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8 Tasty and Easy Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes

January 26, 2024
Courtesy of Running to the Kitchen

We’re always looking for fun and creative ways to up our vegetable game, and the air fryer is our secret weapon to get there. That magical little machine adds crunch without excess oil, cooks even dense vegetables on the fly, and helps transform even the least exciting vegetable into something special.

Here are some of our favorite fun ways to cook both favorite and unsung vegetables to perfection, thanks to the air fryer.

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Air Fryer Acorn Squash

Air fryer acorn squash

Courtesy of Spend With Pennies

With a little butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon, this take on air-fried acorn squash is simple, sweet, savory, and so satisfying. Swap maple syrup for the sugar, if you prefer. And the skins soften in the fryer, so you can eat them, too – no peeling hassle, and an extra hit of fiber. 

Try this recipe from Spend With Pennies.

Air Fryer Okra

Air fryer okra

Courtesy of Running to the Kitchen

Okra gets a bad rap, as some don’t love the texture – but that problem is solved by cooking it in the air fryer. Made with a quick coating of turmeric, garlic powder, chili powder, and a few other spices, these crunchy bites will make you an okra convert. 

Try this recipe from Running to the Kitchen.

Air Fryer Carrot Fries

Air fryer carrot fries

Courtesy of The Creative Bite

The humble carrot gets a serious glow-up, thanks to the air fryer. Season them with garlic salt, or try a sprinkling of chili powder for a kick. These can make a tasty and colorful swap for regular or sweet potato fries.

Try this recipe from The Creative Bite.

Air Fryer Roasted Red Peppers

Air fryer roasted red peppers

Courtesy of Sweet Caramel Sunday

Who needs the jarred kind when you can whip up your own roasted peppers in a snap in the air fryer? This literal one-ingredient recipe is bound to become a favorite. Try them in salads, on a sandwich, or as a pizza topping.

Try this recipe from Sweet Caramel Sunday.

Air Fryer Garlic Mushrooms

Air fryer garlic mushrooms

Courtesy of White on Rice Couple

Even avowed mushroom avoiders will love these, perfect as a side dish, spooned on top of steak or chicken, or even piled into a taco. Plus, they’re ready in about 10 minutes, so they’re perfect for busy weeknights.

Try this recipe from White on Rice Couple.

Air Fryer Frozen Vegetables

Air fryer frozen vegetables

Courtesy of Build Your Bite

Grab that ever-present bag of mixed veggies out of the freezer and make them crisp and tasty in your air fryer. They’re best cooked from frozen, so they’re a great time-saver, too.

Try this recipe from Build Your Bite.

Chili Garlic Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Chili garlic air fryer Brussels sprouts

Courtesy of Eat With Clarity

No more bland Brussels. Tossed with a simple yet super-flavorful sauce made with rice vinegar, sesame oil,  soy sauce, garlic, and a few other wholesome ingredients, then air fried to crispy perfection, these sprouts are a must-try. 

Try this recipe from Eat With Clarity.

Air Fryer Beets

Air fryer beets

Courtesy of Piping Pot Curry

Beets are good for the brain, making this delicious recipe a smart choice. Made with just a few simple spices from your pantry, these air-fried beets are so pretty and packed with nutrients. 

Try this recipe from Piping Pot Curry.

Read next: 7 Healthy Trader Joe’s Foods You Can Pop in the Air Fryer


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