air fryer veggie tots
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Air Fryer Veggie Tots

These Air Fryer Veggie Tots are so easy to make from scratch and cook up easily. Kids love these healthy bits and adults will also enjoy them as an easy, healthy snack, side or nibble during the day.

What are Air Fryer Veggie Tots:

air fryer veggie tots

These crispy bite-sized veggie balls are a perfect side dish that is so easy to make at home. Our version is 100% sketch free (no scary preservatives or crazy ingredients) and is adored by kids and adults alike. They are a great way to add some extra veggies to your kids (or your own) diet without even feeling like you are depriving yourself. Step aside fries, these veggie tots will be a new favorite.

air fryer veggie tots

Ingredients and Substitutions for Air Fryer Veggie Tots:

  • Frozen Broccoli Florets
  • Frozen Cauliflower Florets: If it is your preference, you could use all cauliflower or all broccoli to make these air fryer veggie tots.
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Eggs
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese: You could easily substitute an equal amount of another shredded cheese if that is your preference.
  • Shallot
  • Dijon mustard
  • Garlic Powder
  • A few dashes of favorite hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Serve Air Fryer Veggie Tots:

Fresh made is definitely a favorite, but these tots actually keep very well. They can be refrigerated and stored for later, re-warm or even snack on them cold (or maybe that is just me).

With sauce: my kids prefer ketchup, one likes honey, I like Ranch dressing, so basically, whatever you would choose to dip a fry in would work great for these air fryer veggie tots.

As a “meatball” alternative. I often serve these alongside spaghetti or noodles as a non-meat, meatball alternative. They actually are very good with marinara or similar sauce and give a more filling meal to the non-meat eaters in your household.

What to serve with Air Fryer Veggie Tots:

Air fryer veggie tots are a delicious and healthy snack or side dish that can be enjoyed on their own or paired with other foods. Here are some ideas for what to serve with air fryer veggie tots:

  1. Dipping sauces: Serve veggie tots with a variety of dipping sauces such as ranch, honey mustard, or ketchup.
  2. Salad: A side salad with mixed greens and your favorite vegetables can balance the flavors of the veggie tots and add some freshness to the meal.
  3. Roasted vegetables: Roasted vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts can be a delicious and healthy side dish.
  4. Grilled chicken: Grilled chicken can add some protein to the meal and pair well with the flavors of the veggie tots.
  5. Sweet potato fries: Sweet potato fries are a great complement to veggie tots and can be cooked in the air fryer at the same time.
  6. Sandwiches: Veggie tots can be used as a filling for sandwiches such as wraps or pitas, along with your favorite veggies and condiments.
  7. Soup: Pair veggie tots with a warm and comforting soup such as tomato soup or chicken noodle soup.

If you enjoy these air fryer veggie tots, here are some other air fryer snacks we think you will love:

Air Fryer Crispy Mac and Cheese Bites-another kid-friendly favorite. These crispy bites combine leftover macaroni and cheese with a light breading and are made into bite-sized yumminess in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Potato Cakes– another great leftover use-up recipe. Turn last night’s mashed potatoes into cheesy patties with just enough crisp to make it seem like a whole new side dish.

Air Fryer Garlic Knots -the classic Italian style side dish gets the simplest (and fastest) ever variety with these easy garlic knots in the air fryer–trust me, you will never make the frozen variety again!

air fryer veggie tots

Air Fryer Veggie Tots

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4


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  • 1, 12 ounce package frozen broccoli florets
  • 1, 12 ounce package frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • A few dashes of favorite hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the broccoli and cauliflower according to package directions. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until well combined.
  • Line the basket of an air fryer with air fryer parchment paper. Scoop the broccoli cauliflower mixture out in 1 Tablespoon scoops and gently form into balls using your palms. Place on the prepared air fryer basket. Spray the tops lightly with olive oil cooking spray.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 375. Cook for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.


If you prefer these can easily use either all broccoli or all cauliflower.
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