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How to Make French Fries With an Air Fryer (With Photo Guide)

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Crispy and delicious French fries

Crispy and delicious French fries

Ingredients

  • 3 potatoes, peeled and sliced into strips
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt
  • water (enough to soak the fries)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them in 3/8-inch-thick strips.
  2. Soak the cut fries in salted water for 30 minutes.
  3. Spray the fries with olive oil (I used a repurposed I Can't Believe It's Not Butter sprayer).
  4. Air-fry for a few minutes at 300 degrees; then crank up the temperature to 400 and continue cooking for 20 minutes.
  5. Continue cooking until you have achieved the desired color and crispiness.

Photo Guide

Start with three long potatoes.

Start with three long potatoes.

Salt

Salt

Air fryer

Air fryer

Add a teaspoon or so to the water. Soak the fries for 30 minutes.

Add a teaspoon or so to the water. Soak the fries for 30 minutes.

Cold water and salt

Cold water and salt

Peel the potatoes.

Peel the potatoes.

I used a peeler to do the peeling.

I used a peeler to do the peeling.

Peeled potatoes in salted water.

Peeled potatoes in salted water.

Slice downward through the potato.

Slice downward through the potato.

Turn the potato sideways.

Turn the potato sideways.

Cut down again.

Cut down again.

Now we have fries.

Now we have fries.

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Place the cut fries in salt water and cut the remaining potatoes.

Place the cut fries in salt water and cut the remaining potatoes.

See how square each fry is.

See how square each fry is.

Let the fries soak in water for 30 minutes

Let the fries soak in water for 30 minutes

Soak

Soak

Timer

Timer

Drain the fries.

Drain the fries.

Coat the fries with olive oil.

Coat the fries with olive oil.

Place the fries in the air fryer.

Place the fries in the air fryer.

Reduce temperature to 300 degrees.

Reduce temperature to 300 degrees.

Cook for 7 minutes.

Cook for 7 minutes.

After the initial cooking, increase the temperature to 400 degrees and cook for 15 minutes.

After the initial cooking, increase the temperature to 400 degrees and cook for 15 minutes.

Shake the fries.

Shake the fries.

Shake some more.

Shake some more.

The temperature of the fries should be 190 degrees.

The temperature of the fries should be 190 degrees.

Brown and crispy.

Brown and crispy.

Delicious!

Delicious!

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