Skinny Fries

Big fries, skinny fries, I like ALL fries! While these skinny fries won't make you skinny, they do a better job of keeping you that way than their deep-fried version.

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Skinny Fries

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 17 m
  • Soaking Time: 10 m
  • Total Time: 27 m
  • Servings:


  • 3 russet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/4-inch sticks
  • 2 teaspoons olive or vegetable oil
  • salt


  1. Cut the potatoes into ¼-inch strips. A mandolin with a julienne blade is really helpful here.
  2. Rinse the potatoes with cold water several times an let them soak in cold water for at least 10 minutes or as long as overnight.
  3. Pre-heat the air fryer to 380ºF.
  4. Drain and dry the potato sticks really well, using a clean kitchen towel. Toss the fries with the oil in a bowl and then air fry in two batches at 380ºF for 15 minutes, shaking the basket a couple of times during the cooking time.
  5. Add the first batch of French fries back into the air fryer basket with the finishing batch and let everything warm through for a few minutes. As soon as the fries are done, season them with salt and transfer them to a plate. Serve with ketchup or your favorite dip.
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Comments (3)Post a Reply

  1. 4 stars
    These were actually pretty good. The most time consuming is the slicing but with a mandolin its quick. They were crisp and brown. Three potatoes made a large batch of fries. I will be making them again in my air fryer. The air fryer is about the only cooking method I use during the summer.

  2. 4 stars
    Hi Meredith,
    I love your recipes and advice which is always helpful. I am wondering if you would be willing to offer us the oven alternative to using an air fryer. I know you do so on some recipes but not many I would love to make. I am investigating air fryers but have not yet let my adventurous side do the deed! My best to you and your wonderful canine companions who make my day whenever you add them to your emails…, Diane

    1. Hi Diane. I’ll do my best going forward to offer both instructions when appropriate. In the meantime, check out this article on how to convert recipes to the air fryer: You can work backwards from the air fryer to the oven by increasing the temperature 25 to 50ºF and increasing the time by 20%. Some recipes will always be a little better in the air fryer, but you can always convert to the oven – use convection setting on your oven if you have it.

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