Wondering how to use your new air fryer? These delicious keto air fryer recipes are simple to cook and so satisfying. The air fryer makes keto diet meals easy!
If you’re following a keto diet, you may think your fried food days are behind you. After all, crispy food is often loaded with carbs when it's breaded or battered before being deep-fried in oil, right? Well, these delicious keto air fryer recipes will change your mind!
If you’re new to the air fryer, here's a little about what it is and how it works. First of all, air fryers don’t actually “fry” foods. They use hot air to cook the foods from all sides, similar to a convection oven. You just add your food to the “fry” basket and turn it on. Many air fryers also have accessories for grilling, or even baking in the air fryer.
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Air fryers come in a variety of sizes and price points. I’ve compiled a helpful comparison of air fryers that reviews different features if you’re wondering which size air fryer will best fit your needs.
I use this Phillips Airfryer which is reasonably priced. It works so well for every recipe I’ve tried and I’m very happy with it.
Keep in mind, keto air fryer recipes often call for a small amount of oil. It’s much less than you would use in deep frying, but you still get a nice, crispy coating and wonderful flavor with the air fryer. I find browning in the air fryer is more even than in the oven, especially if you occasionally toss or turn the food mid-cooking. The air fryer is much easier to clean than a deep fryer. Most parts simply go in the dishwasher.
With air fryers, there’s really no limit to the amazing healthy recipes you can cook. If there are fried foods you’re craving, an air fryer is a great way to satisfy. These keto air fryer recipes are also paleo-friendly. Many are suited for Whole30 as well.
Related: 20 Paleo Air Fryer Recipes
If you’re ready for crispy, delicious, satisfying meals, check out these keto air fryer recipes to get started. You’ll love cooking with an air fryer.
Main Dish Keto Air Fryer Recipes
The air fryer is perfect for crispy chicken skin, salmon, and crunchy bacon. If you’re wondering what to cook for dinner tonight, look no further than these great keto air fryer recipes. The air fryer cooks up food quickly, and evenly, with little hands-on work, making dinner a snap.
Herb Marinated Chicken Thighs from Kaylyn’s Kitchen
These herb marinated chicken thighs are one of my favorite air fryer recipes. This easy low-carb recipe is both paleo and keto-friendly. The thighs turn out juicy and succulent. The bright herbs add a great flavor and with the air fryer, this is a guilt-free treat!
Low-Carb Fried Chicken from Low Carb Yum
Let’s be honest, fried chicken is one of those meals almost everyone loves. It’s all about the crispy coating full of delicious herbs and spices. This take on low-carb fried chicken is keto and paleo-friendly thanks to almond milk and pork rinds that stand in for bread crumbs.
Air Fryer Salmon from Recipes from a Pantry
Juicy, crispy, perfectly cooked salmon is so easy to cook in the air fryer! These salmon filets are suitable for almost any diet (she even includes the Weight Watchers points and a tutorial). Salmon is full of healthy fats and vitamins. Cooking it in the air fryer really accentuates the texture and flavor of this delicious fish.
Shrimp with Lemon and Chile from Williams Sonoma
Who doesn’t love fried shrimp? These little shrimps are made even more delicious in the air fryer. With spicy red chili, there’s just enough of a kick without being overpowering. They take only a few minutes to cook up perfectly crispy and delicious.
Lemon Pepper Chicken from Fork to Spoon
This is a great basic lemon pepper chicken recipe using boneless skinless chicken breasts. I always have organic chicken breasts in the freezer, so this is an easy recipe to whip up during the week. (Just put the chicken breast in the refrigerator to thaw a day or two before cooking.) The chicken always turns out juicy making it in the air fryer.
Broiled Tilapia from Just a Pinch Recipes
Tilapia is a mild white fish that’s quite family-friendly. It doesn’t give off the “fish” taste kids are often don't like. This is a simple recipe with only two minutes of prep and seven minutes in the air fryer. (Use ghee, coconut oil or avocado oil spray for cooking.) It’s so easy, you’ll want to cook it every night!
Air Fryer Whole Chicken from Low Carb with Jennifer
Yes, you can absolutely cook a whole chicken in your air fryer. In fact, if you love rotisserie chicken, cooking it in the air fryer will yield the same crispy skin and juicy meat you get from a rotisserie. Best of all, it’s very easy! Be sure to purchase a chicken small enough to fit in your air fryer.
Air Fryer Paleo Sirloin Steak from Balanced-Life Leslie
Air frying is the secret to really juicy, flavorful steak. When cooking steak, you want the outside to cook up quickly with high heat. The air fryer is perfect for locking in all the flavor and juiciness of the steak. This simple air fryer paleo sirloin steak recipe is also keto-friendly and delicious!
Juicy Air Fryer Pork Chops from Best Recipe Box
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a few dry, overcooked pork chops in my life. Pork is a meat you want to cook thoroughly but unfortunately, that often means dry, tough chops. Not so with the air fryer! The air fryer is perfect for cooking up moist and delicious pork chops with basic seasonings.
Caribbean Spiced Chicken from Noble Pig
Caribbean spices pair perfectly with fish, shrimp, and of course, chicken. This recipe uses boneless skinless chicken thighs with the unique and exotic flavors of the Caribbean. This is delicious served with a side of zucchini or cauliflower rice.
Turkey and Mushroom Patties from Hot Air Frying
Looking for a different take on a typical turkey patty? These keto-friendly mushroom and turkey patties cook up quickly in the air fryer. Mushrooms add extra flavor and moisture without adding heavy carbs. This is a light, delicious version of a “turkey burger.”
Buffalo Chicken Legs from Wonky Wonderful
Craving buffalo wings? Air fryers are excellent for making crisp, saucy, spicy buffalo chicken. This is a great game-day meal or a yummy dinner your family will love. Keto buffalo chicken is yummy on its own, but also goes really well with easy keto and paleo guacamole.
Keto Air Fryer Fish Sticks from All Day I Dream About Food
These crispy breaded keto fish sticks are so simple and a real family pleaser. Using pork rinds for the “breading” keeps them low carb. And they are ready in 20 minutes!
Keto-Friendly Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes
Air frying is great for veggies. After all, what vegetable doesn’t taste better when it’s fried? Fortunately, with the air fryer, it’s easy to enjoy a healthy side dish that’s still delicious and satisfying.
Roasted Cauliflower from All Recipes
I’ve sung the praises of cauliflower many times. This humble vegetable is a great keto swap for potatoes and other starchy vegetables. It’s low-carb and easy to work with. Of course, cauliflower is delicious in the air fryer. You need only a few simple seasonings and your favorite cooking fat for a delectable side dish.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts from The Gracious Pantry
Brussels sprouts are another humble vegetable that should receive more recognition. If you love the flavor of roasted Brussels sprouts, wait until you taste them from the air fryer. These sprouts are perfectly browned and crispy. This is a fast, simple keto side recipe perfect for chicken, fish, or beef.
Cabbage Wedges and Bacon from Awe Filled Homemaker
Roasted cabbage is surprisingly delicious. Many people are put off by cabbage because of the texture and smell, but when roasted, the flavor is nutty and savory (and it smells delicious). These air fryer cabbage wedges with bacon are a yummy, clean keto recipe.
Roasted Asparagus Avocado Soup from Cook Eat Paleo
Asparagus is a favorite vegetable. After all, the crisp, grassy stalks remind us of spring and special occasions. With the air fryer, enjoy roasted asparagus as a keto side dish any time. Take it up a notch by turning your air fryer roasted asparagus into this quick and easy asparagus avocado soup.
Roasted Garlic from Cadry’s Kitchen
We all love mild, succulent oven roasted garlic. In the oven, this common root becomes truly special. It only takes about 20 minutes to roast up a head of garlic in the air fryer. The mellow sweetness of garlic is the perfect addition to any dish.
Keto Air Fryer Snacks and Sides Recipes
If you’re looking for delicious munchies to cook in the air fryer, here are several great keto air fryer recipes to savor. These are perfect if you want a little bite or a healthy snack to enjoy.
LCHF Chicken Nuggets from Ditch the Carbs
Chicken nuggets are perfect for a light meal or a snack. These are delicious on their own or served with your favorite dipping sauce. I also like these chicken bites for a keto party appetizer. They offer a perfect small bite and are easy to cook in the air fryer. These chicken nuggets are a great low-carb, paleo and keto-friendly air fryer recipe to keep on hand.
Air Fryer Bacon from Bitz & Giggles
If you like your bacon crispy and a little chewy, the air fryer is the way to go. Bacon turns out much less greasy in the air fryer and takes no time at all. This recipe is straightforward and simple, but it’s great for making delicious, perfectly cooked bacon with the convenience of the air fryer.
Air Fried Kale Chips from Beauty and the Bench Press
If you’ve never tried kale chips, you’re in for a real treat. The air fryer makes crispy, addictive, and delicious kale chips in no time flat. These are great if you want a snack to eat by the handful with no guilt at all. Use chili powder, salt, and pepper to season these yummy chips.
If you’re ready to try the air fryer, these delicious keto air fryer recipes will help you get started. The air fryer is perfect for making crispy, crunchy, satisfying food you’ll love. Best of all, it’s so easy to use. Once you cook in the air fryer, you’ll be convinced it’s a kitchen appliance worth the investment.