Easy Air Fryer Stuffing

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Air Fryer Stuffing is a beloved holiday side dish, made with dried bread cubes, chicken broth, onions, celery, seasonings, and butter. The air fryer gets the edges of the bread crispy and delicious.

Air fryer stuffing

Why You’ll Love It

  • This stuffing is filled with tasty herbs and spices like sage and thyme, making it incredibly flavorful.
  • The stuffing in the air fryer cooks faster than it would in an oven. It gets that desirable crispy exterior in a shorter amount of time which is perfect.
  • Stuffing is a versatile side that pairs well with a wide range of main courses, such as roasted turkey, chicken, and pork, or even as a side for vegetarian meals.

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Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for Air fryer stuffing
  • Herb-Seasoned Dried Bread Cubes – You can find these at most grocery stores in the bread or stuffing mix aisle. If you can’t find herb-seasoned ones, you can use plain dried bread cubes and add your favorite herbs and spices for seasoning.
  • Chicken Broth – You can also use vegetable broth for a vegetarian version.
  • Melted Butter
  • Celery – You can adjust the quantity to your preference or don’t add if you’re not a fan of celery.
  • Onion – yellow or sweet onions can be used
  • Sage – dried sage works well, though you can use fresh sage as well.
  • Dried Thyme – If you have fresh thyme, you can use that as well; use about three times the amount of fresh thyme as dried.
  • Salt & Ground Black Pepper – Go light on the salt until you’ve tried it to make sure it doesn’t become too salty.

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.
  • Mixing bowl – You will need one large enough to hold the breadcrumbs, vegetables, and broth, and still be able to stir the ingredients.
  • Baking dish – Optional. This is only if you can’t place the stuffing directly in the air fryer basket. Then you would need an air fryer safe pan.
Air fryer stuffing

Tips for Making Air Fryer Stuffing

  • Preheat your air fryer before cooking. This helps achieve that crispy texture on the outside of the stuffing.
  • To prevent sticking, you can lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray before placing the stuffing inside.
  • You can prepare the stuffing mixture in advance and refrigerate it until you’re ready to cook. This makes it a great option for meal prepping or for busy family gatherings at Thanksgiving.

How to Make Air Fryer Stuffing

Add the bread cubes to a mixing bowl. Pour in the broth and melted butter. Stir gently and let the liquid be soaked up.

Pouring the liquid into the dry bread crumbs

Add in the chopped celery, onion, sage, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.

bread crumbs soaking up the liquid and the rest of the ingredients added

Pour the stuffing directly into the air fryer basket, if the bottom tray doesn’t have large holes. If you can’t put it directly into the basket, put it into an air fryer safe pan and set the pan in the basket.

uncooked stuffing in the air fryer basket

Cook at 350°F for 15 minutes, stirring twice during cooking. If you like your stuffing more toasted, continue cooking until it’s to your liking.

Let the stuffing cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Cooked stuffing in the air fryer basket

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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How to Store & Reheat

Fridge Once the stuffing has cooled to room temperature, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can typically be kept for up to 3-4 days.

Freezer: You can freeze your stuffing in an airtight container, properly frozen stuffing can stay good for up to 2-3 months.

Air Fryer: To maintain that coveted crispy texture, the air fryer is great for reheating. Preheat the air fryer to around 350°F and reheat the stuffing for a few minutes until it’s warmed through and crisped up.

Oven: Preheat it to 350°F, place the stuffing on a baking sheet or in an oven-safe dish, and cover it with aluminum foil. Reheat for about 15-20 minutes or until heated through.

Air fryer stuffing

What to Serve with This Dish

There are so many options for main dishes to serve with this dish. You can make these all in the air fryer or in the oven, if you wish.

20 Delicious Air Fryer Main Dishes to Try

Questions About the Recipe

Can I use fresh bread instead of dried bread cubes?

Yes, you can. Just cube the fresh bread and let it sit out for a few hours or overnight to dry out slightly before using it.

Can I add other ingredients like cranberries or nuts?

Feel free to add dried cranberries, chopped apples, or nuts to customize your stuffing.

What should I do if my stuffing is too dry?

To moisten dry stuffing, you can add a bit more broth or melted butter and mix it in until it reaches your desired consistency.

Can I use boxed stuffing?

Yes, you can use a box of stuffing mix and cook it in the air fryer. Mix it up according to the package instructions, then pour it into the air fryer basket or into an air fryer safe cooking bowl. Cook for the same time as given in the recipe below.

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Air fryer stuffing

Easy Air Fryer Stuffing

Air Fryer Stuffing is a beloved holiday side dish, made with dried bread cubes, chicken broth, onions, celery, seasonings, and butter. The air fryer gets the edges of the bread crispy and delicious.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 272 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 4 cups (224 g) herb-seasoned dried bread cubes
  • 1 cup (237 ml) low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup (57 g) butter melted
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon (0.1 g) dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon (1 g) dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.5 g) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Add the bread cubes to a mixing bowl. Pour in the broth and melted butter. Stir gently and let the liquid be soaked up.
  • Add in the chopped celery, onion, sage, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  • Pour the stuffing directly into the air fryer basket, if the bottom tray doesn’t have large holes. If you can’t put it directly into the basket, put it into an air fryer safe pan and set the pan in the basket.
  • Cook at 350°F (176°C) for 15 minutes, stirring twice during cooking. If you like your stuffing more toasted, continue cooking until it’s to your liking.
  • Let the stuffing cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Preheat your air fryer before cooking. This helps achieve that crispy texture on the outside of the stuffing.
  • To prevent sticking, you can lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray before placing the stuffing inside.
  • You can prepare the stuffing mixture in advance and refrigerate it until you’re ready to cook. This makes it a great option for meal prepping or for busy family gatherings at Thanksgiving.

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: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 7gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 563mgPotassium: 162mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 525IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 86mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Bread, celery, Onions, spices
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