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Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts

Crispy and dippable, you're going to love these air fryer artichoke hearts! Perfect as a healthy side dish or appetizer, a plate of fried artichoke hearts will be a new favorite!
Fried artichoke hearts on a plate with a small bowl of marinara

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Crispy and dippable, you’re going to love these Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts! Perfect as a healthy side dish or appetizer, a plate of fried artichoke hearts will be a new favorite!

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 is actually pretty healthy for you.

If you love crispy and dippable appetizers, check out these Air Fryer Ravioli, Air Fried Pickles, Air Fryer Egg Rolls, and Blistered Shishito Peppers.

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

Fried Artichoke Hearts Ingredients

a bowl of artichoke hearts, baking powder, spices, and flour for making air fryer artichoke hearts
Missing in action: the egg. Whoops!
  • 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)

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 and Sugar-Free Pizza Sauce for these air fryer artichoke hearts, but you could also make an aioli with some Whole30 Mayo and Air Fryer Roasted Garlic.

A few other options: my Creamy Vegan Aioli, Greek Yogurt Ranch, or Sugar-Free Barbeque Sauce.

4 photos showing the process of dipping breaded artichoke hearts
2 photos of breaded artichoke hearts in an air fryer
Left: before cooking, Right: after

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.
  • I recommend spraying the artichoke hearts with your olive oil spray while they’re still on the plate. Really coat those bad boys.
  • 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
Fried artichoke hearts on a plate with a small bowl of marinara
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Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time11 mins
Total Time21 mins
Crispy and dippable, you're going to love these air fryer artichoke hearts! Perfect as a healthy side dish or appetizer, a plate of fried artichoke hearts will be a new favorite!

Ingredients

  • 1 can artichoke hearts, drained (15 oz)
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs (seasoned or unseasoned)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning (dried)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Instructions

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Drain the artichoke hearts and squeeze any additional water out of them.
    1 can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 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.
    1/4 cup panko, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp kosher salt, 1 egg, 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 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. 
  • With your left hand, drop them into the egg mixture, stirring to coat.
  • Use your right hand and drop them into the breadcrumb bowl. Place your finished artichokes onto the plate.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees F.
  • I recommend spraying the artichoke hearts with olive oil spray while they're still on the plate. Really coat them.
    2 tsp olive oil
  • Spray the basket of the air fryer with olive oil and gently place the artichoke hearts in the basket. Don't overcrowd the basket.
  • 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.
  • Cook for an additional 3 minutes and then serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Oven Instructions

  • Follow steps 1-5 above.
  • Place parchment on a rimmed baking sheet, and place a baking rack on the sheet. Spray the rack liberally with olive oil.
  • Place the artichoke hearts on the baking rack and spray them liberally with olive oil.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Notes

  1. You can leave the artichoke hearts whole or cut them in half. I find them easier to eat when halved. Place them cut-side down in the air fryer.
  2. If using jarred artichoke hearts, make sure you get the ones packed in water and not oil.
  3. If using frozen artichokes, there is no need to defrost them first.
Nutrition Facts
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 “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.