Air Fryer Frozen Falafel

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Cooking frozen falafel balls is so easy in the air fryer! They will be perfectly cooked and nicely browned on the outside when air fried. Imagine biting into these mouthwatering crispy air fried falafel – so delicious!

hand holding bag of frozen falafel in front of air fryer

Air Fryer Frozen Falafel

Do you love falafel as much as I do but don’t want to deep fry them? Now you can just use your air fryer to quickly cook frozen falafel balls for lunch or dinner!

This recipe works great with Trader Joe’s frozen falafel balls or any other brand of falafel! The air fryer is perfect for cooking falafel!

These are so yummy and can even be made as a quick snack for some hungry kids after school.

Drizzle on some tahini or hummus for that extra flavor and they are irresistible!

frozen falafel cooked in the air fryer

Do you know the background of this delicious food?

Falafel is a ball or fritter typically made from ground chickpeas or broad beans. Falafel are traditionally from the middle east and very popular in Israel! Sold at street carts and restaurants, they are usually served in a pita with some salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce and drizzled with tahini for an on the go bite! Alternatively, they can be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of a meze platter.

hand holding air fryer basket filled with frozen falafel

How to Prepare Frozen Falafel in the Air Fryer

This recipe is so easy and takes only 10 minutes to make! You can have lunch or dinner ready in a hurry!

close up of frozen falafel cooking in the air fryer

First I suggest spraying the air fryer basket with some non-stick cooking spray or lightly brushing it with vegetable oil to prevent the balls from sticking.

hand holding air fryer basket with frozen falafel

Open the package of frozen falafel and pour into the air fryer basket into a single layer.

If you have a larger bag and they don’t all fit comfortably, you can do a second batch so they cook evenly.

air fryer basket filled with frozen falafel

Then return the basket to the air fryer and set the temperature to 375F for 10 minutes.

close up of falafel cooked in air fryer

When the air fryer is done, you can remove the falafel to a serving plate.

fork holding falafel above plate with falafel

Cooking Tips

  • No need to defrost before cooking – cook right out of the freezer!
  • If serving to children, cut open balls first to let cool slightly.
  • Use a sauce like tahini or hummus to add moisture and more flavor to the falafel!

cooked falafel on a white plate

What to Serve with Air Fried Falafel

Air fried falafel are a great snack or you can make it into a more filling meal if you serve with some Israeli salad and pita! Check out these recipes below for some suggestions for what to pair with these falafel:

hand holding fork with falafel above plate of falafel

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Air Fryer Frozen Falafel

Cooking frozen falafel balls is so easy in the air fryer! They will be perfectly cooked and nicely browned on the outside. Imagine biting into these mouthwatering crispy falafel!
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: falafel
Cooking Method: Air Fryer
Servings: 3
Calories: 250kcal

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  • 1 Package Frozen Falafel Balls

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  • Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking oil or brush with oil.
  • Pour in the frozen falafel and spread into single layer.
  • Set temperature to 375F and cook for 10 minutes.
  • When done, transfer to plate for serving. Enjoy!
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Serving: 4pieces | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Sodium: 550mg | Potassium: 390mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 2.8mg
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  1. I have an air fryer oven, original air fryer gave up the ghost awhile back. How long in the A.F. Oven? And do I need to spray the shelves? Also have you a actual recipe to make from scratch please?

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