Air Fryer Frozen Portuguese Egg Tarts

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Let’s cook frozen Portuguese egg tarts in the air fryer. If you have not tried a Portuguese egg tart before, then you will fall in love with this classic Portuguese bakery item.  

Portuguese egg tarts are very easy to cook from frozen in the air fryer, and you will love the flaky pastry.

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Air Fryer Portuguese Egg Tarts Recipe

Portuguese Egg Tart

We lived in the sunny southern Algarve region of Portugal for 13 years before returning back to the north of England.

We lived there between the summer of 2008 and the summer of 2021. Both Sofia and Jorge were born there, and Kyle had his full school education in the beautiful hot country.

Beyond the beautiful beaches, one thing Portugal is known for is its amazing food. Its piri piri chicken, amazing shrimp kebabs, steak cooked on the stone and amazing churros that you could eat every day of the summer season.

But if there is one bakery item, that you must eat when visiting Portugal, then it’s the Portuguese egg tarts. A beautiful flaky pastry with an egg custard centre.

Either known as a Portuguese egg tart or a Portuguese custard tart. But two are of course the same thing.

Funny thing is, we left Portugal for England as we just couldn’t find the ingredients in Portugal, we needed to grow Recipe This.

And would you believe it, as I hunted the frozen food section of local British supermarkets for things to air fry for you, I come across frozen Portuguese tarts at Tesco’s. It felt like fate that I must try frozen Portuguese tarts in the air fryer and see how they perform against the homemade I always bought in Portugal.

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Can You Cook Frozen Pastry In Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook frozen pastries in the air fryer and they are delicious. For me, whether it is sweet pastry or savoury the crisp is what gives it the wow factor.

You can do air fryer frozen sausage rolls, Cooplands pasties, or for sweet treats what about air fryer pain au chocolat or air fryer frozen chocolate eclairs?

Can You Air Fry Frozen Portuguese Custard Tarts?

Yes, you can cook from frozen Portuguese custard tarts in the air fryer and they are delicious.

Even better, just like many air fryer recipes you can cook frozen Portuguese custard tarts much quicker compared to using the oven.

In fact, we have reduced the cook time by 13 minutes.

Where Can I Buy Portuguese Custard Tarts?

We bought our Portuguese custard tarts from the frozen section of Tesco. But if you don’t have the Tesco supermarket near you many others sell them frozen.

And if there is a special deal with them, I recommend buying a few for your freezer that you can cook at any time.

What Are Portuguese Tarts?

Portuguese tarts are an egg custard filled pastry. They are very popular in Portugal. So popular that Portugal’s tarts are as famous as doughnuts in America or sausage rolls in England.

Portuguese tarts are known as Portuguese egg tarts, Portuguese tarts, Portuguese custard tarts, or by their Portuguese names of either pastel de nata for one or pasteis de nata if you are eating lots of them!

How Do You Reheat Frozen Portuguese Tarts?

In the air fryer of course! They are amazing reheated from frozen and they can be precooked or frozen raw.

The best bit is how flaky the pastry goes when the Portuguese tarts are reheated in the air fryer.

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Portuguese Custard Tarts Air Fryer Ingredients

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Tarts – I recommend up to six frozen Portuguese custard tarts in the air fryer at once, depending on your size of air fryer. As you don’t want frozen tarts stacked on top of one another.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this frozen pastel de nata recipe it has just been our Philips Air Fryer. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of air fryer recipes.

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How To Air Fry Frozen Portuguese Custard Tarts?

air fryer portuguese egg tarts step by step
  • Load. Remove the Portugal egg tart from its packaging but keep in the foil tin if that is how you bought it. Then load into the air fryer basket.
  • Cook. Air fry for 9 minutes at 160c/320f or until fully reheated in the centre.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to cook frozen Portuguese egg tarts in air fryer and why you should be doing it too!

How Long To Cook Frozen Egg Tarts In Air Fryer?

Frozen Portuguese egg tarts take JUST 9 minutes to reheat from frozen and are then perfect for eating.

Compare this to 22 minutes for oven baking and that is a HUGE time saver using the air fryer and of course, you don’t need to preheat the air fryer, like you do with the oven.

Can You Freeze Portuguese Custard Tarts?

Yes, you can freeze Portuguese custard tarts. Whether you have just bought them from the bakery or made them yourself, they are perfect for freezing for another day.

Then when that other day happens, you can follow the time and temp here for our frozen custard tarts to reheat them!

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Air Fryer Frozen Portuguese Egg Tarts
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Air Fryer Frozen Portuguese Egg Tarts

Let’s cook frozen Portuguese egg tarts in the air fryer. If you have not tried a Portuguese egg tart before, then you will fall in love with this classic Portuguese bakery item.
Cook Time9 minutes
Total Time9 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 282kcal


  • 4 Frozen Portuguese Egg Custard Tarts

Kitchen Gadgets


  • Remove frozen Portuguese tarts from the packaging but keeping the foil container and place in the air fryer.
    How Long To Cook Frozen Egg Tarts In Air Fryer?
  • Make sure the egg tarts are spread out and not on top of one another.
    How Long To Cook Frozen Egg Tarts In Air Fryer?
  • Air fry for 9 minutes at 160c/320f before serving.
    How Long To Cook Frozen Egg Tarts In Air Fryer?


Temperature. Don’t be tempted to increase the temperature up as it will make the top brown and fail to warm up the middle.
Thanks for reading our air fryer frozen Portuguese egg tarts recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to try more delicious frozen food, then do check out our air fryer frozen pizza next.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.3g | Protein: 4.2g | Fat: 9.6g | Saturated Fat: 4.4g | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 23.7g
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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1 thought on “Air Fryer Frozen Portuguese Egg Tarts”

  1. 5 stars
    I tried these and i was amazed how good they tasted. Especially warm they are amazing and the defrosting capability of the air fryer is so underrated.


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