Air fryers are nothing new, but vegetarian air fryer recipes are making a surge! The versatility and flexibility of the world’s favorite appliance mean that everything from starchy potatoes to vegan samosas can be cooked quickly and with ease. To anyone who has been intimidated by complex-sounding recipes, or simply wants a faster way to make kale chips, these air fryer vegetable recipes are for you!
If you’re not sure whether an air fryer is for you or are simply looking for a way to elevate your cooking game for vegetarian recipes, let’s dive in!
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Why Cook Air Fryer Vegetarian Recipes
Veggie air fryer recipes are great for so many reasons – and some of them have nothing to do with taste!
One of the biggest factors that put people off cooking vegetarian food is the perceived clean-up. More ingredients are required to make the meal delicious, which means more work afterward! Not so with air fryer veg recipes – the tray is in-built into the machine, so any run-off or crumbs are caught in the filter. Once you’re done, all there is to do is detach the tray and clean it out – as simple as that!
Vegans don’t have to miss out – there are plenty of vegan air fryer recipes that are sure to wow your tastebuds! Due to the quick cooking time, many recipes that traditionally required eggs or dairy as binding agents can now be made animal product-free. Not only that but simple vegetables can be elevated to new heights of deliciousness without sacrificing crunchy texture!
Finally, vegetables cooked in the air fryer tend to retain most of their nutritional value compared to traditional boiling or roasting techniques. Crunchy, tasty, and good for you – what more could you want?
Our Top Picks For The Best Air Fryer
- Ninja Foodi 6 in 1 Dual Zone 2 Basket Air Fryer – Our second air fryer we had in Ireland >> Perfect for cooking two different dishes at once
- COSORI Electric Hot Air Fryer – Our first air fryer in Ireland >> Compact and easy to use and clean
- GoWISE Deluxe Air Fryer Oven – The air fryer we owned in Spain >> Great first air fryer option for beginners
Tips For Cooking Air Fryer Recipes For Vegetarians
While they’re usually super easy, there are a few things to keep in mind with veggie and vegan air fryer recipes that will make your cooking experience a breeze!
Wondering what are the best veggies to cook in an air fryer? When it comes to vegetables to cook in an air fryer, harder, starchy veggies tend to stay together well under high heat. Look for simple vegetable-based options like carrot fries, green beans, or air-fried artichokes as the perfect accompaniment to your next meal.
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For any air fryer newbies looking for a way to impress guests, we have one word for you – cauliflower! Cauliflower is one of the best veggies to cook in an air fryer, particularly for making meat-free ‘wings’ – the texture of the florets absorb sauce and marinades well, and quickly become crispy and delicious in the heat. Serve with spicy or creamy dipping sauces for the perfect snack food!
Air fryers are also a great way of breathing life into a once-unfashionable vegetable. Balsamic-glazed brussels sprouts are one example of an elevated side-dish that moves from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Other vegetables, like onions, squash and greens can also be brought to the next level in an air fryer – who said that veggies had to be boring?
Check out our recommendations for the Best Large Air Fryer For Home Cooks.
The Best Vegetarian Air Fryer Recipes
Vegetarian Air Fryer Snacks
Air-Fried Pumpkin Seeds
Air-fried pumpkin seeds are a delicious, crunchy snack. When roasted in the air fryer these tasty seeds take only 10 minutes.
Crispy Kale Chips In The Air Fryer
It took me a few times to figure out how to make great kale chips at home without them ending up soggy, or burnt. Learn how to make crispy kale chips in the air fryer. They are perfect for a quick healthy snack or side dish!
Recipes For Vegetables In An Air Fryer
Air Fryer Vegetables
These Air Fryer vegetables are a quick and easy side that you can make with any vegetables you have on hand. Ready in just 15 minutes!
Air Fried Vegetables With Garlic Bread Seasoning
Any vegetable is better roasted and the air fryer is a great way to bring out flavors. These air-fried vegetables with garlic bread seasoning are going to be your new favorite.
Crispy radishes are the fantastic potato substitute you have been waiting for. In just a few minutes seasoned air fryer radishes are ready to enjoy.
Air fryer artichokes are full of flavor and completely healthy to eat. It’s an amazing vegetarian recipe to eat!
Air Fryer Green Beans
These Air Fryer Green Beans are the perfect mix of easy, quick and oh so tasty vegetable treat. Whip up a batch or two for a snack, dinner side or a lunch bowl filler.
Garlic Butternut Squash
Cooking butternut squash becomes easier with the help of an air fryer! Tossed in garlic and herbs, air fryer butternut squash is perfectly flavored and especially tender, without having to use a lot of oil.
Cabbage In An Air Fryer
Air fryer cabbage comes out flavorful and the perfect vegetarian side dish with any meal.
Air Fried Acorn Squash
This air fryer acorn squash is an easy, mess-free way to cook winter squash! (Instant Pot Air Fryer)
Pizza Flavored Cauliflower Wings
These air fryer cauliflower “wings” are better than chicken nuggets. Enjoy this low carb appetizer with a side or ranch for the ultimate side.
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Cauliflower bites are air-fried in a batter and covered in a spicy sauce. They are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. These delicious bites can be served as a tasty appetizer or a side dish
These deliciously seasoned air fryer carrots are the perfect healthy snack! Quick & easy to prepare, they pair perfectly with a creamy garlic mayo dip!
Air Fried Mushrooms
Air fryer mushrooms are one of our favorite quick and easy side dishes. A blend of baby portobello and shiitake mushrooms are coated in a delicious garlic soy sauce then air fried to perfection in just 20 minutes.
Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze is a perfect vegetable side dish recipe! Sprouts are seasoned, air fried to perfection, then tossed in a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze
Air Fryer Asparagus
Air Fryer Asparagus cooks to be perfectly tender with just enough bite to not be soggy. Cooked with less oil, have his easy and delicious asparagus on the table in less than 10 minutes!
Air Fried Onion Rings
These crispy vegan air fryer onion rings are deliciously crispy and much better than their store-bought alternatives! Pair them with your favorite dip for a tasty anytime snack or appealing appetizer
Air Fryer Potato Recipes
Air Fryer Tater Tots
These air fryer frozen tater tots are the crispiest crunchiest tater tots around! Quick, easy and so much less mess than with oven-baked tater tots!
Air Fryer Jacket Potatoes
Super simple air fryer baked potatoes are always a hit at lunchtimes. Taking just seconds to prepare and quicker than cooking in the oven means they’re ideal for feeding a hungry crowd:
Air Fried Mashed Potatoes
Did you know that you can make mashed potatoes in the air fryer? These are super simple and packed full of flavor:
Sweet Potato Fries
This is one of Eric’s specialties. We pair sweet potato fries with everything from burgers to salmon. Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries are the easiest side with fewer calories and less fat than regular fries! Make these crispy homemade fries in minutes.
Other Types Of Vegetarian Recipes For The Air Fryer
Air Fried Gnocchi
Air Fryer Gnocchi takes frozen, shelf-stable, or chilled gnocchi and makes them crispy on the outside and soft on the inside in just 10 minutes with 2 ingredients!
Crispy Eggplant Parmesan Fries
These Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan Fries make a delicious vegetarian appetizer! They’re full of Italian flavors, crispy and dipped in marinara.
Air Fryer Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers
Air Fryer Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers are a creamy cheesy bite of joy for anyone who loves a good appetizer. Whip them up for any occasion to share with friends, family or go to town on your own…no one’s judging.
Air Fried Toasted Ravioli
Bring the gourmet restaurant experience home with these delicious toasted raviolis, made even easier and healthier in your air fryer!
Cranberry Walnut Beggar’s Purse
Learn how to make little Cranberry Walnut Beggars’ Purses with mini Brie cheese rounds! Also known as baked Brie en croute, these individual mini wheels of Brie are wrapped in puff pastry with a cranberry-walnut filling.
Samosa is a favorite savory Indian snack that has an outer flaky pastry layer with a spiced potato and veggie filling. It is a favorite accompaniment with evening tea. Done in Air fryer it is really flaky and delicious.
Air Fried Aloo Gobi
Easy aloo gobi recipe, Indian-style roasted potatoes & cauliflower made in the air fryer!
Air Fried Tofu
Crispy, air-fried tofu is a delicious appetizer, snack or meal. Vegetarian and gluten-free it is quick, easy and delicious.
Potato Air-Fried Tacos
Score big on game day with these crispy Potato Air Fryer Tacos – they’re bite-sized, perfect for dipping, and totally crowd-pleasing!
Mediterranean air fryer quesadillas are stuffed with feta, mozzarella, spinach, tomatoes and red onions. They take less than 10 minutes to prepare and cook, and are a healthier, vegetarian version of traditional quesadillas.
Chickpeas In An Air Fryer
It’s easy to make crispy chickpeas in the air fryer in just under 20 minutes! These are great as a snack or protein option with vegetarian mains.
Air Fryer Tostadas
Air fryer Tostadas are an easy, Mexican inspired recipe perfect for feeding the entire family any night of the week. Our Tostada recipe is packed with the classic flavors and textures for a mouthwatering meal!
FAQs – Vegetarian Air Fryer Recipes
If you are either a vegetarian or vegan and don’t own an air fryer, what are you waiting for? Air fryers remove unhealthy cooking oil from your diet. They also are ideal for cooking a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes including snacks, dinners, and side dishes.
In addition to cooking up tasty French fries, some of the best things to cook in an air fryer are vegetables. Vegetables such as broccoli, zucchini, and mushrooms cook rather well in an air fryer.