You Need These 4 Simple Tricks to Make the Crispiest Air Fryer French Fries Ever

There's never been an easier way to make crispy air fryer French fries.

There’s nothing like hot and crispy french fries, but all too often those we get from delivery or takeout can be cold and soggy. One way to avoid a bad batch of fries is to make our own at home, and one of the best appliances for perfect fries every time is the air fryer.

However, even air fryer french fries might need something extra to get them to that perfect crisp. Here are all the tricks you need to know to get them right every time.

How to Make the Crispiest Air Fryer French Fries

When we use our air fryer to make our favorite air fryer recipes, we’re hoping for that crunchy and golden fried texture and taste minus frying. If you want your homemade fries to have that all-important crunch, it’s best to use some techniques to ensure you get the crisp you’re looking for. According to TikTok user @wellplated, there are four secrets to getting perfect air-fried French fries every time.

@wellplated 4 secrets to to CRISPIEST air fryer French fries🍟 … 1. use russet potatoes. they crisp up more than waxier potatoes like Yukon gold🥔 2. slice ‘em THIN🔪 3. Soak with hot water for 10 minutes💦 this draws out some of the excess starch so they can crisp 4. cook no more than✌🏼layers of fries at once Get tips and recipe at: #w#wellplatedrecipesa#airfryera#airfryerfrenchfriesa#airfrieda#airfryerfriesa#airfryerrecipesfrenchfries #homemadefries #crispyfries #airfryerideas #airfry #airfryersnacks #bestairfryer #howtomakefries #airfryertiktok #bestfrenchfries ♬ original sound – Erin Clarke

  1. The type of potatoes you use matters. Use russet potatoes when making French fries—these are dense and have less moisture. This will lead to a crispier, crunchier, more flavorful fry.

  2. Slice the potatoes thinly and evenly. Slicing potatoes evenly will help to make sure they cook evenly in the air fryer, and by cutting them thin, they will get that extra crispy texture you are looking for.

  3. Soak your potatoes. You’ll want to soak the thinly sliced potatoes in hot water for 10 minutes. After soaking, pat them dry to remove excess water. This will remove the excess starch.

  4. Cook no more than two layers at once. If you overcrowd the air fryer, the fries won’t cook as evenly. You’ll run the risk of some fries being overdone while others are underdone.

The resulting fries will be golden and crispy, and you won’t be able to stop at one portion. Now is the time to start thinking of some dipping sauces!

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