These air fryer pot stickers work with frozen or homemade ones, and take less than 7 minutes to make! Crispy on the outside with a moist and juicy filling, it’s so easy to customize!
Using my air fryer has become an almost daily habit.
Contrary to popular belief, we don’t use it for our main meals though (although recently we’ve been loving our pork chops). Recently, I’ve been using them for some of my favorite appetizers, especially pot stickers.
What are potstickers?
Potstickers are Chinese-style dumplings, similar to Japanese gyoza.While they are often fried or steamed, the easiest and most delicious way to enjoy and cook them is air frying.
Why making potstickers in the air fryer will be your new favorite way to cook them-
- Easy to make. Contrary to popular belief, pot stickers are easy to make and use simple ingredients.
- No added oil needed. Air frying instead of pan frying cuts out a significant amount of oil without affecting flavor or texture.
- Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. This ticks all the boxes.
- Ready in just 7 minutes. Make this for a quick and easy dinner when time is an issue.
What I love about this recipe is you can make them ahead of time and freeze leftovers to enjoy at a later time. It’s also great if you are entertaining because trust me, everyone will LOVE them!
How to make potstickers in the air fryer
- Potsticker wrappers– These can be found at grocery stores in the refrigerator section and in Asian grocery stores. They are often called wonton wrappers or dumpling wrappers.
- Ground chicken– Avoid using fat-free or ground chicken breast, as it will yield a dry filling.
- Cabbage– Napa or white cabbage.
- Chives– Also known as garlic chives.
- Soy sauce– Gluten-free soy sauce or tamari, for a soy free option.
- Sesame oil– A must for any good potsticker recipe.
- Salt and pepper– To taste.
Start by making the mixture. In a mixing bowl, add the ground chicken, chopped cabbage and chives and mix well. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and pepper.
Next, lightly wet your hands, then place the potsticker wrappers on a flat surface. Add a spoonful of the filling mixture in the center, then fold over the wrapper. Press down on the edge several times to create a pattern.
Now, add the potstickers in a lightly greased air fryer basket and air fry for 7 minutes, or until the potstickers are lightly golden brown around the sides.
Remove them from the air fryer and serve them with potsticker dipping sauce.
Can I fry these?
If you don’t want to cook these in the air fryer, you can fry them up stovetop. Here is how you’ll do it.
- Add 2 tablespoons of oil into a non-stick pan. Once hot, add the potstickers and cook for 4-5 minutes, until golden around some sides.
- Add 1/4 cup of water, cover the pan, and let the potstickers cook for a further 5 minutes, until the water is absorbed.
- Remove the potstickers from the pan and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Can I use frozen potstickers?
Yes, frozen potstickers can be added to the air fryer.
The only changes you need to make is to increase the cooking time by two minutes and shake the air fryer basket several times so all sides crisp up.
Dietary and flavor variations
While delicious and authentic as is, here are some options to switch up the filling, flavors, and protein.
- Use different ground meat. Swap out the chicken for ground pork, ground turkey, or even ground beef.
- Make it vegetarian. Use crumbled tofu or balance out the cabbage with spinach or carrots.
- Add more spices. Red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and hot chili will all give the filling a spicy kick.
- Use other vegetables. Shredded carrots, eggplant, and bean shoots are all fantastic ideas.
Tips to make the best recipe
- Do not stuff the potsticker wrappers or else you risk them not being able to be sealed and then the filling bursting out once cooked.
- Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket or sides of the potstickers will be under-cooked.
- Flip the potstickers several times throughout the cooking process to ensure each side crisps up nicely.
Storing, freezing, and make ahead instructions
- To store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to five days.
- To freeze: Potstickers can be frozen either uncooked or cooked. Place them in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to two months.
- Make ahead: Make the potstickers up to five days in advance and keep them stored in the refrigerator. When ready to air fry, lightly brush the exterior with some water before air frying them.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Potstickers and dumplings are the same thing with different names, depending on where in the world you are located.
While similar to potstickers, gyoza are slightly different with flavors leaning towards ginger and broth.
When made gluten free potsticker or dumpling wrappers, these are gluten free.
Air Fryer Pot Stickers (Dumplings or Gyoza!)
- In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients, except for the potstickers, and mix well.
- Lightly wet your hands and place the potsticker wrappers on a flat surface. Add a spoonful of the filling in the center and fold over. Use your fingers to pinch the top several times, to decorate.
- Lightly brush water on the exterior of the potstickers. Add them to an air fryer basket and air fryer at 200C/400F for 6-7 minutes, turning halfway through.
- Remove the potstickers from the air fryer and serve immediately.