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Air Fryer Bobotie

Air Fryer Bobotie

Looking for a tasty and healthy alternative to oven-cooked Bobotie? Then why not give this easy-to-make Air Fryer dish a try! In only half an hour, you’ll have a deliciously fragrant Bobotie ready – perfect for lunch or dinner. Here’s what you need:

What is Bobotie?

Bobotie is a traditional South African dish made with ground meat and spices, topped with an egg-based topping. It’s incredibly flavorful and full of complex flavors that make it one of the most popular dishes in South Africa.


  • 500g beef mince
  • 30g white breadcrumbs
  • 60ml beef stock
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp apricot jam
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 240ml whole milk
  • 2 eggs –
  • 4–5 fresh bay leaves (for garnishing)


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 160°C.
  2. Put the beef mince into a large bowl and toss it with the breadcrumbs, beef stock and onion until everything is evenly combined.
  3. Take the mince mixture and shape it into eight equal patties before placing them in the air fryer basket. Make sure they are spaced out so that they cook effectively.
  4. Add all the spices – curry powder, turmeric, cumin, salt and black pepper – into a small bowl and mix together until fully combined. Sprinkle over each patty before closing the lid of your air fryer for 10 minutes at 160°C temperature setting (you can extend if needed).
  5. 5. After 10 minutes open the lid of your air fryer and sprinkle some shredded carrots onto each patty before closing again for another 10 minutes of cooking time at 160°C temperature setting.
  6. Once cooked throughly remove from air fryer basket onto plate then lightly brush each patty with apricot jam before serving warm or cold!
Air Fryer Bobotie

Recipe Tips

To make sure your Air Fry Bobotie comes out perfectly every time, follow these tips:

Use lean ground beef mince to reduce fat content without compromising on flavour.

Preheat your air fryer before adding any food ingredients – this will ensure even cooking without burning!

If you want something extra special then top the dish with some grated cheese before serving – delicious!

What can it be paired with?

The Air Fryer Bobotie pairs well with a variety of side dishes such as steamed rice, roasted vegetables and a dollop of yogurt. Alternatively, it can also be served in a wrap or on toast for an easy yet tasty lunch option.

Air Fryer Bobotie Recipe


Q: What should I serve my Air Fryer Bobotie with?

A: It goes great alongside traditional side dishes like steamed rice or roasted vegetables such as cauliflower and broccoli – yum!

Q: How do I store leftovers?

A: If you have leftovers then it’s best to let them cool before transferring into an airtight container and refrigerating for up to two days. Reheat gently in the microwave or oven when ready to eat!

Q: Can I freeze Air Fryer Bobotie?

A: Yes – once cooled completely, transfer into a freezer-safe dish and freeze for up to three months. Defrost thoroughly before reheating.

Q: What other spices can I use for this dish?

A: Feel free experiment with different flavour combinations – adding some dried herbs and a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon to give your Bobotie a unique twist!

Q: What other dishes can I make in an air fryer?

A: An air fryer is incredibly versatile and can be used to cook a variety of dishes – from crispy chicken wings to tasty vegetable skewers. Get creative and have fun!

We hope this recipe proves a winner with everyone who makes it – we certainly think it is a delicious alternative to traditional Bobotie recipes! Give it a go and see how you get on – happy cooking! 🙂

Air Fryer Bobotie Recipe

Air Fryer Bobotie

Course Main Course
Cuisine African
Keyword Air Fryer Bobotie
Servings 6 people


  • 1 lb Beef mince
  • ½ cup Breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Beef stock
  • 1 White onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp Curry powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Apricot jam
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 cup Whole milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 Bay leaves


  • Preheat your air fryer to 180° Celsius for a few minutes
  • Get an air fryer-appropriate dish and place the beef mince, diced onion and shredded carrot in it.
  • Place into the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes, use a spatula to stir half-way.
  • After 10 minutes, pour out any meat juice and mix in the breadcrumbs, stock, curry powder, turmeric, cumin, apricot jam, salt and pepper.
  • Stir everything together, then pat down with a spatula so it is level.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 160° Celsius for a few minutes.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the milk, eggs, salt and pepper (to taste).
  • Add the egg and milk mixture on top of the beef mince mixture.
  • Add the bay leaves on top.
  • Place in the air fryer basket and cook for 20-22 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
By on May 4th, 2023

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