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Air Fryer Frozen Dumplings (Potstickers)

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Air fryers offer a versatility that a lot of other appliances don’t. You can roast vegetables, cook chicken, hard-boil eggs, and even cook frozen food, like these Air Fryer Dumplings.

I’ve tried cooking dumplings and gyoza by pan steaming and they just don’t come out as crispy as I like. Air frying frozen dumplings makes them extra crispy while keeping the insides fresh and hot.

I now refuse to make them any other way.

Check out this list of other frozen foods to cook in your air fryer!

Dipping Air Fryer Dumpling in Sauce on a white plate

I used my Cosori Air Fryer to make this recipe. It has a square basket, which gave me a little more room for cooking these dumplings all in one batch.

As a mom, I love putting together easy dinners. One of my favorite cuisines to cook is Asian. It inspired this dumpling dipping sauce and this dish will create a simple stir fry when paired with sautéed veggies and rice.

If you’re not using your Instant Pot to make rice, I recommend trying it tonight. It’s so easy and tastes better than making any kind of instant rice.

Speaking of Instant Pot, if you prefer your dumplings steamed, try making your frozen dumplings in the Instant Pot!

Title and Shown: Air Fried Dumplings (being dipped into sauce)


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How to Make Air Fryer Dumplings

Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees for about 4 minutes.

Place dumplings inside of air fryer in one layer and spray with oil using an EVO Oil Mister. The dumplings can touch but should not be stacked.

Keeping the food in an even layer allows for more even cooking. If stacked, they can start to stick together and now brown up to the crispy pot stickers they should be.

Cook the dumplings for 5 minutes, shake the basket then spray with a little more oil. I find this helps them keep from getting dry. You can skip this step if you find your frozen dumplings don’t appear dry at all.

Cook the dumplings for an additional 4-6 minutes until they are golden brown on top.

Remove the air fryer dumplings from the basket and let sit for 2 minutes.

Air Fryer Dumplings with Sauce on a white plate

How to Prepare the Dumpling Dipping Sauce

This is a super simple sauce I make while the dumplings are cooking. It can be made in literally 2 minutes when all ingredients are out and on the counter.

Place the soy sauce, water, maple syrup, garlic powder, rice vinegar, and red pepper flakes in a bowl and whisk together. Add in sesame seeds if desired.

That’s it!

You can also swap the maple syrup for molasses in a pinch if you are out of real maple syrup.

Serve the dipping sauce alongside the Air Fryer Frozen Dumplings and enjoy!

Closeup of Dumpling sauce in white bowl with sesame seeds in it

How Long Do You Cook Potstickers For in an Air Fryer?

Frozen dumplings, just one kind of potstickers, are best cooked at 370 degrees for 9 to 11 minutes.

Shake the basket 1 time halfway through and spray more oil halfway through if needed. I recommend using an EVO Oil Sprayer. You can learn more about what oils to use in your air fryer here.


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Yield: 2 servings

Air Fryer Dumplings (Potstickers)

Dipping Air Fryer Dumpling in Sauce on a white plate

An easy dumpling recipe made in an air fryer from frozen. Includes a 2-minute dipping sauce.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

Dumplings

  • 8 ounces frozen vegetable, pork, or chicken dumplings

Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup (or molasses)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • small pinch of red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees for about 4 minutes.
  2. Place the frozen dumplings inside the air fryer in one layer and spray with oil.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes, shake the basket, then spray with a little more oil.
  4. Cook dumplings for another 4-6 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the dipping sauce by mixing ingredients together.
  6. Remove the air fryer dumplings from the basket and let sit for another 2 minutes before enjoying.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 233Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 1883mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 4gSugar: 15gProtein: 18g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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12 thoughts on “Air Fryer Frozen Dumplings (Potstickers)”

  1. I’m so glad you loved them, Donna. Potstickers in the air fryer are a favorite of mine and we always have them in the freezer!

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    • I’m so glad to hear Ashley! They’re my personal favorite way to make them. I even bought some more to make for our stir fry night this week!

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  2. Thank you for sharing this recipe, I used my Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid from Williams Sanmoa , timing was perfect, way less time than in the instant pot for steaming , plus more like the buffet when you go to the restauraunt! Thank you so much! I used canola oil spray, worked wonders!

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    • So glad you enjoyed it, Rebecca! I love my Instant Pot, but you’re right. It’s so much more time. I love how quickly these dumplings cook up in the air fryer. I actually just bought some more to make this weekend too.

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  3. This looks really good and I’d like to make it but how do I make the dumpling itself if I don’t want to use frozen ones? Do I use egg roll wrappers or croissant dough?

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    • Hi Renee, the texture of a dumpling is different than a croissant or egg wrapper (although air fryer wontons are delicious in their own right). If you’re making them fresh, I would make the dough from scratch or find a premade dough at an Asian grocery store.

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  4. I tried this and nearly broke my teeth. It just did not work with what I got bc the wrapper got very hard and crunchy. I had to do it the traditional way (oil in a pan and then cover to steam) and then crisp them up in the air fryer.

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    • I’m so sorry this didn’t work for you, Chris. The outside is supposed to get crunchy, but not tough enough to break your teeth! Did you spray oil on them when cooking? This makes a huge difference to make sure they don’t get too hard to eat.

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  5. Sorry, I followed the directions entirely and we thought they were awful. They turned out dry like cardboard.
    In my opinion, they need to be made with directions on the pot sticker instructions.

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    • So sorry you were not a fan, Judy. These are one of my favorites in the air fryer and we make them all the time. They can become dry if enough oil is not added when cooking.

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