Frozen Pancakes in the Air Fryer (Regular or Mini)

On weekends, there’s nothing I enjoy more than a big breakfast or brunch. My stove doesn’t have space for a griddle, though, making pancakes a chore to make one at a time in a pan. However, frozen pancakes in the air fryer have solved those woes!

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Why We Love This Recipe

I recently learned about frozen pancakes and wow, they’re a breakfast game changer. No mixing batter, no standing over the stove, and no guessing game if they’re done in the middle!

Just start with a box of frozen pancakes, either standard size or the mini silver dollar size depending what you like. Pop them in your air fryer, and they’re ready to enjoy in just about 5 minutes! That’s so much faster than the traditional preparation!

four mini pancakes cooked in the air fryer on a fork

You can even freeze leftover homemade pancakes and reheat them later if you prefer. Air fryer frozen pancakes are great for getting breakfast done quickly and easily, any day of the week!

If you do want to try your hand at making your own from scratch, check out my delicious Air Fryer Pumpkin Pancakes recipe!

Ingredients You’ll Need

making frozen pancakes in the air fryer ingredients
  • Frozen pancakes, any size or flavor
  • Toppings you enjoy on pancakes

Ingredient Tips and Notes

  • Both standard sized and mini (silver dollar) frozen pancakes are fine, depending on your preference. I like the mini because they fit well in my air fryer baskets (Ninja Dual Zone baskets are long rectangles)
  • Any flavor is fine – buttermilk, blueberry, chocolate chip, and Funfetti are some of our favorites!
  • Brand doesn’t make a difference either. I have Hometown Funfetti mini pancakes here, but I’ve also tried Hungry Jack, Great Value, De Wafelbakkers, Eggo, Trader Joe’s, and Kodiak and they all work great
  • A serving size is typically 11 mini or 3 regular sized pancakes, so adjust the quantity you need to however many people you’re feeding!

How to Cook Frozen Pancakes in Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 330°F (or the closest temperature setting your particular air fryer has) 
  2. Place frozen pancakes in the preheated air fryer basket (do not defrost) in a single layer, allowing air space between each one. Cook in batches if needed
frozen pancakes in air fryer basket
  1. Air fry for 4-5 minutes at 330°F, pausing to flip halfway through
  2. Pancakes are done when centers are warm to the touch and edges are slightly crispy
  3. Serve with your favorite toppings and sides!
overhead view of air fryer mini frozen pancakes on a plate next to a bottle of syrup and breakfast sausage

What to Serve With Pancakes

  • Syrup (maple or fruit)
  • Caramel sauce
  • Nutella
  • Powdered sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Fresh fruit 
  • Whipped cream
  • Roasted nuts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Peanut or other nut butters
  • Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Fried chicken
  • Eggs (any style)
  • Home fries or hash browns
  • Grits
  • Fruit juice
  • Coffee

There are so many great things you could serve alongside your air fryer frozen pancakes.  Try them with a side of Air Fryer Frozen Sausage Patties, crispy Trader Joe’s Air Fryer Frozen Hash Browns, easy Air Fryer Turkey Bacon, or simple Microwave Grits.

Sometimes I even top mine with Air Fryer Honey Roasted Pecans for the sweetness and texture!

plate full of frozen mini confetti pancakes with a pad of butter on top

Recipe FAQs

Can You Heat Up Frozen Pancakes in an Air Fryer?

Yes, you can heat up frozen pancakes in an air fryer. They will be warm and soft in the center with crisped edges.

This method works for both store bought and homemade pancakes that have been frozen and need to be reheated.

How Long Do You Cook Frozen Pancakes in an Air Fryer?

Generally, you cook frozen pancakes between 4-6 minutes in an air fryer.

The time will vary slightly based on the size and thickness of your pancakes, as well as your particular air fryer.

Expert Recipe Tips

  • Make sure not to overlap the pancakes in the air fryer. If you do, you’ll end up with both cold and dry spots as they’ll heat unevenly. I can fit about 9 frozen mini pancakes at a time in my Ninja Dual Zone air fryer
  • For Funfetti frozen mini pancakes in a Ninja air fryer it took 4 minutes for them to be cooked perfectly. Full sized pancakes should need 1-2 more minutes. Other brands and models of air fryer may vary slightly as well

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Final Thoughts

Frozen pancakes in the air fryer are such a great jump start to your morning. They’re pretty foolproof and ready in just about 5 minutes, so you can enjoy them even on busy weekdays!

It’s also something that your kids and teens can make for themselves since there’s no mixing, measuring, or firing up the stove involved! With both regular and mini sizes available and lots of flavor varieties, every family member can find pancakes that they love.

Pair them with some other breakfast foods for a complete spread, or go savory and enjoy breakfast for dinner!

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Frozen Pancakes in Air Fryer Recipe (Mini or Regular Size)

Frozen pancakes are so easy to make and come out perfect in about 5 minutes in the air fryer. Whether you have mini or standard sized, they’re soft, toasty, and delicious!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 250 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • Frozen pancakes, any size or flavor

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 330°F (or the closest temperature setting your particular air fryer has)
  • Place frozen pancakes in the preheated air fryer basket (do not defrost) in a single layer, allowing air space between each one. Cook in batches if needed
    Frozen pancakes, any size or flavor
  • Air fry for 4-5 minutes at 330°F, pausing to flip halfway through
  • Pancakes are done when centers are warm to the touch and edges are slightly crispy
  • Serve with your favorite toppings and sides!

Notes

  • Both standard sized and mini (silver dollar) frozen pancakes are fine, depending on your preference
  • Any flavor is fine – buttermilk, blueberry, chocolate chip, and Funfetti are some of our favorites!
  • Brand doesn’t make a difference either. I have Hometown Funfetti mini frozen pancakes here, but I’ve also tried Hungry Jack, Great Value, De Wafelbakkers, Eggo, Trader Joe’s, and Kodiak and they all work great
  • A serving size is typically 11 mini or 3 regular sized pancakes, so adjust the quantity you need to however many people you’re feeding!
  • Make sure not to overlap the pancakes in the air fryer. If you do, you’ll end up with both cold and dry spots as they’ll heat unevenly. I can fit about 9 frozen mini pancakes at a time in each of my Ninja Dual Zone air fryer baskets
  • For Funfetti frozen mini pancakes in the Ninja air fryer it took 4 minutes for them to be cooked perfectly. Full sized pancakes should need 1-2 more minutes. Other brands and models of air fryer may vary slightly as well
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand of ingredients, any toppings or sides added, and total quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 110gCalories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 5gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 550mgPotassium: 80mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 469.53IUCalcium: 221mgIron: 3mg
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Katie Vine