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!
I used to eat a lot of 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. I thought the days of crunchy French fries, Jo Jo potatoes, and tempura were over. Thankfully, I found out that I was wrong!
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What is an air fryer anyway?
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.
An air fryer is a terrific kitchen appliance that cooks by circulating hot air around food at high speed. It is able to produce crispy foods 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.
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 a weekend of 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 would have zero oil and wouldn’t be clogging my arteries or causing inflammation in my body.
Take a look at some of the amazing air fryer vegan recipes I make regularly in my air fryer for the family. Bring on the crispy food!
NOTE: To see full recipes on most of these dishes, simply click on the recipe title in orange.
Vegan Air Fryer Recipes
Healthy, homemade, oil-free, Air Fryer French Fries are simple to make and absolutely delicious!
These air fryer french fries are one of my favorite recipes, and we actually eat them for dinner as the main course about once a week.
This Black Bean Burgers recipe gets some of the highest reviews on this website. People love that the patties are firm and can even be cooked on the grill without falling through.
They can also be made in an air fryer!
After patting them out, place in the air fryer and cook at 370 degrees for 15 minutes. That’s all there is to it!
These Air-Fried Potato Wedges make a perfect side dish because they are crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. They are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and deliciously healthy!
This delicious Air Fryer Tofu is crispy to perfection without a drop of oil in only about 15-minutes. Believe me, the whole family is going to love these little chunks!
They are great alone or served in stir-fries!
These quick and easy Air Fryer Chickpeas are absolutely delicious and completely oil-free. Choose from this tasty assortment of flavors!
Air Fry Vegetable Tempura
Believe it or not, vegetable tempura can be made completely oil-free as well, and I love making sweet potato, mushroom, asparagus, broccoli, and more in my air fryer.
Tempura dishes need to be battered, and this is a simple way that I do that.
Tempura batter ingredients
- 3 Tbsp flax meal
- 1/2 cup water
- 1-1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
- 1 Tbsp onion powder
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
Begin by making flax eggs that will help the flour stick to the vegetables.
To do this place the flaxseed or meal with water in a blender and blend for about 1-minute. The finished product will have an egg-white-type texture that will allow the dry coating to stick well.
You can also skip the blender and just whip this up with a whisk and a bowl, but I prefer the blender method because it becomes much thicker and creamer.
If you are planning to cook a lot of veggies, you’ll want to double this flax egg recipe to have plenty.
Next, place the dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to mix well.
Slice all vegetables. I did not slice the mushrooms but left them whole. If making tofu, drain and press the water out before slicing.
Pour the flax egg mixture from your blender into a medium to a large bowl that will accommodate coating the veggies.
In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients–panko and seasonings.
To begin the battering process, roll each vegetable (or vegetable slice) in the flax egg mixture to coat well.
Next, dredge the vegetable chunks in the large bowl with the panko and dry coating.
Place the battered veggie chunks into the basket of the air fryer, and sprinkle with salt, if desired.
Set temperature to 400°F and timer at the following times.
- Asparagus, tofu, and broccoli–20 minutes.
- Whole mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and Jo Jo potatoes–25 minutes.
Don’t overfill the basket, and if there are layers of veggies, you’ll need to stop the cooking halfway through and shake the basket to redistribute the chunks.
Once the air fryer timer goes off, leave vegetables in the basket or place on a plate, and allow to cool. They really do get brown and crispy.
One of the best things of all about air frying without oil is the cleanup. Simply amazing!
Tips for using your air fryer
- Shake the basket a couple of times during cooking to make sure everything is browning properly.
- Make sure not to overcrowd the air fryer.
- Never use nonstick spray on your basket, because they can damage the air fryer.
- Parchment paper can be used to make cleanup easier.
- Air fryers get pretty hot, so make sure there is at least 5″ of space around your device.
- The sauces I used for dipping are my Asian Sauce and Chipotle Ranch Sauce.
I am thrilled to have all these crispy-fried foods back in my life. Only this time, they are working to nourish my body and keep my arteries clean as healthy vegan recipes. Air fryer recipes are tha’ bomb!