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Frozen Potstickers in Air Fryer

Frozen potstickers in air fryer are the best! Tender meat or vegetables inside with crispy dough on the outside. Perfect lunch or dinner.

frozen potstickers in air fryer

If you haven’t tried potstickers in air fryer yet, they’re so good! Skip the spitting oil to get them crispy and try this easy air fryer recipe. (affiliate links present)

We started this journey making air fryer frozen french fries.

They were such a game changer we tried other frozen items and oh WOW we were obsessed.

If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

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I started with some mini won tons I found next to these. They were really tiny but the same method worked so I thought I’d share.

The thing is with these you really want the insides to be tender but crisp outsides.

That isn’t super easy to do if you throw them in. You need to “cook” the insides so they’re soft first.

  • The best way to do involves some wet paper towels and a microwave.

That only takes about 2 minutes to get each piece soft and ready to throw inside your electric air fryer.

air fryer frozen potstickers

Here are a few questions you might have before you get started here:

What are the best frozen potstickers?

I only have 2 choices where we live but if you’re in a larger area you might have more. Bibigo has a chicken and veggie one that tops the list, followed by the one’s at Trader Joe’s, Wei Chuan and Shirakiku have styles that are more like dumplings.

I feel like the dumpling or won ton versions with a thinner, wetter wrapper turn out best.

How do you cook frozen potstickers?

Before making air fryer potstickers I used to put them in a pan with some water. With a lid on they’d steam to soften. Then I’d have to drain the water, add butter into the pan and let them brown that way.

We prefer this method now.

Can you microwave frozen potstickers?

Yes, we did that in the first step. You could stop after that and not air fry to crisp if you wanted. Just wet thick paper towels, wrap them inside and microwave for 2 minutes to soften.

This is what ours looked like in the bag. They came with some sauce that is a cross between soy and ponzu.

frozen potstickers

This is the quickest and most effective way to defrost and cook the middle.

That way the meat and vegetables will stay soft while getting the outsides crunchy like we like them.

If you want to make frozen won tons, follow these same steps.

Frozen potstickers in air fryer

how to cook potstickers

The trick to the perfect bite is to fold 4-6 thick paper towels in half. 4 for just a few, 6 if you’re cooking quite a bit. Squeeze out the excess and then lay the halved towels out flat on a plate. (see above)

Lay what you want to cook in the middle and then fold the sides up and around them.

This will essentially allow them to steam in the heat and get the middle nice and tender.

  • The larger your pieces are the more time you will need.
  • For mini frozen won tons it’s 1-1.5 minutes or so.
  • These larger frozen potstickers took closer to 2-2.5 minutes of time.
  • Just touch the center of each, rewrap and add 30 seconds more at a time until they’re soft. We do the same thing to make frozen pierogies in air fryer.

Air fryer potstickers

microwaving potstickers

Once that step is done you just need to preheat the machine, spray the outside and give it time to crisp on the outsides.

A bit more spray each time you open and flip them will make sure they don’t dry out.

Time needed: 6 minutes.

Potstickers in air fryer

  1. Defrost

    Fold 4 – 6 thick paper towels in half (so it’s 2-3 paper towels long, twice as thick). Run under faucet to wet, squeeze gently to remove excess water.

    Lay on a plate with frozen potstickers in the middle. Fold wet paper towels over the top of them. Microwave for 2 minutes, or until the middle of each is not frozen or hard any longer.

  2. Preheat

    Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes.

  3. Crisp

    Put defrosted potstickers into basket and spray generously with olive oil spray. Set to 6 minutes total. Flip every 2 minutes and spray tops each time you flip over.

    Remove once they’re as crispy as you’d like them to be. Enjoy immediately with soy sauce to dip in.

  4. Mini won tons

    For mini frozen won tons follow the same directions, but microwave for 2 minutes and air fry for closer to 4 minutes flipping once until as crunchy as you want.

air fryer potstickers

You can see the before (top) and after (bottom) here.

Without having to deep fry them and risk getting splattered with oil to get them crunchy, this is a good alternative.

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Potstickers in Air Fryer

Frozen potstickers in air fryer are the best! Tender meat or vegetables inside with crispy dough on the outside. Perfect lunch or dinner.
Course Entree, Snack
Cuisine Chinese, Japanese
Keyword air fryer, frozen, potstickers
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 72kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fold 4 paper towels in half (so it's 2 paper towels long, twice as thick). Run under faucet to wet, squeeze gently to remove excess water.
  • Lay on a plate with frozen potstickers in the middle. Fold wet paper towels over the top of them.
  • Microwave for 2 minutes, or until the middle of each is not frozen/hard any longer.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  • Put defrosted potstickers into basket and spray generously with olive oil spray.
  • Set to 6 minutes total. Flip every 2 minutes and spray tops each time you flip over.
  • Remove once they're as crispy as you'd like them to be.

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Nutrition Facts
Potstickers in Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 72 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 139mg6%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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