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15 Healthy Air Fryer Recipes to Keep in Your Back Pocket

Updated on June 05, 2024

This handy countertop appliance is the key to making some of your favorite foods—without all the extra oil.

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Healthy Air Fryer Ideas You'll Love

There’s no denying that an air fryer is a great addition to any kitchen. Learn a few recipes that work well in it and you’ll be cooking up plenty of delicious dishes in no time. And, while not everything that you make in the air fryer is automatically healthy (we’re looking at you, Air Fryer Fried Oreos!) you’ll be surprised how many of your favorite recipes can be made with less fat and oil by utilizing this smart countertop appliance. Don’t believe us? This crispy breaded chicken will change your mind. It gets incredibly crunchy, thanks to a light coating of panko and Parmesan—and a quick cook in the air fryer. Serve it with charred broccoli and a tangy yogurt sauce for a complete meal you can throw together any night of the week.

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Air Fryer Pomegranate-Glazed Salmon

Pomegranate lends its sweet-tart essence and ruby hue to this impressive weeknight dinner or special-occasion main dish in two ways: First, pomegranate molasses is the base of a fruity glaze for the salmon fillets, resulting in perfectly caramelized exteriors. While the fish cooks, we toss together a bold and colorful relish of pomegranate arils, cilantro and spicy serrano chiles to cut through the richness of the salmon. And since it's ready in just about 20 minutes, you'll have plenty of time for your guests or family.

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Air Fryer Acorn Squash with Brown Butter

The secret to getting crispy, caramelized acorn squash with very little added oil? Your trusty air fryer! We topped the whole dish with a sprinkle of Parmesan and a drizzle of brown butter, for a comforting and easy fall side dish.

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Healthy Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs with Zoodles

You can have fork-tender turkey meatballs that are golden yet moist, thanks to the air fryer! Pair with fun zoodles, your favorite jarred tomato sauce and an extra pinch of Parmesan for a delicious and wholesome meal.

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