Can You Cook Frozen Food in the Air Fryer?

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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

air fryer frozen chicken nuggets
Air fryer chicken nuggets are quick and fresh!
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Frozen Hot Pockets

air fryer hot pockets
Make a quick adn easy lunch or dinner with frozen hot pockets in the air fryer.
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How To Cook Air Fryer Frozen Pizza

air fryer frozen pizza
Air fryers are a great way to cook a frozen pizza even faster. Here is everything you need to know about making an air fryer frozen pizza.
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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

air fryer frozen french fries
The advent of air frying has made restaurant-quality, mouth-watering french fries something we can have whenever we feel like it.
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How To Cook Perfect Air Fried Frozen Onion Rings

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Onion rings are one of the tastiest snacks you can make in the air fryer! They're also some of the fastest to make, too.
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How to Cook Frozen Chicken in the Air Fryer

Cooking with the air fryer just got a whole lot better thanks to this simple hack of how to cook chicken from frozen in the air fryer!
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How To Cook Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs

air fryer frozen meatballs
Frozen meatballs are the ultimate convenience food, and using the air fryer to cook frozen meatballs makes dinner a breeze! Check out this ultimate guide to cooking air fryer frozen meatballs.
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Air Fryer Frozen Waffles

Another way to create your favorite breakfast with air fryer frozen waffles. Quick, fast, and perfectly crisp.
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Frozen Fish Sticks

A simple and easy way to make your favorite frozen fish sticks in less time and more crunch.
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How To Cook Frozen White Castle Burgers In The Air Fryer

Frozen white castle burgers are easy and delicious in the air fryer!
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Cooking Impossible Burgers in an Air Fryer

cooked impossible burger
If you love eating plant-based burgers and enjoy Impossible Burgers, in particular, knowing how to air fry them is essential. It’s an easy way to prepare a delicious and filling meal.
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Effortless Air Fryer Hamburgers in Minutes!

air fryer hamburgers are effortless and oh so good
Simple air fryer hamburgers are juicy, easy, and a kid-approved meal!
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Quick & Easy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

air fryer chicken wings
Make perfectly cooked chicken wings in the air fryer - straight from frozen, with almost no prep time, and less cooking time than in the oven!
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Air Fryer Broccoli from Frozen

Enjoy one of the easiest side dishes you can make in the air fryer in under 15 minutes with my air fryer broccoli from frozen broccoli.
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Air Fryer Pot Stickers

Take the work out of making appetizers when you make air fryer pot stickers. Cooked through perfectly and they have a wonderfully crispy outside.
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Cooking Beyond Meat Burgers in an Air Fryer

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All you need to cook great Beyond Meat burgers in an air fryer are meatless hamburger patties and your air fryer.
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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Check internal temperature. The recommended internal temperature of most frozen foods is 165 degrees F or 74 degrees C.

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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:

Final Thoughts:

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.

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