Convenience foods are easier when you prepare your frozen foods in the air fryer. If you know the conversion, it can be a quicker method.

Frozen Foods in the Air Fryer

Convenience foods are easier when you prepare your frozen foods in the air fryer. If you know the conversion, it can be a quicker method.

When cooking in the air fryer, the general rule is to lower the heat and the temperature. But if you want to cook frozen foods in the air fryer and don’t have instructions, how do you know what to do? When converting your temperature and time from a conventional oven to an air fryer, take the temperature and decrease it by 25F. Then lower the cooking time by about 20% less time than the instructions. 

Because an air fryer cooks with hot air from all sides, it heats food quicker than a conventional oven. The air blows across the heating element and circles around the air fryer. It also uses less electricity and energy. For example, if your food calls for 30 minutes in the oven at 350F, you’ll reduce that to 24 minutes at 325F. For a more precise calculator, you can try this website: https://www.airfryercalculator.com/

You can cook the best frozen foods in the air fryer! We cook everything from chicken wings to fish sticks to egg rolls in our air fryer. We find that, whether you have an air fryer basket or one with a tray like mine, you get a nice crispy texture and delicious meals in no time. 

Next time you need to cook up frozen food items, try air frying them for the best results in the easiest way possible. 

Air Fryer Tips

​For the best results, make sure to put your food in a single layer in the air fryer. If you have a basket air fryer, it often helps to flip the food halfway through the cooking process. 

The best way to get your favorite foods to crispy perfection is to spray with a small amount of oil. I like to use olive oil or avocado oil. You can purchase these in an oil spray that makes it easier than trying to brush oil onto the food. By spraying it on, you are using less oil and making it a healthier way than traditional deep frying.

Air fryer cook times may vary based on the model of the air fryer oven. 

​For those with a tray air fryer, make sure your top rack and lower racks aren’t too close together. You want to leave enough space so the convection oven can work properly and distribute the heat. 

Originally Published On: January 18, 2023

Last Updated On: September 13, 2023

Breakfast Foods

Hash Browns

Temperature: 370F

Time: 10-15 minutes

Frozen Pancakes

Temperature: 330F

Time: 4-5 minutes

Frozen Waffles

Temperature: 360F

Time: 5 minutes

Two waffles with a pat of butter on a white plate with syrup pouring onto them next to a tan napkin with a fork and a cup of coffee and a yogurt parfait in the background on a wooden surface

Appetizers/Snacks

Ore Ida French Fries

For crispy fries:

Temperature: 400F

Time: 8 minutes

Frozen Mozzarella Sticks

Temperature: 350F

Time: 5-7 minutes

Totinos Party Frozen Pizza

Temperature: 400F

Time: 6-8 minutes

Texas Toast

Temperature: 350F

Time: 5 minutes

Ore Ida Crinkle Fries

Temperature: 400F

Time: 6 minutes

Spring Rolls

Temperature: 380F

Time: 8 minutes

Tater Tots

Temperature: 350F

Time: 6-8 minutes

Pizza Rolls

Temperature: 380F

Time: 6-7 minutes

Homemade french fries next to a hot dog on a round white plate with a small round white bowl of ketchup next to a white towel behind the plate all on a wooden surface

Meat

Tyson Chicken Tenders

Temperature: 320F

Time: 12 minutes

Dino Nuggets

Temperature: 400F

Time: 10 minutes

Tyson Chicken Fries

Temperature: 390F

Time: 8 minutes

Meatballs

Temperature: 380F

Time: 10-12 minutes

Corn Dogs

Temperature: 370F

Time: 8-10 minutes

Frozen Hamburgers

Temperature: 350F

Time: 15 minutes

Two homemade chicken tenders on a bamboo tray with a round white dish of ketchup all on a grey placemat on a wooden surface

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10 thoughts on “Frozen Foods in the Air Fryer”

  1. This is such a helpful post on cooking frozen foods In the air fryer. I love my air fryer and struggled with frozen food. Thank you for the great info!

  2. I received an air fryer over the holidays and have yet to use it. Good to know I can use frozen foods to create something quick and delicious.

  3. Patricia Chamberlain

    I use my air fryer for almost everything! My family really likes using it to cook chicken tenders and corndogs.

  4. I love my air fryer. Cooking had never been so easy. Thank you for sharing the calculator — will check this out. I haven’t tried making Corndogs on my air fryer but can’t wait to try. Thank you for these food ideas.

  5. Air fryer for frozen foods is a game changer! Pro-Momma added flavor to bland frozen food tip: when food is done, take out of air fryer, add butter or olive oil to a frying pan, toss in your favorite herbs and seasonings, add air fried food, and seer for 1.5 to 2 minutes, flipping frequently.

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