Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Fries

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Looking for a different take on your homemade French fries? Air fryer garlic parmesan fries are definitely for you!

Made from fresh cut potatoes and loaded in fresh garlic and grated Parmesan cheese, these fries are a great side dish, appetizer, or snack!

garlic cheesy fries on white plate with ketchup dipping bowl behind
Air fryer garlic parmesan fries – truly irresistible!

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Before you make these garlic parmesan fries in the air fryer, be sure to read through these recipe tips so that you get the best fries in the end!

  • We recommend using russet potatoes when making fries since they end up crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. If you only have other types of potatoes, you can use these as well but keep in mind that they might not end up as good.
  • You can choose to add the garlic either with the other spices before cooking or after the fries are cooked when you add the parmesan. The choice is up to you and whether you don’t mind the taste of cooked garlic – it can be slightly bitter!
  • The seasoning are also very simple and can be modified to suit different tastes. If you wanted some spicy heat, for example, you could add some cayenne pepper!
  • If you absolutely love garlic and/or parmesan cheese, feel free to add slightly more than mentioned in the recipe card below.
  • When cooking the fries, don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. This could prevent the fries from getting crispy. If you have a very small air fryer, you might have to cook 1 pound of fries in two batches.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

If you want the step-by-step instructions for how to make garlic parmesan fries in the air fryer, you can follow the detailed recipe instructions with process photos in this section.

This way, when you go to air fry garlic parmesan fries you’ll know just how we made ours!

To be fair, these fries are similar to how we make homemade French fries – just coated in extra yummy stuff!

You can also skip to the bottom of this post for the recipe card if you don’t care to see the recipe visuals!

russet potatoes cut into fries on wooden cutting board
Cut the potatoes into fries.

First, scrub the potatoes in water then dry them off. Then cut the potatoes into fries approximately 1/4 inch thick.

cut fries soaking in silver bowl of water on white counter
Let the fries sit in hot water for a few minutes.

Place the freshly cut fries in a bowl, add hot (not boiling) water until the fries are covered, and let them sit for 15 minutes.

Don’t skip this step as this helps the fries to get crispy during cooking!

rinsing freshly cut fries in metal strainer in sink
Rinse the fries again.

Towards the end of the soaking time, preheat the air fryer to 385 degrees Fahrenheit.

After the 15 minutes are up, rinse the fries, dry them again, and add the fries into a new clean and dry bowl.

raw fries in silver bowl with spices on top on white counter
Add the fries, oil, spices, and garlic to a bowl.

To this bowl also add oil, salt, pepper, and the minced garlic (alternatively, you can add it after cooking if you don’t like the taste of slightly burned garlic).

fresh fries in silver bowl coated in spices on white counter
Make sure the fries are evenly coated.

Toss everything until the fries are evenly coated.

raw fries in black air fryer tray on white counter
Add the fries to the preheated air fryer.

When the air fryer is hot, add the fries into the air fryer basket in one layer so that they can cook evenly.

Make sure to not overcrowd the air fryer as this can prevent the fries from getting crispy.

cooked fries in black air fryer tray on counter top
Cook the fries until tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Cook the fries for 15-18 minutes until fully cooked and crispy.

Shake the air fryer tray every 5 min to help with even cooking and crisping.

fresh cooked fries in silver bowl covered in shredded parmesan cheese on counter
Add the fries, parmesan, and chopped parsley to a bowl.

Once done, remove the fries and place them in a bowl. Add the grated parmesan and chopped parsley (as well as minced garlic if you didn’t add it earlier).

fresh fries tossed in cheese and spices in silver mixing bowl
Mix everything.

Toss everything until evenly distributed.

parmesan fries with ketchup for dipping on white platter on wooden board
Garlic parmesan fries made in the air fryer – ready for snacking!

Then serve the coated fries right away. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

You can store any leftover air-fried garlic parmesan fries in a sealed container in the fridge.

They will get softer in the fridge due to the moisture but they are still good to eat. They’ll last for up to 3 days.

To reheat these fries, we’d suggest the air fryer but now that they have cheese on them be careful not to burn the cheese coating!

Related Recipes

If you liked these deliciously covered garlic fries, you might want to try out these other air fryer fry recipes!

parmesan fries with ketchup for dipping on white platter on wooden board

Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Fries

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes

Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Fries are the perfect potato side dish! Made from fresh potatoes and smothered in fresh garlic and grated parmesan, these fries don't last long on the plate!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound russet potatoes (approximately 3 smaller potatoes)
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Scrub the potatoes in water then dry them off.
  2. Cut the potatoes into fries approximately 1/4 inch thick. Place the freshly cut fries in a bowl, add hot (not boiling) water until the fries are covered, and let them sit for 15 minutes. Don't skip this step as this helps the fries to get crispy during cooking!
  3. Towards the end of the soaking time, preheat the air fryer to 385 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. After the 15 minutes are up, rinse the fries, dry them again, and add the fries into a new clean and dry bowl.
  5. To this bowl also add oil, salt, pepper, and the minced garlic (alternatively, you can add it after cooking if you don't like the taste of slightly burned garlic). Toss everything until the fries are evenly coated.
  6. When the air fryer is hot, add the fries into the air fryer basket in one layer so that they can cook evenly. Make sure to not overcrowd the air fryer as this can prevent the fries from getting crispy.
  7. Cook the fries for 15-18 minutes until fully cooked and crispy. Shake the air fryer tray every 5 min to help with even cooking and crisping.
  8. Once done, remove the fries and place them in a bowl. Add the grated parmesan and chopped parsley (as well as minced garlic if you didn't add it earlier). Toss everything until evenly distributed. Then serve the coated fries right away. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 262mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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