The air fryer is the perfect appliance for cooking vegetables and fruits of all kinds. The results are fresh and healthy appetizers, side dishes, main courses, and snacks. This is not limited to fresh produce. You can actually cook frozen vegetables in an air fryer. Here are some tips for preparing and cooking vegetables and fruits successfully.
Prepare Your Produce
If you have scored big at the farmer’s market, you probably want to use that produce as soon as possible while it tastes the freshest. A good plan is to wash the vegetables and fruits well and allow them to air dry thoroughly before cooking. While the produce is drying, have some fun searching for recipes.
If you are using frozen vegetables, we recommend using those with a lower moisture content. Brussels sprouts, green beans, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and winter squash all seem to work well. Place them in the air fryer while still frozen, spread them out in the basket in a single layer, and give them a light spray of vegetable oil.
Vegetables and fruits can be roasted or dehydrated in an air fryer. Roasting vegetables is done at a fairly high temperature, anywhere from 350°F to 390°F. High heat maintains the crispness and moisture of fresh vegetables. Fresh asparagus will cook in 10 minutes at 375°F. It remains green and has a nice texture. Roasted chickpeas make for a healthy and crunchy snack or salad topping.
The air fryer is terrific for dehydrating vegetables and fruits to preserve them for later use. This is great if you accidentally bought too much produce. You do this at a very low temperature over several hours to remove the moisture while retaining the nutrients. Air fryer dehydrated banana chips are a sweet snack or an addition to granola and trail mix.
Below you’ll find links to our tasty air fryer vegetable and fruit recipes. If there’s some recipe you would like to see on our site, please leave a comment below.