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air fryer hot pockets

Hot Pockets in Air Fryer

Summer Yule
Can you air fry Hot Pockets and get a crispy crust? Yes! Get frozen Hot Pocket air fryer instructions here. Air fry pizza pockets and more!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 310 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen Hot Pockets
  • dipping sauce (optional)

Instructions

  • Remove all packaging from the Hot Pockets. Place the Hot Pockets in the air fryer in a single layer. (Use the top rack for air fryer ovens.)
  • Air fry frozen Hot Pockets for a total of 18 minutes at 375°F (190°C). Flip them halfway through cooking time (i.e., after 9 minutes).
  • Use a meat thermometer to make sure the food reached a minimum safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Add more cooking time if needed.
  • Let cool 2-3 minutes before serving. (Use a dipping sauce, if desired.)

Notes

This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Hot Pockets are what we call an energy-dense food that is ultra-processed. They are designed to be hyperpalatable (easy to overeat). Like many ultra-processed foods, you’d need to break out a magnifying glass to read the ingredients list.
Products like Hot Pockets play on our desires for food that is simultaneously varied and familiar. New fillings and new types of crusts are rolled out continuously so we keep trying “new” things. It’s a “safe” purchase, because we already know that we like Hot Pockets.
Tempting fillings like pepperoni pizza and cheese steak are paired with garlic butter crusts and crispy crusts in combinations that make us want to try them all. Additionally, though the serving size is one Hot Pocket, they are usually packaged in pairs. How many of us go ahead and eat them both in a sitting? (I know I used to do this!)
As if the lunch and dinner infiltration wasn’t enough, now there are breakfast Hot Pockets as well. This addition comes with its own set of tasty variations. You can find pancake crust, biscuit crust, and croissant crust Hot Pockets filled with bacon, sausage and other breakfast foods.
Regardless of flavor, most varieties of Hot Pockets are very similar nutritionally. Each sandwich has around 300 calories, 35 grams of net carbs, and 10 grams of protein. 
High Protein Hot Pockets have a bit more protein (and IMO were tastiest). I’d skip the even higher calorie Big & Bold Hot Pockets.
There are currently no Hot Pockets that are keto, low carb, vegan, or gluten free. Most of the special diets exclude many ultra-processed foods. This is one reason people may find it easier to lose weight when adopting one of these eating patterns.
Nutrition information is for one Hot Pocket in the High Protein Steak & Cheddar flavor. The exact nutrition information for your Hot Pocket depends on your portion size and the flavor you use. 

Nutrition

Calories: 310kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 14gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 640mgAdded Sugar: 4gVitamin A: 4% DVVitamin C: 2% DVCalcium: 20% DVIron: 15% DV
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