9 Costco Groceries This Registered Dietitian Always Buys for Her Air Fryer

published Jan 29, 2022
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Out of all of the kitchen gadgets I own, my air fryer holds an extra-special place in my heart. As a registered dietitian, I love how an air fryer gives me the satisfying crispiness I typically only get with deep-fried foods. The circulating hot air provides a similar crispy outer layer I expect — and enjoy — from traditional frying. 

I lean on my air fryer a few times a week, which is why I like to stock up on air fryer-ready groceries in bulk. And what better place to do that than my beloved Costco!? These staples — including fresh produce, frozen finds, and easy-to-make snacks — find their way into my cart whenever I make my warehouse run. Read on for my nine favorite air fryer picks!

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1. Real Good Foods Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeños, $12.99 for 18

I like to keep these on-hand for a quick and satisfying appetizer if unexpected company stops by. People seem to love them! It’s much easier than stuffing and wrapping my own jalapeño peppers, and they taste just as good! Plus, they’re gluten-free, grain-free, and low in sugar.

Note: Our sources informed us this will be sold out for a little while, but keep your eyes out for it because it’s worth wait.

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2. Kirkland Signature Wild Caught Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, $41 for 3 pounds

Salmon cooked in the air fryer results in a perfectly cooked piece of fish in less than 15 minutes. When my family wants a restaurant-quality piece of fish at home, this is the only way that we make it. On busy weeknights, pairing air-fried salmon with some microwavable quinoa and a simple salad is always a winner.

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3. Kirkland Signature Artichoke Hearts, $12.30 for 2 (33-ounce) jars

Cooking drained artichoke hearts that are drizzled with olive oil in the air fryer makes for a perfectly dippable and totally satisfying snack or appetizer. Plus, these crispy noshes help my family sneak in a serving of veggies in a unique way. Tip: Serve them with a lemony dipping sauce and a nice glass of wine. 

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4. S&W Organic Garbanzo Beans, $6.79 for 8 (15.5 ounce) cans

Crunchy chickpea snacks are a breeze to make in the air fryer. I sprinkle them with a variety of seasonings, including cinnamon and sugar for some sweetness or cayenne pepper for some heat. It all depends on which type of snack we are looking for! The spice rack is the limit when creating your own crispy chickpea snacks.

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5. Kirkland Signature Organic Large Grade AA Eggs, $4.47 for 24 eggs

Yes, you can enjoy hard-boiled eggs without actually boiling them! Having air fryer hard-boiled eggs on hand is a must for busy mornings and on-the-go snacking. They also make for an easy afternoon sammie: Simply mix a chopped hard-boiled egg with a touch of mayo, salt, and pepper for a classic egg salad sandwich. Pair it with some crisped-up garbanzo beans and call it lunch.

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6. Stemilt Artisan Organics Lil Snappers Apples, $6.21 for 3 pounds

Buying my apples in bulk at Costco is a routine affair. And along with eating this fruit right off the core, I like to make them into chips. I recommend you resist the urge to peel them before slicing; it gives the chips a fiber boost. I also like to sprinkle them with ground cinnamon for extra flavor, especially in the fall and winter months.

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7. Sweet Potatoes, $8.07 for 6.5 pounds

Sweet potatoes from the air fryer make my family so very happy. At the same time, it makes me smile knowing that my crew is enjoying a nutrient-dense food with their dinner. I serve these taters with a protein and a green veggie for a balanced and satisfying meal. Tip: Like the apples, keep the peel (it’s your fiber-boosting friend).

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8. Just Bare Boneless Skinless Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks, $14.99 for 64 ounces

My daughter would eat chicken nuggets three times a day if I would let her! These Just Bare Chicken Breast Chunks are free from antibiotics and are lightly breaded. She’ll have these nuggets for dinner a few times a month with some fresh fruit and — if the stars align and she is open to it — some cut-up fresh veggies. On occasion, I’ll even mix this crispy chicken with an Asian-inspired sauce and enjoy it on top of stir-fried veggies and brown rice. 

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9. Kodiak Cakes Flapjack Mix, $13.94 for 3 (24-ounce) pouches

If you have an air fryer-safe pan, you can make amazing pancakes that are slightly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Serving these pancakes with some maple syrup drizzled on top and some fresh berries on the side makes for a satisfying weekend breakfast. And because this brand of pancake mix is already rich in protein, adding additional protein sources to the breakfast plate is totally optional.

What do you get at Costco for your air fryer? Tell us in the comments!