Best air fryer appetizers to make during a party or just because you want a healthy crunchy snack. Make them in your Ninja Foodi or other machine tonight.
It’s handy to have air fryer appetizers recipes handy when you’re having a party or just want a crispy snack! Let us know which one of our air fryer recipes are your favorites. (originally published 11/19, affiliate links present)
Lower in fat because they’re not deep fried, these tasty starters will surely make you the most popular host, or mom with your kids.
I mean, everyone loves finger foods! Make a few for dinner and you’ll be a “hero” according to your kiddos for sure too. 😉
If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:
- THIS is my Favorite Air Fryer!
- You can find more Air fryer recipes here, we have Ninja Foodi recipes as well; bookmark them both!
- Grab the best air fryer cookbook here.
- Here’s a printable air fryer cook times chart here for your fridge.
- It has temp. and times for making the best frozen foods for air fryer too.
- Then join our Facebook page where you can share and find more ideas you’ll love. We have a Foodi social media group as well.
Air fryer appetizers
Then we will share a NEW one in the recipe card below for air fryer jalapeno poppers!
Another favorite with adults and kids alike is our air fryer ravioli.
Use cheese or meat stuffed and with the Italian bread crispy coating they are a great starter when you’re having a party, or main entree too.
You may have made this once in a deep fryer, but this is way healthier! Air fried foods are just as crispy but with NO oil.
- Buffalo chicken won tons are fabulous, and a great side dish too
- along with some easy crab rangoon
- Heaven = air fryer baked brie y’all
Use little smokies and make air fryer pigs in a blanket!
- Air fryer egg rolls can be filled with just about anything.
- Cheese fries are always a win and a great side with sweet and spicy chicken wings
If you’ve never tried crispy crunchy air fryer dill pickles you’re in for a treat! NO dipping sauce required but paired with some ranch dressing is quite incredible too.
- Air fryer artichoke hearts are on the top of my list
- Buffalo cauliflower bites are healthy and low carb
- Homemade corn nuts in the air fryer could be an appetizer or snack
- These air fryer sweet potatoes can be made as a starter. Create a fun filling bar with a group!
- Or make sweet potato fries out of them.
Now let’s talk about air fryer fried shrimp!! We use a lot of spices to bring these defrosted jumbo shrimp to the next level.
Add some heat if you like, or leave them mild. Either way they’re always a hit along with some air fryer zucchini chips.
No I wouldn’t say that air fryer baked potatoes would be a normal appetizer BUT if you stuff them!!
- Then you can make the best twice baked potatoes that rock!!
Filled with crumbled bacon, cheese and sour cream they’re like the ones at TGI Fridays you love.
What can you fill double stuffed potatoes with?
- Sour cream and butter
- Garlic salt
- Salt and pepper
- Cream cheese
- Bacon bits
- Green onions
- Diced onion
- Lots of cheese inside and on top
- Top with crispy fried onions too!
Now ready for a spicy appetizer in the air fryer?
- Try some air fryer jalapeno poppers!!
The recipe is below, these are the ingredients you’ll need:
- Fresh jalapenos
- Cream cheese
- Olive oil spray
These have no breading so it is keto friendly and easier to make than some others.
Yes you can make a cook frozen jalapeno poppers in your air fryer but these are so simple you mind as well make them homemade.
How do you serve hors d oeuvres?
- Use a few cute boards or tiered trays, one for each type of food.
- Serve enough figuring that each person will eat about 10 pieces in two hours. If you’re serving cheese they will consume a bit less.
- Pre bake them if you don’t want to be in the kitchen the whole time.
Have trays full and ready when the guests arrive, rewarm others when you need to refill.
What are the most popular dipping sauces?
- BBQ sauce is easy, these 3 are our favorites
- Fry sauce is a must in our area and in the South
- Ranch dressing is probably the most popular amongst kids
- Garlic aioli
- Yellow and/or dijon mustard
- Sweet chilli sauce
- Teriyaki sauce
How many different appetizers should you serve?
If you have fewer than 45 people plan on serving about 6 different appetizers. For more I would plan on 8.
The rule of thumb for smaller gatherings is that 3 types of appetizers are suitable for 8 to 10 guests, 4 or 5 types of appetizers for 14 to 16 people, so on and so forth.
Need more easy Ninja Foodi recipes?
- We’ve got some air fryer chicken kabobs you can make in your Ninja Foodi grill too
- Chicken fried steak in an air fryer is a fun finger food.
- Air fryer meatballs can be smothered in sauce for a quick bite
Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers
Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers
- Spray air fryer basket with non stick spray.
- Mix together cream cheese, cumin and cheese in a bowl.
- Spoon cheese mixture into jalapenos that have been prepared as directed above.
- Wrap each jalapeno stuffed half with half a slice of bacon. Secure end with a toothpick
- Cook at 370 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
- Remove, keep warm, and put another batch in. Serve with ranch dressing or other dipping sauces