These easy air fryer appetizers are perfect to serve at your next gathering!
It comes as no surprise that air fryers have been all the rage recently. Fried food with almost no oil? Yes, please!
Air fryers allow the flavor and crispiness of your favorite dishes, minus the additional calories.
Here’s a list of my go-to air fryer appetizers for when I have some last-minute guests coming over, or simply need a delicious snack to enjoy on my own.
I’ve even included some keto-friendly and low-carb options if you’re still looking to stay on track with your dietary lifestyle.
The beauty of an air fryer is that you’re able to recreate scrumptious appetizers through a healthier alternative.
This list of appetizers will have you adding the trendy appliance to your wishlist in no time!
1. Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs
These juicy and tender chicken meatballs are an amazing appetizer, or they can be an addition to a main course.
Feel free to add your own spin to the mix by throwing in your favorite herbs and spices.
Pro Tip: These bad boys are freezer-friendly for whenever you need a last-minute recipe!
2. Air Fryer Potato Skins
If you’re looking for an appetizer that looks and tastes like it came straight from the kitchen of a restaurant, I have just the dish up my sleeve!
Check out these air fryer potato skins for a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer. I can guarantee that these are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Is there anything better than a potato that’s soft on the inside but crispy on the outside?
3. Air Fryer Egg Rolls
Not only are air fryers incredibly healthier than deep fryers, but they also create crunchier dishes.
For a healthier alternative to eggs rolls, simply throw them into the air fryer for amazing yumminess!
This is the perfect recipe if you’re looking to get rid of some leftover veggies that might be sitting around.
Don’t forget to add a yummy dipping sauce to bring all the flavors together!
4. Air Fryer Three Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
If you’re as cheese obsessed as I am, you’ll adore these three cheese-stuffed mushrooms.
This dish is a perfect appetizer to whip up when you’re looking for something to truly feed your soul.
The gooeyness of the cheese mixed with savory garlic will absolutely melt in your mouth.
Be sure to serve this up hot to truly enjoy the texture.
5. Air Fryer Mac and Cheese Balls
These awesome mac and cheese balls are easy and quick to make for a last-minute appetizer.
Simply grab some leftover pasta, your favorite cheeses, and roll them into golf-sized balls.
Cover them in breadcrumbs and your go-to spices for the most ideal air fryer recipe.
Don’t forget a garlic dip to bring the dish to life!
6. Party Appetizer Mashed Potato Balls
If you’re looking for a vegan option to the air fryer mac and cheese balls, try out some mashed potato balls!
This is an optimal recipe for when you have some leftover mashed potatoes to put to use.
Is there anything more boring than eating leftovers? I doubt it!
The softness of the potato paired with the crunch of the breadcrumbs will leave you feeling satisfied and craving more.
7. Air Fryer Potato Chips (With Chick-fil-A Dipping Sauce)
These scrumptious air fryer potato chips are an amazing alternative to greasy fries.
Rather than deep frying yourself into a heart attack, cut up some potatoes, season, and add a drizzle of oil to your air fryer.
Stir up a Chick-fil-A dipping sauce on the side to dip these crunchy chips into.
Garnish with parsley or chives to jazz up the dish!
8. Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
These air fryer zucchini fries have lately been my go-to recipe for whenever I’m following a keto diet.
They’re an amazing low-carb alternative to potatoes with just 3 grams of net carbs per serving.
Simply switch out breadcrumbs for parmesan cheese when coating your zucchini strips and throw them into the air fryer.
Guilt-free fries never tasted so good!
9. Air Fryer Bacon and Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers
The best way to enjoy game day is with a spread of delicious appetizers to keep you busy during commercial breaks.
These air fryer bacon and cream cheese stuffed jalapeño poppers will not only keep you entertained but might just distract you from the main event!
That’s because anything stuffed with cheese or bacon is the main event, right?
10. Air Fryer Frozen French Fries with Spicy Ketchup
Air fryers are not only ideal for yummy dishes, but also for quick and efficient recipes.
Looking for some last-minute comfort food? Why not try out some frozen French fries with spicy ketchup?
Just throw some frozen fries into the air fryer for 15 minutes while you mix ketchup and horseradish into dipping sauce.
It truly couldn’t get more easier than this!
11. Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Dipping Sauce
Crispy air fryer chicken wings are one of my go-to appetizers during the wintertime when barbequing is too much of a hassle.
Put your own spin on these juicy wings by adding whatever seasonings you might have hiding in your cupboard.
I guarantee you’ll stir up some amazing wings that are better than any takeout spot.
My mouth is watering just thinking about them!
12. Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp
If you’re as seafood obsessed as I am, then these will definitely leave you addicted. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Air fried shrimp is an amazing appetizer on its own, or it can be thrown into tacos or even a mac and cheese dish.
The juiciness of the shrimp paired with the crunchiness of the breading is sure to leave you wanting more.
13. Air Fryer Crispy Crunchy Sweet Potato Fries
Air fryer crispy and crunchy sweet potato fries are one of my go-to appetizers for those days where I don’t feel like slaving away in the kitchen.
Since all you’ll need are sweet potatoes, cornstarch, and your most loved spices, this simple recipe is perfect for those lazy days.
Pro tip: soak the sweet potato fries in cold water for a crispier exterior!
14. Extra Crispy Air Fryer Potato Wedges
Extra crispy air fryer potato wedges are ideal if you’re looking for a delicious appetizer without the extra calories of deep frying.
While you might think to opt for oven baked potato wedges for a healthier alternative, air frying makes them a ton crispier!
If you’re a fan of parmesan, then this recipe is for you. Then again, who isn’t?
15. Air Fryer Cheese Crackers
For all my keto lovers, this appetizer is for you!
Ditch the carbs with this easy to make appetizer of just, you guess it, cheese!
Throw some cheese in your air fryer for 10 minutes for those busy days where you need something to snack on.
Sometimes all we need is a fun new way to devour cheese!
16. Crispy Parmesan Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
These scrumptious chicken tenders are not only tasty, juicy, and crunchy, but they’re also healthy.
Rather than taking the traditional deep-frying route, air fry some chicken strips for a satisfying appetizer.
I’d recommend serving these with a side of potato wedges or sweet potato fries.
Don’t forget to add a dip to tie in all the flavors together.
17. Crispy Air Fryer Cauliflower
Attention! This tasty recipe is sure to be your new favorite dish.
Not only is cauliflower filled with nutritional value, it’s also incredibly light and won’t leave you feeling heavy.
Feel free to drizzle your favorite sauce on top for an extra kick!
18. Air Fryer Spring Rolls
Filled with cabbage, carrots, and garlic, these spring rolls are super crunchy, and not greasy at all!
All you’ll need are a few simple ingredients for an unforgettable appetizer.
Pro Tip: Don’t be scared to add in any veggies you might have on hand into the mix.
19. Air Fryer Fried Pickles
While it might come as a surprise, one of my signature dishes to bring to an event are air fried pickles… hear me out!
They’re sure to get the party started since they always come out super juicy and crunchy.
However, don’t even think of making this appetizer without the jalapeño ranch dipping sauce.
Do I seriously even have to explain why?
20. Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas
For all my vegan and gluten-free fanatics out there, this recipe is for you.
Make chickpeas a little bit more fun by throwing in some seasoning and air frying those bad boys for 15 minutes.
If you think that you can get away with making this recipe in the oven, you’re wrong.
Air frying chickpeas is a complete game-changer if you’re looking for that extra crunch!
21. Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks
Why go to a restaurant when you can create this amazing appetizer at home?
These super tasty air fried mozzarella sticks are the ultimate comfort food for those days where you need a little extra love.
What’s better than stretchy mozzarella sticks dipped in tomato sauce? Absolutely nothing!
22. Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp (With Dipping Sauce)
If you need an appetizer to impress your dinner guests, this is the one!
Whip up some air fried coconut shrimp with a heavenly spicy mayo sauce as the opening dish.
This recipe is so delicious that they might not even make it out of the kitchen to your guests to enjoy!
Don’t worry, I’ll keep your secret.
23. Air Fryer Pumpkin Fries
Lately these air fried pumpkin fries have been one of my favorite appetizers to make when I’m tired of traditional potato or sweet potato fries.
They’re simultaneously sweet and salty, while also soft and crispy.
This match made in heaven is super simple to make and is only based on one ingredient. You guessed it, pumpkins!
24. Air Fryer Churros (Great with Chocolate Dipping Sauce)
For those with a sweet tooth like me, you’ll adore this recipe.
Rather than serving a savory appetizer, opt for something sweet.
Instead of waiting until the end of the night, serve up some amazing air-fried churros as an appetizer.
These have way less calories than traditional deep-fried churros and are just as good (if not better)!
25. Air Fryer Dessert Fries(Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Fries)
When mixed with cinnamon and sugar, these air-fried dessert fries taste absolutely nothing like sweet potatoes!
Don’t believe me? Try out this recipe the next time you’re craving something sweet.
I guarantee these air-fried sweet potato fries will become a staple in your kitchen.
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