These Air Fryer Pizza Rolls are really easy to make with gooey mozzarella and marinara rolled on the inside of wonton wrappers. They get extra crispy and piping hot in the air fryer making them an awesome treat. I’ve also included directions on how to make the frozen kind.
Whether you’re needing a quick hot snack after school, for that weekend slumber party or an appetizer for your next gathering, these homemade pizza rolls are terrific.
Once you make your own, you’ll probably never go back to a frozen brand.
- Wonton wrappers
- Marinara sauce
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Your favorite pizza toppings
How to make pizza rolls:
- Fill each wonton wrapper with marinara sauce and a pinch of cheese.
- Mix in your favorite pizza toppings (more notes on that below).
- Lightly brush the edges of each wonton with water.
- Fold 2-opposite corners into the center and then the other two, creating a rectangle.
- Fill the basket of the air fryer without overcrowding.
- Brush the tops with egg wash.
- Cook until golden brown.
- Serve warm with more marinara.
How long to cook homemade pizza rolls in an air fryer:
It really takes no time at all with just 10 minutes of prep, these pizza rolls are cooked at 400 °F (204 °C) and are ready in 8 to 10 minutes. Plus, you’ll get 25 little pizza bites with this one recipe.
What is important is to not overcrowd the air fryer basket. Leave a little space in between each pizza roll so the hot air can circulate, leaving you with the crunchiest pizza rolls.
How to keep these pizza rolls warm:
If you’re making batches to feed a crowd, you can keep them warm in an oven for up to 30 minutes. Just set the oven to 250 °F (120 °C) and once a batch is done, add them to a lined baking sheet in the oven.
Can I make them ahead and store them?
Yes! You can prepare them and put them in the freezer. Then cook for an extra 1-2 minutes when you take them out of the freezer. You should not defrost them first.
If you don’t want to freeze them, I highly recommend eating them up the day you make them. They tend to get soggy when stored.
Besides, nothing puts smiles on faces like warm crackling pizza rolls straight out of the air fryer. 😉
Optional pizza toppings
Like with pizza, you can fill these pizza rolls with anything you like, as long as it’s not too watery.
What first comes to mind is pepperoni. I put 2 paper towels on a plate, place the pepperoni on top, and cook in the microwave for maybe 10-20 seconds. Pat dry with a paper towel and then you’ve got wonderfully crisp pepperoni that isn’t going to make your pizza rolls soggy.
If you use Italian sausage or ham, you should also cook it and pat dry with paper towels for the same reason.
Same thing with mushrooms. I don’t think pineapple would work well because it’s just too watery, but I could be wrong.
Keep in mind not to over-stuff the wonton wrappers, or you’ll likely have a mess of cheese and sauce oozing out.
You’re only limited to your imagination, so go mild or go wild. Just make sure to chop and dice the mix-ins into smaller pieces, so they fit into the wonton wrapper.
There are so many options! I love to dip pizza rolls into marinara sauce, it’s simple and just adds to the overall yumminess.
If you want to make your own, this Napoli Sauce is what Americans would call marinara, and it’s the simplest sauce for these pizza rolls, pasta or even lasagna. It takes 10 to 15 minutes to simmer and uses minimal ingredients for a scrumptious flavor.
Ranch always seems to be a good option for dipping sauce. You can jazz it up a bit with some spicy seasonings, or try this Ridiculously Good Ranch Dip. It has a little chili powder and cumin.
I think any of these Easy Dipping Sauce Recipes would be great to shake up any pizza party.
What air fryer did you use?
I used this 7 Quart Air Fryer, the PowerXL Vortex Air Fryer. It says it cooks in a “whirlwind vortex for extra crisp and crunch”. It is also a dehydrator, a pizza and baking oven, a roaster and it reheats food quickly.
Once you use the air fryer to make these super hot snacks, it will be mighty hard to use the microwave again to make pizza rolls. They just won’t be that crispy hot snack that you can get quickly from using the air fryer.
Another thing I love about using the air fryer is it uses 70% less oil than deep frying, making food healthier yet retaining that crispiness of deep-fried foods. Plus, it’s so easy to use and energy-efficient.
It’s important to note that not all air fryers are the same. If you find that your pizza rolls aren’t ready in 10 minutes, just leave it in a few minutes more. Just be sure to check on them so they don’t burn.
If you don’t have an air fryer yet, don’t worry, you can also make these pizza rolls in the oven.
How to make these pizza rolls in the oven
Just make the homemade pizza rolls as directed, preheat the oven to 375 °F (176 °C). Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and arrange the wrapped pizza rolls 1” apart.
Once the oven is preheated, put the pizza rolls in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until the rolls are crispy and golden brown.
Blot them with a paper towel if they are greasy, and let them cool a bit before serving as the filling will be super hot.
What kind of oil do I use to grease the air fryer basket?
This is important because it is NOT recommended to use an aerosol spray like Pam (or similar brands), it could damage the non-stick coating on the air fryer basket.
Aerosol oil cans have harsh agents that can chip the coating on most baskets, so I recommend investing in an oil mister.
To grease the air fryer basket, just rub or spray a little oil on the bottom grate. This way the pizza rolls won’t stick to the basket.
I generally use extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil because they have high smoke points, and they work great in an air fryer.
What are wonton wrappers?
Wonton wrappers are thin sheets of dough made from flour, egg and water. They’re basically the same as Asian egg noodles or Italian pasta, except wonton wrappers are thinner and cut into round or square sheets.
Where can I find wonton wrappers?
Wonton wrappers become crisp and delicious in the air fryer which is why these pizza rolls are super treats. They’re available in most grocery stores near the tofu and meat substitutes.
If you can’t find them in your local store, try an international or Asian store – they will surely have them.
If you want, you can even make your own.
How to make homemade wonton wrappers:
If you’re into learning how to make them yourself, check out this Homemade Wonton Wrappers post. It seems easy enough and ready in about 40 minutes.
For a gluten-free version:
You just have to use gluten-free wonton wrappers. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be too easy to find! I couldn’t find any where I live.
I tried making some paleo wonton wrapper recipes I found so that I could recommend them in this post, but the results were pretty awful.
I also tried using Nuco Coconut Wraps as wonton wrappers. They’re so thin and it seemed so perfect, but it wasn’t really possible to get them to stick together. I had to use toothpicks to get them somewhat closed.
They surprisingly didn’t leak, but they burned in places and didn’t crisp up at all using an egg wash. So I can’t recommend using those, either.
I haven’t tried these Homemade Gluten-free Wonton Wrappers but I think they look perfect! And this person included grams, so if you follow the recipe and use a scale, you should be successful.
What kind of cheese should I use?
Mozzarella is a classic cheese to put on pizza, but you can use any cheese you like. I would suggest using cheese that melts well, though.
Monterey Jack, Colby, Provolone are mild in flavor and creamy and would do well in these pizza rolls.
If you wanted a little more flavor then Havarti, Swiss, Fontina or smoked Gouda would all be great additions.
You can even mix a couple of your favorites.
Can I use frozen pizza rolls in the air fryer?
Yes, you can throw store-bought frozen pizza rolls straight into the air fryer to have a quick snack. I can not say that they will be as amazing as this homemade version, but sometimes convenience wins.
Cook mini frozen pizza rolls for 5-7 minutes (flipping the rolls after 3 minutes) at 380 °F (193 °C).
Cook the regular pizza rolls for 6-9 minutes (flipping the rolls after 3 minutes) at 380 °F (193 °C).
For both versions, you should cook them until golden brown and it looks like they’re about to start oozing. Then let them sit for about 5 minutes so you don’t burn your tongue!
Can I freeze these homemade pizza rolls?
Yes, you can make them ahead and freeze them before baking them in the air fryer if you like. Just follow the directions, minus the egg wash, and add them to a lined baking sheet that will fit in your freezer.
Place the rolls on the sheet leaving space in between for an hour or two in the freezer. Once frozen, you can transfer them to a resealable freezer bag and store them for several months.
Then just brush the frozen pizza rolls with egg wash or olive oil, and pop as many as you’ll eat in the air fryer and enjoy.
Other party snacks:
If you’re looking for other hot snacks for your next gathering, try some of these:
This Popcorn Chicken Air Fryer recipe is such a fun treat and can also be breaded ahead of time.
These Frozen Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer are slathered in Buffalo sauce and finger-licking good.
This Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip is perfect for crowds. It’s super cheesy and can be served with chips or veggies.
These Air Fryer Garlic Fries are loaded with parmesan cheese and perfectly spiced with garlic.
This Mozzarella Bruschetta is my go-to party treat! It’s so simple with just tomatoes and mozzarella on toasted bread, but it’s a great appetizer for any party.
Goat Cheese Balls are another favorite. They’re quick and easy with three types of cheese, pecans and cranberries.
I’d love to hear about your favorite. If you make these Air Fryer Pizza Rolls, I would love to see them! Just snap a pic and tag #fooddoodlesrecipes so I can easily find them. Have fun!
Air Fryer Pizza Rolls
- 25 wonton wrappers
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 1 3/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup Parmesan or Pecorino Romano
- extra pizza toppings (see notes)
- 1 egg beaten with a splash of water
- Spray the basket of your air fryer with olive oil. Sey aside.
- I recommend assembling one test pizza roll and seeing if you can roll it up properly before assembling several at a time.
- Lay out a wonton wrapper and fill with a teaspoon of marinara.
- Add about 2 teaspoons of mozzarella.
- Add extra pizza toppings, if desired.
- Lightly brush the perimeter of the wonton with water.
- Fold two opposite corners into the center of the wrapper.
- Fold the remaining corners over the first two. This will create a rectangular shape and the filling will be totally enclosed.
- Place the rolls into the greased basket, seam side down. Be careful to not overcrowd the basket.
- Brush the rolls with the beaten egg.
- Cook at 400F for 8-10 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown and it looks like they're about to start oozing.
- Remove from the basket. Let them sit for about 5 minutes so you don't burn your tongue!
- They should be enjoyed immediately. Serve warm with marinara sauce.
- They can be kept warm in a 250 °F (121 °C) oven for up to 30 minutes. You can also freeze the prepared, uncooked pizza rolls and cook for a few more minutes.
How to freeze them:
- Follow the above directions, minus the egg wash, and add them to a lined baking sheet that will fit in your freezer.
- Place the rolls on the sheet leaving space in between for an hour or two in the freezer. Once frozen, you can transfer them to a resealable freezer bag and store them for several months.
- Then just brush the frozen pizza rolls with egg wash or olive oil, and pop as many as you’ll eat in the air fryer and enjoy.
How to make frozen pizza rolls in the air fryer:
- You don't need to use oil or an egg wash. Just place them evenly and unstacked in the air fryer basket.
- There's no need to preheat the air fryer. Do not defrost the pizza rolls.
- Cook mini frozen pizza rolls for 5-7 minutes (flipping the rolls after 3 minutes) at 380 °F (193 °C). Cook the regular pizza rolls for 6-9 minutes (flipping the rolls after 3 minutes) at 380 °F (193 °C).
- Remove from the basket. Let them sit for about 5 minutes so you don't burn your tongue!