French fries is one of the most loved snacks eaten all over the USA. It’s American cuisine and the best pair of burgers. For french fries, very few basic ingredients are required potatoes, oil, and your favorite seasoning.
French fries in air fryer will be very easy and also you will get a healthier version of french fries. You can get the same crispy textured french fries instead of deep frying them. Air fryers also help to reduce the consumption of extra calories going to your body.
Air fryers use rapid hot air circulation technology to cook food. A fan sucks air through the heating elements to generate high heat. It takes very less time compared to ovens. The removable basket is nonstick and produces less mess. Air fryer requires a very little amount of oil, so it produces less trash. So let’s start the yummy recipe!
Ingredients required for French fries
Pick the right type of Potatoes – For french fries, the russet potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes are best. The russet potatoes are crispy outside and dry inside. If you fry them in an air fryer the result will be super crispy like in a restaurant.
The Yukon gold potatoes are crispy outside and creamy inside. When you air fryer these potatoes you will get perfect crispy and creamier french fries. The naturally buttery flavor makes french fries rich in flavor. The number of potatoes will depend on the members of your home. You can take 3-4 potatoes for the recipe.
Oil – For air frying, you don’t need oil as much as a deep fryer. For the best crispy result, you need to spray some high-smoke point canola oil and vegetable oil. But for healthier version olive oil are best. The are full of rich nutrients and flavor.
Seasoning – You can choose any of your favorite seasonings. But I like the salty and spicy-favored french fries. So I choose kosher and garlic seasoning salt. You can choose ranch, cajun or Italian seasoning for your french fries.
How to cut potatoes for french fries
To get the best crispy french fries you should cut the potatoes into 1/4 inch wide and 3 – 4 inch length. The cut size is also the main factor to get the best crispy evenly cooked result. If you cut potatoes into a random size then your french fries will not cook evenly. For easy cutting, you can use a mandoline vegetable slicer to get the same shape and size potatoes for french fries.
Should I peel the potatoes for french fries?
Peeling potatoes for french fries is not mandatory. You can leave the potato skin and make their fries. The skin also provides extra crispiness to the french fries. The skin is full of vitamins so this will be a healthier version of fries. If you do not like the skin, then you can skin off the potatoes with the help of a peeler.
Should I soak the potatoes in water?
I suggest you should soak the potato cuts in the water after cutting them. The water helps to remove extra starch from the potato and allows the fries to get the best crispiness. If you want pro tips then I will suggest boiling the potato cuts in the hot water for 3-4 minutes.
When you boil the potato in hot water instead of cold. It will cook 30% from outside and take less time compared to regular fries. But remember put the soaked potatoes in dry towels to remove extra water. So your french fries crisp perfectly.
How to air frying french fries in air fryer
First, cut the potatoes into french fries shapes. It should be 1/4 inch wide and 3-4 inches long. Then wash the potatoes in cold water to remove starch to get the best crispiness.
Then take a towel to remove extra water from the potatoes. Take a bowl and add your favorite seasoning. I add kosher salt with garlic seasoning for spiciness. You can add ranch, cajun, or Italica season.
During the process preheat your air fryer basket for 5 minutes from 375°F to 400°F. Then remove the air fryer basket and spread the potatoes in a single layer. You should try to cook them in batches. Keep space for easy air flow then drizzle some olive oil or vegetable oil.
Put the basket and air fry them at 380°F for 10 to 12 minutes. But in the middle of cooking, you should flip or toss the french fries to get the best crispiness. After time completion if your french fries are undercooked you can add extra time in the air fryer.
At last, toss all the fries and reheat at 375°F for 2-3 minutes. If you follow the steps your french fries will be perfect and evenly crisped. Then you can enjoy it with your favorite sauce.
Best tips to get the crispy french fries by using air fryer
Soaked the potatoes – Put the cut potatoes in water just after cutting them. The starch will remove through this process and your french fries will crip nicely every time. But remove the extra water by using a towel.
Preheat the air fryer – Before putting the potatoes into the air fryer you should preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 375°F. When you put the french fries start cooking quickly and take less time. And also your french fries will get their crispiness.
Work in batches – Never overcrowds the air fryer basket with the potatoes. The air fryer works using super hot air to cook food. The hot air circulates in a circular motion and removes the moisture through the vent.
If you block the basket by overcrowding the hot air will not pass easily and your french fries will remain undercooked or soggy type. So always put the french fries in single layers with a little distance between them. So the air passes easily and is cooked evenly crisped on each side.
Flip them in mid of cooking – Flip the french fries in the middle of the cooking. The hot air crisped only one side and the other side remain undercooked. If you flip the french fries in mid of cooking the fries will be cooked perfectly and get the best crispiness.
Toss all at the last – Before you eat you should toss all the french fries at the last. Because you have to cook them batches. Some fries remain undercooked or cold, so if you reheat the fries they will come crispy and hot this time.
Some asked for FAQ about french fries in air fryer recipe
1. Should I preheat the air fryer?
Yes, you should preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes from 350°F to 400°F. It will help your fries to get a crispy texture outside and takes less time to air frying.
2. How to reheat the french fries?
Before serving the french fries reheating them gives extra crispiness and hot hot yummy fries. Because you fry them in batches at the last put all the fries in the basket at 375°F for 2-3 minutes.
3. How long to cook french fries in air fryer?
To get the best crispy french fries the ideal temperature is from 350°F to 400°F for 10-15 minutes. The time and temperature also depend on the quantity, wattage power, and model of your air fryer.