Air Fryer Lobster Jalapeño Empanadas

These flavorful Air Fryer Lobster Jalapeño empanadas are crispy and golden without all of the oil used in deep frying.

Air fryer lobster jalapeño empanadas

Empanadas bring me back to my summers as a kid in Puerto Rico. I ate empanadas (also known as pastelillos) every opportunity I could get from street vendors. My favorites were the ones filled with lobster, shrimp, or pizza. You can fill empanadas with almost anything you can think of, from leftover taco meat and pizza to what you call buffalo chicken pie filling. These lobster jalapeno empanadas couldn’t be simpler. Be sure to try some of my other empanada recipes like these air fryer beef empanadas, the Chilean empanadas with caramelized onions, and my taco empanadas.

Lobster and jalapeno filling for empanadas.

While getting lobster in NY is very easy for me, I love the convenience of using frozen lobster claws. Crowd Cow sells peeled frozen lobster claw meat that I used here. If you’re not familiar with them, they deliver direct, hormone-free meat and sustainable seafood right to your doorstep. I started using them when we were locked and I continue to get crab legs, steaks, fish, tuna, scallops, etc. Get $ 25 off your first order here.

The lobster filling was so tasty that I could enjoy it on a roll for a flavorful lobster roll!

How do you cook empanadas in the air fryer?

Preheat your air fryer to 325F degrees and cook it for about eight minutes, turning it in half.

What type of batter is used for empanadas?

I used frozen empanada slices (the kind sold for baking). If you can’t find the empanada slices for baking, the ones for frying will work too, or make my pizza dough recipe instead.

If you are using the pizza dough, roll out the dough as thinly as possible, then use a small glass and cut out as many 4.75 inch circles as you can. Roll out the remaining dough and repeat. If you have a large round cookie cutter, even better.

How to serve lobster empanadas

These air fryer empanadas are the perfect snack or lunch with a pinch of lime. You can also serve them with guacamole if you want. To get more out of a meal, add a simple avocado and tomato salad.


  • Swap lobster for crab meat or minced shrimp.
  • If you don’t like spicy food, remove the seeds and ribs from the jalapeno.

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Air fryer lobster jalapeno empanadas

165 Cals 9.5 protein 21.5 carbohydrates 5 Fats

Preparation time: 10 min

Cooking time: 20th min

Total time: 30th min

These flavorful Air Fryer Lobster Jalapeño empanadas are crispy and golden without all of the oil used in deep frying.

  • 8th frozen empanada slices, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoon diced onion
  • 1 Jalapeno, chopped
  • 8th Ounces coarsely chopped raw lobster meat, I buy frozen claws from Crowd Cow
  • 2 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 1 large protein, beaten
  • 1 Lime cut into wedges, For serving

To make the filling

  • Melt the butter in a heavy pan over medium heat.

  • Add the onions and jalapeno and sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes until tender.

  • Add the lobster and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until it’s just opaque.

  • Remove from heat and add the chives.

  • Drain quickly in a mesh sieve and set aside to cool.

Make the empanadas

  • Place the dough circles on a work surface.

  • Place about 2 tablespoons of lobster filling in the center of a circle; Wash the edges of the dough with water or egg.

  • Fold the circle over itself, press down on the edges with your fingers or a fork to seal it, and place it on a work surface.

  • Repeat until all empanadas are filled. Brush tips with egg wash.

  • Spray the basket with oil to prevent it from sticking. Transfer him to the basket. Cook it at 325 ° F for 8 minutes and turn it halfway.

  • Serve hot with lime wedges.

Portion: 1Patty, Calories: 165kcal, Carbohydrates: 21.5G, Protein: 9.5G, Fat: 5G, Saturated fatty acids: 2G, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 252mg, Fiber: 1G, Sugar: 2G

Blue Smart Points: 5

Green Smart Points: 5

Purple Smart Points: 5

Keywords: Lobster empanadas, lobster recipes

Posted March 9, 2021 by Gina

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