13 Air Fryer Recipes to Add to Your Rotation 

Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp
Photo: Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Prop Styling by Christina Daley / Food Styling by Ali Ramee

Whether you're a new air fryer owner or use it to cook just about everything, you'll appreciate these 13 recipes, which share just a taste of the wide variety of dishes you can make with the small appliance. Think gooey, fudgy brownies, miso salmon with baby bok choy, and even Basque cheesecake. And of course, air fryers are known for getting food crispy without a lot of oil — try it out on chicken Parmesan and these dippable coconut shrimp, and you'll never go back to spattered stovetops and countertops again. Sound good? Read on for even more recipes to make in your air fryer, and start cooking now.

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Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Air-Fryer Chicken Parmesan
Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Hannah Greenwood

If you haven't made Chicken Parmesan in an air fryer yet, consider this your invitation to get started. This recipe yields crispy, juicy chicken and ultra-melty cheese, which beautifully balances the acidity of the tomato sauce. Before the final cook in the air fryer, be sure to line the inside of the basket with aluminum foil, and coat the foil with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Pair the chicken with a salad, such as a classic Caesar, or go for garlicky broccoli, Broccolini, or broccoli rabe.

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Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi

Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi
Photo by Huge Galdones / Food Styling by Christina Zerkis

This shrimp scampi recipe has it all — it's buttery, garlicky, lemony, and gets a hint of heat from crushed red pepper and bright herbal flavor from basil. The air fryer makes it especially easy. Start the sauce in a pan in the air fryer, then add the shrimp and remaining sauce ingredients. Once the shrimp is cooked, just toss it with cooked linguine and you're ready to go. For a deeper, sweet seafood flavor in the sauce, leave the shells on the shrimp. You can also serve the shrimp with crusty bread instead of pasta if you'd prefer.

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Air Fryer Fish Tacos

Air Fryer Fish Tacos

Golden brown panko-breaded cod fillets and a creamy red cabbage slaw are folded into charred corn tortillas in this recipe for Air Fryer Fish Tacos. The slaw gets a pop of acidity from fresh lime juice, as well as savory notes from Mexican-style hot sauce and grated garlic. Meanwhile, cumin and chili powder mixed into the panko means extra flavor in each bite. Adding a little olive oil to the panko mixture helps ensure even browning while air frying. After the cod is breaded and cooked, assembly is a snap. Just grab a charred corn tortilla, add a piece of cod and a squeeze of lime juice, and top with the cabbage. Thinly sliced radishes add a final crunch and bright color.

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Crispy Salt-and-Pepper Air Fryer Tofu with Asparagus

Crispy Salt and Pepper Air Fryer Tofu with Asparagus
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Prop Styling by Julia Bayless / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn

This quick meal features tofu that's crispy around the edges and tender on the inside, coated in a sweet and salty marinade including soy sauce, light brown sugar, and ground Szechuan peppercorns. Garlicky asparagus, which also gets flavor from Chinese five spice and toasted sesame oil, makes a perfect partner. Shaking the tofu in a resealable container with the soy sauce mixture is the best way to ensure that it's evenly coated, and reserving some of the mixture for drizzling on the finished dish adds a double-dose of flavor. Any leftover asparagus and tofu can be reheated in the air fryer.

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Air Fryer Meatballs

Air Fryer Meatballs
Photo by Huge Galdones / Food Styling by Christina Zerkis

These air fryer meatballs get a touch of heat from Calabrian chiles, and herbal flavor from fresh basil and parsley. Soaking the breadcrumbs in milk before mixing them with the meat helps ensure a tender texture. When forming the meatballs, wet your hands first to prevent sticking. After about 10 minutes in the air fryer, they'll emerge deliciously browned and ready to pair with marinara sauce. We call for store-bought here, but feel free to make your own.

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Air Fryer Basque Cheesecake

Air Fryer Basque Cheesecake
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Prop Styling by Julia Bayless / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn

Here, we're using an air fryer to whip up a quick version of a Basque cheesecake. Evenly browned with a creamy, silky, smooth center, this cheesecake boasts just the right amount of sweetness to contrast the bitter burnt top. Drizzling honey on top of the cake after baking adds an extra layer of warm sweetness, making this dessert feel that much more luxurious.

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Air Fryer Pork Chops With Maple-Soy Glaze

Air Fryer Pork Chops
Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Prop Styling by Christina Daley / Food Styling by Ali Ramee

Brushing these pork chops with a maple syrup-soy sauce mixture before cooking them in the air fryer results in some delicious charring around the edges. You'll need to cook the pork chops in two batches, so be sure to keep your oven on 200°F so you can keep the first two chops warm while the remaining two are in the air fryer. The pork chops also get a light coating of maple-soy glaze before going in the oven, which has an extra punch of flavor thanks to rice vinegar and Sriracha. Homemade, vibrant pickled red onions top the finished chops — but use store-bought if you'd like to save time. Serve the pork chops over a bed of creamy polenta or mashed potatoes, and top with the remaining glaze and the pickled onions.

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Miso Air Fryer Salmon With Baby Bok Choy

Air fryer salmon with baby bok choy
Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Cooking salmon in the air fryer allows the miso marinade to form a salty-sweet crust on the surface of each fillet. While the salmon rests, quickly cook the bok choy in the air fryer. The edges of the leaves will char a bit, creating a savory contrast to the ginger, soy, and sesame oil sauce that goes on top.

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Bacon-Wrapped Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

Bacon-wrapped air fryer pork tenderloin with vegetables
Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Ali Ramee / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

Cooking this pork tenderloin in the air fryer results in perfectly juicy, tender meat that's nicely flavored with fresh thyme and garlic. For ultra-crispy bacon on the exterior, make sure to use regular-cut bacon instead of thick-cut. If the tenderloin has tapered ends, tuck them under for an even thickness. While the pork rests, air-fry sliced vegetables and fennel to round out the meal.

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Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings with Hot Honey Glaze

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Christina Daley

Hot, sweet, crispy, and buttery, these wings are certain to become your go-to recipe for parties or any time you want a hearty snack. The wings are tossed with lemon pepper seasoning then cooked until crispy in an air fryer, then coated with a buttery hot honey glaze and served with more of the glaze for dipping. A garnish of cilantro adds color and more brightness to the dish.

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Air Fryer Brownies

Air Fryer Brownies with ice cream
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Ali Ramee / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

With the help of an air fryer, these gooey, fudgy brownies — baked in ramekins and reminiscent of a molten chocolate cake — are less than an hour away. Adding espresso powder to the batter helps bring out the chocolate flavor, as does the crunchy sea salt garnish at the end. Serve them on their own, or with your favorite ice cream. Better yet, top them with berries, whipped cream, chopped nuts, or caramel sauce to make a brownie sundae.

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Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp
Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Prop Styling by Christina Daley / Food Styling by Ali Ramee

Coconut shrimp are well suited to all sorts of dipping sauces, but we keep it simple here and use Thai sweet chili sauce spruced up with a little chopped fresh cilantro. Using an air fryer instead of frying in oil on the stovetop means crispy shrimp without any splatters to clean up afterwards. Serve the shrimp as an appetizer, or turn them into dinner along with rice and baby bok choy sautéed in toasted sesame oil and fresh ginger.

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Air Fryer Fried Chicken with Hot Honey

Air Fryer Fried Chicken
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Christina Daley

Frying chicken in an air fryer is low-fuss and yields wonderfully crispy results. Start with a hot sauce-buttermilk soak, and then coat the chicken thighs with a well-seasoned flour mixture. After a dip in beaten eggs and a final coating in the flour, the air fryer will take it from there. The finished chicken gets an extra level of pleasure from hot honey that's flavored with guajillo chile and apple cider vinegar. Any leftovers will be equally delicious served for lunch the next day.

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