The best part of our made from scratch air fryer pizza recipe is how easy it is to customize! It cooks in about 6 minutes with almost any toppings you can think of! Use our recipe for homemade dough or grab a ball of dough from the store for a fun pizza night!
Air fryer pizza is like a superhero in the kitchen – it saves the day by delivering a perfectly chewy crust that’s crispy on the edges with a chewy interior and ooey-gooey melted cheese with lightning-fast speed. Plus, it doesn’t even need a cape (or an oven) to get the job done!
I mean, let’s be real, who has time to wait for a delivery guy to show up with a lukewarm pizza when you can whip up a hot and fresh one in your air fryer in just a few minutes? It’s like having a personal pizza chef at your beck and call! We love our frozen air fryer pizza, but sometimes we get a bit more ambitious and this homemade air fryer pizza comes into play.
And the best part? You can customize your air fryer pizza with any toppings your heart desires, from classic pepperoni to whatever crazy creations you dream up, like mac and cheese or pineapple (hey, don’t knock it ’til you try it)!
We do pizza night about once a week in our house and had been seriously looking at getting an expensive pizza oven, but the air fryer does a really nice job and it’s sized so that you get to make everyone individual sized pizzas. It may not be the best bet for a large family, but for us this is just perfect and we’re obsessed!
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Dough Ingredients- Flour, active dry yeast, sugar, olive oil, and salt will be needed for the dough. Making dough from scratch is one of my favorite things to do and, while it does seem intimidating the first few times, it’s really so simple.
Pizza Ingredients – Pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, olives, onion, jalapeno, and any other toppings you may want. Personally, my favorite is pineapple, jalapeno, and bacon. The ultimate pizza! 🙂
This recipe will make two small pizzas. You can freeze half of the dough if you only want one pizza.
You may use a 1-pound ball of refrigerated dough from the grocery store rather than making your own, if preferred. If you go this route, separate your dough into two balls and shape into seven inch diameter circles. This will save you a lot of effort and time and you will still get a fantastic pizza!
How to Make Air Fryer Pizza:
- Make your dough– Place your warm water and sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle in your yeast and let bloom (this means it gets all foamy), this should take approximately 10 minutes. When the mixture is bubbly, it is ready for the next step. Add in your flour, olive oil, and salt to the mixture and mix your dough using a dough hook. If the dough doesn’t come together add a few tablespoons of flour until it does. Let the dough rise for an hour in an oiled bowl and place it in your oven with the light turned on, but no heat.
- Punch the dough– Remove the dough from the oven after it has risen and punch the dough down to remove air. Separate the dough into 2 balls. Use your hands to press and stretch the dough into a round disc about 7 inches in diameter. Try to maintain the round shape throughout that process. After it is shaped to your liking, place on top of a piece of parchment paper. (The hole-y air fryer kind is great, but as you can see from my photos regular parchment works just fine.)
- Add toppings– Start by adding pizza sauce to each pizza and spread it out nearly to the edge leaving just enough space for the crust. Top it with your toppings, starting with cheese, as you see fit. Try to arrange them so that every bite has the flavors you want.
- Air fry the pizza– Remove the basket from your preheated air fryer and transfer the pizza to the air fryer with the parchment paper. Air fry for 6 minutes at 400 degrees F. Check that it is cooked to your liking and further cook in one-minute increments if needed. Remove the pizza to a cutting board and then repeat the cooking for the second pizza. Slice and serve when done!
Be careful putting the dough into the air fryer!
You’ll want a nice, solid, flat spatula to transfer the dough – it’s the hardest part but definitely doable. Make sure to use parchment so you can slide the spatula under the dough without it sticking. Parchment doesn’t need to be much bigger than the crust at all and it will just block airflow if it’s too large.
Also, the air fryer basket will be hot, and you want it to stay hot. So you need to be both quick and careful with that dough transfer.
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The Ultimate Pizza
You see that glorious looking pizza just below this text? That’s my personal favorite and what I call the ultimate pizza.
It’s topped with a combination of crumbled bacon, thin slices of jalapeno, and chunks of pineapple. Salty, spicy, and sweet in every bite. A must try!
The air fryer works by moving hot air consistently around all sides of whatever it is you are cooking. Using regular parchment paper will block that air movement on the bottom of whatever dish you are making. Air fryer parchment paper allows airflow through the paper for a higher quality result in your air fryer. With this pizza recipe, regular parchment will work fine, but a lot of recipes do call for the special paper.
You can, but it is best to freeze the dough without any toppings on it. You can lightly coat your dough ball in olive oil and place it in a freezer bag. This should stay good for at least 10 weeks. When you are ready to use put it in the refrigerator the day before use to thaw.
Absolutely! Pineapple adds a sweet, acidic punch of flavor that works so well with the other salty toppings, such as ham, pepperoni, or bacon. It also goes great with a bit of spice. Try a bacon jalapeno pineapple pizza and you’ll see what we mean!
You can use any blend of cheese that you like for pizza. We often do closer to a cup of mozzarella and then finish it off with some Parmesan or cheddar.
Pepperoni is a classic, but feel free to get creative with the toppings. My personal favorite is crumbled bacon, sliced jalapenos, and small bits of pineapple. Sweet, salty, spicy, and cheesy in every bite!
Air Fryer Pizza
For the dough:
- 3/4 cup warm water around 110 degrees
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the pizza:
- ½ cup pizza sauce see notes
- 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese see notes
- Pepperoni, olives, onion, jalapeno, etc. for topping
For the dough:
- To make the dough, place the warm water and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let bloom, about 10 minutes. Mixture will be bubbly when ready.
- Add the flour, olive oil, and salt to the yeast mixture and turn the mixer, fitted with the dough hook, to medium. Knead until the dough comes together to form a smooth dough. You may need to add more flour, a few tablespoons at a time, until the dough comes together to form a smooth, elastic ball that you can pinch without leaving much residue on your fingers.
- Remove dough to an oiled bowl and place in the oven with the light turned on. Let rise for one hour, or until doubled in bulk.
- Punch the dough down and separate into 2 evenly sized pieces of dough. Roll into balls.
- Use your hands to shape the dough into a disc and place onto a lightly floured surface. Gently press and stretch the dough, keeping the round shape, to form a pizza crust about 7 inches in diameter. If the dough is pulling back into itself, let it rest for 10 minutes and try again.
- Repeat with the remaining piece of dough to form 2 pizza crusts.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees for at least 5 minutes.
- Once the pizza dough is shaped to your liking, transfer to dough carefully onto a piece of parchment paper that’s just a bit larger than the dough itself. This will make it easier to transfer the pizza to the air fryer.
- Add half of the sauce to one pizza crust and spread it out leaving just a bit of space for the crust.
- Top with half of the cheese and arrange any toppings you like over the cheese.
- Carefully remove the preheated air fryer basket from the air fryer and quickly but carefully use a large spatula to transfer the dough on the parchment paper into the air fryer basket.
- Return to the air fryer and cook for 6 minutes. Check for doneness and continue cooking in 1 minute increments until the pizza is cooked to your liking.
- Remove the pizza to a cutting board, place the basket back in the air fryer to stay hot, and make your second pizza following the same instructions.
- When both pizzas are finished, slice and serve.
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