Baked Ricotta with Lemon and Capers

Baked ricotta is a perfect help-yourself party starter. To make recipe a little lighter, you could use part-skim ricotta cheese, but you’ll miss the luxurious richness of the cheese. This is an appetizer or snack, so go for the whole milk version and share it with friends.

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Baked Ricotta with Lemon and Capers

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 10 m
  • Total Time: 20 m
  • Servings:


  • 7- inch pie dish or cake pan
  • cups whole milk ricotta cheese
  • zest of 1 lemon plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons capers rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Pre-heat the air fryer to 380ºF.
  2. Combine the ricotta cheese, lemon zest, rosemary, red pepper flakes, capers, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk together well. Transfer to a 7-inch pie dish and place in the air fryer basket. You can use an aluminum foil sling to help with this by taking a long piece of aluminum foil, folding it in half lengthwise twice until it looks like it is about 26-inches by 3-inches. Place this under the pie dish and hold the ends of the foil to move the pie dish in and out of the air fryer basket. Tuck the ends of the foil beside the pie dish while it cooks in the air fryer.
  3. Air-fry at 380ºF for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned in spots.
  4. Remove from the air fryer and immediately sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top. Drizzle a little more olive oil on top and add some freshly ground black pepper and some lemon zest as garnish. Serve warm with pita chips or crostini.
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    1. Hi Janet. I would bake it in the oven at 375º to 400ºF, just until it is heated through and there are some nice brown spots on top.

  1. 5 stars
    I can’t believe this recipe does not have reviews!! I’m eating it right now and just wow! So simple and fresh bright flavors. It would be one of those apps at a party everyone thinks you slaved over and can’t get over how easy it is with very few ingredients. Let me say that I am a home chef and I have quite the recipe collection but most of them don’t get tested as I tend to do my own thing. I’m also now on my third airfryer in addition to my cuisinart air fryer oven. Cookbook wise, I have 6 or so by Meredith Laurence. I don’t like many cookbook authors as they over complicate things and do not include photos and use hard to come by ingredients. Meredith is my spirit chef!! My recipe collection is really just a bunch of print outs that I’ve altered outside of her cookbooks. My New Years goal is to cook more of her recipes- to date one of my kids’ favorites is pressure cooker sloppy joes. Meredith deserves more praise than she gets and I felt like a review of this amazing recipe would be a fine start.

    1. Wow. Thank you so much, Joanna. I’m so glad you tried and liked this recipe and totally agree that it is one of those dips at a party that makes people ask for the recipe. Thanks for your kind words.

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