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Falafel Recipe

This falafel recipe is easy to make and the perfect fix when you're craving authentic falafel using canned chickpeas. Learn the secret tips and tricks with step-by-step instructions to make them come out super crispy and delicious using your air fryer, pan-fried on the stove, or in the oven! 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword air fried falafel, baked falafel, falafel, falafel recipe, how to make falafels
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 15 serving
Calories 82 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 2 cans (14-ounce) organic no salt added chickpeas , rinsed, drained well & patted dry
  • 1 small red onion , roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 tbsp superfine blanched almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  1. Place drained chickpeas in a food processor with onion and garlic. Pulse for about 30 seconds until the chickpeas are mostly smooth.

  2. Add lemon juice, parsley, coriander, nutritional yeast, paprika, cumin, ground coriander, salt and pepper. Blend again until smooth and combined. Then stir in the flour and baking soda.

    Top view of falafel mixture in a food processor to make falafel recipe
  3. Take a tablespoon-sized scoop of the mixture and roll into a ball or form into patties. Repeat with remaining mixture. It should make around 15 falafels.

To pan fry:

  1. Heat a thin layer of oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Gently place patties on pan, work in batches as needed. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and hot through.

    Top view of falafel patties on a frying pan to make falafel recipe

To bake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Place patties on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper or lightly coated and bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping each one over half-way through.

    Top view of uncooked falafel balls on a baking pan

To air-fry

  1. Lightly coat falafel with avocado oil spray. Working in batches, place patties in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Turn the air fryer to 375F and cook or 12-13 minutes, flipping each one over half-way through.

    Top view of 9 air fryer falafel in an air fryer basket
  2. Best served hot but will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight container in the fridge or freeezer for up to 3 months.

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Nutrition Facts
Falafel Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 82 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.