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75 Air-Fryer Recipes You Need to Try

Looking for a healthier alternative to deep-frying? Meet the air fryer, your new favorite gadget. Check out these air-fryer recipes for crispy chicken wings, fried pickles, coconut shrimpand desserts, too!

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Put your air fryer to work! This handy gadget can make pretty much everything, from appetizers to main dishesand even desserts! Youll find the details for the recipes in this video in the following 5 slides. By the way, here’s what an air fryer really does to your food.

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Air-Fryer Southern-Style ChickenTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Southern-Style Chicken

I call this Americas best-loved air fryer chicken. The secret is in the breading, which makes the chicken super moist and flavorful, herby and golden brown. Elaina Morgan, Rickman, Tennessee

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Air-Fryer Garlic-Rosemary Brussels SproutsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Garlic-Rosemary Brussels Sprouts

This is my go-to Thanksgiving side dishhealthy, easy and very quick to make. I usually season my turkey with fresh rosemary, then use leftover herbs for this standout. Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Air-Fryer Chocolate Chip Oatmeal CookiesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I am crazy about chocolate chips, and this chewy cookie has enough to satisfy me. My husband and kids love these cookies. This big batch is perfect for our family. Diane Neth, Menno, South Dakota

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Air-Fryer PicklesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Pickles

Like deep-fried pickles? Youll love this version even more. Dill pickle slices are coated with panko bread crumbs and spices, then air-fried until crispy. Dip them in ranch dressing for an appetizer you wont soon forget. Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado

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Air-Fryer Fish and FriesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Fish and Fries

Looking for easy air fryer recipes? Try these simple fish and chips. The fish fillets have a fuss-free coating that's healthier but just as crunchy and golden as the deep-fried kind. Simply seasoned, the crispy fries are perfect on the side. Janice Mitchell, Aurora, Colorado

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Air-Fryer Mini Nutella Doughnut HolesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Mini Nutella Doughnut Holes

You can make these air-fryer doughnuts in advance and refrigerate them before frying. Just be sure to bring the dough to room temperature before frying. Renee Greene, Smithtown, New York

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Air-Fryer Ground Beef WellingtonTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Ground Beef Wellington

Trying new recipeslike this air-fryer Wellingtonis one of my favorite hobbies. I replaced the filet mignon with ground beef, while still keeping the beefy goodness. Julie Frankamp, Nicollet, Minnesota

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Air-Fryer RavioliTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Ravioli

While visiting a friend in St. Louis, Missouri, I tried fried ravioli at almost every restaurant we visited. When I got home, I had to try to replicate them, and I think this air-fryer ravioli recipe comes pretty close. Cristina Carrera, Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Air-Fryer Bread PuddingTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Bread Pudding

This air-fryer bread pudding is a fun dish because the chocolate makes it different from traditional recipes. It's a rich, comforting dessert. —Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas

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Air-Fryer Crispy Curry DrumsticksTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Crispy Curry Drumsticks

These air-fryer chicken drumsticks are flavorful, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Sometimes I'll add some red pepper flakes in addition to the curry powder if I want to spice it up a bit. I like to serve it with chicken-seasoned rice and boiled broccoli. Zena Furgason, Norman, Oklahoma

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Popcorn Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage SlawTaste of Home

Popcorn Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

These healthy popcorn shrimp tacos combine classic flavors in a new way! Its one of my familys favorites. To make them low-carb, use lettuce instead of tortillas. Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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Bacon-Wrapped Avocado WedgesTaste of Home

Bacon-Wrapped Avocado Wedges

We all know almost everything is improved with baconand avocado is no exception. Since it's made in an air fryer, this appetizer is one to remember. It will definitely impress your friends! James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

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Air-Fryer Steak FajitasTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Steak Fajitas

Zesty salsa and tender strips of meat make these air-fryer steak fajitas extra special. —Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Air-Fryer Coconut ShrimpTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Panko crumbs give this spicy air-fryer coconut shrimp its crunch. Its perfect as an appetizer or for your main meal. —Debi Mitchell, Flower Mound, Texas

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Air-Fryer Sweet and Sour PorkTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Sweet and Sour Pork

Whether youre serving a party of two or making a bigger batch for company, youll find this air-fryer sweet and sour pork a succulent choice. —Leigh Rys, Herndon, Virginia

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Air-Fryer Wasabi Crab CakesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Wasabi Crab Cakes

With wasabi in both the crab cakes and the dipping sauce, this festive appetizer brings its own heat to the holiday party. Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan

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Air-Fryer Caribbean WontonsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Caribbean Wontons

I first served these fresh and fruity air-fryer wontons as an appetizer at a summer luau. My family and friends now enjoy this fried wonton recipe for dessert at special occasions throughout the year. Melissa Birdsong, Gilbert, South Carolina

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Air-Fryer Apple FrittersTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Apple Fritters

These easy air-fryer apple fritters with brown butter glaze are healthier than old-fashioned fritters, yet they are still as delicious. Plus they're made in under 30 minutes for a quick and easy air-fryer dessert! — Alyssa Castriotta, North Scituate, Rhode Island

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Air-Fryer Keto MeatballsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Keto Meatballs

I have been following a keto diet for a year and a half and have lost 130 pounds. With this recipe for air-fryer keto meatballs, you won't miss the breadcrumbs at all! I like to eat these saucy meatballs on their own, but they're also great over zucchini noodles. Holly Balzer-Harz, Malone, New York

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Air-Fryer Taco TwistsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Taco Twists

Why serve tacos only in ordinary flour or corn tortillas? For a mouthwatering change of pace, try these air-fried tacos baked in flaky, golden crescent rolls. My family enjoys them for a warm lunch or light dinner. —Carla Kreider, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

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Air-Fryer Potato ChipsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Potato Chips

After I received an air fryer for Christmas, I discovered how simple it is to make potato chips in it. Good chips are an essential, crispy side for lunch. Melissa Obernesser, Utica, New York

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Air-Fryer Carrot Coffee CakeTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Carrot Coffee Cake

One of the greatest things about the air fryer is it's conducive to making small, quick treats—like this air-fryer carrot cake. The little cake bakes in about 30 minutes and is perfect for enjoying with your morning coffee. —Leigh Rys, Herndon, Virginia

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Air-Fryer Greek BreadsticksTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Greek Breadsticks

Get ready for rave reviews. These crisp breadsticks are twisted with Greek-inspired goodness and are best served fresh from the oven. —Jane Whittaker, Pensacola, Florida

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Air-Fryer Crumb-Topped SoleTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Crumb-Topped Sole

Looking for a low-carb supper that's ready in a flash? These buttery sole fillets are covered with a rich sauce and topped with toasty bread crumbs. They're super speedy thanks to your air fryer. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Air-Fried RadishesTaste of Home

Air-Fried Radishes

Radishes aren't just for salads anymore. These fried radishes make a colorful side for any meal. Plus, they're quick to make in your air fryer. Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Air-Fryer Ham and Egg PocketsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Ham and Egg Pockets

Refrigerated crescent roll dough makes this ham, egg and cheese pocket recipe a snap to prepare. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Air-Fryer Eggplant FriesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Eggplant Fries

My kids love these air fryer friesand I like that they're healthy. Coated with Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese and garlic salt, these eggplant fries are delicious and guilt-free. Mary Murphy, Atwater, California

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Air-Fryer Turkey CroquettesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Turkey Croquettes

I grew up with family members who looked forward to leftovers, especially the day after Thanksgiving. But we didn't just reheat turkey and spuds in the microwave—we took our culinary creativity to a new level with recipes likes this. Meredith Coe, Charlottesville, Virginia

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Air-Fryer French Toast SticksTaste of Home

Air-Fryer French Toast Sticks

Learn how to make air-fryer French toast sticks with this quick and easy recipe. I like to have them handy in the freezer for a hearty breakfast in an instant. They're great for buffets and eating on the go. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Garlic-Herb Fried Patty Pan SquashTaste of Home

Garlic-Herb Fried Patty Pan Squash

The first time I grew a garden, I harvested summer squash and cooked it with garlic and herbs. This fried patty pan squash recipe is a creative twist. —Kaycee Mason, Siloam Springs, Arkansas

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Air-Fryer Quinoa AranciniTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Quinoa Arancini

We love arancini, but they're not the healthiest option! I wanted to make a version that we could enjoy guilt-free. I substituted quinoa for rice and tried baking instead of frying. Now we can have these air-fryer arancini any time. —Sabrina Ovadia, New York, New York

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Air Fryer Chicken TendersTaste of Home

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

I took all of the components of a loaded baked potatocheddar, potato, bacon, sour cream and chivesand turned it into my latest quick and easy dish. Every kid will love these air-fryer chicken tenders! Cyndy Gerken, Naples, Florida

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Cheesy Breakfast Egg RollsTaste of Home

Cheesy Breakfast Egg Rolls

Whether you have to run out the door in the morning or take a few minutes to relax at the table, these breakfast egg rolls will hit the spot. The egg and sausage mixture can be made the night before so in the morning you roll, fry and go! Anne Ormond, Dover, New Hampshire

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Air-Fryer General Tso's CauliflowerTaste of Home

Air-Fryer General Tso's Cauliflower

Cauliflower florets are deep-fried to a crispy golden brown, then coated in a sauce with just the right amount of kick. This General Tso's cauliflower is a fun alternative to the classic chicken dish. Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado

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Air-Fryer Beef Wellington WontonsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Beef Wellington Wontons

These tasty appetizers scale down classic beef Wellington to an ideal party size. They feel fancy and fun! —Dianne Phillips, Tallapoosa, Georgia

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Air-Fryer Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Pork Chops

These air-fryer pork chops get their rich flavor from Creole seasoning and Parmesan cheese. Bonus: They're low in carbs, too! —Dawn Parker, Surrey, British Columbia

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Air-Fryer Nacho Hot DogsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Nacho Hot Dogs

Adults and kids alike will love these Southwest-inspired air-fryer hot dogs. This meal is not only budget-friendly, but it's hot, cheesy and delicious, too. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Air-Fryer Raspberry Balsamic Smoked Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Raspberry Balsamic Smoked Pork Chops

Air-fryer pork chops are so delicious and so easy to make. My husband loves them. Lynn Moretti, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Air-Fryer Chickpea Fritters with Sweet-Spicy SauceTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Chickpea Fritters with Sweet-Spicy Sauce

Chickpeas are a common ingredient in many dishes in Pakistan where I grew up. I incorporate the tastes of my home country when cooking for my American-born daughters. I have combined the light spice of Pakistani foods with the love of deep-fried finger foods that many Americans, including my daughters, enjoy. To eat, dip the warm, air-fryer fritters in the chilled yogurt. Enjoy as a snack, appetizer or as part of a meal. —Shahrin Hasan, York, Pennsylvania

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Air-Fryer Crispy Sriracha Spring RollsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Crispy Sriracha Spring Rolls

These air-fryer spring rolls are a great appetizer to have waiting in the freezer! While in the Bahamas, friends suggested a restaurant that serves amazing chicken spring rolls. When I got home, I created my own version. Carla Mendres, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Air-Fryer Pork SchnitzelTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Pork Schnitzel

This recipe is one of my husband's favorites because it reminds him of his German roots. Cooking pork schnitzel in an air fryer is genius because we can eat in a jiffy. Joyce Folker, Paraowan, Utah

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Air-Fryer Green Tomato StacksTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Green Tomato Stacks

This is for lovers of red and green tomatoes. When I ran across this recipe, I just had to try it and it proved to be so tasty! —Barbara Mohr, Millington, Michigan

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Air-Fryer Pretzel-Crusted CatfishTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Pretzel-Crusted Catfish

I love the flavor of this air-fryer catfish recipe. I'm not a big fish lover, so any concoction that has me loving fish is a keeper in my books. It's wonderful served with a nice buttery herb rice pilaf, and corn muffins with butter and honey! Kelly Williams, Forked River, New Jersey

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Air-Fryer French Toast Cups with RaspberriesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer French Toast Cups with Raspberries

These air-fryer French toast cups make any morning special. I made this recipe for my mom last Mother's Day, and we both enjoyed it. Sandi Tuttle, Hayward, Wisconsin

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Air Fryer Ham and Cheese TurnoversTaste of Home

Air Fryer Ham and Cheese Turnovers

I adore the combo of pears, blue cheese and walnuts in a salad, so I turned them into this ham and cheese turnover recipeand they were a hit. I added black forest ham to make it a meal in one. Just add a salad of field greens with a balsamic vinaigrette and you have a decadent (and healthy!) dinner. Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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Air-Fryer Shrimp Po'BoysTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Shrimp Po'Boys

My husband loves crispy coconut shrimp and po'boys, so I combined them with a spicy remoulade and voila! This air-fryer shrimp is a big hit with family and friends and is frequently requested. For catfish po'boys, substitute cornmeal for the coconut and add a few minutes to the cooking time. Marla Clark, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Air-Fryer S'mores Crescent RollsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer S'mores Crescent Rolls

Want to score indoor s'mores? Try these air-fryer crescent rolls made with Nutella. The kids will love to help with this rolled-up version of the campfire classic. —Cathy Trochelman, Brookfield, Wisconsin

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Air-Fryer Papas RellenasTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Papas Rellenas

A Cuban classic, these satisfying, crispy-coated potato balls are filled with a savory ground beef mixture known as picadillo. We love this papas rellenas recipe! —Marina Castle Kelley, Canyon Country, California

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Air-Fryer TaquitosTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Taquitos

I love these any-occasion appetizers. Spice them up by adding sliced jalapenos, if desired. &mash; Mark Webber, Valdez, Alaska

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Air-Fryer Herb and Cheese-Stuffed BurgersTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Herb and Cheese-Stuffed Burgers

Tired of the same old ground beef burgers? These quick air-fryer hamburgers, with their creamy cheese filling, will wake up your taste buds.Sherri Cox, Lucasville, Ohio

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Air-Fryer Nashville Hot ChickenTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Nashville Hot Chicken

I live in Tennessee and absolutely love our famous Nashville hot chicken. To make cooking it easier, I thought Id try air-frying. Im so glad I didthis is almost better than the original. April Lane, Greeneville, Tennessee

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Air-Fryer Salmon with Maple-Dijon GlazeTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Salmon with Maple-Dijon Glaze

Being landlocked in the Midwest, my kids always thought they disliked fish. This air-fryer salmon dish definitely changed their minds! I cook it on the grill a lot in the summer months, but found that it is just as tasty and more convenient in the air fryer, especially on those busy days! Jill Fisher, Portland, Indiana

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Air Fryer Tortellini with ProsciuttoTaste of Home

Air Fryer Tortellini with Prosciutto

This is my take on fried tortellini. Air-fryer Italian street food recipes, like this one, are crunchy, gooey good. For the sauce, use the best quality tomatoes you can find. Angela Lemoine, Howell, New Jersey

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Air-Fryer Cumin CarrotsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Cumin Carrots

Air-fryer carrots make a super sidebig on flavor and a breeze to cook. Plus, I can actually get my husband to eat these fragrant, deeply spiced veggies. Taylor Kiser, Brandon, Florida

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Air-Fryer Mini ChimichangasTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Mini Chimichangas

My family raves about these air-fryer chimichangas. Infused with green chiles, the beefy snacks are guaranteed to liven up the party! —Kathy Rogers, Hudson, Ohio

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Air-Fryer Loaded Pork BurritosTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Loaded Pork Burritos

Burritos are the perfect dinner for the whole family, especially this quick and easy recipe. Don't be afraid to load up your air-fryer burrito with pork, beans, cheese and rice. Fiona Seels, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Air-Fryer Honey Cinnamon Roll-upsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Honey Cinnamon Roll-ups

This cinnamon treat reminds me of baklava; but with only a few easy ingredients, it's a fraction of the work. My Aunt Adele shared the recipe with me, and I think of her whenever I make it. It's one of my favorite air-fryer snacks! —Sue Falk, Sterling Heights, Michigan

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Air-Fryer Acorn Squash SlicesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Acorn Squash Slices

This air-fryer acorn squash recipe was passed down to me from my grandma, who always served it at Thanksgiving. Now I make it whenever I'm feeling nostalgic. —Rita Addicks, Weimar, Texas

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Sweet and Spicy Air-Fryer MeatballsTaste of Home

Sweet and Spicy Air-Fryer Meatballs

I am always on a quest for meatballs that pack a sweet and savory punch. These are a snap to pull together and can be served over rice or buttered noodles.Tami Kuehl, Loup City, Nebraska

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Air-Fryer Beefy Swiss BundlesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Beefy Swiss Bundles

Kids and adults alike will devour these comforting yet special pockets. With creamy mashed potatoes, gooey cheese and flavorful seasonings, what's not to love? Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Pineapple PorkTaste of Home

Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Pineapple Pork

This air-fryer pork is a great dish to make on a weeknight, and it's special enough for company. The recipe starts with pork tenderloin, which is quick to cook and economical compared to many meats, and it tastes delicious. Leigh Rys, Herndon, Virginia

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Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp and Apricot SauceTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp and Apricot Sauce

Coconut and panko crumbs give this spicy air-fryer shrimp its crunch. Its perfect for an appetizer or for your main meal. Debi Mitchell, Flower Mound, Texas

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Air-Fryer Bourbon Bacon Cinnamon RollsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Bourbon Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe is the perfect combination of savory and sweet. The bourbon-soaked bacon adds a smoky, savory, bold taste to cinnamon rolls. The ginger and pecan topping makes for a crunchy, spicy finish. Shannen Casey, Berkeley, California

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Air-Fryer Pepper PoppersTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Pepper Poppers

These creamy stuffed jalapenos have some bite. They may be the most popular treats I make! My husband is always hinting that I should make a batch. Lisa Byington, Johnson City, New York

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Air-Fryer Fiesta Chicken FingersTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Fiesta Chicken Fingers

Chicken fingers have long been a favorite of mine. Actually, almost any finger-shaped deep-fried goodie seldom escapes my reach. These air-fryer chicken fingers have taken a lot of the guilt out of my guilty pleasure. Dianne DeGarmo-Carr, Alexander, Arkansas

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Air-Fryer Everything Bagel Chicken StripsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Everything Bagel Chicken Strips

I love the flavor profile of everything bagels, so I re-created it with traditional breaded chicken fingers. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce. Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida

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Air-Fryer Green Tomato BLTTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Green Tomato BLT

I have used this "frying" method with eggplant slices for years and decided to try it for my green tomatoes. It worked! Now my family loves them in BLTs. Jolene Martinelli, Derry, New Hampshire

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Air-Fryer Roasted Green BeansTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Roasted Green Beans

Our family loves roasted green beans, but they can take a long time in the oven. I tried these air-fryer green beans and we loved them! Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

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Spicy Air-Fryer Chicken BreastsTaste of Home

Spicy Air-Fryer Chicken Breasts

My family adores this chicken recipe. The coating keeps the chicken nice and moist, and with the taste enhanced by marinating, the result is delicious. Stephanie Otten, Byron Center, Michigan

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Air-Fryer Reuben CalzonesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Reuben Calzones

I love a Reuben sandwich, so I tried the same classic filling in a pizza pocket instead of on rye bread. This hand-held dinner is a big-time winner at our house. Nickie Frye, Evansville, IN

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Air-Fryer Herb and Cheese-Stuffed BurgersTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Herb and Cheese-Stuffed Burgers

Tired of the same old ground beef burgers? These quick air-fryer hamburgers, with their creamy cheese filling, will wake up your taste buds.Sherri Cox, Lucasville, Ohio

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Air-Fryer Lemon Slice Sugar CookiesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Lemon Slice Sugar Cookies

Here's a refreshing variation of my grandmother's sugar cookie recipe. Lemon pudding mix and icing add a subtle tartness that tingles your taste buds. Melissa Turkington, Camano Island, Washington

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Air-Fryer Peppermint Lava CakesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Peppermint Lava Cakes

It never ceases to amaze to see warm chocolate pudding ooze out of the center of this tender chocolate cake. These cakes are a showstopper on a plate! Serve lava cakes with whipped cream or ice cream. Carolyn Crotser, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Quentins Air-Fryer Peach-Bourbon WingsTaste of Home

Quentins Air-Fryer Peach-Bourbon Wings

My father and husband love bourbon flavor, so I add it to tangy wings air-fried in peach preserves. Stand back and watch these wings fly. Christine Winston, Richmond, Virginia

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Air-Fryer Rosemary Sausage MeatballsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Rosemary Sausage Meatballs

These air-fryer meatballs were created as hors d'oeuvres for a friend's wedding and became an instant hit. Now we enjoy them often at our house. —Steve Hansen, Redmond, Washington

Nicole Doster
Nicole is a writer, editor and lover of Italian food. In her spare time, you’ll find her thumbing through vintage cookbooks or testing out recipes in her tiny kitchen.