Air Fryer Pierogies is easily one of the most requested recipes we get asked to make. These soft pillow-like treats are made with potatoes and cheese and are a delicious quick snack, side dish, or meal on their own.
What are Pierogies?
Pierogi are a small little pillow European dumpling, that can be filled with either sweet or savory filling, and then cooked. When I first found these yummy dumplings in the frozen food section of my local supermarket, I was so excited to try these in the air fryer.
The pierogies I found were just potatoes and cheese, but that was more than enough flavor. They do sell them frozen, and stuffed with other ingredients, like beef, cheddar, sauerkraut, and onion, to name a few. I use Kasia's brand, and they crisp so beautifully in the air fryer.
What you need to make air fryer pierogies
To make these, you will need an air fryer. I made these frozen pierogies in my Cosori Air Fryer - 5.8 quart. Cooking them from frozen only takes 12 minutes, and slightly thawed, cooking time is about 10 minutes.
Although you can make this recipe from scratch, I used frozen already made pierogies to keep this a quick snack or simple meal. Besides the pierogies, you will need an air fryer, and about one tablespoon of olive oil.
Other optional ingredients needed depend on what you want to serve with your pierogies. I like mine just as they are and serve them with sour cream for dipping. For a more traditional Polish topping, you can use caramelized onions, mushrooms, sausage, cabbage, or even vegetables.
How to make Air Fryer Pierogies
To cook these frozen pierogies in the air fryer, begin with evenly laying them out in the basket of air fryer. Try to keep them from overlapping or stacking so they can cook more evenly while they are air frying. Cook in additional batches if necessary.
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You can use cooking oil spray, brush olive oil, or toss to coat, covering both sides of each piece. This will make crispier pierogies and will keep them form sticking to the basket. Once they are lightly coated with olive oil, cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes until they have a golden, crispy texture. Turn them over halfway through cooking.
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Serve while warm with your favorite dipping sauce.
Can I make Frozen Pierogies without oil?
Most air fryer baskets are non-stick, so if you really don't want to use oil, you can go without. I found the oil helps them to have a crispy texture.
My air fryer didn't cook them the same. What did I do wrong?
Not all air fryers are the same. Wattages can be different, so the first time you try this recipe, do a cooking time trial. Start with 7-10 minutes, and then an additional 2-4 minutes until they are golden and have a crisp texture.
Can I re-heat pierogies?
Keep leftovers in an airtight container, and reheat them for 3-4 minutes until they are hot.
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Air Fryer Pierogies
- Air Fryer
- 14 ounces pierogi frozen
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Optional: Sour cream, carmelized onions, mushrooms, or your favorite dipping sauce.
- Evenly lay each piece flat in the basket of air fryer. Try to keep them from overlapping or stacking so they can cook more evenly while they are air frying.
- Use cooking oil spray, brush olive oil, or toss to coat, covering both sides of each piece.
- Once they are lightly coated with olive oil, cook at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes until they have a golden, crispy texture. Turn them over halfway through cooking.
- Serve warm with sour cream, onions, mushrooms, or any of your favorite toppings.
*Nutritional information is a calculated guesstimate. Please note that this can change with different brands and modifications you may make to the recipe. For the most accurate information, use a nutritional calculator with the exact brands and measurements you're using with each recipe.
When I prepare these I have a few steps before. I set temp for my oven to 400degressF for my bacon that I twist each slice and put on a parchment lined pan and bake for 15mins. remove and chop up while I slice onions and pan sear in butter on the stove top and keep warm. Fill a pot with salted water and parboil frozen perogies for 6-8 mins, drain in colander and set in sink. While you are doing all this preheat the air fryer. Place the boiled perogies in and set temp for 390degreesF for 3-5mins, turn over once and continue cooking until how well you prefer golden toasted, and take out of the air fryer, sprinkle bacon and drizzle onions and butter on top. Eat straight away with sour cream or ranch dressing and ketchup of course LOL. I grew up in a Polish family with homemade perogies but do not have the time to make them the traditional way so frozen from my Polish deli are great alternative. I find that taking the actual frozen perogies and placing in the air fryer straight out of the bag is just to tough and dry. So this method has been one I've experimented with and works really well.
Thank you for the extra tips! I didn't start eating these until I was an adult and I LOVE them!
My husband made pierogies in the air fryer and they exploded on him lol. I’m not sure what happened.
Well dang, he may have cooked them at a much higher temperature. Not only that, but it could be your air fryer is "stronger" than the one used here. We use a Cosori 5.8 qt basket style air fryer and that is a 1700 watt air fryer. You will have to adjust to your brand. 🙂 Hope that helps!
Did you thaw them first, or did you just cook them from frozen?
Hi. I put them straight from freezer into the air fryer.
Can I use butter instead of olive oil? I'm Ukrainian, make my own and normally fry them up in a pan with butter.