Grab a bag of frozen artichoke hearts from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods and make these addictive crispy air fryer or oven-roasted artichoke hearts! Great as an appetizer, snack, or addition to pasta. 

A platter of crispy air fryer frozen artichoke hearts with a small bowl of aioli sauce in the upper right corner.


Growing up in California, my family grew artichokes in the backyard and my mom often steamed them as a side dish with dinner. Served with aioli for dipping, steamed artichokes are one of my kids’ favorite things too, and the hearts are the best part. Artichokes are healthy and delicious and a Mediterranean Diet staple. 

There is an Instant Pot artichoke recipe in my cookbook, Vegan in an Instant, but I wanted to show you another way to prepare artichokes that is quick, easy, healthy, and delicious! A bag of frozen artichoke hearts can be easily transformed into a tasty antipasto (or snack) in the air fryer. You can also saute or oven roast frozen artichoke hearts to enjoy on their own or as part of another recipe. 

Crispy artichoke hearts on an air fryer tray.

How to Make Crispy Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts

Just like with Air Fryer Broccoli, or even French Fries, heat circulates all the way around the food while it cooks, ensuring it cooks and crisps up evenly. 

For this simple recipe, thaw the frozen artichoke hearts and then pat dry as much as possible. Excess moisture will make it more difficult for the artichoke hearts to get crispy. 

Coat with olive oil and a good sprinkle of salt and pepper. You want these to be salty like fries. Air fry until they are nice and crispy on the edges. 

How to Make Crispy Oven Roasted Artichoke Hearts 

Crispy artichoke hearts are just as easy to make roasted in the oven. The only difference is that they won’t brown as easily, but they will be just as delicious and you may even prefer them extra dark in some places. 

 A crispy artichoke heart is dipped into aioli sauce.

Variations & Serving Suggestions 

  • Serve with aioli for dipping. My family likes Trader Joe’s Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce and Stonewall Kitchen Aiolis (there are several varieties). You can make your own vegan aioli if you prefer. 
  • Parmesan artichoke hearts. Add 1/4 cup of finely grated parmesan cheese along with the salt and pepper. 
  • Truffle artichoke hearts. Sprinkle with truffle salt. 
  • These crispy artichoke hearts are great as an appetizer, but also make a wonderful addition to salads, pasta (especially pesto pasta), and risotto

A bag of Trader Joe's Frozen Artichoke Hearts sits on a white marble countertop.

Where to Buy Frozen Artichoke Hearts 

Frozen artichoke hearts are such an underrated item in the Trader Joe’s freezer, where I’ve found the best prices, at around $3.29 for a 12-oz bag. Whole Foods also has great quality frozen artichokes for $4.99 in my local store. 

More Frozen Artichoke Hearts Recipe Ideas

Use frozen artichoke hearts anywhere you would use canned artichoke hearts. Canned artichoke hearts are packed in slightly acidic water, and I find that frozen artichoke hearts have a more natural artichoke flavor, though they are processed with citric acid. 

Both canned and frozen artichoke hearts will be softer than freshly cooked hearts. 

Yield: Serves 3

Crispy Artichoke Hearts (Roasted or Air Fryer)

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Crispy roasted or air-fried artichoke hearts make the best healthy snack, appetizer, or side dish! One of the best easy frozen artichoke hearts recipes.

Frozen artichoke recipe. An overhead photo of crispy air fryer roasted artichoke hearts on a white platter with aioli.


  • 12 oz. frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
  • 1-2 tablespoons Avocado oil (or spray)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Aioli for Serving (optional)


Air Fryer

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Gently pat the artichoke hearts dry. frozen artichoke hearts get patted dry with a paper towel.
  2. Arrange artichoke hearts in the air fryer basket and coat with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Frozen artichoke hearts with oil, salt, and pepper, on an air fryer basket.
  3. Air fry for 5 minutes. Check on the artichoke hearts and continue to air fry until the edges are golden and crisp, another 5 minutes or more depending on your air fryer and the amount of moisture in the hearts. Crispy cooked artichoke hearts on an air fryer basket.
  4. Add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve warm with aoili or see other serving suggestions below.

Roasted in the Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the artichoke hearts on the pan and toss with oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Roast for about 20 minutes, until golden and crispy.
  4. Add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve warm with aoili or see other serving suggestions below.


  • You can cook the artichoke hearts from frozen, but they will take a little longer.
  • Canned artichoke hearts in water are fine if you can't find frozen artichoke hearts, but pat them dry first.
  • Avocado oil is the best here because it has a higher smoke point than olive oil, but olive oil does work just fine. You can use a spray or about 2 tablespoons of oil tossed with the hearts and seasonings.


  • Cheesy: Sprinkle nutritional yeast or finely grated Parmesan with the salt, pepper, and oil.
    Garlic: Add a couple of pinches of garlic powder along with the salt, pepper, and oil.

Serving Suggestions

Crispy artichoke hearts are tasty on their own but also wonderful on salads or added to pasta or risotto.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1/3 recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 167mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 6gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your favorite calculator.