How to make chips in an air fryer

The air fryer was something of a revolution as it prepared food faster and cheaper than in an oven. However, for those who love it, there are a lot of people who hate the results and say that an air fryer can’t compete with a deep fryer.

The truth is that the two cooking methods are completely different, and getting the right results in an air fryer means cooking in a slightly different way, as our guide to using an air fryer shows. Here we detail how to make fresh french fries: It’s the recipe we use when testing air fryers.

There are many different recipes online, and each will give you slightly different results. Our best advice is to use this as a guide and adapt it to suit your needs.

First, a word about potatoes. To make chips, you need large starchy potatoes: these have a soft texture that gives you that crispy shell and fluffy inside. Our favorite chips potatoes are Désirée (the red ones), but look for King Edward or Maris Piper if you can’t find those.

what you will need

The short version

  • Peel and cut potatoes
  • Put chips in water and pre-boil
  • add oil
  • Shake the chips
  • Place chips in a preheated air fryer
  • Shake while cooking
  • Present
  1. Step

    Peel and cut potatoes

    Your first task is to peel and slice the potatoes. How thick you go depends on the results you want. We find a slightly thinner cut works best for fries, but go thicker if you prefer the look of a chunky chip. We cut the potato into slices of the desired width, and then cut the slices into long chips. Cut as many potatoes as you need to make the right number of chips.

    Air fryers work best when there is a single layer of food, but don’t go past the maximum fill marks on your air fryer or you’ll get poor results; sometimes you have to cook in portions. This is the same as using a regular deep fryer at home, so it shouldn’t be a problem.Slice potatoes to make chips

  2. Step

    Put chips in water and pre-boil

    Sliced ​​potatoes should be soaked in water for at least 20 minutes. This removes some of the starch for crispier results. At this point you can save time and simply rinse the chips with a kitchen towel and pat dry and move on to the oil phase (Step 3). However, we prefer to pre-cook our chips first.

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then simmer for five minutes before draining the pot. Cooking the chips will help pre-cook them and soften the potatoes for that fluffy interior.Put sliced ​​chips in water and pre-boil

  3. Step

    add oil

    About three tablespoons of oil works well for cooking in an air fryer, either measured out or poured freely once you get the hang of it. Any regular cooking oil will do, as long as it has a high ignition point. Don’t use olive oil.Add oil to the parboiled chips

  4. Step

    Shake the chips

    Air fryers require evenly coated food to produce the best results. We find the best way to do this is to shake the oil-covered fries in the pan with the lid on. Shaking also roughens up the edges, giving the chips a better finish. Don’t be too forceful or you may shake your chips into pieces.Shake parboiled chips in oil

  5. Step

    Place chips in a preheated air fryer

    Preheat your air fryer to 200°C with a timer set for 20 minutes. Once it’s up to temperature, pour in the chips and spread them out as evenly as possible. It might look a bit like a soggy mess at this point, but don’t worry, as the cooking process begins, the chips will crisp up and separate. Shake parboiled chips in oil

  6. Step

    Shake while cooking

    Air fryers work best when hot air circulates evenly around the food. This means you have to shake your food as it cooks to agitate it or you won’t get consistent results. Two or three times during the cooking process should be enough. If your air fryer has a handle on the basket, shaking is easy; If not, like ours, you can use oven mitts or tongs.

    Make sure the food cooks evenly and stop cooking when it looks done; If the chips have not cooked properly, increase the cooking time. Sometimes we finish the last few minutes at the hottest temperature of our air fryer (240C).Shake the chips in the air fryer

  7. Step


    At the end of the cooking time you will have a delicious portion of fries, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. After serving, add any seasonings and seasonings to taste and enjoy.Last fries in the air fryer

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frequently asked Questions

can you use any potatoes

Technically yes, but you will get very different results. Waxy potatoes don’t work very well and tend to be tougher and lack the fluffy insides that you get with starchy potatoes.

Should I season my chips before cooking?

Some people suggest adding salt, pepper or paprika before cooking; We don’t bother and only use oil.

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