Frozen Veggie Tots in Air Fryer

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Craving a tasty snack or side dish that is veggie and doesn’t have as many carbs as French fries or tater tots? Frozen veggie tots in the air fryer are for you!

Crispy in minutes right from frozen, these tasty veggie tots are so easy to make – and easier to enjoy!

crispy veggie tots in black air fryer tray on counter
Frozen veggie tots made in the air fryer are crispy and delicious!

Recipe Tips

Before you run off to the kitchen to make veggie tots in the air fryer, read through these recipe tips so that you know what to expect!

  • There are different kinds of frozen veggie tots that are made of different ingredients for the filling. We used cauliflower-based tots. If the ones you are using have a different main ingredients, this might influence your cooking time. (For another veggie cauliflower recipe, try out these buffalo cauliflower wings in the air fryer).
  • The air fryer you have can also affect the cooking time.
  • Most frozen veggie tots are already seasoned but you can add salt and pepper to taste when they are done cooking if you want. Avoid adding dry spices before cooking because you don’t want them to fly around in the air fryer (this can happen since we don’t add any extra oil so the spices can’t easily “stick” to the tots).
  • There is usually no need to add any extra oil to frozen veggie tots.
  • You also don’t have to defrost the veggie tots first. Just add the frozen tots to the preheated air fryer.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

For the step-by-step instruction on how to make air fryer frozen veggie tots, you can follow the simple recipe photos in this section.

If you just want to see the cooking times and temperature without visuals, you can skip to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

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Add the frozen veggie tots to the preheated air fryer.

First, preheat the air fryer to 385 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the air fryer is hot, add the frozen veggie tots.

Be sure to gently shake the air fryer basket so that the veggie tots are in one layer with no overcrowding. This will help them cook and crisp evenly.

crispy veggie tots in black air fryer tray on counter
Cook the veggie tots until crispy and fully heated.

Cook the frozen veggie tots for 9-13 minutes total until fully heated through and crispy on the outside.

Shake the air fryer tray every 4 minutes for even cooking. The exact cooking time will vary depending on the brand of veggie tots and your air fryer.

veggie tots on white plate with ketchup dipping sauce
Air fryer frozen veggie tots – ready for snacking!

When done, remove the veggie tots from the air fryer. Place them into a bowl, add salt and pepper to taste (if not already seasoned), toss the tots, and serve.

You can enjoy them with a dipping sauce or on their own! They can also make a side dish to a larger meal like frozen veggie burgers or juicy homemade hamburgers!

Storage Tips

Air-fried frozen veggie tots are best enjoyed hot and fresh. If you have any leftovers, store them in a sealed container in the fridge.

They’ll last for a few days but eat them sooner rather than later because the moisture content will make them much mushier over time.

You can reheat these cold veggie tots in the air fryer for the best chance at reviving them – but don’t expect them to be as crispy as freshly made!

Related Recipes

For more tasty side dish ideas, you can check out these classics – they work really well in the air fryer!

veggie tots on white plate with ketchup dipping sauce

Air Fryer Frozen Veggie Tots

Yield: 4
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Air Fryer Frozen Veggie Tots are a tasty, lower-carb alternative to classic tater tots! Made from veggies and crispy in just minutes, these yummy veggie tots make a great snack or side dish!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen veggie tots
  • (seasoning) salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 385 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Once the air fryer is hot, add the frozen veggie tots. Be sure to gently shake the air fryer basket so that the veggie tots are in one layer with no overcrowding. This will help them cook and crisp evenly.
  3. Cook the frozen veggie tots for 9-13 minutes total until fully heated through and crispy on the outside. Shake the air fryer tray every 4 minutes for even cooking. The exact cooking time will vary depending on the brand of veggie tots and your air fryer.
  4. When done, remove the veggie tots from the air fryer. Place them into a bowl, add salt and pepper to taste (if not already seasoned), toss the tots, and serve. You can enjoy them with a dipping sauce or on their own!

Notes

  • There are different kinds of veggie tots. We used the ones that had an inside primarily made of cauliflower. If yours are made of different ingredients, this can influence cooking time.
  • Often, frozen veggie tots are already seasoned and have oil in their coating so you might not have to add any extra salt and pepper and certainly no extra oil.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 282mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 6gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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