Nutrition

The Best Air Fryer Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

From egg rolls to Brussels sprouts, an air fryer can do it all.


Everyone loves a good kitchen appliance—from the Instant Pot to slow cookers, there’s nothing better than a machine that does the hard work for you. The air fryer seems to be the latest and greatest kitchen appliance, with the majority of its appeal stemming from its ability to fry foods using only extremely high heat and very little oil.

But don’t be fooled—air fryers can do a lot more than just fry. With these air fryer recipes, you’ll discover something you can make for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Breakfast

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1. Air Fryer Sausage Breakfast Casserole
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Use your air fryer to combine elements of a classic breakfast—eggs, sausage, and potatoes—into one easy casserole. You can also try swapping the regular hash browns for sweet potato hash browns.

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2. Air Fryer French Toast Sticks
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These healthier french toast sticks are made with whole grain or sprouted grain bread, nut milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Make sure you don’t forget to line the bottom of the air fryer with parchment paper. This prevents the toast from sticking.

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3. Air Fryer Bacon and Egg Bite Cups
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This easy, on-the-go recipe is full of protein and vegetables and is made in silicone muffin cups so you can easily take them with you. To avoid any spillage, pour the egg mixture into the cups after placing them into the air fryer, not before.

Lunch

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4. Crispy Air Fryer Tofu
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Tofu can be one of the more difficult things to make crispy, unless you’re frying it in a vat of oil. With this recipe, all you need are some seasonings and cornstarch. When placing the cubes of tofu in the air fryer, leave enough space between each cube so they can crisp up. You may have to do it in two batches.

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5. Air Fryer Southwestern Egg Rolls
via Stay Snatched

These egg rolls are filled with peppers, black beans, tomatoes, and corn and make for a light, vegetarian lunch. If you like extra crunchy egg rolls, you can keep them in the air fryer for four to five extra minutes. Every air fryer is different though, so just be cautious at first to make sure they don’t burn.

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6. Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
via My Crazy Good Life

Nutritional yeast gives these florets their crunch and bread-like coating. Make sure to toss the cauliflower every five minutes for equal cooking on all sides.

Dinner

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7. Air Fryer Chicken Breast with Parmesan
via Momma Fit Lyndsey

It’s just like fried chicken, but without all of the oil. The recipe suggests serving them with pizza sauce and parmesan for a chicken parm style meal, but you can also use honey mustard dipping sauce or ketchup.

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8. Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
via How 2 Do Keto

Getting Brussels sprouts to be crispy in a conventional oven can be a challenge. Luckily, this air fryer recipe makes it easy for them to crisp up and provides an extra crunch by using crushed almonds.

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9. Quinoa Burgers
via Blue Jean Chef

This recipe combines cooked quinoa, eggs, onions, oats, and herbs to make the patties and gives you the option to make a homemade cucumber dill sauce. When cooking the burgers in the air fryer, make sure you flip them over halfway through.