Are you looking for easy and savory side dishes that you can cook in your air fryer? These 29 Delicious Air Fryer Side Dishes are the perfect accompaniment to any weeknight dinner.
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When most people think of an air fryer the first thing that comes to mind is visions of crispy french fries or breaded chicken. And while it does an excellent job of making your french fries come out all crunchy and delicious. It can also cook up amazing desserts, breakfasts, appetizers, and side dishes as well.
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How does an Air Fryer Work?
If you are not familiar, an air fryer is a healthier way to “fry” your food. It does this by circulating hot air (up to 400°) thru a convection fan resulting in crispy and golden brown deliciousness.
What are the benefits of using an air fryer?
There are so many benefits to using an air fryer besides the obvious one which is to cook your food in a healthier way. Some other advantages are:
- It cooks your foods quicker than in a conventional oven saving you time in the kitchen.
- Makes clean up a breeze. It usually only requires a quick wipe. You can also use parchment paper or aluminum foil to make cleaning even easier.
- Perfect to use in the hotter months as it doesn’t heat up your kitchen as an oven does.
- No more dealing with soggy leftovers from the microwave, since the air fryer produces crispy food when reheated.
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Important things to know– When using your air fryer it’s best to shake your basket a few times to ensure even cooking. Also, don’t use aerosol sprays such as Pam in your air fryer as it can cause your basket to peel. Rub on your oil instead or invest in an oil mister.
Learn more tips and tricks about this versatile appliance with my 20 Best Air Fryer Tips for Beginners.
Why an air fryer is ideal to use for side dishes
An air fryer is a perfect choice for cooking your side dishes because it frees up the stovetop and oven space for your main dishes. It also makes cooking your side dishes quicker and easier. And let’s face it, it makes preparing dinner a lot more fun.
This is the air fryer that I have and I love it. It’s not only affordable but it’s the perfect size for my family of four.
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29 Delicious Air Fryer Side Dishes
This easy cheesy potatoes recipe is a classic, but it’s one of my favorites by far. Potatoes are so versatile, that it’s a lot of fun to see how many different ways I can use them in a recipe. These potatoes au gratin can be cooked in an air fryer or baked in the oven.
Air Fryer Mashed Potato Cakes aka potato pancakes or potato latkes are loaded mashed potato cakes with crispy bacon, green onion, and cheddar cheese are the bomb.
These air fryer garlic fries are perfectly crisp and loaded with cheese and garlic!
Air fryer carrot fries are a quick and easy side dish that pairs with nearly any meal! And with the addition of the delicious pesto aioli, you’ll be left wondering where this recipe has been all your life!
Keto Air Fryer Zucchini Fries are a most delicious, crisp, and flavorful, low carb alternative to fries and a tasty side or snack can easily be made in the air fryer.
Sweet potato fries are a perfect side dish for a meal. It can be made easily in the air fryer in a matter of minutes
This recipe for Air Fryer Green Beans with Bacon uses 4 ingredients and is ready in less than 15 minutes. The perfect side dish for grilled chicken or beef.
These Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms are filled with a savory flaked lump crab stuffing then baked in the air fryer or oven for pop-in-your-mouth goodness at your next party.
Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are covered in spicy Buffalo sauce and melted sharp cheddar cheese. This easy recipe can be enjoyed as an appetizer, snack, or side dish.
Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus makes an easy side dish in the Ninja Foodi (or any other air fryer brand you may have on hand). Even non-asparagus lovers find a way to chow down when crispy bacon makes its appearance.
A super easy, delicious, and crispy side dish recipe! These breaded Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts are gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-free! Tossed in a lightly seasoned breading, there’s no oil needed for these healthy air fried artichokes.
Air fryer Brussel sprouts with parmesan are perfectly tender and so flavorful. Serve with quick and easy lemon aioli for a delicious side dish.
Up your snacking game with these Smoky Air Fryer Chickpeas. They are quick, easy, healthy, and a little bit addicting.
Air Fryer Crispy Seasoned Potato Wedges– On Ty’s Plate
Wedges of fluffy potatoes seasoned to perfection then crisped in the air fryer.
Make crisp, golden air fryer hash browns two ways: in patties and loose, for a quick and easy side dish. Seasoned with herbs, these hash browns are very flavorful.
Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, this Air Fryer Baby Potatoes is SO easy to make! Have roasted potatoes in next to no time.
These Yukon Gold Potatoes crisp up nicely in the air fryer and are perfect with roast chicken or beef.
These air fryer baked potatoes are so perfect as they’re fluffy and buttery from the inside, with crispy golden skin. Make them in the air fryer, and you’ll never want to make them in the oven again!
These Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes are made easily in the air fryer with some olive oil, salt, and pepper cooked until tender and topped with butter and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
Air Fryer Broccoli– Lemons and Zest
Simple, crispy parmesan crusted Air Fryer Broccoli is a perfect way to enjoy your veggies. Ready in 15 minutes but gone in less than that! Kid-friendly for sure.
Simple and flavorful crispy Air Fryer cauliflower side dish that takes only 15 minutes to make! It’s healthy and delicious.
These tender air fryer roasted carrots make the perfect easy and healthy side dish!
Air Fryer Carrots are a simple side dish using staple pantry spices. if you like carrots that aren’t sweet, these roasted carrots in the air fryer are for you and are done in just a few minutes!
Air fryer corn on the cob is so easy to make and full of roasted flavor.
This Air Fryer Zucchini and onions recipe is the best ever side dish, made in a snap with delicious Italian seasoning, less oil, and no breading! When you cook zucchini in the air fryer, it’ll be perfectly cooked and absolutely wonderful!
Air fryer asparagus is a healthy and easy side dish that goes with just about anything, and takes just 7 minutes from start to finish!
These Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts are perfectly crispy on the outside, tender, soft on the inside, and so easy to make! Learn how to cook Brussels Sprouts in the air fryer and enjoy this perfect side dish with fresh garlic and a tangy balsamic reduction.
Air Fryer Eggplant– Oh Snap! Let’s Eat
This easy-to-make Air Fryer Eggplant is a great side dish to add to any entree! It’s also gluten-free, paleo, and vegan!
Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Mushrooms
You will love these easy and delicious air fryer garlic parmesan mushrooms. They are the perfect side dish to any dinner. They are literally so simple to throw together you will be wondering why you haven’t cooked your mushrooms in your air fryer sooner.
All you need to do is to slice your mushrooms and toss in olive oil, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Then, add your mushrooms to your air fryer basket. Air fry for 8 minutes, making sure to shake your basket halfway through cooking.
While air frying your mushrooms, combine butter and garlic in a dish. Add to the cooked mushrooms and sprinkle with parmesan and parsley.
Note: We prefer our mushrooms cooked down, similar to how they are sauteed in a skillet on the stovetop. So, I make sure to slice my mushrooms quite thin. However, you can prepare them thicker or decrease the cooking time.
Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Mushrooms
Enjoy these tender and delicious air fryer mushrooms full of butter, garlic and parmesan flavors.
- 8 ounces white mushrooms cleaned, dried and, sliced
- 1½ tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon worchestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon butter melted
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ tsp parsley
Combine sliced mushrooms with olive oil, worcestershire sauce, salt and, pepper.
Place in the air fryer and cook at 390° for 7-8 minutes. Shake the basket halfway through cooking.
While mushrooms are cooking, combine butter and garlic in a dish.
Remove mushrooms from the air fryer and toss with butter and garlic. Sprinkle parmesan cheese and parsley on top.
There is no need to preheat the air fryer. However, you can do so if you would like, just cut back the amount of cooking time.
Wash your mushrooms and dry thoroughly before putting them in the air fryer.
Make sure to place your mushrooms in a single layer so they cook evenly.
Since air fryers can cook differently, check your mushrooms in the last 4 minutes of cooking so you can ensure they do not overcook and dry out.
For a healthier version, you can omit the butter or substitute it with olive oil.
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