Air Fryer Crispy Artichokes

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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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I love making these crispy artichokes in the air fryer. They make great little appetizer bites for a family dinner or to serve to guests who stop by for a chat. They’re very easy to make. With a crispy exterior and tender interior, these artichoke bites are a huge hit.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Air fryer crispy artichokes offer a delightful crunch that’s simply irresistible. The hot circulating air in the air fryer works its magic, transforming the artichokes into golden, crispy perfection.
  • The air fryer makes the whole process a breeze. Forget about deep-frying in a vat of oil or dealing with messy batters. With an air fryer, you can achieve that coveted crispy goodness with minimal fuss.
  • Traditional deep-frying methods can load up your dish with unnecessary calories and excess oil. The air fryer, on the other hand, requires only a fraction of the oil used in deep-frying, resulting in a healthier alternative that doesn’t compromise on taste.

What Artichokes to Use

The best type of artichokes to use are water-packed canned artichoke hearts. These come in little pieces, or in bigger chunks. You want them to be little bite sized pieces, so if they come in bigger chunks, cut them into pieces before you start breading them.

Don’t use oil-packed or marinated artichoke hearts. The oil keeps the breading from sticking. And the marinated flavor just doesn’t go well here. It’s too overpowering.

If you want to use fresh artichokes, you just need to cut off the hard leaves of the artichoke, cut it in half and clean out the tiny leaves in the center, then cut the heart and small soft leaves into sections. You can cook it in the air fryer from raw. Read here on how to cook a whole fresh artichoke.

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» Try these other air fryer appetizers. Crispy Sweet Potato Chips, Cranberry Brie Bites and Pork Belly Bites.

Ingredients You Need

There aren’t a lot of grocery items to get on this list, so it’s quick and easy to make. You’ll need:

  • Canned artichokes – Go with water-packed artichokes in a can, or start from fresh.
  • Butter – I use salted butter for a bit more flavor.
  • Breadcrumbs – Use a fine breadcrumb instead of a Panko for a better breading that stays on easier.
  • Parmesan cheese – Finely grated is best here. Shredded Parmesan is too big to stick to the hearts.
  • Salt
  • Dipping sauce – Aioli or mayo for serving.

Equipment Information

  • Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
  • Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.

Helpful Tips

  • Drain the artichokes well before breading.
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to do this in batches. It’s important not to overcrowd the basket. The results will be crispier if they aren’t overlapping and the breading will stay on better as well. 
  • Make sure to spray the air fryer basket before you add the artichokes. That will keep the breading from sticking to the basket.

How to Make Air Fryer Crispy Artichokes

Step 1: Prep the Artichokes

Drain the artichoke hearts. Gently squeeze them to release more liquid. They can be rather wet and this can lead to soggy artichokes, even after air frying, so try to release a little more water before you bread.

melted butter and bread crumbs

In a bowl, melt the butter. In another bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and salt. These will be your two dipping stations. Have a plate ready to put the breaded artichokes on, or simply place them directly into the air fryer basket.

Coat each piece of artichoke in butter, then roll it in the breadcrumb mixture.

Raw breaded artichoke hearts

Step 2: Air Fryer

Place the artichoke pieces in the air fryer basket, spaced out. You don’t want them touching, so they get evenly browned and crispy. If your basket is too small for all the pieces, cook them in batches.

Spray the artichoke hearts with cooking spray. You don’t need to get the underside right now, because you’ll flip them over halfway and spray them again halfway through cooking.

Cooked crispy artichoke hearts in the air fryer basket

Air fry at 375°F(190°C) for 8 minutes, flipping the artichoke hearts and spraying them again with oil halfway through cooking. After 8 minutes, check to make sure they are as crispy and browned as you want them. If not, continue cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Remove the artichokes from air fryer and place them on a serving tray.

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What Sauce to Serve These With

I like to serve these artichoke hearts with a garlic aioli. It’s simple to mix up yourself.

Start with 1/4 cup of mayonnaise in a small bowl. Add half a glove of minced garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice. Stir it together and you’ve got your quick-style aioli.

Use the aioli as a dip for these artichoke, French fries, crispy potato wedges, or sweet potato fries.

If you don’t like aioli, there are plenty of other dips to serve these with.

  • Buffalo Sauce
  • Sweet chili sauce
  • Ranch dressing
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How to Store & Reheat

Store:

Store the leftover artichokes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

If you want to make these up and freeze them for a later date, you can easily do that as well. Just air fry them per the instructions, allow them to cook, and freeze them in an air tight container or bag.

Reheat:

Easily reheat any leftovers you might have in the air fryer. Just pop them in again at 375°F(190°C) for about 5 minutes to crisp them back up.

When you take the out of the freezer, you can put them directly into the basket and air fry for about 6-8 minutes to crisp them up again.

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Crispy artichoke hears 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.
4.8 from 81 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 147 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 14.5 ounce (439 g) can artichoke hearts non marinated
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) butter melted
  • 1/4 cup (27 g) fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup (25 g) finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) salt
  • 1/4 cup (56 g) garlic aioli

Instructions
 

  • Drain the artichoke hearts. Gently squeeze them to release more liquid.
  • In a bowl, melt the butter. In another bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and salt.
  • Coat each piece of artichoke in butter, then roll it in the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Place the artichoke pieces in the air fryer basket, spaced out. If your basket is too small for all the pieces, cook them in batches.
  • Spray the artichoke hearts with cooking spray.
  • Air fry at 375° F(190°C) for 8 minutes, flipping the artichoke hearts and spraying them again with oil halfway through cooking.
  • Remove from air fryer and serve with garlic aioli.

Notes

  • Drain the artichokes well before breading.
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to do this in batches. It’s important not to overcrowd the basket. The results will be crispier if they aren’t overlapping and the breading will stay on better as well. 
  • Make sure to spray the air fryer basket before you add the artichokes. That will keep the breading from sticking to the basket.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 984mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 61IUCalcium: 95mgIron: 1mg
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5 thoughts on “Air Fryer Crispy Artichokes

  1. UBhot says:

    Make sure to give them a spray of cookign oil. It keeps them from sticking but also helps them get crispy.

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