Air Fryer Veggie Dippers

  • 10MINS
  • 20MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 177KCAL

Crunchy veggie goodness that’s ready in 30 minutes? These Air Fryer Veggie Dippers are tastier and more slimming friendly than the fast food shop!

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  • Everyday Light pinchofnom.com
  • Freezable pinchofnom.com
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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories177
  • Carbs34g
  • Protein4.4g
  • Fat1.3g
  • Saturates0.5g
  • Sugars11g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

Even if you’re not vegetarian you’re going to love these Air Fryer Veggie Dippers as much as we do! Packed with far more fresh vegetables than the ones you get from the famous burger chain, our crispy Air Fryer Veggie Dippers are lower in calories and tastier too. 

The fluffy veggie mixture that makes up the inside of these dippers is packed with carrot, red pepper, peas and sweetcorn – perfect if you’re trying to sneak more vegetables into your food!

Cooking these in the air fryer helps them to get so crunchy on the outside, without the need for oil. Coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs, they’re made for dunking! 

Just like the name suggests, these Air Fryer Veggie Dippers are best served with a dipping sauce, so we’ve included a tangy, spicy ketchup with this recipe. 

Add a serving of classic Oven Chips for an easy midweek dinner that the whole family will love!

These Air Fryer Veggie Dippers can also be made in the oven, if you don’t have an air fryer. Find the oven recipe for Veggie Dippers here

What diets are these Air Fryer Veggie Dippers suitable for?

These Air Fryer Veggie Dippers can be enjoyed on vegetarian and dairy free diets. They can also be made gluten free as long as you substitute the panko breadcrumbs for a gluten free alternative.

This recipe can also be made vegan as long as you use an alternative to honey for the ketchup dip, we think maple syrup works great!

If you’re cooking for people with allergies, be extra careful when checking ingredients and preparing food!

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Air Fryer Veggie Dippers recipe?

  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Air Fryer Veggie Dippers recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Air Fryer Veggie Dippers recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Air Fryer Veggie Dippers recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Air Fryer Veggie Dippers?

You don’t need any special ingredients to make this recipe. Everything you need is easy to pick up in your local supermarket. 

You will need a food processor to create the vegetable mixture for your Air Fryer Veggie Dippers. 

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A food processor like this will whizz up your ingredients in no time and come in handy time and time again. 

You’ll need an air fryer to make this recipe. This Ninja Foodi is one of our favourites. It has lots of settings so you can make all kinds of recipes!

How many calories are in these Air Fryer Veggie Dippers?

There are 177 calories per portion in these Air Fryer Veggie Dippers, which means they fall into our Everyday Light category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

These Air Fryer Veggie Dippers are perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Add the potato and carrot to a small saucepan of boiling water and set on a medium heat. Cook for 10 minutes until the potato and carrot are soft but holding their shape. Run under cold water and drain.

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Step 2

Add the rice, red pepper, sweetcorn, frozen peas, carrot and potato to a food processor and pulse. The vegetables should still be chunky, but some bits mashed.

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Step 3

Tip the vegetable mix into a mixing bowl and add the garlic granules, onion granules, smoked paprika and tomato purée. Give it a good mix and season with salt and black pepper.

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Step 4

Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Take a small amount of mixture in your hands and shape into a rough dipper shape. Place onto the baking tray and further shape the dippers. The mixture should make 12 dippers.

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Step 5

Place the baking tray into the freezer for one hour until the dippers are firm.

Step 6

Preheat the air fryer to 200°C and pour the panko breadcrumbs and coconut milk alternative into 2 small bowls.

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Step 7

Take the first dipper and dip into the coconut milk alternative then into the panko forming a coating all over. Repeat with all dippers.

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Step 8

Add the dippers to the air fryer, spray with a little low calorie cooking spray and cook for 20 minutes until crispy and golden.

Step 9

To make the ketchup, mix the ketchup, honey and chipotle paste in a small bowl and serve alongside the dippers.

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What could I serve with these Air Fryer Veggie Dippers?

These Air Fryer Veggie Dippers feel like a treat for dinner, especially when you serve them as part of a fakeaway feast! Why not try dishing them up alongside these other Fakeaway favourite side dishes?

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How do you know when Air Fryer Veggie Dippers are cooked?

You should cook these Air Fryer Veggie Dippers for around 20 minutes, until they’re crispy and golden. Depending on the size of your basket you may need to cook your dippers in multiple batches. 

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

How long can you keep Air Fryer Veggie Dippers in the fridge?

Once you’ve served this recipe, you’ll ideally need to eat it within 4 hours.

As these Air Fryer Veggie Dippers contain rice, you’ll need to store them and reheat them according to the advice below. 

Rice can have a higher risk of food poisoning so it’s extra important to cool it thoroughly and reheat until it’s piping hot. 

  • Make sure these Air Fryer Veggie Dippers are cooled and refrigerated as soon as possible after cooking
  • Use any leftovers within a day
  • Always reheat until piping hot, and never more than once

Can I freeze Air Fryer Veggie Dippers?

Yes you can! We’d recommend freezing the Veggie Dipper mixture BEFORE you add the panko breadcrumbs. These can then be added once the mixture has been defrosted, so that the coating is fresh before cooking. This prevents the breadcrumbs becoming soggy. 

As when keeping recipes that contain rice in the fridge, make sure to do the following if you plan to freeze the veggie mixture:

  • Cool the mixture as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then freeze it immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
  • Freeze as soon as the rice mixture is cold.
  • When you reheat any rice mixture, always check it is steaming hot all the way through.
  • Don’t reheat cooked rice more than once.

How do I reheat Air Fryer Veggie Dippers?

From chilled: Place in a microwavable container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot all the way through. 

From frozen: Allow to defrost in the fridge overnight. Add the panko breadcrumbs and cook in the air fryer for 20 minutes until golden brown, crispy and piping hot all the way through. 

For more information about reheating recipes containing rice please take a look at the NHS website.

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Air Fryer Veggie Dippers

Crunchy veggie goodness that’s ready in 30 minutes? These Air Fryer Veggie Dippers are tastier and more slimming friendly than the fast food shop!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    20 MINS
  • KCals 177
  • Carbs 34G
  • WW Points:
  • Updating soon

Ingredients

For the Dippers

  • 1 medium potato approx 200g, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium carrot peeled and diced
  • 60 g red pepper deseeded and diced
  • 30 g canned sweetcorn drained
  • 30 g frozen peas, no need to defrost
  • 60 g cooked Basmati rice
  • 1/4 tsp garlic granules
  • 1/4 tsp onion granules
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 50 g panko breadcrumbs
  • 100 ml dairy free coconut milk alternative
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • low calorie cooking spray

For the ketchup

  • 3 tbsp reduced sugar and salt tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle paste

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Instructions

  1. Add the potato and carrot to a small saucepan of boiling water and set on a medium heat. Cook for 10 minutes until the potato and carrot are soft but holding their shape. Run under cold water and drain.
  2. Add the rice, red pepper, sweetcorn, frozen peas, carrot and potato to a food processor and pulse. The vegetables should still be chunky, but some bits mashed.
  3. Tip the vegetable mix into a mixing bowl and add the garlic granules, onion granules, smoked paprika and tomato purée. Give it a good mix and season with salt and black pepper.
  4. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Take a small amount of mixture in your hands and shape into a rough dipper shape. Place onto the baking tray and further shape the dippers. The mixture should make 12 dippers.
  5. Place the baking tray into the freezer for one hour until the dippers are firm.
  6. Pre-heat the air fryer to 200°C and pour the panko breadcrumbs and coconut milk alternative into 2 small bowls.
  7. Take the first dipper and dip into the coconut milk alternative then into the panko forming a coating all over. Repeat with all dippers.
  8. Add the dippers to the air fryer, spray with a little low calorie cooking spray and cook for 20 minutes until crispy and golden.
  9. To make the ketchup, mix the ketchup, honey and chipotle paste in a small bowl and serve alongside the dippers.

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Recipe notes

Tip: Don't submerge the dippers for too long in the coconut milk as they may break apart and become soggy.
Tip: You may need to cook your dippers in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
Tip: If your air fryer doesn't have a pre-heat function, we suggest heating at cooking temperature for a few minutes before air-frying your food.

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