Our recipe for air fryer canned dough pizza is fantastic. Best of all, it’s a quick and easy way to make homemade pizza using Pillsbury’s canned pizza crust dough. It takes about 15 minutes to make this air fryer Pillsbury pizza !

Air Fryer Pizza in basket
Air fryer pizza cut into pieces

Air Fryer Pizza with Pillsbury Canned Pizza Dough

Store bought canned Pillsbury pizza crust or pizza dough air fries quick and delicious. We made this canned pizza dough in the air fryer many times and the results were always great. But the best results come when you air fry the dough first before adding the sauce and toppings. This ensures that the dough is cooked all the way through and not raw in the center when you cut through the pizza.

pillsbury pizza dough crust in air fryer

Video: Air Fryer Canned Dough Pizza Recipe

How to Make Pizza with Canned Pizza Dough in Air Fryer

  • Press or roll out the pizza dough and air fry first. This ensures that the dough won’t be raw in the middle when it’s finished air frying. If you put the toppings and sauce on the raw dough for air frying, the dough will be raw.
  • If you’re making mini pizzas out of the dough, the cooking time will be slightly quicker because the pizzas are smaller.
  • Don’t add too much sauce because it will weigh down the pizza and make it less crispy. A light layer of sauce should be perfect.
  • Every air fryer model cooks a little different. You might need add a few more minutes to get the pizza to your preferred texture if you’re cooking in a large oven style or toaster style air fryer.
  • After you make your first pizza, you’ll know the best timing for your future batches.
  • Add your favorite sauce, toppings and cheese. The possibilities are endless.
  • All recipe details are in the recipe box below.
  • Pro Tip: Use an air fryer rack that fits your air fryer to keep the toppings from flying around. The hot circulating air can blow your cheese and toppings off the pizza. These racks are great to hold the toppings down as they finish cooking
Holding slice of air fryer pizza

Have a Pizza Party!

Have fun creating a pizza bar and let everyone customize their own pizzas. Lay out your toppings, different sauces and cheeses. Everyone can make their own and you can manage the air fryer and cook the pizzas for them. Or have one person in charge of air frying so that all the pizzas cook the same and won’t burn.

  • We suggest cutting the dough into smaller squares so they can be more personal size.
  • Pizza Sauce Options: Red pizza sauce, white Alfredo sauce, bbq sauce, pesto, or any sauce that you like. 
  • Shredded cheese options: Mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan, Mexican blend, pepper jack 
  • Meat Toppings: pepperoni, cooked sausage, cooked bacon, cooked diced ham, cooked leftover or roast chicken 
  • Vegetable Toppings: sliced mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, jalapeños, pineapple chopped sun dried tomatoes in oil, fresh basil 
  • You can cook all the crusts first in the air fryer. Then everyone can just add their toppings and air frying time will be much quicker.
Air Fryer Pizza in basket

Air Fryer Pizza from Pillsbury Canned Dough

Toppings may fly off the pizzas, depending on how light they are and how strong your air fryer fan is. Use an air fryer rack to keep the toppings from flying off while air frying the pizzas (see photo in recipe steps).
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Optional Toppings

  • Pepperoni, cooked Sausage, Bacon pieces, diced Ham, sliced or diced Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Pineapple , etc.

Other Sauce Options

  • BBQ Sauce, Salsa, White (Alfredo) Sauce, Pesto , etc.



  • Cut pizza dough to size of your air fryer basket/tray.
    Cutting pizza dough to air fryer base size
  • Spray the air fryer base with oil spray.
    Spraying air fryer basket with oil
  • Place dough in air fryer basket/tray. Poke several holes in the dough with a fork.
    Poking holes in pizza dough with a fork
  • Air Fry the pizza dough at 360°F/182°C for 4-6 minutes. Flip the dough over.
    Pizza dough after 1st air frying
  • Continue to Air Fry at 360°F/182°C for 3-5 minutes or until golden and dough is cooked through.
    Pizza dough after being flipped and air fried more
  • Add sauce on top of pizza crust then add your toppings. To keep the toppings from flying around, place an air fryer accessory rack over the pizza.
    Pizza in air fryer with rack over toppings
  • Air Fry at 360°F/182°C for 2-5 minutes or until toppings are heated through and cheese is melted.
    Cooked pizza in air fryer
  • Remove the pizza from the air fryer. Allow to cool enough to handle and cut into pieces.
    Removing the pizza from the air fryer

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 459kcal, Carbohydrates: 74g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 1352mg, Potassium: 224mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 454IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 149mg, Iron: 1mg