Whenever I see double-fried next to fries or potatoes on a menu, I order it without thinking of the unhealthy oil they are probably using, because most likely they will taste amazing. In the method below you will also “double-fry” but with much less oil thanks to the air-fryer and still get restaurant-quality results.
The method below works for sweet potatoes or regular potatoes.
The potatoes also benefit from a pre-soak, which removes excess starch, preventing the fries from sticking together and helps make them extra crispy.
The amount of 750g below is for if you have a relatively large capacity air-fryer. If your air-fryer is smaller, it’s best to reduce the amount. If you overcrowd the basket, the air won’t circulate so well, and the result won’t be as crispy.
Many air-fryer potatoes require a simple step of adding a little oil and dumping the potatoes into the air-fryer for a required length of time and maybe shaking the basket half-way through. The best results require a few more steps but is definitely worth the extra effort. Details below and in this video (coming soon).
The Best Air-Fryer Fries
Cook Time: 30min
|prep Time: 15min
| total Time: 45min
| servings: 4
750g potatoes (see intro)
2 tablespoons avocado oil (or olive oil)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1. Wash and dry the potatoes, keeping the skin, then slice into wedges, trying your best to keep them similar in size.
2. Place the wedges in a large bowl, and rinse in water until the water is clear. Drain, then pour on boiling water, enough to submerge, and leave it for 10 minutes. Then drain and dry the potatoes really well using a clean dish cloth or paper towels.
3. Transfer the dry potatoes to a large bowl, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the oil, mixing well, and transfer to the air-fryer basket. Set the temperature at 175C or 350F for 8 mins, close the air-fryer and turn it on. After the time is up, take out the basket, dump the potatoes into the same bowl, and mix. Return the potatoes to the basket, and turn on the air-fryer, same time and temperature.
4. Add the potatoes back to the bowl again, and add the second tablespoon of oil, mixing well, then add the spices, mixing again to distribute. Dump the seasoned half-cooked potato wedges back in the basket, this time increasing the temperature to 190C or 380F. Set the time for 5 minutes and turn the air-fryer on. After the 5 minutes are up, dump the fries into the bowl, mix and return to the air-fryer for another 5 minutes, then repeat 1 more time, for a total of 15 minutes. By then your fries should be super done and super crispy. It’s best in the last 5 minutes to check and see if the potatoes are done earlier. Rarely do I need to increase the time past the 15 minutes.
5. Enjoy alone, with ketchup or your favorite condiment.