Air Fryer Pão de Queijo

This Brazilian cheese bread recipe is made in an air fryer instead of an oven. The two types of naturally gluten-free manioc starch (not tapioca) mixed with cheese are a traditional recipe for Brazilian cheese rolls. The air fryer cuts down baking time and still gives you soft, chewy rolls. It is important to use both types of starches for the right flavor. They can be found in most Latin or South American grocery stores or even online.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • ¾ cup sweet manioc starch (polvilho doce) (such as Yoki®)

  • ¾ cup sour manioc starch (polvilho azedo) (such as Yoki®)

  • ¼ cup whole milk

  • ¼ cup water

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • ¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • ½ cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  1. Preheat an air fryer to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Mix sweet manioc and sour manioc starches together in a bowl until fully combined.

  3. Combine milk, water, olive oil, and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add starches. Stir until liquid is absorbed; mixture will be very dry. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool just until safe to handle.

  4. Add eggs to starch mixture in the saucepan; mix until smooth and dough pulls away from the sides. Add Cheddar cheese and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese; mix well.

  5. Using gloved or lightly oiled hands, pinch off a golfball-sized piece of dough, roll into a ball, and place on a plate. Repeat with remaining dough. Line the air fryer with a piece of parchment paper. Place balls into the basket in batches, approximately 1 inch apart.

  6. Bake in the air fryer until browned outside, 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with remaining balls.


You can freeze uncooked dough balls. Cook unthawed dough for 10 to 12 minutes at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

97 Calories
6g Fat
9g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 97
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 185mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 18mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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