My frozen falafel air fryer recipe couldn’t be easier or more delicious! Air fryer frozen falafel takes 8-10 minutes at 375F (190C). Don’t overcrowd frozen falafel in the air fryer basket and don’t preheat the air fryer or flip the falafels. You can make Trader Joe’s frozen falafel in air fryer (the best frozen falafel, IMO), Costco falafel balls, or your favorite falafel brand!
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Falafels are a traditional Middle Eastern dish of deep-fried balls or patties made with seasoned chickpeas or fava beans. They have a crisp texture outside, tender inside, and great flavor from garlic, spices, and herbs. Today, you’ll learn to air fry frozen falafel for an appetizer, snack, or main dish that’s fast.
Yes, you can cook falafel from frozen, so let’s do it! You’ll love how this air fryer falafel recipe lets you enjoy falafel without having to soak and cook dried chickpeas. So convenient!
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➕ Frozen Falafel in Air Fryer Recipe
What’s the best way to cook frozen falafel? Air frying falafel is convenient and healthier because you don’t need to add oil. Here are the step-by-step instructions for how long to cook frozen falafel in air fryer:
- Place the frozen falafel balls in a single layer in your air fryer basket or tray. You may want to mist them with cooking spray if your falafel has no added oil. (You don’t need to do this for Trader Joes frozen falafel.)
- The frozen falafel air fryer time is 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190C). When cooked they’ll smell delicious and be golden brown. Serve air fryer falafel with your favorite dipping sauce.
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This recipe is for small falafels that are precooked. If your falafels aren’t already cooked (such as from a falafel mix), they may take longer. They will also take longer if your falafel patties are larger.
These air fryer frozen falafel directions were developed in a Kalorik Air Fryer Oven. You can also make a Ninja Foodi falafel, Philips, Cosori, Instant Vortex, Cuisinart, Pampered Chef Air Fryer, Actifry, Nuwave, Power Air Fryer, or use another air fryer.
Always check the food early the first time you try a new air fryer recipe, as cooking time can vary between air fryer brands.
🥗 How to Serve Air Fryer Frozen Falafel
Serve falafel as part of a meze platter, a Mediterranean appetizer. You can also add falafel to a wrap on pita bread, or make a falafel sandwich, salads, or bowls. Falafel goes well with cucumber tomato salad, tahini sauce, tzatziki sauce, or hummus.
How do you reheat falafel in the air fryer?
To reheat falafel in an air fryer, preheat the air fryer to 350F (175C). Place the falafel in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook for about 5 minutes, or until heated through and crispy.
How to thaw frozen falafel?
Falafel freezes well, and thawing falafel could not be easier. To thaw frozen falafel, transfer them from the freezer to the refrigerator and let them thaw overnight. Alternatively, you can use the defrost function of a microwave or place them in a sealed plastic bag and submerge them in cold water until thawed.
How do you air fry Trader Joe’s dill pickle mini falafel?
To air fry Trader Joe's dill pickle mini falafel, preheat the air fryer to 375F (190C). Place the mini falafel in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook for about 6-8 minutes, or until crispy and heated through. Flip them halfway through the cooking time for even browning.
How to cook frozen falafel in oven?
To cook frozen falafel in the oven, preheat the oven to 375F (190C). Place the frozen falafel on a baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until heated through and crispy. Flip them halfway through the cooking time for even browning.
How long to deep fry frozen falafel?
The cooking time for deep frying frozen falafel may vary, but a general guideline is to heat the oil to 375F (190C) and fry the frozen falafel for about 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Ensure the falafel is cooked thoroughly by checking the internal temperature, which should reach 165F (74C).
How to make a Trader Joe’s falafel mix air fryer recipe?
To make Trader Joe's falafel mix in an air fryer, follow the Trader Joe’s falafel mix instructions on the package for preparing the mix. Then, shape the falafel mixture into small patties and place them in the air fryer basket. Cook at 375F (190C) for about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown and crispy.
👩🏻🍳 More Air Fryer Frozen Foods
Looking for more air fryer recipes? Here are some other frozen foods to make in the air fryer:
- Best Frozen Foods for Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Frozen Vegetables
- Air Fryer Samosas
- Frozen Burrito in Air Fryer
- Frozen Spring Rolls in Air Fryer
You may also like these Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma Wraps or Bowls!
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Frozen Falafel Air Fryer Recipe (Trader Joe’s Frozen Falafel)
- 1 package frozen falafel
- cooking spray (optional)
- Place small frozen falafel in a single layer in your air fryer basket or tray. You may want to mist them with cooking spray if your falafel has no added oil.
- Air fry for 8-10 minutes at 375℉ (190℃).
💭 Expert Tips from a DietitianThis is a level 2 recipe (transition or weight maintenance). Is falafel healthy? Falafel can be a healthy food option for many people when consumed as part of a balanced diet. Traditional falafel is made from ground chickpeas or fava beans, which are excellent sources of vegan plant-based protein, plus fiber, and various vitamins and minerals. However, the cooking method and ingredients used can impact its healthiness. Deep-fried falafel can be higher in calories and fat, while baked or air-fried falafel is a lower calorie alternative. It's also important to consider portion sizes and accompanying sauces or toppings that may add extra calories and sodium. Nutrition information is for one serving and depends on the falafel brand you use and your portion size.
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