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Easy Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners



If you’re new to using an air fryer, we’ve got you covered! These are the best recipes for beginners because they are fail proof, easy and help you learn exactly what your air fryer can do! Simple recipes with great flavor!

Leave a comment below and let us know what your favorite air fryer recipe is!

Air fryers are really popular right now and for good reason. I am literally obsessed with my air fryer (I have several but THIS ONE is my favorite). It makes delicious meals without a mess, cooks in a fraction of time, needs little fat, is easy to clean, and makes great food.

So, what can you make in an air fryer?! We’ve got you covered!

Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners

The collection of air fryer recipes below are great starter recipes. Our beginner recipes are:

easy to make
fail proof, these are the tried and true favorites
selected to show you exactly what you can do with an air fryer
tried, tested and true so they’ll work perfectly in almost any model

5 Beginner Air Fryer Recipes to Start With

1. Roasted Potatoes

AIR FRYER ROASTED POTATOES are crisp on the outside, tender inside and perfect with almost any meal. You’ll see how much quicker an air fryer cooks compared to an oven and how nice and crisp the outside can get.  TIPS: Don’t overcrowd the basket. Fresh garlic can burn so use garlic powder.

Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes

Perfectly seasoned and crispy, these Air Fryer Potatoes make a great side dish!


2. Chicken Wings

AIR FRYER CHICKEN WINGS are just as good as deep fried with without the splatter of grease. Juicy meat and a crispy exterior. This recipe shows how an air fryer can give results similar to a deep fryer without cooking in grease. Ensure the wings are in a single layer so the air can circulate around them. Wings can also be cooked from frozen.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

These air fryer chicken wings are a delicious way to enjoy everyone’s favorite appetizer. 


3. Chicken Breast

AIR FRYER CHICKEN BREASTS are very juicy and flavorful and cook up quickly. You’ll see how fast an air fryer is and how it can make lean meats extra tender. TIPS: Check the chicken early with a meat thermometer, chicken breasts can vary in size from 5-10 oz so cooking time can vary.

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts are perfectly seasoned, tender & juicy!


4. “Boiled” Eggs

AIR FRYER BOILED EGGS are so easy, require no water and the shells just slide right off. They can be cooked to soft, medium or hard-boiled. This recipe shows the variety of recipes you can make in an air fryer. TIPS: It’s fairly easy but might take one or two eggs to learn the exact time on your specific air fryer.

Air Fryer Eggs (Boiled Eggs)

Air Fryer Boiled Eggs come out perfect every time, whether you prefer soft, medium, or hard yolks!


5. Frozen Foods

FROZEN FOODS You’ll be surprised at just how crispy prepared frozen foods from tater tots to fries to egg rolls are in the air fryer. You’ll love how crisp the air fryer can make things. It also demonstrates cooking in batches.

Tip for Frozen Foods: Cook frozen foods in batches so the air can circulate (don’t overfill the basket). Once cooked, put all batches in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes to reheat before serving.

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

French fries turn out crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside every time when they’re cooked in the air fryer!


Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots

Frozen Tater Tots are so easy to make in the air fryer and come out perfectly crispy & golden every time!



Start by using your air fryer to reheat foods. Anything that is crisp or browned reheats beautifully and just as good as the day it was made.

Reheat pizza, burger patties, fried chicken, leftovers, garlic bead, really almost anything! (Pizza can be reheated at 350°F for 3-5 minutes and I don’t even preheat the air fryer! To me it’s even better reheated than when it’s fresh).

What Else Can You Cook in an Air Fryer

Almost anything and everything that isn’t liquid! Meats, eggs, casseroles, potatoes, leftovers, muffins, breads. Here are our favorites:

Air Fryer Appetizers

We love cooking air fryer appetizers because they’re easy, quick and come out as crispy as deep fried without the mess. Make appetizers from scratch or buy prepared appetizers and serve with your favorite sauces.

Air fryer stuffed mushrooms can be filled with almost anything!

Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms

These savory mushrooms are stuffed with a seasoned cheese mixture, then air fried until golden brown!


Better than deep fried, the air fryer makes popcorn shrimp easy! Serve with a side of cocktail sauce.

Crispy Popcorn Shrimp

Perfectly seasoned & breaded shrimp comes out crispy and delicous.


Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and perfectly snack-able!

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Tender slices of zucchini with a crispy Panko coating.


Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts are sweet, savory, smoky, salty, crispy perfection.

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are wrapped in bacon, sprinkled with brown sugar, then air fried until crispy on the outside & tender on the inside!


The air fryer makes Pasta Chips a breeze, no deep fryer needed!

Air Fryer Pasta Chips

Air Fryer Pasta Chips are a fun and crunchy alternative to potato chips! Make your own version of the fried Olive Garden favorite appetizer using the air fryer. In just a few minutes a tasty and unusual snack can be ready for dipping and dunking.


Low carb with big flavor, air fryer Zucchini Skins are loaded with cheese and bacon.

Air Fryer Zucchini Skins

Tender zucchini skins are topped with cheddar and bacon for a dippable appetizer everyone loves. This snack is naturally a keto appetizer but loved by everyone!


Crispy homemade onion rings in the air fryer are great for snacking (or served next to a burger!).

Air Fryer Onion Rings

Crispy & crunchy air fryer onion rings are perfect as a snack with dipping sauce, or as a side dish with burgers or hot dogs!


Wonton wrappers with a savory pork filling are easy to make in the air fryer.

Fried Wontons

Try this recipe for crispy fried wontons, either deep-fried on the stove or fried in the air fryer!


Air Fryer Main Dish Recipes

Dinner is ready in a fraction of the time in an air fryer. Meats come out tender and juicy with a nice crust, crumbs and coatings crisp up beautifully and clean up is a breeze.

Air Fryer Whole Chicken

The air fryer is the best way to cook a whole roasted chicken for dinner. Perfectly juicy every time.


Juicy Air Fryer Meatballs

Seasoned with breadcrumbs & Parmesan, these Air Fryer Meatballs are tender & juicy!


Air Fryer Salmon

This Air Fryer Salmon is tender, flaky, and cooked to perfection!


Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

This Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan recipe takes a classic favorite to the next level! Serve with pasta or enjoy on its own any day of the week.


Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

These 3 ingredient chicken thighs are so easy to cook in the air fryer! They turn out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside every time.


Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers

These Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers are loaded with simple, flavorful ingredients and come together so quickly!


Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp

These Air Fryer Shrimp are perfectly seasoned, breaded, and so crispy!


Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

Air Fryer Pork tenderloin cooks up juicy and tender every time.


Crispy Air Fryer Pork Chops

Breaded pork chops made in the air fryer turn out perfectly tender & juicy every time!



The air fryer is great for potatoes and fries but we also love it for roasting veggies. If you have meat drippings in the bottom of your air fryer (especially from chicken skin) toss it with your veggies before you cook them for an extra boost of flavor.

Rosemary Air Fryer Potato Wedges

Crispy and perfectly seasoned, these Rosemary Potato Wedges are a delicious side dish, snack, or appetizer!


Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

With a pleasantly chewy texture and a hint of crispness at the edges!


Garlic Butter Air Fryer Mushrooms

Air Fryer Mushrooms are easy, elegant, and full of garlicky flavor!


Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Air Fryer Potatoes are so easy to make. Serve with sour cream, bacon, and chives for the perfect side dish!


Crispy Air Fryer French Fries

These Air Fryer French fries are perfectly seasoned, crispy, and golden!


Air Fryer Asparagus

This crispy air fryer asparagus is ready in under 15 minutes with just a few pantry staples!


A Few Surprising Ideas

Did you know you can brown beef in the air fryer, make nachos, desserts, or even boil eggs? Here are a few things you probably didn’t know you could make in the air fryer.

Air Fryer French Toast

Crispy on the outside & fluffy on the inside, this Air Fryer French Toast is the easiest way to make a breakfast favorite!


Crispy Air Fryer Bacon

Air Fryer Bacon turns out perfectly crispy every time!


Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

Cheesy and golden brown, these air fryer grilled cheese sandwiches are so easy to make for lunch, dinner, or a snack!


Air Fryer Nachos

Cheesy, crispy, and full of fresh toppings, these Air Fryer Nachos are a crowd favorite!


How to Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is essentially a small convection oven that circulates air. The circulation of the air cooks quickly and creates crispy food and great color in a fraction of the time of baking or roasting.

Air Fryers can come in many forms now, from those that are compact countertop versions, to toaster oven style air fryers, and even new full sized ranges with an air fryer feature. Find our top air fryer choices here.

Preheat the air fryer if needed.
Prep the food and place in the air fryer basket ensuring there is space for air to circulate around each piece.
Set the time and temperature on the air fryer and let it work its magic!

How to Preheat an Air Fryer

An air fryer should be preheated if you’d like to get a nice crisp or color on the outside of your food.

If your air fryer has a preheat button, press it and you should be able to adjust the temperature. Allow the air fryer to preheat for approximately 5 minutes or until the air fryer indicated it is preheated.
If your air fryer has no preheat button, set the air fryer to the desired temperature and let it heat for 5-7 minutes. Add the food and reset the timer to the correct time as indicated by the air fryer recipe.


Add a touch of oil to get a nice crust on most items.
Ensure foods are not wet or they will steam instead of crisp. Use a kitchen towel or salad spinner to dry washed veggies.
Don’t overcrowd the basket or the air won’t circulate properly.
Shake/Flip as needed, this helps to ensure that items cook evenly.
Check foods early because air fryers (and even a different shape of meat) can cook at a different rate.

If you’re new to air frying, let us know what your first couple of recipes are and how they turn out! Happy cooking!!

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Grzywinski+Pons Combines Hotel and Co-working in Buckle Street Studios



New York-based Grzywinski+Pons has completed a hotel in east London for the Locke group, featuring glass block walls and a mezzanine for co-working.

Buckle Street Studios is a 13-storey building in Aldgate East, featuring 103 rooms, a dedicated co-working space for guests, a coffee shop, meeting rooms and a shop.

Grzywinski+Pons designed the building, the interior and many of the furniture pieces.

The aim was to follow the design-led ethos as Locke’s other hotels, many of which were also designed by Grzywinski+Pons.

While the other Locke hotels are planned with long stays in mind, Buckle Street Studios mainly caters to short-stay guests. Co-working is also a key part of the offer, with separate spaces for working and relaxing provided for guests.

Design details both inside and outside the building respond to the architectural history of the area.

“Being able to design the exterior and interior simultaneously afforded us a great opportunity to capitalise on architectural advantages we created, and curate a truly integrated experience,” said architect Matthew Grzywinski.

While the exterior is more serious in its aesthetic, combining soft grey brickwork with nickel-coated metal panels, there are some playful touches.

The rounded quoins, cornices and window details of neighbouring buildings are subtly referenced in the hotel’s radiused corners, while a section of glass blocks at the very top of the building creates the effect of a lantern.

“We employed dramatic but ordered material shifts throughout the building’s strata to define a pediment and crown,” said Grzywinski.

“This tiered approach allows the building to become more light and transparent as it rises.”

More curves can be found inside the building, where a parabolic arch is used to frame the layout of public spaces on the ground floor and the co-working mezzanine above.

True to the Locke brand identity, the interiors combine soft colours and textural materials to create a cosy but contemporary environment, intended to feel welcoming to those wandering in from the street.

Grzywinski + Pons tailors Leman Locke hotel to make nomadic workers feel at home

In the public ground floor spaces, colourful curtains and joinery details create a living room feel, while tiled flooring and clay plaster offer a more industrial edge.

Rhombic glass vitrines – filled with items for sale – and curved banquettes echo the curves of the structure.

“The space, like the contents of the vitrines, lies at the crossroads of art and commerce,” said Grzywinski.

“Equal parts gallery, lounge, coffee shop, retail concept and living room, the space beckons to the street,” he continued.

“It is our hope that passers-by will feel compelled to come inside to further discern what, exactly, it is, and then feel free to get comfortable and stay a while.”

The rooms include a mix of traditional hotel rooms, micro studios and studio apartments.

The clay plaster walls and wooden floors are contrasted by furnishings and textiles in shades of sage green, grey-blue and pale pink.

Shallow shelves, hanging trays and tiered tables create opportunities for occupants to display their own belongings, to make spaces feel their own.

Rooms are the top of the building benefit from the glass-block walls, while rooms in the corners are shaped by the building’s curved corners.

“We were able to design this room types to accommodate – even celebrate – those curves,” Grzywinski told Dezeen.

“We custom designed most of the furniture, so in those rooms we designed sofas that fit into the corner with a matched radius.”

Locke’s other hotels in London include Leman Locke, which is located across the street from Buckle Street Studios, Locke at Broken Wharf and Bermonds Locke, which was designed emerging studio Holloway Li.

Photography is by Nicholas Worley.

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Easy Homemade Goulash



This easy American Goulash recipe is full of hearty ingredients that will warm you from the inside out.

Simple ingredients like ground beef (hamburger meat), canned tomatoes, elbow macaroni, and onions are all cooked in one pot for an easy hearty meal.

It’s packed with zesty flavor and the perfect way to feed a crowd on a budget! Serve it alongside some cornbread or homemade biscuits for sopping up the sauce in the bottom of the bowl!

American Goulash is not the same thing as goulash in other parts of the world. Like many dishes that have the same name (like dumplings for example) the ingredients and preparation are different.

GROUND BEEF: Ground beef (or hamburger meat) gives this dish its base and adds lots of flavors, Italian sausage can be substituted for the beef for extra flavor.

ELBOW MACARONI: Use whatever pasta is on hand! Elbow, small shells, bowties, or ditalini all work well.

SAUCE: Goulash has a rich zesty tomato sauce! Use your favorite jarred pasta or marinara sauce combined with a can of tomatoes (and juice!). We add water to cook the pasta but you can use beef broth in place.

The sauce is seasoned with tomato paste and Italian Seasoning for an extra boost of flavor.

It’s literally as easy as 1,2,3.

Keep leftover American goulash in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stove before serving. Freeze chilled portions in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside for up to 4 weeks. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Did your family love this American Goulash? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

Goulash is a simple skillet dinner with tomatoes, beef, and macaroni noodles in a zesty tomato sauce. It’s a perfect comfort food on a budget!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 large onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
2 cups marinara or tomato-based pasta sauce approx. ½ of a 26 oz jar
1 ¾ cups beef broth or water or as needed
14.5 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juices
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 green bell pepper diced, optional
1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 bay leaves 2 if they are small
salt & black pepper to taste
1 ¼ cup elbow macaroni noodles uncooked
½ cup cheddar or mozzarella cheese, shredded, optional

Follow Spend with Pennies on Pinterest

Cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.

Add water, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, green peppers (if using), seasonings, & bay leaves. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.

Add in the elbow macaroni and continue to simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender (about 20 minutes).

Remove & discard bay leaves. Top with cheese if using and replace the lid. Let rest about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

This recipe can easily be doubled to feed a crowd (serving sizes can be adjusted in the print screen). For heartier appetites, the meal can be stretched with additional pasta (and water/broth), canned beans or chopped vegetables. (diced zucchini, sliced mushrooms, corn, or additional bell peppers). Any ground meat can be substituted for beef.  Start with the amount of broth/water as listed and add extra if needed (depending on pasta shape). The goulash will thicken as it cools and rests. Depending on the size and shape of your pan, you may need to add a little bit more liquid. Keep an eye on the dish as it cooks and add more liquid as needed. The mixture will thicken slightly as it cools. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Serving: 2cups, Calories: 217, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 562mg, Potassium: 812mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 587IU, Vitamin C: 23mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 4mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Luke McClelland Gives Georgian Apartment in Leith a Modern Update



Scottish architect Luke McClelland has transformed a dark and ill-conceived apartment in Edinburgh‘s port area of Leith into a bright and contemporary home.

The ground floor flat, which dates back to the early 19th century, had been rented out for more than a decade before being purchased by its current owner.

The Leith apartment is defined by its use of timber (top image) and terrazzo (above)

As a result, its interiors suffered from a convoluted layout, considerable wear and tear, outdated facilities and several level changes in the floor, which sprung up as the basement of the Georgian building was converted for residential use.

“There was a lack of connectivity between the primary living spaces and a lack of light in the poorly planned kitchen,” McClelland explained. “The property also needed to be fully rewired and re-plumbed.”

The kitchen leads into a dining room with white walls and oak parquet flooring

Despite a restricted budget, McClelland found ways to brighten the apartment and improve how its living spaces are linked together.

Significant alterations were made in the kitchen, where the architect replaced the old cupboards with sleek off-the-shelf cabinets from IKEA.

A portrait by a local artist is centred between two alcoves in the lounge

The muted sage-green hue of the cabinet fronts was chosen to complement the grey terrazzo splashback, which features black, white and reddish flecks.

Natural light floods in through a reinstated window that was previously obstructed by the kitchen counter.

Oak panelling runs underneath the windows and along the chimney breast

A new doorway lined with oak offcuts from the kitchen worktops now leads into the dining area.

Like the rest of the apartment, this space is finished with white-painted walls and oak parquet flooring laid in a chevron pattern.


Architect couple turns Edinburgh apartment into modern living space

In the living room, McClelland installed oak-batten panelling beneath the window sills and across the chimney breast to replace the original surrounds, which a former tenant had torn down across the entire apartment save for the bedroom.

The lounge also accommodates a charcoal grey sofa alongside a geometric floor lamp and a few prints, including a striking portrait piece by a local artist.

The apartment’s original panelling is retained in the bedroom

The bathroom was reconfigured so that its curved wall becomes more of a focal point.

Before the renovation works, the wall was partially blocked off by a storage unit, which has now been removed.

A curved wall takes prominence in the bathroom

The walls are covered in a mixture of terracotta-coloured tiles and the same terrazzo that appears in the kitchen.

A tall mirror above the sink emphasises the loftiness of the bathroom, which is the only space in the apartment that went unaffected by the basement conversion.

Surfaces are clad with terrazzo and terracotta-coloured tiles

Elsewhere in Edinburgh, Luke McClelland has previously revamped his own home in the Comely Bank neighbourhood.

As part of the project, the architect carried out a number of changes to the floor plan, converting a disused pantry into a shower room and splitting the former living area into two bedrooms.

The photography is by ZAC and ZAC

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