Whether you’re a veteran air-fryer user or are a newbie to the appliance, you’ll find that its popularity is not without merit.
Air fryers prepare meals quickly and conveniently, making your food nice and crispy but with less oil than deep frying.
I run a blog called Costco Kitchen, where I share creative meal ideas using products from the warehouse store. I’ve found a myriad of ways to prepare easy and delicious Costco appetizers, sides, and entrees in the air fryer. Here are some of my favorites:
Chicken wings get tender and juicy in the air fryer
Kirkland chicken wings come out of the air fryer tender and juicy. They can be ready to eat in under 30 minutes, making them a perfect party snack or a quick weeknight dinner.
Costco’s party wings are coated with a garlic marinade so you can air fry and enjoy them as is, or toss them with a wing sauce before serving.
Pair them with a starchy side dish and salad or steamed vegetables for an easy, no-fuss meal for the whole family.
Making green beans in the air fryer is super simple
Cooking green beans is usually a multistep process that involves boiling, dunking them in an ice bath, then cooking them in a hot pan. But with the air fryer, they can be ready in less than 10 minutes with no additional bowls, pots, or pans to clean.
The green beans I buy from Costco come snipped, washed, and ready to use so you can simply toss them in olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper and cook them in the air fryer for eight minutes.
I make my own crispy and satisfying toasted ravioli
You may have seen deep-fried ravioli, often referred to as “toasted ravioli,” in the appetizer section of restaurant menus. I like to use the Giovanni Rana 3 Cheese Ravioli to make a similar version in the air fryer.
Boil the ravioli for three minutes then dip them in an egg mixture and dredge in panko bread crumbs. Spray both sides with oil so the ravioli can get nice and crispy, then air fry for eight to 10 minutes.
I like to serve them with Rao’s Homemade Marinara sauce, which can be found in the pasta section at Costco.
Chicken drumsticks can become the star of a weeknight dinner that’s ready in half an hour
Kirkland organic chicken drumsticks come in portion packs, which contain about five or six pieces.
Simply coat the drumsticks (be sure to thaw beforehand if using frozen) with your favorite seasonings and pop them in the air fryer for an easy weeknight dinner that’s ready in under 30 minutes.
I like to brush them with melted butter and parsley as soon as they come out of the air fryer to give them a rich and glossy finish.
Use your air fryer to help make a delicious garlic spread
If you love garlic then you will definitely want to try roasting an entire bulb in the air fryer. The garlic bulbs turn soft, golden, and slightly sweet and nutty in flavor.
I like to get a 2-pound bag of California-grown fresh garlic at Costco. I cut off the tops of the bulbs, drizzle them with olive oil, then roast them in the air fryer for 35 minutes.
You can mix the garlic with softened grass-fed butter to make a heavenly garlic paste to spread over toast.
Sukhi’s Samosa Trio contains three flavors with two dipping sauces
Sukhi’s Samosa Trio is the perfect crispy appetizer to serve at your next party or gathering.
The box includes potato, mango-coconut chicken, and chickpea samosas with two chutney flavors for dipping.
Air fry the samosas at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for seven minutes and add them to your party platter for your guests to devour.
If you didn’t like tofu before, try making it crispy in the air fryer
If you’ve eaten tofu in the past but didn’t love it, I suggest air-frying it.
I use Nasoya Organic firm tofu, which I get from Costco. It’s important to use firm tofu when air frying to ensure it can hold up throughout the cooking process.
I like to marinate the tofu cubes with Kinder’s Teriyaki Sauce — also from Costco — before placing them in the air fryer for 18 minutes.
The crispy tofu can be enjoyed by itself or added to stir fry. My favorite way to enjoy air-fried tofu is in a bowl with rice, quinoa, vegetables, and sauce to make a perfect dish for meatless Mondays.
Just Bare Chicken Breast Chunks are a great dupe for another popular nugget
Some know Just Bare Chicken Breast Chunks for their similarity to Chick-fil-A’s nuggets. Heat them in the air fryer at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for eight minutes to get the breading on the outside nice and crispy while the meat stays tender and juicy.
You can sprinkle them over a salad, add to a tortilla for a crunchy chicken wrap, or enjoy them like I did, with a mock Chick-fil-A sauce you can make with a few ingredients you likely have in your pantry.
These pot stickers stay soft with a golden crispy exterior
Costco carries a variety of frozen pot stickers and dumplings, many of which come with a dipping sauce.
Preparing them in the air fryer is my preferred method for achieving a perfectly cooked pot sticker with crispy edges and a soft bottom. If you want your pot stickers golden and crispy all around, flip them halfway during the cooking process.
Vegetable-filled spring rolls are a great snack when you air fry them
The vegetable spring rolls from Royal Asia are the perfect appetizer or snack because you can heat them up in the air fryer and dip them in the soy-ginger sauce that’s provided.
The wrapper is thin and crispy and the filling contains a variety of vegetables including edamame, jicama, and cabbage.
Heat the spring rolls in the air fryer at 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes and flip halfway through.
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