Most of us started our air-frying adventure with French fries and air fryer chicken. It’s hard to believe how this kitchen appliance can cook these in less oil with crisp, tasty results. But after doubting and testing it, we want to air fry something else. With this versatile cooker, you’ll never run out of easy air fryer recipe to try, from appetisers to mains to desserts!
Here are a few ideas from the featured air fryers in my review. You can also cook them using the model you have at home. Just remember to have the right pans or accessory that works with your appliance. Also, adjust the ingredient amount accordingly, depending on your air fryer capacity. More importantly, pair these easy air fryer recipes with our step-by-step cleaning guide.
Philips Airfryer XXL: Mini Frankfurters in Pastry
We Aussies love our sausage rolls. And this Philips air fryer recipe simplifies this all-time favourite with store-bought ingredients. With less than an hour needed from prep to cooking time, you can make batch after batch of these pastry-wrapped snacks or appetisers for parties (or when everyone’s extra hungry!). We’re keeping it traditional by serving it with mustard, but you can use any sauce for dipping.
Notes: Puff pastry is versatile, and you can bake it with virtually any savoury or sweet filling. Make an assortment of air-fried hand pies with apple cinnamon, blueberry, chicken and mushroom, or ham and cheese. You can prep these in advance, too, then cook them as needed.
- 1 tin of mini frankfurters, about 220g with 20 frankfurters
- 100g ready-made puff pastry, defrosted
- 1 tbsp mustard
- Preheat the Philips Airfryer XXL to 200C. Drain the sausages, patting them dry with a paper towel
- Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut your puff pastry dough into strips, about 5×1.5cm. Then brush each strip with a thin layer of mustard.
- Wrap the frankfurters with the dough, keeping both ends of the sausage uncovered.
- Place half of the batch in the air fryer basket, then set to cook for 10 minutes or until the pastry dough turns golden brown. Take out the cooked frankfurters to bake the rest.
- Arrange your sausage rolls in a platter and serve them with a small dish of mustard for dipping. This air fryer recipe makes about 20 pieces and serves three people or more.
DeLonghi IdealFry: Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
If you’re looking for easy air fryer recipes using poultry (other than fried chicken, of course), then give this DeLonghi chicken cacciatore a try. This tomato-based stew can go with any starch side dish of your choice, from rice to pasta to potato. It’s perfect with low-carb sides, too, like cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles or steamed veggies. But to scoop up all that sauce with ease, serve it with bread. And since this dish is Italian in origin, you can’t go wrong with a generous slice of focaccia.
Notes: You can make this recipe with any cut of chicken that you like. But for optimum flavour and juiciness, I recommend using chicken thighs. Also, did you know that cacciatore means hunter in Italian? It refers to any hunter-style meals cooked with tomatoes, onions, wine and herbs. It’s also why this dish traditionally uses wild game like rabbits for protein.
For meal-prepping fans looking for ideas, this dish is an excellent add-on to your menu list. You can cook it ahead of time, transfer it to a freezer-safe container then store it. It should last in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat or pack it for lunch, thaw it overnight and reheat!
- 1kg of chicken pieces
- Sunflower oil, enough to lightly coat the chicken pieces
- Onion, peeled and chopped
- Carrots, about two pieces and chopped
- Celery stalks, about three pieces and chopped
- Garlic clove, peeled and minced
- One glass of red wine
- 400g of peeled tomatoes
- 50g of olives
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Parsley, for garnish
- Remove the paddle from the air fryer bowl. Clean your chicken parts and pat them dry before putting them in the bowl with the oil.
- Close the lid, then select the oven setting. Set the power to level 3 for 40 minutes, and press the start button.
- After about 15 minutes of cooking time, check if your chicken is nice and brown. Start adding your chopped onions, carrots, celery, garlic, red wine, salt and pepper. Slide the bowl back in and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Add tomatoes and olives next, and continue cooking until time elapses. Make sure to turn the chicken pieces from time to time to mix them with the sauce.
- Once cooked, transfer it to a bowl and top with chopped parsley. Serve it hot with mashed potato or polenta. This air fryer recipe serves up to six people.
Tefal Easy Fry: Masala Curried Salmon Fillet Recipe
Air fryer salmon is a healthy meal that goes well with most starch or vegetable side dishes. But instead of baking it plain with salt and pepper, we’re stepping it up with this Tefal masala curried salmon recipe. Indian spices and coconut milk give the dish its spicy and rich flavour.
Notes: Not a fan of salmon? You can use other fish types that you like. Firm-fleshed white fish fillets like cod, halibut, hake or pollack should be just as delicious.
- Six pieces of salmon fillets
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- Onion, finely chopped
- Two cloves of garlic, crushed
- One ripe tomato, diced
- 2½ tbsp garam masala or curry powder
- 1½ tbsp fresh ginger, finely grated
- 1½ tbsp concentrated tomato purée
- 250ml coconut milk
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Fresh mint or coriander leaves, for garnish
- Pour the oil into a frypan, then sauté the onions until translucent. Add the garlic and tomatoes, then cook for a few more minutes.
- Add the garam masala, ginger and tomato purée next. Mix everything thoroughly. Then pour in the coconut milk and allow to simmer for 2 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
- Non-digital Tefal Easy Fry.Prepare six sheets of greaseproof paper that can wrap each fillet. Put the fish at the centre, then pour some sauce on top. Fold and seal the sheet into a parcel, then do the same thing for the rest. Bake the fillets for 27 minutes at 160C.
- Digital Tefal Easy Fry. Prepare six sheets of greaseproof paper that can wrap each fillet. Put the fish at the centre, then pour some sauce on top. Fold and seal the sheet into a parcel, then do the same thing for the rest. Select Fish Mode then set the timer to 20 minutes.
Unwrap the parcels, then transfer your cooked fish onto a plate with rice and extra sauce. Garnish each with herbs. This air fryer recipe serves up to six people.
Kambrook Air Chef: Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe
A meal is not complete without dessert at the end. Well, at least not for most of us! So, if you like sweet treats and air frying, then the Kambrook chocolate cake recipe is a must-try. Make sure to add it to your list of dessert and easy air fryer recipes.
Notes: This recipe uses mini baking tins to serve individual portions. You can also use one 15cm round baking tin, then adjust the baking time to 28 minutes.
- 185g butter, softened (plus extra for greasing)
- 1½ cups caster sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Three eggs
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup milk
- Preheat the air frying oven to 160C and turn the timer dial to 5 minutes.
- Place the butter, sugar, vanilla, eggs, flour, baking soda, unsweetened cocoa and milk into a mixing bowl. Then use an electric or stand mixer to fold everything on low speed until just combined.
- When the preheating light goes off, set the timer to 22 to 25 minutes, depending on the baking tin size.
- Pour the mixture into pre-greased mini baking tins and place them into the basket.
- Allow to bake until timer rings or an inserted skewer can be removed cleanly. Allow the cakes to cool on a wire rack.
- Dust the cakes with icing sugar or add berries before serving. You can also combine 100g of melted chocolate with 2 to 3 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt to make a decadent frosting. This air fryer recipe makes about six to eight mini cakes.