How to Make Pizza Rolls Better

a bunch of cooked pizza rolls

Have you stumbled upon a bag of Totino’s pizza rolls that you had forgotten about in your freezer? Perhaps you’re feeling nostalgic and want to indulge in this classic snack from your childhood.

However, as an adult, your taste preferences have evolved, and you’re looking to take your snacking experience to the next level. Say goodbye to times of basic flavors and burning the roof of your mouth. It’s time to get creative and give your frozen pizza rolls a flavor boost.

​Ways to Cook Pizza Rolls

Totino's pizza rolls

The cooking process plays a big part in how your pizza rolls will taste. How you cook this finger food will ultimately depend on your personal preferences. And if you aren’t totally sure, we’ll break down what you should expect from each right here.



Cooking your pizza rolls in the microwave offers the quickest cook time. And if you’re in a rush for something to munch on, this is the answer.

However, your pizza rolls may suffer from that soggy texture that’s often associated with microwaving food. Place in the microwave on high for 1 minute to a minute and 15 seconds for a single serving.



This is the way to go if you’re looking for a crispy, golden-brown crust. Preheat your oven to the recommended temperature and cook for about 15 minutes or until you can see a nice crisp crust. It’s worth the wait!


Air Fryer

The air fryer is similar to the oven in that it gives you nice and crispy pizza rolls when finished. But unlike the oven, this cooking method will provide you with a faster cook time as well as more even heat distribution.

Place your pizza rolls in a single layer in your air fryer basket and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, flipping halfway through.


How to Make Pizza Rolls Taste Better

bag of pizza rolls

Add Seasoning

Sometimes it’s just as simple as sprinkling on some of your favorite herbs and spices for added flavor. Spices like garlic powder, Italian seasoning, Paprika, and even Cajun seasoning work wonderfully with pizza rolls, while herbs like oregano and parsley will also do the trick.


Pizza Roll Stuffed Crust

You read that right. Next time you have a homemade pizza night, consider adding your pizza rolls to the crust for an extra cheesy surprise. All you have to do is place the pizza rolls inside the raw pizza dough and bake according to the directions. Delicious!


Garlic Parmesan

Garlic Parmesan pizza rolls come from a new viral recipe that has taken the internet by storm. And for good reason! To make this decadent version, cook your pizza rolls to your preference and toss them in garlic butter and Parmesan cheese. It’s buttery, cheesy, and simply addictive!


Get Saucy with It

A great way to add extra flavor to your pizza rolls is to douse them in your favorite sauce. Marinara sauce is a classic pairing, but don’t be afraid to try out something different like alfredo, pesto, or even a creamy cheese sauce. It’s like pasta without noodles!


Buffalo Ranch

There’s nothing quite like pairing buffalo and ranch together. So why not give it a try with pizza rolls? Cook the pizza rolls to your desired doneness and toss them in melted butter, hot sauce, and ranch dressing mix. It’s sure to be a hit!


Pizza Roll Nachos

This is another innovative way to enjoy your pizza rolls. Cook the pizza rolls according to the package instructions and place them on a baking sheet. Top with shredded cheese, diced peppers, black olives, diced tomatoes, and jalapenos if desired.

Bake at 350°F for about 10 minutes or until the cheese melts. It’ll put basic tortilla chips to shame. We recommend eating with a fork!


Add Dippings

There are so many tasty dipping sauces that’ll add some extra flare to your pizza rolls. Try out some classic combos like marinara, ranch, garlic aioli, honey mustard, or BBQ sauce. Or mix it up with some more unique condiments like teriyaki, sweet chili, or ketchup. The possibilities are endless!


Make ‘Em Spicy

Have a thing for all things spicy? Then why not try making some hot and spicy pizza rolls? Cook your pizza rolls according to the package instructions and toss them in melted butter, cajun seasoning, and your favorite hot sauce (we recommend Frank’s Red Hot). You could also chop up some jalapenos and mix them in with the cheese for an extra kick.


Make Meatballs

Talk about a whole lot of goodness in one bite! To make these little meaty morsels, cook your pizza rolls according to the package directions. In a large bowl, combine cooked pizza rolls with Italian sausage, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, parsley, and egg yolk. Roll the mixture into small meatballs and bake in a preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until fully cooked.

Deep Fry ‘Em

Deep frying your pizza rolls may sound intimidating, but it’s actually quite easy. All you need is some oil, a large pot, and the pizza rolls. Heat up your oil to 350°F (or medium-high heat) and fry the pizza rolls for 2 to 3 minutes.

Frying your pizza rolls will give them an extra crunchy outer layer and a fluffy, cheesy inside. It’s arguably the best way to eat them!


box of pizza rolls

Are frozen pizza rolls pre-cooked?

Yes, frozen pizza rolls are pre-cooked. This is why they can be cooked so quickly in the microwave or oven. However, if you have time to spare, consider cooking them in an air fryer or deep frying them for a crispier crust.


How long can pizza rolls sit out?

Pizza rolls can sit out at room temperature for up to two hours. After that, they should be discarded as they have reached the temperature danger zone, which is between 41 and 135 degrees. Bacteria can grow quickly in this temperature range, so it’s important to keep an eye on the time.


Can you overcook pizza rolls?

Yes, it is possible to overcook pizza rolls. If the temperature is too high or they are cooked for too long, the filling can leak out, and the crust can become burned and hard.

To avoid this, make sure to stick to the recommended cook times and check on your pizza rolls regularly while cooking.


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Written by Laurie Graves

Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.