WATCH: Christmas Dishes You Can Make In An Air Fryer

Use the air fryer to make your dishes easy and delicious.

It should be no surprise anymore when you hear that someone made an entire menu using just the air fryer. The air fryer was one of the most popular kitchen appliances when the pandemic started. It is still a popular recipe helper, especially for those with small kitchens, small families, and little experience in cooking.

That's why it's a go-to appliance even when you need to prepare something special, such as for the holidays. The Christmas season need not be a time of stress and with the air fryer, you know your dishes are just a few minutes away from being cooked to golden brown perfection. You just need the time, the right recipes, and the ingredients to make it happen. 

We hacked three recipes that you might normally bake in a normal oven or even an oven toaster and made it specifically work for your air fryer. The good news is that it's not hard to do and the results are almost the same, if not better. If you need help making a menu for the Christmas season for your small family, we have the perfect recipes to try: 

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Air Fryer Cheesy Baked Salmon Recipe

  • 2 200-gram fillets salmon
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid seasoning
  • 1/4 cup quick-melting cheese, grated
  • Salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

How To Make Air Fryer Cheesy Baked Salmon

  • 1 Rub salmon fillets with garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Arrange fillets, skin side down, in baking dishes.
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  • 2 Mix together mayonnaise, sugar, and liquid seasoning in a bowl. Spoon mixture over salmon fillets then top with grated cheese.
  • 3 Air fry until cheese is melted and fish flakes easily, about 10 to 12 minutes at 180 degrees C. Serve immediately.

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Air Fryer Breaded Pork Chop Recipe

  • 4 pieces bone-in pork chops
  • 2 tablespoons oil 
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce (patis)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce
  • Salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
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How To Make Air Fryer Breaded Pork Chop Recipe

  • 1 Pat dry the chops. Lightly season with salt and black pepper. Set aside. 
  • 2 Season the flour with salt and pepper. Add oil and make a thin paste. Lightly brush each pork chop with the seasoned flour paste. 
  • 3 Place pork chops in the air fryer basket set at 180 degrees C and set the timer for 10 minutes. Check doneness and cook again if needed. 
  • 4 Meanwhile, make the sauce: in a saucepan, simmer fish sauce and sugar to a slow boil until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat, and add the chili garlic sauce. Set aside.
  • 5 Remove pork chops from the air fryer basket and transfer to a plate. Drizzle or brush with sweet and spicy sauce before serving.

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Cheesy Baked Macaroni Recipe

  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated 
  • 1 cup cheese spread
  • 1 1/4 cups mozzarella cheese, grated, divided
  • 3 tablespoons parsley leaves, chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh milk 
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce 
  • 200 grams elbow macaroni pasta, cooked 8 minutes, drained 
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

How To Make Cheesy Baked Macaroni Recipe

  • 1 Combine cheddar cheese, cheese spread, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, parsley, and fresh milk in a bowl. Set aside. 
  • 2 Combine spaghetti sauce and macaroni in large bowl and divide between 2 to 3 round baking dishes. Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover each with foil. Repeat with the other baking dishes.
  • 3 When ready to serve, place 1 baking dish in the air fryer basket set at 200 degrees C and set the timer for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbling. 
  • 4 Remove baking dish from air fryer basket and transfer to a trivet. (Air fry the other baking dish, checking time since the air fryer is already hot.) Top with parsley if desired before serving.
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With a few tweaks, these three easy dishes can be made in no time in your air fryer in time for Noche Buena! 

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