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10 easy air fryer recipes to add to your repertoire

The f-word we can’t get enough of.

If you don’t have an air fryer by now, we’re well and truly taken aback. The buzz for this kitchen must-have has only swelled over the past few years, and for good reason. What’s not to love? The countertop appliance cuts cooking time, simplifies difficult recipes, and produces more nutritious meals by replicating the delicious texture of deep-frying without all the oil. If you’re just starting out on your air fryer journey, we have plenty of healthy ideas in The Australian Women’s Weekly Super Easy Air Fryer cookbook. But for now, be inspired by our favourite air fryer recipes that can be on the table in under an hour.


karrage chicken

Japanese-style karaage chicken

The term ‘karaage’ refers to a Japanese cooking technique in which a protein or vegetable is deep-fried in oil until crisp (and delicious). In this healthier version, the flavours of ginger, garlic and soy come together to coat air-fried chicken tenders.


Roast pork belly

Roast pork belly

Yes, it’s true: The beloved air fryer can truly do anything and everything, including roast pork belly in an hour (with the perfect crackling to boot). Once cooked, thickly slice pork then serve with roast potatoes, roast shallots, and cooking juices from the bottom of the air fryer pan.


buttermilk chicken

Buttermilk chicken

Add a modern twist to this classic recipe by cooking the chicken drumettes in your air fryer. For fail-safe flavour, coat chicken in a recipe base (such as the moreish McCormick Buttermilk Chicken sachet) before transferring to the air fryer basket.


Crisp-skinned salmon with salsa verde

Crisp-skinned salmon with salsa verde

Creating a nutritious salmon dish has never been more effortless with this 25-minute miracle recipe. Serve up tender, succulent salmon with a crispy skin by cooking the fish in the air fryer. The health benefits are plentiful, as salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and a great source of protein, while the salsa verde is a fresh and flavoursome addition.


italian schnitzel

Italian herb and parmesan schnitzel

Looking for weeknight cooking inspiration? Add this tasty schnitzel to the menu. Made in just 20 minutes in the air fryer, this nostalgic pub meal is bound to please both the kids and adults alike. We suggest serving with a rocket salad and thick cut chips.


Lentil-stuffed eggplant

Lentil-stuffed eggplant

There’s an abundance of exciting air fryer possibilities for the vegetarians amongst us, too. Take this tender roasted eggplant dish, for instance, stuffed with a nutritious lentil and tomato-based filling. Sprinkled with fetta and parmesan, this is a vegetarian delight worthy of a second helping.


corn ribs

Southern-style corn ribs

Guilt-free, healthy snacks and appetisers can be hard to come by. That’s why we have these healthy corn cobettes on frequent rotation. The corn is tossed in McCormick Southern Style Street Food seasoning, a mixture of onion, garlic and paprika spiced breadcrumbs, before being cooked in the air fryer for just 10 minutes.


Salt and pepper baby squid

Salt and pepper baby squid

These golden, crispy squid pieces make for a delicious starter or light meal, and are brimming with health benefits. Squid is a great source of protein and Vitamin C, while being low in calories. Serve with fresh lime, coriander, and chilli to impress your guests.


Korean style chicken

Korean-style fried chicken

Throw together your own fried chicken burger at home, with this quick and stress-free recipe. If you’re short on time, skip the homemade seasoning and pick up a recipe base sachet to make this air fryer favourite even easier.


Potato gratin

Potato gratin

Sometimes all you need is a warm, comforting meal at the end of a long week. This moreish potato gratin is sure to satiate your cravings, created with potato slices, onions, gruyère cheese and cream. Dished up in a ramekin, it’s a fancy-looking gratin that can be made in just 45 minutes.

Brought to you by McCormick. Available now at Woolworths in the recipe base aisle.

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