I love to make frozen food in my air fryer. And frozen dumplings or pot stickers are one of my preferred air fryer recipes. They go very well in the air fryer, and anyone can get addicted to them.
A tasty and practical way to enjoy your favorite dumplings without the fuss of conventional cooking is to air fry them. Utilizing an air fryer, you can cook frozen dumplings to perfection in just a few minutes, making it an ideal solution for busy households or those looking for a healthier alternative to deep frying.
How To Cook Air Fryer Frozen Dumplings
Air fryer frozen dumplings can be cooked in just 12 minutes. You just need your favorite brand of frozen dumplings, oil spray, and an air fryer. And you will be amazed by the amazing taste with just these ingredients and the dish will make your taste buds sing.
10 Frozen Dumplings (Chicken or Veggies Variant)
Oil spray, to coat the dumplings
Step-1: Preheat your air fryer.
Step-2: Place the frozen dumplings in the air fryer basket in a single layer ensuring some sufficient space between them.
Step-3: Spray the dumplings with olive oil.
Step-4: Cook them at 360 F for 5-6 minutes. After that take out the basket and check their condition, flip them, and put the basket back in the air fryer.
Step-5: Cook for another 7-8 minutes at the same temperature.
Tips & Notes
1- If you are cooking them for the first time, then keep checking them after every 3 minutes once half-time has passed. Keep observing them until they have reached your desired level of doneness.
2- Don’t thaw the dumplings, cook them frozen.
3- This recipe was tested with a medium size air fryer with a capacity of 5.2 Qt., if you are using a large air fryer, dumplings can be cooked more quickly.
4- Don’t stack the pot stickers, or else they will result in uneven cooking.
5- Make sure to use oil and coat them with oil before air frying.
6- For more crispiness, coat them with oil once again after half-time has passed.
What’s the difference between Air Fried Frozen Pot stickers, Dumplings, Gyoza, and Wontons?
These are interchangeable names of the same item. Some people call them dumplings, some use pot stickers, and some prefer saying gyoza or wontons.
Pot stickers: These Chinese dumplings are also referred to as “guotie” or “jiaozi.” Typically, a thin wheat flour wrapper containing ground meat and veggies is used to make pot stickers.
Dumplings: This phrase refers to a variety of filled dough pockets from many cuisines and is extremely general. Dumplings often refer to Chinese-style dumplings like pot stickers when discussing Asian food. However, they can also include various variations like Japanese gyoza.
Gyoza: Gyoza is a type of Japanese snack that are like pot stickers but with a more delicate filling and a thinner wrapper. Usually, ground beef, cabbage, garlic, and green onions are combined to fill them.
Wontons: Wontons are another type of Chinese dumpling, made with a thin, square-shaped wrapper filled with ground meat (beef or shrimp) and vegetables.
What are some suggested dipping sauces for air-fried dumplings?
You can make any dipping sauce of your choice. Or you buy any sauce from the grocery store. Below are some of the useful suggestions:
How does the texture of air-fried dumplings differ from steamed or boiled ones?
It differs significantly, although both air-fried and steamed dumplings are healthy. But the texture is different. Air-fried pot stickers are more golden brown, crispy, and crunchy. However, steamed pot stickers are more soft and fluffy both from the outside and inside.
Can I reheat cooked pot stickers in the air fryer?
Yes without any doubt.
1- Place the leftover pot stickers in the air fryer.
2- Reheat them at 350 F for 2-3 minutes or until hot enough from the inside.
What is the recommended cooking temperature for air-frying frozen dumplings?
Medium-high temperature suits well with air-fried dumplings. For this recipe, I have used 360 F and they cook well at this temperature. You can increase the temperature to 370 -380 F as well. But adjust the cooking time accordingly so they are not burnt.
How long does it take to cook frozen dumplings in an air fryer?
10-12 minutes are required for air frying frozen dumplings. But the time can vary slightly as different air fryer heats up differently and their performance also varies.
- Air Fryer
- 8-10 Frozen Dumplings (Chicken or Veggies Variant)
- Oil spray, to coat the dumplings
- Start by preheating your air fryer.
- Place the frozen dumplings in the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving enough space between each one.
- Coat the dumplings with thin layer of olive oil.
- Cook them at 360 F for 5-6 minutes. After that take out the basket and check their condition, flip them, and put the basket back in the air fryer.
- Cook for another 7-8 minutes at the same temperature.