Give your air fryer a workout with these vegan air fryer recipes. Recipes include fried pickles, fried ravioli, vegan lasagna for one, and several kinds of sandwiches.
With over 40 recipes, this round-up will keep you busy!
No doubt about it, I am obsessed with my air fryer. I got it for Christmas in 2016, and it hasn’t left my counter yet.
It is a piece of kitchen equipment that gets used daily… If not multiple times a day.
So if you think it is just for french fries, I have some great news for you, that’s just the start! (Although, it does make some magical french fries.)
Here are over thirty vegan air fryer recipes for everything from appetizers and breakfast through dinner!
Keep these appetizers in mind for your next games night or party. Everyone loves finger foods. Or make a meal of appetizers!
Crispy fried pickles
With a coating of beer batter and panko breadcrumbs, they have a delightful mix of briny & crisp. And bonus, they’re ready in less than 30 minutes!
Don’t have an air fryer yet? No worries. They can be made in a skillet too!
Fried artichoke hearts with vegan aioli
Fried artichoke hearts just read fancy. These breaded hearts make a wonderful dinner party starter.
I also include a recipe for garlic and lemon aioli for dunking!
Vegan fried ravioli
Vegan fried ravioli used to be something I’d only get at restaurants.
But not anymore!
It’s easy to make fried ravioli at home using fresh or frozen ravioli.
Don’t forget the marinara for dipping!
Vegan onion rings are a rare find in restaurants. But they’re easy to make at home!
They are battered & coated in panko. Then air fry until crispy.
I give directions for pan frying too.
Think of smoky vegan baba ganoush as hummus’ eggplant-y cousin.
Baba ganoush usually requires a lengthy cooking time in the oven or grill. Not anymore thanks to the air fryer!
Don’t have an air fryer? I give oven directions too.
Any appetizer is more exciting with peanut sauce! With this tofu satay, you’ll want to keep on dipping.
Plus, since it’s served on a stick, you can have one hand free for a cocktail.
(I also give directions for grilling or baking.)
Loaded sliced potatoes
Loaded sliced potatoes in the air fryer are an elegant twist on potato skins.
They are topped with cashew cream, crispy seitan bacon, and a smattering of green onions.
Smearing roasted garlic onto hot bread is one of life’s best simple pleasures. Using this air fryer recipe cuts the time way down from standard oven roasting.
Artichoke crostini with hummus & marinated cashews
The next time you need crostini for your dinner party, use the air fryer instead of the oven!
This crostini recipe is made with hummus, marinated cashews, and grilled artichoke hearts. Great as an appetizer or light meal with a salad.
Continuing on the crostini train, this bruschetta appetizer is topped with tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, oil, and vinegar. Perfect for when summer tomatoes are at their best!
By the way, I also give directions for toasting the crostini on the grill & in the oven!
Chili cheese tater tots
And of course, one of the easiest joys of having an air fryer is using it to heat frozen items like tater tots. It really gets those outer edges delightfully crispy.
Turn your next batch into vegan chili cheese tater tots.
Vegan jalapeño poppers
If you are a fan of spicy food, you’ve got to make these vegan jalapeño poppers!
They’re stuffed with non-dairy cream cheese, coated in panko breadcrumbs, and cooked until crisp.
Serve with vegan ranch dressing for dipping!
Fried olives are hand-stuffed with vegan feta cheese. Then they’re breaded and ready to fry in the air fryer or skillet.
The brininess of the olives accentuates the cheesiness of the filling.
Air fryer polenta fries are so easy to make, thanks to tubed polenta. Just cut into fry shapes, season, and pop in the air fryer.
Enjoy the dunkable deliciousness of fries with the cozy flavor of cornmeal.
Air fryer kale chips get so beautifully crispy. They’re delightful as a snack or appetizer.
Think of them as nature’s potato chips!
Here are a few vegan air fryer recipes for the first meal of the day.
Crustless mini quiche
These are so good, you may want to “quiche” whoever made the recipe! 😉
The base of the vegan quiche is made with tofu & cashews. And they are filled out with red bell peppers, onions, kale, and seitan bacon.
They can be eaten hot or cold. They also work well for brunches, picnics, packed lunches, and make-ahead breakfasts.
By the way, I include oven directions as well.
Breakfast sandwich with eggy tofu & sausage
Why wait for fast food breakfasts to go mainstream? You can easily make a vegan breakfast sandwich at home that is perfect for on-the-go, or for eating in bed in your jammies.
It’s filled with thinly sliced eggy tofu, non-dairy cheese, and veggie sausage that’s been cooked in the air fryer.
These breakfast-style air fryer potatoes are filled with onions and bell peppers.
Lunch & dinner recipes
It’s time for the main course! Lunch or dinner is served with these vegan air fryer recipes.
Lasagna for one
Vegan lasagna just got a whole lot more weeknight-friendly. This mini lasagna is layered with pasta sauce, tofu ricotta, zucchini, fresh basil, and spinach.
Ready in only 30 minutes!
This lasagna also freezes & reheats well. So make a few for no fuss dinners! (Freezer directions are given in the post.)
Arancini (Italian rice balls)
Vegan arancini (Italian rice balls) are made by forming cold risotto into balls, and rolling them in breadcrumbs. Then they are cooked in the oven or air fryer.
The crisp exterior gives way to a warm, melty interior. Serve the arancini as an appetizer or entrée.
A fancy Italian restaurant dinner can be yours at home in about a half an hour. Vegan eggplant parmesan is coated with panko breadcrumbs & spices. Then it’s topped with your favorite marinara and vegan mozzarella.
Serve it with a pile of pasta or use it in a sandwich.
Stuffed peppers with veggie sausage & rice
Air fryer stuffed peppers are filled with rice, veggie sausage, onions, garlic, marinara, and Italian spices.
A beautiful dinner entrée that’s cozy, comforting, and great with a green vegetable or side salad.
Vegan taquitos with jackfruit carnitas
These crisp, crackling vegan taquitos are filled with savory jackfruit carnitas. Great for dipping into guacamole, salsa, or cashew queso.
By the way, I give oven directions too!
Baked taquitos with sweet potatoes & black beans
Continuing on the taquito thread… These smoky baked taquitos are stuffed with sweet potatoes and black beans. And I offer oven directions as well!
Vegan pulled pork
Need an entrée you can really sink your teeth into? Vegan pulled pork is wonderfully crispy around the edges.
BBQ sandwich with Soy Curls
Barbecued Soy Curls also make a terrific filling for a vegan BBQ sandwich with a mound of cool & crunchy coleslaw.
Eggplant parmesan sandwich
Vegan eggplant parmesan sandwich is saucy, cheesy comfort food at its best.
This hearty sandwich is loaded with basil, onions, and breaded eggplant.
Vegan crab cakes
Vegan crab cakes are made with a mixture of artichoke hearts and chickpeas. They’re light, flaky, and sure to impress!
They can be made in the air fryer, baked, or pan fried.
Finish with a dollop of lemon dill aioli for an elegant starter or main course.
Buffalo Soy Curls sandwich
While we’re talking sandwiches, if you love spicy food, you’ll love buffalo Soy Curls sandwiches with a drizzle of vegan blue cheese on top.
Remember those English muffin pizzas you used to make as a kid? Re-imagine them as air fryer bagel pizzas instead!
Add your favorite pizza toppings. Lunch is ready in 10 minutes.
Sweet potato tacos with black beans
Cook the sweet potatoes separately in the air fryer to speed up the cooking time on these black bean & sweet potato tacos.
With chipotles in adobo in the mix, these tacos have a delicious mix of smoky, spicy, and sweet.
Easy roasted cauliflower brown rice bowl
It’s a hearty meal with a mixture of tastes & textures in every bite.
When you need potatoes ASAP, air fryer baby potatoes are the answer. They cook in just 15 minutes.
They’re a terrific side dish for almost any entrée.
Fried green tomatoes
I give two options for breading on these vegan fried green tomatoes – panko or potato chip crusted. I also give instructions on how to make them in a skillet.
Or use it as a filling in a vegan fried green tomato BLT with seitan bacon!
The air fryer baked potato is one of my most popular recipes.
It’s simple, sure. But it also delivers a truly excellent baked potato experience with a crisp peel and pillowy interior.
Air fryer asparagus
Why wait for the oven to preheat when you could have air fryer asparagus in just 10 minutes? The stalks get beautifully toasty brown with lightly crisp tips.
To make veggie wraps, cook your favorite vegan chick’n strips in the air fryer. Then throw them into a tortilla with romaine, bell pepper slices, non-dairy feta, and a drizzle of lemon tahini sauce.
So good & easy!
Salad topper recipes
I find I eat a lot more salad if there’s something hot & crunchy on top. If you’re the same way, you need to check out these salad toppers made in the air fryer.
Bread gets a new lease on life with these vegan croutons. They’re flavored with fresh squeezes of lemon & spices.
They can be made in the air fryer or oven.
Ready in less than 10 minutes.
Homemade pita chips
They also go well in a Fattoush-style salad.
Crisp on the outside & creamy on the inside air fryer chickpeas are seasoned with a sprinkling of nutritional yeast flakes, granulated onion, and salt.
They are great on their own right out of the air fryer, on top of salads, or as a topping to artichoke pesto pasta.
Content and photos updated January 4, 2022. Originally posted February 8, 2017.