How to make the crispiest air fryer fries without any oil

I'm a french Fry lover. I love crunchy, salty fries, but I'm also known to indulge in some healthier versions from time to time. So, I Choose Air frying.

If you want to try out air frying, you'll need two things: An air fryer and some potatoes. The latter is easier to get. In this post, I'll share my favorite way to make air fryer fries without oil.

Ingredients

Three medium red potatoes
One tablespoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon Black pepper
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon basil

Preparation time

20 minutes

Cooking Time

25 minutes

Serving

Four people

Cooking Process

cooking process


1. Bake potatoes in the oven

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place potatoes directly in the fryer for 30 minutes or until fork tender and easily pierced with a fork.
Remove from the fryer and let it cool for about 5 minutes before handling.

2. Cut potatoes into strips or wedges

Start by cutting the potatoes into strips or wedges. Slice each potato into wedges, then cut down through each wedge to create small fries (about 1/4 inch wide). You should have about 2 cups of potato sticks per medium-sized potato.

You can do this with a mandolin, a sharp knife, and some patience (or a cookie cutter), or use an apple corer to remove the center of your taters. They Don't need to be perfectly shaped.

3. Season Your Potatoes

Add the cornstarch, seasonings, and salt to a mixing bowl. Toss the potatoes in this mixture, so they're evenly coated with the starch and seasonings.

You can add any combination of herbs or spices you like here—salt, Chili powder, Black pepper, and garlic powder are great options (although if you want to make them spicy, go ahead and add paprika as well).

4. Place potatoes in the air fryer basket

Place the potatoes into your Air fryer. If you don't have enough room in your air fryer, toss some on parchment paper or aluminum foil and cook them alongside your next batch, so they're ready at the same time as everything else.

5. Air fry for about 25 minutes

Now, it's time to cook. Set your air fryer to the appropriate temperature and let it preheat while you prepare your fries. Cook time will depend on how large your fries are and what kind of air fryer you have, but give them about 25 minutes in total.

With Oil vs. Oil-Free Comparison

I tested the Crispy Potato Chips recipe twice—once with olive oil and once without it. I wanted to see how the difference between the two versions affected the taste and texture.

The potato chips were surprisingly delicious regardless of whether you used oil. They were flavorful, salty, crunchy, and had just enough saltiness to satisfy. The oil-free version tasted slightly less salty but offered a satisfying snack.

However, since the oil-free version doesn't contain oil, it might require extra attention during frying. Also, if you're cooking over high heat, it's possible that the oil-free chips could burn more easily.

Storage

The home fries taste best when fresh out of the deep fryer, but you may keep leftover potato wedges in the fridge for up to three days. Then, if you want to enjoy them again, heat them in the air fryer or toaster oven.

You can even microwave them for a few minutes to warm them up. But don't do it too often, because they won't hold up well. And don't try to reheat frozen ones. They'll turn mushy.

Tips For Air frying Potatoes

1. This air fryer method makes fries healthier than traditional fries because they don't use oil but are still crispy and crunchy.

2. Instead of using a basket for cooking your fries in the air fryers, place them on a baking sheet. This allows for even golden brown on all sides without losing moisture from the potatoes; plus, it helps prevent spattering during cooking, which can be dangerous if you use an open basket.

3. You can also spray the baking sheet with olive oil or coconut oil before adding your potatoes/fries (if desired). The cooking spray helps to lift them out of their tray and onto another plate or bowl with minimal mess.

4. Set up your timer, so you know exactly how long to cook each batch—you want golden brown fries that are not burnt but not underdone.

How to make the crispiest air fryer fries without any oil FAQs

1. Why won't My fries get crispy in the air fryers

Air fryers heat food from the inside out, so they cook slowly, making foods like potatoes mushy. If you want crispier fries, try using a convection oven instead.

2. How many minutes should I air fry fries?

Air frying fries are great for those who don't like potatoes. However, it takes longer to cook them compared to other methods. The best way to air fry fries is to cut them into smaller pieces, then place them on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.

3. Do I need to put avocado oil on my fries in air fryers?

No, putting avocado oil on your french fries in the air fryer is unnecessary. However, using oil when cooking your food may help prevent sticking. If you want to add oil to your fries, try adding vegetable oil instead of butter.

4. Why do you Soak potatoes in water before air frying?

Potatoes must be soaked in hot water for at least 20 minutes before they go into the deep fryer. This process helps them absorb less oil during cooking.

If you don't soak the potatoes, then the starch inside the potato will break down and turn brown instead of golden brown. The result is a greasy food product.

5. What temperature do you cook fries in air fryers?

Air frying has become popular among consumers who want healthier meals at home. For example, the best way to cook fries in an air fryer is to heat them for about 4 minutes. This ensures they are crispy while still retaining some moisture.

6. Should I boil fries before in air fryers?

Air frying is excellent for cooking french fries because they do not need oil. However, boiling them first makes them crispy and delicious.

7. Why are my air fryer fries soggy?

Air Fryers use hot oil, which heats the food quickly. The problem is that when you put the food into the basket, some may touch each other, so they cool down faster than others.

This causes the ones at the bottom to cook slower than those at the top. To solve this problem, place the food in the middle of the tray, so all the food cooks equally fast.

Conclusion

We hope this recipe will help you to enjoy your favorite side dish without sacrificing your health. Of course, fries are a delicious treat, but they don't have to be unhealthy! With this air fryer method, you can enjoy all the crispy goodness of fries without any guilt or worry about what's in them.


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