This post shares the best frozen foods for air fryer. The air fryer makes it so easy to cook frozen food quickly and never makes them soggy or dry. You’ll never want to cook frozen food any other way again!
Air fryers are the latest cooking craze and I am personally such a fan. I use my air fryer almost everyday. Whether it be to make full meals, or to simply make my morning toast, my air fryer has become my favourite kitchen tool. Air fryers work by using a heating element and a fan that blows air through the cooking chamber. They don’t actually fry food at all so they are actually a healthier way to “fry” food than deep frying them. They are basically a compact convection oven and can be used to cook almost any food including fruits, vegetables, meat, fish dishes and more.
You might be surprised to learn that you can easily cook frozen food in an air fryer. You can get nice and crisp, fresh tasting, delicious meals by cooking food from frozen in an air fryer. It’s so easy to do and will cut down your time in the kitchen so much. We are all so busy and spending hours in the kitchen isn’t practical. You can save so much time by cooking food from frozen rather than waiting for it to thaw. With that in mind, in this post I will share thee best frozen foods to cook in an air fryer
Best Frozen Foods for Air Fryer
It’s so easy to cook frozen fish sticks in an air fryer. All you need to do is cook them at 400F for 12-15 minutes. If you’d like more tips and tricks for cooking frozen fish sticks in your air fryer learn how to cook frozen fish sticks in an air fryer here.
Make perfectly crisp egg rolls by cooking them from frozen in your air fryer. Simply cook them for 12 minutes at 340F. Then cook for an additional 5-8 minutes at 400F to crisp up the egg rolls. For more tips and tricks for cooking perfect frozen egg rolls you will want to read this post.
Another great thing to cook in your air fryer is frozen meatballs! They turn out so juicy and tender and are ready in under 15 minutes. To cook them, Simply put the frozen meatballs in your air fryer and cook for 12-15 minutes at 390F. For my full post on how to cook the perfect frozen air fryer meatballs click here.
Frozen chicken wings turn out so good when cooked in an air fryer. I will never grill or barbecue chicken wings again! They turn out nice and crisp on the outside, yet juicy and tender on the inside. You can also dress them up however you like. To cook frozen chicken wings in your air fryer simply put them in your air fryer and and cook at 400F for 25 minutes. Then pull the chicken wings apart and coat both sides of the wings with avocado oil and sprinkle both sides of the wings with salt and pepper. Then flip the wings and cook for another 3-5 minutes at 400F. If you want, you can then coat them in whatever sauce that you want. For my full post with all my best tips for cooking frozen chicken wings in the air fryer click here.
Who doesn’t love a good hamburger? Especially when you don’t have to thaw them first. You can get juicy and tender hamburgers by cooking them from frozen in your air fryer. To cook them, simply place the frozen burger patties in your air fryer basket or on the trays and cook them for 20-24 minutes at 370F. You can see my full post on how to cook frozen hamburgers in your air fryer here.
You will never want to get fast food French fries again. You can get the perfect French fries by cooking them from frozen in your air fryer instead. This is one of the things I make most often in my air fryer, they are just that good! To cook frozen French fries in your air fryer all you need to do is put them in your air fryer and cook them for 15-20 minutes at 400F. If your fries are un-seasoned, season them however you like once they are done cooking. Then serve them with whatever dipping sauces you like. You can see my full post on cooking frozen French fries in the air fryer here.
Besides regular French fries you can also cook frozen waffle fries in the air fryer. Change up your french fry game and increase the flavour by cooking waffle fries instead of regular fries. To cook frozen waffle fries in the air fryer place the frozen waffle fries on the trays of your air fryer and bake at 400F for 11-14 minutes, swapping the racks half way through. Then serve them with your favourite dipping sauces! You can see my full post on cooking frozen waffle fries in the air fryer here.
Forgot to thaw your shrimp? No problem! Cook frozen shrimp in your air fryer in just 10 minutes! To cook frozen shrimp in your air fryer I recommend topping them with a little garlic butter first, and then cooking then for 10-11 minutes at 400F. You can see my full post on cooking frozen shrimp in your air fryer here.
Another fun side dish you can cook in your air fryer are frozen onion rings. They pair perfectly with hamburgers, turkey burgers or even duck burgers. To cook frozen onion rings in an air fryer simply put them on your air fryer trays or in the basket and cook them for 8-10 minutes at 350F. Simple as that! You can read my full post on cooking frozen onion rings in your air fryer with all my best tips and tricks here.
Believe it or not but my post on how to cook frozen hash browns in an air fryer is one of the top 3 posts on my entire site. The reason I think it’s so popular is because it’s so easy to do! And the hash browns turn out perfectly. Nice and crispy on the outside, yet moist and tender on the inside. To cook frozen diced hash browns in your air fryer simply put them on the trays or in the basket and cook them for 25-27 minutes at 400F, ensuring you rotate the trays half way through. Then dress them however you like. You can see my full post with all the tips and tricks for cooking frozen diced hash browns in the air fryer here.
Other frozen foods you can cook in your air fryer include tater tots, mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders, dumplings, steak, popcorn chicken, French toast sticks, frozen pizza, pizza rolls, frozen bread, corn dogs and hot pockets. There are just so many options!
My best tips for air fryer cooking:
- Every model of air fryer is different, so you may have to adjust the cooking times slightly
- When making food in the air fryer, don’t overlap the food. Instead place it in single layer so that it cooks evenly
Frequently asked questions:
There are a few things you shouldn’t cook in an air fryer, including bacon and popcorn. Yes it is possible to do it, but the manufacturers recommend that you don’t for safety reasons. Bacon is too greasy while popcorn kernels are too small and in both cases there is a risk that your air fryer could catch fire if you try cooking these foods in one.
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