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Best Vegan Air Fryer Recipes

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 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!

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

Crispy French Fries

oil free french fries in basket with ketchup on wooden table

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.

Black Bean Burgers

vegan black bean burger on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion

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 them in the air fryer and cook at 370°F for 15 minutes. That’s all there is to it!

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

close up of two air fryed baked potatoes topped with vegan sour cream on white plate

Making Air Fryer Baked Potatoes is so simple!! The best part is that they come out perfectly light and flakey on the inside with extra crispy skin on the outside.

Air Fryer Potato Wedges (aka Jo Jo Potatoes)

air fryer potato wedges on plate with black bean burger

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!

Air Fryer Tofu

air frier tofu on blue asian bowl with chopsticks and dipping sauce in background

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!

Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas

crispy roasted chickpeas in white bowl and basket with meassuring spoon and spices

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

Vegan Air Fryer 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

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.

Cooking Instructions

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.

flax egg in stainless spoon

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.

breaded potato wedges in air fryer basket

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.
vegan chipotle sauce beside air fryer potatoes

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!

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Bett

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

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.

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Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

[…] kitchen, I will say that I absolutely love mine. Some of the recipes I have been able to make are Asparagus, Mushroom, and Tofu Tempura, French fries, and more. I am happy to have all those crispy fried foods back in my life, only this […]

Merch

Monday 4th of June 2018

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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Saturday 1st of April 2017

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Friday 31st of March 2017

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. :)