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2022-05-29 01:30:21 By : Ms. Seven Chen

It's a common misconception that you ​​need a deep fryer to achieve perfectly crispy, golden french fries. Thanks to the constant circulation of super-hot air, an air fryer can produce fries that rival your favorite restaurant's. According to Jose Mendoza, head chef of the Great Oak Steakhouse at Pechanga Resort Casino, there plenty of perks that come with air frying your fries.

Washing your potatoes is an important step as it will help get rid of extra starches. Leticia Markman/Getty Images

Quick tip: Aim for the same size when cutting the fries — that way, they'll all cook through and crisp up evenly.

You can also cook frozen french fries in the air fryer for even crispier results than you'd get in the oven.

Manalang advises lightly spraying them with oil, then spreading them out in a single layer and air frying at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes total, tossing or flipping at the halfway point.

If you want to kick the flavor up a notch, Mendoza suggests tossing your frozen fries in a seasoning blend — like garlic parmesan or spicy cajun. Be sure to do this after cooking them so the spices stick.

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Experts agree the air fryer is one of the best cooking methods you can use to make ultra-crispy homemade french fries. Opt for russet, Yukon gold, or sweet potatoes for best results, and choose an oil with a high smoke point. While peeling the potatoes is optional, don't skip washing and soaking them to help eliminate some of the extra starch. By cutting fries the same size and avoiding overcrowding the air fryer basket, you'll ensure they all cook consistently and attain that sought-after crunchy exterior.

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