Easy Appetizers – Instant Pot | Airfryer

September 22, 2019 (Updated: September 26, 2019) By Aneesha |

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In this post, I highlight some of my favorite Easy Appetizers using an Instant Pot or AirFryer. Quick to make and easy to double, these recipes are great for entertaining, thanksgiving, holiday dinners and potlucks. Also check out the three bonus ‘no-cook’ dips.

A collection of Easy Appetizers recipes including dips, chicken wings and more

In our home, the holiday season starts early in October with the Indian festival of lights, Diwali.  So till the grand finale, our Christmas dinner, we enjoy a variety of multi-cuisine dinners.

More than the main dish, my family, especially the kids, are big fans of appetizers.  Here I am sharing some of our favorites, that I make in the Instant Pot or Air fryer. I also included an alternate cooking method, oven or stovetop, for your convenience.

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Appetizers and Starters

Some of my family's favorite easy Appetizers recipes.  Quick to make and easy to multiply, these dishes work great for entertaining, thanksgiving, holiday dinners and office potlucks. The best part is that they can be made or prepped ahead of time.

This irresistible dip is loaded with spinach, artichoke and lots of cheese! This creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip is a great appetizer for any occasion and takes only 30 minutes to make using an Instant Pot or oven.

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Say hello to your new favorite appetizer, Tandoori Fish Tikka! Tender fish marinated in a classic Indian tandoori masala and crisped to perfection in an Airfyer or oven broiler. Enjoy this low-carb dish with a side of cilantro chutney!

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Creamy, nutty and smoky, this flavorful Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is a crowd-pleasing dip with a kick. Pair it with crunchy veggies, crackers or toasted pita chips and serve this vegan and gluten-free dip for snack-time or as a party appetizer.

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Crisp mushroom caps filled with a veggie, herb and cheese mix! These mouth watering Stuffed Mushrooms are a perfect vegetarian and keto-friendly appetizer, ready in under 30-minutes using an Airfryer or oven.

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This baked brie in puff pastry is one crowd-pleasing appetizer. I spread homemade cranberry sauce or plum jam on the cheese, wrap it up in pastry, and bake it till it's golden brown and the cheese oozes out.

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These homemade cheese straws are crisp, flaky and irresistible.  I use a totally legit shortcut and use store-bought puff pastry to make them. Make extra because they will be gone within minutes. And these pair great with my Roasted Red Pepper Soup too.

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Chicken Wings are the most popular appetizers served, especially during game day parties. Spiced with a flavorful rub, cooked and crisped to perfection. Enjoy this quick and easy Instant Pot or stove recipe.

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This sweet and spicy Peach Chutney is the perfect accompaniment to any cheese platter. It goes really well with crackers, meat cuts, veggies and nuts. Checkout this easy Instant Pot or stove recipe.

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These Oven Roasted Chickpeas are crispy, crunchy little flavor bombs.  I make them in two flavors, Mediterranean and Indian. As you pop them in your mouth, you enjoy a crunchy exterior with a chewy core, making them totally irresistible. 

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An easy Instant Pot & Oven recipe for Tandoori Chicken, a popular Indian spiced roast chicken. Chicken is marinated in yogurt and toasted Indian spices, and cooked till it’s juicy on the inside, and golden crisp on the outside.

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Bonus Recipes:  Three NO-COOK Dips

NO-COOK Dips (Vegan +Gluten-Free)

Here are three no-cook, no-fuss dips that are a super-hit in my get togethers, and just take under 10 minutes to prepare. Made with easily available ingredients, these dips are vegan and gluten-free, so all my guests can enjoy them equally.

Light, refreshing and colorful, this Mango Salsa is perfect for dipping and elevates your favorite grilled protein. This easy to customize 10-minute recipe is a delicious combination of sweet mangoes, crunchy peppers and onions, and zesty lime juice.

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A 5-minute recipe for a delicious restaurant-style homemade salsa. Tomatoes, onion, garlic and cilantro are pulsed together in a blender and seasoned with lime, salt and cumin to make the easiest and tastiest salsa ever!

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This is the easiest and tastiest Guacamole recipe ever! It’s quick, fresh and simply delicious! This healthy avocado dip comes together in less than ten minutes and can be used in a variety of ways.

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I hope you enjoy these recipes.   If you make any of them, please do post a picture on your favorite social media and tag #SpiceCravings.   Enjoy! 

This recipe was originally posted in 2018, but was recently updated with new photos, helpful information, tips, and new photos.


Aneesha holding a glass of white wine Hi, I'm Aneesha, a foodie by birth and the mind, body and soul behind Spice Cravings. Here I share quick, easy & healthy Indian & global recipes that are low in effort and big on taste! A recipe doesn't make it on the blog unless it is tested multiple times and gets a thumbs-up from my taster-in-chief, my husband, and my teen-chefs, my twin girls!

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