Air Fryer Grilled Cheese – Ready in 10 Minutes!

If you have an air fryer, grilled cheese sandwiches are the perfect easy lunch!! Crisp on the outside with melty cheese inside.

I love all of the awesome things I can cook in my air fryer from chicken breasts to Brussels sprouts. This air fryer grilled cheese tops the list for me for sure.

plated Air Fryer Grilled Cheese with pickle slices on top

Why I Love It So Much

Making a grilled cheese sandwich isn’t difficult but it’s even easier in the air fryer.

  • It’s easy to make 4 sandwiches at once (I have a Cosori XL 5.8qt).
  • They brown perfectly on both sides (and are not greasy).
  • I find them to be the perfect amount of crisp with melty cheese.
  • Super easy cleanup with just a wipe to the basket.

Make the classic pairing of grilled cheese and our delicious homemade fresh tomato soup, and a side of colorful fruit kabobs.

Ingredients

BREAD Any bread will do from sandwich bread to leftover French bread. Use what you have on hand.

BUTTER Lightly butter the bread with real butter. I love to add a tiny pinch of garlic powder to the outside of the bread but it’s optional.

CHEESE Sharp cheddar has great flavor but don’t stop there, add whatever is in your fridge. Brie, cream cheese, pepper jack, anything goes!

I often add a couple of slices of thick real cheddar and a single slice of processed cheese for great texture.

two grilled cheese sandwiches in an air fryer basket

How to Make a Grilled Cheese in the Air Fryer

  1. Butter each slice of bread. Place the bread butter side down in the air fryer basket.
  2. Add cheese to each piece of bread and top with another piece of buttered bread (butter side out). Sprinkle with garlic powder if desired.
  3. Cook 4 to 6 minutes, or until the sandwiches are crisp & golden brown.

Leftovers

  • Keep the leftover sandwiches in a covered container in the refrigerator for about 2 days. The best way to reheat grilled cheese sandwiches is to re-toast them in the air fryer for a couple of minutes.
  • Cube leftover sandwiches, toast in the oven, and make them into cheesy croutons for tomato soup!

Grilled Cheese Variations

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plated Air Fryer Grilled Cheese with pickle slices on top

Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

Cheesy and golden brown, these air fryer grilled cheese sandwiches are so easy to make for lunch, dinner, or a snack!
Course Air Fryer, Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches
Calories 481
Author Holly Nilsson

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder optional

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 350°F.
  • Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place cheese in the middle, keeping the butter on the outside of the bread.
  • Sprinkle the bread with garlic powder if using and place in the air fryer.
  • Cook 4-6 minutes or until golden on the outside and melted inside.

Notes

Air fryers can vary, you may need to cook your sandwiches a minute more or less.

Swap out the cheddar for any cheese you have on hand.

Add in your favorites. Bacon, tomato slices, jalapenos, the possibilities are endless.

Nutrition

Calories: 481 | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 743mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 919IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 490mg | Iron: 2mg
Air Fryer Grilled Cheese in the air fryer with writing
Air Fryer Grilled Cheese cooked with a title
Air Fryer Grilled Cheese with a title
Air Fryer Grilled Cheese in the air fryer and plated with a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Air fryer fried pickles are crispy and crunchy with lots of great dill pickle flavor and they can be made right at home!

We are obsessed with all things pickle (and of course fried pickles) and this crunchy, tangy recipe tops the list. Simply dip in the coating and air fry!

top view of Crispy Air Fryer Dill Pickles on a plate

Who doesn’t love crunchy dill pickles?

What Type of Pickles to Use?

Dill pickles are best for this recipe. Ensure your pickle slices aren’t too thin.

  • Pickle spears – have the most pickle flavor and are the juiciest because the pickle is thicker.
  • Pickle chips – or rounds are great for snacking. If making these, cut your own pickles to make them a bit thicker.
  • Sliced pickles – we love the crunch of these pickles, they have a higher coating to pickle ratio. Slice your own from large pickles to have thicker slices.

Ingredients and Variations

PICKLES Choose your favorite shape of dill pickles (above). We love spears or thick slices.

BREADCRUMBS Panko bread crumbs add a great crunch to this recipe although seasoned bread crumbs will work in a pinch.

LOW CARB Version: Ditch the flour and use a bit of almond flour instead. Swap out Panko bread crumbs with a combination of almond flour and crushed pork rinds (season them). Eggs are keto so follow the same steps in the original recipe.

process of putting batter on pickles to make Crispy Air Fryer Dill Pickles

How to Fry Pickles in Air Fryer

Air fryer pickles are a weird and wonderful treat that takes just minutes to put together!

  1. Pat drained pickles dry with paper towel. Put flour in one bowl, egg mixture in another bowl, & Panko mixture in a third bowl.
  2. Dredge each pickle in flour, then egg mixture, then breadcrumbs, pressing the breadcrumbs into the coated pickles.
  3. Spray each pickle with cooking spray & place in air fryer. Cook for 5 minutes, turn over, & cook another 4 to 6 minutes or until crisp.

sliced dill pickles breaded on a pan

Tips for Frying Pickles

  • Slice pickles yourself to get thicker slices (and more pickle in every bite).
  • Dab the pickles dry before coating, this helps the coating stick.
  • Work in batches by air frying pickles while breading other pickles.
  • Just before serving all of the batches can be reheated for about 1 minute.
  • Spray the pickles with cooking spray before putting them in the air fryer. Cooking spray can damage the basket.

fried pickles in an air fryer basket

What to Serve with Fried Pickles

Put the air fryer back to work on some of these appetizers! Air fryer taquitos, air fryer stuffed mushrooms, and some air fryer shrimp would all pair perfectly with fried pickles. Don’t forget a party pitcher of homemade lemonade or some tangy margaritas!

Dips for Dunking!

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top view of Crispy Air Fryer Dill Pickles on a plate

Crispy Air Fryer Dill Pickles

Lightly seasoned, breaded, and then air fried, these crispy dill pickles are the perfect appetizer!
Course Air Fryer, Appetizer, Party Food, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 56
Author Holly Nilsson

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 16 dill pickle spears or thick pickle slices
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce such as Tabasco
  • 1 ½ cups Panko bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Drain pickles well and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Put flour in a small bowl. Whisk eggs, water, and hot sauce in another bowl. Place breadcrumbs and seasonings in a third bowl.
  • Dredge pickles in the flour, dip in the egg mixture, and then into the breadcrumbs, pressing the crumbs to adhere.
  • Spray each pickle with cooking spray and place in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook 5 minutes, flip pickles and cook an additional 4-6 minutes or until browned and crispy.
  • Allow to cool 2 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Work in batches to cook all pickles. To save time, place the first batch to cook while continuing to coat the remaining pickles.
  • Once all pickles have been coated and cooked, they can all be gently added back to the air fryer to heat through before serving.Slice pickles yourself to get thicker slices (and more pickle in every bite).
  • Dab the pickles dry before coating, this helps the coating stick.
  • Work in batches by air frying pickles while breading other pickles.
  • Just before serving all of the batches can be reheated for about 1 minute.
  • Spray the pickles with cooking spray before putting them in the air fryer. Cooking spray can damage the basket. 

Nutrition information calculates the use of 1/2 of the batter/breading and is for 1/4 of the recipe. This may vary based on the shape of pickle and the amount of breading used.

Nutrition

Calories: 56 | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
Crispy Air Fryer Dill Pickles cooking in the fryer with a title
Crispy Air Fryer Dill Pickles in the air fryer with a title
Crispy Air Fryer Dill Pickles in the air fryer with writing
Crispy Air Fryer Dill Pickles in the air fryer and plated with a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Air Fryer Cauliflower (quick side dish)

The air fryer strikes again for this easy-to-make recipe for air fryer cauliflower! 

Seasoned, crispy, fried cauliflower florets are a low-carb and Keto but to be honest, everyone in my family loves this!

top view of Air Fryer Cauliflower on a plate with a fork

Cauliflower is a superfood and it roasts perfectly in the air fryer! Cook up a batch as a side dish, or as a guilt-free snack!

Easy Air-Fried Cauliflower

Air fried cauliflower is one of our favorite recipes it requires little prep and minimal seasoning and cooks in about 15 minutes.

The caramelization from the air fryer makes this dish even more flavorful.

Eat this as a side dish or use in place of steamed cauliflower in dishes like mashed cauliflower, to add to casseroles or even in roasted cauliflower soup.

Air Fryer Cauliflower in the air fryer before cooking

Ingredients/Variations

CAULIFLOWER – I prefer to use fresh cauliflower in the air fryer but if you only have frozen, use that!

Frozen cauliflower does not need to be thawed first. Simply brush with olive oil (or spray with cooking spray).

SEASONINGS We use garlic powder, salt & pepper, and parmesan in this recipe. Switch it up by trying different seasonings. Or coat the cauliflower florets with buffalo sauce and make “wings.”

cooked Air Fryer Cauliflower in the air fryer

How to Cook Cauliflower in the Air Fryer

It’s super easy and fast to cook up some tasty cauliflower!

  1. Prepare the cauliflower and toss with a bit of oil and seasonings (per recipe below).
  2. Place cauliflower pieces in the air fryer basket and fry until tender.
  3. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and cook another few minutes until the cheese is melted and crispy.

For crispier cauliflower, cook in small batches in a single layer. Place all cauliflower in the air fryer together for 2 minutes before serving to heat.

More Air Fryer Sides

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top view of Air Fryer Cauliflower on a plate with a fork

Air Fryer Cauliflower

Seasoned Air Fryer Cauliflower is ready in less than 20 minutes, making it the perfect side dish!
Course Air Fryer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 132
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • cup parmesan cheese finely shredded

Instructions

  • Cut cauliflower into florets. Wash and drain very well.
  • Combine olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Toss with cauliflower.
  • Preheat air fryer to 390°F.
  • Place cauliflower in the air fryer basket and cook 12 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until florets reach desired doneness.

Notes

If the cauliflower is wet (after washing) it will steam instead of roast so be sure to drain very well. If possible, I try to wash the cauliflower the day before roasting.

For crispier cauliflower, cook in small batches in a single layer. Place all cauliflower in the air fryer together for 2 minutes before serving to heat.

To reheat, air fry 3-4 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition

Calories: 132 | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1mg
Air Fryer Cauliflower cooking in the air fryer with writing
close up of plated Air Fryer Cauliflower with a title
Air Fryer Cauliflower in the air fryer and plated with a title
Air Fryer Cauliflower in the air fryer with a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies