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Air Fryer Frozen Dumplings, Potstickers, Gyoza, and Wontons

plate full of beautifully cooked dumplings in air fryer

How to Cook Air Fryer Frozen Dumplings, Potstickers, Gyoza, and Wontons


Are you craving a quick and delicious snack or appetizer? Look no further than your air fryer! Cooking frozen dumplings, potstickers, gyoza, and wontons in the air fryer is not only easy but also results in crispy, golden treats that are ready to eat in no time. In this article, we'll walk you through the process of preparing these delectable bites in your air fryer, sharing essential tips and tricks along the way.



Reheating Air Fryer Frozen Dumplings


Air frying frozen dumplings is a breeze, but there are a few key steps to ensure they come out perfectly crispy and cooked to perfection. The key is to add a light spray of cooking oil on top of the frozen dumplings before cooking. This will help the wrappers become crispy and golden while keeping the insides moist and flavorful.



Tips for Cooking Frozen Dumplings in the Air Fryer


Here are some pro tips to help you achieve the best results when cooking frozen dumplings in your air fryer:


1. Cook in a Single Layer

Arrange the dumplings in a single layer in the air fryer basket. This allows for even air circulation and ensures that each dumpling cooks to perfection.


2. Avoid Stacking Dumplings

Do not stack the dumplings on top of each other, as they may stick together during cooking. Be patient and cook them in batches if necessary.


3. Cook in Batches

If you have a large batch of dumplings to cook, it's best to do so in batches. However, as you cook subsequent batches, you may find that they require less time, as the air fryer will already be hot.


4. Coat with Oil

Be sure to thoroughly spray and coat the dumplings with cooking oil. This step is crucial to achieving that desirable crispy texture on the outside.


5. No Need to Thaw

You can cook frozen dumplings straight from the freezer, eliminating the need to thaw them beforehand.

To make your air frying experience even better, consider using some handy tools like an Evo Oil Sprayer, Perforated Silicone Mat, or Perforated Parchment Paper to prevent sticking and promote even cooking.



Are Potstickers, Dumplings, and Gyoza the Same?


Potstickers, dumplings, and gyoza are essentially the same when purchased frozen. The variations come in the types of fillings, which can include vegetables, pork, chicken, beef, shrimp, seafood, or tofu. Some brands offer unique shapes, such as shu-mai or steamed bun styles, which may require adjusted cooking times.

If you're curious about the various dumpling shapes available, you can explore a visual guide to different dumpling shapes to see the exciting possibilities.



Preventing Burnt Dumplings


Air fryers can vary in cooking temperatures, so if you end up with burnt potstickers or dumplings, consider reducing the cooking time. Begin with a base cooking time of 6 minutes and monitor them closely. Additionally, ensure you've applied a light oil spray to prevent burning and drying out.



Recipe Details


Now, let's dive into the specifics of cooking frozen dumplings in your air fryer. Here's what you'll need:


Ingredients:

  • 12 Frozen Dumplings

  • Oil spray (to coat the dumplings)

  • Optional dipping sauce (such as soy sauce, sesame seed oil, hoisin, sweet and sour, hot mustard, or hot sauce)


Equipment:

  • Air Fryer

  • Oil Sprayer


Instructions:

  1. Place the frozen dumplings in the air fryer basket, spreading them out into a single, even layer.

  2. Liberally spray the dumplings with cooking oil to ensure they are completely coated. This step is essential for achieving a crispy wrapper.

  3. Air Fry at 380°F/193°C for approximately 6-8 minutes. Check after the first 6 minutes to prevent burning. Note that some air fryers may cook hotter than others.

  4. Flip the dumplings over and continue to Air Fry at 380°F/193°C for an additional 2-6 minutes if needed, or until they are crispy on the outside and cooked to your preferred doneness.

  5. Allow the dumplings to cool slightly before serving. They pair perfectly with soy sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.


Cooking Notes:

  • Cooking times may vary depending on the size, thickness, type of filling, and wrapper of the dumplings. Avoid overcrowding the basket for even cooking.

  • The provided recipe timing is based on a non-preheated air fryer. If cooking multiple batches back to back, subsequent batches may cook slightly faster.

  • For larger air fryers, adjust cooking time accordingly.

  • Be sure to set a timer to flip or turn the dumplings as directed in the recipe.



How to Serve Dumplings or Potstickers


These air-fried dumplings are delicious on their own, but there are various ways to enjoy and serve them:

  1. As an Appetizer: Create a platter of different dumpling varieties for a fantastic appetizer. Add some chopped raw veggies to make it a healthier option.

  2. With Rice: Pair them with fried rice, brown rice, or any type of grain bowl for a satisfying meal.

  3. Dumpling Salad: Serve them on a bed of fresh green lettuce for a unique dumpling or potsticker salad.

  4. Lettuce Wraps: Wrap them in lettuce leaves for a healthy and refreshing lettuce wrap.



Dipping Sauces for Dumplings


Enhance your dumpling experience with a variety of dipping sauces. Here are some popular options:

  • Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • Soy Sauce with a dash of sesame seed oil or black vinegar

  • Chili Garlic Crunch for a spicy kick

  • Hoisin Sauce, a common and savory dipping sauce

  • Peanut Dip for added flavor

  • Low-sodium sauce with crushed ginger

  • Barbecue Sauce for a twist

  • Hot Sauce for spicy food enthusiasts

  • Sriracha Mayo Dip for a creamy and spicy combination



Final Word


Cooking air fryer frozen dumplings, potstickers, gyoza, and wontons is a hassle-free way to enjoy these delectable snacks or appetizers. With the right techniques and some simple tips, you can achieve crispy perfection every time. Whether you're serving them as an appetizer, with rice, or in lettuce wraps, these air-fried delights are sure to satisfy your cravings. So, grab your air fryer and start cooking your favorite frozen dumplings today!


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