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Air Fryer Vegetarian Recipes. Introducing you to our full list of delicious & easy air fryer vegetarian recipes that are perfect for meat free air fryer beginners. Whether it is breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks or supper, we have air fryer vegetarian recipes covered.

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Air Fryer Vegetarian Recipes

Welcome to air fryer vegetarian recipes. Originally a list of just 7 magical ways to cook vegetables in the air fryer, it has now been updated to reflect 100+ delicious air fryer vegetarian recipes on Recipe This. We hope you enjoy our 2020 update!

I was once a vegetarian. It lasted a few of years and I swapped meat for vegetables and I didn’t touch a piece of meat for a whole 5 years.

For a teenager this is a big deal as we often change our minds so quickly, plus when you have parents that live and dream about meat it can often be a big change in eating habits.

I always loved vegetables, so it wasn’t a problem. But growing up in the 90’s meant that dinner was on the table at 5pm when you got home from school and it would always come out of a can.

They normally came from Heinz and would involve macaroni cheese, spaghetti Bolognese, and these awful things that were called canned meatballs along with the odd frozen turkey strip.

Not exactly a balanced diet and as I entered vegetarianism the spaghetti Bolognese was replaced with macaroni cheese and all these years later I can’t stand those cans, though I am sure there is another generation of kids that have them served each night as dinner.

But this is when the air fryer comes in as it can deliver some amazing vegetarian recipes with very little preparation time and kids will actually look forward to eating vegetables and food that is meat free.

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy these vegetarian recipes. I am not a vegetarian but love vegetables over meat.

I will often cook more meals without meat than I will add meat. Whilst Dominic is the opposite and I must remind my husband that he hasn’t loaded my dinner plate with enough of my favourite veggies.

Are Air Fryers Good For Vegetarians?

The air fryer is fantastic for vegetarians. I think of so many of my favourite air fryer recipes and many of them are vegetarian.

As I type this for you, I am tucking into my favourite air fryer roasted chickpeas.

They are a fantastic quick snack without any oil and make a much better healthy choice compared to grabbing a packet of crisps or a bar of chocolate.

Also, it is very easy to adapt your favourite frozen vegetarian foods and use the cooking time of the meat alternatives.

Air fryer vegetarian sausages can follow our air fryer sausage cooking times, whilst air fryer veggie egg rolls can follow our air fryer frozen egg rolls recipe and so on.

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Best Air Fryer For Vegetarians?

There is no secret of the fact, that us at Recipe This are big fans of the Philips Air Fryer.

We have both the Philips Air Fryer XL and the Philips Air Fryer XXL. Both do an amazing job but if I was going to recommend the best air fryer for vegetarians, I would recommend the Philips Air Fryer XL.

This is because many people choose the larger XXL model so that it is big enough to cook a whole chicken, but as a vegetarian, this is something you are never going to cook, so why bother getting something that you don’t need?

Or if Philips Air Fryer is too expensive, do have a read about how to get a cheap air fryer on eBay, as well as consider the Gowise USA air fryer or have a read of our Cosori Air Fryer review.

Top 10 Air Fryer Vegetarian Recipes

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  • Air Fryer Chickpeas – My all time favourite vegetarian air fryer recipe, they are amazing, and you can choose your favourite seasoning and cook your air fryer chickpeas oil free.
  • Air Fryer Fries – Both meat eaters, vegans and vegetarians unite for amazing French fries cooked from scratch in the air fryer. These are the best of the best and just choose your favourite seasoning.
  • Air Fryer Veggie Fries – Grab your favourite vegetables, peel and slice like French fries. They come out perfectly every time and a healthier alternative to potatoes. I also love them for a bottom of the fridge veggie clear out the night before grocery shopping.
  • Air Fryer Bread – These delicious pull apart bread rolls are perfect for the air fryer and even better when dunked into your favourite soup.
  • Air Fryer Frozen Sprouts – The easiest of the frozen vegetables to cook in the air fryer and the tastiest. I can never get enough of air fryer sprouts though the kids have a different opinion.
  • Air Fryer Spinach – When butter and spinach go together you know that you are having a foodgasm. One of my favourite ever air fryer recipes out of the 500+ air fryer recipes I have tried.
  • Air Fryer Rutabaga Fries – Delicious French fries made with rutabaga (also known as swede or neeps) in the air fryer. They taste delicious and are perfect if you are a vegetarian on the Paleo diet.
  • If you have not made it yet in the air fryer, macaroni and cheese the air fryer way is AMAZING. It is like the mac and cheese in baked and everything happens in one dish, is very hands free and no flour is needed for the cheese sauce.
  • Air Fryer Cheese Pizza – I love a deep dish pizza with lots of cheese and tomato. This is how to make your own homemade deep pan vegetarian pizza in the air fryer.
  • Air Fryer Zucchini Burgers – Featured on many vegetarian blogs this is how to make delicious zucchini burgers in the air fryer. I’ve yet to find a vegetarian burger that is as good as these.

10 More Vegetarian Air Fryer Ideas

I asked my readers what their favourite air fryer vegetarian recipes and these where the ones that they chose:

  • Air Fryer Frittata – Perfect for whatever leftovers you have in the fridge and perfect for leftovers eggs. Makes the perfect air fryer breakfast.
  • – One of my readers told me it was the best thing they had ever made in the air fryer and couldn’t wait to shop for more carrots to eat some more.
  • Air Fryer Egg Cups – Like mini omelettes or mini frittatas these are perfect for meal prepping, taking to work with you, taking to the beach in your picnic and have a zillion uses. I just love to make them with Jorge for breakfast.
  • Air Fryer Baby Potatoes – Baby potatoes tossed in extra virgin olive oil and seasoning and baked in the air fryer. The most delicious crispy potatoes you will ever make in the air fryer.
  • Air Fryer Baked Oatmeal – A simple delicious breakfast in the air fryer. Oatmeal is loaded into ramekins and then cooked in the air fryer. It is also perfect for kids to help you make.
  • Air Fryer Pizza Rolls – Think pull apart bread rolls but a pizza version. Perfect for your favourite cheese-based pizza filling and so addictive that it will be hard to stop at one.
  • Air Fryer Roast Potatoes – Lets face it meat eater, vegetarian or vegan, roast potatoes make everything taste amazing. Dominic used to cook roast potatoes for me many years ago in the oven with baked beans and this is a much healthier alternative.
  • Air Fryer Potato Wedges – The first ever recipe we published on Recipe This and still a family favourite, this is how to make delicious potato wedges in the air fryer.
  • Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters – 3 year old Jorge loves these and this is what he ate the most when we practiced baby led weaning. If you have not made them before, think of them as a savoury pancake.
  • Air Fryer Zucchini Fries – Nothing says healthy or summer more than these zucchini fries and Greek dip. Easy to prepare and perfect for dinner in the sunshine.
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Air Fryer Vegetarian Appetizers

I have so many delicious air fryer vegetarian appetizers that I felt that they deserved a special shout out.

  • Air Fryer Baked Brie is the best. Perfect for when you have a girl’s night in or a date night, its so addictive you will want this on your air fryer meal plan every single week.
  • Air Fryer Cheesy Chips – Another delicious cheesy piece of heaven in the air fryer. Load up these fries with plenty of cheese and any other extras that you like.
  • Air Fryer Blooming Onion – Delicious Outback Steakhouse style blooming onion cooked in the air fryer. Easy to make ahead and then air fry as you want it.
  • Flourless Air Fryer Onion Rings – If you love onion rings, then this is how to make healthy onion rings in the air fryer. Totally gluten free and you just need to choose your dipping sauce.
  • Air Fryer Cheese Ravioli – A delicious air fryer appetizer and perfect for parties or movie nights in. Also, much healthier than the deep fat fryer.
  • Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers – Delicious and this bacon free version is perfect for a quick air fryer vegetarian appetizer.
  • Air Fryer Cheese Nachos – One of my favourite vegetarian cheese loaded treats in the air fryer oven is air fryer cheese nachos. Easy to prep and perfect for a delicious supper. This is my Netflix type of food.
  • Air Fryer Grilled Cheese – My favourite brunch as a kid and perfect for the air fryer. Just choose your favourite cheese.
  • Air Fryer Spanish Spicy Potatoes – Another favourite of mine inspired by visits to Spain over the last few summers. Easy to prep and vegan and vegetarian.
  • Air Fryer Vegetarian Meatballs – Made with zucchini instead of meat, they freeze well, they are easy to reheat in the air fryer and are perfect for lunch boxes too.
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Air Fryer Vegetarian Baking

It feels wrong to mention air fryer baking vegetarian recipes. That is because when making sweet treats there is never any meat involved and feels like cheating by mentioning them.

But these air fryer baking recipes are so good, I just to give them a small mention and say how you MUST try them in the air fryer:

  • Air Fryer Brownies
  • Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Air Fryer Oreos
  • Air Fryer Carrot Cake
  • Air Fryer Shortbread
  • Air Fryer Biscuits
  • Air Fryer Oven Malteser Traybake
  • Air Fryer Oven Apple Pie
  • Air Fryer Pumpkin Pie
  • Air Fryer Chocolate Ganache
  • Air Fryer Pop Tarts

Or lets not forget the delicious air fryer pie crust that you can use in all kinds of air fryer vegetarian baking.

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Air Fryer Vegetarian Indian Recipes

I grew up on the Indian restaurants and I just LOVE my favourite Indian snacks cooked in the air fryer.

If you have not tried them already here are my favourites:

  • Air Fryer Onion Bhajis
  • Air Fryer Veggie Pakoras
  • Air Fryer Veggie Samosas

Healthy Air Fryer Vegetarian Recipes

If you are looking for delicious healthy air fryer vegetarian recipes, then here are a few worth a mention:

  • Air Fryer Kale Chips
  • Air Fryer Roasted Garlic
  • Air Fryer Zucchini Pizza
  • Air Fryer Green Tomatoes
  • Air Fryer Flourless Mashed Potato Cakes
  • Air Fryer Roasted Peppers
  • Air Fryer Breaded Dill Chips
  • Air Fryer Five Guys Fries
  • Air Fryer Carrots
  • Air Fryer Oil Free French Fries
  • Air Fryer Granola Bars
  • Air Fryer Healthy Flapjacks
  • Air Fryer Grilled Tomatoes
  • Air Fryer Pumpkin Fries
  • Air Fryer Pumpkin Wedges
  • Air Fryer Chocolate Banana Bread
  • Air Fryer Nandos Beanie Burger
  • Air Fryer Pumpkin Muffins
  • Air Fryer Apple Chips

Air Fryer Frozen Vegetarian Recipes

If you love frozen vegetarian food and want to know how to cook it in the air fryer then these are for YOU. Includes all your favourites from pizza to potatoes to cheese sticks, these have the vegetarian yum factor.

  • Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
  • Air Fryer Frozen Cauliflower
  • Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli
  • Air Fryer Frozen Smiley Fries
  • Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots
  • Air Fryer Frozen Baked Potato
  • Air Fryer Frozen Roast Potatoes
  • Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans
  • Air Fryer Frozen Corn On The Cob
  • Air Fryer Frozen Garlic Bread
  • Air Fryer Oven Frozen Pizza
  • Air Fryer Frozen Chili Cheese Nuggets
  • Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings
  • Air Fryer Frozen Hash Browns
  • Air Fryer Frozen Breaded Mushrooms
  • Air Fryer Frozen Potato Chips
  • Air Fryer Frozen Sweet Potato Wedges
  • Air Fryer Frozen Sweet Potato Fries
  • Air Fryer Frozen Mini Pizzas
  • Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks
  • Air Fryer Frozen Veggie Burgers

More Air Fryer Vegetarian Recipes

Here at Recipe This we have even MORE air fryer vegetarian recipes for you to try. Have a browse through these meatless air fryer recipes and bookmark for later.

  • Air Fryer Omelette
  • Air Fryer Toast
  • Air Fryer Pizza Toast
  • Air Fryer Pizza Dough Balls
  • Air Fryer Potato Gnocchi
  • Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Air Fryer Pizza Bagels
  • Air Fryer Garlic Mushrooms
  • Air Fryer Pitta Pizza
  • Air Fryer Scrambled Eggs On Toast
  • Air Fryer Avocado On Toast
  • Air Fryer Egg In A Hole + Avocado
  • Air Fryer Boiled Eggs
  • Air Fryer Veggie Burgers
  • Air Fryer Roasted Parsnips
  • Air Fryer Homemade Mozzarella Sticks
  • Air Fryer Honey Glazed Pineapple Fries
  • Air Fryer Avocado Egg Boat
  • Air Fryer Sweet Potato Slices
  • Air Fryer Vegan Lentil Burgers
  • Air Fryer Cauliflower Veggie Burgers
  • Air Fryer Sweet Potato Wedges
  • Air Fryer Veggie Cakes
  • Air Fryer French Toast Soldiers
  • Air Fryer Five Cheese Pull Apart Bread
  • Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
  • Mediterranean Vegetables In An Air Fryer
  • Air Fryer Cauliflower Bites
  • Air Fryer Hassleback Potatoes
  • Air Fryer Croutons

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What can you cook in air fryer vegetarian? ›

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  6. Air-fryer chunky chips. ...
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  8. Air-fryer falafel wraps.

Is an air fryer any good for vegetarians? ›

Air fryers are especially convenient for vegans and vegetarians. Cooking vegetables and other plant-based foods in the air fryer is a great way to eat more veggies and try some new healthy vegetarian dishes. These vegetarian air fryer recipes make for great side dishes, snacks, appetizers, and meals.

Can you put foil in an air fryer? ›

The great news about air fryers is that you can use foil along with parchment paper to cook your food in an air fryer. Just remember that if it's safe and effective to use in a conventional oven, it will work just fine in an air fryer.

What foods turn out best in an air fryer? ›

Veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, zucchini, mushrooms & onions, and cauliflower all turn out incredible in the air fryer. You can also make your main dish IN the air fryer. It works magic with proteins like tofu, chicken drumsticks, meatballs, pork chops, fried chicken… even steak.

What Cannot be cooked in an Airfryer? ›

7 Foods You Should Never Cook In Your Air Fryer
  1. Wet Batters. Those beer-battered onion rings, fries, fish cutlets, plus tempura veggies and more are not well suited for a crisp in the air fryer. ...
  2. Cheesy Items. ...
  3. Large, Bone-In Meat Cuts. ...
  4. Baked Goods. ...
  5. Greens. ...
  6. Raw Rice and Other Grains. ...
  7. Too Much of Anything.
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Can you put raw meat in Airfryer? ›

It is safe to cook raw meat in the air fryer if it is fully defrosted, seasoned, and monitored. Some fully cooked foods, including chicken tenders or fries, can be placed frozen in the air fryer. However, with raw meat, it's recommended to thoroughly defrost to allow more even cooking and a tasty final product.

Why is air fried food not healthy? ›

In one study, air frying of fish raised the amount of a substance called "cholesterol oxidation products" (COPs). COPs form when the cholesterol in meat or fish breaks down during cooking. Studies connect these substances to coronary heart disease, hardening of the arteries, cancer, and other diseases.

Are there any disadvantages of air fryer? ›

These include stews, rice and pasta, batter and more. This means that Air Fryers are not completely versatile and cannot cook as many things as a traditional oven. If you're feeding a large family, you may find that the Air Fryer's capacity just won't do.

Are veggie burgers good in the air fryer? ›

Cooking Beyond Burgers in the air fryer is quick and easy, and the burgers come out perfect every time! No flipping burgers over a hot stove or waiting for your oven to preheat. Air fryers heat up quickly, cook your food super fast, and are easy to clean. Air frying is a healthy cooking method that uses minimal oil.

Can you put paper towel in air fryer? ›

Airflow is essential to the machine, so while a paper towel is useful for cleaning, it should not be used while cooking food in the air fryer. It can restrict the airflow of the machine and even catch fire. It's important to remember that the air inside the air fryer can get very hot.

Can I fry an egg in the air fryer? ›

Employing an air fryer to prepare fried eggs offers various advantages such as even heat distribution, healthier meals with less oil usage, precise temperature control, reduced mess and smell during cooking, and easy clean-up after use.

Can you put a glass dish in an air fryer? ›

If the dish is oven-safe, made of borosilicate or tempered glass, it can work in an air fryer. However, if the dish is made of soda-lime glass, it can't withstand high temperatures in an air fryer. Always check labels and structural weaknesses, and try putting in an empty dish to test it out.

What is the first thing I should cook in my air fryer? ›

Air fryers are versatile kitchen appliances that can be used to cook a variety of foods quickly and easily. If you're using an air fryer for the first time, it's best to start with something simple, like French fries, chicken wings or vegetables.

What is the most popular food cooked in the air fryer? ›

French fries are arguably the most popular thing to cook in an air fryer. Air fryers use a fraction of the oil as deep-frying, and making French fries in one results in an appreciably crisp exterior and fluffy inside without the greasiness.

What do vegans use an air fryer for? ›

Air fryers can also make it easier to follow a vegan diet, offering a failsafe way to cook staples like tofu, cauliflower, and potatoes to perfection. Below, we've rounded up 10 mouth-watering recipes that prove plant-based cooking needn't be complicated or boring.

Can I steam veg in an Airfryer? ›

To prepare vegetables for steaming in an air fryer, start by washing and cutting them into the desired size. It's recommended to cut them into similar-sized pieces to ensure even cooking. You can also toss the vegetables with a little bit of oil, salt, and any desired seasonings for added flavor.

Is cooking with air fryer healthy? ›

By most measures, air frying is healthier than frying in oil. It cuts calories by 70% to 80% and has a lot less fat. This cooking method might also cut down on some of the other harmful effects of oil frying.

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