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How to Cook Festive Favourites Using an Air Fryer

With over 74,000 monthly Google searches for ‘air fryer recipes’ – an increase of 805% from last year alone – it’s little surprise that searches for festive variations are also on the rise!

Requiring little effort while still delivering delicious food, air fryers have become all the rage in the UK. So, we did a little digging and found some of the best air fryer recipes for all the Christmas essentials, from crisps you nibble on as you open presents, to the main event itself and all the trimmings.

We’ve also partnered with the wonderful @healthyairfryerrecipes to bring you some brilliant tips for cooking an air fryer Christmas dinner. Read on to discover our top tips and the best air fryer Christmas recipes for speedy golden roast chicken and must-have Christmas side dishes, from fluffy roast potatoes to best-ever Brussels sprouts.

Hacks for cooking a Christmas dinner in an air fryer

  • Red cabbage can pressure cook in just ten minutes compared to 2 hours of cooking down on the hob
  • Add Marmite to your Brussels sprouts to add a tasty burst of flavour
  • Used tinned potatoes in the air fryer for speedy, perfectly fluffy and crispy roast potatoes

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Our top Christmas air fryer recipes

Whether you’re looking for a quick fix for your turkey trimmings or you’ve got time to cook up a storm with some slow-roasted pork, there’s plenty of Christmas air fryer recipes here for you to get your teeth into!

Golden roast chicken

Ingredients

  • Small chicken
  • Cooking oil
  • Chicken seasoning

Instructions

  1. Rub oil and chicken seasoning onto a small whole chicken
  2. Put in the airfryer for 20 minute at 200 degrees
  3. Turn over and air fry for another 20 minutes until golden brown

Air fryer red cabbage

Ingredients

  • Red cabbage
  • 2 red onions
  • Brown sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Butter

Instructions

  1. Chop your red cabbage and onions and add to a bowl
  2. Add brown sugar, olive oil, water, and a knob of butter and stir well to combine
  3. Pressure cook in the airfryer for 10 minutes

Golden honey mustard carrots and parsnips

Ingredients

  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Olive oil
  • Honey
  • Mustard

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop carrots and parsnips
  2. Add in olive oil, honey and mustard and mix well
  3. Add to airfryer
  4. Cook with the Bake function for 20 minutes
  5. Finally, cook with airfryer function at 200 degrees for 10 minutes

Air fryer Brussels sprouts

Ingredients

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Garlic cloves
  • Vegetable stock
  • Marmite

Instructions

  1. Wash and peel your sprouts
  2. In a bowl, mix sprouts with crushed garlic, vegetable stock, Marmite, and hot water
  3. Stir and place in air fryer basket
  4. Cook for 15 minutes at 200 degrees

Air fryer pigs in blankets

Ingredients

  • Ready-made pigs in blankets

Instructions

  1. Remove packaging
  2. Load into your air fryer basket.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes at 180 degrees

Air fryer roast potatoes

Ingredients

  • Tinned potatoes
  • Your choice of seasoning

Instructions

  1. Drain tinned potatoes
  2. Add seasoning and toss to coat
  3. Place in the air fryer

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More Christmas air fryer recipes…

Air fryer mince pies

Ingredients

  • 1 small granny smith apple, peeled, cored, coarsely grated
  • 165g (3/4 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 90g (1/2 cup) sultanas
  • 45g (1/4 cup) currant
  • 45g (1/4 cup) blanched almonds, toasted, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp red glace cherries, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp mixed peel
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 25g butter, melted
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) gin
  • Icing sugar, to dust

For the sweet shortcut pastry:

  • 300g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 55g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 185g butter, chilled, chopped
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) milk

Instructions

  1. Use your hands to squeeze excess moisture from the apple. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add the brown sugar, sultanas, currants, almond, cherries, peel, mixed spice, cinnamon, butter, and gin. Stir well to combine. Set aside for 1 hour to allow flavours to develop.
  3. Meanwhile, place the flour, sugar and butter in a food processor and process until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the egg yolk (reserve the egg white) and milk, and process until the dough just comes together.
  5. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll out the pastry between 2 sheets of baking paper until 3mm thick.
  6. Use a round 8cm-diameter pastry cutter to cut 18 cases from the pastry. Line eighteen, 2.5cm deep, 4cm (base) 7cm (top) loose-based patty pans.
  7. Reroll leftover pastry between 2 sheets of baking paper until 3mm thick. Use a round 7cm-diameter pastry cutter to cut 18 further discs from the pastry.
  8. Transfer the fruit mixture to a fine sieve over a bowl and stir to remove excess liquid. Divide fruit mixture among pastry cases.
  9. Beat egg white until frothy. Brush pastry discs with a little egg white.
  10. Top pastry cases, egg white-down, with pastry discs. Press edges to seal, trimming any excess pastry.
  11. Reroll any leftover pastry and use a 6.5cm star cutter to cut 18 stars. Brush tops with a little of the remaining egg white.
  12. Place a star on the top of each pie. Brush the stars with egg white.
  13. Preheat a 7-litre air fryer to 160°C for 3 minutes.
  14. Carefully place 6 mince pies in the basket. Cook for 15 minutes or until the pastry is golden and crisp.
  15. Repeat, in two more batches, with the remaining pies. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  16. Dust the pies with icing sugar to serve.
Recipe credit: Taste AU

Air fryer vegetable crisps

Ingredients

  • Peel of 3 potatoes
  • Peel of 1 orange sweet potato
  • Greek yoghurt, to serve
  • Chilli sauce, to serve


For the lemon-herb salt:

  • 1 lemon
  • 10cm fresh rosemary sprig
  • 30g (1/4 cup) sea salt flakes

Instructions

To make the lemon-herb salt

  1. Use a vegetable peeler to peel strips of rind lengthways (avoid the pith) from the lemon.
  2. Cut each strip in half lengthways.
  3. Place the peel and rosemary in the basket of an air fryer. Cook at 70°C for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the rosemary.
  5. Cook peel for a further 10-15 minutes or until dry.
  6. Remove and set aside to cool.
  7. Strip dried leaves from the rosemary sprig.
  8. Combine dried peel and rosemary leaves in a spice grinder or mortar, and grind to a powder.
  9. Add to a jar with the salt.
  10. Use the end of a wooden spoon to gently crush and combine.

To make the crisps

  1. Wash the vegetable peel and use a clean tea towel to thoroughly dry.
  2. Place in a bowl and spray lightly with olive oil. Toss to coat.
  3. Place in a single layer in the basket of the air fryer (you may need to do 2 batches).
  4. Cook at 180°C, stopping to toss once or twice, for 8-10 minutes, or until dry.
  5. Transfer to a plate. Sprinkle with the herb salt to taste.
  6. Serve with yoghurt and chilli sauce.
Recipe credit: Taste AU

Air fryer Yorkshire pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 50g plain flour
  • 1 small egg
  • 150ml whole milk
  • Salt & pepper

Instructions

Homemade Yorkshire puddings

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 200°C/400f.
  2. Mix the plain flour and the seasoning in a bowl.
  3. Pour in the egg (a bit at a time), stirring gradually.
  4. Add the milk a bit at a time and stir regularly until you have a thick batter. Beat well until it forms bubbles on the top.
  5. Place a little olive oil in your Yorkshire pudding tins and place in the air fryer for 5 minutes or until smoking.
  6. Pour your mixture (1/2 way up your Yorkshire pudding tin) and place back in the air fryer, and cook at 200°C for 15 minutes.

Frozen Yorkshire puddings.

  1. Load frozen Yorkshire puddings into the air fryer basket.
  2. Cook for 5 minutes at 180°C/360f, or 4 minutes if your air fryer is preheated.

Recipe credit: Recipe This

Air fryer pork belly

Ingredients

  • 1kg piece boneless pork belly, rind scored
  • 2 tsp sea salt flakes
  • Olive oil spray

Instructions

Preheat the air fryer to 200°C for 3 minutes.

  1. Pat pork dry with paper towel. Rub salt into pork rind.
  2. Place the pork in the air fryer basket and spray with oil.
  3. Set timer for 25 minutes and cook until the rind crackles.
  4. Reduce temperature to 160°C. Set timer for 30 minutes and cook until pork is tender and cooked through.

Get ready for Christmas dinner at Wren…

These recipes are ideal for that busy festive period, but if you want some more inspiration, we’ve got plenty of fun recipes and lifestyle advice on our blog. If you’re thinking about asking Santa for a new kitchen next year, then check out our kitchen buying guides so you know exactly what to ask for on your Christmas list!

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