Air fryer pierogies are often requested by our readers, and it’s no wonder why! These delightful pillow-like treats, filled with potatoes and cheese, make for a delicious quick snack, side dish, or even a meal on their own.
What Are Pierogies?
Pierogies are small European dumplings that resemble little pillows. They can be filled with either sweet or savory ingredients and then cooked to perfection. When I stumbled upon these delectable dumplings in the frozen food section of my local supermarket, I just couldn’t wait to try them in the air fryer.
The pierogies I found were filled with potatoes and cheese, and let me tell you, that combination alone was bursting with flavor. Of course, you can also find them stuffed with other mouthwatering ingredients like beef, cheddar, sauerkraut, and onions. Personally, I recommend using Kasia’s brand, as they crisp up beautifully in the air fryer.
What You’ll Need to Make Air Fryer Pierogies
To create these irresistible air fryer pierogies, you’ll need an air fryer. I used my trusty Cosori Air Fryer with a 5.8-quart capacity. Cooking the frozen pierogies takes a mere 12 minutes, whereas if they’re slightly thawed, it’ll only require 10 minutes.
While you can definitely make pierogies from scratch, for this recipe, I opted for the convenience of using pre-made frozen ones. Additionally, you’ll need about a tablespoon of olive oil to achieve that perfect crispness.
The other ingredients are entirely up to you and how you wish to serve your pierogies. Personally, I love them as they are, served with a side of sour cream for dipping. For a more traditional Polish touch, you can top them with caramelized onions, mushrooms, sausage, cabbage, or even vegetables.
How to Prepare Air Fryer Pierogies
To cook the frozen pierogies in the air fryer, start by laying them out evenly in the basket. Make sure they’re not overlapping or stacked to ensure even cooking. If necessary, cook them in batches.
You have a few options here: you can use cooking oil spray, brush olive oil over them, or even toss them gently to coat both sides. This step is crucial for achieving that extra crispiness and prevents the pierogies from sticking to the basket. Once lightly coated, set the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 10-12 minutes, flipping them over halfway through. This will give your pierogies a delightful golden-brown, crispy texture.
Serve the pierogies while they’re still warm, alongside your favorite dipping sauce.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I Cook Frozen Pierogies without Oil?
While most air fryer baskets are non-stick, using a little oil actually helps achieve that perfect crispy texture. However, if you prefer to cook them without oil, it is possible.
My Air Fryer Didn’t Cook the Pierogies the Same. What Went Wrong?
Not all air fryers are created equal, and wattages can vary. To find the ideal cooking time for your specific air fryer, I suggest conducting a trial run. Start with 7-10 minutes, then add an additional 2-4 minutes until you achieve that desired golden-brown, crispy texture.
Can I Reheat Pierogies?
Absolutely! To reheat leftover pierogies, store them in an airtight container and heat them for 3-4 minutes until they’re hot.
More Delicious Air Fryer Recipes
If you’re craving more fantastic air fryer recipes, check out these mouthwatering dishes:
- Seasoned French Fries
- Breakfast Potatoes
- Cake Mix Cookies
- Spiced Pecans
- Corn on the Cob
For more inspiring recipes and culinary tips, visit Family Cuisine, your go-to source for all things delicious!
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Enjoy the culinary delight of perfectly cooked air fryer pierogies.