Frozen Crispy Food
January 7, 2021
Cooking frozen crispy foods in your Anova Precision Oven is easy! And there are a few ways you can do it.
MODIFY OVEN DIRECTIONS
Most frozen foods have oven instructions right on the package. To cook them in your Anova Precision Oven, you can use the traditional oven instructions and reduce the cook time by about 20%.
If you don’t have oven instructions handy, using the Anova Precision Oven with air fryer-like settings (400ºF/204ºC with 0% steam) for 15 to 20 minutes will ensure your food is fully cooked and perfectly crispy.
The time will depend on what you’re cooking, how big it is, and whether or not it’s raw or cooked when you begin. A frozen breaded chicken breast that’s not fully cooked will need a full 20 minutes, while frozen fully-cooked chicken nuggets will be ready in 15.
While it sounds counterintuitive, you can actually cook some frozen crispy foods with 50% steam. Using steam in your Anova Precision Oven not only speeds up the cooking process even more than convection heat alone, but it can also keep certain crispy foods from becoming too crispy or overly dry. And because you’re still cooking at a high temperature (385ºF/196ºC) it won’t get too soggy, either. Again, your cook time will depend on what you’re cooking — smaller or fully-cooked items require less time than larger or raw items.
Another option is to split the difference and start the cook at 385ºF/196ºC with 50% steam, then release the steam and adjust the temperature to finish at 400ºF/204ºC.
We found the higher-heat, no-steam method worked better for our favorite breaded (uncooked) chicken breasts, sweet potato fries, and buffalo wings while the lower-heat, half-steam method was perfect for crinkle fries, taquitos, and kid-friendly chicken nuggets.
It might take a few tries to land on the absolute best method for your favorite frozen crispy foods, but the good news is these items can always be cooked in the Anova Precision Oven — and they’re pretty hard to mess up! If something isn’t crispy enough for you, release the steam and crank up the heat. While you’re figuring it out, always ensure uncooked meats reach a safe internal temperature before serving.