Vortex Air Fryer Shepard's Pie

Vortex Air Fryer Shepard’s Pie

This is one of my family’s favorites – Shepard’s Pie!

This is actually a pretty easy meal to make and only takes about 30 minutes total! This time I made it using a spring pan, you could easily use any pan you have that will fit in the air fryer!

Vortex Air Fryer Shepard's Pie

Cook the potatoes and then cook the ground beef mixture. I actually like to use my Instant Pot for both of these if I am making pieces of this recipe ahead of time. This time I used my Instant Pot for the potatoes, while I cooked the meat mixture.

NOTE – you can easily substitute instant potatoes to speed this recipe up!

Vortex Air Fryer Shepard's Pie

Gather your ingredients and start to build your pie. Beef first…

Vortex Air Fryer Shepard's Pie

Then English peas…

Vortex Air Fryer Shepard's Pie

Then your potatoes…

Vortex Air Fryer Shepard's Pie

Smooth the potatoes until they are flat on top.

Vortex Air Fryer Shepard's Pie

Top with cheese. Normally we use cheddar but I only had Mexican so that is what I used!

Vortex Air Fryer Shepard's Pie

Cook for 20 minutes. We like gooey cheese not crispy. If you like crisp cheese, turn the Vortex to broil for the last few minutes. Make sure to watch it!

Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes if you use a spring pan. You only need to let it set a few if you use a regular pan!

Vortex Air Fryer Shepard's Pie

Vortex Air Fryer Shepard's Pie


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Air Fryer Shepherd's Pie

This Air Fryer shepherd's pie recipe makes this classic dish in a snap!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings


Mashed Potato Topping

  • 2 cups prepared instant mashed potatoes or leftover mashed potatoes
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded, optional


  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground beef or lamb
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 packet brown gravy mix (3 Tbs.)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves


Mashed Potato Topping

  • In a medium bowl add prepared mashed potatoes, milk, melted butter and cheddar cheese (if using). Stir until well combined. Set aside.

Meat Filling

  • Combine beef or lamb, onion and garlic in a large skillet. Cook over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Add frozen vegetables, gravy mix, Worcestershire sauce, thyme leaves, and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, and simmer at medium-high heat for 7-9 minutes or until thickened.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 375°F.
  • Place the beef mixture in the bottom of an air fryer/heat safe pan. Top with the potato mixture.
  • Place pan in the air fryer basket and cook for 10-15 minutes or until heated through and the top is golden.


Ensure your pan is heat safe before cooking in the air fryer. We use this round air fryer pan.
Before adding the shepherd's pie to your pan, ensure the pan fits in the air fryer.
Fresh vegetables can be used in place of frozen. Ensure they are finely diced. They may need a few minutes of extra cooking time.
Traditional Shepard's pie uses lamb, cottage pie uses beef. 
TO MAKE MASHED POTATOES: Scrub 4 medium russet potatoes under running water and thoroughly dry. Poke potatoes with a fork and place in the air fryer. Bake the potatoes at 390°F for about 40-45 minutes or until tender. Remove the potatoes, scoop out the flesh (reserve the skins for potato skins if desired) and mash with a potato masher.
Keep leftover Shepherd’s Pie in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer or the microwave.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 601kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 1177mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2756IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. Place pan in the air fryer basket and cook for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

    At what temperature? Please be specific in your recipe.

  2. Great tasting recipe, but one thing. In the ingredients spices are listed (thyme, salt, and pepper), but it doesn’t say anywhere in the instructions when to app them.

    1. We add the spices in step 4 when sprinkling the beef mixture with the gravy mix. Hope that helps!