10 Vegan Air-Fryer Recipes You Need to Try

By Lisa Esile, MS,

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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 vegan 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 vegan air-fryer recipes are completely free of animal products and oil.

Learn more about air-frying with our guide: Air Fryer 101.

Chopped Salad with Air-Fried BBQ Chickpeas on a white plate against a herringbone pattern tablecloth

Chopped Salad with Air-Fried BBQ Chickpeas

Chickpeas coated in a scrumptious homemade BBQ spice turn crispy and delicious in the air-fryer and make this quinoa salad extra special. Fresh veggies lend juiciness and crunch while an avocado dressing brings all the flavors together.
Crispy air fryer beets sit atop a colorful green salad with spinach and other chopped veggies including fresh pair, in a hexagonal white bowl in bright light

Farro and Spinach Salad with Air-Fried Beets

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.
air-fryer eggplant parmezzan - breaded and fried slices of eggplant atop a spaghetti dish with marinara sauce

Air-Fryer Eggplant Parmezzan with Pasta

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.
Colorful grain bowls with greens and sliced, crispy plantain chips, seasoned with jerk spices

Jerk Grain Bowls with Air-Fried Plantain Chips

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.
Two bowls loaded with a colorful mix of chopped lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes over a pile of bulgur grains, topped with air-fryer falafel and drizzled with sauce

Greek Salad with Air-Fryer Falafel

For a crowd-pleasing family meal, try these oil-free, air-fried falafel in a mouthwatering Greek salad and cashew-based dressing or Tahini Dipping Sauce. The falafel also work well in Falafel Tacos.
Air-Fryer Vegan Dish - Colorful Stir-Fry Dish with Veggies and Crispy Golden Sesame-Encrusted Tofu

Crispy Tofu and Veggie Stir-Fry

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.
Air Fryer Vegan Calzones

Air-Fryer Sweet Potato and Kale Calzones

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.
Two breaded air-fryer portobello burgers shown from above, drizzled with Thousand Island dressing, which is also in a ramekin between the burgers

Air-Fryer Portobello Burgers with Thousand Island Aïoli

Even your hard-core carnivore friends will love these crispy breaded portobello mushroom burgers. Serve with cashew-based Thousand Island Aïoli.
Air Fryer Taquitos Recipe

Air-Fryer Taquitos with Cauliflower and Black Beans

Healthy and delicious, these crunchy taquitos are made with corn tortillas and a melt-in-your-mouth black bean and riced cauliflower filling—one of our favorite vegan air-fryer recipes!
whole wheat mini pizzas with alfredo sauce for wordpress

Air-Fryer Mini Pizzas with Alfredo Sauce

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.

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.
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