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Easy Air Fryer Pigs in Blankets

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Want perfectly crisp and golden pigs in blankets? Looking for ways to make roast dinners easier? You need this gorgeous air fryer pigs in blankets recipe! They’re quick and easy, and you can even make them ahead of time. Read on to learn how…

Oh and keep scrolling to bag yourself a FREE air fryer conversion chart. Helping you convert ANY fan oven instructions into air fryer settings!

A plate of air fryer pigs in blankets on a stack of books

Can you make air fryer pigs in blankets ahead of time?

Yes you can! The beauty of these air fryer pigs in blankets is that you can prepare them ahead of time, then simply cover and chill up to 1 day in advance. All that’s left to do is air fry them just before needed!

Close up of a plate of air fryer pigs in blankets on a white board

Ho long do you cook pigs in blankets in a Ninja Foodi?

The air fryer I used when developing this air fryer pigs in blankets recipe is actually a Ninja Foodi MAX dual zone! All you need to do is air fry for around 8-10 mins. Read and follow this recipe for perfect results every time.

streaky bacon on a board with chopped rosemary on top

Can you air fry pigs in blankets from frozen?

Yes! You absolutely can air fry frozen pigs in blankets. Simply prepare as per the recipe, pop into a freezer bag or tub, and freeze for up to 2-3 months. Then air fry straight from the freezer at 180ºC/356ºF for about 12-14 minutes.

Prepared air fryer pigs in blankets ready to be cooked

How long do you cook frozen pigs in blankets in an air fryer?

If you are cooking homemade frozen pigs in blankets, follow the cooking instructions above.

If you are cooking shop bought frozen pigs in blankets, you need this FREE air fryer conversion chart. It will help you covert any manufacturers oven instructions into air fryer settings!

Someone taking pigs in blankets off a plate

I don’t have an air fryer. Can I cook these in the oven?

Yes! You can either bake these air fryer pigs in blankets in a preheated 200ºC/392ºF oven for about 18-20 minutes. Or you can use my oven baked pigs in blankets recipe instead.

Rosemary being chopped on a board

Serving suggestions

Planning a big Sunday roast or Christmas dinner? Here are some perfect recipes to pair with your air fryer pigs in blankets…

Someone taking an air fried pig in blanket

Ingredients and substitutions

Confused about what ingredients to buy? Not sure about a substitution? Here’s what you need to know…

  • Sausages – I used little cocktail sausages, as they are perfectly sized and make life easy. You could also use small chipolata sausages, or cut larger ones in half.
  • Bacon – Streaky bacon is best for pigs in blankets, as they’re thin strips and fit cocktail sausages perfectly. Slicing back bacon is fiddly so I don’t recommend substituting with that. It’s entirely your preference whether you use smoked or unsmoked.
  • Rosemary – This is completely optional, but really tasty! If you don’t like rosemary, you could use thyme or sage instead. Chives also work well, as you can see in these popular bacon halloumi bites.
A plate of air fryer pigs in blankets on a white board

Recipe tips and troubleshooting

Here are tips you’ll find helpful when making these beauties.

  • You can prepare your pigs in blankets the day before you need them. Then cover and chill, and air fry just before serving.
  • Don’t overcrowd your air fryer, or they’ll steam instead of crisping up. It’s better to cook in batches if you need to.
  • Don’t season with salt, as the bacon is already very salty.
  • Remember that all ingredients and air fryers vary. Keep an eye on your pigs in blankets towards the end of the cooking time. They may need a minute or 2 more or less.
cocktail sausages being rolled in bacon on a white board

Time management

Have limited time? Struggle with recipe timings? Or juggling around other things? Here’s some time managing info to make your life easier…

  • The pigs in blankets will only take you about 5 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to air fry.
  • You can prepare your air fryer pigs in blankets up to 1 day in advance. Then cover and chill until needed. Air fry just before serving, or up to a few hours in advance. Then simply warm through.
  • You can cook your air fryer pigs in blankets from frozen, saving time on the big day! Simply prepare in advance, pop into freezer bags or tubs, and store for up to 2-3 months. Then air fry from frozen at 180ºC/356ºF for 12-14 minutes.
A plate of pigs in blankets on stacked books with Christmas lights

Air Fryer Pigs in Blankets – Step by Step Picture Recipe

(For a printer friendly version, see the recipe card at the end of this post)

Ingredients

Here is what you will need to make 10

  • 5 Strips of Streaky Bacon
  • 1 x Sprig of Rosemary, finely chopped (optional)
  • 10 x Cocktail Sausages

Essential equipment

  • Chopping Board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Air Fryer

Instructions

First, slice each strip of streaky bacon (x 5) in half on a chopping board with a sharp knife.

strips of streaky bacon cut in half

Then, if adding the rosemary (1 x sprig finely chopped), scatter this over the top of each rasher.

strips of streaky bacon with chopped rosemary scattered on top

Next, roll each of the cocktail sausages (x 10) in a prepared strip of streaky bacon. Start with the sausage at one end, then roll it to the other. Preheat your air fryer to 180ºC/356ºF for 4 minutes.

cocktail sausages being rolled in streaky bacon

Then space out your prepared pigs in blankets in your air fryer drawer. Don’t overcrowd, as they will steam instead of getting crisp.

uncooked pigs in blankets in an air fryer drawer

Finally, air fry for 8-10 minutes at 180ºC/356ºF until crisp and golden. Check towards the end, as they may need a minute more or less depending on your air fryer model.

You may like to check them half way and give them a little wiggle, so they don’t stick to the bottom.

cooked pigs in blankets in an air fryer drawer

Serve immediately, or keep to one side for up to 2 hours then warm through before serving.

Recipe variations

There are a surprising amount of things you can do to change up the flavour of pigs in blankets!

You could change the fresh herb you use. Instead of rosemary, try using thyme, sage or chives. You could even add a few chilli flakes for a fiery kick, or a little honey to sweeten them up. Use your imagination and give it a go!

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A plate of air fryer pigs in blankets on a white board

Air Fryer Pigs in Blankets - Printable Recipe

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Air fryer pigs in blankets are perfectly golden and crisp! They're quick and easy, and you can even make them ahead, and cook from frozen.

Ingredients

  • 5 Strips of Streaky Bacon
  • 1 x Sprig of Rosemary, leaves finely chopped (optional)
  • 10 x Cocktail Sausages

Essential equipment

  • Chopping Board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Air Fryer

Instructions

  1. Lay each strip of bacon on a chopping board and slice them in half.
  2. Scatter the finely chopped rosemary over the top of each slice of bacon (optional).
  3. Roll up each of the cocktail sausages in a strip of bacon. Preheat your air fryer to 180ºC/356ºF for 4 minutes.
  4. Evenly space your pigs in blankets apart in the air fryer drawer (don't overcrowd). Air fry for 8-10 minutes, until golden and crisp.

Notes

You may like to check them half way and give them a little wiggle, so they don’t stick to the bottom.

Serve immediately, or keep to one side for up to 2 hours then warm through before serving.

See the main post for a more detailed, step by step picture recipe.

Be sure to read the sections Ingredients and Substitutions, Recipe Tips and Troubleshooting and Time Management for lots of helpful information before you begin making this recipe. You can find them in the main body of this post.

For freezing instructions, see Can you air fry pigs in blankets from frozen?

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 364mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g

Nutritional information on kitchenmason.com should only be used as a general guideline, I am not a certified nutritionist. Please always check labels for allergens where applicable.

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