The Best Air-Fryer Recipes of 2021

Although convection ovens have seen global usage since 1945, the modern air fryers were made popular by the Dutch multinationals, Philips. Air fryers can be used to cook delicious meals for all. Hence, we have compiled a catalogue of six of the most popular and easy-to-make recipes.

1. Chocolate Chips Oatmeal Cookies

Who does not love chocolate chips cookies? No one! Combined with oatmeal though, you will never want to have regular chocolate chips cookies again. This amazing recipe will leave not only you, but your family craving for more too.


For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1 cup of softened butter.
  • 2 large eggs (make sure they are at room temperature).
  • 3 cups of quick-cooking oats.
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips (semisweet).
  • 1 cup of chopped nuts (any kind works)
  • ¾ cup of sugar.
  • ¾ cup of packed brown sugar.
  • 1.5 cups of all-purpose flour.
  • 3.4 ounces of instant vanilla pudding mix.
  • 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.


  • Preheat your air-fryer to 325°.
  • Mix the butter and sugars in a large bowl until the mixture is fluffy and light.
  • In the same bowl, add in the eggs and vanilla and beat the mixture again.
  • Take another bowl for mixing the dry ingredients. Combine the flour, oats, dry pudding mix, salt and baking soda using a whisk.
  • Now, gradually add the mixture of the dry ingredients to the first bowl containing the creamy mixture.
  • After you are done combining the two mixtures, add in the chocolate chips and the chopped nuts.
  • Grease the air-fryer tray.
  • Drop a tablespoonful amount of the dough onto the baking sheets and flatten it a little. Make sure to keep the dough 1 inch apart in batches.
  • Cook the cookies until they are a light brown colour. This should take around 10 minutes.
  • Cool the cookies by moving them to a wire rack.

And there you have your very own Chocolate Chips Oatmeal Cookies ready for consumption!


2. Chicken Tenders

This is another fun recipe for you to try out. This is a slightly better, mouth-watering recipe of Chicken Tenders that you will want to have again and again.


For this recipe, you will need:

· 1 pound of chicken tenderloins.

· ½ cup of panko bread crumbs.

· ½ cup of crushed cheese crackers.

· ½ cup of crushed potato sticks.

· ¼ cup of melted butter.

· ¼ cup of grated Parmesan cheese.

· 1 tablespoon of sour cream.

· 2 teaspoons of minced, fresh chives.

· 2 cooked and crumbled bacon strips.

· Some additional sour cream and chives.


· Preheat your air-fryer to 400°.

· Mix the bread crumbs, potato sticks, bacon strips, chives, crushed cheese crackers and grated cheese in a shallow bowl.

· Whisk the sour cream and melted butter in another shallow bowl.

· Now, dip the chicken tenders in the butter mixture first and then in the crumbs mixtures. Pat the chicken to ensure the crumbs stick in place.

· Grease the air-fryer tray.

· Position the batches of chicken tenders in a single layer and spray them with some cooking spray.

· Cook the chicken tenders until the chicken is no longer pink and the coating has turned a golden-brown. This should take about 8 minutes for each side.

· Serve the chicken tenders with the additional chives and sour cream.


3. Scallops

Scallops are one of the seafood which is famous all around the world. Take Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen for example. Every single episode, there are at least 10-15 orders of scallops alone. Here is an easy recipe for some crunchy scallops you make in under half an hour.


For this recipe, you will need:

· 6 sea scallops which should be about ¾ pound (Pat them dry).

· 1 large egg.

· 1/3 cup of seasoned bread crumbs.

· 1/3 cup of mashed potato flakes.

· 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour.

· 1/8 teaspoon of pepper.

· 1/8 teaspoon of salt.

· Butter-flavoured cooking spray.


· Preheat the air-fryer to 400°.

· Beat the egg in a shallow bowl.

· Take another bowl and mix the bread crumbs, potato flakes, salt and pepper together.

· Take a third bowl. Add in the scallops with the flour to coat lightly.

· Dip the scallops into the egg mixture first and then in the potato mixture. Pat the scallops to make sure the crumbs stick in place.

· Grease the tray in the air-fryer basket.

· Position the scallops in a single layer on the tray and spray some cooking-spray onto them.

· Cook the scallops until they are golden-brown in colour before flipping them over. Spritz some cooking spray on the other side after flipping them.

· Now, cook until the coating is golden-brown in colour and the scallops have become opaque and firm. The cooking procedure should take about 3-4 minutes for both sides of the scallops.

And there you have your crunchy scallops ready to be served.


4. Mini Nutella Doughnuts Holes

Chocolate-lovers know what a delightful treat Nutella is. From kids to adults, no one has been able to resist this powerful hazelnut spread. But Nutella stuffed in doughnuts? That is something you are bound to fall in love with.


For this recipe, you will need:

· 2/3 cup of Nutella.

· 1 large egg.

· 1 tube of large refrigerated flaky biscuits (around 16.3 ounces).

· 1 tablespoon of water.

· Confectioners’ sugar.


· Preheat the air-fryer to 300°.

· Take a bowl and whisk the egg with the water.

· Lightly flour the surface where you will roll your biscuits.

· Roll each biscuit into a circle of about 6 inches.

· Cut each of the rolled biscuits into 4 wedges.

· Brush the wedges lightly with the egg mixture.

· Drop a teaspoonful worth of Nutella on the middle of each wedge.

· Seal the wedges by bringing up the corners and pinching them together firmly.

· Position each batch of the biscuits in a single layer on the tray of the air-fryer basket. Make sure the tray is NOT greased.

· Cook the biscuits until they are golden-brown in colour, flipping them over once. This should take around 10 minutes.

· Take the biscuits out and dust some confectioners’ sugar on top.

· Serve the biscuits warm.


5. Herb and Lemon Cauliflower

This is another easy to prepare recipe. This air-fried cauliflower dish, made with only a few ingredients, is going to make your children finish their greens in no time.


For this recipe, you will need:

· 1 medium head cauliflower (Cut it into florets. It should make about 6 cups).

· ¼ cup of minced fresh parsley.

· 4 tablespoons of olive oil (Keep the oil divided into two parts of two tablespoons each.).

· 2 tablespoon of lemon juice.

· 1 tablespoon of minced fresh thyme.

· 1 tablespoon of minced fresh rosemary.

· 1 teaspoon of grated lemon zest.

· ½ teaspoon of salt.

· ¼ teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes.


· Preheat your air-fryer to 350°.

· Take a large bowl and add the cauliflower with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Toss the cauliflower around to coat them properly.

· Arrange each batch of the cauliflower in a single layer on the tray of the air-fryer basket.

· Cook the cauliflower for 8-10 minutes until the florets become tender and the edges turn brown. Stir the florets halfway through.

· Take a small bowl and mix the remaining ingredients together. Add in the leftover 2 tablespoons of olive oil and stir.

· Move the cauliflower to a large bowl and trickle the mixture of the herbs onto them. Toss the florets around to coat them properly.

Your piping hot Herb and Lemon Cauliflower is ready to be served.


6. Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters are a delectable dessert to have. Yet they are not as healthy as one would hope for them to be. Air-fried apple fritters, on the other hand, are healthier than regular fritters. Check out this process to enjoy your favorite dessert without being so health-conscious.


For this recipe, you will need:

· 1.5 cups of all-purpose flour.

· 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar.

· 2/3 cup of 2% milk.

· ¼ cup of butter.

· ¼ cup of sugar.

· 2 large eggs at room temperature.

· 2 medium-sized Honey crisp apples (peel and chop them).

· 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

· 1 tablespoon of 2% milk.

· 2 teaspoons of baking powder.

· 1.5 teaspoon of vanilla extract (Divide it into two parts of 1 teaspoon and ½ teaspoon).

· 1.5 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

· ½ teaspoon of salt.

· Cooking spray.


· Line up parchment paper in the air-fryer basket and spray on some cooking spray. Preheat the air-fryer to 410°.

· Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.

· Add in the eggs, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and milk to the bowl and stir until the mixture is moistened.

· Add the apples into the mixture.

· For each batch, scoop ¼ cupful of the dough onto the air-fryer basket, keeping them at least 2 inches apart.

· Cook the fritters for 6 minutes until they turn golden-brown. Flip them over and cook the other side for 2 minutes until it turns golden-brown.

· Take a saucepan and melt the butter over medium-high heat. Cook until the butter starts to become brown and foamy.

· Remove the butter from heat and let it cool a little before adding in the sugar, half teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of milk. Whisk the mixture till it is smooth.

· Trickle the butter mixture over the fritters and serve.

Now go ahead and try them all. You will not regret the choice at all.

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