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Corn dogs are a breakfast food (sausage, fried batter – it’s all there!), And the best breakfast foods are ones that are quick and easy to prepare, even in a non-caffeinated state. Frozen corn dogs are almost that. They heat up quickly in the microwave and delicious in the oven, but the former makes the batter all rubbery and the latter takes too long to be quick and easy. I thought my little air fryer was the perfect, elegant solution to my puzzle, but I was wrong – once in my life.

Illustration for article titled You Should Finish Your Corn Dogs In The Air Fryer

That’s true. After many months, I finally found a frozen food – and a dog– it doesn’t work very well in the air fryer. Frozen corn dogs dipped straight into the tiny hot air oven are just too frozen, at least in the middle, and the batter is too greasy. When the dough is faced with the hot, peppy winds of an air fryer, it fries too quickly in its own fat, and the canine portion never gets a chance to warm up properly.

Have you ever bitten into something that looks hot and tasty only to be betrayed from the inside? If you’re a member of the Hot Pocket generation, I know you have it, and you know it sucks. You may also know that a two-appliance approach is the answer.

In the past, I’ve used both the microwave and the oven to keep frozen food consistently hot throughout the interior and crispy outside. I also used a vacuum circulator cook a pesky hot pocket. Both methods worked wonderfully, but they also added a lot of time. I think you see where I’m going with it

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Frozen corn dogs just don’t work in the air fryer. (If my ego account isn’t enough to convince you, read the comments too this blog.) The device is a great tool, however, to finish them off after a quick blast in the microwave. Like the French bread pizzas of my youth, the corn dogs cooked using this multi-method approach come out heated throughout, but with a lot of texture.

It’s also a much faster cooking method than any of the air fryer-only recipes. All you have to do is take a frozen corn dog, loosely wrap it in a paper towel, and place it in the microwave on full power for a minute. Preheat your air fryer to 400 ° C while using the microwave. Then, when you hear the microwave sing its sweet song of success, place the corn dog in the air fryer basket and cook for 2-3 minutes, depending on how dark you like your batter. Eat the corn dog (hopefully for breakfast) then go about your day.