Air Fryer Baked Brie | A Brie-lliant Holiday Snack

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You’re probably familiar with brie: served with slices of French baguette, maybe accompanied by a glass of wine. However, that’s quite a basic appetizer to serve if you want to impress your parents-in-law during the holidays! That’s where air fryer baked brie comes in.

If you’d like to impress this Xmas (or beyond) but don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen preparing something overly complicated either, try this air fryer baked brie. It’s slathered in sweet honey and topped with chopped walnuts and pomegranate seeds!

This is a simple but fancy-looking cheesy appetizer that will only take you a minute or two to prepare and has a total cook time of 8 minutes. We promise it’ll be a hit!

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Air fryer baked brie?!

You may already be familiar with the concept of baked brie. This typical soft French cheese is a huge fan favorite, and its creamy flavor only improves when you whack it in the oven and add some toppings. It’s perfectly gooey, dippable and a fantastic vessel for all sorts of tasty toppings.

For an appetizer that looks and tastes just as lush as normal baked brie, but without having to sit around to wait for the oven to warm up, there’s air fryer baked brie.  Since I got my air fryer, I haven’t gone back to using my oven. It takes less heating and baking time than the oven and it’s very easy to use.

Ingredients & substitutions

This easy appetizer consists only of a few ingredients. It’s super customizable, so it’s up to you whether you want to keep it simple or serve your air fryer baked brie with some fancy extras.


You can use any type of brie, although it’s probably best to skip the more expensive ones. Baking it in your air fryer is actually the perfect way to spruce up some cheaper brie! No need to remove the rind.

I buy mine at a local cheese store. Most supermarkets sell brie triangles, but I personally prefer an oval or wheel-shaped cheese. It fits the air fryer better, plus the shape is just a bit easier to manage.


Adding oil can help prevent the brie from drying out while baking. You can use your favorite cooking oil; I prefer olive oil because of its soft flavor, which goes perfectly with this French cheese.


Of course, you can serve air fryer baked brie as-is, no frills needed! However, to really make this cheese shine, take your pick from the dozens of perfect brie accompaniments. You can go sweet or savory – or both.

For this recipe, we’ll be using honey. You don’t have to add a lot, one tablespoon is more than enough.

Other great options include:

  • Baked brie with apricot jam
  • Baked brie with cranberry sauce
  • Baked brie with fresh figs
  • Baked brie with baked apples

Nuts and seeds

We’ll be using fresh pomegranate seeds as a topping for our air fryer baked brie. It’s just the right shade of decadent for the holidays!

For an extra crunch and since they go well with the pomegranate seeds, I also added pine nuts. They acquire great flavor during their ride in the air fryer, so there’s no need to roast them separately.

Not a fan of either? You’ve got loads of other options:

  • Walnuts
  • Crispy bacon bits
  • Pistachios
  • Almond slivers
  • Pecans

Tip: Whether you add topping before or after baking the brie depends on what you’re using. However, if possible, add them before! It allows the flavors to really seep into the cheese.

To puff or not to puff?

If you’re making air fryer baked brie for an extra hungry company, you can wrap the cheese in a layer of puff pastry dough to make it into a more substantial snack.

Don’t forget to brush some egg wash on the dough before baking it.

Air fryer baked brie presentation

For the perfect presentation, you can use a charcuterie board to serve your air fryer baked brie. Maybe with some French baguette slices, or pretzels to dip into the cheese?

For an extra fancy end result, surround the brie with a bunch of grapes and fresh apple slices. Garnish with a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and voilà! Easy holiday appetizer sorted.

Air fryer baked brie with pomegranate seeds and pine nuts

Air fryer baked brie

Cheap brie cheese is turned into a quick and easy festive holiday appetizer.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 4


  • Air fryer
  • Heat-proof silicone mold


  • 1 wheel brie
  • 1 tsp oil olive oil works well
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate seeds


  • Lightly score the brie with a knife. Pour oil and honey on top. Add pine nuts on top.
  • Place the brie in a heat-resistant silicone mold.
  • Add all toppings: oil, honey, pomegranate seeds and pine nuts.
  • Place the silicone mold with the cheese in the air fryer. Bake for 8 minutes at 365 °F/185 °C.
  • Finally, take your baked cheese out of the air fryer. Enjoy this delicious appetizer with sliced baguette or pretzels!


  1. I scored the brie before I added my toppings. By doing so, you help make sure all the flavors of the added toppings can do their work and sink into the cheese while it bakes. 
  2. Some other toppings you can add or use as an alternative:
    • Fig jam
    • Sprigs of thyme or rosemary
    • Fresh chopped garlic
    • Chopped pistachios or pecans
Keyword air fryer baked brie, Appetizer, Holidays

If you have any questions or suggestions about this recipe, make sure you leave a comment below!


Originally an engineer and medical imaging professional, Esther now spends her days trying cheeses and writing cheesy recipes. Her free time is spent traveling, enjoying the occasional cheeky cocktail and hanging out at home with her two pet rabbits.

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