Make Crispy Air-Fried Vegetables with No Oil

Make Crispy Air-Fried Vegetables with No Oil

Make Crispy Air-Fried Vegetables with No Oil

You can make crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil if you have the right blend of seasonings. This simple seasoning recipe works well on everything. Serve these tasty snacks as finger food, sides or toppers for soup and salad. A micro-spritz of avocado oil improves the crunch factor.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Sides and Snacks
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

seasoning for crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil

  • 2 Tbsp. Bragg's Liquid Amino  soy sauce of choice, or coconut aminos for soy free
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar substitute rice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger optional
  • 1-2 pounds chopped vegetables green beans, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, fingerlings--whatever! Frozen works too.
  • 1 spray avocado oil optional, or substitute 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste or sprinkle Everything seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air-fryer to 375 to 400 degrees. Use lower heat for soft veggies like zucchini and tomatoes, and higher heat for firm veggies like root vegetables and squash.
  • Make crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil seasoning—just whisk the ingredients. Next, chop vegetables into bite size pieces. Thoroughly coat vegetables with the seasoning in a large bowl. Continue to stir until the liquid has been absorbed by the veggies.
  • Place vegetables in air-fryer. If desired, spritz with avocado oil. Heat for 10-20 minutes (depends on the size of the batch and desired doneness). Stir periodically and add another spritz of avocado oil at the halfway point.
  • Taste. Add salt and pepper (or Everything seasoning) if desired. Serve warm or cold.

Notes

You can make crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil. However, a spritz of avocado oil can improve the crunch factor. Avocado oil spray is the only oil spray I allow in my kitchen. Regular oil sprays have propellants such as butane or propane in them. Seriously. Do not put that on your food! Avocado oil is pure, and can make crispy air-fried vegetables thanks to a high smoke point. A minimal amount creates a big crunch. If you don't have avocado oil, you can add 1 tsp. sesame oil to the seasoning. Or just skip it.  
If you want a dipping sauce, try healthy horseradish sauce. It's oil free and nut free. 
horseradish sauce

Make Crispy Air-Fried Vegetables with No Oil

You can make crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil if you have the right blend of seasonings. This simple seasoning recipe works well on everything. Serve these tasty snacks as finger food, sides or toppers for soup and salad. A micro-spritz of avocado oil improves the crunch factor.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Sides and Snacks
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

seasoning for crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil

  • 2 Tbsp. Bragg's Liquid Amino  soy sauce of choice, or coconut aminos for soy free
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar substitute rice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger optional
  • 1-2 pounds chopped vegetables green beans, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, fingerlings--whatever! Frozen works too.
  • 1 spray avocado oil optional, or substitute 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste or sprinkle Everything seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air-fryer to 375 to 400 degrees. Use lower heat for soft veggies like zucchini and tomatoes, and higher heat for firm veggies like root vegetables and squash.
  • Make crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil seasoning—just whisk the ingredients. Next, chop vegetables into bite size pieces. Thoroughly coat vegetables with the seasoning in a large bowl. Continue to stir until the liquid has been absorbed by the veggies.
  • Place vegetables in air-fryer. If desired, spritz with avocado oil. Heat for 10-20 minutes (depends on the size of the batch and desired doneness). Stir periodically and add another spritz of avocado oil at the halfway point.
  • Taste. Add salt and pepper (or Everything seasoning) if desired. Serve warm or cold.

Notes

You can make crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil. However, a spritz of avocado oil can improve the crunch factor. Avocado oil spray is the only oil spray I allow in my kitchen. Regular oil sprays have propellants such as butane or propane in them. Seriously. Do not put that on your food! Avocado oil is pure, and can make crispy air-fried vegetables thanks to a high smoke point. A minimal amount creates a big crunch. If you don't have avocado oil, you can add 1 tsp. sesame oil to the seasoning. Or just skip it.  
If you want a dipping sauce, try healthy horseradish sauce. It's oil free and nut free. 
horseradish sauce
Vegan Crab Cakes

Vegan Crab Cakes

Vegan Crab Cakes

"OMG, these are amazing," said my husband. To be fair, he had low expectations for vegan crab cakes. But these have a very authentic flavor, thanks to the tofu being spiced with Old Bay seasoning. I've made them multiple times for omnivorous crowds, and they are always a hit when served with vegan tartar sauce.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Dish
Servings 12 patties

Ingredients
  

Vegan Crab Cakes

  • 1/4 cup Yellow Onion diced
  • 1/4 cups carrot diced or shredded
  • 4-5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tbsp. flax seed
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 lb tofu extra firm
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. Dry White Wine
  • 2 tsp. dulce optional (substitute any other seaweed flakes)
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1.5 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. avocado oil substitute olive oil

Vegan Tartar Sauce

  • 1 cup vegan mayonaise
  • 2 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. minced onion
  • 1 tsp. Horseradish optional: leave out or add more

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Saute the onion and carrot for about 3-5 minutes, until soft. Add splashes of water or olive oil to prevent sticking. Add garlic and cook for one more minute.
  • In a small mixing cup, place 1 Tbsp. flax seed in 1 Tbsp. water. Allow flax to absorb the water (takes only a few minutes).
  • In a large bowl, crumble the tofu. Add yeast flakes, white wine, lime juice, hydrated flax seed and white pepper. Mix thoroughly. Adding dulce, kelp or other seaweed flakes will add a "fishy" flavor and a power-pack of minerals.
  • In a separate bowl, combine breadsticks and Old Bay Seasoning. (You can substitute with other creole seasoning, but honestly, this was worth an extra trip to the store (and searching through the spice and baking isles, only to find it hidden on a random shelf in the back of the store).
  • Mix the seasoned bread crumbs and sautéed veggies into the tofu mixture. Form into patties and place onto parchment paper on a baking sheet. Optional: brush with avocado or olive oil to achieve a crunchy fried exterior.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway (brush with extra oil if desired). The exterior will be slightly crunchy and browned.
  • Mix tartar sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

This recipe does not require pressing or drying of the tofu because baking on parchment paper does a great job eliminating excess water. Plus, easy peasy clean up. It does not escape me that Old Bay seasoning has hidden ingredients. If you have allergies or prefer to make your own, this recipe has a lot of positive reviews.https://www.thespruceeats.com/old-bay-seasoning-mix-480917

Vegan Crab Cakes

"OMG, these are amazing," said my husband. To be fair, he had low expectations for vegan crab cakes. But these have a very authentic flavor, thanks to the tofu being spiced with Old Bay seasoning. I've made them multiple times for omnivorous crowds, and they are always a hit when served with vegan tartar sauce.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Dish
Servings 12 patties

Ingredients
  

Vegan Crab Cakes

  • 1/4 cup Yellow Onion diced
  • 1/4 cups carrot diced or shredded
  • 4-5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tbsp. flax seed
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 lb tofu extra firm
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. Dry White Wine
  • 2 tsp. dulce optional (substitute any other seaweed flakes)
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1.5 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. avocado oil substitute olive oil

Vegan Tartar Sauce

  • 1 cup vegan mayonaise
  • 2 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. minced onion
  • 1 tsp. Horseradish optional: leave out or add more

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Saute the onion and carrot for about 3-5 minutes, until soft. Add splashes of water or olive oil to prevent sticking. Add garlic and cook for one more minute.
  • In a small mixing cup, place 1 Tbsp. flax seed in 1 Tbsp. water. Allow flax to absorb the water (takes only a few minutes).
  • In a large bowl, crumble the tofu. Add yeast flakes, white wine, lime juice, hydrated flax seed and white pepper. Mix thoroughly. Adding dulce, kelp or other seaweed flakes will add a "fishy" flavor and a power-pack of minerals.
  • In a separate bowl, combine breadsticks and Old Bay Seasoning. (You can substitute with other creole seasoning, but honestly, this was worth an extra trip to the store (and searching through the spice and baking isles, only to find it hidden on a random shelf in the back of the store).
  • Mix the seasoned bread crumbs and sautéed veggies into the tofu mixture. Form into patties and place onto parchment paper on a baking sheet. Optional: brush with avocado or olive oil to achieve a crunchy fried exterior.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway (brush with extra oil if desired). The exterior will be slightly crunchy and browned.
  • Mix tartar sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

This recipe does not require pressing or drying of the tofu because baking on parchment paper does a great job eliminating excess water. Plus, easy peasy clean up. It does not escape me that Old Bay seasoning has hidden ingredients. If you have allergies or prefer to make your own, this recipe has a lot of positive reviews.https://www.thespruceeats.com/old-bay-seasoning-mix-480917

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