Everyone most likely purchases an air fryer so they can make healthy fries at home – am I right? Come to think of it, I don’t think I have ever met a person who doesn’t like french fries! In an air fryer you can make delicious crispy crunchy fries with out any oil. That is right, not one drop of oil is needed. Tom and I have tried multiple ways to make healthy fries and hands down the air fryer is the easiest method with the best results. Scroll down to watch the You Tube video of me making the fries.
We like the fries best when we use cold pre-baked potatoes. They seem to come out crispier for some reason. Tom likes russet potatoes best for fries but I like them all. You can use Yukon Gold, russet, sweet potatoes, Japanese Sweet Potatoes or whatever you happen to have on hand. Simply slice them into the size you like best and air fry them. We set the air fryer to 400 degrees and put the tray in the air fryer without preheating it and in 19-20 minutes the fries are ready to eat. Easy. I like easy.
You can make a large batch of fries in the Breville Smart Oven Air. In fact you can make two trays of fries at the same time. Awesome for a party or large family. This homemade no sugar added Ketchup is amazing.
Just look at how crispy the fries come out of the air fryer.
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We just got a air fryer for Christmas and was looking for healther fries to make, do you think i could do them this way in it? And how long do you cook your potatoes the first time in the regular oven?
Congratulations on getting an air fryer. Yes it works pretty much the same in all air fryers. I bake the potatoes at 400 degrees for an hour – if they are huge it could take another 15 minutes but usually and hour works. Then we let them chill in the fridge. They cut easier when cold. Air fry for 20 minutes at 400 degrees works well in the Breville. You will need to test out your air fryer and see what works best with it but this is good place to start.
I am so glad iu make these videos so i can see u frequently! Well that is NOT the only reason!! Do you season your fries beforehand or do you like them unadulterated ?
No seasoning on the fries we are at the point where we like them as is! Isn’t that crazy?
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Great video, Tami. Have you posted the recipe you use for catsup? If not, would you please consider it or point us in the direction of the recipe.
Sorry it’s not on the blog yet. Here is a preview –
Juice of 1 lemon (or 2 Tbsp)
6 Tbsp (or 3 fl. oz.) unflavored “reduced” balsamic vinegar I use Napa Valley Naturals Grand Reserve Balsamic which is only 4% acidity (the good stuff, like Bema & Pa’s, or the Olive Tap are also good.) Using a white balsamic will will keep the ketchup a light red.
6 oz can salt-free tomato paste
1 tsp onion granules
1/4 tsp allspice
(To make a BBQ sauce, add 1 tsp liquid smoke)
As this only makes a little over a cup, blend together using the smallest blending tool you may have–like a hand-held immersion blender, in a slender tall container. If doubling the recipe, it would work great in a small Vitamix, I just found with mine it has too wide a base to blend small quantities like this. Recipe created by Mairead Reddy
Hi Tami. Have you ever done a post or video on what a typical day of meals looks like for you and your husband? Would love to see it. Thanks!
No I haven’t done a what we eat in a day video or post but that is a great idea!
Tami. I’m loving your blog and videos. I started UWL last week, found your website and am not working my way through everything you’ve done. What great inspiration! My Smart Oven Air came last night and I can’t wait to try it out. I’m assuming that you pre-cook sweet potatoes as well before making sweet potato fries?
Welcome to UWL and my blog! Yes we make fries out of precooked sweet potatoes as well. They don’t get as crispy because they are so moist but they are still delicious! Enjoy!
These are fantastic, and so simple. I’ve been trying to get raw potatoes to turn out well in the air fryer with mixed success (and a lot more bother). Now I just throw a few extra potatoes into the instant pot and pull one out of the fridge when I feel like fries.
Thanks so much!
Susan – we prefer them from cooked potatoes too! Enjoy your fries!
Have you tried freezing the baked potatoes? I am wondering about whole or pre-cut into the fries.
I have not tried freezing them. Let me know how it works if you do.
Thanks for the instruction.
Do you put the potatoes on a pan before putting them in an oven to bake them?
When I bake the potatoes I do put them on a pan before putting them in the oven. I use cold pre-baked potatoes for the fries.
Do you put parch paper on the pan and how long do you cook small and medium-size potatoes since I think that 400 degrees for an 1 hour would be good for large potatoes but not for small to medium size ones?
To bake potatoes I put them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake them at 400 degrees for around an hour in the oven on the bake setting – it depends on how big they are. They are done when they pierce easily with a fork or paring knife. Hope that helps!
My friend recently sold me her Breville convection oven bov800xl but couldn’t find the manual, what position do you place the rack when baking frozen french fries?
I don’t have that model. I have the 900 Smart Oven Air. The position for racks placement is on the window of mine. Google the manual for your model as they are available on line from Breville for free. Hope that helps.
I’m curious about the location of your Breville Smart Air. My preferred location is similar to your, next to a tiled wall on one side and stove on the other. Yet, the instructions said 4″ clearance on both sides for the vent. Have you had trouble with this?
We have had no issues with the placement of our Breville because of the stone tiles it seems to be fine with about a 2 inch gap. If it was up against wood that would be a different situation. It seems to get plenty of venting. We love it and use it every day!
Just a note – any note abut the time and temperature? No, none!
A simple note with the temperature and time!
Perhaps you didn’t read the blog post? The temperature and time were talked about in the second paragraph! Of course it is also talked about in the video.
Here is the second paragraph; We like the fries best when we use cold pre-baked potatoes. They seem to come out crispier for some reason. Tom likes russet potatoes best for fries but I like them all. You can use Yukon Gold, russet, sweet potatoes, Japanese Sweet Potatoes or whatever you happen to have on hand. Simply slice them into the size you like best and air fry them. “We set the air fryer to 400 degrees and put the tray in the air fryer without preheating it and in 19-20 minutes the fries are ready to eat.” Easy. I like easy.
Thanks! It didn’t stand out, but there it is!
I prefer reading over videos. Especially when I can duplicate it with a twist of 3 dials in 10 second.
I just got my Breville and learning how to use. When I do the French fries like you do ( and I just bought the liner from Amazon as you suggested) do I have to cook the potatoes before I air fry them. I hv Russet potato’s. I looked at other recipes and an earlier one of yours and you said to cook them.
Also, do you have a recipe for air frying cauliflower?
Congratulations on your Breville! We prefer fries made from already baked potatoes that have been chilled in the fridge. I don’t have a cauliflower recipe fir the Breville. We just like our veggies air fried without any sauce or seasoning.
Hubby and I love the french fries but we prefer them raw and bake for 50-60 min. Still deciding if we need the Breville Oven Air Frier. Cheers! ~M
Can you please recommend an insert to catch the grease produced? I live in Canada. Do you put these inserts on the bottom?
I don’t have any recommendation for something to catch the grease because we don’t cook with any oil or animal products that make grease. Our french fries are oil free.