What's my vice? French fries are my arch-nemesis. Even though I love french fries, I don't eat them because of the oil they fry in and the other added ingredients in restaurant french fries. On the other hand, air-fried steak fries, made oil-free, are incredibly easy to make. So after many failed attempts to make this air-fried steak fries recipe, I figured out the secret.
Despite many failed attempts to use my air-fryer, I, unfortunately, couldn't get the french fries as crispy as I like them on the outside. Because the perfect steak fry is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, I was determined to make oil-free french fries.
First, always cut the potatoes into equal sizes. One way to make the perfect cut is to use an apple cutter, which makes the perfect-sized wedges.
What's the secret to air-fried steak fries?
Next, parboiling the potatoes for 6 minutes allows for the seasoning you choose to stick. Contrary to the air-fryer cookbook, which suggests soaking the potatoes for 30 minutes before cooking, boiling for 6 minutes is perfect!
Secondly, the steak fries seem to cook more evenly when they are parboiled. So I parboil the potatoes and run them under cold water until they are at room temperature.
Then, I place them in a ziplock back with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and salt. Then, shake and bake.
Another bonus to parboiling is if you plan to marinate your fries with malt vinegar or another flavor, you can do it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator before cooking.
Of course, you don't need to marinate unless you prefer the steak fries have a specific flavor.
How to air-fry steak fries in an air fryer is quick and easy.
Once II figured out how to make the perfect air-fried steak fries, I love my Airfryer. I can have french fries whenever I want without any oil or added calories! And, air-frying steak fries is so easy!
- Cut potatoes each potato in half, then in 6 equal wedges
- Cover in cold water and 1 teaspoon salt in a pan
- Bring to a boil; boil for 6 minutes
- Drain potatoes in a colander and rinse in cold water until potatoes are at room temperature.
- Combine spices in a large ziplock bag.
- Add drained potatoes
- Shake; place in the refrigerator in the sealed bag until ready to cook.
- Air fry at 400 degrees for 15 minutes
- Remove pan from the air fryer at 7 minutes.
- Shake the pan, and add any additional seasoning you may like, if any.
- Cook 8 more minutes
- Mix ketchup and sriracha
Other great seasoning combinations for air-fried french fries
- Lemon and fresh dill
- Lemon pepper
- Everything seasoning
- Basil and lemon
- Chipolte and fresh lime juice
- Jerk seasoning
- Curry seasoning
- Rosemary ad garlic powder
- Chili powder
- Italian Seasoning
- Cut fries in equal sizes to promote even cooking
- Leave the potato skins on for additional nutritional value
- Use sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes
- Cook fries in a single layer in the base of the air fryer and cook in batches.
- Preheat an oven to 325 to keep fries warm while cooking in batches
- Marinate fries overnight, after parboiling, for additional flavors.
Do you have to preheat the air fryer when cooking fries?
No. You don't have to preheat your air fryer before cooking fries. The same holds for other food you wish to cook in an air fryer.
Can I open the air fryer while I'm cooking fries?
Yes. You can open the air fryer and check the content even while it's cooking as long as it slides open from the front or side.
Or, add chili and topping to your air-fried steak fries for loaded fries
I also use my air-fried steak fries to add yummy vegan chili and guacamole or your favorite toppings. For example, my AF Loaded Chili Fries recipe is made with air-fried steak fries.
If you love potatoes as much as I do, check out these oil-free potato recipes.
- AF Sweet Potato Fries
- Potato Salad
- Vegan Baked Potato
- Vegan Stuffed Sweet Potato
- Sweet Potato Tacos
- Potato Leek Soup
- Sweet Potato Tacos
- Breakfast Potatoes
- Vegan Potato Skins
- Taco Tuesday Skinny Potato Tacos
- Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂