The Super Bowl is right around the corner and what’s a game day without game day snacks? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite air-fried appetizers that all boast the delicious crispy crunch your whole team will love.
Air fryers, like the popular Ninja Air Fryer, have risen in popularity thanks to their ease of use and incredible ability to produce crispy “fried” foods with only a tiny bit of oil.
Before browsing, keep in mind that to produce that gorgeous golden-brown exterior, you’ll need to give your food a little spritz of oil. These EVO oil sprayers do the trick and will help you achieve the flavor and crunch factor you crave.
But enough about the tools, let’s take a look at the delicious appetizers you’re sure to enjoy on game day—and to find excuses to make all year long!
Nothing quite compares to the crispy natural flavors of drummies and flats before being drowned in sauce. With the perfect seasoning combination, a wing doesn’t need much more to come to life. Plus, serving them without sauce means you can add your own with each bite.
No marinating needed in this recipe; add your seasoning and air fry both sides for eight minutes until you reach that perfect golden brown exterior.
Get the Recipe: Natasha’s Kitchen
Panko Fried Pickles
Hellooo, my fried pickle fanatic friends! Boy, do we have a recipe your heart (and tastebuds) will adore. The recipe comes together in a two-step process, so be sure to follow Brandi’s important preparation tips.
You’ll dip the pickles in the buttermilk batter, dredge in panko breadcrumbs, then freeze before frying. This method will help keep the batter from melting everywhere and create a mouthwatering crunch that you crave the most.
Get the Recipe: Stay Snatched
Fried Ravioli with Marinara Sauce
This tried-and-true recipe is one for the recipe books. It doesn’t get much easier than dipping frozen ravioli squares into buttermilk, then in breadcrumbs. Once you’ve coated your ravioli, add it to your air fryer and cook for three minutes.
EVO Oil Sprayer
Forget junky cheap spray bottles with questionable construction, this thing is a food-safe tank.
Add a little spritz of oil, using our favorite EVO oil sprayer, then back in the air fryer for a few more minutes. Serve these cheesy little delights with a side of marinara.
Get the Recipe: Everyday Family Cooking
Fried Cheese Curds
Fried cheese curds have really made their way into the food scene these days, and if you haven’t given them a try, this recipe is your window of opportunity. The perfect melty centers, paired with the pleasantly crisp coating, create a scrumptious snack for all football fans in the house.
They go great with any southwest or chipotle ranch dressing for dipping. So even if your team loses, at least you’ll have little bite-sized fried cheese curds to heal your heart.
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Eggplant Fries with Marinara
Whether you love this plump purple fruit or bought one and don’t know what to do with it, we found a recipe you have to try. A few dips in the egg whites, then into the breadcrumb mixture it goes. Give the sticks a little oil spritz, then let your air fryer do its thang.
These air-fried eggplant sticks are a healthy alternative to fries and other less wholesome snacks. So if you want something unique to try, that you can feel good about eating, it’s right here.
Get the Recipe: Skinny Taste
Another crowd-pleasing appetizer that many love are cheese-filled jalapeno poppers, only this time, designed just for the air fryer.
This recipe will have you slice the jalapenos in half, then remove all those spicy seeds before stuffing them with the most mouthwatering cream cheese filling. And in case that isn’t delicious enough, you’ll finish them off with wrapped bacon slices, too!
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Fried shrimp always makes a yummy treat, and this air-fried coconut shrimp recipe is a prime example of that said deliciousness. The recipe is truly a restaurant-quality appetizer that everyone can enjoy with a major slash in fat and calories. Be sure to whip up a sweet chili dipping sauce on the side.
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Crispy Onion Rings
Most onion rings are made with a wet batter, which doesn’t quite fly with air fryers (unless frozen), but this recipe uses a traditional breading method. Be sure to stick these in the freezer before adding them to the air fryer if you are looking for perfect results.
Be sure to spray your onion rings before frying for that gorgeous golden-brown hue and crispy texture. In less than 15 minutes, your air fryer will have a snack for the whole team to devour.
Get the Recipe: Homemade and Yummy
Sweet Potato Chips
There are so many reasons to love sweet potatoes! Not only are these tubers delicious and healthy, but they are super versatile, just like regular potatoes. Fries, tater tots, casseroles, you name it these hearty root vegetables will transform and deliver delicious results.
These air fried chips are no exception to the bold statement. Using a mandolin slicer, you’ll thinly slice the sweet potato and lightly toss the pieces in oil. Add your seasonings, lay the slices in a single layer and air fry them for 6-9 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Vegan in the Freezer
Macaroni and Cheese Bites
There is no better way to enjoy leftover homemade mac and cheese than in bite-sized fried form. This recipe only works with baked macaroni and cheese that has cooled and rested in the fridge for a few hours.
After forming cold balls of mac and cheese, you’ll dip it in a milk and egg mixture, then into the breadcrumb and bacon bit mixture, then freeze for 30 minutes. Your air fryer does the rest.
Get the Recipe: My Forking Life
So, now that your stomach is grumbling and your mouth is watering, which Super Bowl appetizer do you plan to make?