Looking for good air fryer cookbook? Sure, you can absolutely use your air fryer exclusively to give frozen French fries and chicken nuggets that intoxicating fast food restaurant-quality crunch. (Zero judgment, honestly.) But get your hands on some of the best air fryer cookbooks and you can seriously level up how you use that kitchen gadget du jour to make a much greater range of tasty, lighter fare. Plus, it makes for a good gift for a boyfriend (or girlfriend) or friend/family member who’s gotten really into air frying. People who just purchased an air fryer *cannot* get enough of air fryer recipes.
Whether you’re an air-frying pro or a newbie to the game, you can use these recipes to elevate and diversify your cleaner recipes. These books contain hundreds of options for tasty dishes to serve at any time of day, from snacks to mains to desserts.
Plus, we’ve got on our list niche options for vegetarians, Keto diet devotees, and other specialized eaters. So snag a book or two, preheat your fryer — and make that impressive little oven earn every inch of the precious countertop real estate it nabbed when it edged out your Instant Pot.
Best Air Fryer Cookbooks
Hey, not everything that goes into your air fryer has to be as American as fried god-knows-what at the county fair: Use yours to make healthy international foods, too. The Mediterranean Air Fryer will let you enjoy the culinary aspect of that vacation you can’t take right now (uh, kind of), with its European coastline-inspired dishes. Plus, the Mediterranean diet maintains its popularity given its simplicity, sustainability, and doc-recommended healthy approach — so you can feel good about devouring those killer kabobs.
If you’re cooking for two, this is the book you need to whip up perfectly portioned recipes worthy of a baller date night in. The book includes more than 100 recipes designed to be made in 30 minutes or less using ingredients you already have in the kitchen. If you never thought you’d drool over chocolate chip zucchini… think again.
In my experience as a long-time vegetarian and recent air fryer covert, the gadget is an incredible tool for plant-based eaters: It turns everyday veggies into ultra-crispy and indulgent-tasting noms. This book focuses on vegetarian recipes, with 75 in all. You might even convert a non-veg in your house with these tasty ideas, which include plenty of comfort-food treats — think apple fritters and buffalo cauliflower bites.
Much as we’d love to think that everything that goes into our air fryers comes out magically low-cal and healthy, that’s not necessarily the case. But it is with this cookbook, from New York Times bestselling author Gina Homolka, which focuses exclusively on healthy, flavorful recipes. The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook converts traditionally fried foods — spring rolls, crispy shrimp, chicken tenders — into much lighter fare. It’s also got more inventive recipes like Korean pork lettuce wraps, and sugar and spice acorn squash. Many dishes are keto-friendly, vegetarian, or gluten free.
Air Fryer Cookbooks for Beginners
The Essential Air Fryer Cookbook for Beginners is — well, just what the title states. It’s the book you need if you’re new not just to the air fryer, but even if you’re a kitchen newbie in general. It’s got 75 easy and quick-to-make recipes — think cinnamon rolls and sweet potato fries — for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you just got an air fryer and have no idea where to begin, you’ll find plenty of ideas to get you started in this cookbook for beginners featuring a full 600 recipes. The enormous range of sections include appetizers, veggies and sides, poultry, beef, pork, seafood, and more — and all are straightforward and simple, using affordable ingredients you can find most anywhere. Bonus: This budget-focused book is budget priced itself.
Keto Air Fryer Cookbooks
If you love a food fad, you’ll love this cookbook that combines two of the biggies: the Keto diet and the air fryer. It’s packed with low-carb and Keto-compliant recipes to make in your favorite countertop oven. Think breakfast pizza, crunchy-top mac and cheese, caramelized broccoli, and pumpkin cheesecake hand pies.
Ain’t no mommy got the time for six ingredients: Nope, this Keto air fryer cookbook includes 175 recipes that use only five (or even fewer) ingredients apiece. The idea is to get food on the table quickly, affordably, and compliant with your diet. No fuss, no mess.