20 Vegan Recipes Made for the Air Fryer

Air Fryer Vegan Buffalo Tofu Bites
Photo: Buckwheat Queen

The air fryer can be a vegan's secret tool for creating delicious meals. Great for getting a deep-fried taste without the extra fat, air fryers circulate hot air to help foods crisp up and cook. Use it to make extra crunchy crusts on tofu, crisp-tender veggies, and delightfully firm falafels. With our collection of 20 vegan recipes for the air fryer, you'll be an air fryer pro in no time.

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Vegan Air Fryer Taquitos

Vegan Air Fryer Taquitos
Yoly

Traditionally stuffed with cheese or chicken, these taquitos get a vegan twist thanks to the creamy potato filling. Serve with guacamole and salsa for dipping.

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Air Fryer Root Vegetables with Vegan Aioli

Air Fryer Root Vegetables with Vegan Aioli
Bibi

Root veggies like parsnips, carrots, and potatoes get extra crispy in the air fryer, the perfect contrast to the creamy aioli dipping sauce.

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Air Fryer Vegan Buffalo Tofu Bites

Air Fryer Vegan Buffalo Tofu Bites
Buckwheat Queen

"Tofu is breaded and air-fried then tossed in buffalo sauce for vegan buffalo wings to cure your spicy fix without oil," says recipe creator Buckwheat Queen. "Freezing the tofu gives it a chewy texture that makes this snack just that much better."

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Air Fryer Roasted Salsa

Air Fryer Roasted Salsa
France C

Recipe creator France C says, "This simple restaurant-style salsa is made with vegetables that are first roasted in your air fryer. Roasting adds an extra depth of flavor, while mellowing the usual bite you'd get from the onion and garlic."

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Vegan Jalapeño Cornbread in the Air Fryer

Vegan Jalapeno Cornbread in the Air Fryer
Bibi

Nothing balances out sweet cornbread quite like the addition of some fresh jalapeños. The air fryer cooks the cornbread quickly, giving it a golden crust while the bread stays moist.

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Air Fryer Polenta Fries

Air Fryer Polenta Fries
Soup Loving Nicole

Tubed polenta is easily turned into a crispy snack with the air fryer. Just toss in seasoning and a smidge of oil to create this simple snack or appetizer.

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Air Fryer Spicy Green Beans

Air Fryer Spicy Green Beans
France C

When you're tired of steamed green beans, this vegan air fryer recipe is a great alternative. The veggies are given a quick dip into Asian-inspired marinade before cooking to crisp-tender in the air fryer.

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Air Fryer Beefy Vegan Taquitos

Air Fryer Beefy Vegan Taquitos
Soup Loving Nicole

Creamy, meaty, and spicy, these taquitos are filled with a pairing of vegan beef crumbles and dairy-free cream cheese. You'll have extra chipotle chilis in adobo sauce after making this recipe, but leftover can easily be frozen in individual tablespoon portions.

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Air Fryer Falafel

Air Fryer Falafel
Buckwheat Queen

These heavily spiced falafel are tasty enough to stand on their own, or equally delicious tucked into a pita. Since garbanzo bean flour is used as the thickener, this recipe is also naturally gluten-free.

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Air Fryer Beyond Meat® Brats, Onions, and Peppers

Air Fryer Beyond Meat Brats Onions and Peppers
Soup Loving Nicole

It doesn't get much easier than this vegan dish. Beyond Meat Brats combine with peppers and onions for a classic pairing. Serve this over pasta, in a sandwich, or as a side dish.

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Air Fryer Potato Wedges

Air Fryer Potato Wedges
Yoly

No need to break out the deep fryer to enjoy crispy fries. These hearty potato wedges just need a quick toss in olive oil and spices before hitting the air fryer.

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Air Fryer Salt and Vinegar Chickpeas

Air Fryer Salt and Vinegar Chickpeas
France C

If you like salt and vinegar chips, then you're going to love this protein-packed vegan snack. Chickpeas soak in vinegar for half an hour, then become irresistibly crunchy in the air fryer.

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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Tots

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Tots
fabeverydayblog

Cajun seasoning is the secret ingredient to these homemade tots. "Pretty tasty. My kids liked these a lot," says reviewer Buckwheat Queen. "They go very well with hamburgers. The sweet and spicy were a nice contrast."

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Air Fryer Spicy Roasted Peanuts

Air Fryer Spicy Roasted Peanuts
Soup Loving Nicole

For when you need an addictively crunchy and salty snack, these peanuts fit the bill. By using seafood seasoning (just double check for vegan-friendly ingredients), the toasted nuts boast a spicy kick.

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Air Fryer Tofu

Air Fryer Tofu
Bren

Say goodbye to soggy tofu. Recipe creator Bren says, "These crispy tofu bites are great as a snack, a topping for a salad, or added to a stir-fry."

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Air Fryer Roasted Bananas

Air Fryer Roasted Bananas
Yoly

Bananas in the air fryer might sound wrong, but once you take a bite of the sweet caramelized fruit, you'll know it was the right choice. Enjoy these on their own, or serve over a scoop of nice cream.

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Potato Hay

Potato Hay on a white plate with ketchup
Buckwheat Queen

Whether you eat these with your fingers like fries, or take a fork to them like hash browns, we won't judge how you enjoy these spiralized potatoes.

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Air-Fried Ratatouille, Italian-Style

Air-Fried Ratatouille, Italian-Style

Traditional ratatouille vegetables — like zucchini, eggplant, and bell pepper — are tossed with Italian seasonings and air fried until crisp-tender.

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Spiced Air-Fried Chickpeas

Spiced Air-Fried Chickpeas
Soumya Elizabeth Abraham

A blend of nutritional yeast and spices gives these chickpeas a cheesy and smoky flavor profile. Eat as-is for a snack, or sprinkle over salads in place of croutons.

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Air Fryer Plantain Chips

Air fried Plantain Chips in a rectangular dish
Yoly

"Green plantains in the air fryer result in potato-like crunchy, crispy chips without being full of calories and fat," says recipe creator Yoly. "These can be sweet or savory, depending on which you are craving — use salt for savory or cinnamon-sugar for sweet chips.

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