Air Fryer Main Dish Recipes

Find dozens of main dish recipes you can make in your air fryer.

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Air Fryer Keto Chicken Wings

Rating: Unrated
These air-fried chicken wings are finished in under 15 minutes and a great dish if you are on the keto diet. If desired, separate wings into drumettes.

Sexy Air-Fried Meatloaf

Rating: Unrated
What is sexier than an easy dinner that doesn't take a lot of time or strange ingredients, heat up the house, or require a lot of clean up? This is a spicy, saucy, juicy meatloaf made in an air fryer. In less than an hour - but more importantly, with very little effort - you can have a delicious and tender meatloaf on the table. Serve with mashed potatoes.

Air-Fried Crumbed Fish

Rating: Unrated
Crumbed fish is one of my favorite fried items, and this air-fried version of the recipe gives me great flavor without the fat.

Air Fryer Ranch Pork Chops

Rating: Unrated
What could be simpler than ranch seasoning mix and 10 minutes in the air fryer? I prefer my chops slightly pink to ensure juiciness, but feel free to add an extra minute on each side for well done. Try different varieties of ranch mix (like spicy or bacon) to change up the flavor.

Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Rating: Unrated
Coconut shrimp come out great in the air fryer, and are served with a simple spicy honey-lime dip.

Air Fryer Rib-Eye Steak

Rating: Unrated
These air fryer rib-eye steaks definitely rival a steak cooked on a grill.

Breaded Air Fryer Pork Chops

Rating: Unrated
Perfectly tender and juicy pork chops are what you'll get in just 10 minutes using your air fryer and basic pantry ingredients. Play around with different crouton flavors for variety. I like to use a Misto® sprayer with my own oil, but feel free to use regular cooking spray.

Air-Fried Sesame-Crusted Cod with Snap Peas

Rating: Unrated
Cod fillets are lightly coated with sesame seeds and air-fried in this easy dinner recipe featuring sugar snap peas and orange wedges on the side.

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Rating: Unrated
Tasty, quick, chicken thighs, with juicy meat and a crispy skin; you will love this chicken that is ready for the table in less than 30 minutes!

Basic Air Fryer Hot Dogs

Rating: Unrated
Perfectly crisp hot dogs and toasted buns made in minutes with the help of your air fryer. Top with ketchup, mustard, relish, chili, or condiments of choice.

Air Fryer Meatballs

Rating: Unrated
After cooking meatballs in the air fryer, I will never bake them in the oven again. The insides stay nice and tender while the outsides get a slight crisp on them. The best part is that you can make them ahead of time and freeze for later use. I have included those directions in the notes. Dip meatballs in marinara, if desired.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Rating: Unrated
Beautifully crusty on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside, just like a great baked potato should be! Serve them with your favorite topping, like sour cream, butter, or chives.

Inspiration and Ideas

The Best Air Fryer Salmon Recipes

What's not to love about air fryer salmon? You're starting with a healthy fish and cooking it in a healthy way—and it's on the table fast.

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Air Fryer Chimichangas

Rating: Unrated

Now you can have chimichangas just as crispy as deep frying, minus the calories. Plus they are quick to make in an air fryer and perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Top with salsa, sour cream, avocado, and cheese.