10 Minutes Air Fryer Frozen Pierogies

If you want to cook a quick meal for a weeknight meal or after-school snack, these Air Fryer frozen pierogies won’t disappoint you. It is easy and flavorful and takes only 10 minutes to cook.

I had Pierogies for the first time when I was over at my Ukrainian colleague’s house after work. And I fell in love with the flavor of potato and cheese-filled pierogies.

And now a pack of frozen pierogies is a staple in my freezer section, along with my other favorite frozen food.

Pierogies plated in white dish with sourcream as side

Before discovering the Air Fryer recipe, I used to thaw and boil frozen pierogies for cooking. With an Air fryer, cooking time is almost cut in half, and it comes out crunchy from the outside and creamy inside.

Whether cooking Mrs. T’s Pierogies in an Air Fryer or Cheemo Pierogies in an Air Fryer, they will make a delicious after-school snack, kid’s meal, or a side dish. For another under 10 minutes delicious meal, check out the Air Fryer pita flatbread pizza recipe.

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What is Pierogi?

Pierogi are dumplings filled with a savory or sweet filling. They are a staple food in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe cuisines. Pierogies are also very popular in American and Canadian cuisine.

Homemade pierogies are made from unleavened dough with various fillings like mashed potatoes, cheese, meat, or vegetables.

Usually, pierogies are boiled and then pan-fried before serving as a snack or side dish. But with the ease of cooking in an Air Fryer, you don’t have to boil or pan fry frozen or fresh pierogies. Instead, you can just put the pierogies in the Air fryer and let it do the magic. You will have your frozen or fresh pierogies ready to serve in less than 10 minutes!

Why should you Cook Pierogies in Air Fryer? 

Air Fryer pierogies are the fastest way to cook pierogies. You don’t need to thaw, boil, or pan fry frozen pierogies when cooking them in Air Fryer!

All you have to do is toss the frozen pierogies in the Air Fryer basket, spray olive oil over pierogies and turn the Air Fryer on. It will be ready in 10 minutes or under.

Air Fryer frozen pierogies cook really well with a crispy outside and soft and creamy inside. And because it just takes 10 minutes to cook, it makes a great after-school snack or weekend lunch.

Cooking pierogies in Air Fryer would save you from cleaning pots and pans. If you were to boil and pan-fry frozen pierogies. With Air Fryer, you will only need to clean the Air Fryer basket after cooking. And if you use parchment paper to line the Air Fryer basket, you can get away without cleaning too!

Ingredients 

Frozen Pierogies

Olive oil or avocado oil or cooking spray

An Air Fryer – You can use an Air Fryer Basket, Oven model, or Instant Pot Crisp Lid. The recipe works with any model of Air Fryer.

How to Make 10 Minutes Air Fryer Frozen Pierogies? 

Here is a step-by-step method of cooking 10 Minutes Air Fryer frozen pierogies. 

Preheat an Air Fryer at 400°F (200°C).

Frozen Pierogies in AN air Fryer basket

Arrange frozen pierogies in the Air fryer basket in a single layer. (You can lay parchment paper in Air Fryer basket if you prefer) 

Oli brushed frozen pierogies

Then generously apply olive oil over frozen pierogies until they are fully covered.

Brown pierogies in an Air Fryer basket

Let it cook for 10 minutes by flipping them halfway through.

Let it cook until it is done. You may need to increase or decrease cooking time depending on the Air Fryer you have. Cook them until they reach your desired crispness.

Tips for Cooking Air Fryer Frozen Pierogies

You do not need to thaw frozen pierogies before cooking them in Air Fryer.

Coat pierogies evenly with olive oil before cooking to make sure it cooks crispy from the outside.

Arrange pierogies in a single layer in an air fryer basket. Too much crowding the basket will result in soggy pierogies. If you need more, cook them in batches.

Sometimes pierogies pop in the Air Fryer, resulting in filling coming out of its shell. To ensure it does not pop, make a few tiny holes on perogies for hot air to escape before cooking in Air Fryer. I do not usually poke holes in pierogies when cooking for the kid. But when I am cooking for guests and want a perfect look of pierogies, I poke small holes on frozen pierogies, and they come out perfect every time.

How long can you cook frozen pierogies in an air fryer?

Depending on the Air fryer model, make, and type, cooking time may vary. So, it may take more than or less than 10 minutes to cook.

If you are cooking frozen pierogies in the Air Fryer for the first time, check them often at the end of cooking to adjust the cooking time for desired crispness.

Pierogies air fryer Temperature

If you are cooking frozen pierogies in Air Fryer, here is a general temperature and time suggestion for cooking. But like I said before, cooking time and temperature vary depending upon the model, make, and type of Air Fryer. So, you use these temperatures and time as a reference guide only. It is best to check before cooking time is up for any Air Fryer recipe.

Frozen Pierogies – 400°F (200°C) for 9-10 mins

Mini Pierogies – 400°F (200°C) for 6-7 mins

Fresh Pierogies – First cook at 360°F for 5 mins then at 400°F for 4-5 mins for crispness

Can you reheat Pierogies in Air Fryer? 

If you have leftover pierogies from last night’s meal, you can reheat them in the Air Fryer. Place the leftover pierogies in an Air Fryer basket, spray them with cooking oil, and reheat them at 360°F (180°C) for 2-3 minutes or until warm and crisp.

FAQs

Can you Cook Pierogies without oil in Air Fryer?

Yes, you could. But cooking pierogies without oil in Air Fryer may not cook outside layer of pierogies to your desired crispness. You may want to use cooking spray if you don’t want to use too much oil while cooking in Air Fryer.

Do you have to boil Frozen pierogies before Air Frying?

No, you do not need to boil frozen pierogies before Air Frying. Air Fryer will cook them crispy from the outside and soft from inside.

Do I need to preheat Air Fryer before cooking?

Yes, it is best to preheat Air Fryer before cooking. It gives cooking a jump start and reduces cooking time. If you don’t preheat Air Fryer, you need to add a few more minutes to your cooking time.

What does Pierogi taste like?

Depending on the filling of pierogi, it will taste different. Pierogies are filled with ingredients ranging from mashed potatoes, cheese, fried onion, meat. You will also find pierogies filled with sweet cheese and savory berries that you can serve as dessert.

After you print out this recipe from the recipe card below, check out this Air Fryer Potato Cheese Balls for kids as a snack or as a side dish for your next get-together.

10 Minutes Air Fryer Frozen Pierogies

Recipe by PiaraCourse: Main Course, Side dish, SnackCuisine: PolishDifficulty: Easy
Servings

3

servings
Prep time

2

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes

10 Minutes Air Fryer frozen pierogies come out crispy on the outside and soft from the inside.

Ingredients

  • 1 Lb Pack of Frozen Pierogies

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil

Directions

  • Preheat an Air Fryer at 400°F (200°C).
  • Arrange frozen pierogies in the Air fryer basket in a single layer. (You can lay parchment paper in Air Fryer basket if you prefer) 
  • Then generously apply olive oil over frozen pierogies until they are fully covered.
  • Let it cook for 10 minutes by flipping them halfway through.
  • Let it cook until it is done. You may need to increase or decrease cooking time depending on the Air Fryer you have. Cook them until they reach your desired crispness.

Notes

  • You do not need to thaw frozen pierogies before cooking in Air Fryer.
  • Coat pierogies evenly with olive oil before cooking to make sure it cooks crispy from outside.
  • Arrange pierogies in a single layer in an air fryer basket. Crowding the basket will result in soggy pierogies. If you need more, cook them in batches.
  • Sometimes pierogies pop in the Air Fryer, resulting in filling coming out of its shell. To ensure it does not pop, make a few tiny holes on perogies for hot air to escape before cooking in Air Fryer. I do not usually poke holes in pierogies when cooking for the kid. But when I am cooking for guests and want a perfect look of pierogies, I poke small holes on frozen pierogies, and they come out perfect every time.

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