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