Try air fryer mac and cheese bites – the snack of champions. They are crisp and perfectly cooked, and ready in less time than it takes to heat up your oven!
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Cooking frozen mac and cheese bites (or mac and cheese balls) in an air fryer is honestly the best way to cook them. Like for many frozen foods, air frying is the best cooking technique as the outside of the food remains crispy while the inside defrosts, then cooks. This ensures crisp and perfectly cooked frozen foods, unlike cooking the in the oven which can often give soggy results.
As a bonus the total cook time when air frying is much quicker than if you cook them in your oven. They will be ready to eat in less time than it takes your oven to heat up!
Scroll down for the recipe card for these air fryer mac and cheese bites, or read on for more details!
How to cook frozen mac and cheese bites in an air fryer
To air fry frozen mac and cheese bites, you simply need to place them in a single layer in your air fryer. It is best if they are not touching.
Then air fry them for approximately 10 minutes. The exact time needed will depend on several factors, including how efficient your air fryer is. I recommend starting with less time, and adding a couple of minutes extra cook time at the end if they are not quite done.
Some air fryers require food to be turned halfway through, so check your manual and flip them after 4-5 minutes if required.
How to serve mac and cheese bites
Once they are cooked to your liking, serve the mac and cheese bites with dipping sauce. As for what to dip mac and cheese bites in, I like plain ol’ tomato sauce, but salsa or chutney are also a great match.
Remember the bites will be very hot on the inside when they are fresh out of the air fryer, so eat with caution!
Air Fryer Mac and Cheese Bites Recipe Card
How to cook frozen mac and cheese bites in an air fryer.
- 12 frozen mac and cheese bites (Stouffer's, Trader Joe's, Fred's, McCain)
- Preheat air fryer to 355°F (180°C).
- Place frozen mac and cheese bites in air fryer basket in a single layer.
- Air fry frozen mac and cheese bites for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
- Some air fryers require food to be turned halfway through, so check your manual and flip them after 4-5 minutes if required.
- Remove mac and cheese bites from the air fryer and serve with dipping sauce - remember they will be very hot inside!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 4.5gSaturated Fat: 2.4gSodium: 573mgCarbohydrates: 25gSugar: 4.1gProtein: 6.2g
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