If you just got your Ninja Foodi air fryer (or have had one for a while), you’re probably always on the lookout for Ninja air fryer recipes so that you can use this amazing machine.
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There are tons of Ninja Foodi air fryer recipes on the internet, so you won’t have any trouble finding great breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack ideas.
But what if you’re short on time and just need the perfect quick and dirty list of Ninja air fryer recipes? Well, we’ve got you covered.
The great thing about cooking with recipes from a Ninja air fryer cookbook is that you can enjoy some of your favorite guilty pleasures without all of the grease (and guilt).
Let’s explore our favorite 31 Ninja air fryer recipes.
We love how versatile zucchini squash is. You can steam zucchini, boil it, fry it, grill it, and even make noodles (zoodles) out of it.
With an air fryer, you can also make some healthy and delicious zucchini chips.
If you’ve ever grown zucchini at home in your garden, you know that a zucchini plant produces tons of goodness. What better way to use up your bumper crop than by serving up these addictive little chips?
To make sure these zucchini chips are nice and crispy, arrange them loosely in the air fryer basket.
The family will thank you and these zucchini chips will disappear quickly.
If you’re a sweet potato fan, you will love these savory carrot fries.
The wonderful mixture of the natural sweetness of the carrots and the umami taste of the seasoning will send you over the edge into bliss.
These fries are tossed in Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and olive oil to deliver the perfect amount of flavor and crispiness.
But what about a dipping sauce? Try something like lemon aioli, cinnamon honey butter (if you want something sweet), or even ranch dressing.
These delicious carrot fries are perfect with grilled chicken or chicken wings.
One of the best things about using a Ninja air fryer is that you can enjoy delicious foods like roasted potatoes without having to heat up your whole house with your oven.
These potatoes cook up nicely and are super crispy.
It’s fun to use different colored potatoes to add some interest to your recipes. Thankfully, it’s easy to find all different types of new potatoes and gourmet potatoes at the grocery store.
What makes these potatoes so addictive is the Cajun seasoning. The three cloves of garlic don’t hurt, either.
Serve these potatoes as a side dish for any meat, including chicken, steak, a juicy pork chop, or pork tenderloin. Fried chicken is great, too!
Stuff peppers are pure comfort food.
When you want to create a truly one-dish meal, stuffed peppers are the way to go.
Also, in one pepper, you’ve got basically an entire meal.
This recipe has all of the perfect ingredients that we’ve all come to know and love in our stuffed peppers. You can use ground beef or chicken.
Here’s a pro tip. Shred the cheddar cheese or Colby jack cheese yourself. You will have much more creamy cheese if you do.
You can use any color bell pepper that you like, but yellow and red bell peppers will give you a sweeter taste.
People who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet usually saute or fry their tofu, but tofu cooked in the Ninja Foodi air fryer is next-level awesome.
When you use your Ninja Foodi to cook your tofu, you will use much less oil, so air frying is an excellent way to make tofu.
But it’s the crunch for us and we are all about it.
Tofu is a bit bland by design, but that just means that you can make your tofu recipe whatever flavor you like.
This recipe for fried tofu calls for garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and sea salt.
Are there people out there who don’t love Tex-Mex food? If so, we haven’t met them yet!
Besides tacos, one of the most popular Mexican foods is nachos.
They’re so popular largely because you can customize them and use whatever ingredients you and your family love.
This recipe for nachos is vegetarian, but you can certainly add ground beef or chicken piece (including meat from chicken thighs or chicken drumsticks) if you want some meat.
Be sure to load these gorgeous nachos up with toppings you love, including sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole, salsa, lettuce, tomato, and more.
In the vegetable world, eggplant is the creme de la creme.
While eggplant parmesan is usually baked, this recipe cooked in the air fryer is sublime.
The Ninja Foodi makes the eggplant parmesan incredibly soft on the inside while adding nice crispiness to the outside.
To make this dish a wholesome meal, serve it on the side of some healthy whole grain pasta.
Using Italian seasoning in this recipe makes your eggplant parmesan awesome.
This is one of the best Ninja Air Fryer Max XL recipes because there is plenty of room for you to spread out your eggplant.
Do you remember the first time you ever heard of fried pickles? If you were like most of us, your first thought was “Ew….”
Well, it didn’t take long for any of us to change our minds about fried pickles.
These tasty bite-sized gems are crunchy and juicy, and with your air fryer, you can enjoy them without all of the unnecessary grease and oil.
The best way to eat fried pickles is while they’re still hot, and they’re decadent when dipped in ranch dressing.
Once you start cooking your own chicken nuggets, you won’t want to go back to fast-food nuggets again.
Chicken nuggets you cook in your Ninja Foodi air fryer are not just healthier because you’re using less oil. They are also crispier and you can season them how you want.
With this Ninja Foodi recipe, you can make your chicken nuggets from scratch using raw chicken.
Soak the cut-up raw chicken in pickle juice and let it marinate for half an hour. The seasoning is paprika, powdered sugar (optional), salt, and chili powder.
Who knew the Ninja Foodi air fryer could do double-duty as a food dehydrator?
You can use your Ninja air fryer to make yummy and healthy apple chips. And the only ingredients are apples and a dash of cinnamon.
This apple chips recipe is just simple wholesome goodness.
The best thing about apple chips is that they are sweet enough to seem like a sweet treat, so kids love them. However, the only sugar in this sweet treat is the natural sweetness of the apples.
Why did we ignore kale for so long? Kale is so incredibly versatile and delicious.
In recent years, people have shifted to greater awareness about healthy eating, and kale was right there waiting for the world to choose it.
If you’re working on cutting your carbs, this tasty and crunchy snack may be just what you’re looking for.
They can be savory or salty, but these kale chips will definitely satisfy your crunch craving.
All you need to make these air fryer kale chips is kale, olive oil, and salt.
One of our favorite ways to cook bacon is in the oven. Oven-cooked bacon turns out straight, plus it’s oh so crispy.
Cooking bacon in the oven completely wins over pan-frying bacon, but then we discovered that we could use our Ninja Foodi to cook bacon.
With this method, your bacon cooks without soaking up its own grease. This is a great way to cook bacon for breakfast or for some delicious BLTs.
Bacon cooked in the air fryer is perfectly crisped and evenly cooked.
If you’ve ever dined at Outback Steak House, you probably helped devour one of their Bloomin’ Onions.
They take a whole onion and slice it up. Then, they deep fry it to crispy perfection.
The best thing about Ninja Foodi air fryer recipes is that you can “deep fry” foods like this without all of the oil.
When you make these fried onions, they taste better if you serve them fresh and hot. Otherwise, they get soggy. To re-heat, simply wrap them in foil and pop your leftovers into your toaster oven.
Did you know you can make popcorn in your Ninja Foodi air fryer? Maybe you’re wondering why you should.
After all, there are tons of other ways to make homemade popcorn, right?
The answer lies in how the air fryer makes the popcorn so crispy. Also, you don’t have to use any oil.
Those microwave popcorn packets don’t give you any control over how much seasoning, oil, or butter you use.
When you cook popcorn in the air fryer, you’re in charge and it’s ready in less than 15 minutes.
In the South, fried green tomatoes are a delicacy that is as dear to southerners as shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico.
Because tomatoes aren’t green throughout the entire gardening season, people who love this classic recipe have to take advantage of them when they’re green.
Also, it isn’t without regret that southern gardeners bring in their last crop of green tomatoes before the frost gets them.
Traditionally fried in a cast-iron skillet, fried green tomatoes are particularly well suited to frying in a Ninja air fryer.
Butternut squash is one of those winter vegetables that we neglected for far too long.
This winter squash is so decadent, and it’s chock-full of nutrients.
When you cook this butternut squash in your Ninja Foodi air fryer, you will love how it turns out. The squash tastes just like you roasted it, but it turns out even crispier.
To season your bite-sized pieces of squash, keep it simple. All you need is some paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and Kosher salt.
Your crew will devour it like it’s popcorn!
Sometimes you just need a change, and if you’re getting bored with your favorite broccoli recipes, we’ve got something perfect for you.
When you make crispy air fryer broccoli, you’re in for a delicious treat.
If you want broccoli bites that are loaded with the flavors of Parmesan cheese and garlic, this is the recipe for you.
You can make this tasty side dish with either fresh or frozen broccoli. Serve with chicken, beef, or pork. Whatever you like!
Serve this with garlic aioli to make the recipe completely magical.
After you cook your first French fries in your Ninja Foodi air fryer, the next thing you probably want to cook (if you’re like most people) is homemade potato chips.
One of the hardest things to give up when we start to live a healthier lifestyle is those addictive potato chips. You really can’t eat just one.
The good news is that when you cook your potato chips in the air fryer, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one.
Some sea salt makes these air fryer potato chips as perfect as can be.
When pulling together a list of Ninja Foodi air fryer recipes, we have to include some sweet treats.
Traditionally, donuts are fried to get the perfect combination of crispiness on the outside and soft dough inside. In other words, you’ve got not just a sugary treat, but also one that’s fried.
Not exactly healthy.
However, when you cook donuts in your air fryer, you’ve still got a sweet treat without having to fry it.
This donut recipe couldn’t be easier. All you need are flaky canned biscuits (we like Pillsbury Grands), sugar, cinnamon, butter, and a dash of spray coconut oil.
Asparagus is the king of the vegetable world. For one thing, it’s more expensive than most veggies because it’s a vegetable that is very seasonal.
When you season this asparagus with Parmesan cheese and garlic salt, you’ve got a side dish that will stand up proudly to the grilled steak or air fryer chicken breast you serve it with.
Be sure to choose firm asparagus to make this side dish, and the thinner stalks are much more tender.
If you want to make this asparagus vegan, you can use a vegan Parmesan substitute.
21. Air Fryer Tacos
Are you ready for Taco Tuesday?
These crispy tacos are made in the New Mexico style with juicy chicken breast, and they’re nice and crunchy.
Note: you can use any part of the chicken, including chicken thighs. It doesn’t have to be chicken breast.
Tacos with soft corn tortillas are delicious, but sometimes you just want a little crunch, right?
These tacos are much tastier than any you will buy at restaurants and they cost pennies to make at home.
This chicken tacos recipe also shows you how to make homemade taco seasoning, which is not only cheaper to make but also tastier.
Serve your tacos with guacamole or diced avocado, pico de gallo, fresh salsa, and plenty of cheese.
Most people who get a Ninja air fryer say that one of the first things they cook is French fries.
What is it about French fries? Are we just nostalgic for all of the guiltless fries we ate in our youth? Maybe, but all we know is that they’re just that delicious.
And homemade French fries are even better than the frozen ones, although you can cook frozen French fries in the Ninja Foodi air fryer, too.
These French fries are perfect with air fryer chicken nuggets, a grilled cheese sandwich, chicken wings, or chicken tenders.
Here’s a great idea. Try serving your fries with a chipotle sauce or garlic aioli sauce.
When you cook Brussels sprouts in the Ninja air fryer, you reach a whole new level of tasty goodness.
This recipe isn’t like the plain mushy Brussels sprouts you had growing up. Nope, those childhood Brussels sprouts were green mushy things.
These Brussels sprouts? They’re divine.
This Brussels sprouts recipe calls for a whopping four cloves of garlic, and you can’t go wrong with that much garlic, right?
However, the crispy bacon makes these Brussels sprouts something super special.
To cook these, you’re going to use the Ninja Foodi saute setting.
While your main dish is baking in the oven, you can create an excellent side dish for your steak or chicken in your Ninja Foodi air fryer.
With this recipe, it’s the garlic for us. To send this dish to a whole different level, you can also use some crumbled bacon as a tasty garnish.
These divine green beans are delightfully crispy and still as flavorful as garden-fresh green beans.
To get the crispy exterior, you need to coat the green beans in a thin layer of olive oil.
Do you love French fries but want to indulge in a healthier option? If so, give these crispy sweet potato fries a look.
The sweet potato is one of the most versatile foods in the world, and there’s no reason to not enjoy this delicious vegetable the same way we enjoy white potatoes.
With this recipe, you will be using homemade Cajun seasoning that you can also use in future recipes. What’s not to love?
The sweet potato fries are tossed with a tablespoon of olive oil to give them crispiness.
We can’t get enough of zucchini. There are so many incredible ways to prepare this bountiful veggie, but one of our favorite ways is fried.
With your Ninja air fryer, you can enjoy these crunchy zucchini fries as healthily as if you were steaming the zucchini instead of frying it.
Zucchini fries are as savory as can be, and they are a great alternative to traditional fries.
We like ours sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese. For dipping, you can use ranch dressing, chipotle sauce, or the roasted garlic aioli in this recipe.
You can cook either fresh corn on the cob or the frozen variety in your Ninja air fryer.
Whichever way you go, you will end up with tender kernels of golden corn that make the perfect side dish for chicken and other meats.
Who needs a big pot of boiling water on the stove or a long wait from the slow cooker, anyhow?
When you cook your corn on the cob in your air fryer, it will turn out perfectly even if you normally overcook your corn.
Besides the wonderful flavor, you will also enjoy the extra free time because these beauties cook in less than 10 minutes.
With this buffalo cauliflower, you can have some delicious vegan or vegetarian game-day snacks that will satisfy even the hardcore meat lovers in the house.
To make these, all you have to do is cut up your cauliflower, coat it in homemade or store-bought buffalo sauce, and then dredge every little morsel in a mixture of spices and breadcrumbs.
You can serve this innovative dish as a side dish for frozen chicken, as an appetizer for dinner, or for snacks. Be sure to have some blue cheese dressing on the side.
29. Air Fryer Steaks
If any kitchen gadget can rival your trusted grill, the Ninja Foodi air fryer is the one.
Cooking steaks in your Ninja air fryer is an excellent idea because the cooking method delivers a steak that is cooked perfectly on the inside but has a delightfully crispy exterior.
You can use any cut of steak you like, including New York strip, ribeye, or filet mignon.
This recipe uses an incredible garlic herb butter that’s full of goodness like garlic, thyme, rosemary, and parsley. Using fresh herbs adds color and subtle flavor.
Serve your steak with a baked potato or one of the other potato recipes we’ve shared in this list.
These bite-sized tater tots are as addictive and tasty as popcorn, and you can make them right in your air fryer.
There’s no need to fry them. Who needs the grease?
However, you also don’t have to heat up your house by preheating the oven. The Ninja Foodi air fryer to the rescue!
Tater tots are the perfect side dish for hamburgers, chicken nuggets, and hot dogs, but they’re also a tasty snack by themselves.
To take these tater tots to the next level, melt a slice of creamy American cheese on top.
When you’re craving crispy and melty fried mozzarella sticks, nothing else will do.
There’s no need to drive through your favorite fast-food restaurant to get these delicious golden sticks of wonder. You can simply cook some up in your Ninja Foodi air fryer.
For this recipe, you use frozen mozzarella cheese sticks. However, the magic is in the sauces.
For sauces, you can use classic favorites like marinara sauce or ranch dressing. Otherwise, consider some more exotic offerings like blue cheese dressing or hot sauce.
In the video below, you can see more great Ninja air fryer recipes. Enjoy!