We keep an eye out for the latest food trends and gadgets, and there’s one that has gotten us very excited—the air fryer. An air fryer allows you to fry food only using a tablespoon of oil—or less! Essentially, you dress the food with a dash of oil (including spray varieties) and seasonings and place it in the air fryer. The air fryer then uses super-hot air (like a convection oven) to dry out the food’s exterior, giving it that delightful texture and flavor that crisply fried food is known for.
So, where should you begin your air frying adventures? Here are 6 innovative ways to use an air fryer with veggies.
1) Start with your Favorite Veggies. Whether you’re a big fan of broccoli, zucchini or red onion, get creative when testing out your air fryer. You can even sample multiple veggies together. This will allow you to explore the varying flavors of your beloved veggies in a new light.
2) Rutabaga Fries. A cross between the cabbage and turnip, rutabagas are a root vegetable that holds up just like a potato (with less starch). Peel the rutabaga, then slice it into thin fries and air fry them at 380° for about 10-15 minutes. You may want to increase the temperature to about 425° halfway through as well to make it extra crispy.
3) Fried Radishes. On their own, radishes have a sharp bite. Fried, they’re a crunchy treat that you can add to salads. Toss the radishes with olive oil, salt and pepper, then place them in the air fryer. Set the fryer to 350°, and cook them for 30 minutes. You’ll want to toss these 2-3 times to ensure browning on all sides. Afterward, you can drizzle the radishes with a little balsamic as well.
4) Kale Chips. Kale chips made their way into the food scene a few years ago, and are quite easy to make in the oven. An air fryer cuts that time in half. Heat the air fryer to 370°. Toss your kale in oil and seasoning (we recommend dried dill, salt and pepper) and then place the mixture into your air fryer basket. Fry for about 4-5 minutes, then let them cool off around 1-2 minutes. Make sure to eat these immediately, as they’ll get a bit soft if they’re left out.
5) Buffalo Cauliflower. Dip your cauliflower florets into some hot sauce until mostly coated, then dust your cauliflower in some salt, pepper and cumin for an extra kick. There’s no need to preheat the air fryer with this recipe—just set your air fryer to 350° and cook for about 14-17 minutes. Make sure to check on their progress, as you’ll want them to be a bit brown (not burnt!). Serve alongside some carrots and celery, and you’ll feel like you’re eating wings while watching sports in no time.
6) Brussels Sprouts. While traditionally prepared in the oven, Brussels sprouts in the air fryer get crisper on the outside and tender on the inside in far less time. Cut the Brussels sprouts in half—lengthwise, then coat with a dash of oil and a sprinkle of salt. Then toss them into the air fryer at 400° for about 8-10 minutes. Shake the basket and check in on them around the 5 to 8 minute marks to make sure they don’t get too crispy or charred.
We hope you enjoy these vegetables in these new, crispy ways! If you’ve discovered a favorite air fryer recipe or want to learn more, share your thoughts with your Jenny Craig Community.