Love pancakes but don’t have the time to make it from scratch? Air fryer frozen pancakes are the answer and they’re really quite amazing! Grab a few frozen pancakes, and quickly heat them up in the air fryer to a perfect soft but crispy edged pancake.

Air Fryer Frozen Pancakes or Hot Cakes in the Air Fryer on a plate

How to Cook Air Fryer Frozen Pancakes

  • We tested frozen pancakes in the microwave and they definitely come out a little softer. But if you like your pancakes to have slightly crisp top and edges, then air fried frozen pancakes is for you.
  • Just grab a few frozen pancakes straight from the freezer and into the air fryer. Voila, breakfast is served in just a few minutes.
  • Add some fresh berries or fruit, a little drizzle of pancake syrup and bellies are happy!
  • All recipe details, time and temp are in the recipe box below. Remember that different air fryers will vary in their cooking times, so adjust as needed for your brand and model of air fryer.
Air Fryer Frozen Pancakes or Hot Cakes in the Air Fryer in a basket

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Air Fryer Frozen Pancakes or Hot Cakes in the Air Fryer step by step photos

Different Brands of Frozen pancakes

The brand we tested is Great Value. They tasted great. There’s so many different brands out there and the pancakes vary in size and thickness. Also, air fryers cook different too as some cook hotter and quicker than others. So our time and temp is a starting point for you. You can test one first and see how it works for your specific model and type of pancake.

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Air Fryer Frozen Pancakes

Different brands frozen pancakes all vary in size, thickness, ingredients (some with more sweetener might brown quicker) so you’ll have to adjust timing. Only cook a single layer's worth at time for even cooking. Cook in multiple batches if needed.
All air fryers are different and some cook much hotter than others. Once you cook your first batch, you’ll know more of what works for your model of air fryer and size of food. These were tested on basket style air fryers. Read more recipe notes below the recipe. Nutrition will vary depending on individual brands.
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 3 Frozen Pancakes

Equipment

Instructions 

  • Place the frozen pancakes in the air fryer basket and spread in an even layer (make sure they aren't overlapping). No oil spray is needed.
  • Air Fry at 330°F/165°C for 4-5 minutes to get it soft & heated through. If you want crispy, cook for an extra 1-2 minutes.

Notes

Air Frying Tips and Notes:
  1. No Oil Necessary. Cook Frozen – Do not thaw first.
  2. Cook in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  3. Recipe timing is based on a non-preheated air fryer. If cooking in multiple batches back to back, the following batches may cook a little quicker. 
  4. Recipes were tested in 3.7 to 6 qt. air fryers. If using a larger air fryer, they might cook quicker so adjust cooking time.

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

Calories: 280kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1.5g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 590mg, Potassium: 60mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Calcium: 80mg, Iron: 4mg

This was originally published in 2019 and re-published in 2021 with updated photos. Here’s some more pancake recipe inspiration.