18 Tasty Air Fryer Appetizers for the Holidays

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Looking for some great air fryer appetizers for the holidays? We’ve collected 18 of our favorite festive air fryer appetizers here for you. Each of these makes a perfect holiday finger food.

» Check out these Thanksgiving Side Dishes for the Air Fryer. We particularly like the Acorn Squash!

Cranberry brie bites, crispy artichoke hearts and honey sriracha bacon wrapped tater tots

The air fryer is a great tool for making appetizers for a party because it’s fast and convenient. You won’t have to keep the oven on all night and keep dodging guests as you put in and take out sheets of appetizers. The air fryer can be running in the background, producing delicious appetizers that can be served piping hot to your guests.

Try one of these delicious holiday appetizers and you’ll see why we think the air fryer is a great way to go for party prep.

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

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Holiday Appetizer Recipes

Easy Air Fryer Shishito Peppers
These Air Fryer Shishito Peppers are an easy snack that are filled with smoky, charred, and delectable flavors.
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Cooked shishito peppers
Air Fryer Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers
Air Fryer Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers have bacon, green onion, and cheddar cheese mixed in with the cream cheese to make a rich and creamy filling for mini peppers.
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baked cream cheese stuffed peppers on a plate
Air Fryer Cranberry Brie Bites
Air Fryer Cranberry Brie Bites are easy to make and delicious. The crispy phyllo base, gooey brie and fruity cranberry sauce makes these cranberry brie bites a mouthwatering combination and a perfect appetizer or finger food.
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Cranberry Brie Bites
Air Fryer Crispy Gnocchi
Air Fryer Crispy Gnocchi makes a fun snack idea and it's quick to make. Coated with a mixture of spices and parmesan cheese they come out crispy and piping hot in the middle.
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crispy gnocchi with dipping sauce
Air Fryer Crispy Artichoke Hearts
These Air Fryer Crispy Artichokes are an easy appetizer that packs a big crunch. Make up a batch for a party or BBQ and you'll have all your guests asking for the recipe.
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Crispy artichoke hears with dipping sauce
Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots
Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots are sprinkled with seasoning salt, glazed with a Sriracha honey sauce and cooked in the air fryer.
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Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots
Air Fryer Crispy Breaded Mushrooms
These Air Fryer Crispy Breaded Mushrooms are crunchy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside.
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Crispy mushrooms with dipping sauce
Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers
These air fryer jalapeno poppers are quick, easy, and super tasty! These perfect little appetizers are simple to make in the air fryer.
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jalapeno poppers
Easy Air Fryer Pasta Chips
These easy air fryer Pasta Chips are made with bowtie pasta, a bit of olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and seasonings. They're a fun alternative to chips that can be served as a snack or appetizer.
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Pasta chips
Air Fryer Frozen Calamari
This Air Fryer Frozen Calamari recipe uses store-bought frozen calamari, cooked in the air fryer for just a few minutes and served with a creamy chipotle dipping sauce.
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Air Fryer calamari on a plate with lemon and dipping sauce.
Shrimp Rangoon Air Fryer or Deep Fried
A shrimp rangoon is a little bite sized treat of cheese and shrimp wrapped like a wonton. Cook them in the air fryer and serve them with sweet chili sauce for a crowd pleasing appetizer.
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Shrimp Rangoon Air Fryer or Deep Fried
Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Air Fryer Bacon Scallops are very easy and turn out perfectly cooked every time! These work well as an appetizer or entree for any occasion. Sprinkled with Cajun seasoning and wrapped in bacon these are done in 20-minutes.
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Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Air Fryer Firecracker Shrimp
These spicy air fryer firecracker shrimp are an appetizer everyone will love. Simple ingredients and prep combined with a quick cook time make these a great appetizer to feed a crowd.
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Firecracker Shrimp with Dipping Sauce
Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Dates
Sweet dates, smoky bacon and creamy cheese, all in one tasty bite! These Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Dates make a delicious finger food appetizer. Make ahead and freeze for a tapas night!
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Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Dates
Air Fryer Bruschetta
Easy Air Fryer Bruschetta Recipe that is healthy and delicious! With fresh tomatoes, basil, and bread toasted in the air fryer in minutes. This appetizer is perfect for a party or any night of the week.
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Bruschetta
Air Fryer Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
These Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms are filled with a savory flaked lump crab stuffing then baked in the air fryer or oven for pop-in-your-mouth goodness at your next party, event or a treat for yourself.
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Crab stuffed mushrooms
Air Fryer Baked Brie
Looking for air fryer appetizers? This air fryer baked brie topped with pear compote and bacon is an easy recipe that only takes 8 minutes to bake.
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Chinese Eggplant with Garlic Sauce
Chinese Eggplant with Garlic Sauce is a 20 minute copycat recipe from Hong Kong’s Crystal Jade restaurant made with air fried Asian aubergines and topped with a simple garlic sauce.
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Chinese Eggplant with Garlic Sauce
Air Fryer Greek Chicken Meatballs (with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce)
What’s not to love about these chicken meatballs? They are stuffed with feta cheese, spices and some panko bread crumbs. Let’s not forget about the Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce!
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Air Fryer Greek Chicken Meatballs (with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce)
Air Fryer Chicken Tapenade Egg Rolls
These easy, homemade, crispy air fryer chicken egg rolls with tender savory tapenada filling will wow everyone. Dip them in a good quality balsamic vinegar.
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Chicken tapenade egg rolls
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