Just because you're watching your carb intake doesn't mean you can't enjoy delicious food. And your air fryer — which makes cooking easier and healthier — is the perfect tool for prepping low-carb dishes without sacrificing flavor.
From veggie frittatas to perfectly cooked fish, these seven meals, snacks and desserts all pack under 20 grams of carbs and are a breeze to make. Try these low-carb air fryer recipes next time you're in need of a quick, mess-free meal.
1. Air Fryer Egg Frittata
- Calories: 233
- Carbohydrates: 6 grams
If you're looking for ways to incorporate more veggies into your breakfast menu, this air fryer egg frittata is your answer. Loaded with green onions, mushrooms, spinach and bell peppers, this flavorful frittata is as healthy as it is tasty. A dash of hot sauce supplies a hint of heat that'll wake up your tired tastebuds first thing in the morning.
Get the Air Fryer Egg Frittata recipe and nutrition info from My Forking Life.
2. Air Fryer Salmon and Asparagus
- Calories: 391
- Carbohydrates: 9 grams
When a dinner recipe is healthy and quick, that's the sweet spot. And this simple salmon and asparagus dish — made with only six whole-food pantry staples and ready in eight minutes — checks both boxes. Packed with protein (48 grams per serving) and heart-healthy omega 3s, this low-carb meal will satisfy your stomach and curb post-dinner cravings. The best part? The one-pan dinner requires minimal clean-up.
Get the Air Fryer Salmon and Asparagus recipe and nutrition info from Eat the Gains.
3. Air Fryer Cheeseburgers
- Calories: 325
- Carbohydrates: 1 gram
You don't need to wait for summer grilling season to get a great cheeseburger. That's right, your air fryer can flame up a patty to perfection all year round. These juicy, low-carb air fryer cheeseburgers, made with lean beef, a splash of Worcestershire sauce and a teensy bit of thyme, char up in just eight to 10 minutes. If you prefer your meat well done, simply cook a little longer.
Get the Air Fryer Cheeseburgers recipe and nutrition info from Family Fresh Meals.
4. Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower
- Calories: 274
- Carbohydrates: 19.3 grams
This plant-based version of boneless buffalo wings will make even the staunchest cauliflower critic into a veggie lover. These addictive cauliflower bites are breaded in a grain and gluten-free flour mixture — containing mouthwatering spices like chili powder, paprika and cayenne pepper — which gets golden brown in the air fryer. Once your cauliflower poppers are crispy on the outside (but still tender on the inside), you bathe them in a spicy homemade buffalo sauce.
Get the Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower recipe and nutrition info from Eat the Gains.
5. Air Fryer Apple Fritters
- Calories: 100
- Carbohydrates: 18 grams
Newsflash: You can still enjoy dessert even when you're following a low-carb eating plan. And the next time your sweet tooth strikes, you should start with these fruity air fryer fritters. Usually made as deep-fried doughnuts, apples are the base of these healthier fritters that serve up sweetness alongside some vitamins, minerals and fiber minus the unhealthy oils. Warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg fill these fritters with flavor for days.
Get the Air Fryer Apple Fritters recipe and nutrition info from Everyday Family Cooking.
6. Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
- Calories: 216
- Carbohydrates: 13 grams
This classic Italian comfort food gets a healthier makeover with this easy chicken parmesan that's prepared in the air fryer. This recipe still has everything you love about chicken parm — melty mozzarella cheese and juicy, crispy, breaded chicken breast — but without the added fat (and messiness) of frying in oil. Serve alongside roasted broccoli or a bowl of greens to keep your carb count on the lower side.
Get the Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan recipe and nutrition info from I Wash You Dry.
7. Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp
- Calories: 307
- Carbohydrates: 18 grams
If you're a fan of fried shrimp, this healthier coconut shrimp recipe is a total game-changer. Cooking in the air fryer ousts the oil from the prep process and leaves your shrimp plump and tender on the inside with a lightly golden, crispy, crunchy coating. And the creamy dipping sauce — a combo of mayo and Thai chili sauce — dishes up a beautiful balance of sweet and spicy that really ties all the flavors and textures together.
Get the Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp recipe and nutrition info from I Wash You Dry.