If you have ever wondering if you can cook stuffing in the air fryer, then the answer is yes! These Air Fryer Stuffing Balls couldn't be easier. They save time, and also save space in the oven. Made with a packet of stuffing mix, these stuffing balls are ready in under 15 minutes.
About these air fryer stuffing balls
The perfect golden brown stuffing balls, all done in the air fryer. Our air fryer always gets used for a roast dinner, and especially on Christmas day when we need to save as much room in the oven as possible.
Using store bought stuffing means that stuffing balls in the air fryer couldn't be easier. But you can also adapt it with other add-ins to suit your own tastes.
Make them ahead of time and keep in the fridge of freezer to get ahead for Christmas.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Stuffing - Yes, we "cheated" here and use a packet of store bought stuffing mix. Any flavour stuffing will work, so choose your favourite flavour - Paxo is the best quality. Paxo stuffing balls in the air fryer are SO easy and this is just the kind of simple side dish you need on Christmas day. You could make our Sage and Onion Stuffing instead if you prefer.
- Water - Boiling water is needed to mix into the stuffing mix.
- Butter - When we are using a packet of stuffing, we always add a little butter to it to give it something extra. It also helps the air fryer stuffing balls to get golden brown.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make stuffing balls in air fryer - Step by step
One: Put the stuffing mix, butter and water into a mixing bowl.
Two: Mix well to combine everything, then leave to stand for 5 minutes.
Three: Roll into sixteen balls.
Four: Cook at 180°C for 8 minutes, turning the balls over halfway through.
The great thing about using a store bought packet of stuffing is that there are so many things that you can add to it for some different flavour.
To freshen up these air fryer stuffing balls, as it is quite a heavy Christmas side dish, you can grate in some clementine zest. To make these more indulgent, you can add some sausage meat in with the stuffing mix.
For extra texture, we like to add in some dried cranberries or apricots. You can also add some crunch with some crushed pecans or walnuts.
But the simplest way of adding some extra flavour is with a teaspoon of Dijon mustard.
Store: You can keep any leftover air fryer stuffing balls in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freeze: You can freeze these before you cook them in the air fryer, which is a great way to get ahead for Christmas day. Roll them up and then wrap them individually in clingfilm (Saran wrap) and put them in the freezer in a freezer bag. You can then cook them from frozen, you will just need to add a few minutes on to the cooking time.
Reheat: Any leftovers can be reheated in the air fryer in a couple of minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can cook store bought frozen stuffing balls in the air fryer, and they will take about 12-14 minutes. You can also follow the directions for freezing these above and then cook them from frozen.
The exact cooking time will depend on your air fryer, as they all cook differently, and how big you can rolled your stuffing balls. Ours took 10 minutes, however check them after 8 minutes and then cook them for 2 minute intervals until cooked through.
Yes, you can make them up and then store the rolled balls on a plate in the fridge until the next day. Or, you can follow our instructions above for freezing them before cooking.
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Air Fryer Stuffing Balls
- 170 g (6 oz) Stuffing mix
- 1 tablespoon Butter
- 400 ml (1.75 cups) Boiled water
- Put 170 g Stuffing mix, 1 tablespoon Butter and 400 ml Boiled water into a mixing bowl.
- Mix well to combine everything, then leave to stand for 5 minutes.
- Roll into sixteen balls.
- Cook at 180°C for 10 minutes, turning the balls over halfway through.
- Don't roll your stuffing balls too big, as they will take much longer to cook, and they are more likely to fall apart.
- Make sure they are all rolled to the same size, so that they cook evenly.
- You can add a teaspoon of Dijon mustard to your stuffing mix for some extra flavour.
- Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook these in batches. You need to make sure there is some space between the stuffing balls in air fryer, so the air can circulate and they don't get squashed.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.