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Frozen Empanadas in The Air Fryer

Air fryer frozen empanadas are savory pastries filled with meat or vegetables and cheese. All you’ll have to do is cook them in the air fryer for 15 minutes, and they’re ready to eat!

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ready to serve empanadas on platter

My air fryer takes much of the heavy lifting and guesswork that can come with cooking out of the picture. It’s just one of the reasons why I love it so much!

Meals like air fryer chuck roast, air fryer falafel, and air fryer baby back ribs are just a few examples.

Dishes that would normally take hours to prep and cook come together in minutes when you use an air fryer. It’s the ultimate way to save time!

Another one of my favorite air fryer meals is air fryer frozen empanadas.

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You can use your preferred brand (my go-to is Goya) or you can even use your own homemade version.

I like to enjoy several of these paired with Mexican rice, black beans, coleslaw, and corn for a fun dinner idea. You can also take a few to go for a quick and easy snack.

No matter what way you plan on enjoying yours, you’ll be happy to know that this recipe takes just 15 minutes from start to finish.

That means you’ll have more time to spend with loved ones instead of in your kitchen. Now, that’s a win for everyone!

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:

  • The minimal ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe for frozen empanadas in the air fryer.
  • How to make air fryer cheese empanadas or frozen chicken empanadas in the air fryer — and every variety in between!
  • Answers to frequently asked questions like how long to fry frozen empanadas in the air fryer and more.

Whether you’re making Goya frozen empanadas in the air fryer, another brand, or a family recipe, use this recipe instead of traditional cooking methods to save time!

Air Fryer I recommend: Large, easy to clean, square basket, burner on top and bottom. Click to see it.
frozen empanadas

How To Make Frozen Empanadas in the Air Fryer

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F.

STEP TWO: Place your frozen empanadas in the air fryer basket and spray them with cooking oil spray using an EVO Oil Sprayer. Alternatively, you can brush them with an egg wash.

Learn how and when to use oil in the air fryer here.

brushing egg wash on empanada

STEP THREE: Air fry for 10 minutes, then flip. Spray or apply an egg wash and air fry the other side for 4-6 minutes, or until your air fryer empanadas are crispy and golden brown on the outside and fully heated on the inside.

Let them cool slightly before digging in!

air fried empanada

How Long To Fry Frozen Empanadas in the Air Fryer

As indicated in the instructions above and on the recipe card below, start with 10 minutes on one side, flip your air fryer empanadas, and 4-6 minutes on the other side.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re working with air fryer cheese empanadas or frozen chicken empanadas in the air fryer; all varieties should take about 15 minutes in total!

How To Make Goya Empanadas in the Air Fryer

As I mentioned above, I usually make Goya empanadas in the air fryer.

You can use whatever brand you like, but I find that Goya is the best bang for my buck — they’re inexpensive, but the quality is still there.

You can use my exact air-frying method to make yours at home. It won’t take longer than 15 minutes.

empanadas on platter with sauce

Is It Better To Bake Or Fry Empanadas?

It all depends on your preference, but I find that frozen air fryer empanadas have the crispy and golden brown exterior that you would get from traditionally frying them — without any of the excess oil or mess.

Air fryer frozen empanadas also take a lot less time than if you were to bake them. 

How Do I Make Empanadas Crisp?

Make them in the air fryer! Again, no matter what type you want to make: air fryer cheese empanadas or frozen chicken empanadas in the air fryer, they will crisp up beautifully! 

empanada in half with filling visible

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Frozen Empanadas In Air Fryer

Samantha Erb
Frozen empanadas in the air fryer are so easy to make! Start with your favorite brand and then simply throw them in the air fryer to cook.
4.50 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Air Fryer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 793 kcal


  • 4 frozen empanadas store-bought or homemade
  • Cooking oil spray
  • 1 egg optional


  • Preheat an air fryer to 350 degrees F.
  • Place frozen empanadas into the air fryer basket. Spray them with cooking oil spray, or brush with egg wash if you prefer.
  • Air fry for 10 minutes, then flip and spray (or egg wash) the other side and air fry for another 4-6 minutes, or until crisp, golden brown, and heated through. Allow to cool slightly before serving.


Serving: 1gCalories: 793kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 27gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 995mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4g
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