Snacking in between meals is my favorite thing to do. In fact, we all love snacking and munching a lot. But do you know that eating wrong things just to satisfy a temporary craving can cost you your health? Opting for smart choices, such as mini corn dogs in air fryer, can fulfill the craving.
Having said that mini corn dogs made in an air fryer are one of the best snacking options you can go for. Note that they are a healthy option only if they are air-fried, not deep-fried using oils.
The majority of the people think corn dogs are an unhealthy snacking option. But only when they are fried in heavy oils. Air-fried mini corn dogs are healthy and low-calorie comparatively, having the same taste and crispiness. However eating too much mini corn dogs is also not healthy option as it could increase your calorie intake.
Now, do you know how to cook mini corn dogs in an air fryer? Don’t worry, I have got your back and compiled the easiest yet most effective way of making them with an easy-to-follow recipe.
How to Cook Mini Corn Dogs in Air Fryer?
- Frozen mini corn dogs Pack
- Chefman Air Fryer
Follow these simple steps while cooking corn dogs and you’ll be amazed by the results.
Step # 1: Preheat the Air Fryer
It is always a better idea to always preheat your air fryer before frying anything. Preheating at 400° F for 2-3 minutes is enough.
Step # 2 Arranging Frozen Mini Corn Dogs
Place mini corn dogs in the basket of the air fryer. Keep them in a single layer ensuring that there is some space in between the pieces. It will make your air fryer frozen mini corn dogs get cooked well from all sides.
Step # 3: Setting the Temperature and Time
Place the fryer basket inside the air fryer and set the temperature at 380° F. Let the corn dogs get fried for 8 minutes (You can check if they are not fully cooked, air-fry them again for 2-3 more minutes).
Sep # 4: Remove the Basket from the Fryer
Now remove the basket from the air fryer but be careful. Don’t rush getting them out instead wait for a few minutes and let them cool and then enjoy them with your favorite sauce (we will see more about it ahead in the article).
Instructions To Be Followed
First of all, spray a little bit of cooking spray into the fryer basket. It will avoid the corn dogs getting stuck to the basket and will be easy to remove when fried.
Keep that sprayed basket into the fryer and preheat the fryer, meanwhile open the package of mini corn dogs and put the corn dogs into the preheated fryer basket in a single layer.
In case you don’t have cooking spray, you can also brush the oil on the basket. For this, first, brush the oil and then preheat the air fryer.
Now put the fryer basket inside the air fryer and set the temperature at 38- F for 8 mins.
After 4 minutes, take out the fryer basket and flip the corn dogs over so that they get brown from both sides equally. Be careful while flipping them as they will be extremely hot. You can use a spatula for this purpose.
Put the basket back and again set the timer for 4 minutes at 380° F. After 4 minutes, take the basket out and take a look in case they need more cooking, let them get cooked for 1-2 more minutes.
After that, they are perfectly cooked and ready to be served. Enjoy!
How Long To Cook Mini Corn Dogs in Air Fryer?
Ideally, at 380 F air frying corn dogs for 8 minutes is enough but as the different fryers have different natures, this time limit can be increased or decreased considering whether your corn dogs are cooked well or not.
Moreover, it also depends on the corn dogs; if they are frozen then they’ll need more time to get cooked well. Also, you may need to give them more time for cooking if you did not go for defrosting first.
You can trim the skewers if you’d like. For some corn dogs, they are necessary to be used and for some, they can be skipped. You can check it on the corn dogs’ package. Most of the times, it is mentioned there.
If you are making corn dogs for yourself, you can skip the use of skewers but if you are preparing to serve someone, using wooden skewers helps in better presentation and looks cool too. Also, for children, wooden skewers are better to be included as they will be easy to carry and enjoy.
Similarly, whether you should opt for defrosting the corn dogs or not is mentioned on the package. But still, it is not a compulsory thing to do.
And lastly, put your mini frozen corn dogs in the fryer basket and set the desired temperature and time limit or air fry until the crisp is not attained.
Cooking Note: Don’t forget to change the sides of corn dogs while air frying. Give equal time to both sides for cooking. Use a nonstick spatula to flip over the sides.
What to Serve With Mini Corn Dogs?
That’s a really good question! But the corn dogs are something that can be enjoyed alone without the need for any sauce or ketchup (in my opinion) and if you’d like you can serve them with the following options:
- Homemade baked potato wedges
- Organic tomato ketchup
- Green chili sauce
- Cream cheese
- Macaroni salad
And the list goes on and on but do you know what? Go for whatever you like, the list above is just a sort of suggestion, not a necessity!
You can include anything as per your preferences and taste.
Also, this is the perfect time for you to show some creativity – serve your kid with a smiley face made with ketchup on the plate. You can decorate a cool platter if you are expecting guests – on a large plate put some mini corn dogs, some potato wedges, and some grilled sandwiches with different colored sauces -it will look both appetizing and attractive.
The best thing about frozen mini corn dogs is that they can be air fried quickly and without any hassle.
All you need is to have a good quality air fryer and that’s it!
Some Facts and Myths
- Mini corn dogs made in Air Fryer lose their taste.
- Leftover Air fried corn dogs cannot be preserved.
- Mini corn dogs made in Air Fryer are equally crispy and yummy.
- Leftover Air fried corn dogs can be preserved. Keep them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and air fry again for 2-3 minutes. As simple as that!
- Air Fryer
- Your favorite Mini Corn Dogs Pack
- Preheat the air fryer at 400 F for 2-3 mins.
- Add 10-12 pieces of mini corn dogs depending upon the size of your air fryer.
- Set the temperature at 380 F.
- Set the timer at 8 mins.
Now talking on a macroscopic level, mini corn dogs have many enriched flours like wheat flour, malted barley flour, corn flour, eggs, and milk in their ingredients, which make them a healthy snack option!
No doubt, they have small amounts of chemicals like sodium bicarbonate, potassium acetate as well, but they are added only to preserve the mini corn dogs so that you can enjoy them for longer periods even after the package is opened once.
Also, to get maximum health benefits from mini corn dogs, it is recommended by experts to air fry them instead of opting for deep fry. Air frying, actually, gives the same crisp and minimizes the calorie intake. An absolute smart choice!
Summing It Up!
Try recipe for mini corn dogs in air fryer and you’ll be equally amazed by the results as I was. Air-fried frozen mini corn dogs are a new favorite of almost everybody. The main reason is that they are easy to make and yummy to enjoy.
Many cooking experts say that mini corn dogs are kids’ best-loved, but adults like them equally. In fact, everybody likes mini corn dogs. Besides that, they are an ultimate time-saver. If you are in hurry, you can easily have them as air-frying of corn dogs is a matter of only a few minutes. It hardly takes 7 to 8 minutes and that’s it, they are good to go!
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