Easy Mac N Cheese Bites Air Fryer Recipe with Ranch Dip

If you have leftover mac n cheese, try this easy mac n cheese bites recipe for a delicious appetizer or lunch. Cooking them in the air fryer is so much healthier than deep frying as you only need a little bit of oil.

It makes them super crispy too!

Air Fryer Mac and Cheese Bites Recipe with Ranch Dip
Air Fryer Recipe for Mac and Cheese Bites

Easy Mac N Cheese Bites Air Fryer Recipe


  • Leftover Mac n Cheese (if you need a recipe use our one below – smoke it for extra flavour or use a pan for ease)

You can also try this one done in a pan if you like.

Easy Mac N Cheese Recipe for a Stuffed Burger
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3 tbsp Panko breadcrumbs

Simply roll your leftover mac n cheese into a palm sized ball, dip in cornflour, then egg and finally panko breadcrumbs.

Place each mac n cheese ball inside the air fryer tray. Check out the Instagram video below to help you understand the process better.

Easy Air Fried Mac N Cheese Bites with Homemade Ranch Dip

Spray each mac n cheese ball with a little olive oil spray as the video shows.

Cook for 15-20 minutes at 180C (356F) turning the bites over halfway through.

Ranch Dip for Air Fried Mac N Cheese Bites

  • 1 tbsp good quality mayo
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (substitute vinegar if you need to)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Mac and Cheese Bites in the Oven

Alternatively you can cook your mac n cheese bites in the oven in a muffin tray for around 25-30 minutes at 392F or 200C.

Mac and Cheese Bites in the Deep Fat Fryer

Although the air fryer is a healthier way to make mac and cheese bites, if you want to do them in the deep fat fryer use a neutral oil such as canola or peanut oil. They will only take about 10 minutes to crisp up in this hot oil environment.

What to Serve with Mac N Cheese Bites

  • Mixed leaves with a honey mustard dressing
  • Rocket (arugula) & parmesan salad
  • Fries
  • Sweet Potato Fries

If you enjoyed this article you might also enjoy our Sweet and Sour Chicken Air Fryer Recipe post.

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