5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Make in the Air Fryer

Curious about those air fryers you’ve seen pop up everywhere? Are they worth the hype or money? I received the NuWave 6 qt. Air Fryer from my mom as a gift and have been experimenting like a champ. Here’s what I’ve learned.

Many people are under the impression that an air fryer is only for making fried foods healthier, but that’s not the case. There are so many foods that can be made in one (I’ve listed out a few of my favorite below).

Note: From what I’ve read all air fryers are not created equal so be sure to check your wattage and size before starting a recipe.

You can find my air fryer here. I know counter space is limited for many of us, but I guarantee this gadget will make your busy life easier and healthier!

What is an Air Fryer?

An air fryer is a countertop kitchen appliance that acts as a mini convection oven. It circulates hot air around food to cook it more quickly than in an oven.

Some air fryers come with different settings for cooking food – like fries, seafood, poultry and more.

Here’s how easy one is to use!

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Make in the Air Fryer


Any kind of potatoes will do! I’ve been enjoying mini sweet potatoes, which can cook in just 10 minutes (at 400F). My family has really enjoyed these mini Ranch potatoes too, which are easy for any weeknight meal.


We love baked salmon or salmon on the grill, but the salmon we made in the air fryer was done in minutes and was the perfect mix of crunch and taste. We just season ours and cook on 375F for 12 minutes.


Empanadas are one of my family’s favorites. Empanadas sound hard, but when you buy the empanada dough in the freezer section of your grocery store, you can air fry just about any combo of empanada quickly.

We’ve tried combinations like black bean and sweet potato and veggies and cheese. We love this air fryer empanada recipe from SkinnyTaste. Don’t miss out on our dessert empanadas inspired by apple pie flavors!

Any Veggie

If you love roasted veggies, you’ll love air fried veggies. Brussels sprouts, carrots, onions… you name it. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and air fry your veggies fast for a weeknight meal.

Hard Boiled Eggs

Yes, you heard me correctly. You can hard boil several eggs at one time and to perfection in the air fryer. Just cook at 270F for 15 minutes. Don’t forget to throw them in an ice bath afterward for easy peeling.

Don’t worry about searching Pinterest for recipes. We’ve got you covered with our new Air Fryer Pinterest board. Check it out!