How To Air Fry A Hot Pockets So That You Are Proud Of Yourself
In this post, you’re going to learn how to air fry a hot pocket. As a child, I loved hot pockets but I never liked microwaving them because they came out soft. When I found out that I could use my air fryer, you better believe l was over the moon. I could count the number of times I was celebrating; it was like I had opened my very own nightclub at home. Don’t think my neighbor would like that idea though. If you’re like me and you gave the microwave hot pocket an okay grade, then you’re going to love the air fryer version.
Your air fryer will not only make your hot pocket gooey and delicious on the inside but your crust will be crispy on the outside. The cool thing about cooking a hot pocket with an air fryer is that you put it in the air fryer and leave it alone for 15 minutes or less. After cooking my hot pocket in the air fryer, all I have to say is, what’s a microwave. I’ll never go back to microwaving hot pockets ever again.
If you haven’t noticed by now, using an air fryer to heat some of these frozen foods, is the best option. To ensure that you are heating the hot pocket properly, follow the direction that I have provided below. You will know the cooking time and temperature that you must set the air fryer to achieve this goal. This post will change your life.
The topics we will be exploring in this post are:
- Must My Air Fryer Be Preheated?
- How to Air Fry A Hot Pocket?
- Can I Use Any Hot Pockets Flavor In A Recipe?
- Can My Air Fryer Cook My Hot Pocket in Less Time?
- Doing Hot Pockets, The Easy Way
- Must I Clean My Air Fryer after Cooking My Hot Pockets?
Must My Air Fryer Be Preheated Before I Air Fry A Hot Pocket?
Some brands of air fryers need you to preheat it, while others do not. It can be confusing when you see recipes ask you to preheat if your air fryer does not require that step. In these cases, consult your owner’s manual to confirm what your air fryer best practices are.
Before cooking your hot pocket, it is best to preheat your air fryer. This way your hot pocket crust will be crispy evenly all around. Preheating your air fryer is essential when you’re cooking frozen foods.
How to Air Fry A Hot Pocket?
When you are about to cook your hot pockets follow some of these steps.
- Set the air fryer at the temperature of 400 degrees F.
- Place the hot pocket in the air fryer basket.
- Cook your hot pocket in your air fryer for 13 minutes. You can also cook your hot pocket until it has a golden color.
N.B: Normally I would tell you to flip the frozen item halfway through its cooking time. However, there is no need for that with the hot pocket. That’s because the air fryer can circulate hot air to cook the hot pocket.
- Once the hot pocket timer is done, put it on a serving plate. Don’t bite into it yet, let them cool for about five minutes.
N.B: If you don’t have any experience with hot pockets. Let me tell you, as soon as the hot pocket is timer is done you may be able to take them out of the air fryer. What you need to be careful of is the inside of the hot pocket because it’s going to be tremendously hot. Hence it is best to let it cool before eating it. I have burned my tongue way too often because it could not wait.
Can I Use Any Hot Pocket Flavor In A Recipe?
It doesn’t matter what type of flavor your hot pocket is, you can use the direction above to cook any hot pockets.
Can You Air Fry A Hot Pocket in Less Time?
Although 10-13 minutes is not long for some people, others might want to go quicker. Yes, there is a way for you to cook the hot pockets quicker. There were times when I was busy but I wanted a hot pocket regardless. So, you know what I did, I googled it. I have decided to share the result with you as well. Hopefully, it can help you like it help me.
So, we know that your hot pockets can’t get extra crispy without you cooking it in an air fryer for a full 13 minutes. This method will not make your hot pocket as crispy as the air fryer. But they will still taste good. This new method will make your hot pocket crispier than if you were using a microwave. By the way, see the new method down below.
Doing Hot Pockets, The Easy Way
1) Set air fryer temperature at 400 degrees F to preheat.
2) Put the hot pocket in the crisping sleeve, put it in the microwave for 1 minute.
3) When your microwave is done, take the hot pocket out of the microwave. Place the hot pockets in the air fryer basket.
4) Let your hot pocket cook for 4 minutes in the air fryer.
5) Carefully remove your hot pocket from the air fryer and allow it to cool for at least five minutes before eating. Return your hot pockets to the crisper sleeve and enjoy.
Must I Clean My Air Fryer After Cooking My Hot Pockets?
Always clean your air fryer after cooking your hot pocket. Your air fryer should be cleaned after every use. Sure, you didn’t use any oils to cook your hot pocket, however, it will still leave a residue inside your air fryer basket. So be sure to clean your air fryer basket or tray using soap and hot water.
Some parts of the air fryer may be dishwasher-friendly. Ensuring that you check your manual to become aware of how to clean each section of your air fryer.
Once you try air frying your hot pockets, you will never use another method again. That is unless you want to use the secret method to cook your hot pocket quicker. There wasn’t anything much that I could teach you. However, you can practice doing this recipe. Practice becomes perfect.