The keto diet has become one of the most famous low-carb meal preparations not just for those with diabetes, but also for people who want to lose weight. I'll be honest; it's a bit tricky because some ingredients we consider healthy, like other fruits and vegetables, aren't keto-friendly.
But fret not; if you're preparing meals for someone on a keto diet or you're starting your own keto journey, my list of air fryer keto recipes won't disappoint you.
From a healthy dinner and a quick lunch to delicious snacks and desserts, you will surely prepare something delicious with the help of my guide.
24 Air Fryer Keto Recipes
1. Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
Among the quickest and easiest keto air fryer recipes, these Brussels sprouts are an excellent side dish, appetizer, or even a main dish. Sliced Brussels sprouts and turkey bacon are coated with olive oil and creole seasoning and air fried for about 20 minutes.
Serve the Brussels sprouts on top or on the side of your keto-friendly grain or rice and/or keto air fryer chicken, pork, beef, or seafood.
2. Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli
Spare less than 20 minutes of your time and you can serve your family a delicious side or main dish with this low-carb air fryer recipe. Simply toss frozen broccoli florets into a bowl containing almond oil, salt, and herb seasoning and place them in the air fryer to cook.
Serve your crispy, juicy, flavorful broccoli with or without lemon wedges and pair it with couscous, quinoa, cauliflower rice, chicken, pork chop, fish sticks, or any protein of your choice.
3. Air Fryer Cauliflower Rice
With about 15 minutes of preparation and cooking time, you have low-carb, high-protein rice that you can pair with several keto air fryer recipes. The eggs, ham, soy sauce, nopales, and green onions will add flavor and texture to the cauliflower rice.
Replacing the ham with air fryer bacon or shredded chicken breasts is one of the best ways to tweak the recipe to your taste.
4. Air Fryer Fried Chicken
A favorite air fryer recipe perfect for those who need to serve kids and adults healthy, low-carb, gluten-free fried chicken breasts, thighs, leg quarters, and other cuts, the breading is made using coconut flour and crushed pork rinds. The chicken slices are flavored with a homemade spice-and-herb mixture but can be replaced with lemon pepper or Italian seasoning.
One serving of the crunchy, tender, juicy keto air fryer chicken only contains around two grams of carbohydrates, allowing you to serve it with a fresh vegetable salad, steamed or roasted vegetables, couscous, and other ket-friendly grains.
5. Air Fryer Chicken Wings
With just three grams of carbohydrates per serving, these hot, crunchy, tender, flavorful air fryer chicken wings aren't just perfect for those on a ketogenic diet, but also for everyone who wants to lose or maintain weight. Serve these chicken wings as a standalone appetizer with or without a dip, or pair them with your fresh veggie salad, quinoa, or cauliflower rice.
6. Air Fryer Marinated Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs are marinated or coated with a blend of spices and cooked in the air fryer until golden brown and crunchy. Adding a spicy kick to the recipe is also simple; replace sweet paprika with hot or smoked paprika and/or cayenne pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.
7. Air Fryer Crab Cakes
Using almond flour as a main ingredient for the breading, these crab cakes are not just keto-friendly, but they're also gluten-free. The crab meat flavors are also highlighted, rather than overpowered by the almond flour and other ingredients like onions and bell peppers.
Serving these air-fried crab cakes with homemade keto tartar sauce will ensure you don't mess up with your low-carb diet. Garnishing them with fresh dill or parsley and lemon wedges will make them look more appetizing!
8. Air Fryer Chocolate Donuts
Adults and kids will love these sugar-free, gluten-free, low-carb, chocolate-y air fryer donuts that are ready in about 20 minutes. The combined flavors and aroma of the almond or coconut flour, cocoa powder, and espresso powder perfectly match the buttery, sugar-free chocolate glaze.
Top the glazed donuts with toasted coconut, berries, sprinkles, or chocolate chips to make them look more appetizing and add texture.
9. Air Fryer Garlic Cheese Bread
This air fryer recipe requires 10 minutes of your time and four basic ingredients: parmesan and mozzarella cheese, a large egg, and garlic powder. Each serving of this moist, cheese-y, air-fried garlic bread contains only three grams of carbohydrates.
Toast one or two pieces of the air-fried garlic cheese bread and make a sandwich or a burger patty or pair it with your favorite soup or vegetable salad.
10. Air Fryer Green Beans
Among the quick and easy air fryer keto recipes you can serve with your favorite protein or consume as a standalone dish, these well-cooked green beans will make anyone you serve them to love vegetables.
The beans are coated with coconut oil or melted unsalted butter and tossed in a spice-and-herb blend before being placed in the air fryer to cook for up to six minutes.
11. Air Fryer Halibut
A totally keto-friendly dinner or lunch that can be served with your favorite sauce and garnished with lemon slices and fresh herbs, one serving of halibut only contains one gram of carbohydrate.
This high-protein dish is moist and flaky on the inside and crispy, golden brown on the outside. It's packed full of flavor, thanks to the blend of olive oil, thyme, pepper, salt, and lemon juice it's marinated with before air fired.
12. Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers
This easy weeknight dinner, lunch, snack, or appetizer is ready in less than 30 minutes and only has four grams of carbohydrates.
The bacon strip wrapped around each jalapeno pepper brings in the much-needed salty flavor and oil it needs. Meanwhile, the little amount of cream cheese added will add texture once it starts to melt in the hot air fryer basket and tray.
13. Air Fryer Kale Chips
With just five minutes of your time and three basic ingredients, including kale, you already have a crunchy, delicious snack that's healthier than potato chips. You can always add your favorite seasoning, spices, and/or herbs if you want more flavor without negatively affecting the air fryer kale chips' flavor and calorie count.
14. Air Fryer Keto Onion Rings
Six minutes and seven basic keto-friendly ingredients are all you need to prepare this delicious snack, appetizer, or side dish.
The almond flour and parmesan cheese don't just add flavor to the yellow onion slices, but also crispiness. The paprika, garlic powder, and salt will make the flavor more complex and tasty, while the egg ensures the breading coats the onion rings well, especially once they're cooked.
15. Keto Air Fryer Pizza
Cooking pizza with crispy edges and creamy, cheesy filling without an oven is made possible with one of my favorite keto air fryer recipes. Plus, each mini pizza contains only two to three grams of carbohydrates.
The crust is made from almond flour, mozzarella, cream cheese, egg, oregano, salt, and pepper, while the toppings include pepperoni, low-carb tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Replace the pepperoni with bell peppers if you're going for vegetarian pizza.
16. Air Fryer Pork Chops
Tender interior, golden-brown crispy exterior, and juicy are three perfect words to describe these keto-friendly air fryer pork chops.
It's easy to make because all you have to do is marinate thick slices of boneless pork chops in five basic ingredients, soy sauce, garlic powder, olive oil, salt, and black pepper, and then air fry until cooked.
Serve with your favorite side dish and with or without dipping sauce. You can also use any leftover pork chops as an ingredient in your stir fry, soups, and other recipes.
17. Air Fryer Pork Neck
With just a few ingredients and less than an hour of prep and cooking time, you have a pork dish with so much flavor. Serve the pork neck with or without a sauce or pair it with couscous, cauliflower rice, green beans casserole, roasted parmesan air fryer brussels sprouts or any vegetable, or fresh vegetable salad.
Don't forget to garnish this low-carb, high-fat, high-protein dish with fresh herbs like thyme or parsley.
18. Air Fryer Pumpkin Pancakes
These low-carb air fryer pancakes aren't just perfect for your Halloween parties but also for daily breakfasts or snacks. The combined flavors of peanut butter, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract will perfectly match any beverage, from coffee and chocolate drinks to juice and milk, making them a crowd-pleaser.
Serve the pancakes with or without jams, syrups, or fruits, or pair them with air-fried chicken, air-fried patty, or other savory dishes to have a complete meal.
19. Air Fryer Scallops
Scallops coated with olive oil and flavored with cajun seasoning are placed in the preheated air fryer basket for three minutes on one side and one to two minutes on the other.
Serve the air fryer scallops with the perfectly seared side up, and top with melted butter, garlic herb butter, garlic herb parmesan butter, or lemon butter garlic sauce.
Add fresh lemon wedges on the side that one can use to drizzle lemon juice on the scallops before consumption and parsley or other herbs for freshness.
20. Air Fryer Shrimp
In six to eight minutes, you'll have crispy, tender, flavorful air-fried tiger shrimp that you can serve with or without freshly squeezed lemon or a dipping sauce. For a complete meal, side dishes like salad, cauliflower rice, and quinoa will mesh well with the shrimp's flavor.
Stir-frying any leftover air-fried shrimp with vegetables will also give you a delicious, well-balanced keto dinner or lunch.
21. Air Fryer Steak Bites
Bite-sized sirloin and striploin cubes are marinated in a blend of oil, soy sauce, and spices to give them a complicated, mouthwatering sweet, spicy, savory flavor. They're cooked to perfection in the air fryer for about five minutes, giving you tender, juicy air fryer steak you can serve with or without garlic herb butter.
22. Air Fryer Tuna Steak
15 minutes in the air fryer and you have medium-rare tuna steaks with flaky, moist interiors and perfectly seared exteriors. The umami-ness of the soy sauce or tamari combined with the earthiness of spices and herbs and the freshness of lemon juice will make every bite of this low-carb dish unforgettable.
Tweak the spice and herb blend by adding red pepper flakes or chili powder to give the dish a spicy kick, or use a blend of thyme, rosemary, and oregano instead of the original spice-herb blend to give it a more Mediterranean flavor profile.
23. Air Fryer Zucchini Chips
Thin slices of zucchini are coated with oil and seasoned before being cooked in the air fryer until golden brown with crispy edges and tender center, which takes about 12 to 16 minutes. Place the zucchini chips on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
Serve the chips as a standalone snack or appetizer with or without keto-friendly marinara sauce, ranch dressing, or tzatziki. Placing them on top of your favorite salad or adding them to your wraps or sandwiches are also two ways to enjoy these zucchini chips.
24. Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
Indulge in a snack, appetizer, or side dish that's free from breading and eggs and won't make you feel guilty. These air fryer zucchini fries are crunchy and flavorful, thanks to the parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
Sprinkle more grated cheese on the air-fried zucchini fries before serving to add more flavor and texture to them. Dipping sauces can also help elevate the taste of the zucchini fries.
Start Air Frying Diet-Friendly Dishes Now!
Preparing appetizers, side dishes, snacks, main dishes, and desserts for individuals on a low-carb or keto diet has never been easier with my roundup of keto air fryer recipes.
From air fryer recipes that you can prepare and cook in less than an hour to those that might need more than an hour, you're sure to find one or more that will work best for your available time or time you can spare for cooking. Some of them are also perfect for those with gluten allergies.
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