Air fryer recipes

Have you heard the buzz about air fryers? Imagine a tool that promises the tasty flavour of deep frying without all the fat. Fried family favourites like chicken, french fries, and mozzarella sticks are made crispy and juicy with just a quick spritz of cooking oil—no scary vat of boiling grease required. Try our favourite air fryer recipes for your next family meal and see how this countertop cooker might be the answer to lighter meals. (Looking to buy a new air fryer? Check out our six favourites.)

What is an air fryer and how does it work?

Think of this handy appliance as a compact convection oven. Air fryers bake on high heat, while a fan circulates the hot air evenly, recreating that deep-fried, crispy texture everyone craves. To get that golden crunch with virtually no oil, you need to leave room around each piece of chicken. This means you may only be able to cook two to four servings at a time. Also, an air fryer is about the size of a toaster oven, so you’ll need a fair bit of countertop real estate for it. If you don’t mind batch-cooking and have the kitchen space, an air fryer is a great way to add healthier meals to your weekly dinner rotation.

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air fryer tofu

Ready in: 19 minutes

Why we love it: Who knew it could be ridiculously easy to have restaurant-quality “fried” tofu at home? Bonus: the whole family loves anything that can be dipped.

How kids can help: Ask them to cut the block of tofu into half-inch cubes (look at those measuring skills!) and then toss the cubes in the soy sauce mixture, followed by cornstarch.

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Air fryer crispy drumsticks

Ready in: 30 minutes

Why we love it: Fried chicken is many things: finger-licking-good, craggy crispy perfection and a family favourite any night of the week. This recipe can be made in the oven instead, but we love the way an air fryer adds extra crunch to the skin.

How to add it to your meal plan: Choose recipes that bless you with leftovers that taste just as good the next day. If you spot a value pack of drumsticks on sale, grab it! You can bake a double batch while prepping veggies so you can enjoy a juicy chicken lunch tomorrow.

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easy air fryer chicken wings

Ready in: 35 minutes

Why we love it: If we had to pick the top reason to get an air fryer, these “fried” chicken wings would be it. It’s all about that finger-licking goodness without all the extra oil and fat.

How kids can help: Let your kid toss the wings in the seasoning: garlic powder, onion powder, baking powder, salt and pepper.

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air fryer parmesan zucchini fries

Ready in: 30 minutes

Why we love it: One of our favourite ways to eat zucchini, these gorgeous, low-carb “fries” have that perfect Parmesan crust that the whole family can’t get enough of.

How kids can help: Let them prep the dredging station with one bowl of whisked eggs and another bowl of almond flour, Parmesan, salt and pepper

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Churro ice cream sundae

Ready in: 5 hours 15 minutes

Why we love it: Crunchy, fried ice cream at home might seem too good to be true, but not with an air fryer. Though it requires five hours of freezing time, there’s only 15 minutes of prep time, which mostly involves scooping and rolling the ice cream.

How to add it to your meal plan: This is the ultimate make-ahead dessert as it gets better the longer it’s frozen. Prep your ice cream balls and stash in your freezer for up to three weeks for a sweet air fryer dessert whenever you need it.

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