Are you looking for new fun ways to make pizza? Have an air fryer but don’t quite know what to do with it? Try making air fryer pizza! Air fryers make great pizza with a billowy, airy crust.
Because of the size of an air fryer, they work best to make individual personal size pizzas. Personal pizzas are great so you get the toppings you want. You don’t have to negotiate with your spouse or kids over anchovies, jalapeños, or the ever-controversial pineapple. You get to make it your way.
Making individual pizzas is a fun way to get the family involved in dinner time. Kids like the independence of making their own pizza. And making pizza in the air fryer is so quick and easy. You don’t need much prep time and probably already have all the ingredients on hand.
What is an Air Fryer?
An air fryer is a kitchen appliance that works by heating up the air around the food. They are a great way to cook and fry foods without the oil, making healthier versions of your favorite unhealthy foods. You can make so many things in an air fryer like French fries, veggies, fried chicken, steak, and pretty much anything you can think of.
There are two types of air fryers, and you can use both to make delicious air fryer personal pizzas a home.
Basket Air Fryer
Basket air fryers are the traditional air fryer that has a pull-out basket. They come in a variety of sizes. They don’t take up much counter space and can be easily stored. They also have the advantage of not heating up the kitchen when in use.
Toaster Oven Air Fryer
The toaster oven air fryer looks like a regular toaster oven, but it also comes with an air fryer mode. These tend to be slightly bigger and take up more counter space which is fine when you think about getting two appliances in one. They also tend to heat up the kitchen when they are used, which could be positive or negative depending on where you live.
Both types of air fryers make great pizza. If you use the basket type, you will want to assemble your pizza inside the basket, but that’s really the only difference.
What Kind of Dough?
You can use any kind of pizza dough to make air fryer pizza. You can make a traditional dough and stretch it out to make small pizzas. Or, if you are looking for a faster, more convenient way to get pizzas on the table, you can use frozen pizza dough. You can even use premade crusts like Boboli or a bagel or a thick slice of sourdough to make air fryer pizzas.
If you’re using homemade or frozen dough, you will want to cook it a bit first, around 2 or 3 minutes, and then add your toppings and cheese. If you are using premade crusts or bread, you don’t need to precook the crust as it’s already ready.
How to Assemble Air Fryer Pizza
It’s a good idea to use air fryer parchment paper especially if you’re using homemade or frozen dough so that it doesn’t stick to the air fryer basket. If you don’t have this, you can use aluminum foil and poke some holes in it so the hot air can move around it to cook evenly.
Once the dough is precooked, you can add your sauce, toppings, and cheese. Because air fryers cook by blowing around hot air, the toppings may fly around a bit. Try putting the cheese on top of the toppings, so as it melts, it weighs down the other toppings. Or if you have a rack, place that on top, which should help with fly-away toppings.
A good rule of thumb is to cook air fryer pizza at 425 Fahrenheit for around 6-8 minutes. Depending on the thickness of the crust and how many goodies you have on top, cook time could vary a bit more.
When the pizza is done, use two spatulas to remove the pizza from the air fryer and let cool for a few minutes to set the cheese and toppings.
Meal, Snack, or Party
Serve as dinner with a side salad or make a bunch and let the kids have a pizza party.
If you like to make extra to have leftovers. Let the pizzas cool and wrap in aluminum foil, and place in air-tight bags or containers. Leftover pizza will last three days in the fridge and two months in the freezer.
Get Creative Air Fryer Personal Pizzas
- Try using different sauces like BBQ, bechamel, pesto, or Alfredo.
- Instead of Hawaiian, make a Polynesian which is Hawaiian, with sliced mandarin oranges and slivered almonds.
- Pair blue cheese chunks with thinly sliced skirt steak. Or combine chopped bacon and sliced Brussels sprouts.
- Go Mediterranean with shrimp, capers, and sun-dried tomatoes with kalamata olives.
- Or keep it vegetarian and add peppers, mushrooms, olives, and toasted sunflower seeds.
- If you like it spicy, make a Thai pizza with peanut sauce, cilantro, and chicken satay.
- Try Tex-Mex with jalapeños, cilantro, ground pork, and a squeeze of lime.
Air fryer pizza is so easy to make and customize how you like it. It’s fun to try new things. Make air fryer personal pizzas that the whole family will love.
What’s your favorite way to make air fryer personal pizzas?