Creating perfectly crisp and tender french fries in the air fryer is easy with these proven steps. This recipe creates the perfect texture: brown, crisp exterior with a fluffy center. Never experience limp, lifeless fries again!
1/4tspground black pepper, to taste (optional)
Wash and peel the potatoes.
Cut the potatoes lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick planks, then stack the planks and cut into 1/2-inch sticks. Repeat with all potatoes.If using the vegetable cutter mentioned in the post, place whole potato into the vegetable cutter and use the lever to cut the potatoes into sticks.
Place the raw potato sticks into a large bowl and rinse until the water runs clear.
Using the same bowl, cover the raw potatoes with hot water and soak for 10 minutes to parboil them. Drain the potatoes and pat dry. Dry the bowl.
Place the potatoes in the same dry bowl and toss with oil then transfer to the fryer basket or trays. Place the basket or tray into the air fryer and fry for 18 minutes at 350°F. At the middle of the cooking time, remove the basket (or trays) and toss to redistribute the fries for more even cooking.
Before the last fry, add your seasonings. We use salt and ground black pepper, to taste. Return the basket to the air fryer. Increase the temperature to 400°F and cook for 15-18 minutes or until your desired doneness. Toss the fries midway to promote even browning.Taste and re-season as needed.