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Air Fryer Pizza Rolls

Air fryer pizza rolls – the best way to cook pizza rolls. It is super quick, and cooks perfectly crisp pizza rolls the way they are supposed to be with no extra oil. You will never microwave them again!

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Air fried pizza rolls on a black plate with tomato sauce.
Perfectly crispy air fryer pizza rolls.

How to cook pizza rolls in an air fryer

This post is about how to cook frozen pizza rolls in an air fryer. I normally use Totino’s pizza rolls, but Annie’s Pizza Poppers, Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Snacks, or Kroger Pizza Snack Rolls can all be cooked in the same way.

You can also make your own from egg roll wrappers, pizza sauce, mozzarella and diced pepperoni or whatever fillings take your fancy. Just follow my recipe for homemade pizza logs.

The instructions for cooking pizza rolls on the Totino’s pack gives three options: oven, toaster oven and microwave.

The oven and toaster oven options both take more than 10 minutes to cook, and there is the time it takes for the oven to heat up, so it ends up being quite a time-consuming process.

But I’m here to tell you: there is a better way!

The best way to cook frozen pizza rolls

Yes, in desperation we have all microwaved pizza rolls. Microwaving them is super quick, but I find the microwave leaves them a bit soft and not as appetizing as when they have been oven baked.

After my last batch of disappointing microwaved pizza rolls I decided there must be a better way. And then the thought occurred: can you air fry pizza rolls?

Yes you can, and even better, they will be the tastiest pizza rolls you have tried!

Air frying pizza rolls is the perfect middle ground between microwaving and baking in the oven.

It is quick like microwaving, but produces perfectly crispy pizza rolls, the way they are supposed to be! I promise once you have tried air frying pizza rolls you will never go back to microwaving them or baking them in the oven!

Air fried pizza rolls on a white background
Air Fryer Pizza Rolls

How long do you cook pizza rolls in an air fryer?

Frozen pizza rolls take between 5 and 8 minutes to cook in an air fryer. The exact time needed will depend on a couple of factors like how powerful and efficient your air fryer model is and how many pizza rolls you are air frying.

If you have a powerful brand of air fryer like a Philips, a Nuwave or a Ninja Foodi, then expect cook times to be closer to 5 minutes. A less powerful model will need longer.

It can be hard to get the cook time exactly right the first time you try cooking pizza rolls, so I would recommend checking often during the cooking time (from around 4 minutes). They are cooked when they are golden brown and crispy.

You will know if you have cooked the pizza rolls for too long, as you will find that they burst during cooking and spill filling into your air fryer pan. If this happens to you, check that you had the air fryer set to the correct temperature, and try cooking for a minute or two shorter next time.

You might find it useful to print out the recipe card below and make a note of the perfect length of time for your air fryer.

Let me know in the comments below what air fryer you have and how long it takes to air fry frozen pizza rolls.

What temp do you cook pizza rolls in an air fryer?

Pizza rolls should be air fried at 380 degrees F (190°C). This will ensure that they reach the correct temperature on the inside whilst being perfectly crispy on the outside (but not overcooked!).

This is another difference between air frying and oven baking – the air fryer usually doesn’t need to be as hot as the regular oven. Don’t make the mistake of using the oven temperature on the packet when you are cooking pizza rolls in an air fryer!

If you have other frozen foods you would like to cook in an air fryer, try using my air fryer conversion calculator to work out the cooking time and temperature needed.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees F (190°C). Some air fryers state you don’t need to preheat them, but for foods with a short cook time I have definitely had better results cooking with a preheated air fryer.
  2. Add the pizza rolls in a single layer. It is OK if they are touching, but if they are overlapping or piled up then the cook time will be longer and you will need to make sure you shake the basket a few times during cooking to make sure they cook evenly.
  3. Air fry pizza rolls. Cook time will be between 5 and 8 minutes. Check frequently to ensure they do not end up overcooked.
  4. Enjoy! Dunk in pizza sauce or your favorite dipping sauce. Just remember they will be super hot when they are freshly out of the air fryer!
Frozen pizza rolls in air fryer basket.
Place pizza rolls in air fryer basket in a single layer.
Pizza rolls air fryer and spatula.
Air fry pizza rolls until golden brown and crispy.

How to serve pizza rolls

Once they are cooked to your liking, serve the pizza rolls with dipping sauce. I like plain ol’ tomato sauce, or BBQ, but ranch dressing, or sour cream are also a great match.

If you want some ideas for how to dress up pizza rolls you could try:

  • Sprinkling grated Parmesan cheese over the top once they are out of the air fryer
  • Serve them like nachos topped with chili and cheese, tomato salsa, sour cream guacamole etc.
  • Drizzle with pesto
  • Serve in a bun, or roll in a tortilla with cheese and marinara sauce

However you serve them, remember pizza rolls will be very hot on the inside when they are fresh out of the air fryer, so bite with caution!

FAQs & tips

Can you pile pizza rolls up in the air fryer?

Pizza rolls are best cooked in a single layer. This will ensure that all sides of the pizza rolls cook evenly and they should have a uniform crispness all over. It is okay if they are overlapping a bit, just be sure to shake the basket half way through the cooking time.

Can pizza rolls be air fried?

Yes they can, in fact like many frozen foods, air frying is one of the best ways to cook them. Scroll down for the recipe card with details.

Can you cook frozen pizza rolls in the air fryer?

Yes, pizza rolls should be cooked from frozen (unless the pack instructions of the brand you have states otherwise).

How do you make pizza rolls from scratch?

Pizza rolls can be made easily using egg roll wrappers and the fillings of your choice. You can follow my recipe for homemade air fryer pizza logs to get you started.

How to make pizza rolls extra crispy

You don’t need to add any extra oil when air frying pizza rolls, but if you want them super crispy then you can add a spritz or two of olive oil before cooking.

Other frozen foods to try air frying are:

If you have other frozen foods you would like to cook in an air fryer, try using my air fryer conversion calculator to work out the cooking time and temperature needed.

Pizza rolls air fryer recipe card

Air fried pizza rolls on a black plate with tomato sauce.
Yield: 2 Servings

Air Fryer Pizza Rolls (Frozen)

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

How to cook Totino's pizza rolls in an air fryer.

Ingredients

  • 12 Totino's pizza rolls

Instructions

  1. Place frozen pizza rolls in air fryer basket in a single layer - it is OK if they are touching.
  2. Place basket in air fryer, and cook pizza rolls at 380°F (190°C) for 5-8 minutes, gently shaking the basket halfway through the cooking time to redistribute the rolls.
  3. Air fry pizza rolls until starting to turn golden brown. If you like them extra crisp you can cook them longer, increase time in 1 minute intervals to avoid overcooking them.
  4. Remove pizza rolls from the air fryer and then let stand for 2 minutes after cooking time is completed - remember they will be very hot inside!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 280mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g

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Tina

Tuesday 23rd of March 2021

air fried pizza rolls are teh best!