28 Vegan Air Fryer Recipes You Need To Try (2024)

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Whitney JeffersonPublished on July 26, 2018
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1. Potato Wedges

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What's better than the comforting taste of crispy potato wedges? Nothing, my friend. Nothing. Get the recipe here.

2. Avocado Egg Rolls With Sweet Chili Sauce

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No actual eggs are involved in the making of this recipe, which looks pretty dang delicious.

3. Buffalo Cauliflower

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Buffalo cauliflower is by far my favorite thing to make in an air fryer because it's so quick and easy to make, yet is so flavorful. See why with this recipe.

4. Air Fried Ravioli

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Cadry's Kitchen / Via cadryskitchen.com

Impress your guests (or yourself) with this yummy recipe for fried ravioli.

5. Vegan Cheese Samboosa

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This recipe uses a cashew cheese mixed with nutritional yeast for an even-cheesier flavor rolled up inside of a samosa-y shell.

6. Potato Chips

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With this recipe and an air fryer, you can make your own potato chips in a snap and ofter for much cheaper than you'd pay in a grocery store!

8. Cauliflower Chickpea Tacos

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This recipe works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, so it's quiet versatile. Try with soft or hard shell tacos!

9. Kale and Potato Nuggets

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I made this recipe last week and is the perfect thing to do when you have a bit of leftover kale. Author JL Fields is a master of the air fryer!

10. Air Fryer Lemon Tofu

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This simple recipe is great as a side dish or your main — might I suggest over a bed of greens or noodles?

11. Classic Falafel

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The best thing about making falafel in an air fryer is how perfectly golden brown they become. Try this recipe and see for yourself.

12. Air Fryer Thai Veggie Bites

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This crowd-pleasing appetizer can also be used as a side dish or a main. Try the recipe here.

13. Roasted Chickpeas

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A perfectly healthy snack recipe for every-day snacking.

14. Air Fried Spicy Cauliflower Stir-Fry

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In this recipe, you've got quick and simple dinner or lunch option to keep on hand. Could also be used as a side dish.

15. French Fries

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Brand New Vegan

Start with a recipe like this and then start swapping in different spices so that your fries never taste boring.

16. Bacon Wrapped Mini Breakfast Burritos

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You had me at "breakfast burritos" but I'll try a "mini" anything. Make your breakfasts 80% more interesting with this recipe.

17. Vegan Corn Fritters

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Make use of this summer staple and use your excess of corn with this recipe.

18. Low Carb Crispy Seasoned Jicama Fries

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If you've ever been to a raw vegan restauraunt, odds are high that you've had cold jicama fries before. But don't let that sway you completely — recipe makes for warm and crispy fries with a unique flavor. Don't sleep on this!

19. Crispy Baked Artichoke Fries

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Make this recipe even quicker with that can of artichokes that's been sitting in your cupboard forever.

20. Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

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The Veg Life / Via theveglife.com

Every vegetarian needs a go-to recipe for eggplant parm. Serve over pasta, salad, or ~get fancy~ with some quinoa.

21. Bow Tie Pasta Chips

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Bet you didn't realize you could turn pasta into crackers —in this recipe, you can.

22. Portobello Mushroom Pizzas with Hummus

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Jazzy mushrooms, what could be better? Oh, this recipe is also gluten free.

23. Bite-Sized Blooming Onions

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Whoa, I didn't know such a thing could exist? You'll have to modify this recipe to include vegan swaps for an egg and butter, but try it out (and tell me how it went after).

24. Air Fried Baked Potatoes

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Sub vegan butter for the regular stuff in this recipe and you'll have crispy, baked potatoes in a snap.

25. Thai Style Vegan Crab Cakes

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Hearts of palm and thai red curry paste give this faux "crab" cakes recipe an extra oomph.

26. Baked Tofu Fries

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If Burger King can make "chicken fries," who's to say tofu fries can't be a thing, too? Treat yourself with this recipe.

27. Air Fryer Toasted Coconut French Toast

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Vegan and gluten free brunch recipes, anyone?

28. Air Fried Vegan Beignets

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Top it all off with the ultimate New Orleans dessert, a beignet! Buy some powdered sugar and bust out this recipe for a truly special treat.

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    What 5 foods should you not put in an air fryer? ›

    Take a gander of this list of top foods that should never make their way into your air fryer.
    • Wet Batters. ...
    • Cheesy Items. ...
    • Large, Bone-In Meat Cuts. ...
    • Baked Goods. ...
    • Greens. ...
    • Raw Rice and Other Grains. ...
    • Too Much of Anything.
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    What do vegans use an air fryer for? ›

    Air fryers can also make it easier to follow a vegan diet, offering a failsafe way to cook staples like tofu, cauliflower, and potatoes to perfection. Below, we've rounded up 10 mouth-watering recipes that prove plant-based cooking needn't be complicated or boring.

    What are the best foods to try in an air fryer? ›

    Their favorite dishes to make in this appliance include gnocchi, chicken, and crunchy chickpeas. It's also possible to make flavorful steak, bacon, and chicken nuggets in an air fryer.

    Is there anything you can't make in an air fryer? ›

    Using the air fryer with grains that are already cooked is no problem, but steer clear of firing up the appliance for uncooked grains, including rice, quinoa, and pasta. Air fryers are designed to cook dry foods, and rice and other grains need to be cooked in water.

    Why is air-fried food not healthy? ›

    In one study, air frying of fish raised the amount of a substance called "cholesterol oxidation products" (COPs). COPs form when the cholesterol in meat or fish breaks down during cooking. Studies connect these substances to coronary heart disease, hardening of the arteries, cancer, and other diseases.

    Can you put aluminum foil in an air fryer? ›

    Air fryers work by circulating hot air, which originates at the bottom of the fryer. Lining it with foil can constrict the air flow and your food won't cook properly. If you are going to use aluminum foil in an air fryer, use a small amount in the bottom of the basket, making sure not to cover the food.

    What is the first thing I should cook in my air fryer? ›

    Make homemade sweetcorn and spring onion fritters in the air fryer for easy, energy-efficient cooking. These would be perfect as a veggie lunch, starter or side.

    Why are people getting rid of air fryers? ›

    Summary. In conclusion, while air fryers offer certain benefits such as reduced calorie intake and faster cooking times, they are not without their limitations. Size constraints, limited cooking options, and concerns about crispiness are driving some people to look for alternatives.

    What is the best meat to cook in the air fryer? ›

    As with all dry-heat cooker methods (grilling, broiling, pan frying and oven roasting), tender beef cuts perform best in the air fryer. Those cuts include Top Sirloin, KC Strip, Ribeye, Tenderloin and Tri Tip. Ground beef also can be easily prepared in an air fryer.

    What is bad to cook in air fryer? ›

    Anything with a wet batter

    Recipes that use a wet batter, including fried chicken, will end up being very messy if cooked in an air fryer. This is because there won't be enough hot oil to set the batter, and it will likely drip everywhere rather than forming a crunchy coating.

    What are the disadvantages of the air fryer? ›

    Potential Weight Gain: Overconsumption of air-fried foods, despite their lower fat content, can still contribute to weight gain due to calorie-dense preparations. Carcinogen Production: Certain cooking oils and high-temperature cooking in air fryers can produce carcinogenic compounds, posing long-term health risks.

    Why shouldn't you cook hamburgers in an air fryer? ›

    Hamburgers. Air fryers aren't really designed to grill red meat, especially if you like your burgers medium-rare. Though it takes a fairly short amount of time for an air fryer to cook the inside of meat to medium-rare, the outside of the burger won't brown as quickly.

    What ruins an air fryer? ›

    Putting a damp basket back into the air fryer can cause damage, such as affecting the time it takes for your air fryer to heat up or damaging the internal components. It is no secret that water and electricity do not go hand-in-hand.

    Why should you never cook bacon in your air fryer? ›

    “When using an air fryer, exercise caution as bacon contains high levels of fat, which can lead to smoking or even flames in certain air fryer models," according to the pro. "To prevent this, you can work in smaller batches and ensure to drain the grease regularly during cooking in an airfryer.”


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