If you are on a vegan diet or you just want to eat more plant-based meals, you’ll definitely want this list of the Best Vegan Air Fryer Recipes. These healthy recipes use lots of vegetables to make interesting main and side dishes.
Contents hide 1 Why Air Fry? 2 Vegan Recipes 3 Best Vegan Air Fryer Recipes 4 Don’t Miss These Air Fryer Resources! 5 Conclusions
Why Air Fry?
Air frying is the hottest trend since the Instant Pot!
Air fryers work like mini convection ovens in the sense that they circulate hot air around the food and enhance its crispiness. They also generally cook food in less time and are a healthier alternative to other cooking methods such as deep frying.
Many people confuse air fryers with deep fryers, but these appliances are really not at all alike. There is no real “frying” with an air fryer; the air fryer is more like an oven than a fryer.
Air frying is a healthy way to prepare many vegan foods like vegetables and crispy tofu. Everyone loves a good crisp texture, and that’s what the air fryer is all about.
Learn more about the pros and cons of air frying, plus see my list of the best air fryers under $100.
Since many of my readers enjoy vegan and plant-based meals, I thought I would create this round-up of vegan air fryer recipes. Most of the recipes are from Clean Eating Kitchen, but some are from my blogger friends.
I’ve organized this recipe round-up into Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Frozen Foods, Snacks, and Desserts.
From sweet potato fries to air fryer eggplant to crispy air fryer chickpeas and kale chips, I’ve got you covered. Find your next perfect snack or main course using less oil than you would need in a regular oven to get crispy food. These recipes using simple ingredients and are a great way to try your new air fryer.
The best thing is that these vegan and vegetarian recipes are so much healthier than deep frying, but they are just as tasty.
You might also like my round-up of the Best Eat to Live Recipes!
Find your new favorite easy recipe. Click through on the photos to get exact cooking times and instructions. Enjoy!!!
Here are some amazing vegan and gluten-free main dish recipes you can make in your air fryer.
Air Fryer Crispy Tofu (Gluten-Free)
This crispy tofu recipe is a family favorite! It tastes just like the deep fried version at restaurants, without all the oil. Serve your air fryer tofu plain, or with steamed veggies or in a Buddha bowl.
Air Fryer Nachos with Black Beans
Use vegan cheese and black beans to make these yummy vegan Air Fryer Nachos.
Gluten Free Vegan Air Fryer Meatballs with Spaghetti Marinara
This recipe is amazing! Healthy whole food ingredients transform into vegan and gluten-free “meatballs” that you can serve with gluten-free pasta.
Air Fryer Asian Tofu Wrap – Instant Pot Tofu
Learn how to make flavorful tofu and shredded veggies for a delicious Asian-inspired wrap!
Air fryer stuffed peppers with veggie sausage & rice
Try these flavor-packed stuffed peppers for your next meal. These are easy to make in an air fryer.
Air Fryer Eggplant [Vegan with GF Option]
This vegetable-based recipe can be served as a main dish or as a side dish. Vegan and gluten-free.
Air Fryer Side Dishes
Try these delicious air fryer side dishes made vegan and gluten-free.
Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower (Low-Carb)
Try yummy Buffalo Cauliflower on your next game day. This vegan recipe replaces other Buffalo-flavored recipes.
Air Fryer Butternut Squash with Cinnamon
Butternut squash gets so tender in the air fryer. This recipe also uses ground cinnamon to enhance the natural sweetness from the squash.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Cubes with Cinnamon
If you’re a fan of sweet potatoes, try this recipe too!
Air Fryer Roasted Pumpkin
Air fryer pumpkin is tender and delicious. If you’ve never tried it, you need this recipe.
Air Fryer Acorn Squash
Air fried acorn squash is another great fall recipe side dish. You can cook the squash and then serve it out of the shell or stuffed with your choice of fillings.
Air Fryer Baby Carrots
You can’t go wrong with simple Air fryer baby carrots for your next healthy side dish. Even kiddos enjoy these veggies.
Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash
The air fryer makes spaghetti squash so much faster than in the oven! Try this recipe next time you cook this squash.
Air Fryer Baby Potatoes
Everyone loves these crispy baby potatoes cooked whole right in the air fryer.
Air Fryer Green Beans
You’ve never had green beans like these! They are so crispy and delicious.
Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes
These twice-baked potatoes can be a side dish or a main dish option. Top them with crumbled tempeh bacon or smoked tofu crumbles, plus vegan cheese.
Air Fryer Frozen Vegetables
Here’s how to make quick and budget-friendly frozen vegetables in the air fryer.
Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli
Frozen broccoli is perfect for the air fryer as it gets crispy and perfect for an easy side dish.
Air Fryer Frozen Hash Browns
Make these frozen hash browns for your next breakfast or brunch. They go great with a tofu scramble!
Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans
When you need an easy side dish, just bust open a bag of frozen green beans. These are so good!
Air Fryer Frozen Stir-Fry Vegetables
Make a whole meal with just one bag of frozen stir-fry veggies. Add your favorite plant-based protein if you wish.
Frozen Brussel Sprouts in Air Fryer
Frozen brussel sprouts are underrated! This recipe takes them to the next level.
Air Fryer Vegan Snacks
Here are some great vegan snacks you can make in your air fryer.
Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds
Make these irresistable pumpkin seeds for a healthy, crunchy snack.
Air Fryer Chickpeas (Ranch Flavor)
These crunchy chickpeas are a healthy and tasty snack!
Air Fryer Kale Chips (Crispy & Vegan)
These yummy kale chips have nutritional yeast and lots of flavor.
Air Fryer Desserts
To wrap up this yummy round-up of vegan recipes, you’ve got to check out these air fryer desserts! Everyone loves a bit of sweet after a meal.
Air Fryer Baked Apples
These healthy baked apples have a sweet oat filling. Bake them right inside the air fryer.
Air Fryer Bananas
Air fryer bananas taste like a healthy Bananas Foster! They get slightly caramelized and crispy on the outside. Serve them with vanilla coconut ice cream.
Air Fryer Apple Crisp
Air fryer apple crisp is made vegan and gluten-free. Top it with coconut whipped cream for a yummy dessert.
Don’t Miss These Air Fryer Resources!
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Enjoy this list of the best 25 gluten-free vegan air fryer recipes that your family is sure to love. You can also see my entire gluten-free air fryer recipe index.
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