8 Air Fryer Finger Foods

You can make all the crispy appetizers, sides, and snacks you want in your air fryer—fries, crispy cauliflower, chicken wings—the possibilities are endless.

Three air fryer finger food recipes set side by side: french fries, falafel, and chicken wings.

Simply Recipes

Now that you have the air fryer of your dreams, don’t let it collect dust! Start using it right away with these easy side, snack, and appetizer recipes. Anything you would normally fry using a vat of oil can now be made right in your air fryer. 

Whether your air fryer is an attachment to the Instant Pot, a combo with your toaster oven or a stand-alone appliance it's perfect for getting crispy bites of food without all of the oil.

If you're new to air fryers and you want to take a deep dive into how to use it, check out our First Timer's Guide: How to Use and Air Fryer. It's full of helpful tips and tidbits. If you're looking for a new air fryer or if you're air fryer curious, we did some of the heavy lifting to find the best air fryers out there.

For a general overview, air fryers work by circulating hot air around the food to create a crispy exterior and in most cases, you’ll only need a splash of oil or cooking spray to get the job done. Say goodbye to all the oil that traditional frying uses.

  • Air Fryer Crispy Cauliflower

    Platter of golden air fried crispy cauliflower heaped on the right of the platter. A small bowl of creamy dip swirled with hot sauce is placed next to the cauliflower on the platter. The cauliflower is resting on a few leaves of lettuce.
    Nick Evans

    Make cauliflower the most sought after appetizer on the table with this 12 minute recipe. Cauliflower is lightly breaded and crisped up, then served with a blue cheese dip.

  • Crispy Air Fryer French Fries

    Air Fryer French Fries Recipe
    Alison Conklin

    Make crispy fries from scratch using russet potatoes and an air fryer. Unless you like soggy French fries, don’t skip soaking the potatoes. 

  • Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

    How to cook mozzarella sticks in air fryer
    Alison Conklin

    Looking for something to do with all that string cheese? Make your own mozzarella sticks! The best part—these can be frozen, before air frying, for up to 3 months.

  • Air Fryer Falafel

    Falafel air fryer recipe
    Nick Evans

    Falafel is a favorite of mine, made oh-so-deliciously with canned chickpeas, a bevy of spices and a creamy tahini sauce. These air fryer falafels are crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside.

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  • Air Fryer Avocado Fries

    Air fryer avocado slices on a blue plate with dipping sauce
    Nick Evans

    Make avocado even more enticing by adding a crispy coating. This recipe coats firm avocado slices with a cheese and breadcrumb mixture and is air fried to golden perfection. Serve it with a spicy ranch sauce or your favorite fry sauce.

  • Air Fryer Chicken Wings

    Air Fryer Chicken Wings on a Platter
    Alison Bickle

    Step away from the traditional BBQ wings and try out this air fryer recipe. Crispy wings are coated in a gochujang, soy sauce, and sesame oil sauce for a perfectly spicy combination. This recipe makes 3 pounds of wings.

  • Air Fryer Tostones

    Air Fryer Tostones on parchment paper with a bowl of salt nearby.
    Marta Rivera

    Make this craveable snack by slicing plantains and giving them two trips in the air fryer. The double fry ensures they are tender and crisp throughout. Serve with a mayo ketchup sauce and enjoy!

  • Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas

    Crispy Chickpeas in the Air Fryer
    Alison Conklin

    This is the perfect party snack! Chickpeas are seasoned however you want (think za’atar, Italian seasoning or even a spicy seasoning mix) and air fried in 10 minutes for a quick and easy nibble.