10 Air Fryer Recipes for Your Holiday Table

You might not immediately think of your air fryer when you’re planning your holiday menu, but it’s actually very handy for freeing up oven space and saving you some cooking time. These plant-based air fryer recipes are deliciously easy and perfect for the holiday table.

What is an air fryer?

Think of an air fryer as a small, super efficient convection oven. It uses hot, circulating air to cook food in half the time that it would take in a conventional oven. Most convection ovens knock down the cooking time by about 25 percent, so an air fryer is much faster than regular ovens or convection ovens.

That hot air moving around allows you to get crispier results from your holiday cooking with less oil, too. If you’re trying to go for a healthier holiday menu, these air fryer recipes can help.

The speed and makes an air fryer a great gadget for everyday cooking, but when it comes to the holidays, it really shines as a way to clear out some oven space. I don’t know about you, but when I’m cooking a holiday meal, the oven is at a premium. Especially since I’m often cooking a vegan meal while in-laws are cooking their own holiday entrees and sides.

Holiday Air Fryer Recipes

Sure, they’re great for making home fries and kale chips, but there are also some delicious air fryer recipes out there for your holiday table.

You might not immediately think of your air fryer when you're planning your holiday menu, but it's actually very handy for freeing up oven space and saving you some cooking time. These plant-based air fryer recipes are deliciously easy and perfect for the holiday table.

1. Roasted Green Beans

Think of this as a lightened up version of green bean casserole, no cream of mushroom soup needed. It’s light, fresh and perfect for holiday dinners.

2. Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels sprouts are a holiday classic, and they cook up super quickly in the air fryer. Slice smaller sprouts in half or larger ones into thirds, so you end up with uniform, perfectly-cooked Brussels.

3. Fried Artichoke Hearts

These might not be a conventional holiday side, but these flavorful, crispy air fryer artichoke hearts are sure to be a hit. They also work well as finger food, if you have a holiday party in the works.

4. Roasted Cauliflower

Roasting veggies takes up precious oven space and precious time. Air fryer to the rescue! You only need a little bit of oil and about half an hour to get this dish onto your holiday table.

5. Whiskey Garlic Tofu

Need a plant-based side dish for your menu? These sticky-sweet tofu cutlets will fill your belly and delight your taste buds. You only need six ingredients (not counting salt and pepper) to make them in your air fryer.

10 Air Fryer Recipes for Your Holiday Table

6. Vegan Goat Cheese Bacon Wrapped Dates

I KNOW! Homemade, vegan goat cheese, stuffed into dates, wrapped in rice paper bacon and air fried. Your guests will barely be able to handle this deliciousness!

7. Shepherd’s Pie Baked Potatoes

This is another fun, plant-based holiday main dish. Air fryer baked potatoes are stuffed with lentils that you cook shepherd’s pie-style.

8. Kale Caesar Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

No, you don’t make the salad in the air fryer, but you do make the tasty roasted chickpea “croutons” in there! When I was a kid, my aunt Sherry always brought a Caesar salad to holiday meals, and I looked forward to it every year.

9. Cheesy Potato Wedges

Step away from the potato masher – this is your new favorite potato-based holiday side dish! This air fryer recipe stars crispy potato wedges that you drench in homemade cashew “cheese” sauce.

10. Small-Batch Brownies

No holiday menu is complete without a little something sweet, and these fudgy, chocolatey brownies are the perfect addition to your dessert spread – no oven required! This recipe makes four brownies, so it’s perfect for a smaller gathering or a big one where you know a lot of people are bringing other desserts, too.

All images via recipe authors, used with permission.

57 comments

Paula A
Paula Aabout a month ago

thank you for this

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Shae L
Shae Lee3 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Greta L
Greta L3 months ago

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson3 months ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M3 months ago

Thanks.

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Lisa M
Lisa M3 months ago

Thanks.

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Melanie St. Germaine
Melanie S3 months ago

I want an air fryer too!

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Latoya Brookins
Latoya Brookins3 months ago

I want an air fryer.

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Janis K
Janis K3 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Daniel N
Past Member 3 months ago

thank you

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