Party on! Check out these recipes for 20 easy and delicious air fryer appetizers, including meatballs, kebabs, loaded potato skins, homemade mozarella sticks, fried ravioli, avocado fries, egg rolls, nachos, fried pickles, hard-boiled eggs and more.
Ever since I made “fried” ravioli in our Ninja Foodi Grill, I’ve been obsessed with making air fryer appetizers. (I’ve even figured out a way to make my everybody’s favorite pork fried wontons in the air fryer.)
I am drooling over all these delicious and easy snacks and appetizers you can cook quickly and more healthily in an air fryer, compared to traditional frying methods.
No party planned? No problem!
As any broke college student, hungry teenager or busy mom knows, appetizers aren’t just for parties. You can enjoy the air fryer appetizer recipes, which are linked below, anytime you’re craving a snack.
Or plan an apps-only meal using these air fryer appetizers or your favorite frozen appetizers from the grocery store or Trader Joe’s. Kids will love it because it feels like you’ve ordered everything off the starters menu at a restaurant.
When we don’t feel like cooking, our family really enjoys appetizer night. Just last week, we had Chinese night at home featuring air fryer spring rolls, tempura shrimp, potstickers and some frozen fried rice. So easy!
We also really enjoy creating a meal out of Indian air fryer appetizers, such as pakoras, samosas and naan, paired with vegetable biryani we get from Trader Joe’s or an easy korma.
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Why You Need An Air Fryer
If you’re on the fence about getting an air fryer, take the leap. You won’t regret it.
I can’t say it enough — the air fryer is one of my favorite kitchen appliance. We use our air fryer almost every day for cooking and crisping things that we would have previously cooked in the oven or toaster oven.
We just amped up our air fryer game, too, by purchasing the 5-in-1 Ninja Foodi Grill with a built-in air fryer. This gives us a larger capacity for air frying, which means we can make all kinds of things that we couldn’t in our smaller air fryer.
You can also get an air fryer lid for your Instant Pot if you don’t want to buy a separate appliance for air frying.
Air Fryer Recipes
Did you know you could cook all kinds of things in an air fryer? How about an entire meal from appetizers to desserts? Here are just a few air fryer recipes to try:
Since an air fryer is basically a convection oven, you can cook all kinds of things in it that you would cook in a conventional oven or a deep fryer. That’s what makes is so great for making appetizers.
Air Fryer Appetizers
Below, you’ll find lots of ideas for different types of appetizers and party food you can make in an air fryer.
Classic apps, like meatballs and loaded baked potato skins, as well as things like homemade mozarella sticks, fried ravioli, avocado fries, kabobs, fried pickles and hard-boiled eggs.
Which of these air fryer appetizers do you plan to make first?
Air Fryer Chicken Appetizers
- Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Meatballs from Wanderlust And Wellness
- Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Roll Up from Saving You Dinero
- Indian Chicken Tikka Kebab from Piping Pot Curry
- Gluten Free Ground Chicken Meatballs from Fearless Dining
Classic Appetizers In The Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Loaded Nachos from Courtney’s Sweets
- Crispy Air Fryer Potato Skins from Daily DIY Life
- Air Fryer Avocado Fries from Atta Girl Says
- Air Fryer Pizza Rolls from Simplify Create Inspire
- Air Fryer Mozzarella Balls from Simply Stacie
- Loaded Tater Tot Skewars from Upstate Ramblings
- Air Fryer Mozzarella Bites from Life Currents Blog
- Low Carb Mozzarella Sticks from Homemade Interest
Easy Air Fryer Appetizers
- How To Make Fried Pickles In The Air Fryer from The Appetizer Chick
- Sauerkraut Fritters from The Goodhearted Woman
- Fried Mushroom Recipe from The Endless Appetite
- Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs from Recipes From A Pantry
- Tandoori Aloo Tikka from Piping Pot Curry
- Air Fryer Taquitos from Instant Pot Cooking
- Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls from The Endless Appetite
- Salmon Cakes Recipes from Days In Bed
What can you do with an air fryer?
Air fryers are great for preparing foods that are traditionally fried in a more healthful manner. Just toss the food in the air fryer basket with a tiny bit of oil or cooking spray, set the temperature and timer and wait for the bell to ding. (It is helpful to shake or toss food in an air fryer to ensure even cooking and crisping.)
Lots of people who are trying to eat healthier or lose weight swear by their air fryers. You’ll love these 20 Weight Watchers Air Fryer recipes.
You’ll be amazed at how crispy foods get when cooked in an air fryer versus a regular oven, microwave of toaster oven.
An air fryer is great for reheating fried foods, like pork fried wontons or squash chips. You can also cook frozen french fries, chicken nuggets, spring rolls and egg rolls in it. They come out crispy and delicious.
But don’t think an air fryer is only useful for reheating or cooking frozen foods. You can straight-up cook in an air fryer — everything from appetizers, side dishes, entrees and desserts.
Can you bake in an air fryer?
Yes, you can bake in an air fryer. You can make cakes and cookies, and you can also bake things like chicken and vegetables, too. An air fryer is essentially a smaller version of a convection oven. So anything you can cook in a convection oven, you can prepare in an air fryer.
Can you use ramekins in an air fryer?
Looking to make mini air fryer desserts or personal-sized chicken pot pies? You can definitely use ramekins, small glass jars or other oven-proof baking cups in an air fryer. The size of your air fryer will limit the number of ramekins you can fit inside it though, so you may have to prepare some recipes in batches.
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