Aldi Frozen Momo in the Air Fryer: Delicious Dumplings!

I first tried momo dumplings at a Nepalese restaurant a few years back, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Imagine my surprise when I saw them at Aldi in the freezer! Enjoying frozen momo in the air fryer is now one of my favorite lunch options because it’s so quick, easy, and tasty!

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What Are Momos?

Momos are a type of dumpling, typically found in Nepalese or Tibetan cuisine. However, their influence has spread, so you’ll find some with Indian inspired fillings and even Westernized versions as well.

They’re very similar to an Asian dumpling, and visually appear much like a soup dumpling, but lack the liquid inside them. The dipping sauces are usually different as well, with more vibrant creamy sauce leaning towards a curry being common with momos.

Aldi has brought the momo to the frozen food aisle with their modern interpretation, which is offered for limited weeks throughout the year in their Aldi Finds. Aldi momos are currently available in chicken or vegetable flavor, and come with a sesame dipping sauce.

holding up an air fryer chicken momo

Why You Want This Recipe

Aldi includes air fryer directions on the bag, so why should you care? Well, I’ll tell you! I’ve made a lot of Aldi products in my air fryer over the years, and while sometimes the directions are accurate, sometimes they’re not.

It’s my goal to actively test them and let you know what did and didn’t work in real life, and add some tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way, with the goal to help you out.

There are also lots of other great brands of frozen momo dumplings out there, like Royal Himalayan, Prasuma, Everest, Fat Tiger, Momo King, and more! If you have a different brand, it may not come with air frying directions, but you can follow these and they’ll still be great.

What You’ll Need: Ingredients

frozen aldi chicken momo in the bag
  • 15-ounce package Aldi Journey to Nepal frozen momo dumplings, any flavor
  • Olive oil (or similar)

Aldi Momo Dumpling Notes

  • Each 15-ounce bag contains about 10 momos in total, with a serving being 5. Thus, assume 2 servings per bag
  • Both flavors (chicken and vegetable) come with a sesame dipping sauce, but you can swap in something else if you prefer (don’t knock it, but I think they’re great dipped in extra tikka masala sauce)

How to Cook Frozen Momos in an Air Fryer

  1. Spray or brush your air fryer’s basket or rack with oil (I use olive oil) to prevent sticking. This is important, as I have a nonstick air fryer, and even with oil, my momos still stuck a bit
first spray air fryer basket before adding momo
  1. Place the frozen momo dumplings into your air fryer in a single layer, allowing air space between them to promote even heating
place frozen aldi momo in the air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting at 375°F for 10-12 minutes, until they are lightly browned and internal temperature reaches 165°F
  2. While dumplings are cooking, warm the sauce packet in a bowl or glass filled with hot water
  3. Enjoy hot!
overhead view of air fryer momo circling a plate with tomato sesame sauce in the center

 What to Serve With Momos

Dipping Sauces

  • Chili garlic sauce
  • Sesame sauce
  • Chutney
  • Achar

Side Dishes

  • Pickled daikon
  • Soups
  • Papadoms
  • Samosas
  • Pakoras
  • Noodles
  • Green salad

Momos are usually considered an appetizer, and sometimes served in or with a warm broth to keep them moist and hot. However, you can add extra sides to make a meal of them, or simply enjoy them as a starter before your meal.

Try my Trader Joe’s Vegetable Samosas in the Air Fryer or crispy Air Fryer Pakoras for some flavorful pairing options.

Recipe FAQs

How Do I Cook Frozen Momo in the Air Fryer?

Cooking frozen momo in the air fryer is easy! Simply arrange the frozen momo in a single layer, and air fry until they are crispy and heated through.

Cooking times can vary between air fryers and the shape of your specific momos, but generally they cook in about 10-12 minutes at 375°F.

Can I Cook Different Types of Frozen Momo in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook various types of frozen momo in the air fryer, including vegetable, chicken, pork, or beef momo.

Follow the same cooking instructions, adjusting the time as needed based on the size of the momo, as they often come in different shapes and thicknesses.

How Long Does It Take to Cook Frozen Momo in the Air Fryer?

Generally, cook frozen momo in the air fryer for about 10 to 15 minutes at 375°F (190°C). You can flip halfway through cooking if you want a crispy bottom as well.

Cooking times may vary depending on the size and type of frozen momo and your specific air fryer.

Are Frozen Momo in the Air Fryer Healthier Than Fried Momo?

Cooking frozen momo in the air fryer is a healthier alternative when compared to deep frying.

Air frying requires less oil, resulting in crispy momo with fewer calories and less fat compared to traditional frying methods.

Can I Reheat Leftover Momos in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can easily reheat leftover momo dumplings in the air fryer for a quick and crispy snack or meal.

Simply air fry at 350°F (175°C) for 2-3 minutes until heated through and crispy. Times can vary slightly based on the shape and size of your dumplings.

Can I Add Sauce to Momos?

Absolutely! Many frozen momo brands come with sauce included. If yours do not, or you do not like the one offered, feel free to try a different one.

Momos pair well with spicy tomato chutney, tangy tamarind sauce, or a savory soy dipping sauce.

How Do I Prevent Frozen Momo from Sticking to the Air Fryer Basket?

To prevent frozen momo from sticking to the air fryer basket, lightly spray or brush the basket with oil before placing the momo.

You can also line the basket with parchment paper for easier cleanup.

Where Can I Purchase Frozen Momo?

Frozen momo are available at Aldi for a limited time in their “finds” section, as well as many Asian grocery stores, specialty food stores, or online retailers.

Look for them in the frozen food section, usually near Asian foods such as potstickers, egg rolls, or similar products.

Aldi Frozen Momo Recipe Tips

  • You can flip the momos during cooking if you want a crispy wrapper on all sides. I prefer the bottoms to stay soft for the texture contrast (and they’re easier to eat in my opinion), but you can do whatever you like!
  • I made these frozen momos in my Ninja Dual Zone air fryer. I did not preheat my air fryer and they were fully cooked (verified via instant read thermometer) after 10 minutes at 375°F. Other air fryers can still vary slightly, but this is what worked for me
  • Additionally, I tested cooking the dumplings at 350°F to see if the browning levels changed. They were cooked after 12 minutes at 350°F, and the browning levels seemed exactly the same, so I recommend just using 375°F so they’re ready a little quicker
  • In both cases, several (but not all) of my momo dumplings burst open during cooking. It did not affect the flavor at all, they were just a little unsightly
closeup view of an air fryer chicken momo cut in half

Dumpling Storage and Reheating Tips

  • Store any leftover momos in an airtight container or zippered bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Do not re-freeze once they have been cooked once
  • To reheat dumplings in the air fryer, air fry at 350°F for 2-3 minutes, until warmed through and re-crisped outside. Times can vary slightly between air fryers and by the size and shape of your momos

More Air Fryer Appetizer Recipes to Try

Aldi Frozen Chicken Momo Nepalese Dumpling Review

I tried the Aldi brand (Journey to Nepal label) frozen chicken momo dumplings, and overall, I enjoyed them!

They cooked up nicely in my air fryer in only about 10 minutes, which makes them a convenient option for an appetizer, snack, or light lunch. The dumpling wrapper came out crispy on top, and, since I chose not to flip them, they were still soft on the bottom.

Several of the dumplings burst during cooking (even when I tried at a lower temperature) so I think it’s a bit unavoidable. However, it did not affect the flavor or moisture levels at all (just a little less visually appealing)!

As for the filling, it was very juicy and delicious. I got the chicken flavor, and the most prominent flavor notes in the filling were onion and curry. So, as long as you like those flavors (which I do) I think you’ll really enjoy these.

The miss for me was the dipping sauce honestly. It tasted like watered down tomato sauce with a hint of sesame and I didn’t really think it added much of anything.

I ended up mixing my own blend of hoisin and soy sauce with some green onions and it was much better (albeit turning it into a less traditional and more fusion sort of option)! I think a chutney would be a great choice if you happen to have some on hand.

All in all, I would definitely get the Aldi momos again, but I’d skip the dipping sauce and grab some chutney, curry, or similar to go with the dumplings instead.

Final Thoughts

These Aldi frozen momo dumplings are juicy and delicious, and perfect for enjoying a Nepal favorite at home. It doesn’t matter whether you opt for chicken or vegetable, as they’re both great!

The air fryer does a great job of getting a nice crispy skin and juicy interior, with less oil than pan frying or deep frying. Plus, I find they require far less attention as well, so you can just set them to cook and multitask.

Momo dumplings are a delicious appetizer for a variety of cuisines, such as Tibetan, Nepalese, and even Indian fare. However, you can also add on some sides to make a meal out of them if you prefer!

If you’re looking for other unique dumpling ideas for your air fryer, check out my Air Fryer Rice Paper Dumplings as well!

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Frozen Momo in the Air Fryer (Aldi)

Cook frozen momo dumplings in your air fryer for a convenient appetizer or snack. They come out with a crispy wrapper and juicy filling in only about 10 minutes!
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Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 260 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 15 ounce package Aldi Journey to Nepal frozen momo dumplings (any flavor)
  • Olive oil (or similar)

Instructions
 

  • Spray or brush your air fryer’s basket or rack with oil (I use olive oil) to prevent sticking. This is important, as I have a nonstick air fryer, and even with oil, my momos still stuck a bit
    Olive oil
  • Place the frozen momo dumplings into your air fryer in a single layer, allowing air space between them to promote even heating
    15 ounce package Aldi Journey to Nepal frozen momo dumplings
  • Cook on the air fry setting at 375°F for 10-12 minutes, until they are lightly browned and internal temperature reaches 165°F
  • While dumplings are cooking, warm the sauce packet in a bowl or glass filled with hot water
  • Enjoy hot!

Notes

  • You can flip the momos during cooking if you want a crispy wrapper on all sides. I prefer the bottoms to stay soft for the texture contrast (and they’re easier to eat in my opinion), but you can do whatever you like!
  • I made these frozen momos in my Ninja Dual Zone air fryer. I did not preheat my air fryer and they were fully cooked (verified via instant read thermometer) after 10 minutes at 375°F. Other air fryers can still vary slightly, but this is what worked for me
  • Additionally, I tested cooking the dumplings at 350°F to see if the browning levels changed. They were cooked after 12 minutes at 350°F, and the browning levels seemed exactly the same, so I recommend just using 375°F so they’re ready a little quicker
  • In both cases, several (but not all) of my momo dumplings burst open during cooking. It did not affect the flavor at all, they were just a little unsightly
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any sauces or sides added, and quantity consumed (a serving is considered 5 dumplings), so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 195gCalories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 20gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 350mgPotassium: 350mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gCalcium: 30mgIron: 3mg
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