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Air Fryer French Fries in glass

Air Fryer Garlic Fries

Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, french fries
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people


For the French Fries:

  • 2 medium (1 pound / 907 grams total) russet potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • ¼ cup Parmesan or Pecorino Romano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

For the Sweet Chili Ketchup:

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 4-5 large basil leaves about ¼ cup
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 medium or large clove of garlic minced


For the French Fries:

  1. Fill a large bowl, big enough for all the fries, with ice (or at least cold) water.

  2. Peel the potatoes, if desired.

  3. Slice the potatoes into ¼” fries. If you cut them larger, they'll take quite a bit longer to cook.

  4. Place the cut fries in the ice water while you slice the rest of the potatoes.

    Air Fryer Garlic Fries in ice water
  5. Let the fries sit in the ice water for 15 minutes. After 10 minutes of soaking, preheat your air fryer to 365 °F (185 °C) for at least 5 minutes.

  6. Remove the fries from the water and pat them dry with a paper towel or a clean tea towel.

  7. Toss to coat the fries with the olive oil and salt.

  8. Put the fries in the air fryer and cook at 365 °F (185 °C) for 7 minutes, shaking the fries after about 3 minutes.

    Uncooked Air Fryer Garlic Fries
  9. After the 7 minutes, stir the fries again, making sure that none have gotten stuck to the bottom. Turn the heat to 400 °F (205 °C) and cook the fries for an additional 7-10 minutes, shaking the fries after 3-4 minutes, or until they are your desired doneness.

    Air Fryer Garlic Fries in basket
  10. Take the fries out of the air fryer, and toss them with the cheese and garlic.

    Air Fryer Garlic Fries on baking tray
  11. If you have a smaller air fryer and need to make the fries in batches, turn your oven to 225 °F (107 °C). Place the cooked fries on a sheet pan and put them in the oven for up to 1 hour.

For the Sweet Chili Ketchup

  1. To the bowl of a food processor fitted with an S-blade or a high-speed blender (using the jar meant for making nut butters), add all the sauce ingredients.

  2. Pulse until smooth. Transfer the sauce to an airtight container and store in the fridge until ready to use, up to 5 days.