My air fryer is one of my favorite kitchen appliances, for the speed, convenience, and quality of the cooking. But, how does it work for those on a gluten free diet? I’m happy to say, it’s still one of my favorite cooking methods!
The air fryer still delivers juicy meats, tender, caramelized vegetables, and perfectly crisps up items, even when they’re breaded with gluten free ingredients.
It’s just another example affirming why the air fryer is so great! It adapts easily to a variety of cuisine styles and dietary needs, suiting a ton of lifestyles.
Don’t take my word for it, though! I’ve compiled 12 of the best gluten free air fryer recipes you can try with your air fryer, so you see just how versatile and delicious your options are.
This crispy air fried recipe is incredibly simple to make, and anybody you serve it to will be in disbelief that it’s both gluten free and oil free!
To make this meal extra delicious and healthy, serve it with a side of Greek yogurt tartar sauce.
It’s a quick and simple meal that’s easy enough for a busy weeknight, but elegant enough to impress dinner guests.
Your air fryer will deliver the same crispy texture with far less oil than deep frying, while keeping your fish moist and flaky. You can even use your favorite types of fish, as this recipe is easily adjustable.
Plus, it uses healthy, wholesome ingredients and lets the air fryer do all the work, while you kick back. Win-win!
I sometimes like to make a large batch and then heat extra portions up for easy lunches throughout the week.
Breaded or not, did you know you could reheat salmon in the air fryer for an easy and delicious meal?
This air fryer spicy cauliflower stir-fry is such an easy and flavorful dish to make, and it’s gluten free and vegan as well!
All you need to do is measure out the ingredients, chop, do some shaking and let the air fryer do the rest.
Of course, you can make it in a skillet or wok as well, but you’ll need to add some oil and pay more attention to it. In my mind, the air fryer is the way to go!
You get that same beautiful caramelization and tender veggies, and you don’t need to do much beyond the chopping and occasional shaking of the basket.
Adjust the spice levels to your preference with the addition (or omission) of some sriracha for the perfect bite.
If you love cauliflower, you may also enjoy checking out my list of 10 best microwave cauliflower recipes for more easy meals!
These air fryer chicken wings are irresistibly crispy and seriously addictive. Serve them at a potluck or on game day and they’re sure to be snapped up by everybody.
There is also no need to toss the wings in cornstarch or baking soda, like you would with traditional baked chicken wings. However, you can if you prefer – just make sure to use a certified gluten free option!
Juicy, crispy, and with no need to deep fry the chicken, for this recipe you just need to drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over the top and season them with lemon pepper and a pinch of salt.
Once the wings are done, toss them in your favorite gluten-free wing sauce! You can’t go wrong with the standard buffalo, but there are lots of other great options to choose from as well.
You can even reheat wings in the air fryer to enjoy any leftovers for lunch the next day!
If you’re missing that breaded texture, it’s also easy to cook frozen chicken tenders in the air fryer – you’ll want to make them every day!
For a gluten free option, I also love cooking Caulipower gluten free frozen chicken tenders this way!
Using staples you likely have in your pantry, this gluten free Mexican air fryer corn on the cob recipe is juicy, tender, and cooked to perfection in just 10 minutes.
You can also modify this recipe for grilling too, but I like to make my corn in the air fryer while grilling the main course!
It’s an ideal dish to make during the summer, but you can of course enjoy it all year round, and it’s so irresistible, you’re going to want to keep making it!
All you need are two starting ingredients, and then some toppings of your choice, and you have delicious and crispy corn on the cob.
If you have some extra, just reheat corn on the cob in the microwave later in the week for an easy side dish!
These air fryer carrots with Moroccan spice mix are not just delicious, but low carb and gluten free as well!
Plus, if your air fryer is filled up, you can make these carrots in the oven too! Of course, I find the air fryer to be much faster, but it’s always good to have options.
Roasted carrots are delicious, and cooking them in an air fryer takes them to a whole new level, especially when combined with the Moroccan spice mix.
If you want to experiment with other vegetables as well, feel free! This tasty blend goes well with a variety of vegetables, like cauliflower, squash, and potatoes.
Despite there being no sugar in this recipe, the warm spices give the carrots a slight sweetness that emphasizes their flavor.
If you love the warm spices in this recipe, branch out and explore some of my 10 best Indian air fryer recipes!
You can also try out the carrot fries in my best Dash air fryer recipes for another unique take!
Your air fryer isn’t just for savory goodies – it excels at dessert, too! Satisfy your sweet tooth with some gluten free salty pistachio brownies.
They’re quick and easy to make, with only about 20 minutes required for your warm brownies to be done.
Plus, you don’t need to turn on the big oven, which means it’s easier to make brownies even in the heat of the summer!
The ultimate air fryer side dish, this baked potato recipe uses a parsley garlic salt rub to give it a crispy and delicious skin which may make it the best baked potato recipe ever!
Why not pair this air fryer baked potato with an oven baked chicken, or the air fryer pork chops I’ll be mentioning later?
I love to make some extras because I can reheat a baked potato in the microwave later in the week for lunch.
There are a few words I find myself using to describe this recipe: convenient, tasty, simple, and crunchy! They’re oil free and gluten free as well, yet still delicious!
You can think of these vegan air fryer soy curls as vegan popcorn chicken, and you can make modifications to the seasoning depending on your cravings.
Throw some hot sauce in for heat, or dip them in your favorite sauce to add extra flavor. The possibilities are endless!
Pro-tip: While in this recipe you rehydrate these soy curls in boiling water, if you would like to cook them in a slow cooker, put the soy curls in dry with more liquid to make cooking quicker and easier.
While it may not fit into a gluten free diet, you can also learn how to cook air fryer frozen popcorn chicken for a quick and easy snack or meal!
These air fryer Hasselback potatoes are easy to make, and also cook quicker in an air fryer than they do in an oven.
Not to mention they’re crispier too! This is an excellent side dish for family dinners, that will make your meals instantly prettier.
You can dress them up with a variety of different herbs and spices to compliment your tastes, or whatever else you’re serving. I like to add cheese as well!
Preparing these potatoes is pretty easy, but they look elegant enough even to serve to company!
You can even make a variation suitable for holiday meals, like these amazing Air Fryer Hasselback Sweet Potatoes, which are a great replacement for a casserole!
The temptation to cook everything you can in your air fryer is real, and it’s this temptation that led to the development of this delicious recipe.
Air fryer edamame is simple to make, naturally gluten free, and makes a perfect appetizer or side dish.
Edamame does contain soy, but you can make it soy-free by switching out edamame for green beans and using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.
Season it up any way you like, such as the sesame, ginger, and garlic flavors in this recipe, or tweak it with your own favorite blend.
In fact, why not check out my spicy garlic frozen edamame in the air fryer for a little heat!
You can cook pork chops to perfection in an air fryer, and have them ready in under 30 minutes. They’re flavorful with just a simple spice blend, keeping them gluten free easily.
Preparation takes just 5 minutes, and all you need to do is season both sides with the spices before putting them in the air fryer.
However, it’s important to defrost your pork chops and preheat your air fryer.
We’re sure this dish is going to be a new mid-week favorite that you’ll return to time and time again.
What pairs better with pork chops than apples? Check out my 10 best air fryer apple recipes to find the perfect accompaniment!
This air fryer coconut shrimp recipe is healthier than the traditional recipe, and is just as delicious in my opinion. Plus, it’s gluten free, and certainly not lacking in flavor.
The simple flavors and the modest amount of ingredients makes coconut shrimp easy to make, yet still a crowd favorite.
All you need is shrimp (of course), coconut, eggs, and seasonings.
As well as being gluten-free this recipe is low-carb and is also paleo and whole30 friendly.
To make the shrimp easier to dip, you need to peel the shrimp but leave the tail on.
When using frozen shrimp, it’s important to defrost and make sure the shrimp is dry before dipping it into the mixture.
Pro-tip: Cook the shrimp in two batches in your air fryer so they have the best chance of turning golden brown.
For a shortcut in a hurry, make sure to check out my guide on how to prepare Frozen Coconut Shrimp in the Air Fryer as well!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Does An Air Fryer Work?
Air fryers work by heating food from all sides and blowing hot air around the entire air fryer, ensuring the food cooks evenly.
Air inside the fryer moves incredibly quickly, even faster than a convection oven!
Because it’s in a smaller space this speeds up the cooking process while ensuring food is cooked evenly.
What Can You Cook With An Air Fryer?
You can cook nearly anything that you could cook in an oven or deep fryer in an air fryer, sometimes with small modifications needed.
Some of the most popular items to cook are chicken (especially coated chicken like wings, nuggets, or tenders), salmon (as it makes the fish incredibly moist and juicy), roasted vegetables, and french fries or other potato dishes.
Are All Air Fryer Recipes Automatically Gluten Free?
No, not all air fryer recipes are automatically gluten free. Many traditional recipes use wheat-based ingredients like regular flour, breadcrumbs, and certain sauces that contain gluten.
When searching for gluten free air fryer recipes, make sure to select recipes that specifically use gluten free ingredients or provide alternatives.
Can I Use Regular Flour Alternatives in These Recipes?
Yes, you can use gluten free flour alternatives in air fryer recipes to make them suitable for a gluten free diet. Common gluten free flours include almond flour, coconut flour, rice flour, and chickpea flour.
It’s important to note that different gluten free flours have varying flavors, textures, and absorbency levels, so you may need to adjust quantities or combine flours for the best results.
Is It Necessary to Preheat the Air Fryer For Gluten Free Cooking?
Preheating the air fryer is recommended for optimal results when cooking gluten free dishes, as well as many regular dishes. Preheating helps create a crispier texture and even cooking.
This is especially important when using gluten-free flour coatings to ensure they become golden and crunchy. Preheating also helps reduce cooking time and ensures the dish is evenly cooked throughout.
How Do I Ensure That Gluten Free Coatings Turn Out Crispy in the Air Fryer?
To achieve crispy coatings on gluten free dishes in the air fryer, follow these tips:
• Use a mixture of gluten free flours and starches for the coating
• Lightly coat the food with oil or cooking spray before air frying
• Ensure the air fryer is preheated to the recommended temperature
• Arrange food in a single layer to allow proper air circulation
• Flip or shake the food halfway through the cooking time to promote even browning
Can I Modify Non-Gluten Free Recipes to Make Them Gluten Free in the Air Fryer?
Yes, many non-gluten free recipes can be modified to become gluten free in the air fryer. Substitute wheat-based ingredients with gluten-free alternatives, such as flour, breadcrumbs, and sauces.
Keep in mind that you may need to adjust quantities and cooking times, as gluten-free ingredients can behave differently. Experimentation and testing are key to achieving the desired results.
What Are Some Gluten Free Flour Options Suitable For Air Frying?
Several gluten free flour options work well for air frying, each with its unique texture and flavor. Some popular choices include:
• Almond flour: Adds a nutty flavor and works well for breading and coatings
• Coconut flour: Absorbs moisture and provides a light texture, ideal for baked goods
• Rice flour: Offers a mild flavor and is versatile for various recipes
• Chickpea flour: Provides a slightly earthy taste and is great for savory dishes
• Cornstarch: Creates a crispy coating and thickens sauces
More Gluten Free Air Fryer Recipes to Try
Often, when people hear the phrase ‘gluten-free’ they think of a diet that is restrictive, hard to adhere to, or just plain bland.
They feel like they’re giving something up, which can be frustrating especially if it’s a necessity due to a medical condition.
Thankfully, you won’t feel like you’re sacrificing anything with these amazing gluten free air fryer recipes. They’re full of flavor, crunchy coatings, and perfectly cooked meats and vegetables to keep you satisfied.
Plus, like other diets and needs that have arisen over time, we’ll continue to see more gluten-free ingredients become available. That only means more great dishes to experiment with!
Of course, you should always make sure to check the labels of your individual ingredients to ensure they’re gluten free, as many additives can be added to naturally gluten free items which will cause them to no longer be safe.
I hope you’ve found a new favorite recipe to make that fits your needs, or the needs of a loved one. Happy cooking!
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