Wondering how to cook frozen perogies in the air fryer? We'll show you all the best tips and tricks. Air Fryer Pierogi are crispy on the outside and beautifully soft on the inside. Ready just 10 minutes or less.
If you have a stash of frozen pierogies in the freezer, the did you know that you can cook them in the air fryer?!
Air Fryer Pierogi get lovely and crispy on the outside, while the inside stays nice and tender. Plus, they're ready in just 10 minutes or less.
You don't need to boil or thaw the frozen perogi either! Just rub or spray them with a little oil, put them in the air fryer and cook. Easy peasy.
They're perfect to eat as a hearty side dish or as a snack with your favorite dipping sauce.
I absolutely love pierogies. I remember first having them at my childhood friend Nikki's house. Her Ukrainian mum made them as part of a wonderful traditional feast.
I introduced my husband to them years ago, and now they're a regular on our meal plan. Perogy are just so easy, tasty, and always a family crowd-pleaser.
- What are Pierogies?
- Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Ingredients & Tools
- Step By Step Tutorial
- Best Time & Temperature for Air Fried Pierogies
- Serving Suggestions
- Pierogi Sauce Ideas
- What is an Air Fryer?
- Why Should I Use an Air Fryer?
- What type of Air Fryer should I get?
- More Air Fryer Recipes
- 📖 Recipe
- 💬 Comments
What are Pierogies?
A pierogi is a dumpling made from unleavened dough. They are filled with a variety of sweet or savoury fillings such as cream cheese, sauerkraut, meat, onion, or mashed potatoes and formed into a half-moon shape.
They are served mostly as a side dish, boiled then pan-fried, and delicious comfort food.
Although there are many ways you can cook pierogies, I have found that using my air fryer seems to be the best easy method.
I simply take a bag of Mrs. T’s frozen pierogies (or other brands!), coat them with a bit of oil and air fry them until they are nice and crispy for a side dish or snack that’s cooked in just 10 minutes.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
The dough on the outside crisps up nicely leaving the middle pillowy, soft, and delicious!
Clean-up is minimal. You won’t have to get out any pots and pans to make this recipe. They cook right in the air fryer basket.
It’s a quick side dish or snack. Since they cook straight from frozen in 10 minutes or less, you’ll be able to have these hot and ready in no time.
Make them for snack time. Believe it or not, crispy pierogies make great snacks! Serve them up on a platter with your favorite dipping sauce.
Ingredients & Tools
Air Fryer - For this recipe, you’ll need to use an air fryer. An air fryer is a tiny convection oven that uses dry circulating heat to perfectly cook food on all surfaces at once.
Frozen Pierogies - You’ll need about 1 pound of frozen pierogies. Each bag usually contains about 12 pieces.
Oil - 2 teaspoons canola or vegetable oil.
Step By Step Tutorial
Wondering how to make frozen pierogies in the air fryer? Follow this step-by-step photo tutorial, then scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredients list and method.
Preheat the air fryer to 400°F/200°C.
Toss the pierogies with oil until fully coated.
Add the oiled pierogies to the bottom of the air fryer basket and cook for approx 10 minutes.
Flipping the pierogies with tongs halfway through.
Check pierogies to see if they are fully cooked. They may need more or less time to cook depending on how fast your air fryer cooks. Remove with tongs and serve hot.
Best Time & Temperature for Air Fried Pierogies
- Frozen Pierogies - 10-12 minutes at 400°F/200°C.
- Shelf Stable Pierogies - 8-10 minutes at 400°F/200°C.
- Mini Pierogies - 6-8 minutes at 400°F/200°C.
To oil the pierogies evenly, brush each with oil or use your hands to make sure each piece is fully coated.
Make sure the pierogies are in a single layer in your air fryer basket. If they overlap, they may steam too much and get soggy. You may have to cook them in batches for the best results.
Just like ovens, air fryers all have different variances in time vs temperature. It’s best to check your pierogies after 8 minutes to see if they need more or less cooking time and adjust until they are cooked to your desired texture.
Serve your air fryer pierogies with steamed green veggies, crispy fried onions, and a dollop of sour cream. Add a scoop of homemade sauerkraut.
Serve on a hearty Green Salad.
Try them with a generous helping of Mushroom Stroganoff.
Dip them into a bowl of Alabama White Sauce.
Pierogi Sauce Ideas
There are many tasty pierogi sauces that you can use to dip them in or drizzle on.
- Sour Cream
- Cheese Sauce
- Melted Garlic Butter
- Homemade ketchup
- BBQ Sauce
- Buffalo Dip
- French Onion Dip
- Garlic White Sauce
- Ranch Dressing
- Non-fat Greek Yogurt
- Hot Sauce
- Spinach Dip
- White Bean Dip
- Tartar Sauce
- Alabama White Sauce
- Caramelized onions
- Sriracha Aioli
- Carrot hummus or pea hummus
What is an Air Fryer?
An Air Fryer is a healthier alternative to frying food and it's perfect for foods like frozen hashbrowns, fries or pierogies in the air fryer.
Instead of deep-frying or shallow frying, both of which use lots of oil, an air fryer uses circulated hot air to cook the food, allowing you to use little or no oil.
An air fryer is essentially a small electric convection oven that sits on your countertop.
When it circulates hot air inside the machine, food gets crispy, similarly to fried food, but without submerging the food in all the greasy oil!
Why Should I Use an Air Fryer?
I am a huge fan of the Air Fryer for so many reasons!
- It's healthier since it uses a LOT less oil than pan-frying or deep frying.
- Air Frying cooks food FAST.
- You don't need to heat the oven, so the house stays cool on warm days.
- It's EASY to use and quick to clean up.
If you're thinking about getting an Air Fryer, I highly recommend it. Check out my recommendations below!
What type of Air Fryer should I get?
There are many Air Fryers to choose from, so here are some options to check out!
Instant Pot Vortex Plus 10 Quart, 7-in-1 Multi-Use Air Fryer.
Ninja Air Fryer - 4 Quart.
COSORI Smart WiFi Air Fryer - 5.8 Quart, 13 Functions & 'Shake Remind'.
GoWISE USA Air Fryer & Dehydrator 7 Quart.
Important Note: Air fryer cooking temperatures vary depending on the model, make and type, so use the cooking time and temperature in this recipe as a guide only and check and adjust as needed. Start checking before the recommended cooking time is up.
Storing: Store air-fried pierogies in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or add back to the air fryer and cook at 325F until warm and crispy.
Freezing: Because the pierogies were previously frozen, re-freezing is not recommended.
You could, but the texture of the outside may change and not become browned and crispy. You only need a little oil, so it's best to use it, whether tossed, brushed or sprayed onto the food.
One serving is 4 regular-sized pierogies or 11 mini pierogies.
Yes! Preheating the air fryer gets the cooking process jumpstarted because it needs to both thaw and air fry at the same time. If you don’t preheat the air fryer, it may take a few minutes more to cook.
Pierogies are a traditional dumpling that are popular in Central European and Eastern European countries. They're widely eaten in Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Belarus, Slovakia, Germany, Lithuania, and more. They're also commonly found in the United States, Canada and the UK, originally brought over by immigrant communities long ago.
Pierogies are also called perogy, perogie, perogi, pierogy ruskie, varenyky, vareniki, perogie, pirogi, pirohy, pyrohy, peroge, pirogy.
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Air Fryer Pierogies
- 16 oz 1lb/450g pack of frozen pierogies approx 12
- 2 teaspoons canola or vegetable oil
- Heat the air fryer to 400°F/200°C.
- Add the frozen pierogies to a bowl and toss with the olive oil. Spray or brush the air fryer basket with oil.
- TIP: I use my hands to rub the oil all over the pierogies to ensure they’re lightly coated.
- Place the pierogies into the basket of the air fryer in a single layer (cook in batches if necessary).
- Cook for 10 minutes, shaking the basket (or flipping them with tongs) halfway through.
- Check and cook a little longer if you want your pierogies crispier or less time to make them a bit softer.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.