Air Fryer French Fries - Crispy french fries without all of the oil that traditional frying requires!
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I have been so busy that I haven't been able to experiment with my new air fryer as much as I would like. A few weeks ago, I shared my air fryer bacon. Since then, I've made wings, which I have to say are my favorite wings ever, chicken tenders, pizza and a few other things. There hasn't been any time to take photos and share these recipes yet, but I'm working on it. Hopefully in a few weeks.
One recipe I have made several times now and did actually have a moment to photograph is these air fryer french fries.
WHY AIR FRYER FRENCH FRIES?
- crispier than oven baked
- less calories and fat than traditional frying
- not greasy
HOW DO I MAKE AIR FRYER FRENCH FRIES?
Start off by cutting your potatoes into strips. You can do this by hand but if you have a mandolin, you can get super even, perfect looking fries.
I have said before that the mandolin is actually my favorite kitchen tool. I don't use it often, but when I need it, it's amazing!
After the potatoes are cut, give them a soak in water. I have tried to make these without soaking but it's true they do get crispier if you soak them first.
Soaking takes about 20-30 minutes. Lay the fries on a clean kitchen towel or paper towels and dry as best as you can. They drier they are, the crispier they will be.
Place the fries in a bowl and drizzle in olive oil and seasonings. Toss well to coat everything.
Place seasoned fries in basket of air fryer and set temperature to 380 and set timer for 20 minutes. After 10 minutes, give the fries a shake. Replace them back in and check again after 5 minutes to check for doneness. They can take anywhere between 15-20 minutes total.
I am one of those people who like their fries just on the verge of being burnt. Side note, this is also how I like my popcorn. I love a crunch, what can I say? This photo below shows fries that were cooked for 20 minutes. Knock off a few minutes if you don't like them this well done.
Enjoy the air fryer fries as is, or for a little something extra, I like to grate some fresh parmesan cheese over my fries! If you have never done this before, be sure to give it a try.
If you REALLY want to go crazy, go ahead and top your air fryer french fries with a fried egg. Doing this makes it totally acceptable to have french fries for breakfast. Air Fryer Fries topped with an egg have been my lunch more times than I should admit. Go ahead. Try it.
WHICH AIR FRYER DO YOU USE?
I admit, I am no expert on air fryers. The air fryer I purchased seemed to have a larger basket than most and that's basically what I made my decision based on. COSORI Air Fryer 5.8 Qt. capacity
Air Fryer French Fries
- 2 medium potatoes idaho
- 1 T olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper fresh cracked is best
- Wash potatoes, no need to peel. Slice potatoes into fry shape either by hand or by mandolin.
- Place fries into a bowl and cover with cold water. Allow to soak 15-30 minutes. Drain water from potatoes and dry them completely. Laying them on a clean kitchen towel and blotting dry works well.
- Add potato slices to bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss well to coat evenly.
- Transfer seasoned fries to the air fryer basket. Set temperature to 380 F. and timer set to 20 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, shake basket and then return to fryer. Check fries in 5 minutes, if not done, continue to cook another few minutes. Usually 20 minutes will be the max time.
- If desired, top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and/or a fried egg.
You will find the items below helpful in preparing Air Fryer French Fries