How To Make Loaded Fries Using Air Fryer
How To Prepare Fresh Potatoes For Air-Fried Loaded Fries
Using potatoes instead of frozen fries makes these loaded fries extra savory. Prep your potatoes following these steps:
- Wash the potatoes thoroughly, don’t peel. Chop your potatoes, about 1/4-inch thick.
- Let potatoes soak in a bowl of cold water for 1 hour, changing the water after 30 minutes with fresh new cold water. This helps remove some of the starch, which will help them crisp up better.
- Drain the water from the potatoes and pat them dry with paper towels. Make sure your fries are very very dry.
- Put all the seasoning together and toss the dried potatoes in the mixture and oil.
How To Cook French Fries In An Air Fryer
Spread the potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer basket and leave a little space between each one. If they’re too crowded, the potatoes will steam inside the air fryer, and they won’t get crispy. Work in batches. Set your air fryer to 370 degrees F (185 degrees C). Air fry for 10 minutes in batches so as to not overcrowd the fryer. Give them a shake after 5 minutes. Taste a fry from each batch to make sure it’s tender on the inside and crisp on the outside before you move on to a new batch.
How To Assemble Air Fryer Homemade Loaded Fries
Line a baking tray with aluminum foil, add the fries, and top with bacon and onions, Shredded Cheese. Place into your preheated oven and bake until the cheese is melted. Or Toss them all together after the last batch is done, top with bacon and onions, Shredded Cheese, and return to the air fryer for a couple of minutes to let the cheese melt.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Potatoes -Russets are very starchy but have the least moisture content making them perfect for that crispy on the outside and soft on the inside potato fries.
- Bacon - You can use smoked bacon or any of your favorite flavor-infused bacon.
- Onion - You can use yellow onions or white onions for this, they tend to taste sweet once cooked.
- Sour Cream - a great topping or dip to complement this flavorful loaded fries. You can also substitute it with some Homemade Ranch Dressing too.
Tips & Suggestions
Adding different powders and seasonings will help your fries take on new flavors easily - try some of these or come up with your own!
- Add onion powder or garlic powder over oiled fries for a bit more flavor.
- Add herbs de Provence salt for a rustic French twist.
- Cajun seasoning sprinkled over fries gives a spicy Five Guys like french fry flavor - straight from your air fryer.
- Brush fries in the final 15 minutes of baking time with butter, diced garlic, and finely diced parsley for a rich garlic butter fries.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I skip soaking potatoes?
Soaking potatoes in cold water removes excess potato starch and helps achieve crispy fries. Without soaking, your fries will not be as crispy on the outside and fluffy inside.
Do I need to dry potatoes?
For best results, pat drying the potatoes can be very beneficial. It will help the heat penetrate quicker and create the golden brown color and crispy texture.
What potatoes can I use instead of russet?
You can substitute Yukon Gold potatoes.
You Might Also Like:
Collection of Recipes You Should Explore
Other Popular Recipes You Should Try