These air fryer summer recipes feature dishes perfect for those hot summer months. From main dishes to sides and even desserts, you'll find something you love on this list - maybe more than one!
I love using the air fryer. When they first came on the market, I thought they were just another kitchen gadget that would sit on my counter and take up space.
Then, my son got me one for Christmas. Out of obligation, I gave it a try. And I never went back! I cook everything in my air fryer from desserts to main courses. It just works so well.
Over the years, I've made so many air fryer recipes that I lost count, but I find that many of my biggest hits have been summertime recipes. That's why I put together a list of my best air fryer summer recipes to share with all of you.
What is an air fryer?
While many people still view these countertop gadgets as little devices shrouded in mystery, the truth is that air fryers are nothing more than small convection ovens.
Air fryers use a fan to circulate hot air at high speed to create a super-even cooking environment that cooks food quickly and allows you to get a crispy exterior without oil.
Interestingly, air fryers began as devices to simulate deep-frying without all of the fat, but over the years, people have figured out how to make everything from fried chicken to desserts like cakes or cinnamon rolls in them.
Is air fried food healthy?
While it depends on what you're cooking in the air fryer, by almost any measure, air fried food is healthy, or at least healthier, than traditionally prepared foods of the same type.
Breaded dishes like fried meats, french fries, and other such foods that are traditionally deep fried can be made without frying in oil, which cuts their calories by 70% to 80%. While the breading will still be calorie-dense, that's a far better calorie count than traditional frying.
Other air fryer recipes are just outright healthy. For example, fish, chicken, and pork can all be made in the air fryer with seasonings and no bread for healthy, delicious dinners.
Of course, people have figured out how to make desserts in air fryers, as well. It should go without saying that most desserts, no matter how you prepare them, aren't going to ever be accused of being health food.
Why Use an Air Fryer?
Air fryers allow you to approximate your favorite fried foods without the use of tons of oil. That means fewer calories and far less cleanup.
In addition, even if you aren't trying to mimic fried food, air fryers cook foods quickly and far more evenly than a traditional oven, meaning that it's far easier to make perfectly cooked meats and sides.
While the size of original air fryers made it difficult to cook meals for a family, today's air fryers come in extra large capacity sizes if you want them, so it's easy to cook delicious food fast and for a crowd.
What to Serve with These Air Fryer Summer Recipes
The best thing about this recipe collection is that it answers itself! This list of recipes has desserts, sides, and main courses and features everything from cinnamon rolls to Hasselback potatoes, pizza, steak, and more.
So if you want to know what to serve with these recipes, simply continue down the list. You'll find great pairings here.
Why You'll Love These Recipes
- Air frying makes your crispy food extra-crispy and delicious.
- You can make dishes in much less time with far better results.
- These recipes range from desserts to main dishes and sides, so there's something for everyone.
Delicious Air Fryer Summer Recipes
No matter what your tastes, you'll find something on this list to make you eager to get out your air fryer. Cinnamon rolls and cake, bacon wrapped chicken, beef - you name it, it's on this list!
Try These Air Fryer Summer Recipes
If you've made everything you can think of in your air fryer, then this is the list for you. From appetizers to main dishes and even desserts, there's something new for you to try on this list. The beset part is that all the recipes are so good and so easy.
Give these a try, and I know you'll find yourself making them again and again.