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    41 Nutritious Air Fryer Recipes That Will Make You Stop And Say "Whoa, Is This Seriously Not Fried?"

    Thanks to your air fryer, these meals taste totally indulgent.

    If you're trying to eat a more balanced and nutritious diet, investing in an air fryer is a great place to start. This handy appliance makes it easier (and more delicious) than ever to cook good-for-you dishes that actually taste incredible. Here's some inspiration to get you started.

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    Tossed with olive oil, garlic powder, and Parmesan, these Brussels sprouts are ready in about 12 minutes flat and make for a delicious side dish with whatever you're cooking.

    Recipe: Crispy Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

    2. Air Fryer Honey Garlic Salmon

    Air Fryer Honey Garlic Salmon with rice and broccoli.
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    If you're intimidated by the idea of cooking fish, this recipe is great place to start. It's basically impossible to mess up.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Honey Garlic Salmon

    3. Air Fryer Cauliflower Steaks

    Spiced cauliflower steak in the air fryer.
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    Try serving this cauliflower steak as a filling main come meatless Monday. It tastes amazing with your favorite grains or Israeli salad, served with hummus or tzatziki. 

    Recipe: Air Fryer Cauliflower Steaks

    4. Healthy Air Fryer Chicken and Veggies

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    A complete dinner, ready in under 20 minutes in your handy dandy air fryer.

    Recipe: Healthy Air Fryer Chicken and Veggies

    5. Crispy Air Fryer Tofu

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    Tossed in a sweet, zesty, and savory mixture of rice wine vinegar, honey, soy sauce, lime, and garlic, these tofu bites taste great in stir fries, over rice, or simply dipped in your favorite condiment.

    Recipe: Crispy Air Fryer Tofu

    6. Air Fryer Chili-Lime Cod

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    This slightly spicy, zesty air fried cod is so flaky and tender you don't even need a knife. Put it into tacos, burrito bowls, and so much more.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Chili-Lime Cod

    7. Air Fryer Dijon Pork Chops

    An air fried pork chop with salad.
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    These pork chops are marinated in avocado oil, Dijon mustard, thyme, salt and pepper for as little as an hour or as long as overnight. In the air fryer, they get delightfully crispy on the outside while remaining super tender on the inside.

     Recipe: Air Fryer Dijon Pork Chops

    8. Air Fryer Chinese-Style Green Beans With Garlic

    Air Fryer Chinese-Style Green Beans With Garlic
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    If you have picky eaters in your house, air fryer vegetables are a total godsend. With just a few simple ingredients and a few minutes of cooking, turn any bland vegetables into an exciting and delectable side.

     Recipe: Air Fryer Chinese-Style Green Beans With Garlic

    9. Air Fryer Filet Mignon

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    Steak in the air fryer? You bet. You can achieve tender, perfectly cooked fillet without even turning on your oven or stovetop.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Filet Mignon

    10. Crispy Air Fryer Fish Tacos With Pineapple Slaw

    Crispy air fryer fish tacos.
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    White fish fillets are dredged in egg, panko bread crumbs, and lots of spices. Cooked in the air fryer, the exterior gets so crunchy you'd think it was deep fried in oil.

     Recipe: Crispy Air Fryer Fish Tacos  With Pineapple Slaw

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    Shave time off your dinner routine by making spaghetti squash right in the air fryer. It takes about 30 minutes and it easily shreds with a fork. Toss it in your favorite pasta sauce and serve it with olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh herbs.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash With Fresh Herbs

    12. Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

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    Put down the take-out menu and whip up this Chinese-inspired sesame chicken for dinner. Serve it over rice with some air fryer broccoli.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Sesame Chicken

    13. Air-Fryer Shrimp Scampi

    Air fryer shrimp scampi over spaghetti.
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    Air fried with butter, lemon juice, garlic, red pepper flakes, and broth, this is the easiest ever shrimp scampi. Serve it with pasta, orzo, rice, or your favorite grain.

    Recipe: Air-Fryer Shrimp Scampi

    14. Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

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    This chicken parm is so golden brown and crispy, you literally won't believe it wasn't deep fried in oil.

    Recipe: Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

    15. Air Fryer Japanese Sweet Potato Wedges

    Japanese sweet potato wedges.
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    Japanese sweet potatoes are starchier and sweeter than your average yams. Seasoned in salt, pepper, ground mustard, and garlic powder, these are a delicious side dish you'll make time and time again.

     and Recipe: Air Fryer Japanese Sweet Potato Wedges

    16. Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Drumsticks

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    You'll never make drumsticks any other way...trust me.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Drumsticks

    17. Air Fryer Hot Honey Chicken Wings

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    Paging all chicken wing fanatics. You need an air fryer in your life. Achieve decadently crispy wings with no flour or oil required.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Hot Honey Chicken Wings

    18. Honey Balsamic Glazed Air Fried Brussels Sprouts

    Crispy honey balsamic Brussels sprouts.
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    This mixture of sweet honey and tangy balsamic tastes seriously heavenly on charred Brussels sprouts.

     Recipe: Honey Balsamic Glazed Air Fried Brussels Sprouts

    19. Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs

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    This recipe calls for ground chicken, but you could try them with turkey, beef, pork, or even salmon. After about 10 minutes in the air fryer, they're ready to eat. Try tossing them with pasta and your favorite sauce.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs

    20. Air Fryer Tuna Cakes

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    Turn canned tuna fish into a satisfying dinner with the help of eggs, breadcrumbs, a handful of spices, and most importantly, your air fryer.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Tuna Cakes

    21. Air Fryer Falafel

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    Whip up wholesome homemade falafel from chickpeas, flour, onion, herbs, and spices... no deep frying required.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Falafel

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    For a family-friendly dinner that's affordable and easy, look no further than this lemon and garlic pork tenderloin.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin With Lemon and Garlic

    23. Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas

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    This recipe calls for chicken, but you could definitely whip up these air fryer fajitas with any protein like flank steak, shrimp, or chorizo.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas

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    If you love the flavors of buffalo chicken, try it stuffed in zucchini boats for a low-carb, nutritious meal that is bursting with flavor.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Skins

    25. Air Fryer Crispy Juicy Chicken Thighs

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    You can pretty much season or marinate chicken thighs in anything, toss them into the air fryer, and wait for a restaurant-quality chicken dinner.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Crispy Juicy Chicken Thighs

    26. Air Fryer Pistachio-Crusted Halibut

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    This goat cheese, lemon, and pistachio crust makes this halibut worthy of a special occasion. Best of all, it's ready in under 20 minutes.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Pistachio-Crusted Halibut

    27. Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

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    Shishitos on the stove top are delicious, but all that oil splatter is a pain. For an easy-clean side dish, try them in the air fryer. Then drizzle 'em with sesame oil and sea salt.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

    28. Air Fryer Caprese Chicken

    Caprese chicken drizzled with balsamic.
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    Looking for a 30-minute family dinner that's guaranteed to please everyone at the table? The search is over.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Caprese Chicken

    29. Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potato

    Air fryer "baked" sweet potato topped with butter and cinnamon.
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    Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there's no wrong time of day for baked sweet potato. Top it with anything from maple syrup, tahini, peanut butter, or avocado for a filling meal that won't break the bank.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potato

    30. Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos

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    This crispy shrimp is done in under 10 minutes. Add it to your salads, rice bowls, tacos, burritos, and so much more.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos

    31. Air Fryer Cauliflower

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    This air fried cauliflower, tossed in garlic powder and paprika, quite literally melts in your mouth.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Cauliflower

    32. Air Fryer Steak Tips

    Air Fryer Steak Tips
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    Winner, winner, steak dinner. Start with whatever cut of meat you have on hand and dice it into cubes so that it cooks in no time in the air fryer.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Steak Tips

    33. Brown Sugar Garlic Air Fryer Salmon

    Salmon and asparagus in the air fryer.
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    Not only is this recipe fool-proof, but it won't make your whole kitchen smell like fish.

    Recipe: Brown Sugar Garlic Air Fryer Salmon

    34. Air Fryer Spicy Cilantro Lime Shrimp

    Air fryer cilantro shrimp.
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    Thanks to an easy marinade of olive oil, lime, cilantro, and spices, this shrimp might be the quickest, tastiest, easiest dinner of all time. I love serving it over a bowl of rice with some Tex-Mex toppings like guacamole, pico de gallo, black beans, or corn.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Spicy Cilantro Lime Shrimp 

    35. Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes

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    This blend of garlic powder, onion powder, is the perfect flavor to complement sweet potatoes.

    Air Fryer Sweet Potato

    36. Air Fryer Asian Roasted Broccoli

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    Say goodbye to boring, tasteless broccoli and say hello to your new favorite veggie side dish.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Asian Roasted Broccoli

    37. Air Fryer Healthy Eggplant Parmesan

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    Sliced eggplant is lightly dredged in beaten eggs and breadcrumbs, then it's air fried until golden brown and crunchy. Once the eggplant is just about done, top it with marinara and cheese and let it cook until melty.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Healthy Eggplant Parmesan

    38. Sesame Air Fryer Mushrooms

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    All you need are three ingredients for this side dish: mushrooms, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Take it to the next level by using a blend of different mushrooms like maitakes, baby bellas, and shiitakes.

    Recipe: Sesame Air Fryer Mushrooms

    39. Air Fryer Cod

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    This seafood dinner tastes and looks totally fancy, but you'll be shocked to see just how easy it really is to make.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Cod

    40. Air Fryer Chinese BBQ Pork

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    Turns out you can make this Chinese classic, barbecue pork (aka char siu) right in your own kitchen. The marinade is the most important part. Then your air fryer does the rest of the work.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Chinese BBQ Pork

    41. Air Fryer Eggplant Fries

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    Dip these eggplant fries in ketchup, marinara, tahini, or your favorite condiment.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Eggplant Fries