Best Vegan Air Fryer Recipes

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Whether you just bought a new air fryer and are wondering what to make in it, or you’re just looking for something new and creative to make, these oil-free healthy Vegan Air Fryer Recipes are going to get you excited!

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I used to eat a lot of oily, crispy fried foods before I regained my health, and that is one thing I sometimes missed after switching to a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle. These days, I enjoy foods like these crunchy oil-free air fryer French fries, my healthy air-fried potato wedges, and even these delicious vegan pot stickers all made in my air fryer.

What is an air fryer?

If you’ve never heard of an air fryer, you’ve really been missing out. I absolutely love mine and use it at least once a week for terrific healthy recipes like my vegan black bean burgers.

An air fryer is a terrific kitchen appliance that cooks by circulating hot air around the food at high speed. It is able to produce crispy foods like these air fryer fried green tomatoes without using any oil which makes them much lower in calories and fat.

Air fryers are small enough to fit on your kitchen counter, and they allow you to make some great foods without needing to heat up the stove which makes them extra awesome during the hot summer months. I love my Ninja 5.5-capacity air fryer because it has a roomy basket that holds plenty of food.

black air fryer filled with seasoned potatoes and carrots

Top reasons to use an air fryer

  • Oil-Free Cooking: Air fryers offer a healthy alternative to frying by using no oil, allowing you to enjoy crispy vegan dishes with reduced fat and calories.
  • Keeps Kitchen Cool: An air fryer is great for summertime cooking because it allows you to prepare delicious meals with a crispy texture without heating up your kitchen like a traditional oven would, helping to keep your home cool during hot weather.
  • Versatility: From crispy tofu and roasted vegetables to homemade veggie chips, air fryers can cook a wide variety of vegan foods, providing options for every meal and snack.
  • Efficiency and Convenience: Air fryers cook food quickly and evenly, making them ideal for busy schedules. They also minimize cleanup with their non-stick baskets, making healthy vegan cooking accessible throughout the year.

Discovering healthy air fryer recipes

When I first heard about air fryers a few years ago, I was intrigued. The information I was reading said that air fryers would cook food to a crisp without having to deep fry.

I have to admit that I was very skeptical. However, after testing out a new air fryer, I discovered that all those crispy fried foods could indeed be back in my life. Only, this time, they have zero oil and aren’t clogging my arteries or causing inflammation in my body.

Take a look at some of the amazing air fryer vegan recipes these crispy roasted chickpea snacks that I make regularly in my air fryer for the family. Bring on the crispy food!

Tips for using your air fryer

  • Don’t Over-Fill: Make sure not to overcrowd the air fryer. I love my Ninja 5.5-capacity air fryer because it has a roomy basket that holds plenty of food.
  • Even Cooking: Shake the basket a couple of times during cooking to make sure everything is browning properly.
  • Cooking Spray: Never use nonstick spray on your basket, because it can damage the air fryer. Parchment paper can be used to make cleanup easier.
  • Counter Space: Air fryers get pretty hot, so make sure there is at least 5″ of space around your device.
breaded potato wedges in air fryer basket

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use an air fryer without any oil?

Yes, you can use an air fryer without any oil. The air fryer cooks food by circulating hot air around it, which can produce a crispy texture without the need for additional oil.

What foods can you cook in an air fryer?

You can cook a wide variety of foods in an air fryer, including vegetables, tofu, plant-based proteins, fries, and even baked goods. It’s versatile enough to handle both savory and sweet dishes.

Is using an air fryer healthier than traditional frying?

Yes, using an air fryer is generally healthier than traditional frying because it requires no oil, reducing the overall fat and calorie content of your meals while still delivering a crispy texture.

How do you clean an air fryer?

To clean an air fryer, remove the basket and pan and wash them with warm soapy water. Wipe down the interior and exterior of the air fryer with a damp cloth, making sure to avoid abrasive cleaners or sponges that could damage the surface.

I love my air fryer because it allows me to enjoy healthy, crispy foods without the need for oil, making them significantly lower in fat and calories. I get to indulge in my favorite crunchy snacks and meals without any guilt.

Vegan Air Fryer Recipes

You're going to love these healthy vegan air fryer recipes because they offer a quick and easy way to enjoy crispy, delicious meals without the added oil and calories. Packed with nutritious ingredients, these recipes are perfect for guilt-free indulgence any day of the week.

About Terri Edwards

Hi guys! I am the content creator behind EatPlant-Based and a licensed Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. I am passionate about sharing healthy recipes and tips to empower others to get healthy.  I’m so glad you’re here! Read More…

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  1. Hi! This looks delicious!

    But . . . it’s not tempura. Tempura is a wet, very simple batter for a very specific cultural dish.

    There’s only so far a name can stretch . . . why not just call it air fried breaded veggies?

    By the way, I’m posting this for the second time, it said it was a spam the first time. What’s that about? Was it because I didn’t realize I was supposed to put in the current year? I’ve never seen that before.

  2. Hey Terrie, I’m sure everyone here would agree, you have done an outstanding job writing this post! I love cooking with my air fryer – everything is so easy and the most important – healthy!!!

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  3. I too would love to win this for enhancing all of our plant based meals. I think the variety would help some of my non plant based family decide to give it a try. 🙂

  4. I have been on the”mostly oil free” vegan diet for about 6 months now. I’ve lost 5-10 lbs without changing much else, which has taken my BMI and body fat percentage from overweight to acceptable. I find it easy to replace oil with water when sauteing, but it’s been hard to give up takeout fried foods (falafel, fries, onion rings) once every week or so. I’d love to create those foods in the air fryer to help my oil free journey progress!

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