Air-Frying Frozen Crispy Food
August 31, 2023
Cooking frozen crispy foods in your Anova Precision Oven is easy! We tested multiple methods — from modifying the package directions to a multi-stage air-fry cook — to see which ones produced the most consistently crisp, golden brown, and delicious results.
In the end, we found a higher-heat air-fry method (400ºF (204ºC) with 0% steam) works best for things like breaded chicken breasts, sweet potato fries, and buffalo wings. Cooking for 15 to 20 minutes using these settings worked for most foods, but the time needed will depended on what we were cooking, how big it was, and whether or not was raw or cooked to begin with.
Steam-bake settings (385ºF (196ºC) with 50% steam) were perfect for things like french fries, taquitos, and kid-friendly chicken nuggets. Using steam in the 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. The relatively high oven temperature means the food won’t get too soggy, either.
It might take a few tries to land on the absolute best method for your favorite frozen crispy foods. If something isn’t crispy enough for you, release the steam and crank up the heat. And if you’re playing around with uncooked meats, use the probe to ensure that the meats reach a safe internal temperature before serving.