They’re super crispy and golden brown outside, but warm and fluffy inside, just like my favorite restaurant order. They won’t look like they’re getting that much color at first, but by the time they’re done, they’ll be perfectly golden.
I usually end up eating a full portion standing over the counter, before they even make it to the table. The best home fries let the flavor of the potato shine through, so you don’t need a ton of seasoning here.
If you want to mix things up, seasoning salt is a great way to flavor them! A lot of home fry recipes call for soaking the potatoes before you cook them.
Soaking the potatoes draws some starch out of them, helping them crisp up. Uncloaked potatoes also crisp up nicely in the air fryer, though I’ve found soaking them helps them stay crispy longer.
Just be sure to blot the potatoes dry before cooking them, so they don’t steam. Place the cubed potatoes in a large bowl and cover with cold water.
Toss with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add to your air fryer basket and cook at 400 °F for 20 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes to help the potatoes cook evenly.
Perfect for breakfast or dinner, this easy recipe makes the ultimate side dish. Just like my crispy air fried hash browns, these home fries are truly perfection.
Soaking potatoes in cold water releases excess starch. If you want to achieve maximum crispiness, I highly recommend soaking the potatoes, rinsing them, and drying off the excess water before air frying.
Perfect for breakfast, but also a great side dish for lunch or dinner. Just a few basic ingredients required to make these incredibly good air fryer home fries.
If you don’t have a kitchen scale, use about 2-3 medium yellow potatoes, or 4-5 small, per batch. Peel and chop your potatoes into approx half inch pieces.
Serve your airfryerhomefries garnished with fresh chives, and sprinkle a little extra salt, if preferred. Home fries taste best when freshly made, but you may keep leftovers in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
To reheat, pop them back into your air fryer basket at 350 degrees until heated through. So start checking on your potatoes around the 12-13 minute mark and keep going until cooked through and desired crispiness level is reached.
Don’t dice the onion and pepper too small, or they will burn and may fall through the holes of your basket. If you don’t want larger pieces, add them only once the potatoes are about halfway cooked.
Air fryers range in strength so always check on your potatoes while cooking. I use a Ninja Food 8qt model and mine were perfect at the 20-minute mark.
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Peel and chop your potatoes into roughly half inch pieces and place them in a large bowl. Wipe the bowl dry, and place the potatoes back inside.
Now add all remaining ingredients to the same bowl and mix well to evenly coat. Place them in your basket and set to 400 degrees and air fry for 15-20 minutes, until cooked through and desired crispiness is reached.
Shake your basket or stir your potatoes every 5 minutes for even cooking. Don’t dice the onion and pepper too small, or they will burn and may fall through the holes of your basket.
If you don’t want larger pieces, add them only once the potatoes are about halfway cooked. Air fryers range in strength so always check on your potatoes while cooking.
I use a Ninja Food 8qt model and mine were perfect at the 20-minute mark. Home fries taste best when freshly made but leftovers keep refrigerated for 3-4 days.
*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools and does not include optional ingredients, unless otherwise indicated. These were so good, and just the perfect balance of crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Sprinkle shredded cheese on them before tossing with the season so it melts best. 08/03/2020 Followed the recipe exactly and dumped 1# into my 5 quart fryer.
I am not sure the boiling water step is required but I’ll experiment some more. 11/20/2021 Made French fries per recipe, and they were fine, but to me, they didn’t turn out any differently than just slicing up the potatoes, tossing them with oil, and air frying them.
The soaking and boiling and cooling and drying were more work and time for no gain I could perceive. I cut into steak fries because that’s what hubs prefer.
Definitely worth the extra steps for perfect fries. 06/07/2020 Followed recipe except I added some turmeric for color and a bit of smoked paprika.
This recipe made great fries. I soaked the peeled fries in hot tap water 15 minutes, 3 times to remove starch, followed recipe exactly otherwise.
Top the home fries with homemade ranch dressing, green onions and if you’re feeling really extra, add some crumbled bacon and cheese. Whether the sauce is drizzled over the top or served with a dish for dunking as you go, these Cantatas Braves are the easiest and most inexpensive appetizer you can make for a party.
(Call them by this name and people will forget they are eating home fries for a snack.) I topped the home fries with ground meat seasoned with my Homemade Taco Seasoning, (amped up veggie note…add finely chopped mushrooms and onions when cooking the meat) salsa, pickled veggies, and more of that homemade ranch dressing.
I added a side salad to counterbalance the meat on fries situation and of course avocado, too. Crispy and golden, homemade air fryer French fries are simply the best.
I love my air fryer when it comes to making crispy and healthy “fried” food. This countertop appliance is similar to a convection oven in some ways.
Hot air is circulated around the food on a rack, producing a crispy product without the added oil and extra calories of deep-frying. Just a bit of heart healthy olive oil is added to these French fries for flavor, saving a ton of calories.
Put the potatoes into a dry bowl, add oil, salt, and any other seasonings you like. Check them often near the end of the cooking time to see how brown they’re getting.
Add grated Parmesan cheese for a real treat! Serve air fryer French fries with your favorite dipping sauce, including ketchup, homemade ranch dressing, or homemade barbecue sauce.
Or douse them in your favorite chili, smothered with cheese sauce. If you have leftovers (can’t imagine that scenario, but you never know), pop them back in the air fryer to crisp them up again when you’re ready to serve them.
1 medium Yukon gold potato, scrubbed (and peeled if you prefer) (about 6 oz) 1/2 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, more or less to taste Slice the potatoes into french fry shape, about 1/4-inch thick (if you have a mandolin, you may wish to use that).
Submerge cut potatoes in a bowl of cold water and let soak for 20 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper Place a single layer of fries in the basket of the air fryer and cook for 10-15 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
Serve immediately, or see notes to keep warm while air frying additional batches. It’s easy to double or triple, but you’ll still want to cook them in batches so the air can flow around them and make them super crispy.
If you choose to make a large batch, put cooked fries on a wire baking rack placed on top of a sheet pan in a warm oven (175-200ºF). As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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