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 25 plus 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 twenty-five 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
There’s a reason these crispy fried pickles are the most popular recipe on my blog. 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!
“These are so much fun to make and seriously addictive.”
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!
“These were so easy to make and VERY delicious! What a fun and different appetizer to serve to my guests!”
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!
“I saw this recipe and thought it looks so delicious and couldn’t wait to try it. What a fantastic bonus when it turned out to be a favorite of my husband’s too. I’ve made it at least 10 times now. Thanks so much.”
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!
“This is my new favorite dip!! Seriously, I am so happy it is summertime so I can make this dip all. the. time! It could not be easier, and yet it is so delicious people think I must have spent hours in the kitchen! That, IMO, makes this a truly great recipe! Thank you Cadry!!”
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.
“These are so delicious and easy to make! This is a great appetizer for a “mixed” gathering, too! Or just make them for yourself LOL.”
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.
“OMG this is a game-changer!”
Artichoke crostini with hummus & marinated cashews
The next time you need crostini for your dinner party, use the air fryer instead of the oven! I topped this artichoke crostini with hummus, marinated cashews, and grilled artichoke hearts. Great as an appetizer or light meal with a salad.
“Fantastic recipe! My only problem was they were gone in seconds, I’ll have to make more next time! Thanks for sharing!”
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!
“I made the bruschetta last night. It was FABULOUS! It looked and smelled too good to let it sit overnight.”
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.
“This is honestly my favorite meal since the Switch. I’ve made it on numerous occasions, and I’ve goofed here and there, but it comes out perfect every time!”
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.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had non-vegan quiche, so I don’t have anything to compare this too – but it is definitely delicious!!”
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 sandwiches are fantastic! A favorite of my whole family since I first tried them this summer. The black salt is a true game changer!”
These breakfast-style air fryer potatoes are filled with onions and bell peppers.
“This is a great example of something that appears simple but because of your extra tips, it also is successful! And making them in the air fryer means less mess. A win-win!”
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.)
“I’m not crying, because making lasagna in the air fryer is pure genius! Lasagna has always been one of my favorite dishes, and I’ll use just about any kind of occasion to make it, but now I can make it whenever I want!”
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.
“These were SOOOO delicious. I made them a bit smaller and pushed a bit of vegan cream cheese into the center. I didn’t have Panko on hand, so used seasoned breadcrumbs. Dipped into tomato basil pasta sauce. OH YUM! Making them again this weekend! Thanks for the recipe.”
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.
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!
“This recipe is so delicious! I’ve been wanting to learn how to make jackfruit that tastes good. Thank you so much for sharing this. My family was shocked this when they tasted the taquitos and I told them the filling is not meat. I am the vegetarian in the house.”
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!
“I made these tonight in my air fryer. They were oil free & better than anything I’ve had at a restaurant. I’ll make these again!”
BBQ Soy Curls
Need an entrée you can really sink your teeth into? Vegan BBQ Soy Curls are wonderfully crispy around the edges. Great with vegan potato salad and easy collard greens. I give skillet directions as well!
“I need more stars!!!!! This was AHHHHH-MAZING!!!!! I’m a Texas girl, so I didn’t shred the curls (I wanted to keep that *bite*) and I plated them on a slider bun and then topped with some chopped onion and a nice-sized dill pickle slice– H E A V E N ! ! !
Thank you oh so much for this easy and absolutely DEEEEEE-LICIOUS recipe! (If you are reading this comment/rating and you haven’t run to go and make these, what the heck are you waiting for?!?!?! SOOOOOOOO good!)”
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.
“These Soy Curls are seriously easy and so delicious! I made them in my air fryer, and I’m addicted!”
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.
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.
“This recipe is easy and delicious! As soon as I finished my first one I immediately wanted to make more. Thanks, Cadry!”
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
Easy roasted cauliflower makes a tasty side dish on its own. Or add it to a brown rice bowl with hummus & a drizzling of tahini dressing. It’s a hearty meal with a mixture of tastes & textures in every bite.
“Lebanese food is the best! I love everything about this bowl, especially that tahini drizzle on top!”
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.
“Oh my gosh. Bought mine today and inaugurated it with these crispy delicious baked potatoes. Haven’t had better.”
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.
Homemade pita chips
Homemade pita chips are so easy to make in the air fryer or oven. In just minutes, you can have crispy chips – perfect for dunking into my easy hummus recipe. They also go well in a Fattoush-style salad.
“This is my favorite way to have pita and hummus.”
Crisp on the outside & creamy on the inside 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.
“I tried this last night, and it’s a winner! I think I ate about half of the can right after it came out of the fryer. Oops! So tasty! I put some on my salad today along with your creamy cashew dressing. Delicious!
Thanks for helping me to be excited about cooking again (well, maybe for the first time ever LOL)!”
Originally posted February 2017. Content and photos updated August 2019.