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Air Fryer Garlic Fries

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This Air Fryer Garlic Fries recipe mimics the completely AWESOME taste of the Gilroy Garlic Fries served at every San Francisco Giants home game!

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Arguably the best French fries in the Major League. Zesty, packed full of flavor and simple to make and clean up, it is the ultimate air fryer recipe for garlic fries.

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We are a die hard giants family. My boys recently drove to Arizona for a Spring Training baseball game. We are all very sad that baseball season is put on hold, but you can still enjoy your favorite San Francisco Giants Garlic Fries from the comfort of your home.

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Turn on a replay of your favorite Giants game, put on your team jersey and make up a batch of your favorite garlic fries. It will almost feel like you are at a game!

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Air Fryer Garlic Fries

Ingredients for Air Fryer Fries

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03/12/2024 09:12 pm GMT
  • Potatoes 1.5 lb. ¼ in cubed (You could use a FRENCH FRY Cutter like this)
  • Olive Oil 2 tbsp. divided
  • Parmesan Cheese ¼ cup grated
  • Parsley 2 tbsp. chopped
  • Garlic 4 cloves minced
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Pre-heat air fryer to 400 degrees ( I have the Instant Pot Vortex)

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Garlic Fries Directions

  1. Cut the potato or potatoes into 1/4" cubed thick fries. Feel free to cut them in to slightly smaller sizes depending on your choice.
  2. Once cut, use a paper towel or kitchen towel and pat dry to remove all excess moisture from the fries. Once they are dry, put them in a bowl and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, add olive oil, fresh parsley, parmesan cheese and garlic. Mix everything well.
  4. Pour the dried fries into a bowl and mix with olive oil. Make sure that everything is coated. 
  5. Once the fries are coated in olive oil, add the parmesan, parsley and garlic mix to the bowl and thoroughly mix.
  6. Spray the tray of the air fryer with PAM or another alternative.
  7. Add the fries to the tray of the air fryer.
  8. Cook at 400 degrees for 6 minutes.
  9. At 6 minutes, pull open the drawer of the air fryer and mix the fries.
  10. After mixing, insert the tray once again and continue cooking for another 6 mins. Check the fries to be sure that they are not overly baked. Each air fryer is different, so check on how things are cooking.
  11. Remove the fries when mildly brown.
  12. Serve these fries warm with ketchup or with your favorite dip. ( We like to mix our ketchup with mayonnaise) Plate and serve immediately. Garnish with additional sauce if desired.
  13. Enjoy!
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Air Fryer Garlic Fries tips 

Choosing Your Spuds Wisely

  • While the recipe calls for regular potatoes, you might want to experiment with different varieties to find the one that resonates with your taste buds. Russet potatoes are often a safe bet for a fluffy interior and crispy exterior.

Perfecting the Cut

  • Uniformity is key when cutting your potatoes for fries. A French fry cutter can significantly ease this task and deliver consistent results every time.
  • If you like a thicker or thinner fry, adjust the cutting size accordingly but remember, the thicker the cut, the longer the cooking time and vice versa.

The Importance of Drying

  • Pat drying the cut potatoes is crucial as excess moisture can hinder achieving that golden crispness. Take your time with this step, ensuring they are as dry as possible before proceeding.

Seasoning Matters

  • Mixing the olive oil, parsley, parmesan, and garlic well before tossing them with the fries ensures an even distribution of flavors. Don’t shy away from trying other herbs or seasonings like rosemary, thyme, or even a pinch of chili flakes for a spicy kick.

Spraying the Tray

  • A light coating on the tray with PAM or any other cooking spray prevents sticking and aids in the crisping process.

Air Fryer Settings

  • The cooking temperature in the recipe is at 400 degrees, so ensure your air fryer is properly adjusted to achieve the desired crispiness.
  • Air fryers can vary in their cooking efficiency, so keep an eye on the fries, especially during the second round of frying to prevent over-cooking.

Tossing Halfway

  • Shaking or tossing the fries halfway through cooking is crucial for even frying. This step ensures every fry gets its fair share of the hot circulating air.

Serving Hot

  • Air Fryer Garlic Fries are best enjoyed warm, so serve them immediately. If you're a fan of dips, a blend of ketchup and mayonnaise often complements the garlicky and cheesy notes of the fries. Experiment with different dips like aioli, ranch, or even a spicy sriracha mayo to find your perfect match!

Garnish Galore

  • If you desire an extra touch of flavor, garnish your fries with some extra grated parmesan or fresh parsley. Fresh herbs add a burst of flavor and color to your dish.

Experiment and Enjoy

  • Cooking is all about experimentation and personalization. Whether you decide to change up the seasonings, try a dip or even pair these gourmet fries with a delicious homemade burger, make the recipe your own and relish the tasty outcome!

Air frying is a delightful and easy way to whip up a quick snack. Follow these tips and get ready to dive into a plate of scrumptiously crispy Air Fryer Garlic Fries!

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FAQ

How do you make crispy garlic fries in the air fryer?

The key to achieving crispy garlic fries lies in several steps:

  • Prepping the Potatoes: Ensure your potato slices are dried thoroughly to rid them of excess moisture.
  • Coating: A light coating of olive oil helps in achieving that golden crispy texture.
  • Air Frying: Cooking them at the right temperature (400 degrees) and tossing them halfway ensures an even crispiness.
  • Seasoning: The blend of garlic, parmesan, and parsley not only infuses flavor but aids in achieving that desired crunch.

Why soak fries before air frying?

Soaking potatoes in cold water before air frying helps to remove excess starch, which can lead to a crispier fry. It also prevents the fries from sticking together during the cooking process.

What is the secret to fries?

The secrets to making perfect fries include:

  • Choosing the right potatoes: Starchy potatoes like Russets work well.
  • Cutting uniformly: Ensures even cooking.
  • Soaking: To remove excess starch.
  • Drying: To get rid of moisture.
  • Seasoning well: A good seasoning blend enhances the flavor.
  • Air frying at the right temperature: Ensures crispiness without burning.

Why didn’t my fries get crispy in the air fryer?

Several factors could contribute:

  • Overcrowding: Too many fries in the basket can lead to steaming instead of crisping.
  • Excess Moisture: Not drying the potatoes well before cooking can hinder crispiness.
  • Wrong Temperature: Too low a temperature might not give the desired crispness.

Can you cook store bought frozen French fries in an air fryer?

Absolutely! Air fryers excel at cooking frozen fries. Spread them in a single layer and air fry, shaking the basket occasionally to ensure an even cook.

Why are my frozen French fries soggy in the air fryer?

It could be due to overcrowding or not cooking at a high enough temperature. Ensure there's enough space for hot air to circulate freely and cook them at a high temperature to get that crisp texture.

Should frozen fries be thawed before air frying?

No need to thaw. You can cook them straight from frozen. Thawing could make them soggy.

How to get best fries in air fryer?

  • Preheat the Air Fryer: Helps in cooking the fries evenly.
  • Single Layer: Don’t overcrowd; let the hot air circulate freely.
  • Shake Midway: Ensures all sides get crisped evenly.
  • Seasoning: Season well for flavor.

What kind of oil for fries in an air fryer?

Olive oil is a good choice for its health benefits and flavor. You can also use canola or vegetable oil.

What type of potatoes work best for air fryer fries?

Russet potatoes are usually the go-to choice for fries due to their high starch content which yields a crispy exterior and fluffy interior.

Do I need to use oil when making fries in the air fryer?

A little oil goes a long way in achieving that crispy texture, but it's not mandatory. Air fryers can cook fries with no oil, but they might not be as crispy.

How can I add a garlic flavor to my air fryer fries?

Incorporating minced garlic, garlic powder, or garlic-infused oil during the tossing process before air frying will infuse the fries with a garlicky flavor.

How long does it take to cook fries in an air fryer?

It typically takes about 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees, shaking them halfway through to ensure even cooking.

Can I make sweet potato fries in an air fryer?

Absolutely! The process is similar to regular fries, though sweet potato fries may cook a bit faster and could be done in around 10-12 minutes.

How do I prevent my air fryer fries from sticking together?

Ensure the fries are well dried and tossed in a bit of oil. Also, shaking the basket halfway through cooking helps prevent sticking.

Can I cook frozen fries in an air fryer?

Yes, you can. It’s quick and results in crispy, tasty fries.

What are some good seasoning combinations for homemade air fryer fries?

  • Herb Seasoning: Rosemary, thyme, and parsley.
  • Spicy: Paprika, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Cheesy: Nutritional yeast or parmesan with garlic.
  • Italian: Mixed Italian herbs with a touch of garlic and parmesan.

How do I achieve a uniform cook on all sides of my air fryer fries?

  • Spacing: Ensure fries are not overcrowded.
  • Shaking: Shake the basket midway to toss the fries for an even cook.
  • Single Layer: Lay them in a single, even layer in the basket.

Conclusion

And there you have it! An easy, yet gourmet recipe for Air Fryer Garlic Fries that’s sure to impress at any gathering. While you're at it with the air fryer, why not throw in some Chicken Popcorn as well? I love this super easy and delightful Chicken Popcorn In An Air Fryer recipe that pairs wonderfully with these garlic fries, making for a satisfying, crunchy duo that's perfect for game night or a cozy movie marathon at home.The journey from slicing potatoes to enjoying a crispy, flavorful fry is indeed a rewarding one. With an air fryer, achieving that perfect crispiness while keeping things healthier is a breeze. The addition of garlic and parmesan takes the humble potato to a gourmet level, making snacking a luxurious experience. Happy air frying!

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Air Fryer Garlic Fries

Zesty, packed full of flavor and simple to make and clean up, it is the ultimate air fryer recipe for garlic fries! 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Author: Melissa Au

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • Potatoes 1.5 lb. ¼ in cubed
  • Olive Oil 2 tbsp. divided
  • Parmesan Cheese ¼ cup grated
  • Parsley 2 tbsp. chopped
  • Garlic 4 cloves minced

Instructions

  • Cut the potato or potatoes into 1/4" cubed thick fries. Feel free to cut them in to slightly smaller sizes depending on your choice.
  • Once cut, use a paper towel or kitchen towel and pat dry to remove all excess moisture from the fries. Once they are dry, put them in a bowl and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, add olive oil, fresh parsley, parmesan cheese and garlic. Mix everything well.
  • Pour the dried fries into a bowl and mix with olive oil. Make sure that everything is coated.
  • Once the fries are coated in olive oil, add the parmesan, parsley and garlic mix to the bowl and thoroughly mix.
  • Spray the tray of the air fryer with PAM or another alternative.
  • Add the fries to the tray of the air fryer.
  • Cook at 400 degrees for 6 minutes.
  • At 6 minutes, pull open the drawer of the air fryer and mix the fries.
  • After mixing, insert the tray once again and continue cooking for another 6 mins. Check the fries to be sure that they are not overly baked. Each air fryer is different, so check on how things are cooking.
  • Remove the fries when mildly brown.
  • Serve these fries warm with ketchup or with your favorite dipPlate and serve immediately. Garnish with additional sauce if desired.
  • Enjoy!
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