Easy Air Fryer Potstickers and Dumplings

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Easy air fryer frozen dumplings or potstickers are delicious, quick and so great for a quick meal or snack anytime.

Our family loves to cook, but some nights I’ll be honest: I’m just way too tired to put a real meal together. We have worked really hard over the past few years to not automatically default to delivery on those nights, and instead have fallen in love with homemade takeout.

One of my “comfort foods” has always been Chinese food, and I love a good dumpling. On nights where I’m pressed for time, I’ll whip up these easy air fryer potstickers with the frozen dumplings in our freezer, pair them with a little rice or noodles and have a full meal in just a few minutes.

plate of air fryer potsticker

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How to Make Air Fryer Frozen Potstickers

Air fryer frozen potstickers are insanely easy to make, and require minimal clean up. Using this recipe, you can make crispy, gold brown air fryer dumplings without the mess of frying them up on the stove. Just scroll down for the full recipe card.

The most important part of the entire recipe is making sure you add enough oil spray to the frozen dumplings before cooking so that they turn out nice and crispy.

If you don’t add enough oil, your air fryer potsticker will dry out and get tough, so be sure you are generous with it.

To make air fryer frozen potstickers, you first want to be sure to thoroughly coat the dumplings in oil or cooking spray. Again, this step is really important so the air fryer potstickers turn out nice and crispy!

Add the frozen dumplings to the air fryer in a single layer. Do NOT stack the dumplings or overcrowd the basket, as they won’t cook correctly this way. If necessary, cook in batches to be sure there’s enough room for the hot air to circulate.

layer of dumplings in air fryer

Cook, flip, cook a bit longer and serve with soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil or your favorite dipping sauce. Top with diced green onion and sesame seeds as garnish if you’d like!

The frozen dumplings don’t need to thaw before cooking, which is one of the best parts of this easy recipe.

Keep in mind that there are several factors that go into the cooking time of this air fryer potsticker recipe. Depending on the brand you purchase and the type of dumpling, frozen dumplings can vary in thickness, size and type of filling. This can all effect how yours cook.

Different air fryers also cook in different ways, with some running much hotter than others. I always recommend that when you make a new recipe for the first time in your air fryer that you start with the shortest cook time to see how it turns out in your personal device.

Once you cook this recipe once, you’ll have a better idea of what cook time you need depending on the size of the frozen dumplings you like to purchase and the model of the air fryer you own. You might find you need less time or more time to air fry potstickers. The final crispy amount comes down to your personal preference.

air fryer with potstickers

Nutrition will also vary depending on the brand of frozen dumplings you purchase. The nutrition facts for this recipe are based on the brand my family personally purchases. Always pay attention to the nutrition stats for the foods you choose to buy.

Want to make this into a full meal? Pair your air fryer potstickers with our Simple and Easy Sesame Rice or whip up some quick white rice using How to Make Rice in an Instant Pot! These also are great with everyone’s favorite super fast ramen. Air fryer dumplings go great with egg rolls or spring rolls, and also makes great appetizers and a yummy side dish too.

plate of air fryer potstickers with soy sauce

Tools Needed to Make Air Fryer Frozen Dumplings

In order to make this easy air fryer frozen potsticker recipe, you need an air fryer! If you have a family or like being able to cook bigger portions, I recommend a large capacity air fryer like this Cosori air fryer or Ninja air fryer:

We personally own this Ninja Foodie XL with 2 baskets and I’m in love. It’s big enough to put a whole chicken in one side and cook a side at the same time in the other basket!

You also need cooking spray. You can choose the type you personally like, but in our home we use a coconut oil cooking spray. Olive oil or avocado oil cooking spray also work great.

Be sure you are generous with the oil to ensure you have crispy dumplings that aren’t dried out.

air fryer set to cook with potstickers

What’s the difference between air fryer potstickers, air fryer dumplings, wontons and gyoza?

When it comes to frozen options, dumplings, potstickers, gyoza and wontons are pretty much the same thing. Different brands call their products by different names, especially in the frozen food aisle. There are a lot of different varieties.

Keep in mind that FRESH wontons, gyoza, potstickers and dumplings are all made slightly differently with different ingredients. But since our recipe is a quick homemade takeout recipe using the frozen food you can easily find at your grocery store, there’s no special type you need for this easy air fryer potsticker recipe to be created.

We’ve experimented a bunch with how to make dumplings, and this is the best way to quickly make a simple meal with minimal mess to clean up!

Store the leftover dumplings in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Other air fryer recipes you might enjoy: Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

plate of air fryer potstickers with soy sauce

Easy Air Fryer Potstickers and Dumplings

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Easy air fryer frozen dumplings or potstickers are delicious, quick and so great for a quick meal or snack anytime.

Ingredients

  • 12 Frozen Potstickers (also known as dumplings, wontons or gyoza)
  • Oil cooking spray
  • Diced green onions for serving

Instructions

  1. Using your cooking spray, spray the inside of your air fryer basket and thoroughly coat the frozen dumplings in oil, too. Place them in a single layer in the air fryer basket, being sure to leave a little space between each so that the air can circulated.
  2. Set your air fryer to 390 F and cook the frozen potstickers for 5-7 minutes. Open the basket and flip the dumplings over. Cook them for another 2-5 minutes until both sides are golden brown and crispy.
  3. Serve with rice or noodles for a full meal and garnish with green onions.

Notes

You do not need to thaw the frozen potstickers. This recipe is written so you can use them directly out of the freezer!

Be sure to completely coat the frozen dumplings in oil before cooking, or the frozen potstickers will dry out.

Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. Place the frozen dumplings in a single layer, allowing a little space in between each so that the air can circulate while cooking. If needed you can cook the dumplings in batches!

Keep in mind that there are several factors that go into the cook time of this air fryer potsticker recipe. Depending on the brand you purchase, frozen dumplings can vary in thickness, size and type of filling. This can all effect how yours cook.

Different air fryers also cook in different ways, with some running much hotter than others. I always recommend that when you make a new recipe for the first time in your air fryer that you start with the shortest cook time to see how it turns out in your personal device.

Once you cook this recipe once, you’ll have a better idea of what cook time you need depending on the size of the frozen dumplings you like to purchase and the model of the air fryer you own.

Nutrition will also vary depending on the brand of frozen dumplings you purchase. The nutrition facts for this recipe are based on the brand my family personally purchases. Always pay attention to the nutrition stats for the foods you choose to buy if that is important to you.



Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 4 dumplings
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 220Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 540mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 10g

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I hope you love these air fryer pot stickers! This recipe makes it so easy to whip up frozen Chinese dumplings anytime.

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