Air Fryer Bubble & Squeak

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Bubble And Squeak. How to make bubble and squeak with leftovers. Using leftover instant pot cabbage and leftover instant pot mashed potatoes, this is an easy way to put together a fast bubble and squeak. You can also mix and match your bubble and squeak with other leftovers too.

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Air Fryer Bubble and Squeak

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Bubble & Squeak

In the summer of 2018, we did a lot of travelling. In fact, we visited 8 European countries in 8 weeks. We did the majority of it in a tent staying on beautiful camp sites. But we did have a few hotel stays along the way too.

When we visited the UK, we stayed at the Premier Inn and enjoyed their all you can eat breakfast.

I am one of those fussy people when it comes to the English breakfast and don’t eat everything that you see on our air fryer English breakfast.

Instead, I will opt for sausages, bubble and squeak, as much black pudding as I can eat and some grilled tomatoes.   

No wonder then that we have air fryer sausages, air fryer black pudding and air fryer grilled tomatoes on Recipe This!

Making the Premier Inn breakfast ideal for me. Especially, when I can go back for bubble and squeak seconds.

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What Does Bubble & Squeak Mean?

Bubble and squeak is the name given to the British classic of leftover mashed potatoes, cabbage and often meat. Popular for leftovers from a Sunday roast dinner, or special occasions such as Christmas or Mother’s Day.

It is similar to the Irish dish colcannon, or the Scottish dish rumbledethumps.

Instant Pot Bubble & Squeak

I often refer to this as my instant pot bubble and squeak. That is because I originally cooked the mashed potatoes and the cabbage to make bubble and squeak in the instant pot.

In today’s recipe I had some spare potatoes in the pantry. Not enough for a big portion of mashed potatoes (sorry Kyle), but enough to mix up with some cabbage to make a bubble and squeak.

If you are not going down the leftovers route and just want an instant pot bubble and squeak side dish, then follow these two instant pot recipes:

Then allow them both to cool before following our bubble and squeak recipe.

Christmas Bubble & Squeak Recipe

Beyond Premier Inn, the only time I have ever eaten bubble and squeak has been part of a Christmas bubble and squeak recipe.

We would have a delicious Christmas roast dinner and would often do extra and then look forward to the Christmas leftovers.

Then the leftovers would go into a bowl and be mixed, and you would have mini bubble and squeak cakes or bubble and squeak fritters.

Dominic would then fry it in a pan as a HUGE fritter and we would all get excited about eating them on Boxing Day.

But this was long before the air fryer existed, and it was replaced with our air fryer leftover turkey burgers instead.

You can do either. You can make a traditional large bubble and squeak cake with your leftovers using an air fryer baking pan, or you can use our other method and make yummy turkey burgers.

Just note that any leftover Christmas dinner goes well in them. In the past I have mushed up the following into mine:

  • Yorkshire puddings
  • Roast potatoes
  • Leftover turkey
  • Vegetable bake
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cabbage
  • Cheese

Just think about that on Boxing Day when you have loads leftover and don’t know what to do with it. Or try our other Boxing Day favourites such as our slow cooker turkey curry or our soup maker boxing day soup.

Syn Free Bubble & Squeak

If you want a Syn Free bubble and squeak, then this is EASY to achieve too. You simply load into a bowl your syn free leftovers and then make into a bubble and squeak ball.

That might be mashed potatoes without butter, turkey breast, leftover vegetables and steamed cabbage.

How To Make Bubble & Squeak With Leftovers?

air fryer bubble and squeak step by step

Making your own ultimate bubble and squeak at home is so easy:

  1. Load cold leftovers into a bowl.
  2. Mix well with your hands and form into a ball.
  3. Push down in a baking pan.
  4. Air fry + enjoy!

Note that I mention cold leftovers. This is because you are mixing them with your hands and don’t want super hot cabbage and mash in your hands.

You can also load your leftovers into a bowl as you do the washing up, fridge them and then make into bubble and squeak the next day.

How To Make Bubble & Squeak Stick Together?

I find that the bubble and squeak will naturally stick together because of the mashed potatoes and any other potato leftovers that you are throwing in.

But if you are concerned, I recommend that you squeeze extra moisture out of the cabbage before adding and add in some breadcrumbs.

Or just add in some grated cheese as this helps with it sticking together.

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Does Bubble & Squeak Freeze Well?

Yes, it does. My turkey burgers version of my bubble and squeak is also frozen. When I make them at Christmas, I love them so much that I want to still be eating them in February when turkey is a distant memory.

You can load them into freezer bags and then get them out as you need them.

Plus, you can reheat frozen bubble and squeak in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Bubble & Squeak
Air Fryer Bubble & Squeak
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Air Fryer Bubble & Squeak

Bubble And Squeak. How to make bubble and squeak with leftovers. Using leftover instant pot cabbage and leftover instant pot mashed potatoes, this is an easy way to put together a fast bubble and squeak. You can also mix and match your bubble and squeak with other leftovers too.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 2
Calories: 1067kcal


Bubble & Squeak Ingredients:


  • Load into a mixing bowl all your ingredients. Mix well with your hands and form it into a ball.
    How To Make Bubble & Squeak With Leftovers?
  • Load into your air fryer cake pan or baking pan and air fry for 8 minutes at 180c/360f, followed by a further 4 minutes at 200c/400f.
    How To Make Bubble & Squeak With Leftovers?
  • When it beeps, serve, and enjoy.
    How To Make Bubble & Squeak With Leftovers?


Size. We used a pizza pan that perfectly fits into our air fryer basket. You can do the same or find a different type of container. You can also do this recipe on foil in your air fryer basket if you have nothing that fits.
Swaps. Bubble and squeak is all about the leftovers. Add in whatever you have leftover and don’t feel you have to limit yourself to mash and cabbage.
Thanks for reading our air fryer Bubble & Squeak recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you love leftovers, then I recommend you try air fryer calzone next.


Calories: 1067kcal | Carbohydrates: 209g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 3061mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 242mg | Calcium: 231mg | Iron: 4mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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5 thoughts on “Air Fryer Bubble & Squeak”

  1. 5 stars
    My mum used to make this after Christmas dinner and after every Sunday lunch, this was amazing in the air fryer with the extra crispy bits 🙂

  2. 4 stars
    My mom made this all the time but in a cast iron pot in the oven. Never knew it had a name but it was so good. She was born and raised in Ireland so I’m sure it’s the same dish. My mother in law was from Cardiff, SW and she made it as well.

  3. 4 stars
    The meal was delicious so we decided to make recipe cards of your recipes as we made them. but with all the extra bumph at the bottom i.e. pinintrest, copyright notice etc it was not worth it for the actual recipe that was left in two ( at normal size without images etc) a4 pages, shame it would have been nice to keep them laminated in a file box, hence the 4 stars.


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