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How to Air Fry Frozen Samosas

Wondering how to air fry frozen samosa? We tell you everything you need to know from the time and temperature to tips for getting the perfect crisp on your frozen vegetable samosa in the air fryer.

Now you may have heard of Taco Tuesday but Friday night is Curry Night in our house! And you can’t have curry night without some amazing Indian appetizers such as onion bhajis and vegetable pakoras.

Samosas are a popular snack or appetizer popular in India, South East Asia, and parts of the Middle East. They are usually a pastry-wrapped parcels containing spiced vegetables and sometimes meat.

And our favorite way to cook frozen vegetable samosas is in the air fryer. They don’t get as greasy as when you deep fry them, and in my opinion, they get a much better crisp than when you oven cook them.

In fact these days I turn to the air fryer to cook many of my favorite frozen foods from frozen chicken nuggets, to frozen fries and even frozen vegetables, the air fryer works like a charm.

But before we get onto the instructions here are some of the questions we had when we started air frying frozen vegetable samosas.

FAQS about how to cook frozen samosas in the air fryer

Is it safe to air fry frozen samosa?

Yes, it is completely safe to air fry frozen samosas provided you cook them well and for long enough. Always check the temperature of food from the air fryer before serving.

We normally choose to eat vegetarian appetizers with a curry so usually cook frozen vegetable samosas but this recipe will work with meat samosas too.

Are frozen samosa good in air fryer?

Frozen samosas on plate
How to Air Fry Frozen Samosas

Air fried frozen samosas have fast become a favorite in our house on a Friday night. I love them as they are cooked so quickly, and you get a great even crisp by cooking them in this method.

Is it better to air fry or bake or deep fat fry samosas?

Frozen Samosas cooked in air fryer
Frozen Samosas cooked in air fryer

The 3 main ways to cook frozen samosas are:

  • in the oven
  • in the deep fat fryer
  • in the air fryer.

In our opinion, although all these methods yield good results our favorite way to cook them is in the air fryer. Air fryer frozen samosas don’t hold the grease like deep frying samosas and in my opinion have a better crisp than when cooked in the oven.

What is the best brand of frozen samosa to air fry?

When it comes to brand of frozen samosa, we actually haven’t found a brand that doesn’t air fry well. Trader Joes, Costco, and Wholefoods usually stock them in the US with some of the big brand names being Deep, Haldirams, and Sukhis.

While in the UK you can find them in pretty much every freezer or deli section.

As all the brands we have tried air fry well we recommend choosing the brand and flavor combination that most appeals to you.

Note: this recipe is for vegetable samosas however it is worth noting that you can of course air fry meat egg rolls too. And we have the recipe for it here.

Do you need to thaw frozen samosa before air fryer?

One of the things that make this recipe really easy is that you don’t need to worry about thawing your samosas before air frying. You just need to pop them into your air fryer (my basket can fit 4 at a time) and turn it to the right temperature and time and off you go!

Does this work for air frying frozen homemade samosas?

You can absolutely air fry homemade samosas however due to the precooking process and the oil content in store-bought frozen samosas the time required is different and oil will need to be added to the air fryer basket.

What to Serve with Samosas

Air Fry Frozen Samosas on plate with mint raita
Air Fry Frozen Samosas

Samosas are a very popular appetizer and therefore one of the most important things to serve with samosas is a delicious dipping sauce.

Our favorite dipping sauces to serve with samosas are:

  • Mint Raita
  • Mango Chutney and
  • Tamarind Sauce

are all-natural sauces to serve with vegetable samosas.

And if you want to make an appetizer platter that features vegetable samosas we also recommend serving Onion Bhajis, and vegetable pakoras as well other Asian dishes such as Egg Rolls and Potstickers.


Once vegetable samosas have been cooked in the air fryer I recommend consuming them immediately as after a day in the fridge they can go a little soggy. However, you could keep these for up to 2 days in the fridge should you wish.

Samosas certainly can not be refrozen after cooking.

What You’ll Need

  • Frozen Samosas (brand of your choosing).
  • An Air Fryer


Cooking frozen samosas in the air fryer is super easy. All you have to do is place the required amount of frozen samosas into the air fryer basket. My air fryer basket can fit four of these larger sized samosas in it at a time.

Frozen Samosas in Air Fryer
Frozen Samosas in Air Fryer

Don’t be tempted to oil the basket when cooking frozen samosa. Store-bought egg rolls already have oil in them so you will find that they become extra greasy and lose crispiness if you put additional oil in.

Some people recommend brushing the top of your samosa with oil for additional browning. It won’t hurt to do this however I have not found the results to be all that different.

Pop into the air fryer at 380°F (193°C) for 8 to 10 minutes or until they are golden and crispy.

turning frozen samosas in the air fryer
Frozen Samosas in Air Fryer

For extra and a more even crisp you can turn the samosas at the halfway mark.

Frozen Samosas from the air fryer
Frozen Samosas from the air fryer

Note: cooking time may vary depending on the size of the samosa and if your air fryer is already hot.

How to Air Fry Frozen Samosas Recipe Card

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Air Fry Frozen Samosa Recipe

Frozen Samosas cooked in an air fryer on a plate next to raita dip

This air fry frozen samosa recipe is quick and easy and results in perfectly crispy and golden brown samosa everytime.

Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 Pack of Frozen Vegetable Samosas


    1. Place frozen samosas into the air fryer basked. Do not be tempted to overfill the basket.

    2. Set air fryer to 380°F (193°C) and air fry for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy

    3. Turn samosas half way through cooking for a more even color and crisp.


Note: cooking time may vary depend on size of samosa and if your air fryer basket is already hot.

Do not overcrowd the basket or samosas will cook unevenly.

You can brush the top of the samosa with oil to increase coloration in cooking.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 212mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

More Great Frozen Foods Cooked in the Air Fryer

As I said above, we love our air fryer, so be sure to check out some of our other frozen food air fryer recipes

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