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Easy Air Fryer French Fries

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There’s something about a plate of crispy, golden French fries that brings comfort and joy to any meal. Made in the air fryer, these fries offer a healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried options without compromising on flavor or texture. The secret lies in soaking the potatoes to remove excess starch, ensuring each fry is perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

This recipe is not just about indulging in a beloved snack; it’s about rediscovering the joy of cooking at home. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, these air fryer French fries are a testament to the simplicity and satisfaction of homemade cooking. Serve them up as a side dish, a snack, or a treat for movie night, and watch them disappear in no time!

Full Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 potatoes, washed and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (1 tablespoon per batch)
  • 1 tablespoon spice mix (Chipotle spice mix, Morocco spice mix, or you may just use dried oregano/herbs/garlic as per your taste)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (optional, in case the spice mix has salt)

Directions:

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  1. Using a slicer, slice the potatoes or cut them into wedges of any shape.
  2. Take a pot filled with water. Leave the potato slices in it for 3-4 hours.
  3. Drain the water from the potatoes. Dry the potato sticks using a paper tissue.
  4. Toss the fries with 1 tablespoon oil (no salt/seasoning now).
  5. To make the fries in the air fryer, place them in the tray in a single layer in the preheated air fryer. You may need to cook them in batches.
  6. Cook these for 10 minutes at 200°C, stirring once or twice in between.
  7. Mix the seasoning with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a bowl. Toss the semi-cooked fries in the seasoning.
  8. Continue to cook at 200°C for 8-10 minutes or until you get the desired crispness. Serve immediately.

For potato fries in oven: Follow the same steps as above for the prep. Make home-baked fries in the oven for 22-25 minutes at 200°C (fan forced).

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 20 minutes | Resting Time: 4 hours | Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes

Kcal: Information not provided | Servings: 4 servings

Why Choose Air Fryer French Fries?

  • Healthier Option: By using significantly less oil, air fryer French fries contain fewer calories and less fat than their deep-fried counterparts, making them a healthier choice for those mindful of their dietary intake.
  • Quick and Convenient: The air fryer heats up quickly and cooks food faster than a conventional oven. Plus, it doesn’t require preheating, saving you time and energy.
  • Crispy Texture: The air fryer circulates hot air around the food, ensuring that the fries come out evenly cooked and crispy without being greasy.
  • Versatility: This recipe can be adapted to include sweet potatoes or other root vegetables, offering a variety of flavors and nutritional benefits.

Expanded Recipe Details

  • Soaking the Potatoes: Soaking the sliced potatoes in water for several hours removes excess starch, which is crucial for achieving the perfect crispiness. This step also prevents the fries from sticking together during the cooking process.
  • Seasoning Variations: While we’ve suggested a spice mix that includes Chipotle or Moroccan spices, feel free to experiment with your favorite herbs and spices. Garlic powder, paprika, and rosemary are excellent choices for adding depth of flavor.
  • Serving Suggestions: Serve these crispy fries as a side dish with your favorite main course, as a snack with a variety of dipping sauces, or as a base for loaded fries topped with cheese, bacon, and green onions.

Nutritional Information

While the exact nutritional content will vary based on the size of the servings and any additional toppings or seasonings, air fryer French fries are generally lower in fat and calories than traditional fries. A serving size of approximately 100 grams of air fryer French fries typically contains:

  • Calories: 150-190 kcal
  • Fat: 4-5 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 28-30 grams
  • Protein: 3-4 grams
  • Fiber: 2-3 grams

Conclusion

Easy Air Fryer French Fries are not just a healthier alternative to a beloved snack; they’re a quick, convenient, and versatile dish that can be enjoyed in countless ways. Whether you’re cooking for yourself, your family, or a gathering of friends, these fries are sure to impress with their crispy texture and delicious flavor. Embrace the simplicity of air frying and make these tasty fries a staple in your cooking repertoire.

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