An air fryer hot pocket is a wonderful snack that's crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. When compared to cooking them in the microwave, there's no contest! You'll no longer get the disappointing regions of coolness or sogginess. Instead, you'll enjoy the wonders of a fresh and crispy snack in no time.
To find out the best way to soup up the classic snack, we've searched online to track down all the information we possibly can. So, let's talk about hot pockets cooked in the frying alternative without further ado!
What is a hot pocket?
A hot pocket is an individually portioned snack comprised of dough wrapped around meat, cheese, and/or vegetables. Several flavours are on the market, but they all revolve around the same theme - a heated filling wrapped in dough.
Despite the various flavours, the outside crust is fairly consistent. It generally has the consistency of cooked pizza dough, though perhaps a little chewier. However, an air fryer hot pocket has a crispier outside dough and a softer, lighter filling.
Air fryer hot pocket calories
Generally, an air fryer hot pocket contains around 350 calories. However, some of them may have higher calories. You will that some flavours are larger and may have calorie-dense fillings.
If you’re concerned, it’s always good to check the packaging details to know its specific calorie counts.
Using an air fryer
Cooking a hot pocket with this quick kitchen gadget is often described as a game-changer! These new cooking equipment have, by and large, been designed to cook food such that it is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. That's the exact purview of this convenient pastry!
Together, the two make a simple, easy, and wonderful match made in culinary heaven. The outside of the pastry is crisped spectacularly well, and the inside melts perfectly to boot. Plus, the ease of the directions for air fryer makes for a simple snack, too.
How to make Air fryer hot pocket
This is precisely as simple as other air fryer recipes. Here are the step-by-step instructions:
- Begin by preheating the air fryer to 390˚F, or about 200˚C.
- Add the hot pockets to the basket, making sure not to stack or overlap them.
- Then air fry them for 10 to 13 minutes.
- Finally, flip the pastries over and cook for another 1 to 3 minutes.
Frozen hot pockets
When cooking frozen food in air fryer in general, you'll need to cook them slightly longer in comparison to cooking the same thing at room temperature. This is to ensure that they're cooked all the way through.
So, you can start to cook the frozen pastries using the same method outlined above. Then, when frying, let it cook for 15 minutes first. Then, flip it over and cook for a final 3 to 5 minutes.
Air fryer hot pocket cooking tips
No oil is necessary!
When cooking breaded or pastry-coated things in this new frying gadget, you might need to add a little oil to the outside to make sure that they get perfectly crispy. Here, though, the air fryer hot pocket crisps perfectly well without any kind of oil.
Shake or turn if needed
Before cooking, keep an eye on the pastries to see if they overlap or if the basket itself seems overcrowded. If so, don't be afraid to shake the basket a little to distribute them better.
Take the times with a pinch of salt
The times in the recipe below are based on cooking one batch of the savoury snacks. If you're cooking several batches back to back, the times may decrease as the cooking basket will be preheated to the ideal temperature.
Consider the size of your air fryer
We tested this recipe in a 3.7qt and a 6qt air fryer. If you're using a larger appliance, then the cooking time may be shorter for an air fryer hot pocket - the larger appliances can get a little hotter.
How to store hot pocket
Keep the cooked treats in an airtight container in the freezer until you're ready to eat them! That way, the quality will be maintained better.
You can also store air-fried hot pockets in airtight Tupperware in the fridge for three to four days. While you can store them in this way, we wouldn't recommend it. This may cause the crust to lose its crispiness and become soggy.
When you want to eat them, make sure to reheat the pastries completely, however! We would suggest trying to reheat them using the same method so that they're as crispy as they were when you first cooked them.
Air Fryer Hot Pocket Recipe
- Preheat the air fryer to 390˚F or 200˚C.
- Add the frozen hot pocket to the preheated basket, and cook for 10 to 13 minutes.
- Flip them over, and cook for another 1 to 3 minutes. Serve!
- Don’t add any oil to the outside of the pastries, they won’t need it as they crisp up well without it.
- Make sure not to overcrowd the frying basket. It’s best to allow some space between the pastries instead of overlapping them over one another.
- If cooking your savoury treats from the fridge instead of the freezer, you might not need to flip them and cook them for those extra few minutes.
- If you’re making multiple batches, you may need to reduce the frying time as the cooker will be very well pre-heated.
Calories have been calculated using an online calculator. Nutritional information offered on Honest Food Talks is for general information purposes and are only rough estimations.
You can also make your own homemade versions! Ilhan. A on Youtube has made a quick video on how she made an air fryer hot pocket using frozen paratha bread!
We hope you've enjoyed learning how to perfectly prepare air fryer hot pockets at home!
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