Homemade Garlic Parmesan Fries made in the air fryer are a quick and easy side dish for every meal. These air fryer fries are amazingly crisp!
Best Parmesan Garlic Fries Recipe
By the end of the week, I can almost always count on having at least one potato buried in a drawer in my fridge. It’s usually either a sweet potato or a russet potato.
What to do with this one lonely potato? Well, I could make a breakfast skillet hash, a sweet potato breakfast toast, or I could make air fryer french fries. You might have tried my classic Air Fryer French Fries Recipe before, and if you loved those I know you’ll enjoy these!
We’re taking those classic french fries up a notch and adding some (ok, a lot) of parmesan cheese and garlic.
Making french fries in the air fryer is my favorite way to make them. It’s so easy and the clean up is quick.
Ingredients For Garlic Parmesan Fries
Just six staple ingredients make up this recipe, all you need is:
- 2 russet potatoes
- olive oil
- garlic powder
- grated parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper
How To Make Air Fryer Fries
Let’s be real, everything you make in the air fryer is easy, but french fries are probably the easiest thing you’ll make in it.
1. Slice the potatoes. Using a sharp knife, cut the potatoes in half. Then turn the potatoes over so the flat side is against the cutting board and slice them into 1/4 inch fries.
2. Soak the potatoes. Place the sliced potatoes in a large bowl of water for 30-60 minutes to remove some of the starch. This step is somewhat optional, but will help make the most crispy french fries.
3. Season the french fries. Drain the water from the bowl and toss the potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, and paprika. Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket in a single layer without overlapping (you may need to work in batches). Air fry for 15-20 minutes at 390 F, tossing the potatoes halfway through until they are golden brown.
When they’re finished, you can top the fries with extra parmesan cheese, a sprinkle of garlic powder, and fresh parsley or eat them as is!
Note: cooking time may vary depending on the air fryer you have. This is the air fryer I used for the recipe.
Tips For Making French Fries In The Air Fryer
- Soaking the potatoes in water is optional but I highly recommend doing it. The water will help remove the starch from the potatoes which allows them to become crispier when cooking. You can soak them up to 3 hours
- Using a mandoline to cut the potatoes into french fries is a quicker and safer method.
Why Soak Potatoes For French Fries?
Soaking potatoes in cold water overnight after they are peeled and cut into french fries removes excess potato starch. The starch prevents the fries from sticking together and helps them achieve their maximum crispness in the air fryer.
I’ve made french fries in the air fryer without soaking them and they turn out ok, but there is a BIG difference when I soak them for a few hours or overnight.
You can store peeled potatoes in water in the fridge for up to 24 hours. If you leave peeled potatoes out at room temperature or even in the fridge, they will turn brown.
How To Reheat Air Fryer Fries
Air Fryer french fries are best enjoyed right out of the fryer basket. They aren’t like McDonald’s french fries that appear perfect for 365 days because they aren’t filled with chemicals to preserve them!
If your fries have gotten cold, you can reheat them in the air fryer at 400 for about 5 minutes.
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Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Fries
- Cut the potato lengthwise into 1/4 inch thin slices; then cut each slice into 1/4 inch fries. (A mandoline is helpful here).
- Soak the potatoes in water for 1-2 hours to remove some of the starch and make them extra crispy.
- About 5 minutes before you're ready to make the french fries, preheat the air fryer to 400 F.
- Drain the water from the bowl and toss the potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, and paprika. Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket in a single layer without overlapping (you may need to work in batches). Air fry for 15-20 minutes, tossing the potatoes halfway through.
- When finished, you can top the fries with extra parmesan cheese, a sprinkle of garlic powder, and fresh parsley or eat them as is!