Yes, You Need an Air Fryer, & Here's What You Should Make in It

by Justina Huddleston
Mar 5, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. ET

It seems like these days, everyone is going crazy for new kitchen appliances that make eating healthy easier. First, it was the Instant Pot, and now, it's the air fryer. I mean, we all love fried food, but it's no secret deep-frying food in oil isn't the healthiest way to prepare your meals.

Enter the air fryer. This device seems borderline miraculous because it allows you to eat all your favorite fried foods while still being health-conscious. Air fryers cook your food by circulating super-hot air around your food at a rapid speed, allowing things to get nice and browned all over without the use of tons of oil. A lot of times, you can get away with just using a quick spray of canola oil and still get chicken wings, french fries and other crispy snacks that are a crunchy golden-brown. It's perfect for people who are trying to reduce their fat intake. Air fryers are also great for making frozen snacks and reheating leftovers.

It can always seem daunting to learn the ins and outs of using a new appliance, but air fryers are super-simple to use. These mouthwatering recipes are more than enough to convince you to give one a try.

1 /11: Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken

1/11 :Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken

Popcorn chicken made gluten-free is totally possible in the air fryer. Instead of flour, a blend of cornstarch and crushed corn flakes give these nuggets a golden, craggy, crunchy exterior you won't be able to get enough of.

2 /11: Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

2/11 :Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

Air-fried teriyaki meatballs are the ultimate appetizer. But they can take center stage too — just pair them with a bowl of steamed rice or stir-fried soy sauce noodles and veggies for a complete meal.

3 /11: Crispy Air Fryer Szechuan Duck

3/11 :Crispy Air Fryer Szechuan Duck

Duck gets crispy and delicious in the air-fryer, with crunchy skin you'll go wild for. They key to its success is a Chinese five-spice marinade that infuses it with flavor and a dip in a cornstarch solution that lets it get golden and crisp when it cooks.

4 /11: Vegan Tacos With Air-Fryer Potatoes

4/11 :Vegan Tacos With Air-Fryer Potatoes

Potatoes get super-crispy in the air fryer, making them a hearty addition to your vegan tacos. Their crunch offers a textural counterpoint to kale and other fresh veggies.

5 /11: Air Fryer Honey-Garlic Chicken Wings

5/11 :Air Fryer Honey-Garlic Chicken Wings

If you're craving something salty-sticky-sweet, these air-fried wings are just the ticket. They're made with potato starch, which gives them an extra-crispy exterior.

6 /11: Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

6/11 :Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

You won't believe how crispy your Buffalo wings get in the air fryer. And since you're using less oil, you can load on as much Buffalo sauce and dunk in as much ranch as you please.

7 /11: Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

7/11 :Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

If chicken isn't quite your scene, this air-fried Buffalo cauliflower will still satisfy.

8 /11: Air Fryer Curly Cajun Fries

8/11 :Air Fryer Curly Cajun Fries

Curly fries cook up nice and crisp in your air fryer. They're thinner than plank-cut fries, so it's easier to give them some crunch with less oil. The Cajun spices and a sprinkle of salt make them irresistible.

9 /11: Air Fryer Doughnut Puffs

9/11 :Air Fryer Doughnut Puffs

Fluffy doughnuts don't have to involve a mildly terrifying vat of hot, bubbling oil. You can make them in your air fryer, where they come out just as crispy on the outside and tender on the inside — just begging for a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

10 /11: Air Fryer Garlic-Parmesan Potato Chips

10/11 :Air Fryer Garlic-Parmesan Potato Chips

Oil-free potato chips are a dream come true when you use an air fryer. Season them with Parmesan and garlic, and you'll feel content with skipping the snack aisle at the grocery store.

11 /11: Air Fryer Orange Tofu

11/11 :Air Fryer Orange Tofu

Skip the takeout and make this hearty vegetarian dish instead. Tofu gets super-crispy in the air fryer, perfect for soaking up a tangy-sweet orange sauce.