A relative newcomer to the world of kitchen appliances, the air fryer is a godsend in a whole-food, plant-based kitchen. With the ability to force hot air more quickly and intensely than a convection oven, cooking times are reduced and you get crispy, crunchy textures—no oil required! To show you what’s possible, we’ve put together a collection of our favorite air-fryer recipes—from veggie chips to pizza, flaky pastries, wraps, patties, and more. Your friends and family will be truly amazed. And a bonus: All these recipes are completely free of animal products and oil.
Learn more about air-frying with our guide: Air Fryer 101.
Air-fried beet chips are a yummy snack in themselves, and when added to salads, like this spinach, farro, and pear combo, they give a tantalizing burst of color and flavor. Pro tip: For extra vibrance use both yellow and purple beets.View Recipe
In this plant-based take on an Italian favorite, air-fried eggplant slices sit atop linguine in marinara sauce with fresh basil. Coated with a seasoned blend of crispbread crackers and nutritional yeast, the eggplant rounds are deliciously crunchy with cheesy flavor.View Recipe
Crunchy air-fried plantain chips offer a sweet and spicy pop to this three-grain salad bowl, while coconut flakes and pineapple add divine tropical flavor.View Recipe
In this succulent oil-free stir-fry, sesame-crusted, air-fried tofu sit atop fork tender veggies in an orange-infused, Chinese-style brown sauce. Serve over brown rice or another hot cooked whole grain.View Recipe
Transport yourself to the busy streets of Naples with these vegan calzones. With a flaky pastry pouch stuffed with tender veggies coated in a cheesy sauce, it really is hard to believe they’re oil- and dairy-free.View Recipe
Even your hard-core carnivore friends will love these crispy breaded portobello mushroom burgers. Serve with cashew-based Thousand Island Aïoli.View Recipe
Healthy and delicious, these crunchy taquitos are made with corn tortillas and a melt-in-your-mouth black bean and riced cauliflower filling.View Recipe
Did you know it takes half as long to cook a mini pizza in an air-fryer as it does in a conventional oven? Top with a tasty cannellini bean sauce, fresh herbs, and veggies for a scrumptious snack or meal.View Recipe
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