Air fryer Hot Pockets are going to be your new favorite recipe! In less than 10 minutes, you’ll be sitting down to golden brown, crispy, and melty pizza rolls. All you have to do is open the box and pop them in your air fryer, making them ideal for quick lunches, dinners, and snacks.
Why I Love This Recipe
- Perfect texture: Compared to the oven or microwave, Hot Pockets in the air fryer turn out crispy, crunchy, and perfectly cooked. Preheating isn’t even a requirement!
- Quick: All you need is 10 minutes and lunch or dinner will be on the table.
- Reheating: If you don’t finish everything, leftovers can also be reheated in the air fryer.
I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve eaten a lot of Hot Pockets in my day. This tasty snack is an American classic, and it’s even better coming out of the air fryer! Plus, it takes less than half the time as an oven.
If there is one thing that could make Hot Pockets gourmet, it’s the cooking method. Seriously, the air fryer bakes up the crust just right and melts the cheese perfectly. Say goodbye to soggy, rubbery Hot Pockets from the microwave!
Ingredients For Air Fryer Hot Pockets
See the full list of ingredients in the recipe card below.
- Hot Pockets: I personally don’t think you can go wrong with the Hot Pocket classic four-cheese pizza flavor, but go for whichever flavor or variety you have on hand! There is pepperoni, buffalo, ham and cheddar, and even breakfast pockets. You’ll typically find them in the frozen section of any large grocery store.
- Cooking spray: A neutral vegetable oil-based cooking spray works best. You can also brush the air fryer basket with vegetable oil if you don’t have an aerosol can.
How to Make Hot Pockets In The Air Fryer
Step 1: Preheat The Air Fryer
First, preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F. Preheating the air fryer isn’t technically necessary, but I prefer to do it for short recipes like this one.
Step 2: Add The Hot Pockets
Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket to prevent sticking, then place the frozen Hot Pockets at the bottom of the air fryer basket. Leave some space between the two Hot Pockets.
Step 3: Air Fry The Hot Pockets
Cook the Hot Pockets for 10 minutes, or until the outsides are golden brown and crispy. Serve them immediately whole hot as-is or with your favorite dipping sauce.
What To Serve With Air Fryer Hot Pockets
Hot Pockets are delicious on their own, but sometimes you just need some dip in your life! Try pairing them with sauces like Alabama white BBQ, ranch, honey mustard, marinara, or nacho cheese sauce.
- Seasonings: Brush your air fryer Hot Pockets with melted butter followed by a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, fresh herbs like parsley and oregano, or crushed chili flakes.
- Oven-baked: If you don’t have an air fryer, use an oven or toaster oven! Preheat it to 350 degrees F, then bake the Hot Pockets for 25-30 minutes, or until hot and crispy.
Tips For The Best Recipe
- Single layer: Leave room between each Hot Pocket, and keep them in a single layer for optimal air circulation in the air fryer.
- Cook from frozen: Don’t worry about thawing Hot Pockets before adding them to the air fryer. They will thaw as they cook!
- Ditch the oil: You don’t need much oil (if any) for this recipe. The non-stick coating on the air fryer will do just fine.
- Adjust the cooking time: If you haven’t cooked Hot Pockets in an air fryer before, you may need to adjust the cooking time based on your specific make and model.
What To Do With Leftovers
- Fridge: Once the Hot Pockets are cooled, transfer them to a container and store them in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.
- Freezer: You technically can refreeze cooked Hot Pockets if the only other option is to throw them away. However, I find the texture isn’t quite the same once they thaw and cook again.
- Reheat: Reheat cold Hot Pockets in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 350 degrees F, or until they are warmed all the way through.
If you enjoy air fryer Hot Pockets as much as I do, check these other simple recipes out:
- Air Fryer Bagel Bites
- Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
- Air Fryer Frozen Pizza Rolls
- Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets
- Air Fryer Buffalo Wings
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do you cook Hot Pockets in an air fryer?
Air fryer Hot Pockets take about 10 minutes at 375 degrees F if cooked from frozen. However, time and temperature may vary depending on the make and model of your air fryer. It’s best to switch up the settings until you find the perfect texture.
Do I have to put foil or parchment paper under the Hot Pockets?
No, you don’t have to put foil or parchment paper under the Hot Pockets. In fact, the foil or paper will likely inhibit air circulation, leading to prolonged or uneven cooking.
Do I have to preheat my air fryer to cook Hot Pockets?
You don’t have to preheat your air fryer, but I find it reduces the overall cooking time and helps achieve optimal crispiness.
10-Minute Air Fryer Hot Pockets
- 2 frozen hot pockets
- cooking spray
- Preheat the air fryer to 375℉.
- Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket.
- Place the frozen hot pockets at the bottom of the air fryer basket. Leave space between the two hot pockets.
- Cook for 10 minutes or until the hot pocket is golden brown and crispy on the outside.
- Serve immediately alone or with your favorite dipping sauce.