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Air Fryer Parmesan Fries

These garlicky Parmesan fries get crispy and delicious in the air fryer!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer french fries, garlic parmesan fries, parmesan fries
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 239kcal


  • 2 medium to large russet potatoes leave the skins on
  • 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil or more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder for deeper flavor, use 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt 1 teaspoon for 1 potato
  • pepper to taste
  • parmesan

Optional choices for serving:

  • ketchup or burger sauce ranch dressing, sour cream
  • parsley


  • Preheat air fryer to 400 F according to manufacturer instructions. (Mine was 400 F for 5 minutes) Cosori 5.8 quart
  • Wash and dry the potatoes. Cut them in ¼ inch wide strips and then each strip into ¼ inch wide strips.
  • In a large bowl soak the potato strips in room temperature water for 15-30 minutes. (I haven’t seen much of a difference in the final result when soaking for 30 minutes or 2 hours!)
  • Wash the potatoes again and dry them properly.
  • In a large bowl combine potato strips, oil, and spices (or you can use a zip lock bag for this). Massage the potatoes to ensure they are coated entirely. However you can add more seasonings once fries are cooked.
  • Once the air fryer is preheated, transfer the fries into the basket and air fry for 20-25 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through a couple of times to ensure even frying.
  • The fries should be crispy and cooked through. If by this time fries are not crispy, fry for more minutes. If fries are cut too thin or the ends are too narrow they will get charred rather quickly. The end result: the exterior of fries are slightly browned and crispy, softer potato texture on the inside.
  • Transfer the hot fries into a shallow bowl, add salt, parmesan and toss/shake well. You can add more onion powder here as well. Enjoy with dipping sauces.


  • You can use as little as 1 tablespoons of oil or use a little more. I find the fries slightly crispier and flavorful when using oil but you can use even less for an air fryer.
  • Season the fries with salt before air frying but add more salt (preferably sea salt) after frying. More flavor and fries soak up the salty flavor better after frying.
  • Fried food generally doesn’t reheat well. But with air fryer you can reheat them once if they got cold (on the same day of making). Reheat in preheated air fryer at 400 F for 3-5 minutes.


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 916mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg