Prefect air fryer frozen pizza! All you need to do is take the pizza straight out of the freezer and place it in the air fryer. Your air fryer will provide plenty of heat to give you a crispy, tasty pizza.
Frozen Pizza in Air Fryer
The two main determining factors for how you will cook your frozen pizza in the air fryer is the thickness of the pizza and the power of your air fryer. Air fryers differ by make and model, and different brands and varieties of pizza will have different sizes. Be aware of this, and be prepared to be a little flexible with your air fryer settings to ensure that you can get the best results every time. Your cooking time will vary based on these factors, but there are a few things to take into account.
For example, you might have thin, traditional, or thick crust pizza. A larger air fryer, or a larger pizza, will require you to adjust your cooking time. Smaller pizzas don’t require as long to cook as larger ones.
How To Cook Frozen Pizza In Air Fryer
- First, you need to remove the pizza from any plastic covering. You don’t want to place any plastic in your air fryer. Be sure that there isn’t any residual plastic on the pizza that could burn while in the air fryer.
- Lightly spray the top of your pizza to help prevent the toppings from burning.
- Next, you’ll want to place your pizza in the air fryer basket.
- Now, air fry your pizza in the air fryer at 356°F/180°C for about 8-12 minutes. If your pizza is smaller or thinner, check on it at the 6 minute mark. Larger pizzas will take longer to cook through.
If you like a pizza extra crispy, you could try checking at ten minutes. If you haven’t cooked that particular brand pizza before, or you haven’t used your air fryer before, you’ll want to check at 6-8 minutes regardless. You can always cook your pizza for longer, but you can’t un-cook an overcooked pizza.
Cook your pizza for an extra minute or two after it looks to be done if you want it extra crispy!
If you have a deep dish pizza, with a thicker crust, it will take longer than a thin-crusted pizza to cook. Bear this in mind when deciding on a cooking time.
Time and Temperature to Cook Frozen Pizza in Air Fryer
- First, we suggest an initial cooking time of 8-12 minutes. Inspect your pizza after cooking the first time, then cook it a little more if you need to.
- Sometimes, the toppings on your pizza can burn a little before the crust is cooked through. A pizza with lots of toppings isn’t the sort of thing you want to burn. To avoid this, you can try spraying a light amount of oil on the top of the pizza. This will help prevent the toppings from burning while the crust is cooking.
- If you have a very large air fryer, you’ll want to cook your pizza for longer.
Why Pizza Burns
There are many reasons why your frozen pizza might be burning as it cooks. Here are some of the more common ones:
- Your air fryer might already be hot when you place the pizza inside. A preheated air fryer, or one that is already heated from cooking something else, will require you to reduce your cooking time.
- Check whether the whole pizza burned, or just the toppings. Sometimes, the toppings will burn before the whole pizza is cooked through. A great way to prevent this from happening is to remove any larger, more conspicuous toppings from the pizza before adding it to the air fryer. That means pepperoni and larger chunks of meat. Air fry the pizza for half the cooking time, then put the bigger pieces of topping back on the pizza for the remainder of the cooking time.
- You can add a light oil spray to the top of the pizza to help prevent it from burning or drying out.
- If your brand of frozen pizza is smaller than others, that could be a factor in the pizza burning. It’s easy to burn a smaller pizza. Be sure to check on smaller pizzas sooner than you would otherwise, and you can over time develop a good sense of how long the pizza will need in your air fryer.
Air Fryer Frozen Pizza Tips
- Cook your pizza fresh out of the freezer. You do not want to thaw it out first.
- We have based the timing for this recipe on a non-preheated air fryer. If you are cooking multiple pizzas back to back, you’ll want to reduce the cooking time for any additional pizzas as they will be entering a preheated air fryer.
- We based our recommendations on 3.7 to 6 qt air fryers. If yours is larger, the pizza may take a little longer to cook, so you’ll want to adjust your cooking time accordingly. Air fryers work by forcing heated air across the surface of your food. Larger fryers will have more space through which to push the air, which could require a longer cooking time.
- As always, be sure to consult the instructions on the pizza packaging. The manufacturer will probably have some recommendations for you as to the cooking time and temperature for your pizza.
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