28 Delicious Holiday Air Fryer Recipes

Looking for easy air fryer recipes you can cook this holiday season? You can find 28 Delicious Holiday Air Fryer Recipes that consist of main dishes, sides, desserts, snacks and breakfast ideas to cook this Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s.

 meat and side dish recipes to cook in the air fryer for the holidays

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Is your air fryer your new favorite small appliance? I get it! An air fryer is a perfect way to cook food in a healthier way by circulating hot air instead of deep frying or sautéing. You are able to enjoy food that stays crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Plus, it’s not only delicious and better for you, it makes clean-up a breeze. 

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Since the holiday season is just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about holiday prep. So, what better way to get use of your most favorite appliance than to utilize it to the fullest for your upcoming holiday meal.

What am I able to cook in my air fryer for the holidays?

You can cook your entire holiday meal completely in your air fryer. This list of 28 air fryer holiday recipes includes main dishes such as turkey, roast chicken, steak, and scallops. You will find side dishes that include sweet potato casserole stacks, squash, green beans, and rolls. 

No holiday meal is complete without desserts. Try some air fryer pumpkin turnovers or cheesecake. There are also a few breakfast and snack ideas to enjoy during the holidays.

The best part of this list is that you can cook one or two items or go big and make the entire meal in your air fryer. Think of all the time you will save with clean-up. I know for me personally, it’s one of my least favorite jobs after enjoying a big holiday meal.

Enjoy these delicious air fryer recipes for your next holiday get-together.  I’ve included some holiday air fryer meal ideas using these recipes at the end for inspiration.


28 Delicious Holiday Air Fryer Recipes


Breakfast Ideas for the Holiday

cinnamon rolls with white glaze on air fryer pan

Air Fryer Cinnamon RollsThe Busted Oven

Holiday morning brunch wouldn’t be complete without fresh cinnamon rolls. These homemade air fryer cinnamon rolls are quick, easy and so, so good.

Air Fryer Apple Caramel Donut

Air Fryer Caramel Stuffed Apple DonutsThe Moody Blonde

This recipe for air fryer caramel stuffed apple donuts is easy and fabulous. You’ll love it!

Air Fryer Pumpkin Muffin on baking grate

Air Fryer Pumpkin MuffinsThe Six Figure Dish

Enjoy these air fryer pumpkin muffins with a cup of hot coffee. They’re topped with a crunchy pecan streusel topping and are extra soft and fluffy on the inside.

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Air Fryer Main Dishes for the Holiday

Turkey and Gravy cooked in air fryer on white plate with green beans

Air Fryer Turkey Breast and Gravy-House of Nash Eats

Let this Air Fryer Turkey Breast cook on the counter while all your sides cook in the oven! This tender turkey recipe is the perfect go-to for the holidays, especially if you are short on time or only cooking for a few people!

Cut seasoned turkey on cutting board in front of air fryer

Air Fryer Turkey BreastLove From the Oven

Air Fryer Turkey Breast just might be the easiest and most delicious way to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Juicy, full of flavor and golden brown, the air fryer does an amazing job of making turkey in under an hour.

Roast chicken in black air fryer

Air Fryer Whole ChickenBudget Delicious

Yes, you really can cook a whole chicken in air fryer! This no-fail recipe is faster than the traditional oven method, and gives you a perfectly cooked chicken every time! This recipe is great for weekly meal prep.

Air Fryer Steak with Garlic Butter on white plate with parsley

Air Fryer Steak with Garlic ButterDinner at the Zoo

This air fryer steak is tender beef coated in seasonings, then air fried to golden brown perfection and topped with garlic and herb butter.

scallops with lemon wedge on white plate

Air Fryer ScallopsAleka’s Get Together

These quick and easy Air Fryer Scallops are flavored with lemon, garlic and tarragon. They take less than 10 minutes to whip up and make a fancy appetizer that pairs perfectly with white wine.

Air Fryer Scallops with bacon on teal plate with silver dish with butter

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped ScallopsMonday is Meatloaf

Air Fryer Bacon Scallops are very easy and turn out perfectly cooked every time! These work well as an appetizer or entrée for a special holiday occasion.

Holiday Side Dishes to Cook in Your Air Fryer

sweet potato stacks on white plate

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Casserole Stacks-XOXO Bella

Air fryer sweet potato casserole stacks make a delicious side dish for all kinds of dishes. This sliced yam casserole is a breeze to prepare and it tastes so good.

air fryer baby potatoes with parsley on white platter

Air Fryer Baby Potatoes Bite on the Side

Roasted baby potatoes have never been quicker or easier to make than with the air fryer. The take minutes to prep and cook quickly and you just need a few ingredients. With perfectly crispy edges and soft and buttery middles, they are perfect for any occasion!

air fryer baked potatoes with bacon bits on white scalloped plate

Air Fryer Baked PotatoesHealthy Recipes 101

A dish of yogurt and cheddar-flavored centers, these air fryer baked potatoes are a decadent treat. They’re finished with crispy bacon bits to create a texture-rich side for your mains.

air fryer butternut squash on plate

Air Fryer Butternut SquashCaramel Tinted Life

Air Fryer Butternut squash is an easy way to make perfect roasted butternut squash. A quick and delicious side dish for Fall/Autumn and the holidays.

green beans on white plate

Air Fryer Green Beans– The Forked Spoon

The best Air Fryer Green Beans are tender, crisp, and perfectly seasoned with a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Enjoy these deliciously snackable green beans as an easy holiday side dish.

asparagus in white dish

Air Fryer AsparagusSimply Stacie

The perfect healthy side dish recipe that is ready in minutes in the air fryer. Crispy roasted asparagus is seasoned to perfection for a quick and easy addition to your family’s dinner.

Brussels Sprouts with bacon in black speckled dish with serving spoon

Air Fryer Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Bacon– Flavour and Savour

Crispy air-fried Brussels sprouts seasoned with balsamic vinegar and bacon make a crave-worthy side dish! This air fryer Brussels sprouts recipe makes a side dish you’ll want to make again and again!

baby carrots on white platter with lemon slices

Air Fryer Baby Carrots– Bites with Bri

These Air Fryer Baby Carrots are the most flavor yet simple side dish. They are the perfect accompaniment to any protein or side for upcoming holiday meals. The baby carrots are tossed with a few simple ingredients, roasted in the air fryer, and served over a bed of whipped feta because cheese is a must when it comes to vegetables.

Air Fryer Cauliflower in white bowl

Air Fryer Cauliflower The Typical Mom

Air fryer cauliflower is the perfect holiday side dish.

 Parsnips on white rectangular plate

Honey Mustard Air Fryer Parsnips-Bucket List Tummy

Air Fryer Parsnips are an easy and healthy side option, ready in just 20 minutes. Honey mustard parsnips combine honey, dijon mustard, and a handful of spices for a healthy veggie side for the holidays.

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rolls in silver basket with tea towel

Frozen Rolls in Air FryerHome Cooked Harvest

For major holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas, when there isn’t a ton of room in the oven, the air fryer swoops in and saves the day. All you need to make Air Fryer Dinner Rolls is melty butter and a package of frozen dinner rolls. 

 cornbread on black plate with silver fork

Air Fryer Cornbread– Went There 8 This

Take your cornbread up a notch with this Air Fryer Cornbread recipe. It’s soft and buttery with a subtle sweetness and crispy edges!

Air Fryer Holiday Desserts

air fryer baked apples with crunchy topping on white plate

Air Fryer Baked Apples with Cinnamon and PecansTrop Rockin

Make traditional baked apples even easier in the air fryer! Stuffed with a simple cinnamon pecan crumble, these individual holiday desserts are the ultimate holiday dessert.

pumpkin turnovers on white plate

Air Fryer Pumpkin TurnoversBrooklyn Active Mama

Fall is such a fun time for food and today and these Easy Air Fryer Pumpkin Turnovers that will satisfy your pumpkin cravings!

pumpkin dessert on white plate

Air Fryer Pumpkin DessertFun Happy Home

It’s that time of year where pumpkin is taking center stage! And I know you are going to absolutely love this Air Fryer Pumpkin Dessert! 

air fryer berry bread pudding on white plate with raspberries and blueberries

Berry Bread Pudding Piping Pot Curry

This easy Berry Bread Pudding is the best dessert (or breakfast) to satisfy those sweet cravings. It is creamy, decadent and so easy to make in the air fryer, oven or even the instant pot. Perfect to serve to the family or for entertaining!

air fryer twix cheesecake on white plate with black polka dots and stripes

Air Fryer Twix Cheesecake Savor and Savvy

This quick and easy Air Fryer Cheesecake starts with a cookie crust, adds a caramel cheesecake, and is topped with a chocolate ganache. Simple steps to make this holiday favorite early and freeze for the main event.

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 Holiday Snacks for Your Air Fryer

air fryer candied cashews and pecans in glass jar

Candied Cashews and Pecans-Simple Fresh N Yum

Cashews and Pecans tossed in cinnamon sugar & egg white mixture and roasted until crunchy to make this dangerously addictive candied cashews and pecans

air fryer pistachios on red spoon

Honey Roasted Pistachios– The Kitchen Bucket List

Enjoy these honey-roasted pistachios as a sweet treat. The combination of honey to these healthy little seeds, yup they are seeds, is the perfect snack.

An air fryer is a perfect way to cook your holiday appetizers. These 18 Quick Air Fryer Appetizer Recipes are sure to please at your next holiday party or New Year’s Eve bash.

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Holiday Air Fryer Meal Combinations

Option 1:

  •  Turkey Breast and Gravy
  •  Sweet Potato Casserole Stacks
  •  Green Beans
  • Cornbread
  • Pumpkin Turnovers

Option 2:

  • Whole Chicken
  • Baby Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Rolls
  • Baked Apples

Option 3:

  • Steak
  • Baked Potato
  • Asparagus
  • Rolls
  • Cheesecake

Of course, more than one side is always better but this is just to show you that it is possible to cook an entire holiday meal in your air fryer. You can mix and match to create your perfect holiday dinner.

Is An Air fryer Still On Your Wish List?

If you haven’t decided to purchase an air fryer yet because you’re still unsure, then hopefully this list helped to show you all the amazing foods you can enjoy in your air fryer…even holiday foods.

A lot of people assume that an air fryer is only good for cooking frozen foods (I was one of those people at first) But, I’m so glad that I decided to take the plunge and order one a few years ago. It has quickly become my absolute favorite small appliance.

Here is the air fryer that I have and it’s the perfect size for my family of four. If you would like to learn more about this versatile small appliance you can with these 20 Best Air Fryer Tips for Beginners. 

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I’m hoping that these 28 Holiday Air Fryer Recipes have inspired you to plan a delicious holiday feast for your family this year. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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