These easy air fryer pizza rolls are pockets of golden fluffy dough filled with your favourite pizza toppings. They take just 10 minutes to cook and are a hit with kids and adults alike. Nothing can beat the taste of air fried pizza rolls!
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Quick to cook – cooking pizza rolls in the air fryer takes less than 10 minutes!
- Perfect for kids lunchboxes.
- A delicious easy weekend dinner – turn the air fryer on, put a couple of these in to cook whilst you choose what to watch on Netfllix. So much cheaper and healthier than a takeaway.
- Freezer friendly – make a large batch/cook in bulk and freeze for later.
- A useful recipe for using up fridge leftovers: cooked veggies, cooked meats, different cheese (I love spinach and feta!)
- Crispy golden outside, soft fluffy insides – the air fryer cooks the outside at a hot temperature giving it a crispy crust, whilst gently cooking the insides.
- Pizza dough – use homemade dough or store bought pizza dough.
- Tomato sauce – I love using this homemade pizza tomato sauce, which I can defrost a portion before making these rolls, but you can also use store bought or a little tomato paste. Tip: You want your sauce to be thick and not too watery, otherwise it will make the rolls soggy.
- Cheese – grated mozzarella or pizza cheese, or use a basic cheddar, and grate yourself – not only is it more economical, but it is something I always have in the fridge.
- Other filling ingredients – finely diced pepper/capsicum (as I’ve used here), any cooked veg you have, mushrooms or spinach; ham, salami, or bacon.
- Olive Oil – helps crisp the pizza rolls and make them a lovely golden brown.
How to make pizza rolls in the air fryer
- Take a section of your pizza dough (from my basic dough recipe I cut it into 4) and roll out to a thickness of approx ¾ cm (.3″)
- Cut it into 3 rectangles.
- Top half of each section with a teaspoon of tomato sauce, leaving 1 cm (/4″) gap around the edges – this is important to be able to seal your pizza pockets and prevent any filling from leaking.
- Add 1 teaspoon of your toppings of choice (ham, capsicum, cooked chicken etc).
- Sprinkle with ½ – 1 teaspoon of grated cheese.
- Fold the dough over to cover the filling.
- With a fork, press down to crimp and seal the edges.
- With a sharp knife cut 2-3 small holes in the top of each roll (to let the steam out and prevent them from becoming soggy).
- Brush with a little olive oil.
How to cook pizza rolls in the air fryer
I have a small air fryer, so can only fit three in at a time, but a bonus is you can prepare another batch whilst these ones cook!
Place the rolls in the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure they aren’t touching. Bake at at 180˚C / 356˚F for 8-9 minutes.
After 8-9 minutes the pizza rolls are crispy and golden. Remove to a plate to cool slightly before serving.
Anything that you like to eat on a pizza! Cooked bacon or salami, vegetables, chopped olives, goats cheese or feta…the opportunities are endless!
Yes, you don’t need line your basket with foil or any other lining.
Make sure you put a hole in the top of each pizza pocket with a sharp knife. This lets the steam out and helps prevent it from building up and causing your rolls to explode. If you cook them for too long, the filling will start to spill out. The next batch try cooking them for a minute or two less.
My tips for air frying pizza rolls
- If you want to use meat in your filling, make sure it is cooked before going into the air fryer.
- If using wet ingredients such as spinach or mushrooms, sauté them for a couple of minutes and then cool before adding to your pizza rolls, otherwise your dough could become soggy.
- Do not overstuff the pizza rolls, or your filling will spill out.
- You can use puff pastry or store bought pizza dough if you don’t want to make your own dough.
- The filling gets very hot!! Leave to cool for 5 minutes before eating to save burning your mouth.
- Place rolls in a single layer in your air fryer basket. They can touch ever so slightly, but if they overlap each other this will prevent them from cooking as quickly.
- Check your pizza rolls once they are in the air fryer after 5 minutes. The exact cooking time will depend on how powerful your air fryer is, and how many you are cooking at the same time. Philips or Ninja Foodi should take less time than a cheaper model like mine.
They are great on their own or enjoy with a tomato dip, some spicy siracha, or a cooling yogurt cucumber dip.
You can also enjoy the rolls as a main dish: serve them with a simple salad or alongside a bowl of soup – our favourites are roast pumpkin soup and carrot ginger soup, or add some crispy parmentier potatoes for a more substantial meal.
Fridge: Once completely cool, place in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freezer: To freeze pizza rolls, place uncooked rolls on a tray lined with baking paper, making sure they don’t touch, and place in the freezer until frozen solid. Transfer to a sealed bag or container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Take out as many as you need and cook from frozen at 180˚C / 356˚F for 10-12 minutes, until hot all the way through.
- Chicken pizza rolls: use leftover roast chicken or rotisserie chicken. Finely shred the cooked chicken and add a teaspoon to your rolls on top of the tomato sauce.
- Extra cheese: because can you ever have too much cheese on a pizza?! Sprinkle a couple of teaspoons of grated parmesan cheese over the rolls once cooked and cooling on a plate. A little finely chopped fresh oregano or rosemary is also delicious.
- Pepperoni: finely chop a couple of slices of pepperoni and add to the filling.
- Vegetarian: Leave out the ham.
- Vegan: My homemade pizza dough is vegan, so fill it with a vegan mozzarella or other vegan cheese and some cooked veggies such as pepper/capsicum and corn, mushrooms or wilted spinach.
Whilst I love making these homemade pizza rolls in the air fryer, you can also make them in the oven:
How to make these air fryer rolls in the oven:
- Preheat the oven to 200˚C fan/ 220˚C / 400˚F. Line two baking tray/sheets.
- Make the rolls exactly the same as for the air fryer.
- Place the rolls on the prepared baking sheets, place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden.
More easy air fryer recipes
Easy Air fryer Pizza Rolls
- Cut dough in quarter and place on a floured board, putting the rest back in a lightly greased bowl for later.
- Using a flour dusted rolling pin, roll to a thickness of ½cm (.2") – a rectangle of roughly 24cm x 17cm (9.5" x 6.7").
- Cut across into 3 rectangles.
- Spread 1 to 1 ½ teaspoon of tomato sauce on half of each piece, leaving 1cm (.4") from the edges.
- Top each with ½ – 1 teaspoon of additional ingredients.
- Place 1½ teaspoon grated cheese on each.
- Lightly brush a little water around the edges, then fold over the dough and seal the edges with a fork.
- With a sharp knife, make 3 small holes in the top of each roll to let the steam out.
- Brush each pizza roll with a little olive oil.
- Preheat the air fryer to 180˚C / 356˚F.
- Place in a single layer (my air fryer can only cook 3 at a time) and cook for 8-9 minutes, until golden.
- Whilst they are cooking prepare the next batch of pizza rolls.
- Repeat with the rest of the pizza rolls.
- Cool for 5 minutes before serving, as the insides can be very hot!
Making Pizza Rolls in the oven:
- Preheat the oven to 200˚C fan/ 220˚C / 400˚F. Line two baking tray/sheets with baking paper.
- Make the rolls exactly the same as for the air fryer but place on baking sheet rather than air fryer pan.
- Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden.