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Air Fryer Frozen Jalapeno Poppers are the absolute best. They are perfect for game night, easy to air fry and you will love how crispy they are when cooked from frozen.

If you love regular jalapeno poppers in the air fryer, then frozen will become your new go to air fryer appetizer.

Jalapenos with cream cheese are sold breaded and you can just load them into your air fryer.

We were the original recipe for frozen jalapeno poppers in the air fryer and originally shared with you how to do it back in 2019. Now with better frozen jalapeno poppers to buy, we are back with an update for you.

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Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers Frozen

Back in 2019, it was the first time I had ever tried air frying frozen jalapeno poppers and the first time I had ever heard of them. It was also the first time I ever air fried stuffed jalapenos.

I was this HUGE newbie to air fryer game day food and many frozen classics that many have eaten for years, had just started to emerge in Portugal.

Most of the frozen food was either ready meals, pizza, healthy fruit and veggies, or squid.

To my surprise to go into Lidl and find out that they were having a Mexicana theme and had this amazing snack box made my day.

This was the box:

Air Fryer Frozen Jalapeno Poppers

You didn’t even get a full box of breaded jalapeno poppers for the air fryer. Instead, you had a snack box with different things in and one was the breaded jalapeno poppers, that I soon fell head over heels in love with.

Though the snack box was never to be seen again and I didn’t see a single jalapeno in Portugal after that day.

Fast forward 2.5 years, we’re living back in England and we have access to several frozen foods we couldn’t get before, including TGI Friday’s Jalapeno Poppers.

If you do love frozen food in the air fryer for game day, then check out these great air fryer recipes: air fryer frozen chicken wings, air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks, air fryer frozen egg rolls, air fryer frozen tempura shrimp, air fryer bacon alioli.

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What Are The Best Frozen Jalapeno Poppers?

The best frozen jalapeno poppers is TGI Friday’s Frozen Jalapeno Poppers of course! They are absolutely delicious, and you will never be able to stop at one.

There are many store bought jalapeno poppers that you could cook in the air fryer but nothing beats Fridays poppers in air fryer. I have tried a few types now and they are my firm favourite.

Even better, we will be sharing with you TGI Friday’s jalapeno poppers cooking instructions with you today for the air fryer.

Or if you love TGI Friday then I recommend you also try our TGIF frozen boneless chicken wings and TGIF frozen mozzarella sticks.

More Air Fryer Frozen Jalapeno Poppers

If you cant get TGIF poppers for the air fryer, then there is some other brands you can air fry.

Our readers also like Farm Rich jalapeno poppers in the air fryer, Costco jalapeno poppers, along with some cheap unbranded poppers.

Ninja Air Fryer Frozen Jalapeno Poppers

You can also air fry frozen jalapeno poppers in the Ninja either using the air fryer basket of the Ninja Foodi or the Ninja Air Fryer. Just follow our recipe as it is and then stick to the air fryer button.

Also if you are using a brand like the ninja you may find useful our air fryer settings explained so you know when to use the air fryer setting of the Ninja.

How Do You Cook Frozen Appetizers In Air Fryer?

These frozen stuffed jalapenos in air fryer are one example, of how to cook frozen appetizers in the air fryer.

So quick. So simple and perfect for game days, girls nights in and even date night.

But if you would like more examples here are a few other frozen appetizers you can air fry:

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Jalapeno Popper Air Fryer Ingredients

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Jalapeno Bites – TGI Friday call their poppers, Jalapeno Cheese Bites. Which means the same thing of course and I recommend you use two bags. Each bag is only 200g which is not enough for two to enjoy.  

Spray – We also recommend using some extra virgin olive oil cooking spray on your jalapeno poppers as it really helps breaded appetizers get crispy in the air fryer.

Sauce – We love dipping sauce for our air fryer appetizers and its personal choice what you use with your jalapeno poppers. Though we used burger sauce.

Can You Recommend An Air Fryer?

I often get asked which air fryers I recommend and which one I use. In 95% of our air fryer recipes, we use either the Philips Air Fryer XL or the Cosori XL because they are the best ones, we have found out of many air fryers we have tried over the years. You can click on the links above and read up on them.

But if you would rather have a dual air fryer we recommend this Ninja Dual (make sure you order the right one as not all are good) or the Philips Dual.

How To Cook Frozen Jalapeno Poppers In Air Fryer?

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  • Packaging. Start by removing your frozen jalapeno poppers from the packaging and loading into the air fryer basket. Make sure you discard any crumbs as you go, to stop making the air fryer dirty.
  • Spray. If you would like crispier breaded jalapeno poppers, then spray them with extra virgin olive oil, prior to air frying.
  • Sauce. Whilst you are air frying your poppers, add your favourite dipping sauce to a bowl.
  • Cook. Air fry until perfectly crispy and then serve with your favourite dipping sauce.

How Long To Cook Frozen Jalapeno Poppers In Air Fryer?

The frozen jalapeno poppers cook time is JUST 7 minutes at 180c/360f. This makes it very quick to get a batch on during the break from the super bowl and then be sat back down with them for when the action starts again.

Or for when its late at night and you just want a quick appetizer.

How Do You Reheat Jalapeno Poppers In The Air Fryer?

Simply place any leftover jalapeno poppers into the air fryer basket and reheat for 4 minutes at 180c/360f or until piping hot in the centre.

I did this with a batch of mine, because my family doesn’t like jalapenos and they are all mine, and I couldn’t finish them all in one sitting.

I have also tried reheating jalapeno poppers in the microwave, but felt they went soggy and lost the crispy coating. Unlike the air fryer which was fantastic.

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This frozen cream cheese in air fryer recipe is an updated post and was originally shared on Recipe This in 2019 and then updated in 2021.

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Air Fryer Frozen Jalapeno Poppers

Air Fryer Frozen Jalapeno Poppers are the absolute best. They are perfect for game night, easy to air fry and you will love how crispy they are when cooked from frozen.
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 2
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Jalapeno Poppers Ingredients:

  • 400 g Frozen Jalapeno Poppers
  • Olive Oil Spray
  • Dipping Sauce, optional


  • Remove frozen breaded jalapeno poppers from the packaging and place in the air fryer making sure they are spread out. Spray with extra virgin olive oil to create a crispier coating.
    How Do You Air Fry Jalapeno Poppers?
  • Air fry for 7 minutes at 180c/360f, or if you want them crispier 200c/400f.
    How Do You Air Fry Jalapeno Poppers?
  • Load onto an appetizer dish with your favourite dipping sauce and tuck in.
    How Do You Air Fry Jalapeno Poppers?


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We used two bags of the TGI Friday Jalapeno poppers as we found that 1 bag of 200g wasn’t a big enough portion. You could do 1-3 bags in the air fryer at once.
For a dipping sauce we used burger sauce. But you can use any of your favourites in this jalapeno poppers frozen recipe.
Thanks for reading our TGI Friday jalapeno poppers frozen Air Fryer recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more frozen ideas, I recommend you check out our air fryer frozen meatballs next.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.5g | Protein: 5.3g | Fat: 20.1g | Fiber: 1.4g
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  1. 5 stars
    These frozen jalapeno poppers were a great surprise. I am new to the air fryer and these turned out better than i expected and tasted great, i now need the recipe for proper homemade ones???