Air Fryer Pizza gives you individual sized pizzas in less time than it would take for delivery, so any night can be pizza night.
A wise person once said there’s no such thing as bad pizza. It’s so true! There’s just something about that combination of bread, sauce, and cheese that’s irresistible. But even though all pizza is good, there’s definitely some that’s better than others.
I always thought New York style pizza was the gold standard, but then I went to Italy and my entire perspective shifted. The crust was so light and airy, the cheese was so bubbly, and I loved that the individual size meant I could get whatever toppings I wanted without worrying about anyone else.
I’ve been chasing that pizza ever since and even considered building a pizza oven in my back yard. But it turned out that wasn’t necessary because if you have an air fryer, you’re already on your way to REALLY GOOD PIZZA.
Why is air fryer pizza so good?
The intense heat of an air fryer helps pizza dough rise quickly, making it super light and airy inside with a crisp, crunchy outer layer. You know how some pizzas have big air bubbles in them? Making pizza in an air fryer is a great way to get those!
“Frying” the dough makes it come out almost like a savory elephant ear/funnel cake like you’d get at the fair. It’s so good topped with sauce, cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings!
Cooking pizza in an air fryer also turns shredded mozzarella into a gooey puddle of melted cheese perfection.
It’s also really convenient. Unlike making pizza in the oven, you don’t need to preheat an air fryer. That means each pizza takes just a few minutes to make. You can have a better pizza in less time than it would take to order delivery!
How long do you cook pizza in an air fryer?
How long to cook pizza in an air fryer depends a little on what you’re using as your base. To make the best air fried pizzas, start by using refrigerated dough (or make your own homemade dough in advance). I use 1/4 pound of dough per pizza and stretch it as big as I can and still have it fit inside the basket of my 2.6 quart Crux air fryer. Using this method, it takes 8-10 minutes to fully cook the pizza crust.
For an even quicker pizza, you can also use a pre-cooked crust, like an 8-inch Boboli crust or even a pita. In this case, you only need to heat the crust and melt the cheese so it will only take 4-5 minutes to cook. The crust won’t puff up the same way it would if you started with raw dough, but the pizza will still taste great.
Assembling air fryer pizzas
To make air fried pizzas, start by bringing 1/4 pound of pizza dough to room temperature. This will help the dough relax so you can stretch it out without it pulling back in.
Next, shape each dough into a thin disk, about 8 inches in diameter. Rub both sides lightly with olive oil and place one into your air fryer basket. It’s easiest to move the dough before it has sauce and cheese on it, so I like to top them right in the basket.
Spoon 1 tablespoon of sauce onto the dough. Use the back of your spoon to spread the sauce out, leaving a 1/4-inch border around the edge of the dough. Finally, sprinkle with Italian seasoning, then top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
What about toppings?
The one downside of making air fryer pizzas is that the fan can cause the toppings to blow around or fall off. This is especially true if you’re using lightweight toppings, like fresh basil. But I have a simple solution! Cook your pizza for 3-4 minutes, or until the cheese starts to melt. Then add your toppings and cook until done. The melted cheese will act like glue and keep the toppings in place!
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