Air Fryer Gyoza is a fast and tasty snack that can be cooked from frozen to crispy and hot in just 8 minutes (6 if thawed). That makes it a super quick appetizer, side dish, or snack.
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Super Useful Air Fryer Accessories
Once you’ve started using your air fryer more regularly, you’ll find there are so many other ways you *could* be using it, if you had a few extra useful accessories. Here are a few favorites that we use almost every day.
- 12-piece accessories kit for 3.7-5.8 quart air fryers – includes silicone cake pan, cake barrel, pizza pan, toasting/warming rack, skewer rack, silicone mat, bread rack and more
- Thermopen instant read thermometer for checking the internal temp of your meats
- Evo Oil Sprayer Bottle – BPA, latex, and dehp-free plastic, won’t clog or shatter, reusable, refillable, recyclable
Usually gyoza is cooked in a pan by frying the bottoms and steaming the tops. They’re easy to make that way, on the stovetop, but you might not want to take the time to do it that way.
We often make gyoza in the air fryer, because it’s a simple method and it comes out great, so we can start snacking in no time.
What are Gyoza?
Gyoza are a Japanese dumpling that consists of a gyoza wrapper stuffed with various fillings. You can purchase a bag of gyoza frozen at the store. They come in many different types, like chicken, cabbage and pork.
You might call these potstickers, but actually gyoza and potstickers are a bit different, not just because one comes from Japan and one from China. Gyoza have thinner wrappers and a more delicate filling. They’re often smaller in size, too.
You can also easily make your own gyoza with just a few ingredients. Give this recipe a try if you want to make them by hand.
Can I Cook Gyoza From Frozen?
One of the best things about making them in the air fryer is that you can start from frozen. So there’s no need to thaw the gyoza dumplings before putting them into the air fryer. They take just 2 minutes longer to cook, versus thawed.
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How to Make Gyoza in the Air Fryer
All you need is a bag of gyoza and some olive oil, or spray cooking oil.
Pour as many gyoza as you like into a bowl. Drizzle them with olive oil and make sure they are fully coated on all sides. Just toss them around with your hand or a spoon to coat them.
Spray the air fryer basket lightly with oil. It might not seem necessary, since your gyoza are coated with oil, but it does keep them from sticking to the bottom, which you really don’t want.
Add the gyoza to the basket in a single layer. It’s important not to overlap them, because the wrappers stick to each other and you’ll often rip them open to pull them apart. Give them each a little bit of space.
Air fryer at 350 degrees F (180 C) for 8 minutes if frozen, and 6 minutes if thawed. Turn the gyoza over at the halfway point. This will help them get a little crispy on all sides.
Why Use an Air Fryer
An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.
Tips for Making Gyoza in the Air Fryer
- Make sure to coat them well with oil. Otherwise, the wrapper will become dry and too crispy. The oil keeps them a bit chewy.
- Cook them in a single layer. Stacking them leads to the wrappers sticking together.
- You don’t need to thaw the gyoza first. You can cook them straight from frozen.
What to Serve Them With
I like to serve gyoza with Ponzu sauce or sweet chili sauce. These are both easy to find at the grocery store and they keep for a long time, so you can have some for your next batch of gyoza.
You could also mix up your own sauce with soy sauce and white vinegar and a little bit of sriracha.
What Oil & Oil Sprayer is Best for the Air Fryer?
The biggest issue most air fryer lovers face is finding the right oil and oil sprayer to use on food cooked in the air fryer. A fine mist of oil will help the entire piece of food crisp evenly, so it’s very important.
My personal preference is to use canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. I use both a refillable spray bottle like the Evo one pictured below and non-propellant extra virgin olive oil, which has not harmful aerosols or chemicals.
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Air Fryer Gyoza
- Air Fryer
- 1 bag Gyoza (or however many you'd like)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Pour as many gyoza as you like into a bowl. Drizzle them with olive oil and make sure they are fully coated on all sides.
- Spray the air fryer basket lightly with oil.
- Add the gyoza to the basket in a single layer.
- Air fryer at 350 degrees F (180 C) for 8 minutes if frozen, and 6 minutes if thawed. Turn the gyoza over at the halfway point.
All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.
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