11 Healthy Air Fryer Recipes

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A collection of easy and healthy Air Fryer Recipes made with fresh, whole ingredients. Gluten-Free. Keto. Low-Carb. Paleo.

A recent trend in the cooking community is the Air Fryer. A countertop contraption that promises faster and healthier cooking.

What Is An Air Fryer and How Does It Work?

Basically, an air fryer is a countertop convection oven that can give your food a fried or deep-fried flavor without actual frying or deep-frying in oil. It’s a healthier way to prepare certain foods, while maintaining the flavor that comes with frying.

It works by circulating hot hair at a high speed with a mechanical fan. This rapidly dries out the outer layer of the food, causing reactions that create the delicious “browning” or caramelization layer typically achieved by submersing food in hot oil.

Is Air Fried Food Healthy?

Typically yes. Cooking food in an air fryer typically creates a healthier final product, because there is less (or no) added oil involved. This is great for lowering the overall calories of a meal, if you’re cooking for weight-loss.

But of course, it all depends on the kind of food you’re talking about. If you’re eating air fried donuts everyday, it is still an unhealthy choice whether it is fried or air fried.

Healthline.com has a great article explaining the good and the bad about whether air fried foods are healthier than their deep-fried alternative.

Although there aren’t a lot of healthy Gluten-Free, Paleo, Keto and Low-Carb air fryer recipes online yet, I’ve done some digging and found these 11 Healthy Air Fryer Recipes!

1. Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

air fryer buffalo wings in a white plate with sauce and celery sticks

Sometimes less is more! This Air Fryer Buffalo Wings recipe is always a crowd-pleaser! We love it, because it’s ready in 20 minutes and you need just 3 simple ingredients (plus salt and pepper).

The Ingredients You Need:

  1. Chicken Wings
  2. Franks Red Hot Sauce
  3. Ghee

Nutrition:

  • Calories: 120
  • Carbs: 0g

Find this recipe at Whole Kitchen Sink

We actually enjoy using our Celery Ranch Dressing with this recipe.

2. Chili Lime Air Fryer Salmon

chili lime airfryer salmon on a metal grate with a fork

Cooking a delicious piece of salmon doesn’t have to be complicated. With this air fryer fish recipe, you can easily get a crispy skin with soft, juicy flesh on the inside. Yum!

Another simple-is-best recipe: just 3 ingredients (plus salt, pepper and oil) and 8 minutes needed!

The Ingredients You Need:

  1. Fresh (not frozen) salmon
  2. Fresh Lemon Juice
  3. Chili Powder

Nutrition:

  • Calories: 324
  • Carbs: 0g

Find this recipe at Courtney’s Sweets

3. Air Fryer Lemon Garlic Shrimp

lemon garlic shrimp garnished with fresh lemon slices

You don’t have to avoid your favorite fried seafood dishes if you’re trying to be healthy. This healthy Air Fryer Lemon Garlic Shrimp recipe is Keto-friendly and so easy!

With just 5 ingredients (plus salt, pepper and oil) and 5 minutes needed, there’s no excuses to be made!

The Ingredients You Need:

  1. Shrimp
  2. Lemon
  3. Chili Flakes
  4. Garlic
  5. Parsley

(Nutritional Information Not Provided)

Find this recipe at Healthy Delicious

4. Healthy Air Fryer Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe

air fryer bacon brussels sprouts in a bowl garnished with fresh herbs

Most of the recipes I’ve seen use the air fryer to cook some form of protein, but there are some air fryer vegetable recipes here and there. This Air Fryer Bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe looks absolutely amazing!

Just 8 ingredients and 25 minutes!

The Ingredients You Need:

  1. Brussels Sprouts
  2. Lime Juice
  3. Bacon
  4. Dates
  5. Pistachios
  6. Garlic Powder
  7. Mint Leafs
  8. Basil Leafs

(Nutritional Information Not Provided)

Find this recipe at paleOMG

5. Keto Asian Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

keto asian chicken nuggets with a dipping sauce, garnished with chopped scallions

Who doesn’t love chicken nuggets? This quick and easy Airy Fryer chicken nuggets recipe has some Asian flare and will be a sure hit with the family! It is served with a to-die for dip that takes no time to whip up!

Only 6 ingredients and 25 minutes needed for this yummy and healthy air fryer recipe perfect for a weeknight meal.

The Ingredients You Need:

  1. Chicken Breast
  2. Sesame Oil
  3. Coconut Flour
  4. Ground Ginger
  5. Egg Whites
  6. Sesame Seeds

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 286
  • Net Carbs: 5.3g

Find this recipe at Food Faith Fitness

6. Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp with Sriracha Dipping Sauce

coconut shrimp with sriracha dipping sauce on a colorful plate

Coconut shrimp is one of my favorite things to have at seafood restaurants. Now you can have that same delicious flavor at home but so much healthier thanks to your trusty airy fryer!

This easy air fryer shrimp recipe needs only 5 ingredients (plus salt, pepper, oil) and 25 minutes!

The Ingredients You Need:

  1. Shrimp
  2. Egg
  3. Almond Flour
  4. Shredded Coconut
  5. Garlic Powder

(Nutritional Information Not Provided)

Find this recipe at paleOMG

7. Healthy Air Fryer Shawarma Green Beans Recipe

close up shawarma green beans sprinkles with sesame seeds

Another easy and HEALTHY air fryer recipe, this time an Indian-inspired vegetable side dish! A delicious green bean recipe perfect to try with the air fryer and great for a weeknight side dish.

Only 4 Ingredients and 10 Minutes needed!

The Ingredients You Need:

  1. Green Beans
  2. Oil
  3. Shawarma Spice
  4. Salt

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 158
  • Net Carbs: 5g

Find this recipe at Two Sleevers

8. Herb-Marinated Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

herb marinated air fryer chicken thighs in an air fryer basket

You’ve got to love that delicious crispy skin, and succulent juicy meat! This healthy air fryer recipe for herby chicken thighs is super easy to make and SO tasty!

This recipe needs 8 ingredients (mostly herbs and spices plus salt, pepper and oil) and 50 minutes total. Although, it’s just 15 minutes hands-on time.

The Ingredients You Need:

  1. Chicken Thighs
  2. Lemon Juice
  3. Garlic Powder
  4. Onion Powder
  5. Dried Basil, Oregano, Sage + All Purpose Herb Blend

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 100
  • Carbs: 1g

Find this recipe at Kalyn’s Kitchen

9. Keto Air Fryer Fish Sticks

keto fish sticks in brown paper with fresh lemon wedges

For the kids. If your kiddos love fish sticks, try making this healthier recipe at home. I love cooking fish in an airy fryer, because it’s so much easier to get it right.

Just 6 ingredients (plus salt, pepper and oil) and 40 minutes needed (10 minutes hands-on).

The Ingredients You Need:

  1. Cod (or fish of choice)
  2. Tapioca Starch
  3. Almond Flour
  4. Dried Dill
  5. Onion Powder
  6. Mustard Powder

Find this recipe at Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

We love our Mango Remoulade with this recipe. It always complements fish in the best way.

10. Healthy Air Fryer Turkey Breast

close up of air fryer turkey breast garnished with chopped herbs

Make weeknight cooking easy with this turkey breast recipe. If you love juicy turkey breast, then this healthy air fryer recipe is perfect for you.

Needs only 4 ingredients (plus salt and pepper) and 30 minutes total.

The Ingredients You Need:

  1. Turkey Breast
  2. Dried Thyme
  3. Paprika
  4. Sage

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 62
  • Carbs: 1g

( Find this recipe at Berry Maple )

11. Extra Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

close up of extra crispy air fryer chicken wings in white paper

I will never say no to crispy chicken wings without the excessive amounts of oil. YES. PLEASE. Chicken Wings are the PERFECT thing to cook in an air fryer and this recipe is so easy and delicious.

Needs 4 ingredients and 25 minutes total!

The Ingredients You Need:

  1. Chicken Wings
  2. Baking Powder
  3. Garlic Powder
  4. Chili Powder

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 659
  • Carbs: 4g

( Find this recipe at iFoodBlogger )

In Conclusion:

An air fryer is a great tool to help you cook healthier “fried” meals in a short time. It’s easy to get a crispy skin on all kinds of foods giving you a satisfying crunch and a juicy inside!

These easy recipes are a great place to get you started on the air fryer journey!

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