Can you improve on perfection? Yes you can, just add butter, garlic, and cheese! Oh and don’t waste your time with the mess of a deep fryer, make these sensational garlic parmesan fries in the air fryer.Jump to Recipe
“When I grow up I wanna be a garlic parmesan fry”-bud the spud
WTF are Garlic Parmesan Fries?
The first documented garlic parmesan fry may not have been cooked in an air fryer. (it definitely wasn’t) Never the less, the flavors have been loved for centuries. (probably not centuries)
To understand everything you need to know about garlic parmesan fries, just read the following short poem. It’s from one of Shakespeares long forgotten off broadway shows. It really tells the beautiful love story that is, garlic parmesan fries.
Garlic parmesan air fryer fries, oh how I love thee! Let me count the ways. First, your crispy exterior that gives way to a perfectly soft and fluffy interior, magical.
Then, there’s your garlicky goodness infused in every bite. Oh how it makes my taste buds dance with glee. And least we not forget, the star of the show, parmesan cheese! How you add a perfect touch of nuttiness and class to such a humble dish.
So complex and yet so simple, why are you my lovely garlic Parmesan fries so good? The combination of flavors? The perfect texture? The fact that you are fries? D please, all of the above.
Powerful stuff right there. Now that you are inspired, get on and get cooking!
Best Potatoes for Air Fryer Fries
The best potatoes for making garlic parmesan air fryer fries are either russet potatoes or Yukon Gold potatoes.
Russet potatoes are high in starch and have a dry texture, making them ideal for frying. They become crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside when cooked in an air fryer.
Yukon Gold potatoes are also a good option as they have a buttery, creamy texture and a slightly sweet flavor. They hold their shape well during cooking and create a crispy exterior with a creamy interior.
Avoid using waxy potatoes such as red potatoes or new potatoes as they do not hold their shape as well and may turn mushy during cooking.
GARLIC PARMESAN FRIES AIR FRYER
Garlic Parmesan Fries Air Fryer Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make these garlic parmesan fries air fryer.
- Potatoes: Use either russet or Yukon gold potatoes.
- Oil & Butter: Toss your fries with a little oil before frying. Then toss your fries in melted butter, minced garlic and half the grated parm before the final minutes of air fryer.
- Seasoning: We season all of our fries with the Best French Fry Seasoning, its the perfect mixture of dried herbs and spices. Or you could just use salt and pepper.
- Garlic: I like a lot of garlic. Mince at least 4 large cloves per potato.
- Cheese: Get a block of Parmesan and grate it just before cooking. That pre grated stuff is garbage and doesn’t melt properly.
- Herbs: We like to garnish the fries with chopped parsley, but you could use cilantro, or oregano.
How to Make Garlic Parmesan Fries Air Fryer
Follow these step by step instructions to make these garlic parmesan fries air fryer.
Step 1: Cut fries
Start by washing and peeling the potatoes. Then use a sharp knife to cut them into fries. Try to maintain a similar size so they cook evenly. But don’t fret too much, a couple extra crispy ones are nice.
Step 2: Season the fries
Next, in a large bowl use your hands or a spatula to help evenly toss the fries in olive oil. Be gentle, you don’t want a bunch of broken fries.
Use our homemade fry seasoning blend to season the fries. Or just use salt and pepper.
Step 3: Fry the Fries
Working in batches, place the fries into your air fryer basket. Leave a little space between each fry. This is kind of a pain in the ass, but it will ensure all sides of the fry come out nice and crispy.
Cook the fries for 5 minutes at 380 degrees. Flip the fries and cook for an additional 5 mintues.
Once each batch is done transfer them back to the mixing bowl and repeat until all potatoes are cooked
Step 4: Flavor Blast the Fries
Toss the fries with the melted butter, minced garlic, and half of the grated parmesan cheese.
Return ALL of the fries to the air fryer and cook for 3-5 minutes at 380 degrees. They should be golden brown, crispy, and the cheese should be melted.
Step 5: Garnish & Serve the Fries
Transfer the fries to a serving dish or basket. Add the rest of the parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, and a hit of salt. Enjoy!
What to Serve Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Fries With?
The heading could easily read, “what to serve WITH garlic parmesan fries” but we live in a world that sees potatoes as sides, and I don’t have the energy to right all the wrongs in this spud misunderstood world.
So I’ll just recommend a few recipes that make an obvious pairing, and I’ll quietly continue to eat my fancy fries as a fringe, extremist entree.
Duck Fat Turkey SmashBurgers are a big deal in our household. They are an indulgent treat that only get better with a basket of these garlic parmesan fries. Burgers and Fries, I know, I’m a revolutionary.
Storing Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Fries
You should store garlic parmesan fries in your belly, and/or the belly of loved ones. These air fryer fries are best right after being cooked. As with every french fry, every second that goes by is a grain in the proverbial hour glass of freshness.
If however, there is some tragic miscalculation on fries to belly ratio, you could store the garlic parm potatoes in an air tight container in the fridge for a couple days.
Simply reheat them in the air fryer when you’re ready to atone for poor math skills. Just don’t expect them to be as crisp or delightful as they are fresh.
Air Fryer Endorsement
I won’t lie, I fought the air fryer movement. I didn’t want another big ass kitchen appliance taking up space in my 700 square foot apartment. Then one year I was gifted one for Christmas.
That was the year I stopped exchanging gifts. But it was also the year I started cooking with the air fryer. And I must say, (in a very scroogey tone) they’re pretty great.
I had to make my cat an outdoor pet to find space for it, but I am formally endorsing the air fryer. These air fryer garlic parmesan fries are a great representation of why the air fryer is so great.
Because you only need to add a little oil, the air fryer is much healthier than traditional deep frying. it won’t overheat your home on a warm day, it cooks everything in a flash, and is super easy to clean.
The main knock on it being, and I know whiskers agrees with me, is the size. It’s like having a fat Yoda live on your countertop.
Heres a link for a great Air Fryer, if you’re in the market for one.
Garlic Parmesan Fries Air Fryer FAQ’s
Can I use frozen fries to make Garlic parmesan fries in the air fryer?
Yes, you can! Frozen fries are normally pre-cooked, so they won’t need as long of a cook. Zap them for a few minutes to thaw them, and then follow the step by step instructions, adjusting cook time by at least half.
How long should I cook galic parmesan fries in the air fryer for?
A total of 13-15 minutes. It’s important to flip the fries halfway through the cook. Add the garlic and cheese in the final minutes of cooking.
Can I add the garlic and parmesan before or after cooking?
It’s best to add the garlic and parmesan during the last few minutes of cooking. This will ensure that the cheese doesn’t burn and the garlic doesn’t become too crispy.
How can I make sure my Garlic Parmesan Fries Air Fryer are crispy?
Tossing them in oil will help them crisp up. Furthermore, soaking the potatoes in water for an hour before cooking them will also make your garlic parmesan fries air fryer crispier. Just make sure the potatoes are nice and dry before placing them in the air fryer.
Can I make Air Fryer fries with sweet potatoes?
Yes, you can! Just cook a few minutes longer. Try our Air Fryer Sweet Potato Wedges.
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