Fried Jalapenos in the Air Fryer Recipe
Air fryer fried jalapeno chips have a crispy outer breading and a tamed jalapeno slice inside. They make an excellent finger food at parties or to snack on while you are watching the big game – like the Super Bowl!
I use tamed jalapeno slices in this recipe just to cut down the heat so everyone can enjoy them; however, you can use regular jalapenos (canned or fresh) in this recipe.
Serve with ranch or a cream cheese based dip!
Air Fryer for Frying Jalapenos
Air fryers do the best job of crisping up the exterior of food while maintaining a juicy interior without over drying. When an air fryer is used to make fried jalapenos, the outside breading gets crispy and crunchy without using a ton of oil. Air fryers work by circulating the air around the entire food, so every angle is getting bake and fried.
I recommend spraying a thin layer of avocado or olive oil on the breaded jalapenos before air frying. This will yield that perfectly crispy, juicy breaded layer on the outside of the jalapeno slice.
Any brand of air fryer will work for this recipe. The air fryer I own is by Philip’s.
Low Carb Breading for Frying
The best part about this recipe is the crispy breading on the outside of the pepper. To make a keto breading for fried jalapenos, we use a combination of almond flour and pork panko. The pork panko gets extra crispy once cooked in the air fryer. To add some heat to the tamed jalapenos, cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper are added; however, you can omit these if it is too spicy for you.
If you don’t want to purchase the pre-ground pork rinds, you can grind up your own by placing them in a food processor or blender to pulverize down into ground pork rinds.
Stove Top Keto Fried Jalapenos
Even if you don’t have an air fryer, you can still make these breaded keto jalapenos. To fry the peppers on the stove top, pour enough cooking oil into a skillet to cover a 1/4 inch from the bottom of the pan. I prefer avocado oil because it has a high smoke point so there is no danger of the oil oxidizing at high heat. Heat oil to medium – medium high and fry breaded jalapenos in the hot oil for a couple of minutes on each side. Remove when they keto breading starts to brown. Lay on a paper towel to catch the excess oil.
How to Reheat Fried Jalapenos
If you have leftover fried jalapenos, you can store then in an air tight container in the refrigerator or wrapped in tin foil. To reheat, toss breaded jalapenos back in the air fryer and they will crisp back up! Reheat at 400 degrees for a few minutes.