Can You Cook Frozen Food in the Air Fryer?
How to cook frozen foods in the air fryer
Can you cook frozen foods in the air fryer? Yes, you can! Let me give you some ideas and tips and tricks for doing so.
So you might have found yourself with a new kitchen tool like the air fryer (I have a Cosori Dual Blaze and love it), but aren’t sure if you can use it to cook some of your favorite frozen foods in the air fryer.
While the air fryer is something different than a deep fryer, it can do most if not all of the same things that a deep fryer can do, but in a healthier fashion.
By using less oil, you can cut down on the fat content of some of your favorite fried foods. Aka some of the best frozen foods that you might be craving.
Frozen foods to make in the air fryer:
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets
Frozen Hot Pockets
How To Cook Air Fryer Frozen Pizza
Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
How To Cook Perfect Air Fried Frozen Onion Rings
How to Cook Frozen Chicken in the Air Fryer
How To Cook Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs
Air Fryer Frozen Waffles
Frozen Fish Sticks
How To Cook Frozen White Castle Burgers In The Air Fryer
Cooking Impossible Burgers in an Air Fryer
Effortless Air Fryer Hamburgers in Minutes!
Quick & Easy Air Fryer Chicken Wings
Air Fryer Broccoli from Frozen
Air Fryer Pot Stickers
Cooking Beyond Meat Burgers in an Air Fryer
Tips and tricks for cooking frozen food in the air fryer:
Food will cook slightly differently in the air fryer than in a deep fryer.
So, you will have to do some adjusting of cook times and temperatures, as well as a few other ways to make sure you are cooking frozen food well.
Things to try:
- Preheat the air fryer: this can help get the air fryer to the right temperature and potentially cook faster. However, it is not always necessary in order for frozen food to cook properly. Learn more about preheating the air fryer.
- Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket: make sure to leave space between the food always for it to cook through evenly without undercooking parts, leaving them unsafe to eat.
- Shake or stir the food: Most air fryers will require the food to be shaken or stirred in order to get the food cooked evenly, especially for foods like fries.
- Use oil sparingly. Lots of frozen foods already have oils in them and so they don’t need a lot of oil, just a little. So don’t use too much oil to make it too greasy or unhealthy. Or, if you want it to be extra crispy, then spritz a little extra oil and bump up the heat.
- Check internal temperature. The recommended internal temperature of most frozen foods is 165 degrees F or 74 degrees C.
More tools to use when cooking in the air fryer:
I have created a great air fryer cheat sheet magnet that you can keep on your fridge to reference ideal cook times easily.
We also have a very extensive internal temperature chart that you can download for free which is very useful!
There are also some great air fryer tools that you can find on Amazon that make cooking in the air fryer even easier!
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Instant Read Thermometer
- Oil Sprayer
- Air Fryer Recipe Book
- Air Fryer Accessories Kit
- Air Fryer Liners
Yes, the air fryer is a great tool to cook frozen foods! Air fryers can cook them fast and just as crispy as a deep fryer and with less fat. All great things.
So give it a shot, take a look at the tools above, and give it your best shot. I promise you’ll love it.
Air fryer tips and tricks
- Air Fryer 101
- Learn these common Air Fryer Mistakes!
- All about the Best and Worst Air Fryer Accessories
- How to Clean Your Air Fryer
- How to Cook Any Recipe in the Air Fryer
- FREE Download → Air Fryer Tips & Temps
- Air Fryer Buying Guide
- Watch Fabulessly Frugal YouTube Channel for Air Fryer Recipes
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