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Fried Artichoke Hearts {Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts}

Crispy and dippable, you’re going to love these Fried Artichoke Hearts! Perfect as a healthy side dish or appetizer, a plate of air fryer artichoke hearts will be a new favorite! Ready in just a few minutes, you’ll make these easy artichokes again and again.

A hand dipping a breaded artichoke heart into tomato sauce

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^Yeah, I know. I felt it too and you bet your butt I ate the entire plate the second I put my camera away. My job rules.

Just like our insanely popular Air Fryer Zucchini Chips, these fried artichoke hearts are pure crunchy goodness that are actually pretty healthy for you. If you love crispy and dippable appetizers, check out these Air Fryer Egg Rolls and Blistered Shishito Peppers.

No air fryer? Check out the recipe notes for baking instructions.

Fried Artichoke Hearts Ingredients

  • Artichoke hearts – canned, jarred (in water, not oil), or frozen
  • Breading – panko, baking powder, bread crumbs, parmesan, and flour
  • Egg, just 1
  • Flavor squad – salt, Italian seasoning
  • Olive oil for spraying (I used a Misto)

    a bowl of artichoke hearts, baking powder, spices, and flour for making air fryer artichoke hearts

    Missing in action: the egg. Whoops!

Can I Make Breaded Artichokes Gluten-Free?

Heck yes! Use your favorite gluten-free breadcrumbs or flour. I prefer using almond flour for breading recipes like in these Paleo Salmon Cakes

Homemade Dips for Fried Artichoke Hearts

What is the point of a crispy appetizer if you’re not pairing it with a great sauce? I mean, c’mon! I used my Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce for these air fryer artichoke hearts, but you could also make an aioli with some Whole30 Mayo and Air Fryer Roasted Garlic. For a zesty dip, try my Sriracha Vegan Aioli.

I have a cousin who needs two things with every meal she eats – ranch and BBQ sauce. Try these breaded artichokes with Greek Yogurt Ranch and Whole30 BBQ Sauce.

How to Make Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts

*As always, you’ll find a detailed and printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. You’ll find cooking temps and times in the recipe card.

These crispy little artichoke hearts are super easy to make and if you follow my tips, you’re going to be a freaking pro at making them your first time out.

First things first, drain your can of artichoke hearts and take 30 seconds to squeeze any additional water out of them. Then set up a “breading station”. 

You’re going to want four bowls or shallow dishes – one for artichoke hearts, one for flour/baking powder (mix), another for the beaten egg, and the fourth for the bread crumbs, panko, salt, and parmesan cheese (mix). Also, snag yourself an empty plate.

I find it easiest to work in batches of 2-3. First, with your left hand, dredge the artichoke hearts through the flour and shake the excess off. 

With your left hand, drop them into the egg mixture, stirring to coat. Use your right hand and drop those beauties into the breadcrumb bowl. Place your finished artichokes onto the plate. At this point, preheat your air fryer.

4 photos showing the process of dipping breaded artichoke hearts

I recommend spraying the artichoke hearts with your olive oil spray while they’re still on the plate. Really coat those bad boys.

Spray the basket of the air fryer with olive oil and gently place the artichoke hearts in the basket. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in two batches.

When you flip the artichoke hearts halfway through, I find it best to use the tines of a fork instead of tongs. The fork keeps the breading intact. At this point, do a quick looksee to determine if you need to spray the other side of the artichoke hearts with a bit more olive oil.

2 photos of breaded artichoke hearts in an air fryer

Left: before cooking, Right: after

Now take those bad boys out and dip them into your favorite sauce PRONTO. Dip dip hooray!

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • This is one of the few air fryer recipes where I think it is important to preheat your air fryer. It takes just 2 minutes so don’t skip this step.
  • You can leave the artichoke hearts whole or cut them in half. I did a mix and they cooked evenly both ways. I found them easier to eat when halved.
  • If you need to make your breaded artichoke hearts dairy-free, replace the parmesan cheese with 2 tsp of nutritional yeast.
  • Have issues with eggs? Use your favorite vegan mayo as the binder for the flour and breadcrumbs.
  • If using jarred artichoke hearts, make sure you get the ones packed in water and not oil. The oil will prevent the breading from sticking well.
  • If using frozen artichokes, there is no need to defrost them first.

fried artichoke hearts with a small dish of marinara sauce

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Fried Artichoke Hearts {Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts}
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
11 mins
Total Time
21 mins
 

Crispy and dippable, you're going to love these Fried Artichoke Hearts! Ready in just minutes, you'll make these easy air fryer artichokes again and again.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: Air fryer artichoke hearts, Breaded artichoke hearts, How to make fried artichoke hearts
Servings: 2
Calories: 235 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
Air Fryer Instructions
  1. Drain the artichoke hearts and squeeze any additional water out of them.

  2. In one bowl, combine bread crumbs, panko, Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, and salt and mix well. Mix flour and baking powder in another bowl. Mix an egg in a third bowl. Set up an empty plate.

  3. It easiest to work in batches of 2-3. With your left hand, dredge three artichoke hearts through the flour and shake the excess off. 

  4. With your left hand, drop them into the egg mixture, stirring to coat.

  5. Use your right hand and drop them into the breadcrumb bowl. Place your finished artichokes onto the plate.

  6. Preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees F.

  7. I recommend spraying the artichoke hearts with olive oil spray while they're still on the plate. Really coat them.

  8. Spray the basket of the air fryer with olive oil and gently place the artichoke hearts in the basket. Don't overcrowd the basket.

  9. Cook for 5 minutes at 390 degrees F. Flip (easiest to use the tines of a fork). Spray the tops with additional olive oil spray if they need it.

  10. Cook for an additional 3 minutes and then serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Oven Instructions
  1. Follow steps 1-5 above.

  2. Place parchment on a rimmed baking sheet, and place a baking rack on the sheet. Spray the rack liberally with olive oil.

  3. Place the artichoke hearts on the baking rack and spray them liberally with olive oil.

  4. Bake at 425 degrees F for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Recipe Notes

You can leave the artichoke hearts whole or cut them in half. I did a mix and they cooked evenly both ways. I found them easier to eat when halved. Place them cut-side down in the air fryer.

 

If using jarred artichoke hearts, make sure you get the ones packed in water and not oil. 

 

If using frozen artichokes, there is no need to defrost them first.

Nutrition Facts
Fried Artichoke Hearts {Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts}
Amount Per Serving (4 artichokes hearts)
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 223mg10%
Potassium 183mg5%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 196IU4%
Calcium 181mg18%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 comments on “Fried Artichoke Hearts {Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts}”

  1. I’m so confused! 🤷‍♀️ Step 2 you mix flour and bread crumbs and later you mix flour and baking powder? Where is the panko and do you divide the flour is half for each bowl? I’m gonna keto this recipe by using panko bacon rinds and almond flour and uping the parmesan a little. I may try some protein whey powder in there. They sound too amazing to not try!

    • Sorry about that Diane, it should read: In one bowl, combine bread crumbs, panko, Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, and salt and mix well.

      It’s been fixed now in the post.

      If you want to make it really simple for keto, dip them in almond flour and then a mixture of the panko rinds + parm + Italian seasoning. You could also use mayo instead of the egg for coating the artichoke hearts to up the fat factor.