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Frozen cheese curds are something that you can eat without cooking. But they will feel a bit “squeaky” which some of you may not like. To get rid of the issue, you can consider cooking them. And, an air fryer can be the best way to cook the frozen cheese curds quickly and efficiently. This will make the squeak goes away and make them crispy. Let’s see how to make frozen cheese curds in air fryer.
We will give you the entire recipe for cooking the recipe in some easy steps. Keep going through the article to know the steps, cooking time, and temperature in detail.
How to Make Frozen Cheese Curds in Air Fryer
The Frozen Cheese Curds can be a bit tricky to prepare in the traditional cooking procedures. However, by utilizing an air fryer, you can easily make the recipe within the shortest time. Cooking this in the air fryer is also mostly fool-proof as there is very little chance of going wrong. Now lets the ingredients you will require for this:
- All-purpose flour (One cup)
- Large eggs (3 pcs)
- Garlic powder (1 tbsp.)
- Breadcrumbs (2 cups)
- Cayenne pepper (1/2 tbsp)
- Frozen cheese curds (8 ounces)
- Cooking Spray
- Dipping Sauce
The cheese curds are available from different manufacturers and you can choose your favorite one. We will recommend you to use Panko breadcrumbs. In case you don’t know, they are Japanese-style breadcrumb that is light and airy and becomes super crispy after preparing. Apart from the mentioned herbs, you can consider adding onion powder, paprika, and others. For the oil spray, you can use anything but pam, which is not suitable for air fryers.
How to Make:
- Add the flour to a medium-sized bowl and then beat the eggs lightly in another bowl. Add the breadcrumbs, garlic powder, cayenne powder, and other spices to another bowl.
- Coat the cheese curds in the flour a few times and then dip them in the eggs. Now coat it with the breadcrumb mixture. Shake off the excess crumbs from the coating.
- Now lightly coat the Cheese Curds with the spray oil. Do this before putting them in the air fryer basket for cooking.
How to Cook Frozen Cheese Curds in Air Fryer
After making the cheese curds, you can either cook them instantly or refrigerate them to cook later. Here are the steps you need to follow:
Step 1: Preheat the Air Fryer
Preheating is optional for this recipe but we will recommend you to do it. Preheating the air fryer will ensure a better and crispy outcome. Put your air fryer on a flat and horizontal surface near an electric outlet. Connect it to the electricity. Now select the preferred cooking temperature and duration for preheating. We will suggest a 350 F preheating temperature for 3 to 5 minutes based on availability.
Step 2: Add in the Basket
The next thing you need to do is to add the cheese curds to the air fryer basket. At first, put them on the baking sheet and sprits oil on them. You will also require spritz some oil in the basket with the spray oil. After that organize the cheese curds in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Don’t try to add more in multiple layers as this will cause uneven and inconsistent cooking.
If you require cooking a lot of them at once for a big family or gatherings, consider cooking in smaller batches. You may also utilize an air fryer rack for cooking multiple layers at once. Slide back the air fryer basket inside the machine.
Step 3: Set Time and Temp
The frozen cheese curds don’t take much time to cook in the air fryer as we said earlier. Typically, you will need to cook them for around 4 to 6 minutes. Based on the air fryer unit and variation of the cheese curds you are using; the time may vary slightly. What you can do is to set the timer to 6 minutes and check at 1-minute intervals after 4 minutes of cooking.
The cooking temperature will be the same as preheating temperature. So, you don’t require changing it. Utilize the air fryer timer knob to adjust the cooking duration. Note that you don’t require flipping or shaking the basket halfway like other foods. That means there is not much work to do once you begin cooking.
Step 4: Complete the Cooking
As we said earlier, begin checking the food after cooking for 4 minutes. If you find them perfectly done, you can take them off from the air fryer. If they are not done perfectly, you will require cooking them for a few more minutes with close attention. Their exterior should be lightly brown when done. Take off the air fryer basket carefully once they are done. Hold the air fryer basket from the handle and put it on a heat-resistant surface.
Don’t touch the food immediately when you take them off from the air fryer. You should also avoid touching the basket and the pan of the air fryer for the next 30 minutes. After letting the food cool down for a few minutes, you may use non-metal tongs to remove them from the basket. That’s it; now you can serve the cheese curds with your favorite dipping.
Here are some tips that you may find useful:
- You can customize the seasonings of the breadcrumbs based on your preference to get the preferred taste.
- Monitor the cooking time and temp carefully. Especially, remember the time and temp of the successful batch and utilize it later for the best outcome.
- Try to select the same sized curds as this will assure better and perfect cooking evenly.
- Organize them in a single layer to assure a crispy outcome.
The air-fried frozen cheese curds can be a unique and delicious snack for your family. You can cook them perfectly by utilizing an air fryer. We hope the above recipe will be useful for you.