Frozen Potstickers In Air Fryer

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Cooking frozen potstickers in the air fryer is a breeze, offering a quick and convenient way to balance crispy exteriors and hot, juicy interiors. It’s an easy, healthier, and cost-effective alternative to ordering takeout.

Post includes Weight Watchers points.

top down view of two servings of air fryer frozen potstickers on white plates with a side of dipping sauce

Making frozen potstickers in the air fryer is a fantastic way to enjoy a favorite take-out appetizer anytime the mood strikes. The air fryer gives you frozen potstickers that turn out perfect every time; delicious dough pockets wrapped around a flavorful, moist, and juicy filling with a crispy, crunchy bottom. So, they are just as delicious as the ones you get at your local Asian restaurant.

Like me, you may have seen frozen potstickers in the store but weren’t sure how to cook them. After some trial and error with other methods, I tried cooking frozen potstickers in the air fryer. They turned out so perfect that I knew I’d never cook them any other way again.

Like these Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs and Air Fryer Frozen Burritos, cooking up tasty potstickers at home is an affordable alternative to take-out dumplings. And since they’re not deep-fried, it is a healthier way to indulge those cravings. Secondly, these air fryer frozen dumplings are a winner all around!

the air fryer frozen potstickers served on a white plate

Why Make This Recipe

  • Healthier Than Frying – Fried dumplings taste great but require much more oil. A light coating is all you need for moist potstickers—no deep frying.
  • Easy – Traditional steaming takes a lot of time and special equipment. When you air fry frozen dumplings it is just pushing a button.  
  • Fast – Go from frozen to fully cooked and on the table in under 10 minutes.  

Still trying to figure out how to use the air fryer? Make sure you check out my collection of the best air fryer tips to help you be more confident.

Ingredient Notes

  • Potstickers – Look for these dumplings in the frozen food section. As a bonus, they come in a variety of flavors. You can use Trader Joe’s Frozen Gyoza or any other brand of choice.
  • Oil – Use the recommended oil as outlined in your air fryer manual. Next, it’s essential to use a cooking spray and generously coat the basket; this step ensures that the air fryer potstickers don’t dry out during the cooking process. Opt for a neutral oil, such as avocado oil, for best results.

What Are Potstickers?

Potstickers are Chinese-style dumplings often filled with pork, cabbage, vegetable filling, and sometimes shrimp. These dumplings are fried on the bottom,  steamed, and then pan-fried again. The result is a delicious crispy exterior and a tender, juicy filling. 

Furthermore, potstickers can also be called pot-stickers, wontons, gyoza, or dumplings. When buying frozen potstickers, you may see any or all of these names depending on the brand, but the differences will be subtle. 

one of the completed air fryer frozen potstickers held by chopsticks

Ready to make this air fryer frozen dumplings recipe? Grab that bag of frozen potstickers, and I will show you…

How To Air Fry Frozen Potstickers

Figuring out the right temperatures can be the hardest part of air fryer cooking. To avoid getting confused, use my FREE air fryer cooking time cheat sheet.

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Firstly, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F / 204 degrees C.
  2. Then, spray the air fryer basket with oil and lightly coat both sides of the potstickers.
  3. Now, place the frozen dumplings in an air fryer in a single layer so it cooks evenly. Additionally, you can make multiple batches.
  4. Air fry for 7-9 minutes, turning the one layer over halfway through the cooking time until they are golden brown in color and warmed through. Then, add your favorite dipping sauce.
image collage showing the steps for making frozen potstickers in air fryer

Expert Tips

  • No need to thaw – go straight from the freezer to air fryer.
  • Cook potstickers in a single layer. Don’t overlap or let them touch and cook in several batches if necessary. 
  • Coat lightly with oil to avoid drying out the exterior of the dumpling. 
  • Turn the potstickers over halfway through cooking. 

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Delicious Variations

  • Use Sesame Oil – If you usually use a neutral oil in your air fryer, try sesame oil when making potstickers. The flavor is lovely, and it will work just as well as regular oil. 
  • Add Dipping Sauces – Potstickers are definitely designed for dipping. So, here are some of our favorite options:
    • Sweet and sour sauce
    • Soy Sauce
    • Sweet Chili Sauce
    • Ponzu sauce
    • Teriyaki Sauce
    • Peanut Sauce
    • Hot Chili Sauce
    • Yum Yum Sauce
one air fryer frozen potsticker being dunked in dipping sauce

Prep And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – No prep needed! Go from freezer to air fryer to table. 
  • Store – Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat – Set the air fryer to 350 degrees F / 180 degrees C and reheat for 2 minutes, turning after 1 minute. If needed, cook for 1 additional minute. 
  • Freeze – I don’t recommend refreezing these potstickers after cooking.


How Long To Air Fry Potstickers?

Air fryers can vary slightly in time and temperature, but you can air fry frozen dumplings in about 8 minutes!

Do I Need To Flip Potstickers?

Flipping the potstickers will help them to crisp up on both sides. We, however, recommend flipping them after about 4-5 minutes.

Can I Air Fry Potstickers Without Oil?

Yes! Oil helps the dumplings to get crispy without drying out. Without oil, they will still be delicious but may not get as golden on the outside.

What’s The Difference Between Dumplings, Gyoza, Potstickers, And Wontons?

Here are the differences between dumplings, gyoza, potstickers, and wontons; they are all related but have some distinctions.

Dumplings is a broad term encompassing dough parcels with fillings, found worldwide. Examples include ravioli in Italy, momos in Nepal, pierogies in Poland, and mandu in Korea.
Gyoza, Japan’s version, features thinner wrappers than Chinese dumplings and is typically pan-fried, but be sure to try air fryer gyoza.
– So, potstickers derive their name from caramelization, as they are dumplings (guotie) that are pan-fried and tend to stick to the pot.
Wontons, also Chinese, are smaller than jiaozi and have thinner wrappers. They’re often served in a broth with meat but no vegetables.

Why Are The Air Fried Frozen Dumplings Sticking To The Basket?

Gyoza can stick to the air fryer basket due to its doughy nature and high cooking heat.

To prevent sticking, you can take a few steps. Firstly, line the basket with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Secondly, create some holes in the parchment or foil to allow for proper air circulation.

You could also use pre-perforated parchment rounds or squares for ease.

Can You Cook Frozen Potstickers In The Air Fryer At 400 Degrees?

Indeed, you can cook frozen dumplings in the air fryer at 400 degrees. To begin, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F / 204 degrees C. Then, lightly coat the air fryer basket with a spray of oil and make sure both sides of the potstickers are evenly coated. Then, arrange the frozen dumplings in the air fryer basket to ensure uniform cooking. You have the flexibility to cook multiple batches if necessary.

Lastly, air fry the dumplings for 7-9 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time. This will result in an extra crispy, golden brown exterior and ensure that they are thoroughly heated.

Which Frozen Dumplings Are Good?

In our view, the following frozen dumplings from reputable brands like Costco Potstickers, Trader Joe’s Potstickers, and Bibigo are good and delicious.

Specifically, these brands offer a variety of flavors and styles to cater to different tastes.

Ultimately, the choice between different brands depends on your personal preferences and dietary considerations. So, go take a look at your local grocery stores.

How Long To Air Fry Trader Joe’s Frozen Potstickers?

To air-fry Trader Joe’s frozen dumplings, preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees F / 190 degrees C, place them in a single layer in the basket, and cook for 10-12 minutes. Remember to flip them halfway through for even cooking. The aim is to achieve a crispy brown and fully heated result but keep an eye on them as cooking times can vary with different air fryer models.

What’s The Best Way To Cook Frozen Potstickers?

The best way to cook frozen dumplings depends on your preference and available equipment.

Pan-frying provides a crispy bottom and a tender, steamed top, while boiling is straightforward and yields juicy dumplings. Steaming preserves their delicate texture and flavor. Air frying is also an option for a crispy result, using less oil than traditional pan-frying.
Choose the method that suits your taste and equipment.

one cooked frozen potsticker being held by chopsticks

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Weight Watchers Points

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Frozen Wontons In Air Fryer

Prepare your favorite frozen dumplings in just under 10 minutes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time7 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: asian
Servings: 2
Calories: 351kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy


  • 12 frozen potstickers
  • 1 tablespoon oil or cooking spray


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F / 204 degrees C. Spay the air fryer basket with oil.
  • Remove the potstickers from the package and spray lightly with oil.
  • Line the basket with the potstickers, making sure to keep the in a single layer.
  • Cook for 7-9 minutes, turning over halfway through. Potstickers should be golden in color.
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  • No need to thaw – go straight from the freezer to air fryer.
  • Cook potstickers in a single layer. Don’t overlap or let them touch and cook in several batches if necessary. 
  • Coat lightly with oil to avoid drying out the exterior of the dumpling. 
  • Turn the potstickers over halfway through cooking. 
  • Storage – keep leftovers in an airtight container inside the fridge for 4 days.
  • There are 9 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.


Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 557mg | Potassium: 0.1mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Never thought to make potstickers in the air fryer. This is a perfect recipe for me. Making these over the weekend.

  2. 5 stars
    Love this! I love my air fryer and wanted potstickers and your recipe worked like a charm!

  3. 5 stars
    I can’t believe I never thought to cook potstickers in the air fryer, but I’ll never go back! It was so quick and simple with less mess, and the air fryer still gave them that nice texture.

  4. 5 stars
    Such a great idea to make these in the air fryer – they get perfectly crispy on the outside!

  5. 5 stars
    I have an air fryer but had never used to to make pot stickers until I found your recipe. Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    Hi Thank you for the Air fryer recipes and tips! I would imagine this would work for perogi’s too?