Epic delicious food couldn’t get any easier with this Air Fryer Pizza, making any night a pizza night! Load it up with anything you like, throw it in the air fryer, and in 10-12 minutes you’ve got delicious homemade pizza.
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Hey Internet, I’m so excited to tell you about my newest obsession: air fryer pizza!
I LOVE homemade pizza but I feel like it’s a struggle between what pan to use, getting it not to stick, getting the bottom crispy enough, getting the cheese melted, using a pizza peel and a pizza stone and gosh it’s just all too much and sometimes I just want a really fast and delicious pizza.
Enter the air fryer. It’s no secret that people are going crazy for air fryers. It’s not only the perfect way to heat up frozen appetizers or a fun way to enjoy chickpeas or vegetables, it’s a way of life. LOL
Seriously though, what I love about the air fryer (besides, you know, everything) is that it’s fast and mostly hands off. Some things you gotta shake the basket so they get evenly crispy but that’s not too hard.
It also doesn’t heat up your kitchen, it’s easy to clean, and they make them in so many different shapes and sizes and with all these fancy features.
Ok really I don’t need to sell you on an air fryer since I assume you have one since you visited this recipe. Let’s just dive in, like I want to do to that pizza I pictured above - YUM.
What You’ll Need
- Pizza dough: Obviously, pizza dough is important here. Homemade or store-bought both work fine. If you want to make your dough, try my quick pizza dough recipe.
- Sauce of choice: Whether it’s a marinara, BBQ sauce, white sauce, or whatever else you like, you’ll need some sauce for your pizza. Otherwise, it’s just cheese and bread, not that there’s anything wrong with that. You could totally use this method to make cheesy garlic bread too, just sayin’.
- Cheese: If you like cheese, then add cheese. If you’d like, try my homemade vegan mozzarella, or use your favorite store-bought shredded cheese. We like the Follow Your Heart brand, the one that’s finely shredded because it melts so well!
- Toppings: We kept it simple here and just used our homemade vegan pepperoni, but you’re welcome to top it with whatever you like. Often we do a variety of veg including mushrooms, artichoke hearts, onion, sun dried tomatoes, garlic, spinach, and black olives.
How to Make Air Fryer Pizza
- Note: how much dough you need will of course depend on the size of your air fryer, more specifically the diameter of the inside of your basket. We use a 5.5L (family size :D) air fryer and were able to make two 10-inch pizzas from both store-bought dough (we used Trader Joe’s) and our homemade dough recipe.
- Let dough sit for about 20-30 minutes after removing it from the refrigerator.
- While the dough rests, make a parchment paper insert. This is important so the crust doesn’t stick to the air fryer and makes it easy to get out. We like to draw a circle that matches (or almost matches) the inside circumference of our air fryer basket. Then, what I like to do is draw 3” wide by 3-4” long ‘tabs’ on four sides of the circle. These tabs will help you lift the pizza out without hurting yourself or mushing the crust. Before using, though, trace this template onto cardstock and keep it so you can make liners quickly in the future so you can air fryer pizza more often. The shape can be a square if your air fryer basket is square, by the way. If you have an air fryer with racks, draw the inside size of the rack.
- Stretch or roll out the dough and create a little rolled or folded crust if desired. If the crust doesn’t want to stick, brush it with a tiny amount of water and press down lightly.
- Place the parchment paper insert into the basket and carefully transfer the rolled out dough to the inside. You may stretch the dough to reach the inner walls if desired.
- Add your sauce (don’t go too heavy or the crust will get soggy and the sauce will pool) and spread with the back of a spoon or a spatula.
- Just add your cheese and whatever toppings you like and place the basket (or rack) into the air fryer. Set the temperature for 350° Fahrenheit (177° Celsius) and cook for 10 minutes. Check it, and cook more if needed. We usually cook between 10 and 12 minutes. If the dough isn’t cooked enough, reduce the heat and cook for an additional few minutes. Note that if making multiple pizzas, every subsequent pizza after the first will cook faster since the air fryer is already heated, so check them at 8 minutes instead, or similar.
- When it’s finished cooking, simply use the tabs to pull the pizza up and transfer it to a cutting board or plate. Slide out the parchment paper before cutting the pizza--you can reuse it if making multiple pizzas in the same night (if not, make sure you trace it on cardstock to save time and effort later!). Enjoy pizza immediately!
- Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer (because why not) or enjoy cold leftover pizza (yum!).
More Quick and Easy Recipes
- Sheet Pan Quesadilla
- Vegan Philly Cheesesteak
- Vegan Hamburger Helper
- Cajun Pasta
- Vegan Ragu
- Vegan Baked Feta Pasta
As always, I hope you love this recipe–I know I do and so does Mr. Zardyplants. We devoured so many pizzas while testing this recipe. It was so hard, but we made the sacrifice ;)
This air fryer pizza is:
- and great for a quick entree or snack no matter what day of the week it is!
Let me know in the comments below if you make this recipe or tag me @Zardyplants on Instagram so I can see your beautiful recreations! If you tag me on IG, I will share your post in my stories :)
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