March 25, 2022

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

If you love jalapeño poppers, then you'll love these air fryer jalapeño poppers! Making them in the air fryer means that your poppers are ready even faster, and who doesn't love efficiency like that in the kitchen. These air fryer jalapeño poppers are ready start to finish in about 25 minutes, making them perfect for feeding a crowd too!

air fryer jalapeño poppers


Making these air fryer jalapeño poppers is not only easy, but they only require a small handful of ingredients too.

ingredients laid out
  • Jalapeños
  • Ricotta: this was my preference, but cream cheese (dairy-free or regular) will work here.
  • Lemon zest: this lightens up the flavour just a bit.
  • Garlic: minced garlic is great, or even a dash of garlic powder will work too.
  • Green onions: for more flavour, this is optional.
  • Prosciutto: I prefer this over bacon, but use whatever you like!

How to Make Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

This recipe is SO easy to make, which is one of the reasons I love making jalapeño poppers in the air fryer, especially if serving a small crowd.

The first thing you'll want to do is slice the jalapeños in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and ribs, you can use gloves if you want (if not, just be careful not to touch your face/eyes afterwards before washing thoroughly!). You will burn your eyes and it will hurt immensely (been there).

seeded jalapeno peppers

Next, stir together the filling ingredients.

filling in bowl

Divide the filling amongst the jalapeños and wrap with prosciutto.

filling and wrapped in prosciutto

Place the jalapeño poppers in your preheated air fryer and bake at 375℉ for 8 to 10 minutes. Check on them at 8 minutes to be sure. You want them to be slightly browned and for the prosciutto to be crispy.

That's it! Enjoy while they're hot and fresh from the air fryer.

air fryer jalapeño poppers

How to Bake in the Oven

Before getting an air fryer, I would bake jalapeño poppers in the oven all the time. They take longer, but they still taste the same.

Prepare the jalapeño poppers the same way and then place on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 400℉ for about 18 to 20 minutes.


  • Ricotta: feel free to use cream cheese instead, or keep them dairy free by using a dairy-free cream cheese.
  • Garlic: if you don't have fresh garlic, just use a dash of garlic powder.
  • Green onions: omit, or use chopped chives.
  • Prosciutto: omit, and use panko on top instead. Or use bacon slices.
air fryer jalapeño poppers

Can You Make These Ahead of Time

Absolutely! Prep them in advance to save yourself some time.

  • Stuff the poppers and wrap with prosciutto
  • Place them in a sealed container in the fridge overnight (or up to two days).
  • When you're ready to eat, just pop them in the air fryer (or oven).

If you are serving a crowd, you could always make these prosciutto wrapped jalapeño poppers in the oven. This would allow you to make a lot more (unless you have a very large air fryer).

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air fryer jalapeño poppers

Which Air Fryer Do I Use and Recommend

I've tried three different air fryers over the years, and my most recent is also my favourite.

It's the Wonder Oven from Our Place. I absolutely love it and highly recommend it, for several reasons.

  • Aesthetically pleasing: as with all Our Place products, the design is unmatched. This means you can leave it out on your countertop and don't need to hide it away in a cluttered drawer.
  • Non-toxic: the trays that come with the Wonder Oven are all non-toxic and made from stainless steel and aluminum with a toxin-free nonstick ceramic coating. This is SO hard to find with other types of air fryers and is the main reason I use it so much.
  • Different cooking modes: this is not just an air fryer, it can air fry, bake, toast, roast, reheat and broil. I also love the steam function for bringing breads back to life.
  • Compact size: I love how small and mighty it is. It won't take up much room on your countertops, something that was so important to me living in a condo with limited countertop space.

The only drawbacks I've noticed while using this is the timer function. It's not digital and can be hard to be precise when using it. So I prefer to just use the timer on my oven or microwave when using it to be sure it's exact. The knob also has to be turned off manually by turning it rather than having an on/off switch.

But honestly, other than those missing features, it's such a great appliance and I do recommend it.

You can check out Our Place Wonder Oven here!

Ready to Air Fry?

Are you ready to make these airfryer jalapeño poppers? Let's get to it!

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Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

Jalapeño poppers are the ultimate appetizer for serving a crowd (or you know, just you!). And I've been making these air fryer jalapeño poppers with prosciutto for years now, and it's better than bacon, yup I said it.



  • 5.5 oz ricotta (or sub cream cheese)
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, trimmed, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 6 jalapeños, halved lengthwise, seeds and ribs removed
  • 1.5 oz prosciutto
  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine the ricotta, lemon zest, garlic and green onions and stir. Season with a pinch of salt.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 375℉.
  3. Spoon the ricotta mixture into each halved jalapeño. Wrap with prosciutto and place in the air fryer basket.
  4. Bake for eight to ten minutes, until browned and the prosciutto is crispy. Enjoy fresh!


No ricotta: use cream cheese instead.

No prosciutto: use bacon, or omit and sprinkle panko on top.

This recipe makes 12 poppers, three poppers per serving.

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