Do you like french fries?
Okay, that was pretty much a rhetorical question. I’ve met very few people who don’t eat them or like them, so I’m assuming you enjoy french fries. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here. So let’s make some incredible oil-free french fries for a healthier twist on this fast food classic.
One of the secrets of these delicious fries is the air fryer. Do you have one? You really should. I’d like to post more air fryer recipes on the blog. Even if the only thing you ever make it in is this french fry recipe, though, it’ll be worth it. But you can do SO many amazing things in them! And this isn’t a sponsored post, so I’m just expressing my personal truth: that air fryers are the best thing ever.
These fries come out perfectly, though it may take a try or two to figure out how you like them in the air fryer. But then you get your choice of dipping sauces! Ketchup is a totally obvious choice, but one of our favorite things to dip these in (or, you know, smother them with by pouring it all over these fries) is the extra cheese we have left over when we make The Best Mac and Cheese!
But another sauce we most definitely recommend comes from Plantful Life. It’s a creamy cucumber cashew dill dip that’s so unbelievably good with these french fries! So try that out too when you get a chance. Because it’s SO bomb. I think you’ll dig it. And we also like to cover these fries with chili, that mac and cheese cheese, and cashew sour cream or make nacho fries with our favorite nacho toppings (tomato, red cabbage, beans, cashew sour cream, vegan meat of choice, salsa, sriracha, etc.). SO GOOD.
We eat these probably too often, but really… What’s too often when it comes to oil-free french fries? They go so well with so many dishes, like lentil/rice burgers, brown rice and lentil loaf, and carrot hot dogs. And sometimes we make a huge batch and they’re dinner on their own. But you can see the notes section in the recipe how to make these a breakfast dish too!
Let me know if you try this recipe! Comment below, rate it, or take a photo and tag me @fruitsohard on Instagram. I’d love to see your creations. And don’t forget to cultivate some positivity and gratitude today. Tell me in the comments what you’re grateful for if you’d like. Happy eating!
- 4 small russet potatoes (or 2-3 large ones)
- 1 tbsp Nutritional yeast
- 1/8 tsp Garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp Onion powder
- 1/8 tsp Paprika
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Dried herbs to taste (basil, thyme, rosemary)
Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F (204 C).
Rinse potatoes, cut into strips, and soak in cold water for 5-10 minutes. Then drain and pat dry with clean towel.
Make a seasoning blend of nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, paprika and optional dried herbs like thyme, rosemary, and basil.
Place in air fryer basket and cook for 20-30 minutes, tossing every 5-10 minutes for even cooking.
*If you're okay with oil, you can opt to toss potatoes in 1 tsp of oil between steps 2 and 3 for crispier fries. I think they're great without it though. You can also try a spritz of aquafaba or even a toss in some vegan Worcestershire sauce instead.
**To make breakfast potatoes, cut potatoes into smaller cubes and proceed with the rest of the recipe, though we recommend going a little heavier on the onion powder for that.
***If you don't have an air fryer, you can try baking these in your oven at 400 F (204 C) for 30 minutes, tossing/stirring them for even cooking and keeping an eye on them to make sure they don't burn. We much prefer the air fryer though and can't guarantee air-fryer results in the oven.
****Big thanks to Husband for this recipe!