This Trader Joe’s spanakopita air fryer recipe is easy and delicious! It has a rich and flavorful spinach and feta filling inside of perfectly crispy and flaky layers of phyllo dough. Cooked straight from the freezer, this easy vegetarian appetizer is ready in no time. Air-fried spanakopitas make the best party appetizer, midday snack, or light dinner.
Spanakopitas are great if you are looking for quick appetizer ideas or something that you can easily throw into your air fryer. A box of the Trader Joe’s spanakopitas is very inexpensive and is great to keep on hand for a quick snack.
These frozen spanakopitas are an easy alternative to making them homemade, which can be a little time-consuming. So if you are in a hurry or don’t feel like cooking, they are perfect to pop into the air fryer!
The air fryer makes frozen fried foods even better. You don’t need to add any extra oil to achieve a golden brown and crispy exterior.
Air frying spanakopitas is also a better alternative to cooking them in the oven which can take 20 – 25 minutes and often times the crispy pastry does not brown as well. Plus you don’t have to heat up the house by using the oven, and there’s no need to thaw or defrost anything. Super easy!
How to make Trader Joe’s spanakopita air fryer recipe
Trader Joe’s frozen spanakopita recipe very easy to prepare in your air fryer. I am surprised they don’t provide air frying directions on the package.
Grab package from the freezer and carefully open it. Keep spanakopitas frozen, there is no need to thaw them. One buy one place them in the air fryer basket. Don’t just pour them in because it will break delicate dough.
There is no need to use any oil spray. Actually you can use air fryer liners if you have them for easy clean up. Spread pastries evenly in the basket, don’t overcrowd. If you are feeding lots of people at once, its better to cook them in batches.
Cook ( instructions in the recipe card below) and serve with as an appetizer or a fun snack.
What is spanakopita
Spanakopita is a traditional Greek savory dish. Its name means spinach pie, and it is made of buttery and flaky layers of phyllo dough with a spinach and cheese filling. This Greek spinach pie can be made in a casserole dish or the dough can be folded to create individual triangles, so it’s more of a single-serving hand pie.
Phyllo or filo pastry dough is tissue-paper thin and is brushed with butter or olive oil to make the layers extra crispy when baked or air fried.
The main ingredients of the filling are spinach, fresh herbs, chopped garlic, onions, eggs, and a lot of feta cheese. Sometimes a mixture of ricotta or cream cheese and feta is used to make the filling even more creamy.
What does it taste like
Air fryer Spanakopita is buttery and flaky with rich earthy spinach and cheesy flavor. It is hearty and well seasoned with garlic, and fresh herbs, and filled with briny feta cheese. The comforting and savory filling goes nicely with the crispy and crunchy texture of the phyllo dough.
How do I cook them in the oven
If you don’t have an air fryer, you can easily cook these frozen Trader Joe’s spanakopita in the oven. It will just take a few minutes longer to cook.
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the frozen spanakopitas on a baking sheet and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until they are golden brown and crispy. Allow them to cool for a few minutes before serving because they will be very hot.
Frequently asked questions
No. The microwave is great for cooking many things, but these spanakopitas should definitely not be microwaved. It will ruin the delicate texture of the phyllo dough, which can turn out very soggy and unpleasant. For best results, they should be cooked in either the oven or the air fryer.
1 serving of the Trader Joe’s Spanakopitas is 3 pieces and it contains 160 calories. There are 4 servings in the box.
No. The frozen spanakopitas should not be thawed before cooking. It can make the phyllo dough soggy and it won’t crisp up as well when cooked. Whenever you are ready to cook your spanakopitas, just grab them straight from the freezer.
Store spanakopita leftovers in the fridge in the air tight container for up to 5 days. Reheat in the air fryer for 2 minutes at 400 degrees. You can also reheat it in the microwave oven but spanakopita will not be crispy.
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Hope you will enjoy this Air fryer spanakopita recipe as much as we do. please rate the recipe if you like it and leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions.
- 6 pieces of Trader Joe's frozen Spanakopita
- oil spray
- green onions for garnish (optional)
- Open the package and carefully transfer spanakopitas in to the lightly sprayed air fryer basket.
- Air fry at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Do not overcrowd the basket.
- Keep leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the air fryer.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 9gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 390mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g