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Air Fryer Frozen Potstickers and Dumplings

Pot sticker, potstickers, dumplings…no matter what you call these flavorful bite-sized culinary gems, you’ll never go back to preparing them any other way once you make these Air Fryer Potstickers!

A plate of air fryer potstickers

Can you put frozen potstickers in the air fryer?

Yes, you can put potstickers directly from the freezer into your air fryer. There’s no need to thaw them first, making them a great way to enjoy a meal or appetizer quickly!

The best way to cook frozen potstickers

The air fryer is definitely the easiest way to cook frozen potstickers. Of course, it’s also easy to fry them in a hot skillet, but I like being able to set my timer and basically walk away. They’ll need to be flipped halfway through the cooking time, but that only takes a minute and allows the potstickers and/or dumplings to get crispy all the way around.

How long do you cook air fryer potstickers?

This will depend on the size and thickness of your potstickers or dumplings. Most frozen potstickers are roughly the same size, so it’s pretty easy to gauge how long you’ll need. 8-10 minutes is a great guideline. I always cook mine for 6 minutes to start, then I flip them and check them every minute or so. Once they’re golden brown on the outside and the filling is cooked through, they’re ready to be enjoyed!

Note that you can skip preheating your air fryer and add a couple of minutes to the cooking time.

A plate of air fryer dumplings

Tips for cooking frozen potstickers and dumplings

  • The most important thing is to use a generous amount of oil. You don’t want your potstickers or frozen dumplings to turn out greasy, yet if you don’t use enough oil they outside will be dry once the inside is cooked through. Spray them well on all sides with cooking spray, then brush with oil when you turn them halfway through the cooking time.
  • No need to thaw them first! They turn out perfect from frozen so save yourself that step.
  • Make sure to flip air fryer potstickers to get them crispy on all sides. You can skip this step but they might not get as crispy (some people prefer them that way).

What’s the difference between potstickers and dumplings?

Essentially there’s no difference between potstickers and dumplings. Potstickers are actually a type of dumpling that’s usually fried in a pan or sometimes boiled. However, there are many different types of dumplings (Instant Pot Chicken & Dumplings, anyone?); potstickers just happen to be one type.

Easy dipping sauce for air fryer potstickers

Potstickers made in the air fryer benefit greatly from having a dipping sauce to serve them with. Most frozen dumplings and potstickers you buy will have a sauce included, but if you’re like me, you’ll run out of the sauce long before the potstickers. Here are some ideas for sauces you can keep on hand, including a quick recipe for a potsticker dipping sauce:

  • Hoisin sauce – Go easy on this one as it’s very sweet, but it’s so delicious!
  • Duck sauce – Same as the above. It’s sweet but tastes great with potstickers and other types of Asian dumplings.
  • Soy Ginger Sauce – Mix about 1/4 cup of soy sauce with a couple of teaspoons freshly minced ginger. Allow it to sit at room temperature while you’re cooking your air fryer potstickers, then add a tiny amount of sesame oil to taste.
  • Hot Chili Oil – This one is for the spice lovers out there! Depending on the heat level of the sauce, you might want to go easy and just dip the tip. I love this sauce in combination with any of the others, too.
  • Soy Dipping Sauce – This will come closest to what typically comes inside a bag of frozen potstickers. Mix 1/4 cup of soy sauce with 1/2 tsp of rice vinegar, 1/4 tsp sesame oil, and a teaspoon or so of sugar (start with a teaspoon and add a tiny bit more if you prefer it sweeter). You can also add some crushed red pepper for a little heat, and some chopped scallions or sesame seeds if you’ve got some on hand.

You might also like these Air Fryer Brats and Air Fryer Tater Tots!

A plate of air fryer potstickers on a wooden table with two dipping sauces

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A plate of air fryer potstickers on a wooden table with two dipping sauces

Air Fryer Frozen Dumplings and Potstickers

Yield: 12 potstickers
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Pot sticker, potstickers, dumplings...no matter what you call these flavorful bite-sized culinary gems, you'll never go back to preparing them any other way once you make them in your air fryer!

Ingredients

  • 12-15 frozen dumplings (more or less depending on the size of your air fryer basket)
  • cooking spray
  • olive oil, for brushing halfway through (optional and only if necessary)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 380°F.
  2. Carefully place the frozen potstickers or dumplings into the basket of the air fryer, taking care to make sure they're in one layer. Spray them well with cooking spray on all sides (make sure they're completely coated).
  3. Close the air fryer and set the timer to air fry for 6 minutes. Check the dumplings and lightly brush them with additional oil (either olive oil or give them another coating of cooking spray). Flip each dumpling over and set the timer for another 2 minutes.
  4. Check them to see if they're lightly browned on all sides and cooked completely through. Add another minute at a time until they're done to your liking.
  5. Remove from the air fryer and serve them immediately with the dipping sauce of your choice.

Notes

See the post for dipping sauce ideas!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 1016mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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