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How To Cook Frozen Veggies In An Air Fryer

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Air Fryer Frozen Vegetables is the ultimate quick and easy way to have a healthy side dish! Discover how to cook frozen veggies in an air fryer to delicious perfection with very little effort.

Keep reading to discover the perfect side dish!

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Get ready to dive into a delicious mix of flavor and texture with this vegetable side dish. This simple recipe is the best way to air-fry frozen vegetables. Sprinkle this vegetable medley with this Homemade Salt Substitute and serve it with a side of rice for a light lunch or dinner.

When I weighed nearly 300 lbs, I rarely ate vegetables without drenching them in a heavy sauce or deep frying them with batter. I would have never thought to air fry them, that’s for sure.

Now that  I have lost 125 pounds, I realize how wonderful vegetables taste on their own.

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“This is an easy side dish that the whole family loved.”  – Emma


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Why You Will Love These Air Fryer Vegetables

  • Quick and Easy Preparation: With minimal prep time, you can have air fryer veggies ready in minutes, making it ideal for busy weeknights. It will soon become your favorite way of cooking vegetables.
  • Healthy and Delicious: Air frying retains the vegetables’ nutrients while giving them a tasty, crispy texture without the need for excessive amounts of olive oil.
  • Versatile and Convenient: Whether you prefer roasted or steamed veggies, an air fryer offers flexible cooking options, providing delicious results that the whole family will enjoy. I think everyone will love this Air Fryer Samosa, too!

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Ingredients

The printable recipe card includes ingredient quantities, step-by-step instructions, and nutritional information below.

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  • The only thing you need for this recipe is your favorite frozen vegetables.

Optional:

  • Olive oil – just a little spritz of oil to help the seasonings stick to the veggies.
  • Seasonings: Garlic powder, Onion powder, Black pepper, Salt, Italian Seasoning, or Nutritional Yeast.
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How to Cook Veggies in an Air Fryer

This basic recipe is quick and easy! Here’s the simple cooking method:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  • Add frozen vegetables into the air fryer basket. I do not recommend using a liner at the bottom of the air fryer because it will cause the vegetables to become soggy. 
  • Air fry for about 3-5 minutes. Shake the basket and drain any excess water.  
  • Spray with a little bit of olive oil, avocado oil, or vegan butter, and season with your favorite seasonings. I suggest a little salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, or nutritional yeast. Toss to combine.
  • Air fry for an additional 3-5 minutes. 

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FAQ’s

How to Season Vegetables 

Here are some delicious seasoning suggestions to enhance the flavor of your air-fried frozen vegetables:

  • Garlic and Herb: Mix garlic powder, dried thyme, and oregano. Add a pinch of salt and pepper for a classic, savory flavor.
  • Lemon Pepper: Sprinkle lemon zest, freshly ground black pepper, and this Homemade Salt Substitute for a bright, zesty taste.
  • Italian Blend: Use a mix of dried basil, oregano, parsley, and thyme. Add garlic powder and a pinch of red pepper flakes for an Italian twist.
  • Smoky BBQ: Mix smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and a bit of brown sugar for a sweet and smoky barbecue flavor.
  • Cheezy Herb: For a cheesy touch, mix nutritional yeast with garlic powder, dried basil, and parsley.
  • Asian-Inspired: For an Asian flavor profile, combine soy sauce or liquid aminos, sesame oil, garlic powder, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

Of course, sometimes simple is best. For a great way to enjoy a clean, classic taste, just add a sprinkle of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Whatever seasoning you choose, toss your vegetables with a little olive oil or cooking spray before adding your favorite spices to help them stick and enhance their crispiness. Enjoy experimenting with these combinations to create your delicious side dish.


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What type of vegetables should I use?

You can use your favorite type of vegetable. Some great options are green beans, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, a vegetable medley of broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, or a simple bag of mixed vegetables like carrots, peas, and corn.  

How to cook frozen vegetables without getting soggy?

For the best results, follow these steps:

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer: Set your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) and let it preheat for a few minutes. Preheating time can help the vegetables achieve a crispier texture.
  2. Do Not Use a Liner: Using a liner or parchment paper traps the moisture and can result in soggy vegetables.
  3. Do Not Overcrowd: Arrange the frozen vegetables in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Overcrowding can lead to steaming instead of crisping.
  4. Shake or Stir Halfway: Halfway through the cooking time, shake the basket, drain any excess water, and stir the vegetables to ensure even cooking and prevent sogginess.

Following these steps, you’ll enjoy a great side dish of perfectly cooked crispy vegetables every time!

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Is it OK to directly put frozen food in air fryer?

Yes, it is perfectly fine to put frozen food directly into the air fryer. The air fryer is designed to handle frozen items and cook them efficiently. 

How do I store leftover air-fried Vegetables?

To store leftover air-fried vegetables, follow these steps to maintain their freshness:

  1. Cool Completely: Allow the air-fried vegetables to cool completely at room temperature before storing them. 
  2. Transfer to an Airtight Container: Once cooled, transfer the leftover vegetables to an airtight container. Ensure that the container is large enough to accommodate the vegetables without overcrowding, which can cause them to become soggy.
  3. Refrigerate Promptly: Place the airtight container of vegetables in the refrigerator promptly after cooking. 
  4. Use Within a Few Days: For optimal freshness and flavor, air-fried vegetables are best enjoyed within 2-3 days of cooking. 
  5. Reheat Properly: When reheating leftover air-fried vegetables, use a method that helps retain their crispiness. Reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes until warmed through, or use an oven set to a high temperature for a short time. Avoid using the microwave, as it can make the vegetables soggy.

Following these storage tips, you can ensure that your leftover air-fried vegetables stay fresh and delicious for as long as possible.

For more information regarding proper food storage, go to https://www.foodsafety.gov/

Why is my frozen food soggy in the air fryer?

If your frozen food is coming out soggy in the air fryer, it could be due to a few common issues. Here are some tips to help you achieve crispy results:

  1. Overcrowding the Basket: Ensure you are not overcrowding the air fryer basket. Overcrowding can lead to uneven cooking and cause the food to steam rather than crisp up. Arrange the food in a single layer and leave space between pieces for proper air circulation.
  2. Insufficient Preheating: Preheat your air fryer before adding the frozen food. A preheated air fryer will cook the food more evenly and help achieve a crispy texture.
  3. Excess Moisture: Frozen foods can have excess moisture, which can cause sogginess. Pat the frozen food dry with a paper towel before placing it in the air fryer. You can lightly coat the food with a small amount of oil to promote crisping.
  4. Incorrect Temperature: Ensure that you are cooking at the right temperature. Higher temperatures (around 375°F to 400°F) are usually better for achieving a crispy texture.
  5. Cooking Time: Make sure you are cooking the food for the appropriate amount of time. Frozen food may require a few extra minutes compared to fresh food. Check halfway through and adjust the cooking time as needed.
  6. Shaking or Flipping: Shake the basket or flip the food halfway through the cooking process to ensure even cooking and prevent sogginess.

By addressing these issues, you can improve the texture of your frozen food and enjoy crispy, delicious results from your air fryer.

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How to Cook Frozen Veggies in Air Fryer

Air Fryer Frozen Vegetables is the ultimate quick and easy way to have a healthy side dish! Discover how to cook frozen veggies in an air fryer to delicious perfection. Keep reading to discover the perfect side dish!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword cook frozen veggies in air fryer
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 47kcal
Author Cindy Newland with Intentionally Eat

Ingredients

  • 10 oz frozen vegetables

Optional

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  • Add frozen vegetables into the air fryer basket. 
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  • Air fry for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Shake the basket and drain any excess water.
  • Spray with olive oil or vegan butter and season with your favorite seasonings.
  • Air fry for an additional 3-5 minutes. 
  • Serve and enjoy!
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Notes

Nutritional Information is only an estimate. The accuracy of this recipe may differ depending on the ingredients you use.
 
 
*Note 1 – It’s optional, but you can add 1/2 tsp vegan butter and toss vegetables or spray with olive oil and toss.
*Note 2 – Season with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, or nutritional yeast.

Nutrition

Serving: 5oz | Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 0.5g | Fiber: 2.5g

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​Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a medical professional. The information provided on this blog is based on my personal experiences and research as a vegan recipe enthusiast. While I strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional or a registered dietitian before making any significant changes to your diet, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns. The recipes and tips shared on this blog are meant for general informational purposes and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Always prioritize your health and well-being by seeking personalized guidance from a qualified healthcare provider.

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