Frozen Ribs In Air Fryer

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Frozen Ribs In Air Fryer. How to cook your favourite Chinese BBQ ribs in the air fryer from frozen in just a few short minutes.

You will love how easy it is to cook frozen ribs using the air fryer and even if they are stuck together when you remove them from the freezer, we will show you how to transform them into the best ever juicy ribs you have ever tried.

frozen ribs in air fryer recipe
frozen ribs in air fryer recipe

Frozen Ribs

When I think of ribs, I am thinking about making my favourite Asian ribs in the slow cooker. I would often have two slow cookers running on a Saturday night for a yummy supper for the family.

One slow cooker had slow cooker ribs, the other had slow cooker chicken wings. Then I would serve them with our air fryer derby cobb salad, and it became the favourite fakeaway at home. We had a gorgeous labusky back then and he would watch us all, just hoping that we would drop a chicken wing.

A few years later, I started making air fryer pork ribs instead. They were quick and simple and an easy alternative to the slow cooker.

But what I have never tried (well until now) is frozen ribs in the air fryer.

I wanted to try them, to see what they are like, whether they would taste nice in the air fryer and if I would eat them again.

Well, I tried frozen ribs in the air fryer, loved them and this is exactly how to cook frozen ribs so that you can do the same at home too.

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Can You Cook Ribs From Frozen?

Yes, you cook ribs from frozen. Just like many meats, ribs cooked from frozen are delicious and just as tender as thawed ribs.

But you can not cook frozen ribs in the slow cooker as its not hot enough.

However, you can cook frozen ribs in other devices such as the air fryer, instant pot pressure cooker etc.

Can You Cook Frozen Ribs In Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook frozen ribs in the air fryer, and they are amazing.

They are crispy, like they are when you buy them from a restaurant and you can also cook from frozen your leftover ribs from the Chinese that you previously loaded into the freezer.

Frozen Pork Ribs

If I was to choose a favourite type of rib, to cook from frozen in the air fryer, it would be frozen pork ribs.

They cook the best from frozen, don’t carry too much fat that they make the air fryer smoke and best of all, are the most tender.

Avoid lamb ribs and beef ribs from frozen as they make the air fryer smoke a LOT.

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Air Fryer Frozen Pork Ribs Ingredients

Air Fryer Frozen Pork Ribs Ingredients

Ribs – You will need some frozen pork ribs to load into the air fryer. I bought two bags of them from Iceland and tried both to see how they compared. My favourite was the BBQ mini pork ribs.

Sauce – I also love to have some extra barbecue sauce. You can toss the ribs (once cooked) in the barbecue sauce and they will be even better than when they were first cooked.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in these frozen ribs in air fryer recipe it has just been our Cosori air fryer. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of air fryer recipes.

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How To Cook Frozen Ribs?

frozen ribs in air fryer step by step
  • Load. Remove your frozen ribs from the packaging and place in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook. Air fry for 12 minutes at 180c/360f. Turn and then cook for 5 more minutes at 160c/320f.
  • Serve. Then toss in extra barbecue sauce and load into a serving platter.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to air fry frozen ribs and why it is a firm favourite for a quick appetizer.

How Long To Cook Frozen Ribs?

Cooking frozen ribs in the air fryer takes JUST 17 minutes. Its very quick and perfect for when you have friends around for drinks and you want a quick air fryer appetizer to impress them with.

Also, if your ribs are stuck together, you can cook them for 7 minutes and then use your hand to separate them and spread them out and then they your ribs will evenly cook.

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Frozen Ribs In Air Fryer

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Frozen Ribs In Air Fryer.

Frozen Ribs In Air Fryer. How to cook your favourite Chinese BBQ ribs in the air fryer from frozen in just a few short minutes.
Cook Time17 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 2
Calories: 269kcal


  • 1 Pack Frozen Ribs

Kitchen Gadgets


  • Remove your frozen ribs from its packaging and spread out in the air fryer basket.
    Can You Cook Frozen Ribs In Air Fryer?
  • Air fry for 12 minutes at 180c/360f.
    Can You Cook Frozen Ribs In Air Fryer?
  • Turn your ribs and cook for a further 5 minutes at 160c/320f.
    Can You Cook Frozen Ribs In Air Fryer?
  • Toss in barbecue sauce before serving.
    Can You Cook Frozen Ribs In Air Fryer?


Spray – Spraying with extra virgin olive oil is 100% optional. I find that you get a light crisp on them without, but you might prefer them more crispy than we do.
Thanks for reading our frozen ribs air fryer recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more delicious appetizers, I recommend you try our air fryer frozen chicken wings next.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.9g | Protein: 16.5g | Fat: 18.1g | Saturated Fat: 7.6g | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 8.9g
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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5 thoughts on “Frozen Ribs In Air Fryer”

    • Hi Celene,

      Yes you can add extra seasoning but as we had never had these before we didn’t know how much seasoning would already be on them, so we decided not to add any extra and they were fine for us without 🙂

    • Hi Stella,

      We have several air fryers the first one is a Philips XL and wattage is: 1900w Our Cosori XL is: 1700w. The spray we use is extra virgin olive oil, we do not recommend to use the sprays like fry light as this can damage the inside of your air fryer 🙂


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