These air fryer pierogies are super easy to make from scratch, and they taste incredible. They are crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and make the perfect appetizer or main meal!
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THE BEST AIR FRYER PIEROGIES
If this is the first time you're hearing about pierogies, they are kind of like a cross between a dumpling and ravioli, and they can be filled with pretty much anything
Also, pierogies are typically boiled, but I think making pierogies air fryer style - that's what we call it in our house - takes the texture to a whole new level.
They are crispy on the outside, yet have a creamy inside filled with mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese. Gah, they're good.
Plus, the process of making them is pretty simple and not too time-consuming. So overall, you're looking at about 15 minutes of active work and about 30 minutes of passive cooking!
Now, with that said, the dough for these homemade pierogies will have to rest for about 2 hours, so make sure you factor in that time before you start making them.
But while you're waiting for the dough, you can whip up something to go with the pierogies, like this Rotel dip or Artichoke casserole.
Ok, so one of the best parts about these air fryer pierogies - along with how delicious they are - is that you only need a few common ingredients to make them. And you might have everything you need on hand!
Here is what you will need for the dough:
- 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 Egg
- ½ cup Sour Cream
- 4 tbsp. Butter
- 1 Egg (for the egg wash)
To fill the pierogies:
- 2 cups Mashed Potatoes
- ½ cup Shallots, chopped
- ⅔ cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
- Salt and Pepper
And to top them off (optional):
- Sour cream
- Green Onions
So, hopefully, you have almost everything you need to make this pierogi recipe.
At least if you have what you need for the dough, you can prepare it and then run to the store to grab the rest of the ingredients while it's resting!
How To Make The Pierogies In Air Fryer
As I mentioned earlier, making these homemade pierogies from scratch is actually pretty simple.
So don't be intimidated if you've never made them before. I'll walk you through each step, and it will be a breeze.
Now gather your ingredients, and let's make some air fried pierogies!
Step 1: MAKE THE DOUGH
First, place the flour in a bowl and make a hole in the middle - this makes it easier to mix everything!
Then add the salt, egg, sour cream, and butter to the flour and mix it up until everything is well combined.
Next, transfer the dough to a flat surface and knead it for a few minutes until soft.
Once the dough has a soft texture, transfer it back to the bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Then, let it sit at room temperature for at least 2 hours. Letting the dough rest will give the pierogies the perfect texture.
STEP 2: FORM THE PIEROGIES
After the dough has rested, transfer it back to your working surface and roll it out with a rolling pin until it's about ⅕ inch thick. It doesn't need to be exact, just don't make the dough too thin, or it will fall apart.
Next, cut the rolled dough with a cookie cutter - or another round cutter - around 3 inches in diameter.
If you don't have a cookie-cutter, you can use whatever you have on hand. I've used anything from a water glass to a mason jar in the past!
STEP 3: FILL THE PIEROGIES
Now that the dough is cut out and ready to go, you can make the filling.
Put all the filling ingredients in a bowl and mix until everything is well combined.
Next, put 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of each round piece of dough.
Then, use a spoon to help you push down the savory filling when you close each pierogi. And push the edges down, and you can crimp them if you want, but it's not necessary.
To finish up, brush the tops of each pierogi with the egg wash and make a few holes on the tops with a fork.
STEP 4: COOK PIEROGIES IN AIR FRYER
Now that everything is prepared let's air fry pierogies! First, remove the air fryer basket and spray it with some baking spray.
Then place a few pierogies in the air fryer basket, so they're laying flat and not touching one another. Cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180°C) for about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.
You'll have to cook the pierogies in a few batches, depending on the size of your air frying basket.
Once all the pierogies are air fried to perfection, serve warm with some sour cream or your favorite dipping sauce, green onions, parsley, and cabbage.
HOW TO STORE COOKED PIEROGIES
This pierogi recipe will make about 16 pierogies, so it's perfect for a family dinner or serving at a party!
And if you end up having leftovers, these air fryer pierogies store super well.
You can put any leftovers in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days.
How To Store Pierogies
Now, my favorite thing to do with the leftovers is to store them in the freezer. It's like having Mrs. T's Piergoies from the store, but better since they're homemade frozen pierogies.
To freeze some air fryer frozen pierogies, first space the pierogies out on a baking and flash freeze until solid.
Then, transfer the air fryer frozen pierogies to a freezer-safe bag - or airtight container - and freeze for up to 3 months.
HOW TO REHEAT PIEROGIES
Now, you can air fry pierogies again to heat them up. If you're reheating the air fryer frozen pierogies from the fridge, either put them in the oven or air fryer at 350°F (180°C). Then heat for a few minutes - checking on them frequently until warm.
And if you're reheating air fryer frozen pierogies, you can transfer them right from the freezer to the air fryer and cook pierogies in air fryer at 350°F for about 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through for crispier pierogies.
By the way, if you don't want to use the air fryer and are looking for some more great ways to reheat pierogies, you have to check out this article on how to reheat pierogies!
FAQS ABOUT THIS AIR FRYER PIEROGIES RECIPE
Can I add other stuff to the filling?
Yes, you can add anything you want to these pierogies in air fryer! I love adding in some bacon bits, and you could even add in chicken, ground beef, or anything else you want. And you do a totally different filling with anything you want.
Do you have to boil pierogies before air frying?
No, you do not have to boil them. The beauty of this recipe is preparing the dough this way allows you to make air fried pierogies immediately, and they'll fry up to golden perfection.
What is the best way to cook frozen pierogies?
I think the best way to cook air fryer frozen pierogies is by popping them back in the air fryer, as described above. The air fryer really gives them a great crispy golden brown exterior and heats the interior perfectly as well.
WRAPPING IT ALL UP
Well, that is how to make pierogies in the air fryer! Although it's quicker to pick up frozen pierogies from the store, they don't come close to the taste and texture of these homemade pierogies.
These air fryer pierogies get fried to golden perfection with a slightly crispy outside and extremely flavorful filling. You honestly won't find a pierogi recipe better than this one.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
If you make it, leave a comment below and let me know how it turned out, I'd love to hear!
MORE AIR FRYER RECIPES
If you like using the air fryer, we have a ton of air fryer recipes that you can make!
Try one of these air fryer recipes out next:
- Air fryer pizza
- Air fryer Oreos
- Air fryer French toast
- Air fryer baked potato
- Air fryer tortilla chips
- Air fryer grilled cheese
Air Fryer Pierogies Made From Scratch
These air fryer pierogies are super easy to make from scratch, and they taste incredible. They are crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside and make the perfect appetizer or main meal!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 16 pierogies 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Air Fryer
- Cuisine: Polish
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Salt
½ cup Sour Cream
4 tbsp. Butter
1 Egg (for the egg wash)
2 cups Mashed Potatoes
½ cup Shallots, chopped
⅔ cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt and Pepper
- Place the flour in a bowl and make a hole in the middle. Add the salt, egg, sour cream, and butter and mix until well combined.
- Transfer to a working surface and knead until soft.
- Put back in the bowl and cover. Let it sit for at least 2 hours.
- Transfer to a working surface again and roll out with a rolling pin until it's ⅕ inch thick.
- Cut with a cookie cutter (or other round cutter), around 3-inches in diameter.
- Combine all the filling ingredients.
- Fill the pierogies with 1 tbsp. of the filling and close them using a spoon to help. Seal the edges, brush the pierogies with the egg wash and make a few holes on top with a fork.
- Remove the grid from the air fryer and spray with baking spray. Fill air fryer with pierogies - they should lay flat and not touch on another.
- Cook at 350°F (180°C) for about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through (cook in batches of 3 or 4 or more depending on air fryer size).
- Serve with sour cream, green onions, parsley, and cabbage.
- Serving Size: 1 pierogi
- Calories: 116
- Fat: 5
- Carbohydrates: 16
- Fiber: 0.75
- Protein: 3.5
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Made these pierogies just now they are awesome.
We gave these a shot tonight and they came out super!!
5/5 pierogies..thanks guys.
They don't have pierogis at restaurants by me (just frozen) so these were awesome!
I was surprised how good these turned out in the air fryer.
Way better than the frozen kind these tasted super fresh and the dough was actually crispy instead of almost soggy.
Everything about these were 🔥
This recipe was incredible. Delicious pierogis!
Delicious filling in these.
Surprised how easy + good these were.
Fantastic air fryer recipe.