Air Fryer Pizza Pockets

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Homemade Air Fryer Pizza pockets with pepperoni, melty mozzarella, and crisp puff pastry is a major upgrade to frozen Hot Pockets. 

air fryer pizza pocket cut in half to show cheese, pepperoni and pizza sauce

If you (or your kids) love Hot Pockets, this recipe is for you. With an air fryer, puff pastry, and three-ingredient filling, you’re a few minutes away from the crispiest pizza pockets you’ve ever had. Naturally flaky puff pastry plus an air fryer makes crisp, buttery layers you can never get from a microwaved hot pocket.

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How to Make Homemade Air Fryer Hot Pockets

This simple four-ingredient air fryer pizza recipe is fun to make, especially if you have little helpers at home. Kids love to fill the puff pastry squares, crimp them closed and of course dig in! 

These crisp and flaky snacks take just 15 minutes to cook in the air fryer.

shaping puff pastry sheets into squares

Ingredients for Puff Pastry Pizza Pockets

There are only four simple ingredients to make this air fryer recipe. 

You will need:

  • Puff Pastry Sheets. My preferred brand is Pepperidge Farm. You can find them in the freezer section of most grocery stores. Two come in each box, so you’ll only need one box for this recipe. 
  • Pepperoni slices, which you can omit for vegetarian air fryer hot-pockets. 
  • Pizza Sauce. Choose your favorite jarred pizza sauce or make an easy homemade pizza sauce to fill your hot pockets.
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese, which melts into a gooey, cheesy filling. 
closing puff pastry pockets to cook in the air fryer

Equipment for Air Fryer Pizza Pockets

If you have an air fryer at home, you don’t need any other special tools or appliances to make this easy hot pocket copy-cat recipe. 

All you need for this recipe is: 

  • An air fryer
  • A sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the puff pastry sheets into squares. 
  • A spoon to cover the puff pastry squares in pizza sauce. 
  • A fork to crimp the edges and seal each puff pastry pocket closed.
collague of cooking and serving air fryer izza pockets

Storing Air Fryer Pizza Pockets

You can store the pizza pockets in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days in the fridge. These work great as leftovers, but the pastry won’t stay as crisp. You can always reheat them in the air fryer to crisp them back up. 

holding half of an air fryer pizza pocket with cheese, sauce and pepperoni

Serving Air Fryer Pizzas

We love to serve these pizza pockets fresh out of the air fryer when the cheese is still gooey! Serve them with additional pizza sauce or marinara for dipping.

How Long To Cook a Hot Pocket In The Air Fryer

And finally, just in case you have some frozen packaged Hot Pockets and are wondering how long to cook a frozen Hot Pocket in the air fryer, you’ll want to cook them for about 10 minutes and let them cool for 5 minutes before eating.

air fryer pizza pocket cut in half to show cheese, pepperoni and pizza sauce

More Kid-Approved Recipes

If you’re hooked on homemade hot pockets, then why not go all-in on making your favorite snacks from scratch? Here are a few more recipes you’ll love:

air fryer pizza pocket on a white plate
Yield: 4 pizza pockets

Air Fryer Pizza Pockets

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Crisp Air Fryer Pizza made with puff pastry and a filling of pizza sauce, pepperoni and melty mozzarella cheese. 


  • 1 box of two ready-to-bake puff pastry sheets
  • 6 ounces pepperoni slices
  • 8 ounce jar pizza sauce
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
  2. Allow the pastry sheets to thaw on the counter, approximately 10 minutes.
  3. Spread the pastry sheets out flat on a lighlty floured work surface and cut each sheet into 4 squares, 8 pieces total.
  4. Spread pizza sauce on 4 of the squares and then top with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.
  5. Place the remaining pastry squares on top of the filling. Use a fork to seal around the edges.*
  6. Cook in the air fryer for 15 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool for a few minutes and enjoy!


*If you’re having trouble getting the puff pastry to seal together, dip a fingertip in water and run it between the edges of the pastry sheets to help “glue” them together

You can also bake these in the oven if you don't have an air fryer. They'll take a few minutes longer to cook in the oven.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 459Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 1292mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 23g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.

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