How To Cook Frozen Food In The Air Fryer. Did you ever wonder the times? how easy it is? or if it is possible to cook all your favourite frozen food in the air fryer? Well it is, and this is my guide for learning how to cook frozen food in the Air Fryer.
I remember school dinners after school or what my friends had if I went to their house for dinner. It would always involve either a deep fat fryer or the oven and always included frozen food.
There might be sausage, chips and gravy. Or it might be fish fingers with chips and beans. Or even small boxes of fish in a parsley sauce. Or it might be a can of spaghetti Bolognese served with oven chips.
It was the diet of the 90s.
I loved the chicken kievs, the mini kievs, the fish fingers, the breaded chicken breasts and don’t get me started about my HUGE addiction to onion rings.
But you had it in the deep fat fryer and suddenly you were talking a very high calorie dinner, or you had it in the oven and it always tasted soggy or lacked the crispy texture that you wanted.
That is why the air fryer is perfect for frozen food.
You can have that crispy texture, throw it all in and have dinner on the table within 20 minutes. It certainly puts a new meaning to 20-minute meals!
But I will also say that for us this is a rarity.
We are followers of Paleo and follow a healthy lifestyle (most of the time) and therefore eat a very small amount of processed foods. To use the closest, we get to processed foods is dairy and we have not bought frozen food for more than 5 years.
Though funny thing is, that the first thing we ever cooked in the air fryer was frozen chicken dippers and at the time we couldn’t believe how crispy they tasted. It was like having deep fried chicken dippers, with just less calories!
How To Cook Frozen Food In The Air Fryer
However, we have had a lot of requests recently for timings for frozen food in the air fryer, therefore we went shopping in the freezer department and put all the frozen food to the test in the air fryer for ONE NIGHT ONLY.
We bought the following items to cook from frozen in the air fryer:
- Frozen Onion Rings
- Frozen Hamburgers
- Frozen Fish Fingers
- Frozen Chicken Dippers
- Frozen Sausage Rolls
- Frozen Breaded Chicken Breasts
- Frozen Chicken Wings
- Frozen French Fries
We then set to work cooking each food type separately in the air fryer, that way we could give you the best timings for when you want to learn how to cook frozen food in the air fryer.
How To Cook Frozen Onion Rings In The Air Fryer
- Air Fryer
- 15 Onion Rings
- Place your onion rings into the air fryer basket.
- Cook for 7 minutes at 180c/360f.
- Serve with a dipping sauce of your choice.
Here are all our other recipes for how to cook frozen food in the air fryer:
How To Cook Frozen Hamburgers In The Air Fryer
Hamburgers is another one of my old favourites and are super easy to cook from frozen in the air fryer.
We cooked 2 at once for 13 minutes at 180c/360f.
Using our air fryer grill pan. We used the grill pan just because it removes the excess fatty juices and is an accessory that was brought out with hamburgers in mind. If you don’t have an air fryer grill pan yet, then we highly recommend you get one and this is the one we have.
How To Cook Frozen Chicken Wings In The Air Fryer
Another great thing to learn how to cook frozen in the air fryer must be chicken wings. They are delicious and so quick to cook too. We just cooked 4 of them at once, though you could cook more than 4 at once if you want to.
We cooked 4 at once. It took 12 minutes at 180c/360f.
We used the air fryer basket for this recipe and felt that if we were not cooking other things that 12 chicken wings at once would be better.
How To Cook Frozen Sausage Rolls In The Air Fryer
Out of all the food featured in our how to cook frozen food in the air fryer, my all-time foodie favourite must be sausage rolls. I love the pastry and as a vegetarian growing up, I would give someone my sausage meat and then enjoy the flaky British pastry.
We cooked 2 at once. It took 13 minutes at 180c/360f.
We cooked them in our air fryer baking pan. This is another MUST HAVE air fryer accessory. Its like a baking dish and slots in the air fryer. Great for pastries when you don’t want the bits of pastry to get stuck in the air fryer cooking basket. This is the one we recommend the most which we have.
How To Cook Frozen Fish Fingers In The Air Fryer
Whether you call them fish fingers, battered fish or fish sticks, they are one of those delicious foods that are perfect for cooking from frozen in the air fryer. My parents love fish finger sandwiches and we used to have them like that (until we started making our own).
We cooked 6 at once. It took 8 minutes at 180c/360f.
The best thing about cooking frozen fish fingers in the air fryer is that because they are thin, you can easily cook 6 at a time in just 8 minutes!
How To Cook Frozen Chicken Dippers In The Air Fryer
You might call them chicken dippers, chicken strips, chicken nuggets or just small pieces of breaded chicken. Whatever your name for them, they are crispy and moist when you cook them in your air fryer.
We cooked 16 at once. It took 10 minutes at 180c/360f.
We cooked our frozen chicken dippers in the air fryer basket. You just throw them in and cook them! Then for the best taste sensation, serve it with some mayonnaise.
How To Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts In The Air Fryer
When I head to the freezer department of my local supermarket, what is memorable is how many different versions you can buy of frozen chicken breasts. There are breaded ones, chicken kievs and of course flavoured chicken breasts.
If you are buying these, then they are perfect for a quick cook in the air fryer from frozen.
We cooked 4 at once. It took 11 minutes at 180c/360f.
We cooked 4 at once. This meant it took up all the spare room. That way none were on top of each other and everything cooked properly without an overcrowding problem.
How To Cook Frozen French Fries In The Air Fryer
Last but not least, is frozen French Fries in the air fryer. Probably the most cooked air fryer food for many, many families and 1000* better than cooking frozen fries in the oven.
They have that same crispy texture that French Fries have when you eat out and OMG it’s so easy.
We cooked 600g at once. It took 12 minutes at 180c/360f.
And that is it!
You will also notice that we featured the frozen French Fries in the air fryer last. There was a reason for this. This is because when we do a big batch of air fryer food, you have the problem with what you cooked first, going cold, while you wait for the rest of the food.
So, what we do is put our oven on, via the lowest setting. Then using a baking tray add the items as they are cooked. BUT French Fries (whether homemade or frozen ones) taste awful if kept warm in the oven. But everything else tastes lovely. Therefore, do the French Fries last!
Our guide showing you how to cook frozen food in the air fryer is complete. We have run through 8 of the most popular frozen foods and we hope they help you out, if frozen food in the air fryer is your thing.
If you have not got one yet, then we highly recommend the Philips Air Fryer XL. This is the one we personally own and it is a brilliant bit of kit. There is of course cheaper ones, but we have found that you get what you pay for and the cheaper ones tend to need replacing rather fast.