry kale, this recipe or similar is perfect.

22. Air Fryer Portobello Mushroom Pizza

Yep, you can make an entire pizza in the air fryer! Okay, they are mini pizzas because you’re using portobello mushrooms as the base but still, it’s pizza. These are cute as an appetizer and are ready in about 10 minutes. Like pizza, you can choose any toppings you would like; peppers, olives, pepperoni, whatever!

23. Air Fryer Mushroom Melt

Yukie Cody has found a way to make a deliciously cheesy mushroom melt in the air fryer. It uses two different types of mushrooms, red and yellow peppers, red onion, and a simple seasoning of salt and pepper. In the end, top it with two kinds of cheese!

24. Air Fried Elotes Corn Ribs

These little riblets of corn are bursting with tangy and spicy flavors with the recipe from Seasoned To Taste. A combination of spices is mixed with melted butter, poured onto the corn ribs, and then air fried. After they are crisped to perfection, the mayo, Cojita cheese, lime, and other yummy ingredients are sprinkled over the top to create the most elaborate but divine corn dish.

25. Air Fryer Avocado Egg Rolls

The Recipe Critic copies The Cheesecake Factory’s recipe for avocado egg rolls but reduces the calories by about 7,000. Just kidding, but we all know The Cheesecake Factory isn’t known for its low-cal food offerings. The crispy outside of this recipe pairs well with the gooey texture of the air-fried avocado because it’s so creamy.

26. Air Fryer Vegetable Kabobs

These Kabobs are super affordable, fun, and delicious. They are a great addition to any summer BBQ potluck or even your weeknight evening meal. Don’t forget to soak the wooden skewers in water before cooking to prevent charred wood from getting incorporated into your kabobs! It’s also an extremely versatile dish, as Recipes From A Pantry gives lots of suggestions to change the seasonings each time.

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26 Best Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes

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Almost any vegetable can be cooked in the air fryer and here are the 26 best air fryer vegetable recipes to get you started.
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