The Yummy Guide: Superfast Air Fryer Recipes for Students

We’re currently going through an air-fryer revolution, everyone has one and if you don’t, well you’re missing out!

If you’re keen to find some superfast air fryer recipes to cook up in your student accommodation, then you’ve come to the right place.

We’ll be sharing the 10 best dishes you just have to make, and they’ll be ready in no time at all.

You can also find out where to buy an air fryer and the best deals for your student bank account – aren’t we kind!

Air fryer recipes

The Lowdown On Air Fryers

First of all, let’s talk a little bit about how air fryers work for those of you who aren’t on the trend already.

Air fryers use air circulation to cook foods which makes them a great cooking appliance, unlike deep fryers which use oil to cook food. This means that there is less fat, less time required and less mess to clean up!

Some people call them a mini oven and they’re right the two appliances are quite similar, however, the main difference between them is that an air fryer fan blows faster which means that your food will be cooked quicker.

One of the best things about getting an air fryer whilst at uni is that you can cook up your tea in no time after a busy day of studying or when you just don’t feel like spending time making a meal, just pop it in and bobs your uncle!

You can cook tons of foods in an air fryer like mozzarella sticks to pizza to chicken to vegetables to potato wedges, the list is endless!

Keep reading to find out the best superfast recipes for uni students.


Where To Buy An Air Fryer

Air fryers aren’t too expensive, especially if you know what you want and where to look. We’ll help you out with your search!

Prices vary with some starting from as little as £30 or high-end air fryers can be over £200, it really just depends on the brand and model.

You may even be able to get some discount off with your student ID or Unidays app, so keep your eyes peeled. Here’s the best deals for air fryers for you guys!

  • Econo 2.0 L Air Fryer – £31.99 from Amazon
  • Digital Air Fryer – £65 from Dunelm
  • LOGIK LAF21 Air Fryer – £33.32 from Currys
  • Tower T17023 Compact Air Fryer – £45 from Argos
  • 1.8 Litre White/Black Air Fryer – £30 from Studio

Where to buy an air fryer

Superfast Air Fryer Recipes

Now we’re on to the best part, the best superfast recipes you can cook up in your air fryer (or for when you get one).

We’ve got some yummy meals you can make, and there’s something for everyone’s taste buds in this section – you can thank us later!

Let’s get going with our favourite recipes…


1. Chicken Wings

We LOVE chicken wings, and with this super quick and easy air fryer recipe we love them even more.

You can have some tasty air fryer wings ready in no time, with little faff or prep needed it’s a great dish for uni students looking for something to cook up for dinner!

How To Make  

  • Mix chicken wings with your choice of seasoning (we’d go for salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder & dried basil)
  • Place wings in air-fryer at 200°C for 15 minutes
  • Turn them halfway through cooking, until skin is browned and cooked through

Remember, it’s important to ensure that chicken is cooked thoroughly so double check when you’re cooking these, they may need longer than 15 mins!

Air fryer chicken wings

2. Roast Potatoes

Roasties, hell yeah! Find out how you can make the best roast potato recipe here. BTW we got inspiration from TikTok for this one and we cannot wait to try it.

This recipe should be ready in about 30-minutes, which okay, isn’t the fastest recipe out of the list but it’s for sure quicker than making them in the oven!

How To Make  

  • Chop up potatoes and boil them until soft, with salt added
  • When finished, add salt, pepper, thyme, garlic, cornflower, oil & paprika
  • Pop them into the fryer at 180°C for 15 minutes. Shake them and increase heat to 200°C and cook until golden and extra crispy.

Roast potatoes

3. Salmon

This one’s for you fish lovers out there! Find out how you can make salmon in the air fryer in just 7-minutes, we like to add some microwave rice with this dish but that’s just us.

If you’re looking for a healthy and quick meal, then this recipe is ideal for you.

How To Make  

  • Season salmon fillet with oil. paprika, garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper
  • Place in air fryer basket and cook at 200°C for 7-8 minutes
  • Serve with your side of choice

Salmon air fryer

4. Cauliflower Bites

This plant-based dish is just perfect to cook in your air-fryer and it doesn’t require many ingredients at all!

Even if you’re not vegan, you’ll love this delicious recipe, and it only takes 20-minutes to make.

How To Make  

  • Chop your cauliflower and season with olive oil and your fave spice mix. We go for turmeric, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper
  • Roast in the air fryer at 200°C for 15 minutes but keep tossing them every couple of minutes
  • Add lemon juice when cooked (optional)

Cauliflower bites

5. Halloumi Sticks

Halloumi has gotta be one of the best inventions about. With the maccies halloumi sticks being ever so popular at the minute we think it’s only right to share how you can make your own at home in your air fryer!

This recipe is super simple and tasty!

How To Make  

  • Slice halloumi into equal size slices and coat with olive oil, add seasoning if you fancy (this Greek cheese is already quite salty)
  • Cook in air-fryer at 180°C for 10-12 minutes until crispy and golden
  • Serve with your favourite dip  (we like hot sauce)

Halloumi sticks

6. Pizza

Everyone likes pizza, don’t they?! Well, you can cook up a yummy homemade version in your air-fryer with this recipe, you can even make a pre-made frozen pizza if you want (ASDA is elite).

Let’s find out how you can create an Italian delicacy in your student flat.

How To Make  

  • Add pre-cooked dough to air fryer with tomato puree or sauce and top with your fave toppings (we’d go for onions, peppers, mozzarella and mushrooms)
  • Cook at 190°C for about 7 minutes until crust is golden and cheese has melted.
  • Serve with your fave dipping sauce


7. Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is honestly the best creation going, it’s for sure one of our favorite air fryer recipes!

You can add this superfast side dish to your pasta dinner or just for a quick bite to eat at lunchtime.

How To Make  

  • Make garlic butter with a couple of gloves or garlic or puree, add dried parsley or basil and mix well with butter
  • Spread butter onto your bread of choice (we go for a ciabatta)
  • Top with cheese if you wish, then add to air fryer at 180°C for 3-5 minutes

Garlic bread

8. Bacon Butty

Its bacon butty o’clock! This recipe is perfect for a morning treat and its ready in no time (10-minutes or less) with virtually no prep required. No complaints really is there?!

Here’s how you can make a delicious bacon sandwich in your air-fryer…

How To Make

  • Set the air fryer to 200°C and cook bacon rashers for 6-10 mins – depending on how crispy you like them.
  • Drain bacon with paper towel before serving
  • Serve your crispy perfection on toast or buttered bread and add some of your favorite sauce (ketchup or brown sauce)

Bacon butty

9. Steak Fajitas

Mmm fajitas are just too good! We’ve got one of the best air fryer meals for you to cook.

You can even swap out the steak if you wanna make a veggie / vegan alternative or if you’re not a steak fan, then use chicken or another substitute.

This dish is great for teatime, you can even ask your flatmates if they want to have a fajita night!

How To Make  

  • Add foil to air fryer tray and coat with cooking spray
  • Thinly slice your steak or meat of choice
  • Chop your onions and peppers
  • Coat steak and veggies with fajita seasoning, salt & pepper
  • Cook at 200°C for 10 minutes or until steak is cooked to your liking
  • Remove from air fryer and drizzle with lime juice (optional)
  • Serve on warm tortillas and add cheese and lettuce (optional)

Steak fajitas


10. Pasta Chips

Yep, you heard us right, PASTA CHIPS! This viral food trend has been making the rounds on TikTok and as fellow foodies, we’re here for it.

You can find out how to make this tasty snack in your air-fryer here – it’ll blow your socks off!

How To Make  

  • Boil your chosen pasta according to package directions, add salt to your water
  • Drain pasta and add in olive oil, parmesan cheese and your chosen spice mix
  • Toss well and add to fir fryer at 200°C for 10 minutes, until pasta is golden brown and crunchy
  • Allow to cool a bit and serve with a sauce of your choosing

Pasta chips

We don’t know about you guys, but we can’t wait to chef it up and try these air fryer ideas out – which recipe will you be trying first?!

That’s the end of our blog on superfast air fryer recipes you just have to make in your student flat, we hope you’ve enjoyed reading this and feel ready to cook up something good!

Blow your flatmates away with some of these meals! When you stay with us at HFS, our properties have modern kitchen spaces equipped with all the bits and bobs you’ll need to cook up a storm.

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