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How do you Cook Frozen Hash Browns in an Air Fryer?
Growing up, one of my main breakfasts was always hash browns combined with sausages, bacon, or fried eggs. This is why I took a particular interest in seeking the most delicious of cooking it. I found out, however, that no way is better in making frozen hash brown than the Air fryer. It doesn’t taste soggy, typically when you cook hash browns in a frying pan or the oven.
For those new to this cuisine, our hash browns are small chunks of potatoes that are mashed up and then breaded before being fried. But for the recipes we are going to share, we will be using the frozen hash brown. You can cook any brand of frozen hash browns for the same amount of cooking time in the air fryer, so you don’t have to worry about the brand you get. Unfortunately, there are so many styles and sizes of air fryers cooking, and each differently means that there is no universal way to answer them.
How is Cooking with an Air Fryer Different from an Oven?
The heating method in an air fryer is almost the same as a convection oven as they both circulating dry heat using a fan for cooking food. However, the air fryer is smaller in size, meaning this appliance heat up much faster than the conventional oven. Another difference that accounts for the efficiency of the air fryer is that due to its smaller size, the food is much closer to the heating element itself, which is located at the top or the bottom of the appliance. Most convection oven makes up for this by heating elements on both the top and the bottom, but the food is never in such proximity to the heat source.
Aside from this, another fundamental difference is in the way that heat circulates. Both the air fryer and the oven have a fan that helps spread the heat for even cooking. Still, the fan of an air fryer is located directly beneath the heating element and operates at a significantly higher speed than the air fryer. In addition, air fryers will make your food extra crisp because of their featured fryer-style basket that allows hot air penetrates the food and excess oils to fall away into a perforated tray under the basket. These enable the fryer to function with less tossing and turning throughout the cooking process.
According to popular opinion, Cooking with an air fryer instead of a convection oven is healthier. While this isn’t wholly true, the air fryer has the added advantage of helping to cut back on calories by preventing the food from sitting in and absorbing excess oil. In addition, it is healthier than deep-frying with a satisfying texture. That said, when it comes to health considerations between the air fryer and the oven, little or no oil is necessary for both the only difference is the air fryer gives you is a crispier snack. But in instances when it is needed to add oil to a dish, the air fryer is the way to go.
How to Cook Frozen Hash Browns in an Air Fryer?
- Any model of Air fryer will be okay
- Kitchen thermometer
Cooking air fryer froze hash browns is very simple. You don’t need to use;
- Olive Oil or any preferred oil is okay.
- Frozen hash brown
- Salt and spice
Since most frozen hash brown patties already contain oil from their authentic cooking, you can make this recipe with absolutely no oil needed. Start by Preheat to 400 degrees (if your air fryer model preheats automatically, just set it to this temperature; otherwise, turn it on for 3 to 5 minutes before I start the cooking process). I like to mix my frozen hash brown in a bowl with desired salt and spice before placing it in the air fryer. Place the frozen hash brown patties in one layer in the air fryer with a cook time of 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through with a plastic spatula. If you like a crispier hash brown patty, feel free to let them cook a few minutes extra. An extra 3 to 5 minutes should help. Next, you lay out the frozen hash browns into the air fryer basket and, making sure they are not overcrowded, you cook them on medium until it beeps. If you notice the browns getting too dry for you, spritz them with a bit of oil using an oil sprayer to add some moisture back into them. Remove the patties from the air fryer, wait 2 minutes to allow them to cool. Enjoy your air fryer hash brown.
Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Hash Brown:
- Add some of your favorite seasonings in. This increases the flavor of the hash brown while adding your personal touch to the meal.
- It is not compulsory to spray the basket or slider with oil, but I discovered it makes for a refined finish.
- Don’t overcrowd the Air Fryer basket to ensure even cooking! Instead, I recommend putting them in a single layer with room between the rolls so the air can circulate.
- During air frying, shake the basket or turn the hash brown once or twice during cooking.
- Keep an eye on the hash brown when in the air fryer
- All Air Fryers are different, so that timings can be different. Adjust the recipe according to your air fryer. Some air fryers are built, so you do not have to flip your food; others require that you flip your food halfway so that each side gets perfectly cooked.
- Use vented parchment to make removal of the hash brown easier.
On a final note, if you eat a lot of frozen foods or prepare finger foods regularly for the picky eaters in your home, an air fryer is a must-have cooking appliance. I also strongly recommend you try your air fryer on this hash brown recipe. It is a time-saving and easy recipe that every aspiring cook should try in their air fryer. Just don’t be too afraid to experiment.