This recipe will show you the perfect way to make Trader Joe’s fish nuggets in air fryer. The crust gets so crispy and crunchy while keeping the fish inside tender and juicy. An easy and convenient freezer meal made in less than 20 minutes. Frozen fish nuggets are always great to have on hand for quick lunches or weeknight dinners served with your favorite sauces and sides.
Want to know how to cook Trader Joe’s fish nuggets? Look no further, its super easy and quick too. Just place them in your air fryer, close it, cook for 10 minutes! Top with chopped green onions and the delicious kid friendly lunch is ready.
Trader Joe’s Fish nuggets in air fryer
Why make frozen fish nuggets in the air fryer? The air fryer is by far the easiest way to cook frozen fried foods. The hot circulating air cooks the outside of your food perfectly while keeping the insides tender and juicy with little to no oil. This results in crispy and crunchy fish nuggets in less than 20 minutes, which doesn’t compare to cooking them in the oven or microwave. There isn’t any oily mess to clean up and your food comes out perfect every time! It is just the best kitchen tool to cook anything from frozen!
These battered fish nuggets from Trader Joe’s are made with Alaskan pollock, a fish with a mild flavor that’s not too fishy tasting. This fish is perfect for kids or people who don’t enjoy seafood.
If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s store near you, adapt this recipe to use your favorite brand. Gorton’s and Van de Kamps are great favorites!
Are these fish nuggets healthy
Frozen fried foods aren’t always the healthiest, but these fish nuggets contain real fish inside and have minimal ingredients. They usually don’t contain any artificial flavors or preservatives and little to no oil is needed to cook them at home. This makes them a great seafood meal that the entire family will love and is something nice to have in the freezer for a quick meal.
They are also relatively inexpensive (roughly $4.49 for a 1lb box, the price may vary depending on location) containing four servings. Each serving is about four pieces of fish, 240 calories, and 400mg of sodium.
Are they gluten free
No, these fish nuggets aren’t gluten-free because they contain wheat flour and wheat starch.
Are they precooked
It depends on the brand. I wouldn’t assume that the product is fully cooked unless it states so on the packaging. Often times frozen prepared foods are either raw or partially cooked then frozen. I would keep them frozen until you are ready to cook them in the air fryer. There’s no need to thaw them first.
Can I microwave them
You can, but it’s not ideal if you want your battered fish nuggets crispy. Oftentimes the microwave will turn frozen fried foods soggy instead of crispy and crunchy. For best results, cook them in either the air fryer or the oven.
Can I cook these Trader Joe’s fish nuggets in the oven
Absolutely! Simply place the frozen fish nuggets on a greased baking sheet in a single layer. Cook them at 475F degrees for 15 – 18 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Flip halfway to ensure even cooking.
The internal temperature should be at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use an instant-read thermometer to check if you are unsure about doneness.
Then serve immediately and enjoy!
How long do you cook frozen fish in the air fryer
Frozen fish and Trader Joe’s frozen fish nuggets take about the same time to cook in the air fryer, roughly 15 – 20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Since these fish nuggets are smaller than fish sticks or fillets, they can cook in as little as 10 minutes or less.
The cooking time can depend on a few different factors like – if you preheat your air fryer or not, how crispy you like them, and the type of air fryer you are using. Different brands cook the food at different rates, so always keep an eye on your food when trying a new air fryer recipe!
What to do with leftovers
Store fish nuggets leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. Use air tight container or a ziplock bag. Reheat in the air fryer for couple minutes. You can also freeze them and cook again but i don’t recommend this method.
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- 1 package of Trader Joe's fish nuggets
- oil spray
- Spray air fryer with oil spray.
- Add fish nuggets to the basket and cook at 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Serve immediately after cooking
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
Disregard nutrition information above. There are 240 calories in 4 nuggets