Air Fryer Pierogi
Have you ever tried pierogi before? It is such a nice, delicious bite, and even better when it is air fried to perfection! You can even make this from an easy homemade pierogi dough while you get the filling ready.
While it might seem difficult to make this pierogi recipe from scratch, but it is really just a few simple steps and you will have an appetizer that is sure to impress yourself and your guests! And then choose your favorite sauce to serve it with.
Ingredients Needed for an Easy Air Fryer Pierogi Recipe:
- Cheddar cheese
- All-purpose flour
- Sour cream
- Butter, room temperature
- Air fryer
- Wooden spoon
- Plastic wrap
- Large pot (2)
- Rolling pin
- Nonstick cooking spray
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Pick Your Favorite Filling
Pierogies are super versatile. So once you have the process down, you can always switch up the filling you use for this delicious homemade pierogi dough.
Everyday Delicious has a great list of pierogi filling ideas, but here are a few of my favorites to fill them with!
Homemade Pierogi Fillings to Try:
- Sweet cheese
- Meat, onion, and mushrooms
- Fruit pierogi filling
- Sun-dried tomato and onion
- Cheese and spinach
How Long Does it Take to Make Pierogi Dough?
It takes about 5-10 minutes to make up the pierogi dough, but you will need to let the dough rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes but up to 48 hours.
What Happens if Your Dough is Rolled to Thin?
If you roll the dough out too thin there is a good chance that your dough will break open during either the boiling process or the frying process.
It is best to have your dough about ⅛ inch thick so that it will fry up nicely but not be too doughy when you are done making them.
How to Make This Air Fryer Pierogi Recipe:
Step 1: Make Up the Pierogi Dough
Start by combining the flour and salt in a large bowl and whisk them together.
Then add in the egg and continue mixing it with a wooden spoon. At this point, the dough will be pretty lumpy.
Now gently work the sour cream and room temperature butter into the dough and mix it all together until the ingredients create a nice and smooth dough, kneading it together.
Fold the dough over with your hands and turn the dough continuing to work the dough until it is less sticky but still moist.
Now form the dough into a ball, wrap it with plastic, and place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to 48 hours.
Step 2: Make the Cheesy Potato Pierogi Filling
While the dough is resting, start by washing and peeling the potatoes and then cut them into small cubes.
Place the potatoes into a large pot with water and then boil the potatoes until they are tender.
When the potatoes are done, drain the water from the pot and then mash the potatoes and add in the shredded cheddar cheese.
Mix the cheese in until it is melted into the potatoes and it creates a potato mixture.
Allow the potatoes to cool down.
Step 3: Roll and Cut the Dough
After 30 minutes you can remove the dough from the fridge and place it on a lightly floured surface.
Cut the dough in half and begin rolling out one half of the dough. You will want to roll it to be about ⅛ inch thick.
Then use a circle cutter that is about 2 – 2 ½ inches and place the cutter on the dough cutting as many of the circles as you can from the dough.
Gather the scraps from the dough and reroll the dough and continue cutting more circles from the dough.
Once all of that dough is rolled and cut, move onto the other half of the dough and continue to roll and cut the dough until it is all gone.
Step 4: Assemble Pierogies
Once you have your dough cut and the potato mixture is cooled, place about 1 ½ tsp of the potato mixture into the center of the circle and then fold it over and pinch the sides together with your fingers and then again with a fork to ensure they are sealed well.
Step 5: Boil Pierogies
After you have the pierogies filled, place them into a pot of boiling water. I would start with 1-2 pierogies and see how they cook and then bump it up to 4-5 without crowding the pot.
They will start by sinking to the bottom and then when they float to the top remove them with a slotted spoon.
When you remove the pierogies from the boiling water, place them into a lightly greased air fryer basket.
Step 6: Air Fry the Pierogies
Continue to fill the basket until there is no room left without them overlapping or touching, and then spray the tops of them lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
Then return the basket to the air fryer and turn it on for 8 minutes at 400F or 200C, flipping the pierogies halfway through the cooking time.
Once the pierogies are browned to your liking, remove them and continue baking the rest.
Now simply top them with your favorite toppings or serve them with your favorite dipping sauces and enjoy!
Air Fryer Appetizers
I absolutely love using my air fryer to make appetizers. Not only does it cut down on time (compared to using the oven) but it also keeps your food nice and crispy. Here are some great recipes for you to try next!
- The Easiest Meatball Mummies Recipe (Oven and Air Fryer Instructions)
- Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
- Air Fryer Bubble Pizza Recipe
- Zucchini Pizza Bites in the Air Fryer
If you have ever had pierogies, you know they are so worth the little extra time it takes to make these pillowy, potatoey, bites of heaven. Plus this is such a simple pierogi dough recipe that you can make and have it ready to roll in less than 45 minutes.
Once you get the dough down, the filling can be changed up and this pierogi recipe can be limitless. Let us know your favorite fillings for pierogies!
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Air Fryer Pierogi
- Wooden spoon
- Plastic wrap
- 2 Large pot
- Rolling Pin
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 3 Large potatoes
- 1 cup Cheddar cheese
- 2 cups All-purpose flour
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 Large egg
- ½ cup Sour cream
- 4 tbsp Butter, room temperature
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour with the salt.
- Add the egg and combine. The dough should be clumpy.
- Gently work in the sour cream and room temp butter until the dough comes together. As it starts to combine and work together, gently knead and fold the dough with your fingers until it becomes less sticky and is still moist.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 48 hours.
- While the dough sits: Peel the potatoes, cut them into cubes and boil them to make mashed potatoes. Once boiled. Mash the potatoes then add in the cheddar cheese until it is melted and combined with the potatoes. Let the potato mixture cool.
- Once the dough is chilled, split the dough in half so it is easier to work with. Roll it out until it is 1/8in thick. Cut out 2-2.5 inch circles of dough. You can reroll out the scraps of dough. Repeat this with the other half of the dough.
- Place about 1-1 1/2 tsp of filling on each round of dough, depending on the size of each round. Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges of together to seal it shut. Then, seal it again with the tines of a fork.
- Boil a large pot of water. Once boiling, add 1-2 pierogi to the water to get a feel for how to cook these. They will sink at first, but once they float to the top, remove them from the water and place in a lightly sprayed air fryer basket.
- Once you get the hang of it, you can boil multiple pierogis at once. The amount you can put in the pot depends on the size of the pot you are using. Don't overcrowd because they need room to float without sticking together. I did about 4-5 at a time.
- Once the air fryer basket is filled with pierogis, without having them touch or overlap each other. Gently spray them with oil. Cook for 8 minutes at 400 °F and filling each pierogi at the halfway point. Continue cooking until they are golden brown to your liking.
- Remove pierogis and repeat with remain pierogis.
- Remove from the air fryer basket and enjoy with condiments such as sour cream, apple sauce, or whatever your favorites are!
Recipe Adapted From: King Arthur Baking