These fantastic keto air fryer recipes will help you make the most of your new appliance!
The keto diet has gained quite a bit of popularity, and the air fryer makes it even easier to stick to the plan.
Being a high-fat, low-carb diet, keto can feel restrictive to some people.
But when you know what you can and can’t eat, it’s just a matter of stocking the fridge with the right things.
And once your fridge is full, you’ll want some new and exciting ways to eat all that excellent fresh food!
The best thing about keto is that cheese and bacon are on the menu!
And the best thing about air fryers is that you can make some genuinely delicious – without any excess oil.
So whether you’re already in the keto camp or thinking about trying it out, take a look at these 25 keto air fryer recipes to keep you going for weeks!
Turkey bacon has come a long way in recent years, and the truth is, it tastes better than ever.
That being said, it really needs to be crispy to give you that real bacon taste.
The Air Fryer is the perfect way to cook this, and it’s ready in just 10 minutes.
Not only that, but you won’t have to worry about bacon fat splattering all over your kitchen counter.
This is my favorite air fryer recipe! I love crunchy, breaded shrimp, but it can be a pain to make if you don’t have a deep-fat fryer.
It never ceases to amaze me how this machine crisps things up as though you just pulled it from a vat of oil!
The sauce is also a must-make, but you will need xanthan gum to help thicken it up.
I’ve managed to find it in some specialty stores, but it’s also readily available online.
Unlike traditional fried chicken, this recipe calls for coconut flour to keep it low-carb, and amazingly, crushed pork rinds for a super flavorful and crispy texture.
The pork rinds are the key to keeping this low carb, and you’ll mix them with smoked paprika, garlic powder, and thyme.
Although, they would be pretty tasty on their own.
These tasty drumsticks need just 20 minutes in the machine, though I would recommend turning them halfway through.
Chicken breasts get a bad rap for being bland and dry, and the truth is, it’s easy to see why.
We’ve all had a sad, rubbery chicken breast before, but with this recipe, you’re guaranteed flavor and plenty of moisture.
You’ll cover each piece of chicken with a blend of butter, Italian seasoning, and paprika.
Though, you could change those herbs out pretty easily. If you like it with a bit of kick, go for some chili flakes!
If you’ve ever had crispy chicken wings when you’re out, I bet you’ve wondered just how they get them so crunchy?!
Unfortunately, they deep fry them.
More often than not, they will be roasted in the oven but will spend just a few minutes in hot oil to get the absolute best texture on that skin.
And what better way to recreate that at home? With the air fryer, of course!
I know some people shy away from cooking steak at home. It’s easy to overdo it and end up with something tough.
If you have an air fryer, I highly recommend giving this a go!
All you’ll need to do is chop your steak into bite-sized pieces and be sure to flip them a couple of times during the cook.
You’ll be left with a perfectly tender steak with a few crispy edges that add so much flavor and texture.
If mushrooms aren’t your thing, try adding some cipollini onions instead!
Top tip: make a big batch of these and keep them in the freezer for a super fast and hearty breakfast!
Yes, breakfast. Not only are these great for something savory and meaty on the go, but they also pair well with your pancakes!
And since they take just 12 minutes in the air fryer, you can have a plateful ready before your coffee is done.
I’m a big salmon lover, but when you cook it on the stove-top, the smell tends to linger in the kitchen.
So, I usually opt for the oven to keep the smell at bay.
But I don’t always want to turn the oven on for one or two pieces of fish. That’s where the air fryer comes in.
It’s the perfect machine for cooking for one or two since you’re not making a whole family feast.
Plus, the air fryer cooks your salmon to perfection and leaves it with a lovely crispy edge.
If you’ve ever made homemade chicken tenders or fish sticks, in the oven, you’ll know they have a tendency to crispy up on one side and stay somewhat soggy on the bottom.
With an air fryer, the hot air circulates around all of the food, making the bottom just as crunchy as the top.
Yes, you’ll have to turn them as they cook to ensure it’s even, but you won’t be left with a soggy bottom fish stick in this case.
You have to admit: most of these recipes don’t seem like “diet” recipes! Corn dogs and buffalo wings? Count me in!
Here’s another clever recipe that calls for pork rinds for both crunch and flavor, and I love that it uses cheese hot dogs for something extra special.
If that’s not your thing, feel free to use whatever sausages you prefer!
That, or wrap your sausages in turkey bacon for an extra layer of salty goodness.
I have a bad habit of overcooking my pork chops.
I don’t know what it is, but I almost always walk away, get distracted, and they come out just a little dry.
That might all be behind me, though, with these simple Air Fryer pork chops!
I happen to adore the breaded version, but these would be just as juicy if you left them without the coating.
I wouldn’t skip the Creole seasoning – it really packs a punch!
If you don’t want to buy Creole seasoning for just one batch of pork chops, fear not.
You’ll need it for these sensational meatballs, too!
Between the Creole, paprika, garlic, and onion, these meatballs are something special.
Again, I definitely suggest you make a big batch and freeze some down for later.
They work well with pasta, mashed potatoes, and even in a hoagie with some marinara sauce.
Keto bread rolls? What?!
I know you’re not supposed to eat bread when you’re doing Keto, which for me is a huge drawback.
But if you can have something bread-like, it might just keep you going for longer!
This incredible recipe uses almond flour and mozzarella, along with some seasonings, to make something surprisingly light and fluffy.
I know so many people struggle with diets due to how restrictive they can be.
Keto can be restrictive (the no-bread thing is a deal breaker for my household).
But the fact that you can still eat things like mozzarella sticks is a definite plus!
Using string cheese to make mozzarella sticks is genius.
Just be sure you get the low moisture, part-skim mozzarella string cheese; otherwise, you’ll have a mess on your hands.
Also, you’ll have to freeze your cheese before you cook them, breading included.
This will help them hold their shape as the coating cooks.
Roasted broccoli is a fantastic side to pretty much anything, and I’ve even used the leftovers in a delicious broccoli salad.
The even cooking of the air fryer will ensure these are just cooked enough, without anything burning on the edges.
You’ll need top-quality parmesan for this, not that smelly powder stuff! Trust me; you’ll taste the difference.
These parmesan air fryer Brussels sprouts are so good; even the kids will be reaching for seconds.
The trick here is to blanch them before adding your seasonings and putting them in the air fryer.
Since sprouts have layers, you’ll find they will start to burn before they cook if you throw them straight into the machine.
Instead, cook them through and then just finish them off in the air fryer.
They’ll be tender, crisp, and bursting with fantastic flavor.
Any diet that lets you devour these fabulous bacon and cream cheese jalapeño poppers is worth a shot, right?
These are super spicy, perfectly creamy, and full of salty bacon for good measure.
However, they are missing a crunchy coating, if you ask me!
I filled my peppers and froze everything for a few hours before “breading” mine in pork rinds for an added layer of flavor and texture.
If you’re not a pork rind lover but are looking for something crunchy for your Keto dinner, try these chicken tenders.
The “flour” is a blend of almond flour, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
If you have a nut allergy, maybe try coconut flour instead!
Or for something a little tropical, why not try coating them in coconut?
When cooking steak, there are a few things to keep in mind: one, always start at room temperature.
I leave mine on the counter for at least 30 minutes before I even start anything.
The second thing is to try to get good quality steak. If it’s cheap, chances are, it will taste cheap.
I like to go for ribeye since it has great marbling, but a sirloin is a nice option too.
Lastly, they don’t need long to cook. Even something pretty thick will only need a few minutes on either side.
Just remember to let it rest before you serve!
Though they need seasoning, when it comes to asparagus, less is definitely more.
That’s why I love this simple lemon and parmesan recipe that adds just the right amount of flavor without overpowering the veg itself.
I also love that the recipe calls for your asparagus to be chopped up rather than kept in stalks.
It makes them easier to handle, cook, and plate.
The thing about fajitas is that they’re quick, easy to make and always a hit at dinner time.
I like to cut my chicken, peppers, and onion and toss everything in the seasoning a few hours ahead, so I know it’ll be as flavorful as possible.
This recipe calls for you to cook the chicken first, but I cook everything together, to be honest.
It really depends on how well done you like your onions and peppers.
If you want them crunchier, cook them separately for a little less time.
Zucchini fries are great, but it gets a little tedious when you have to dredge each and every one in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs – not to mention messy!
So these are a lifesaver! They require no dredging or breadcrumbs, but they’re still crunchy and super tasty,
How do they crisp up? Parmesan cheese! It’s such a great alternative to carby breadcrumbs and adds such a nice cheesy flavor to the mix, too.
Is a burger with no bun still a burger? Maybe you could try some of those cheesy rolls from above?
Otherwise, a burger without a bun is still pretty darn delicious!
Especially when you smother it with cheese and add some of that turkey bacon to the plate.
Don’t worry; you definitely read that right.
These are almost like goat cheese “mozzarella sticks” in that you’ll freeze the cheese and coat it before popping in the air fryer to crisp up.
As for the caramel, if you’re doing Keto, you’ll know caramel is a big no-no.
But this sugar-free caramel is a phenomenal alternative that will help satisfy your sweet tooth.
As far as low-carb pizza crusts go, there are some great ready-made options.
Those cauliflower crusts you see in Trader Joe’s are my faves, but I know you can get them all over.
That being said, this homemade crust will guarantee no additives or extras somehow make their way into your keto dinner.
Once you have your dough ready, it’s just a matter of pre-cooking it before loading on your toppings.