These Frozen Pierogies in the Air Fryer are delicious potato-filled dumplings with crispy exterior and comforting soft potato and cheese filling. They make a quick and satisfying dinner or easy appetizer.
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Pierogies have become a beloved dish in many parts of the world, and they are often considered comfort food due to their hearty and satisfying nature. Traditionally, they are made by hand at home, but nowadays you can find pre-made frozen pierogies in most grocery stores.
If you don’t want to take the shortcut and use frozen pre-made pierogies, you can make them yourself with this recipe.
While pierogies are delicious made the traditional way – boiled then sautéed in a pan with butter or oil – they are also quite delicious when made in the air fryer. The air fryer method is remarkably faster and simpler, yielding great results with less effort. Not saying this is a traditional or authentic way to make it, it’s just an alternative method.
Ingredients You Need
- Frozen pierogi – Look for them in the freezer section of any grocery store.
- Optional toppings – Sour cream, bacon bits, and sautéed onions.
- Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
- Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
- 2 independent XL air fryer baskets
- Integrated Foodi® Smart Thermometer
- Cook 2 foods 2 ways that finish at the same time
What are Pierogies?
Pierogies are a type of dumpling that originated in Central and Eastern Europe. They are typically made from unleavened dough and filled with a variety of ingredients, such as mashed potatoes, cheese, sauerkraut, ground meat, or fruit.
Pierogies can be boiled, baked, or fried, and are often served as a main dish or side dish. They are a popular comfort food in many countries, including Poland, Ukraine, and Russia.
What Pierogies to Use?
There are so many different brands of frozen pierogies you can buy. Which one you use really depends on your own preferences. The one most widely available in my area is Mrs. T’s. Look for them in the freezer section of your local grocery store.
Pierogies come in various flavors. My family likes the 4 cheese medley so it is the one I get most often. You can also find them in potato and onion, classic cheddar, loaded baked potato, and traditional sauerkraut flavors.
How To Make Frozen Pierogies in the Air Fryer
Spray the basket with cooking oil spray and add the frozen pierogies in a single layer to the air fryer basket. Make sure they aren’t stacked on top of each other. I found it was better to limit the number I put in the basket at a time. They won’t get as brown if the basket gets too crowded.
Spray the tops of the pierogi and cook at 400° F (204° C) for 12-14 minutes shaking or turning them over half way.
When air frying pierogies, adding a bit of cooking oil truly aids in achieving that desirable golden-brown appearance and prevents them from drying out. However, using oil is entirely optional, especially if you’re concerned about sticking – the pierogies won’t adhere to the basket without it. Nevertheless, it’s essential to note that skipping the oil may result in the pierogies appearing quite pale after cooking.
How to Tell if They Are Done
The pierogies should be golden brown at the end of the 12 minutes. If they aren’t add 2 more minutes. You may even notice that they puff up, a few have split open, and some of the filling has oozed out. These are all good signs.
The best way to know that they are done is to use a food thermometer. Check to make sure that the internal temperature is 165° F.
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.
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Refrigerator: Place the cooled pierogi in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. They can be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.
Stove top: Place leftover pierogi into a skillet with a little bit of butter or oil and reheat for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
Microwave: Transfer to a microwave-safe dish and heat on high for 1-2 minutes per serving, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
Air Fryer: Place in the air fryer basket, and cook for 5-8 minutes at 400° F, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F, shaking or flipping halfway through.
Topping to Try
Toppings are optional for pierogi, but it can add another layer of flavor and make them sing. I like to eat them with sautéed onions, bacon bits, and sour cream. Here are a couple more suggestions.
- Tossed them in butter and chives.
- Melt cheese on top.
- Top with with fresh herbs such as thyme, basil, parsley, or chives.
- Add some cooked kielbasa.
Extra Tips & Suggestions
- Don’t thaw the pierogies before you cook them. Just dump them in the basket and go.
- If you want to cook the whole package do it in 2 batches. This way the basket won’t be too crowded and the pierogies will brown better.
- They will be really hot when they come out. Give them a few minutes to cool before you bite into them so that they don’t burn you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have to preheat an air fryer?
Preheating an air fryer is not necessary. That being said, you should follow the recipe directions so that you don’t undercook or overcook your food.
How long do you cook frozen pierogi in the air fryer?
These frozen pierogies cook for 12-14 minutes at 400° F. The pierogies should be in a single layer and not stacked on top of each other. Shake the basket or turn them over half way through cooking.
Do I need to use oil to cook the frozen pierogi?
Yes. They need the added oil to get brown and crispy on the outside. It also helps to keep them from drying out.
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Frozen Pierogies in the Air Fryer
- 8 frozen pierogies
- cooking oil
- sour cream, bacon bits, sautéed onions optional
- Spray the air fryer basket and place pierogi in the basket. Spray the tops of the pierogi.
- Cook on 400°F (204°C) for 12 minutes, slipping them over half way through cooking.
- A whole package has 3 servings.
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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