Easy Air Fryer JalapeƱo Poppers Recipe (+Video)

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These Air Fryer JalapeƱo Poppers are the perfect party snack that’s incredibly simple to prepare. They are cheesy, crispy, with a subtle hint of spiciness in every bite. šŸ¤Æ Fry it, to believe it!

Air fryer jalapeƱo poppers recipe bite shot served in a black slate
Air fryer jalapeƱo poppers recipe bite shot served in a black slate

If youā€™ve browsed through our recipes before, you know that we love using the air fryer to create quick and tasty appetizers that are guaranteed to please. One of the most classic party appetizers is jalapeƱo poppers!

Weā€™ve already done some show-stopping Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers, and now weā€™re back for a more classic take on this favorite dish. 

JalapeƱo poppers combine the spiciness of the jalapeƱo pepper with the creaminess of the cheeses and wrap it all together in a crunchy exterior.

Basically, theyā€™re hard NOT to love. 

If youā€™ve had jalapeƱo poppers out, you probably have had them deep-fried in thick batter. Wet batters donā€™t work in the air fryer, but donā€™t fret!

Our solution was to slice the jalapeƱos in half and only add breadcrumbs to the stuffed portion, not the entire jalapeƱo. This panko-crusted version is equally as crispy and oh-so-satisfying as the original. 

šŸ”„ Hot Tip: If you want the poppers to be extra spicy, leave the seeds in and sprinkle the jalapeƱos with cayenne pepper before adding the filling.

Ingredients for Air Fryer JalapeƱo Poppers

Ingredients for jalapenĢƒo poppers air fryer recipe.

For a dish thatā€™s so delicious, youā€™ll be shocked at how few ingredients you need!

  • JalapeƱo peppers
  • Cream cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Salt
  • Green onion
  • Egg
  • Breadcrumbs 

šŸ“£ You can find the exact measurements and adjust the number of servings in the recipe card down below.

For the breadcrumbs, we recommend panko because it has the best texture, but if you only have regular breadcrumbs, those work too! 

JalapeƱo Poppers Air Fryer Recipe Video

Donā€™t have time to read? We made this short recipe video just for you. šŸ˜‰

*You can find the exact amount of ingredients and adjust the number of servings in the recipe card below.

How to Cook Jalapeno Poppers in the Air Fryer?

This air fryer jalapeno popper recipe is super quick and easyā€”so much so that itā€™s bound to become a staple for entertaining. In less than 20 minutes, you can have a whole plate of this crispy, cheesy, spicy poppers on the table and ready to be devoured!

1. Slice the jalapeƱo peppers in half.

Sliced and cored jalapenĢƒos

Carefully slice each jalapeƱo in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds.

šŸŒ¶ļø Spicy Tip: For an extra kick, leave the seeds and some of the core intact. If you want yours even hotter, you can add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper after coating the jalapeno poppers with breadcrumbs.

And, don’t forget to wash your hands well and donā€™t touch your face or eyes! šŸ˜‰

At this point, you can also chop your green onions.

2. Prepare the cream cheese filling.

Cream cheese filling for jalapenĢƒo poppers

In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, shredded mozzarella, salt and chopped green onions. Use a spatula to fold the ingredients together until they are well-combined.

šŸ’”Pro Tip: Make sure you take out the cream cheese in advance so that itā€™s soft and easy to work with! No time? Add the cream cheese brick to a microwave-safe dish and microwave on 50% power for 10-15 seconds until softened but not liquidy.

3. Stuff the sliced jalapeƱos with the cream cheese mix.

Jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese mix

Using a spoon or small spatula, fill each jalapeƱo cavity with the cream cheese filling. Smooth the filling so that the top of the filling is level with the top of the pepper. Repeat with all pepper halves and remaining filling.

4. Prepare egg wash and bread crumbs.

Jalapeno poppers breading station: egg wash and bread crumbs

In a shallow, wide bowl, beat one egg with a tablespoon of water until smooth. In another shallow wide bowl, add the breadcrumbs.

5. Preheat the air fryer to 400Ā°F (204Ā°C).

Preating Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer to 400Ā°F (204Ā°C).

If your air fryer doesnā€™t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 400ĀŗF (204ĀŗC) and then let it cook for 5 minutes without food.

šŸšØ Important: Reduce the cooking temperature to 380Ā°F (193Ā°C) if you’re using a 4-quart air fryer or smaller. They are hotter due to the heating element being closer to the food.

6. Coat the jalapeƱo poppers with breadcrumbs.

Breaded jalapenĢƒo poppers

Coat the filled-side of each popper by first dipping the filling side of the pepper into the egg mixture and then into the breadcrumbs, pressing to adhere the breadcrumbs evenly. Repeat with remaining peppers.

7. Air fry jalapeƱo poppers for 6-8 minutes.

Cooking jalapeno poppers in air fryer

When the air fryer is preheated, add the poppers, filling/breadcrumb-side up and air fry until golden and crispy, about 6-8 minutes.

I used a 6-quart air fryer to test this recipe. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.

8. Serve and enjoy your air fried jalapeƱo poppers!

Air fried jalapeno poppers served in a black slate

When the jalapeƱo poppers are done, carefully transfer them to a plate. Allow to sit 1-2 minutes to cool slightly before enjoying! 

Jalapeno poppers are one of those foods that are totally perfect on their own; they have the crispy outside, creamy inside, and slightly spicy pepper to marry all the flavors together.

If you want to garnish your plate of poppers for a party, consider sprinkling on some extra chopped green onions or fresh cilantro! 

Plus, we canā€™t help but recommend the classic drink pairing-a beer! Beer perfectly complements the flavors of the poppers and makes for a great start to any party.

Enjoy your air-fried jalapeƱo poppers!

Freezing & Storage

Freezing: When the poppers have cooled completely, add to an airtight container in single layers separated by wax or parchment paper. Store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Fridge: When the poppers have cooled completely, add to an airtight container in single layers separated by wax or parchment paper. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Reheating: To reheat, preheat the air fryer to 375ĀŗF. Once preheated, add the poppers, filling-side up, and air fry until reheated and crispy, about 3-4 minutes.

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Jalapeno Poppers in Air Fryer FAQs

Can you air fry jalapeƱo poppers?

Yes, you can air fry jalapeƱo poppers for a delicious and crispy result. In fact, it’s one of the quickest ways to make these delightful appetizers.

How long does it take to cook jalapeƱo poppers in the air fryer?

Air frying jalapeƱo poppers will only take 6-8 minutes, which is significantly shorter than baking them in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 400Ā°F (200Ā°C). However, please note that the cooking time may vary depending on your specific air fryer and the number of servings you are preparing.

How to air fry jalapeƱo poppers?

To air fry jalapeƱo poppers, begin by slicing your jalapeƱos and filling them with a cream cheese mixture. Then, coat them with breadcrumbs for an added crispiness. Preheat your air fryer to 400Ā°F (204Ā°C) and cook the poppers for 6-8 minutes until they turn golden brown. That’s all there is to it!

Air fryer jalapeno poppers served in a black slate

Easy Air Fryer JalapeƱo Poppers Recipe (+Video)

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These Air Fryer JalapeƱo Poppers are the perfect party snack that's incredibly simple to prepare. They are cheesy, crispy, with a subtle hint of spiciness in every bite. šŸ¤Æ Fry it, to believe it!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 173 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 JalapeƱo peppers
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Ā¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon green onion chopped
  • 1 egg
  • Ā½ cup breadcrumbs

Instructions
 

  • Slice the jalapeƱo peppers in half after thoroughly washing them. Then, using a small spoon, remove the seeds and white membrane. Optional: For extra kick, you can leave some of the white membrane and seeds.
    Sliced and cored jalapenĢƒos
  • Prepare the cream cheese filling. Mix the softened cream cheese with mozzarella cheese, chopped spring onion, salt, and ground black pepper.
    Cream cheese filling for jalapenĢƒo poppers
  • Fill the sliced and jalapeƱo peppers with the cream cheese mix. Just fill them flush to the sides of the jalapeƱos to prevent overflowing when cooking.
    Jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese mix
  • Then, set up the breading station. In a medium bowl, beat an egg until smooth. In a separate container, add the Panko-style breadcrumbs.
    Jalapeno poppers breading station: egg wash and bread crumbs
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400Ā°F (204Ā°C).
    Preating Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer to 400Ā°F (204Ā°C).
  • Meanwhile, coat the stuffed portion of the jalapeƱos with breadcrumbs. First, dip each jalapeƱo into the egg wash, cut side down. Then, drain off any excess egg wash and transfer the jalapeƱo to the breadcrumbs gently pressing to coat the stuffed portion with breadcrumbs.
    Breaded jalapenĢƒo poppers
  • Air fry jalapeno poppers for 6-8 minutes. First, arrange the jalapeƱo poppers in a single layer, and spray them with high heat cooking oil. Then cook them until the crust becomes golden and crispy.
    Cooking jalapeno poppers in air fryer
  • Serve your air fryer jalapeƱo poppers warm! Enjoy!
    Air fried jalapeno poppers served in a black slate

Video

Notes

  • For smaller air fryers (4-quart and below), reduce the cooking temperature to 380Ā°F (193Ā°C). They generate more heat because of the heating element’s proximity to the food.
  • If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 400Ā°F (204Ā°C) and then let it cook for 4-5 minutes without food.
  • To prevent the cheese from oozing out, it is important to cook the jalapeƱo poppers for the shortest amount of time possible. Therefore, preheating your air fryer is a necessary step.
  • For an added kick, sprinkle the jalapeƱos with cayenne pepper before filling them and after adding the breading mix.
  • To soften cream cheese, you can take it out of the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the temperature of your kitchen. Alternatively, you can remove the cream cheese from its packaging, place it in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave it on a low power setting for 15-20 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until it reaches the desired softness. Another method is to submerge the sealed cream cheese block in warm water and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, flipping it every 5 minutes or so. ā€‹
  • Avoid touching your face or your eyes after having worked with jalapeƱos or any other peppers! The oils from the peppers can be skin and eye irritants, so wash your hands well after handling the peppers.
  • I used a 6-quart Instant Pot Vortex Plus to test the air fryer jalapeno poppers recipe. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 581IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 1mg
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