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Make perfectly roasted frozen vegetables in the air fryer with this quick dinner time hack! This easy air fryer recipe takes hardly any time or effort and makes for a great side dish to accompany any meal!

Roast frozen veggies in a bowl.
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Why use frozen vegetables

We love using frozen vegetables because they are affordable and save time in the kitchen prepping, washing and chopping.

Frozen vegetables are also picked at peak ripeness and flash frozen to retain nutrients . Nutrients breakdown from light and air so the farther something travels, the less nutrients it retains. With frozen produce you don’t have to worry about that!

We typically add frozen vegetables to curries, stews, and stir fries since it’s hard to make frozen vegetables taste good on their own.

That’s where air frying comes in! It cooks food much faster than an oven, allowing us to achieve that perfect roasted texture faster without risking soggy vegetables.

How to air fry frozen vegetables

This step-by-step walkthrough shows the process of making air fryer frozen vegetables. It’s a pretty simple process with only a few steps. A printable recipe card can be found below.

Start by preheating your air fryer at 400F for 3-5 minutes.

In the meantime, start measuring out your seasonings. You can add them all to a small bowl.

Frozen vegetables in a bowl next to a small dish holding measured seasonings.

When the air fryer is ready, add your frozen vegetables to the air fryer basket in a single layer. Sprinkle the seasonings evenly over the top of the frozen vegetables and give them a good shake to disperse the seasonings a little.

Frozen veggies in air fryer topped with seasonings.

I prefer not to use oil, yet I still get perfectly roasted vegetables. The seasonings still stick well to the frozen vegetables because of the thin layer of ice/water around them. If you want, you can spritz them with a little oil before adding the seasonings.

If you have a smaller air fryer, you may need to cook your frozen vegetables in batches. Do not overfill your air fryer or you may get soggy vegetables as the ones in the center won’t cook as quickly as the ones on the outer edges.

Cook for 10 minutes, then shake or stir the vegetables to redistribute them and continue air frying for 5-10 more minutes. Towards the end you’ll want to check on them every few minutes to prevent burning.

Air fried frozen mixed vegetables in air fryer basket.

These can be reheated in the air fryer to retain crispiness but are best served right away.

Frozen vegetables make a great side dish with little effort. Feel free to switch up the seasonings. Italian seasoning is delicious or add some chili powder if you like it spicy. Nutritional yeast makes vegetables taste “cheesy” without needing dairy!

Note: This recipe was made using a Dash air fryer. If you are using a different model, you may need to adjust cooking times as these vary slightly across brands.

FAQ’s

How do you make frozen vegetables crispy?

The key is to not let frozen vegetables thaw at all.

This means transferring them to your pre-heated air fryer as fast as possible. I also like to have my seasonings pre-measured so that I can add them quickly and get the vegetables cooking within a matter of seconds.

Can you air fry all frozen vegetables?

Absolutely! This process works with all frozen vegetables, you’ll just need to adjust the time depending on what you’re making.

I’ve made air fryer frozen sweet potato fries, air fryer frozen gnocchi, air fryer frozen cauliflower and air fryer frozen Brussels sprouts!

How long do you put frozen vegetables in the air fryer?

In general, it will take 10-20 minutes to roast frozen vegetables in an air fryer. It depends on the type of vegetable and the air fryer used. Smaller batches will cook faster as well as smaller vegetables. Larger vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli will take more time.

Can I put foil in the air fryer?

Yes, but use with caution. Foil is light and the strong airflow within the air fryer could blow it up into the heating elements and risk a fire.

Make sure it is weighed down by the food and don’t let it block the air flow too much. A layer on the bottom of the air fryer basket or tray can help prevent drippings and allow for faster cleanup. I’ve also used it to wrap my air fryer roasted garlic.

Roasted air fryer frozen vegetables on a serving spoon.

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Roast frozen veggies in a bowl.

Perfectly Roasted Frozen Veggies in Air Fryer

5 from 1 vote
Author: Rachel
Make perfectly roasted frozen vegetables in the air fryer with this quick dinner time hack! This easy air fryer recipe takes hardly any time or effort and makes for a great side dish to accompany any meal!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Method

  • air fryer

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 lb frozen mixed vegetables
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • Start by preheating your air fryer at 400°F for 3-5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, start measuring out your seasonings into a small bowl.
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • When the air fryer is ready, add your frozen vegetables to the air fryer basket in a single layer. Sprinkle the seasonings evenly over the top of the frozen vegetables and give them a good shake to disperse the seasonings a little.
    1 lb frozen mixed vegetables
  • Cook for 10 minutes, then shake or stir the vegetables to redistribute them and continue air frying for 5-10 more minutes. Towards the end you'll want to check on them every few minutes to prevent burning.

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Notes

Air frying tips: This recipe was made using a 6-qt Dash air fryer. If you are using a different model, you may need to adjust cooking times as these vary slightly across brands.
If you have a smaller air fryer, you may need to cook your frozen vegetables in batches. Do not overfill your air fryer or you may get soggy vegetables as the ones in the center won’t cook as quickly as the ones on the outer edges.
Seasonings: Feel free to switch up the seasonings. Italian seasoning is delicious or add some chili powder if you like it spicy.
Storage: These can be reheated in the air fryer to retain crispiness but are best served right away. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a few days.

Nutrition

Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5758IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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