Air Fryer English Muffin Pizzas make for a quick and easy snack, lunch or dinner when there is little time to prepare a meal.
However it is also a life saver recipe when you have no energy to think or make something more sophisticated.
Let’s face it. We are all tired of cooking. But there are times when we need to get hungry mouths fed in a hurry.
And what better way to please everyone than with individual pizzas? Especially when you don’t have to take time out to make your favorite pizza dough!
Simply split open an English Muffin and your meal will be on the table in under 10 minutes!
Air Fryer English Muffin Pizzas
- English Muffins
You can use whatever English Muffins that you prefer. Classic, wheat, low-carb or even Gluten-free English Muffins will work for this recipe.
- Pizza sauce
Use your favorite Pizza sauce, or a homemade pizza sauce made from fresh tomatoes such as my favorite Instant Pot Pizza Sauce recipe. Or if you don’t have pizza sauce on hand you can use Marinara sauce. Or you can even use Alfredo sauce to make your English muffin pizzas. And don’t forget about a simple mixture of extra virgin olive oil and garlic as the base of the pizzas.
- Shredded Mozzarella cheese
No classic pizza would be complete without Mozzarella cheese. I always have a bag of shredded cheese in my refrigerator or freezer. However, whenever I realize that someone ate the last of the Mozzarella cheese without letting me know, I adjust and use taco cheese, Monterey Jack or even sliced white cheddar cheese instead.
Although I typically have standard size pepperoni in the house, this is a great time to pull out that bag of mini pepperoni. Because the English muffin pizzas are small, the mini pepperoni fit perfectly on the crust.
However, if you do use regular pepperoni I recommend cutting them into 4 pieces. It makes it easier to bite through the pizzas without getting a large piece of pepperoni hanging out of your mouth.
Dried Italian seasoning or Oregano
Although not absolutely necessary, adding a little dried Italian seasoning or dried oregano to your pizzas will really bump up the flavor. Some brands of pizza sauce are rather bland and the extra seasoning definitely provides that pizza flavor that you are looking for.
Begin by splitting each English muffin in half to expose the nooks and crannies of the inside.
Then working in batches as needed place each one, split side up, in the air fryer for 3 minutes at 400°F (205°C). This will allow the bread to toast just enough that when the pizza sauce is added, it won’t soak into the bread.
Using tongs, carefully remove each muffin and top with pizza sauce.
Then sprinkle the sauce with dried Italian seasoning or oregano. You don’t need much. Just a sprinkle on top of each one will be sufficient.
Now add the pepperoni and cheese and place the pizzas in the air fryer. Again work in batches as needed.
Set the cook time for 4 minutes (still at 400°F) and cook until the cheese is golden brown. Remove from air fryer and let sit 2-3 minutes before serving.
Therefore, I recommend checking for doneness at the 3 minute mark and keep a close eye on them until you learn how long it will take to cook the English Muffin pizzas in your specific air fryer.
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- 3 English Muffins
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 2 oz pepperoni or mini pepperoni
- Dried Italian seasoning or Oregano
Split the English muffins in half so you have a total of 6 English muffin halves.
Working in batches as needed, place the English muffins, split side up in the air fryer for 3 minutes at 400°F (205°C).
Carefully remove the English muffins from the air fryer and top each with pizza sauce. Then sprinkle the sauce with dried Italian seasoning or oregano.
Add the pepperoni and cheese and place in air fryer, again, working in batches as needed, and cook for 4 minutes (still at 400°F) until cheese is golden brown.
Remove from air fryer and let sit 2-3 minutes before serving.
You can use additional pizza toppings as desired. Other suggested toppings: diced onions, green peppers, mushrooms, sausage crumbles.
It is okay if the edges of the English Muffins touch but there should be some space between each one for adequate air flow.
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals