Let’s talk for a minute about the Air Fryer.
Similar to the Instant Pot, I’ve been seeing the Air Fryer for awhile, popping up on Pinterest and Instagram, clearly noticing a trend that I was not participating in. I had a sense of what an air fryer was – it’s fairly easy to deduce from it’s name – a kitchen appliance that fried foods using air rather than oil, but I was dubious to how well it actually worked. So I did a little research. It turns out that Air Fryers use the same chemical effects of deep frying but rather than submerging food in very hot oil, it cooks the same food with very hot air that circulating as the food cooks. The technology behind the air fryer gives your food the crispy, fried effect with about 80% less oil than traditional deep frying!
As someone who loves to eat healthy and enjoys the occasional comfort food (give me all the fries and doughnuts, please!), I decided it was time to get on board and give it a try.
The first thing I attempted to make with my new Air Fryer were classic yeasted doughnuts. I’m sorry to report that I have not yet perfected that recipe and after several failed attempts, decided to table the doughnuts (and make these baked one instead) and turn my attention towards one of my other favorite comfort food: french fries.
Because I wanted to make these extra special for you, I added a bit of the fresh rosemary still growing in my garden. I tossed it with the sliced potatoes, along with some salt, pepper, and coconut oil, put them in the Air Fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and waited to see what would happen…
My friends, it was incredible! 20 minutes later I had golden, crispy air-fried rosemary french fries. They tasted as close as you could imagine to deep fried french fries but far better because knowing the entire batch had only 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. I could enjoy them without the slightest guilt.
To accompany these french fries, I made my favorite lemon aioli because garlic + lemon + rosemary = perfection.
After this successful recipe with the Air Fryer, I am now so eager to see what else I can fry up in air. First I’ve got to perfect that doughnut recipe for all of us. Then I’m thinking sweet potato chips, Brussels sprouts, breaded tofu, and so much more!
What would you like to see fried up in the air fryer?
- 2 medium russet potatoes
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- pinch of pepper
- 1/3 cup vegan mayo
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 small lemon, juiced
Wash and pat dry the potatoes. Using a sharp knife, evenly slice the potatoes into thin fries, about 1/2" inch around. Soak the sliced potatoes in cold water for 20 minutes. This removes excess starch and allows the fries to crisp up nicely.
After 20 minutes, drain the water and rinse the potatoes. Transfer them into a medium size bowl and toss with coconut oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
Place the potatoes into you air fryer basket and cook at 400 for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Remove from air fryer and let cool 5 minutes.
While fries are cooking, combine ingredients for lemon aioli.
Serve immediately with lemon aioli.
The cooking time will depend on the width of your fries. Check them after 18-20 minutes to prevent burning.
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