Making pierogies in the air fryer is as simple as two steps! These crispy, pillowy dumplings go from freezer to table in minutes, making them the perfect snack or party appetizer.

browned pierogies on a white plate with a bowl of sour cream

There’s nothing quite like a meat and potato meal. In fact, it’s one of the most classic meal combinations!

Everyone loves potatoes, and there are dozens of ways to prepare them. That’s why I’m excited to show you how to cook pierogies in the air fryer! You get all of the flavor of potatoes with the added bonus of crispy, fluffy dough.


Pierogies in Air Fryer

Whether you need a quick party appetizer or a simple weeknight meal, frozen pierogies are a freezer staple that you can always have on hand.

Pop a handful of frozen pierogies in the air fryer, then pair them with your favorite dipping sauce or serve them as a side dish with your meal.

You can air fry pierogies in just 8 minutes, making them the perfect after-school snack as well!

What are pierogies?

Pierogies are half-circle shaped dumplings, originally from Europe, that features a sweet or savory filling stuffed into an unleavened dough. They are boiled, then pan-fried before serving, so each bite is fluffy and crispy at the same time!

One of the most common filling combinations is whipped potato and cheese, but they can also include meat, vegetables, onions or sauerkraut, and even fruit for a sweet option!

Why You’ll Love Frozen Pierogies in Air Fryer

  • Easy to make
  • No prep required
  • Keep a bag in the freezer
  • Try different flavors and fillings
  • Kid friendly
  • Make for an appetizer or meal

Ingredients Needed To Make Pierogies in Air Fryer

Grab a package of your favorite frozen pierogies (I used Mrs. T’s) and some olive oil spray. That’s it!

Of course, you’ll want to have your favorite dipping sauces on hand as well. I always have sour cream in the refrigerator, which is the perfect addition to these potato dumplings. Find more add-ons and dipping sauce ideas below!

How To Cook Pierogies

Step 1: Add to basket

Spread frozen pierogies in a single layer with a little bit of space between each one. This allows the air to circulate around the food better. 

Spray with olive oil (or another cooking oil) to help them get extra crispy on the outside. You can also brush the oil on with a basting brush instead.

Step 2: Cook

Cook pierogies in air fryer for 8 minutes at 400 degrees F. Use tongs to flip them halfway so they cook evenly.

Pro Tips:

  • Don’t forget the oil! While oil is not required with air fryers, adding some to pierogies in the air fryer helps them to crisp up even better.
  • Leave frozen. Don’t thaw before you air fry pierogies. Pop them in straight from the freezer for the best texture.
  • Adjust the time as needed. Since there are many different types of air fryers, the time it takes to cook frozen pierogies in an air fryer can vary. You may need to reduce or increase the time by 1-2 minutes.
  • How to cook pierogies for a crowd: Be careful not to overcrowd the air fryer. Instead, cook pierogies in the air fryer in batches and serve them while they’re hot.

Serving Suggestions

While you air fry pierogies, don’t forget to get your dipping sauces ready! A few of my favorites are:

You can also top them with caramelized onions or mushrooms. Or, serve your air fryer pierogies as a side with any of the following dishes:

Can you cook frozen pierogies in the air fryer?

You bet! Put them in the basket in a single layer straight from the freezer and cook until soft and crispy.

What is the best way to cook frozen pierogies?

While it’s true that you can bake or boil frozen pierogies, I think that air frying them gives you the best results. The center stays soft and pillowy, while the outer layer get deliciously crisp.

How long does it take to air fry pierogies?

Each batch takes about 8 minutes to cook if you flip them halfway. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you should be able to make about a dozen or so at a time.

More Air Fryer Appetizer Recipes:

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How to Cook Frozen Pierogies in the Air Fryer

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American, Polish


Making pierogies in the air fryer is as simple as two steps! These crispy, pillowy dumplings go from freezer to table in minutes.


  • 1 package frozen pierogies
  • olive oil spray
  • sour cream, for dipping, optional


  1. This is the package, I used for this recipe.
  2. Spread them out onto the air fryer tray or basket. Then spray with olive oil.
  3. Set in the air fryer for 8 minutes t 400 degrees F, (air fryer setting) after 4 minutes flip the pierogies, and continue the time.
  4. Plate, serve and enjoy!