The French Fry Recipes That Made Us Fall for the Air Fryer

We’ve been holding out. We were skeptical of the air fryer. Do we really need another appliance? Who has precious counter space to spare? But french fries called, and we finally gave the air fryer a whirl. Turns out: We’re very into it. More specifically, we’re very into this six-quart fryer.

Think of an air fryer as a powerful miniature convection oven. It uses a fan to blow hot air around, completely surrounding your food, resulting in I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-deep-fried crispiness. In addition to achieving maximum crunch with minimal oil, its small size makes for quick preheating and even quicker cooking—ideal for speedy dinners.

There are a lot of ways we’re planning to use our new gadget. Almost any roasted vegetable gets crispier faster in the air fryer (Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, green beans). Breaded chicken cutlets and fish sticks are a breeze. It’s even great for small batches of baked versions of beloved fried desserts, like doughnuts and churros. Let’s get back to french fries, though—classic and our personal favorite. While even frozen fries take on a restaurant style in the air fryer, we went fully homemade and gave GP’s go-to double-fry method a try, along with a root veggie fry situation—both highly dippable.

Fry’s the Limit

  • Air Fryer French Fries

    Air Fryer French Fries

    GP is a french fry connoisseur, which is why her OG fry recipe requires a soak and a double fry. Soaking the raw potatoes helps release excess starch, and doing two separate rounds of frying—one at a lower temperature and one higher—yields a pillowy-tender interior and a super crispy exterior. We adapted this method for the air fryer, and we’re thrilled with the results.

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  • Air Fryer Root Veggie Fries

    Air Fryer Root Veggie Fries

    There’s no competing with a real french fry. This is a different game. We like the idea of changing it up and diversifying our fry habit with some nutritious root vegetables. The air fryer keeps these veggie fries pleasantly crispy, and they go so well with Old Bay seasoning.

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