12 Frozen Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Air Fry
Surprise! You can air-fry almost any frozen food that's usually fried or baked. That's why we compiled this list of air fryer frozen foods you need to try.
Frozen Mozzarella Sticks
To make crispy, cheesy mozzarella sticks, preheat your air fryer to 350°F. Load the basket with frozen mozzarella sticks in a single layer. Spray lightly with cooking oil and cook for 4-5 minutes. After 2 minutes, turn the sticks over and spray again with cooking spray. Let cook for another 2-3 minutes, then remove and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Frozen Chicken Tenders
For a quick, kid-friendly meal, preheat the air fryer to 360°F. Arrange frozen chicken strips as a single layer in the basket. Cook chicken strips for 11-12 minutes, or until the meat reaches 165ºF, turning once halfway through cooking. Get inspired by these other kid-friendly dinner ideas.
Frozen French Fries
Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. Then, spray the basket with cooking oil. Next, depending on your air fryer’s capacity, add 1/2 to 1 pound of frozen fries (here are our favorite brands) to the basket. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until crispy and golden. For best results, shake the basket halfway through cooking.
Frozen Chicken Wings
For finger-licking good chicken wings with less fat, preheat your air fryer to 360°F and load the basket with wings. For even cooking, take care not to overcrowd the air fryer. Let the wings cook for 11-12 minutes or until the meat reaches 170ºF. Remove and let cool. Serve naked or toss with your favorite wing sauce. (Psst: These condiments could be the next sriracha.)
Preheat the air fryer to 350°. Fill your basket with a single layer of frozen meatballs. Cook for 10-12 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking, then remove when meatballs are evenly browned and have reached an internal temp of 160ºF for red meat or 165ºF for poultry. Once cooked, add the meatballs to one of these tasty recipes.
Frozen Egg Rolls
To make perfect air fryer egg rolls, crack and beat an egg in a small bowl. Place 2 to 3 egg rolls in the basket of your air fryer and brush with the beaten egg. Cook for 6-8 minutes at 320°F, then flip the egg rolls and brush the other side with egg. Cook for a final 6-8 minutes until crisp and golden, remove and let cool. Serve ’em with this tasty Sweet-Hot Asian dipping sauce.
Frozen Breakfast Pastries
A pastry with a crispy, crunchy, tender, flaky crust can be ready in just 8 minutes. To cook, cut a piece of parchment to fit the basket of your air fryer. Spray with cooking oil and place 1-2 frozen strudels in the basket. Cook for 5 minutes at 350°F, flip and then cook for an additional 3 minutes until golden. Remove and drizzle with icing. Up your cooking skills and learn how to make DIY caramel apple Toaster Strudels next.
Frozen Salmon Fillets
Yep, you can even cook frozen salmon fillets in the air fryer! Simply remove the fillets from their packaging and place them in the basket. Cook for 5 minutes at 320°F, then flip and cook at 360°F for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until the salmon flakes easily. Learn more tricks for cooking salmon like a pro.
Frozen Bread Dough
You can use frozen bread dough to make a variety of baked goods in your air fryer, including dinner rolls, cinnamon buns and even air fryer doughnuts! The only caveat? You will need to thaw and proof the bread dough as directed. Then, shape and bake your creations in the air fryer for 15 minutes.
Frozen Chicken Breasts
Did you forget to thaw the chicken for dinner? No worries. Cook frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts in an air fryer by preheating the device to 360°F. Season the chicken breasts as desired, then place them in the air fryer basket. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 165°F. Here are 100 other ways to cook boneless skinless chicken breasts.
Frozen Puff Pastry Bites
Make a few dozen simple puff pastry bites for your next party by cutting a sheet of puff pastry into 2-inch squares. Place a few tablespoons of your preferred filling on the puff pastry and then fold over into a triangle. Pinch edges closed. Place a few puff pastry bites into a preheated 390°F air fryer basket and bake for about 10 minutes. Want to experiment? Try some of our favorite puff pastry recipes in your air fryer.
Frozen Veggie Burgers
Place 1 or 2 frozen veggie burger patties into the basket of an air fryer. Set to 350°F and let cook for 5 minutes. Then, open the basket and flip each patty over. Cook for an additional 5 minutes until warmed through and then remove from air fryer. Serve on buns with your choice of toppings. They’ll fit right in with these other plant-based diet recipes.