Crispy Air Fryer Pizza

published Nov 5, 2021
Air Fryer Pizza Recipe

The air fryer comes in handy when everyone wants a different pizza topping.

Serves4 to 6

Makes8 (6 1/2-inch) pizzas

Prep10 minutes

Cook1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 36 minutes

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pizza and pizza dough made in an air fryer, with various toppings in small bowls around the pizza crust and dough
Credit: Photo: Eric Kleinberg; Food Stylist: Kristina Vanni

Sometime early in my relationship, my boyfriend admitted that he likes pineapple on his pizza. For a fleeting moment I joked that this could possibly be a deal-breaker. But jokes aside, if there is ever a place for compromise at mealtime, pizza is the answer: We all have our favorite toppings and it is easy to personalize pizzas to suit our own tastes.

And making pizzas in the air fryer is the perfect solution when everyone in the family wants different toppings. Start with your favorite prepared pizza dough and divide it into sizes that can be stretched into the size and shape of your air fryer basket. Then set up a pizza bar with your favorite sauce, an assortment of cheese options, and toppings galore. One by one, everyone can assemble their perfect pizza and within 10 minutes or so the air fryer cooks each individual pizza to perfection. Now my boyfriend can do his ham and pineapple, while I top mine with spicy Soppressata. Everybody is satisfied and homemade pizza night is a hit!

How to Cook Pizza in the Air Fryer:

There are three easy steps to cooking the perfect pizza in an air fryer.

  • Transfer the stretched dough into the air fryer basket. Don’t try to transfer a fully assembled pizza from your countertop to the air fryer basket — it will be a mess.
  • Inside the air fryer basket, top the stretched dough with pizza sauce, cheese, and, of course, your favorite toppings.
  • Air-fry the pizza at 375°F for 10 minutes, or until the crust is crisp and the cheese is browned and bubbly. The time could vary from appliance to appliance, but you will soon get a feel for the perfect amount of time for your pizza to come out just right.
Credit: Photo: Eric Kleinberg; Food Stylist: Kristina Vanni

What Size Pizza Fits in the Air Fryer?

The size and shape of your pizza will be determined by the dimensions of your air fryer basket. Some are smaller and round, while others are larger and rectangular. You can stretch the dough close to the edges of your air fryer basket to optimize space.  

Air Fryer Pizza Recipe

The air fryer comes in handy when everyone wants a different pizza topping.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 36 minutes

Makes 8 (6 1/2-inch) pizzas

Serves 4 to 6

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 pound

    pizza dough, thawed if frozen

  • Cooking spray

  • 1 cup

    prepared pizza sauce

  • 2 2/3 cups

    shredded Italian cheese blend

Topping options:

  • Pepperoni

  • Sliced mushrooms

  • Sliced peppers

Instructions

  1. Divide 1 pound pizza dough into 8 (2-ounce) pieces. If refrigerated, let sit on the counter until room temperature, at least 30 minutes.

  2. Heat an air fryer to 375°F.

  3. Press each piece of pizza dough into a round up to 6 1/2-inches wide, or 1/2 inch smaller than the size of your air fryer basket.

  4. Coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray and carefully transfer one round of dough into the basket. (The basket will be warm.) Gently press the dough to the edges of the basket without touching the sides. Spread 2 tablespoons pizza sauce onto the dough, then sprinkle with 1/3 cup of the shredded cheese and top with any desired toppings.

  5. Air fry until the crust is golden-brown and the cheese is melted, 10 to 12 minutes.

  6. Carefully lift the pizza out of the air fryer basket with tongs or a spatula. Place on a cutting board and cut into wedges. Serve immediately and repeat with the remaining dough and toppings.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.