Vegans know the value of a good food hack. Sometimes that means turning unexpected ingredients into their meat and cheese counterparts, such as in our chipotle vegan queso or our mushroom “calamari”, and sometimes it means using certain techniques to achieve the best results, such as freezing tofu for our crispy fried tofu sandwich or salted aubergine for our aubergine steak fries with chimichurri sauce. One of our favorite not-so-secret cooking methods? Air fry! It’s a MUST in a vegan kitchen to FAST turn vegetables, tofu and even frozen meatless meat into delicious side dishes and main meals. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of your air fryer, or haven’t taken the plunge and bought one yet, we’ve got recipes for you right here. Check out our 14 vegan air fryer recipes for ideas — we bet you’ll fall MORE in love with this super kitchen appliance.
And we’re not just talking about boring veggies, folks! Yes, it’s true — veggies are a huge part of any vegan diet (tbh, should be for omnivores too), and we’ve got lots of easy recipes for air frying them, like our airfryer broccoli, airfryer kale chips, and air fryer Brussels sprouts. Sometimes, however, the most exciting recipes are those that take inspiration for flavor and texture from their non-vegan counterparts. Miss bang bang shrimp? Try our bang bang cauliflower in your airfryer. Same with fish tacos? Try our airfryer cauliflower tacos instead. Want something as snackable as popcorn chicken? Try our airfryer tofu (use any marinade or sauce you want, or just eat them as they are!). There really is no end to what the air fryer can achieve, so use these recipes as inspiration and get creative with what you put in them – anything that could benefit from a deep fryer or a long roast in the oven is fair game.
Want more vegan inspiration? Also, check out our top vegan desserts, plant-based recipes, and vegan recipes.