Air Fried Lasagna with Instant Pot Dave

Kim has been telling me that I really need to chill out on these complex recipes, but I can’t help but sneak them in. To be honest, there is really something rewarding spending the day prepping and cooking dinner and having it turn out perfect. Air Fried Lasagna is 100% of of those recipes. It really is a bit more complex, with a little persistence (and perhaps a little patience), anyone could make it.

Air Fried Lasagna Inspiration

My baby sister sent me a similar recipe on Pinterest. From the minute I saw it I KNEW it had to be added to my list to create. I spent two full days researching and thinking and asking Kim her thoughts. Finally, I had this recipe prepped and ready!

Air Fried Lasagna with greenbans
Air Fried Lasagna with green beans. Perfect to enjoy in your Air Fryer.

Air Fried Lasagna

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Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Air Fried
Servings: 4 People
Author: Instant Pot Dave from TheWildWaynes


  • Air Fryer


Cheese Filling

  • 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese Shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Shredded
  • 1 tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Basil or Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Dried Parsley (if using fresh parsley, use 3 Tbsp)
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 2 stalks Green Onions Chopped very small
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

Bread Crumbs

  • 1.5 cups Plain Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese Grated
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Egg Wash

  • 2 large Eggs Beaten
  • 1/4 cup Cream


  • 1 16oz Box of Lasagna Noodles Extra wide
  • 1 jar Your Favorite Marinara Sauce
  • 1 bag Frozen Italian Meatballs


  • Let 12 frozen Italian meatballs thaw
  • Boil your lasagna noodles until al dente
  • Rinse and let soak in cold water so you can handle them without burning your fingers
  • Mix all cheese mix ingredients in a bowl and set aside
  • Slice the thawed meatballs thin
  • Set up a workstation with your noodles, cheese mix and sliced meatballs
  • Lay a lasagna noodle down on a cutting board, evenly spread three or four tablespoons of the cheese mix evenly across the pasta
  • Make three rows of meatball slices with each row one inch apart leaving ~2 of just cheese at one end
  • Fold the lasagna startin with the 2 inch just cheese side over the 1st row of meatballs, then another fold over the next row and then one more fold over the last row of meatballs
  • Roll in the direction of your fold to pick up your lasagna the easiest and place in a wax paper lined storage container (glasswear)
  • Finish all of your folded lasagnas and place in the glassware with wax paper separating each layer
  • Put your lasagna filled dish into the freezer for 5-6 hours to make the cheese more solid
  • Mix all bread crumb ingredients on a plate or bowl and set aside
  • Mix egg wash ingredients on a plate or bowl and set aside
  • Take your folded lasagnas out of the freezer and set up a work area with your lasagna, egg wash, and bread crumbs
  • Take one folded lasagna and roll it in the egg wash making sure all surface area is covered in egg wash
  • Press your egg washed folded lasagna into the bread crumb mix rolling and pressing, rolling and pressing, making sure you have a good layer of bread crumbs
  • Repeat this with the rest of your folded lasagnas from the freezer placing them on a sheet of wax paper
  • Preheat your air fryer at 400 Degrees fahrenheit, or 205 degrees celsius, for minutes
  • After the five minutes, spray the hot air fryer basket with olive oil until coated well, I use an EVO spray bottle
  • Place the breaded folded lasagnas into the hot oiled basket so they are not touching each other
  • Lightly spray the lasagnas with olive oil and return the basket to the air fryer (spoon a line of marinara across the tops if you want hot marinara option)
  • Set your air fryer to 380 Degrees Fahrenheit/193 degrees celsius for a lightly golden brown crust or 400 degrees fahrenheit/205 degrees celsius for a darker brown crust with a little crunch
  • Flip your folded lasagnas halfway through, 8 minutes, with a very thin spatula (a cookie spatula works well), lightly spray them with oil, and return the basket to the air fryer for the rest of the 8 minutes
  • Remove the fried lasagna from the basket to plates, top with marinara and dig in!


Let me tell you, it turned out perfect. Honestly, I was a bit scared. Whenever I try something new I always get excited… but also butterflies wondering if it will turn out or if I will be ordering take out. Not this time! We ate this for dinner and lunch (and I even snuck one in for breakfast). I hope you all enjoy as much as we did!

Final notes and thoughts

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