Frozen Potstickers in the air fryer are a super easy way to make a delicious appetizer or snack. Since they’re air fried and not fried on a pan, there’s no mess factor and they turn out chewy with crispy edges, just as they’re supposed to be.
Using the air fryer to cook potstickers is so much easier than trying to perfect them on the stove top. You can cook a large batch of them quickly and without having to watch the pan as they cook, lest they burn.
They are cooked perfectly every time – soft on the inside and crispy around the edges.
Seriously, they are so easy to make that even your kids can make up a batch easily and without worry.
Do I Have to Thaw Them First?
There’s absolutely no need to thaw the frozen potstickers that you buy at the store before you put them in the air fryer. The only thing you need to be aware of is that they do need a light coating of oil so they don’t get dried out.
Typically potstickers are made by steaming and frying. That’s how the wrapper gets its chewiness and doesn’t just turn into a hard shell. Since you won’t be steaming them, you need to make sure the outside is coated lightly with oil or they will become brittle and dry.
Are Potstickers The Same As Gyoza?
If you’re wondering if potstickers and gyoza are the same, they are actually slightly different. You can purchase both of them in the same aisle of the grocery store, frozen in a bag, but they do have a different texture and slightly different filling.
Gyoza are Japanese dumplings with a chewier and thinner wrapper and more ground up filling. Potstickers are Chinese or Taiwanese and they have a thicker, dryer wrapper. The filling is often less ground up. Either of them can be cooked the same way in the air fryer, however gyoza will take slightly less time to cook.
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How to Make Air Fryer Potstickers from Frozen
Air fried frozen potstickers are super easy to make.
Pour as many potstickers as you like into a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and make sure they are fully coated on all sides.
Stray the air fryer basket lightly with oil. This will prevent them from sticking to the bottom, which can happen even though you’ve coated them in oil.
Add the potstickers to the basket in a single layer. Try not to crowd them too much so they don’t stick together.
Air fryer at 350 degrees F (180 C) for 8 minutes. Turn the potstickers over at the halfway point. This allows them to get evenly cooked so one side isn’t soggy.
Tips for Air Frying Frozen Potstickers
- Cook the potstickers in a single layer. Don’t stack them up, or they will stick together and not get properly cooked. Cook them in batches if needed.
- Make sure to completely coat the potstickers with oil or the wrapper will get hard and dry.
- You don’t need to thaw first. You can cook them straight from frozen.
What Potstickers to Buy?
There are many brands of potstickers and dumplings you can purchase in a bag at the store. Which brand you like will really be up to your tastes and preferences, however there are a few brands we think are pretty tasty.
- Ling Ling Chicken & Vegetable Potstickers
- P.F. Chang’s Pork Dumplings
- Annie Chun’s Organic Potstickers
Why Use an Air Fryer
With an air fryer, 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. Compared to deep-frying, using an air fryer can reduce the amount of fat, calories, and potentially harmful compounds in your food.
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.
Air Fryer Frozen Potstickers
- 13 oz bag frozen potstickers (or as many as you want)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Pour as many potstickers as you like into a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and make sure they are fully coated on all sides.
- Stray the air fryer basket lightly with oil. Add the potstickers to the basket in a single layer.
- Air fryer at 350 degrees F (180 C) for 8 minutes. Turn the potstickers over at the halfway point.
- Serve with the sauce it comes with or with mirin or soy sauce.
- Serving size is 4-5 potstickers.
- You can cook them from thawed or frozen, but it’s best to cook them frozen so they don’t stick together.
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.