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