One of the most popular Spanish tapas ought to be Padron Peppers! I genuinely don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone who doesn’t enjoy them. These small capsicums are such a delightful finger munch and they’re actually ridiculously easy to make. In fact, it’s even easier if you have an air fryer! I promise that once you’ve discovered this Air Fryer Padron Peppers recipe, you’d never go back to traditional pan-frying. It’s seriously the most effortless recipe you can make with an air fryer and guarantees to be an enjoyable munch.
Padron Peppers are a Spanish speciality and synonymous with Spanish tapas. They are generally not spicy except for the odd unusual one from time to time. To prepare them with an air fryer, all you need is to set and preheat the air fryer at a high temperature, brush the Padron peppers with olive oil and cook them until blistered. The high temperature will give the peppers a nice charred surface and the cooking time should take no more than 5-7 minutes. Before serving, simply add a sprinkle of sea salt and you’re ready to go. If you like, whip up a little lemon aioli or sauce of your choice to serve!
How to make Padron Peppers in an Air Fryer
- Padron Peppers
- Olive Oil
- Sea Salt – preferably coarse sea salt / Maldon sea salt flakes for extra crunch
- In the UK, you can find Padron Peppers sold at Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, and Marks & Spencer’s.
- As per usual with any air fryer recipes, do not overcrowd the basket when air frying the Padron peppers. This is to ensure that all the peppers get cooked evenly. Cook in batches if required.
- Looking for extra flavours? Perk it up with garlic salt and/or add a pinch of paprika/smoky seasoning
Air Fryer Padron Peppers
- 1 Air Fryer
- 130 g Padron Peppers
- Olive Oil
- Coarse Sea Salt / Sea Salt Flakes
- Preheat the air fryer to 200°C.
- Wash the Padron peppers and pat dry with a kitchen towel.130 g Padron Peppers
- Place the Padron peppers into the air fryer basket and brush with olive oil. Do not overcrowd the basket and cook in batches if needed.Olive Oil
- Cook for 5-7 minutes until the peppers are charred and blistered.
- Transfer the Padron peppers to a serving plate and sprinkle with sea salt all over.Coarse Sea Salt / Sea Salt Flakes
- We recommend using coarse sea salt or Maldon sea salt flakes to give the peppers an extra crunch on the surface.
- Do not overcrowd the basket when air frying the Padron peppers. This is to ensure that all the peppers get cooked evenly. Cook in batches if required.
- Looking for extra flavours? Perk it up with garlic salt and/or add a pinch of paprika/smoky seasoning!
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