Pizza is my favorite food. Because I eat it a lot, sometimes I need to switch it up. Plus, my kids like pizza rolls, so I’m sharing a quick and easy recipe for cooking pizza rolls in the air fryer – both frozen and homemade.
How To Cook Frozen Pizza Rolls In The Air Fryer
Before I bought this Cosori air fryer on Amazon for $120, I cooked this snack in the oven on a baking sheet with parchment paper, but now I think the best way is in an air fryer.
Full disclosure, I haven’t made homemade pizza rolls yet. So far, it’s just what I find in the frozen foods section of the grocery store (and is usually Totino’s pizza rolls). However, I’m sharing some homemade pizza roll recipes below this one for the frozen snack.
- 1 pack of frozen pizza rolls (about 20 rolls)
- 1 jar of marinara sauce (or any dipping sauce of your choosing)
1. Place a single layer of pizza rolls in the air fryer basket. Do not put too many rolls into the basket, or else they won’t cook evenly. No oil spray is needed.
2. For regular-sized pizza rolls, air fry at 380° F for six to 10 minutes cook time or until they’re golden brown and nearly starting to ooze their filling. Flip them over about halfway through cooking.
For mini pizza rolls, air fry at 380° F for five to eight minutes cook time or until they’re golden and nearly starting to ooze their filling. Flip them over about halfway through cooking.
3. Let the pizza rolls cool down for a few minutes before serving them because the inside gets very hot.
4. Fill a small dipping bowl with marinara sauce (or any dipping sauce of your choosing)
COOKING TIP: Keep an eye on your pizza rolls as they cook, once they can get overcooked quickly.
AIR FRYER PRO TIPS: Olive oil and cooking spray is not necessary when you use an air fryer. The cooking timing is based on a non-preheated air fryer. If you’re cooking multiple batches of pizza rolls back to back, the subsequent batches could cook faster.
How To Cook Homemade Pizza Rolls In The Air Fryer
Homemade pizza rolls are easy to prepare and don’t require advanced cooking skills. Plus, it’s a great way to make a variety of flavors for the whole family.
In this specific recipe, we will use homemade dough, mozzarella cheese, and ham for these homemade air fryer pizza rolls, but you can substitute any simple ingredients, like parmesan cheese, extra pizza sauce, tomato paste, or ranch dressing.
- 1/2 tsp. instant yeast
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 1/16 tsp. salt
- 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce
- 1/4 tsp. oregano
- 1 Tbsp. basil
- 2.5 oz. mozzarella
- 2 oz. ham
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 large egg yolk
1. Mix the instant yeast in a small bowl with warm water to activate the yeast.
2. Pour the yeast mix, salt, ¼ teaspoon sugar, garlic powder, and flour in a large bowl and mix them well.
3. Knead this dough for two to three minutes, then form it into a ball. Wrap it in plastic wrap and set it aside for 45 to 60 minutes. Leave the dough resting and prepare the filling.
4. In a saucepan, stir the tomato sauce, oregano, ham, mozzarella cheese, basil, and sugar in olive oil over medium heat to tie or roll them well. Then, set aside.
5. When the dough is ready, divide it into two equal portions. Spin each piece on a lightly floured surface until it forms a circular shape about ⅕ inch thick.
6. Place 16 equal dollops of filling on one rolled pastry, leaving some space among them.
7. Place the egg yolk over the dough surface, then use the second rolled pastry to cover the whole thing.
8. Cut into 16 pieces and gently use a fork to pinch the edges to seal.
9. Set the pizza rolls in the air-fryer basket. Brush each piece with egg on a pastry brush.
10. Cook at 36 degrees F for 10 minutes of cooking time. For best results, flip and bake for another two minutes (or longer if you like crispy pizza rolls) before enjoying!
Is this your first time making pizza bites in the air fryer? What other great recipes for finger food or easy snack do you like to make and eat? My favorite is pepperoni pizza rolls. Find me on Instagram and let me know at @ChristinaAllDay.