I’m loving my air fryer right now, and I’ve been collecting recipes for quick-and-easy breakfasts, lunches, suppers, and snacks. Below is a growing list of vegan air fryer recipes, plus a written and a video FAQ, in case you need help choosing or using your air fryer.
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Vegan Air Fryer Recipes
Get your easy and delicious vegan air fryer recipes right here! I’ve got everything from breakfast to lunch to supper. There are even a few air fryer desserts in the mix.
1. Air Fryer Avocado Fries – Use this as an appetizer with dipping sauce, or stuff it into a tortilla with lettuce and salsa for quickie tacos.
2. Chocolate Chip Cookies – This isn’t just any cookie. This is a MEGACOOKIE, and it takes just 8 minutes to bake in your air fryer.
3. Crispy Tofu – This tofu recipe is the one I’ve made the most in my air fryer. It’s great over salads or served with your favorite starch and veggies.
4. Veggie Fries – Julie Hasson is a kitchen superstar, and these veggie fries she made are a revelation!
5. Bacon-Wrapped Breakfast Burritos – Kristina is killing me with these. She wrapped a tofu scramble in rice paper bacon, and promptly air fried it. Amazing!
6. Potato Chips – I love potato chips, and I’m so excited to make healthier ones in my air fryer! I think I want to try to do a salt and vinegar situation soon.
7. Ranch Kale Chips – You guys, I can’t stop making these! If ranch isn’t your thing, you can season with whatever you like. I ran out of dried dill, so lately I’ve been just doing nooch, oil, and salt. It’s delish!
8. Onion Bhaji – Veganopoulous provides air fryer instructions for making onion bhaji in the air fryer. Also, I’m pretty much in love with Titly, who created the original recipe video for these.
9. Fish Taco Crisp Wraps – Another awesome recipe from Kristina! These look so good with that sweet, sweet mango salsa for dipping. Being vegan is so hard.
10. Cheesy Dill Polenta – JL published a vegan air fryer cookbook, so you know her recipes are on point. She cooked up these crispy polenta bites in her air fryer, and they look so good!
11. Avocado Tacos – I turned my popular avocado fries recipe into a TACO recipe, y’all, and it. is. STELLAR.
12. Green Bean “Casserole” – These air fryer roasted green beans and mushrooms are like a lightened-up version of green bean casserole, and they’re so addictive!
13. Chonuts – Churros meet doughnut holes in this air fried dessert recipe.
14. Coffee Doughnut Holes – Dip these air fried, cake-style doughnut holes in Maple Coffee Cream. Such a decadent treat!
15. Sweet Potato Fries – I revamped my old recipe for baked sweet potato oven fries to include air fryer instructions. SO much faster!
16. Tofu Scramble – Make brunches lazy and delicious! This whole scramble comes together in the air fryer, and it’s glorious.
17. Buffalo Cauliflower – This 4-ingredient vegan air fryer recipe couldn’t be simpler. Seriously, I tried lots of more complicated methods before landing on this simple dip-dip-fry technique.
18. Crispy Brussels Sprouts – You can make these with or without the oil, though the version with oil is definitely crispier.
19. Air Fryer Ranch Chickpeas – Roasted chickpeas are so quick and easy in the air fryer. Even my picky, chickpea-loathing preschooler likes these.
20. Crunchy Panko Tofu – This is a new family favorite in our house. It’s so flavorful and crunchy!
22. Air Fryer Sushi – This sushi roll is stuffed with sesame kale salad, but you can use this method to air fry any sushi roll that you like.
23. Whole Baked Potato – Cadry shows you how to bake a whole potato (in half the time!) in your air fryer. She’s a genius, is what I’m saying.
24. Fried Pickles – Yeah, she did! Cadry also experimented with making fried pickles in the air fryer, and they are perfection!
25. Tofu Satay – Tofu Satay cooks up incredibly quickly in the air fryer. It’s perfect dipped in my quick-and-easy, blender peanut sauce. Serve it as an appetizer or entree!
26. Instant Pot Quinoa Pilaf with Air Fryer Lemon-Garlic Tofu – Put those kitchen gadgets to WORK! Lemony, garlicky Air Fryer Tofu cooks up quickly and is a perfect Mother’s Day brunch recipe tossed into Instant Pot Quinoa Pilaf with leeks and green peas.
27. General Tso’s Tofu – Who needs takeout? Not you, my friend, Not you!
28. Plantains – Sweet air fryer plantains are great alongside beans and rice or stuffed into a vegan tacos.
29 Jackfruit Taquitos – Air Fryer Jackfruit Taquitos from The Vegan Air Fryer only have four ingredients and take about half an hour to make.
30. Fried Green Tomatoes – Cadry’s vegan fried green tomatoes are crusted with potato chips! Need I say more??
31. Croutons – What can I say? I love Cadry’s air fryer recipes! You cook these delicious croutons for just 5 minutes in the air fryer!
32. Garlic Roasted Almonds – I made these to go on top of a vegan Caesar salad, but they’re also great for snacking on by the handful.
33. Potato Peels – Never throw away potato peels again! Cadry cooks them up until they’re crispy in the air fryer, and they are to die for.
34. Orange Tofu – Amy’s restaurant-style orange tofu is oil free and absolutely delicious!
35. Tofu Buddha Bowls – There are oven and air fryer directions for the tofu in this one-bowl meal.
36. Roasted Garlic – Cadry shows you how to roast a head of garlic in only 20 minutes in your air fryer!
37. Salty Pistachio Brownies – Use your air fryer to cook up this small-batch brownie recipe in record time!
38. Hush Puppies – Crunchy, cozy Air Fryer Hush Puppies from Kathy Hester’s book, Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer, only take about 20 minutes to make. They’re perfect little balls of cornbready goodness!
39. Tofu Piccata – Crunchy, lemony Tofu Piccata cooks up like a dream in the air fryer, and I’ve got you covered with a no-cook sauce to go with it!
40. BBQ Soy Curls – Cadry’s Air Fryer BBQ Soy Curls are legit, y’all! I love them on their own, with mashed potatoes and veggies on the side. But I am also dying to use them to make her Vegan BBQ Sandwich.
41. Perfect Air Fryer French Fries – So many people tell me that they’re struggling to get perfect french fries out of their air fryers. Get some dos and don’ts for making perfect air fryer fries every time, plus four ways to season them (the BBQ Fries are my fave!).
42. Mashed Potato Bowls with Air Fryer Tofu – Creamy mashed potatoes and sauteed corn and kale are perfect piled into a big bowl with the easiest air fryer tofu you will ever make.
43. Vegan Breakfast Sandwich – My family loves this vegan spin on the Egg McMuffin, and you make the “egg” part of this sandwich right in the air fryer while you prep the rest of the toppings.
44. Air Fryer Baby Bok Choy – Got seven spare minutes? Make the quickest, easiest, most delicious baby bok choy of your DREAMS!
45. Ginger Tofu Sushi Bowl – Sweet-and-spicy air fryer ginger tofu is the star of this simple vegan supper recipe.
46. Pumpkin Spice Baked Apples – You can make baked apples in half the time in your air fryer. These star a super flavorful pumpkin spice filling that will knock your socks off.
47. Roasted Cauliflower – Flavorful roasted cauliflower takes less than 15 minutes in the air fryer with hardly any oil at all.
48. Vegan Chicken Nuggets – Cornflake-crusted nuggets get crispy and delicious in your air fryer in about 10 minutes. YUM!
49. Air Fryer Shishito Peppers – Shishito peppers cost a fortune on a restaurant menu, but you can totally make these at home for a fraction of the cost. They only take five minutes!
50. Air Fryer Butternut Squash – Butternut squash roasts up in half the time in the air fryer. It’s super delicious with earthy mushrooms and sweet, dried cranberries in the mix!
51. Asian-Inspired Air Fryer Green Beans – Only three ingredients and 10 minutes stand between you and this flavorful veggie side dish. What are you waiting for?
What is an air fryer?
I know: You don’t need yet another kitchen gadget taking up pantry and counter space. I hear you – I was like you. And then, one afternoon I threw caution to the wind, ordered my first air fryer, and haven’t looked back.
Air frying is, of course, healthier than oil frying, but it’s the convenience that really appeals to me. Air frying is less messy and faster than oil frying or baking. I tend to shy away from deep frying, because cleaning up all of that cooking oil is such a hassle.
One challenge for me as a freelancer is that I suck at making lunch. When you work at home, packing a lunch seems silly, so every day at lunch time, you end up staring at the fridge, hoping that something quick and easy and at least slightly maybe healthy will appear.
My air fryer has made this SO much less of a challenge. Because of the way it cooks food, everything cooks super fast – twice as quickly as it would in the oven. And it’s a hands-off gadget, except for one quick shake mid-cooking. That means I can throw my food into the fryer, turn it on, and get back to work until lunch is ready.
My go-to has been making air fried tofu and throwing it over salad greens with a mix of fresh and air-fried veggies. I’ve been eating like a queen at lunch lately.
Wondering how an air fryer works and what makes it special (besides sheer cooking speed)? Check out this post that I wrote for Care2
If you’re shopping for an air fryer, the Air Fryer FAQ below can help answer some of your burning questions. Below that, check out dozens of amazing vegan air fryer recipes. Enjoy them!
The Air Fryers 101 video below is sponsored by ZenChef. All opinions are 100% my own. I LOVE my new ZenChef XXL Pro air fryer!
Air Fryer FAQ: Shopping for an Air Fryer + More
A lot of folks have been asking me air fryer questions via email, Facebook, and Instagram since I first published this list, so I thought I’d include a little air fryer FAQ here for you!
Do I have to use oil?
I get this question often, and the answer really depends. Some air fryer recipes do call for oil, some use no oil, and some have optional oil.
When I do use oil in an air fryer recipe, it’s to add either flavor, moisture, or texture. If it’s possible to skip the oil in a recipe, I include oil-free options. It’s really up to you!
One important note about oil: Often, a recipe will just call for a spritz of spray oil. Do not use aerosol spray on your air fryer basket! Aerosol spray can damage your basket’s nonstick coating.
Instead of an aerosol can of oil, invest in a non-aerosol spray bottle. The cool thing about these is that they’re refillable, and you can fill them with any liquid oil you like! You can also brush on oil, if you don’t want to pony up for a spray bottle.
What kind of air fryer do you have/recommend?
My air fryer journey has been long and meandering, so I’m just going to cut to the chase here.
My current air fryer of choice is the ZenChef PRO XXL Air Fryer. It is hands-down my favorite, from a function and size perspective, and the price is right.
I have tested many brands of air fryer. Seriously, I have purchased, returned, and exchanged about a dozen air fryers on my quest to find a favorite one. This is the one.
What about combo ovens?
If you’re looking at a combo oven that includes the air fryer function, it’s not a bad option. I used to have the The Cuisinart Toaster Air Fryer. I found the air fryer function a little bit inconsistent, and it was harder to clean than my other air fryers.
Combo ovens cook a lot more quickly than conventional air fryers, so you need to check in more frequently when following a recipe. Otherwise, you may end up burning your food!
If you do get a combo oven, I found that the convection option actually works better when following air fryer recipes than the air fryer function.
What size should I get?
For up to about three people, a three or four quart air fryer will work fine. For my family of three, I was good with my old 3.7 quart fryer, but I have enjoyed the larger, 5.8 quart basket. It means I can cook with leftovers in mind!
If you have a larger family, I’d definitely suggest opting for a fryer with a big basket, like the ZenChef PRO XXL Air Fryer, which is 5.8 quarts.
If you’re cooking for one or two, a two quart air fryer, should do the trick for you. The downside to the two quart is that most generic air fryer accessories are made for three quarts and larger, so if you’re an accessories person, you might want to get a larger one, just for that.
Do I need to preheat?
This is a question I get a lot, because some air fryer recipes specify a three minute preheat.
Unless a recipe specifies preheating, I always skip it. Part of an air fryer’s beauty is that it’s small, so it heats up super quickly. You can always add a few minutes on the back end, if your food doesn’t seem like it’s cooked to your liking.
Do I really need to soak the potatoes for my fries? Soaking takes forever!
I have soaked my potatoes exactly one time, the first time I made air fried French fries. It’s supposed to help get rid of some of the starch, and technically you’re supposed to do the same thing for oven fries.
I honestly don’t feel like it makes enough of a difference in the finished fry, considering the added time. If you want to soak, go for it; if not, don’t!
Looking for how to make perfect air fryer fries? I lay out all the dos and don’ts in this detailed post.
Is it easy to clean?
Usually, yes! Though, of course, this depends on the model.
Make sure that you choose an air fryer with a basket that comes apart for easy cleaning (if it has a basket).
With most conventional air fryers, you can pop the inner basket away from the outer basket, so you can easily wipe away anything that falls through the holes and clean the bottom of the inner basket.
If you have a combo oven, the tray should come out completely, and you can wash it with the soft side of a sponge. I did find that oil stuck onto the lower tray of my combo oven, so if you do use oil in your air fryer, this is something to consider.
If something is stuck on, just soak your basket until it softens enough to wipe away with a sponge. DO NOT use an abrasive cleaner or abrasive sponge to clean your air fryer, because you don’t want to damage the nonstick surface.
Regular dish soap and a regular sponge are all you should need to clean your air fryer.
Are you working on an air fryer cookbook?
I’m not, but there are two that I’m very excited about!