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Air Fryer Beignets: A Taste of New Orleans at Home

Published by: Chef Jan Dubsky • Updated: January 25, 2024 • Checked By: Chef Matty Riedel

Ah, the beignet! This iconic New Orleans treat, usually deep-fried and generously dusted with powdered sugar, is a must-try for anyone visiting the Crescent City.

But what if you could recreate this sugary delight in the comfort of your home with a healthier twist? Enter the air fryer beignet. With the same fluffy inside and crispy outside, this version is lighter on the calories but not on taste. Let’s embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Louisiana without leaving your kitchen.

Air Fryer Beignets Recipe

Air Fryer Beignets
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PREP TIME 15 minutes
COOK TIME 6 minutes
SERVINGS 20 Beignets
CALORIES 72 kcal


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Rolling Pin
  • Kitchen Knife or Pizza Cutter
  • Sifter (for powdered sugar)
  • Pastry Brush


  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/4 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cup Warm milk
  • 1 tablespoon Active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting


  • In a small bowl, combine the warm milk and yeast. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  • Add the yeast mixture, melted butter, egg, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Mix until a soft dough forms.
  • On a floured surface, knead the dough for about 5 minutes until smooth.
  • Roll out the dough to about 1/2-inch thickness. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 2-inch squares.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 350°F (175°C).
  • Place the beignet squares in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they don’t touch.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway, until they are golden brown and puffed up.
  • Remove from the air fryer and immediately dust with a generous amount of powdered sugar using a sifter.
Chefs Tips
  • Ensure the milk is warm, not hot, to activate the yeast properly.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket; cook in batches if necessary.
  • For an extra touch of flavor, consider adding a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon to the dough.
  • Serve with a side of chocolate or caramel sauce for dipping.
Nutritional Information
Calories: 72kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gTrans Fat: 0.05gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 105mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 0.001mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
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Summing Up

There you have it, a taste of New Orleans right in your kitchen! These air fryer beignets are perfect for breakfast, dessert, or any time you want a sweet treat. They’re lighter than the traditional deep-fried version but just as delicious. So why wait for a trip to the Big Easy? Dive into this recipe and bring a touch of Mardi Gras to your home today.

Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

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