Air frying means quick, crispy, and easy! If you're looking for inspiration for vegan air fryer recipes, check out these weekday dinners and sides, all are packed with flavor and healthy ingredients.
We've listed 25+ of the best air fryer recipes from all over the internet that will help you cook wholesome dinners with less oil but more flavor! Take your pick from air fryer vegetables, starters, air fryer dinners, all nourishing meals with healthy plant-based protein.
1. Air fryer asparagus
We start this list with a crunchy 10-min air fryer asparagus. Asparagus and air fryer are made for each other, and this air fryer asparagus recipe is proof of that. It's quick, healthy, and, most importantly, delicious.
2. Air fryer tofu
Air fryer tofu is a convenient, easy recipe you can make in less than 15 minutes with very simple ingredients. It's the perfect plant-based protein source for salads, soups, and stews.
3. Air fryer green beans
Air fryer green beans are a quick and simple recipe to enjoy all year round, made with fresh or frozen green beans. This healthy veggie side dish is easy to prepare and ready in under 15 minutes.
4. Air fryer zucchini
Crispy, snack-friendly, and with less oil, this air fryer zucchini recipe is the perfect low-carb, whole30, and gluten-free treat.
5. Air fryer Croutons
It takes less than 10 minutes to make them, and a few simple ingredients such as olive oil and your favorite dry herbs. They are perfect for soups, salads, and stews.
6. Air fryer Chickpeas
In less than 15 minutes, you can make crispy and protein-packed chickpea snacks! They are perfect for soups, salads, and avocado toasts.
7. Spaghetti squash
Air frying is a great way to increase your veggie intake, and this air fryer spaghetti squash is a gluten-free recipe that is ready in just 20 minutes. Easy, fuss-free, and healthy.
8. Pasta chips
These salt and vinegar pasta chips are a crispy starter or appetizer and pair perfectly with a vegan sour cream dip. They're ready in 25 minutes and are great for entertaining.
9. Air fryer tempeh
Sticky and full of flavor, these cubes of air fryer tempeh are a great source of plant-based protein for salads and rice dishes. Lori's tempeh recipe is marinated in a smoky sauce and is ready in just 10 minutes.
10. Tofu nuggets
These "vegan chicken" tofu nuggets are the perfect snack for game nights and barbecues. They have a meaty texture, are whole-food plant-based friendly, and are perfect for dipping.
11. Sweet and sticky air fryer eggplant
Sticky and caramelized air fryer eggplant is a perfect veggie addition to rice, noodles, and salads. As most air fryer veggies they are super easy to make, with less oil and a nourishing side dish.
12. Barbecue lentil meatballs
Jackie's air fryer lentil meatballs are nut-free, and egg-free but packed with protein. Chewy, flavorful and hugged in a barbecue sauce, these vegan meatballs are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
13. Vegan biscuits 3 ways
With three different vegan fillings, these vegan biscuits make a diverse and inviting appetizer that is perfect for entertaining. With filling options such as chicken buffalo, artichoke, and spinach, there is something for every taste in Rene's recipe.
14. Air fryer falafel
Falafel with less oil but a crispy outer shell seems like a win-win! With Ela's air fryer falafel recipe, you can get a gluten-free and high-protein meal ready with just 15 minutes of cooking time.
15. Air fryer mushrooms
Simple, versatile, and perfect as a topping, these air fryer mushrooms are chewy and umami-packed. We love them as a side dish with vegan meatballs, pasta, and salad.
16. Better than takeout Orange tofu
Jessica is a master at tofu recipes and made an air fryer takeout version of her orange tofu. This orange tofu is easy to prepare and truly as delicious as your favorite takeaway meal, definitely worth a try.
17. All spice air fryer chickpeas
If you're looking for your next salad topping or plant-based protein, here's a strong candidate. These crispy air fryer chickpeas are quick, low-fat, and fiber-rich, we love these in salads and grain bowls.
18. Crispy panko tofu
Another crunchy and chewy tofu recipe, this crispy panko tofu pairs perfectly with salads, veggie bowls, or as a protein-rich snack. An (almost) oil-free, yummy, and plant-based protein source.
19. Air fryer home fries
A classic side dish and all-time favorite snack in our home, crispy potato fries are a winner with almost any meal. Serve with salads, your favorite main dish, or on barbecue night, Cheryl's home fries are ready in just 15 minutes.
20. Tofu nuggets
Our second air fryer nugget on this list, but anything that's vegan, crunchy, and chewy deserves some attention. Serve these aromatic tofu nuggets with a dipping sauce or in a loaf of pita bread with your favorite dressing. YUM!
21. Jicama fries
Low calorie, crispy, and slightly sweet, these jicama fries are perfect potato substitutes and satiating too. Known as a super-food, jicama is rich in antioxidants and high in dietary fiber.
22. Air fryer caramelized bananas
Air frying is so versatile, that you can even make desserts with this cooking method. Lisa's air fryer caramelized bananas are a perfect example of a healthy, inexpensive, and quick dessert.
23. Air fryer apple chips
Danielle's air fryer apple chips are the perfect snack for kids, as they are sugar-free and with little oil. It's a healthy, fun, and crunchy chip and can be stored for up to 5 days, we are fans!
24. Air fryer cookies
With 10 different flavors to choose from, Arman made sure that you'll find your favorite flavor with these easy vegan-friendly air fryer cookies. The cooking time for these cookies is just 7 minutes, so there's no excuse not to make these at home.
25. Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies
Soft, chewy, and luxurious, these oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies are a wonderful air fryer treat. With only 30 minutes of prep and easy-to-find ingredients, you can enjoy this decadent vegan dessert.
26. Air fryer Brussels sprouts
Brussels sprouts in the air fryer only take about 10 minutes to transform into delicious, slightly charred sprouts with a nutty and pleasantly bitter-sweet taste. The outer leaves will be a little crispy, and the sprouts will have an al dente, tender-crisp texture, which is super tasty.
27. Easy air fryer potatoes
Air fryer potatoes are life-changing because they take less than half the time than oven-roasted potatoes, taste phenomenal, and the air fryer is so much easier to clean. Serve them with your favorite main, as an appetizer, or as a snack - as they are, or with a sauce on the side.
28. Juicy air fryer mushrooms
This is a quick and easy 15-minute air fryer mushroom recipe that delivers perfectly juicy and tasty roasted mushrooms. Use them in grain bowls, salads, and pasta to get a little extra flavor and greens into your diet.
29. Tender sweet potatoes in the air fryer
Air fryer sweet potato gets brown and slightly charred, naturally caramelized, and super tender, just like oven-roasted sweet potatoes, but in half the time. Use them in sweet potato salad, black bean salad, and this winter lentil salad.
30. Super quick cauliflower florets
We wrap up this list with a 12-minute air fryer favorite: fork-tender air fryer cauliflower. While this air fryer recipe is pretty much the same as oven-roasted cauliflower florets, you can make it in half the time!
How to serve air fryer meals
Make your air fryer meal complete by adding one or more components, such as:
- One of these 25 best vegan salads that give you loads of raw and fresh veggies
- Add extra protein to your meal with these easy tofu recipes
- If you love mushrooms, find your favorite recipes in these vegan mushroom recipes
- Already have your main dish? Pick your next vegetable sides from this list
- If you're new to vegan, take a peek at our 35 best vegan beginner recipes
- Get raw vegan inspiration with these 30 raw vegan recipes
How to store air fryer meals
Store these meals in air-tight containers in the fridge. Eat within 2-3 days of making them, but they are best and freshest on the day of preparing them
For many more 30-minute meal ideas, check out our 30-minute meal category page.
25+ vegan air fryer recipes
- 1½ pounds potatoes Yukon Gold, Russet, or Red Potatoes
- 1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoons salt or more to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 sprig rosemary the finely chopped needles, or dried rosemary
- Scrub, wash, and pat dry the potatoes. Cut them into bite-size chunks (about 1-Inch). Add them to a mixing bowl with extra virgin olive oil, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and finely chopped rosemary needles (or dried rosemary).
- Toss well until fully coated in the seasoning.
- Preheat air fryer to 400°F or 200°C for 3 minutes, then transfer potatoes into air fryer basket.Note: potatoes CAN overlap as long as you fill the air fryer basket to no more than half full. There's no need to arrange them on a single layer.
- Air fry at 400°F or 200°C for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender and nicely browned. Shake fryer basket every 5 minutes to ensure even cooking.
- Take out of the air fryer immediately, arrange on a serving platter, and garnish with a pinch of coarse or flakey sea salt, fresh rosemary needles, or with your favorite fresh herbs or serve with dips.
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