ABOUT THESE AIR FRYER FRENCH FRIES
I love my air fryer when it comes to making crispy “fried” food. This countertop appliance is similar to a convection oven in some ways. Hot air is circulated around the food on a rack, producing a crispy product without the added oil. Just a bit of heart oil is added to these French fries for flavor.
For my air fryer French fries, I use Yukon gold potatoes because I like the flavor; however, Russet potatoes are most commonly used for fries.
Slice scrubbed potatoes into one quarter inch French fries. These are skinny fries similar to fast food restaurant fries. A mandolin works best to cut evenly sized fries. Be careful of your fingers!
This next step is important for crispy fries–don’t skip it! Soak the cut potatoes in a bowl of cold water for 20 minutes. Soaking removes some of the starch. After the potatoes have soaked, drain them and dry them thoroughly. I spread them out on paper towel or a lint free dish towel and pat them dry. Wet potatoes equals soggy fries!
Put the potatoes into a dry bowl, add oil, salt, and any other seasonings you like. Preheat the air fryer and “fry” those fries. Don’t overcrowd the fryer. You want to have space between the fries so they crisp up. That means you probably will have to do the fries in batches. Spread the cooked fries on a wire rack in a warm oven to keep them warm and crisp.
Cooking time will depend on the thickness of your fries. My skinny fries take about 10-15 minutes. Check them often near the end of the cooking time to see how brown they’re getting.
HOW TO MAKE THESE FRENCH FRIES YOUR OWN
Experiment with potato varieties. There are lots of different kinds of potatoes, each with unique properties. See which one you like best. Maybe you can have a French fry tasting party.
Peeled or unpeeled? It’s up to you. I like to leave the peelings on.
If you want, these fries can be made with no oil whatsoever. oil does add good flavor, though. Other types of oil can be used.
Try different spices. While plain salted fries are great, you could try adding black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, smoked paprika, chili powder, and so on. Raid your spice cupboard.
Add grated Parmesan cheese for a real treat!
Serve air fryer French fries with your favourite dipping sauce, including ketchup, homemade ranch dressing, or homemade barbecue sauce. Or douse them in your favourite chili, smothered with cheese sauce.
AIR FRYER FRENCH FRIES
1 medium Yukon gold potato, scrubbed (and peeled if you prefer) (about 6 oz)
1/2 tablespoon oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper, more or less to taste
Slice the potatoes into french fry shape, about 1/4-inch thick (if you have a mandolin, you may wish to use that). Submerge cut potatoes in a bowl of cold water and let soak for 20 minutes.
When the fries are almost done soaking, preheat air fryer to 375ºF.
Drain potatoes and pat dry with a paper towel or a lint-free tea/dish towel. Dry bowl and place fries back in bowl. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
Place a single layer of fries in the basket of the air fryer and cook for 10-15 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Keep an eye on them towards the end.
Serve immediately, or see notes to keep warm while air frying additional batches.