Some snacks are classic staples in many people’s childhoods. Think pizza rolls, fish sticks, onion rings, taquitos, french fries, chicken tenders . Hot pockets are definitely one of those classic snacks. These delicious tiny turnovers are great for an afternoon snack or casual dinner with friends and family. The perfect hot pocket has a slight crisp on the outside with flaky breading and tasty ingredients in the middle. These turnovers are meant to be cooked in microwave. But for those who only have air fryer, you might wonder this. Can you cook hot pockets in air fryer? The answer is yes. And like in the microwave, the hot pockets cooking time is key to a great result. I often hear this question. How long to air fry hot pockets? How to cook hot pockets in air fryer? Can you cook frozen hot pockets in air fryer? In this guide, let’s cover these questions as well as how to make homemade hot pockets from scratch.
If you want to get the best results, you need to cook your hot pockets in the air fryer for 12 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. When you cook hot pockets in the air fryer at 375 degrees, you can expect a perfectly cooked hot pocket that is golden brown and flaky with delicious and savory ingredients stuffed inside.
Cooking them for too long will lead to burning the outsides and drying out the ingredients in the middle. Cooking for too little time will result in under-cooked bread without a lightly crisped exterior. So make sure you cook the hot pockets for 12 minutes in the air fryer at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you want to air fry some hot pockets, follow these steps for a mouth-watering result.
You don’t have to stress too much about what temperatures to cook hot pockets at, they do well being fried at multiple temperatures. If you raise the temperature of your air fryer to 400, it will take about 8-10 minutes to finish cooking. If you like your hot pockets to be a little crispier, a higher temperature might be a better option for you. If you decide to lower the temperature of your air fryer to 350, the hot pockets will be done in 14-16 minutes. Using a lower temperature to cook can help to keep the ingredients inside your hot pocket moist, but the outside might have a harder time getting crisp. Either way, use whatever temperature gives you the results that best suit your preferences.
Hot pockets are the perfect snacks to eat when you’re looking for something delicious and simple to make. Although it is really convenient to just buy the prepackaged hot pockets, you can also make homemade hot pockets from scratch. And in doing so, you can get creative in choosing the ingredients you like to put inside these turnovers. And I particularly like this ham and cheese hot pocket recipe. If you want to make some yourself, here are all the steps on how to make hot pockets from scratch.
Go to the store and buy yeast, flour, salt, egg wash, oil, sugar, mozzarella cheese, cooked ham (choose whatever meat you prefer), seasonings, and parchment paper
Start by making the dough. Grab a large bowl and put 1 packet of yeast and 1 1/3 cups of warm water and mix before you let it sit for 5 minutes. Then add 3 1/2 cups of flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 2 tablespoons of oil, and 3/4 teaspoons of salt and combine. Cover the dough and let it rise for an hour in a warm room. Then, start to break apart the dough into 8 rectangles that are about 6 inches long and 4 inches wide. Cut each rectangular dough in half so that you have two thinner, equally sized pieces of dough.
Place the cheese and ham onto one piece of dough and place the other piece of dough on top. Crimp the sides together with a fork, make 2 small slices on the top, and rub a thin layer of egg wash to stick them together.
Set your air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut out a piece of parchment paper to stick on the bottom to prevent sticking. Place your hot pockets into the tray and let them bake for 12 minutes. Flip halfway through for even cooking. Once the hot pockets have been air fried for 12 minutes, take out your hot pockets and let them cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!
If you want to make this snack at home, it might take a little while to prepare because you have to make the bread from scratch. With this in mind, you might be able to save yourself some time by freezing any extra batches that you make. As is the case with all frozen food, it will take longer to cook than it would if it was fresh. Don’t worry about having to thaw them out first, just set your air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and place your hot pockets inside. Let them cook for 16-18 minutes to give them enough time to thaw and get crispy on the outside.
If you want to make the most of your leftovers hot pockets, you can use your air fryer to reheat them the next day. Wrapping anything up in foil will cause condensation to form, which will make your hot pocket soggier and less crisp. Using a microwave to reheat your leftovers won’t fix this problem, but an air fryer can. Just set your air fryer to 375 and place them in the bottom of the tray. Let your hot pockets reheat for 5 minutes before you take them out to cool.
Using an oven to cook hot pockets can be time-consuming, and the microwave doesn’t bring back the quality. Thankfully, using an air fryer can fix both of these problems when it comes to cooking the hot pockets. I hope you have found the tips shared here useful to air fry hot pockets in the air fryer.