This year, I think it’s pretty safe to say that Thanksgiving dinner will probably look a bit different than usual for most of us.
Whether you’re used to a huge spread with your family, or you like to go out to a restaurant for your Thanksgiving meal, those options are much more difficult to swing in the middle of a pandemic.
So, since lots of us will be making much smaller meals for Thankgiving this year, I thought it would be fun to share some super easy and delicious air fryer recipes! You can use them to try something new without slaving over your oven all day long.
Here’s to an entire Thanksgiving meal à la air fryer!
Easy Air Fryer Deviled Eggs
Did you know that you can make hardboiled eggs in the air fryer? I didn’t until recently, and it changed my life. I love deviled eggs SO much, but I absolutely despise the boiling and peeling process.
All you have to do is place the eggs into the air fryer basket, and cook them at 270 degrees for 15 minutes. Stick them in an ice bath until they’re cooled, and then peel away. Cooking them this way makes them easier to peel, too (thank goodness).
Once you’ve prepped your eggs, you can either make traditional deviled eggs, or you can try this spicy crunchy deviled eggs recipe.
Honestly, I’ll probably make a batch of both types because I can literally eat them all by myself.
Marinated Air Fryer Steak
Turkey is SO 2019! (Just kidding—deep fried Thanksgiving turkey will always hold a special place in my heart.)
But seriously, I’m not about to make a whole big turkey this year, and even a small one would be way too much for my tiny quarantine fam.
There are tons of amazing sounding recipes for air fryer turkey that you can find with a quick Google search, so I’m going to share a main course alternative for all of you red meat lovers out there instead.
This recipe for air fryer marinated steak is crazy simple, super juicy, and only takes 15 minutes. Basically, what more could you ask for?
Air Fryer Cheesy Garlic Bread
Cheesy, garlicky, buttery carbs? Sign. Me. Up.
These cheesy garlic bread rolls could just as easily be made in the oven if you don’t have an air fryer, but you should definitely make them.
All you have to do is slice open your favorite soft dinner rolls, stuff them with shaved or grated Parmesan, and drench them in garlic and melted butter. You can also switch up the cheese and seasonings to whatever you think sounds good. Each batch only takes about five minutes, so go wild!
Simple Air Fryer Stuffing Balls
Speaking of carbs, one thing I will be sorely missing this Thanksgiving is my best friend’s mom’s stuffing. It’s my favorite Thanksgiving food (other than deviled eggs), and she always makes enough for me to have leftovers for days. Sigh.
This year, I’m going to try making these air fryer Thanksgiving stuffing balls instead! They’re crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, which sounds right up my alley. Plus, I like the preportioned servings!
Spicy Air Fryer Green Beans
Yes, of course I’m going to share at least one veggie dish!
I love when green beans are heavily seasoned and just a little bit crunchy, so I think that this spicy green bean recipe sounds perfect.
All you need is soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, garlic, and red pepper to make a spicy, savory side dish that’s actually pretty healthy.
Adorable Air Fryer Apple Pies
I said we were doing a whole Thanksgiving meal, and that includes dessert! These single-serve air fryer apple pies are more like cute little empanadas or turnovers, but they’re a great way to finish off your dinner (especially if you top them with ice cream or Cool Whip).
You can grab the full recipe for the pies here. If you’re feeling feisty, you could even make your own apple pie filling instead of doing store-bought (but I won’t judge if you just want to go for the easy route).
Bonus: Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
Okay, I know this isn’t an air fryer recipe, but I couldn’t resist! This homemade cranberry sauce recipe just might be the single most delicious-sounding cranberry sauce I’ve ever heard of.
Cranberries, honey, orange juice, and cinnamon all cooked into a thick, tangy-yet-sweet sauce in under 10 minutes? Forget the turkey—just hand me a spoon!
Have a Fun, Nontraditional Thanksgiving Meal This Year!
Since I’m going to be home and only cooking for a few people this year, I’m planning to try every fun recipe that I think sounds good, because why not?
Do you have a favorite air fryer dish we all need to try this Thanksgiving? Maybe an Instant Pot or slow-cooker recipe? Share all your faves in the comments below, and let’s get cooking!