If you’re thinking about getting an air fryer, maybe air fryer French fries will help make up your mind? They’re brown, crispy, and cooked in 15 minutes!
A funny thing happened last month. A lady asked me in one of my Instant Pot classes if I had ever used an air fryer. I hadn’t, and she told me that I needed to get one and start teaching air fryer classes.
Then, a couple of weeks later, some more ladies told me in another Instant Pot class that I needed to get an air fryer, learn how to use it, and start teaching air fryer classes.
You don’t have to tell me twice. Okay, never mind. They told me twice. But you don’t have to tell me three times! I went that weekend and bought an air fryer.
Honestly, I was not expecting to like it. I didn’t really think that it was going to be all that useful. The problem was that I didn’t really realize what the air fryer was.
Not Just For Frying!
I was thinking it was just a replacement for a deep fryer. And, indeed, you can cook traditionally deep fried foods in it. What I didn’t know, though, is that an air fryer is actually just a mini convection oven. You can do all sorts of things in it, including:
- “Frying” foods, of course
- Cooking un-breaded meats (e.g. steaks, pork chops, chicken breasts)
- Reheating leftovers
- Cooking frozen snacks
- Making grilled cheese sandwiches
- Small batch baking
I am sure there is more, but I digress. And while I haven’t done all of these things in it (I’ve yet to cook un-breaded meats, make a grilled cheese, or bake anything), at this point I am sold on the air fryer for its ability to reheat leftovers (including pizza and chicken tenders) to crunchy perfection and to make traditionally fried foods that are, in my opinion, just as good as the original. I made fried yellow squash in it this week and it was 💯. I will share that recipe soon!
Air Fryer French Fries!
But, perhaps my biggest air fryer triumph to date (in, you know, the whole month that I’ve owned it), is its ability to make amazing fries. My air fryer French fries are adapted from my favorite baked fries. Honestly, when I set up to make these fries I was not expecting much. What I got were perfectly browned skin-on fries that were every bit as good as my baked version with ten minutes shaved off the cook time.
So now I can honestly say that even if I hated the air fryer for every other purpose (which, again, I don’t), I would keep it and use it on a regular basis just to have these awesome air fryer French fries. I hope you’ll give them a try!
Yield: 2 servings
10 minPrep Time:
18 minCook Time:
28 minTotal Time:
- 2 large Russet potatoes, scrubbed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided use
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. While the water is coming to a boil, cut the potatoes into 1/8-inch planks. You can peel the potatoes, but I never do. The easiest way to cut the potatoes is to cut them into slices lengthwise then stack several slices and cut them into planks.
- Once the water boils, place 1 teaspoon of salt into the water. Add the potatoes to the water and boil for 3 minutes. Drain the potatoes and allow to stand in a colander for at least 5 minutes, shaking frequently to remove the water.
- While the potatoes are draining, preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the drained potatoes into a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Toss to coat the potatoes.
- Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket. Cook for five minutes then toss gently. Repeat this twice. The fries should be browned and crispy after 15 minutes. If not, add cook time in 2-minute increments until they are done. Serve immediately with desired dipping sauce.