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Frozen Bao Buns In Air Fryer. How to cook your favourite Itsu bao buns in the air fryer from frozen in just a few short minutes.

You will love how easy it (and tasty too) plus it works well with any bao bun fillings.

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Air Fryer Frozen Bao Buns Recipe
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Frozen Bao Buns

Whilst I love our air fryer frozen dumplings recipe, I am always looking for even more Chinese frozen dumplings to try in the air fryer.

Frozen bao buns came up in my Facebook feed one day and I thought one day, when I am back in England, I will try those in the air fryer.

When that time came, I loaded up a pack of Itsu bao buns into the air fryer basket and couldn’t believe that I had been missing out on these for years.

They were so delicious and i couldn’t wait to share them with you, as another frozen food you must try at home in the air fryer.

I have since bought and tried and air fried every filling I can find and my two favourite are teriyaki chicken and hoisin duck, which I will be sharing with you today.

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What Is A Bao Bun?

A bao bun is a Chinese filling stuffed inside a warm dough. It’s a type of Chinese dumpling though has a bread texture.

A bao bun is often called a steamed bun too and you will find it in a lot of Chinese restaurants and via Chinese street food.

Also because of the texture, it lends itself to been air fried.

It’s a must buy if you have not tried Chinese steamed buns before.

Can You Buy Frozen Bao Buns?

Yes, you sure can.

If you want to know where to buy frozen bao buns near me, then look no further than your local supermarket, or your local Chinese supermarket.

Our Itsu frozen bao buns came from our local Tesco’s and we had it delivered with an online order.

Are Frozen Bao Buns Good?

Yes, they are. I was surprised by how nice the bao buns were, when cooked from frozen, but I do credit the air fryer for making them so good.

You can also mix and match with your favourite fillings and your favourite brand too. For example, I air fried the Itsu buns with the teriyaki and hoisin flavours and they were superb.

I recommend testing out a few of them and finding your dream air fryer frozen bao buns.

Can You Air Fry Bao Buns?

Yes, you sure can. Air fryer bao buns are amazing. You get a wonderful glow and crisp to the pastry from the air fryer, the filling is spectacular, and they cook perfectly.

Whilst bao buns take just 60 seconds in the microwave and are often soggy, in the air fryer basket they are still ready in an impressive 8 minutes.

Or if you don’t want golden bao buns in the air fryer, then I recommend reducing the cook time to 6 minutes.

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Air Fryer Bao Bun Ingredients

Air Fryer Bao Bun Ingredients

Buns – You will need a full box of Itsu bao buns, or a similar brand. No need to defrost first, as you can cook bao buns from frozen.

Sauce – I also love to have a dipping sauce with my air fried steamed buns. Usually I will pair it with its filling such as teriyaki sauce with chicken teriyaki buns and so forth.

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How Do You Cook Frozen Bao Buns?

air fryer frozen bao buns step by step
  • Load. Remove your frozen steamed buns from its packaging and place in the air fryer. Make sure they are not stacked and there is plenty of room for them to cook properly.
  • Cook. Air fry for 8 minutes at 180c/360f.
  • Serve. Then load into a bowl with your favourite Chinese dipping sauce.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to cook bao buns in the air fryer and why it is a firm favourite for a quick appetizer.

Bao Bun Fillings

We tried many, many bao bun fillings in the air fryer, and found the best two were:

  • Teriyaki Chicken
  • Hoisin Duck

I recommend buying these bao bun fillings or find another one that you equally love and want to air fry.

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Frozen Bao Buns In Air Fryer.

How to cook your favourite Itsu bao buns in the air fryer from frozen in just a few short minutes.
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 2
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  • 1 Pack Itsu Bao Buns

Kitchen Gadgets


  • Remove your steamed bao buns from its packaging and spread out in the air fryer basket.
    Can You Air Fry Bao Buns?
  • Air fry for 8 minutes at 180c/360f.
    Can You Air Fry Bao Buns?
  • Serve with your favourite dipping sauce and enjoy.
    Can You Air Fry Bao Buns?


Dump – I love that bao buns are a dump and start air fryer recipe. No need to turn them during cooking and when it beeps, they are done.
Spray – Unlike many of our frozen air fryer recipes, there is no need to spray the steamed dumplings with extra virgin olive oil, as they naturally brown because of how they have been prepared.
Tested. We tested both teriyaki chicken buns and hoisin duck buns. You could do the same or try a different filling. We also did one filling in one air fryer, and another in our second air fryer.
Thanks for reading our frozen bao buns in air fryer recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more delicious appetizers, I recommend you try our air fryer frozen chicken wings next.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 7.8g | Fat: 2.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Fiber: 2.1g
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About Sam & Dom

Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie maker and several other kitchen gadgets.

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