Lemon Garlic Air Fryer French Fries

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Lemon Garlic Air Fryer French Fries – delicious crispy crunchy lemon garlic seasoned air fried french fries that use a fraction of the oil of deep fried french fries and are crunchier than baked!

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Air Fryer Lemon Garlic French Fries

Lemon and garlic are two of my favorite flavors – and when covering crispy, crunchy french fries, it can’t be beat!

If you’re craving a great side dish, these Lemon Garlic Air Fryer French Fries can’t be beat!

These french fries are crispy, crunchy, and totally addictive… but you can feel a lot better about serving them to your family since they use a fraction of the oil of regular french fries.

These fries are a spin off of my favorite easy side dish – my Easy Air Fryer French Fries recipe and my crunchy baked french fries recipe.

They are delicious on their own, or paired with Air Fryer Tri Tip Steak, Garlic Butter Pork Tenderloin, Creamy Garlic Chicken Thighs and Mushrooms!

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Tips and Tricks to Perfect Air Fryer Fries

These easy tips and tricks will help to ensure the best crunchy air fried french fries, every time – without the oil. Oil is easiest – but these will give you a fried crunch, without oil.

What Potatoes For French Fries. Russet potatoes give a classic french fry flavor. Leave skins on, but be sure to wash potatoes well and scrub off any excess dirt, remove any eyes or bruises.

Use Mandoline To Cut Fries. Cut potatoes with a mandoline for easy, perfect sticks that will crisp up well.

Soak Fries. Make sure your fries soak for at least one hour in a large bowl of cold water – preferably changing the water after 20 minutes or 30 minutes with fresh new cold water. Soaking in water helps remove some of the starch, which will help them crisp up better!

Dry Fries Completely. Make sure your fries are very very dry after soaking. Pat them with paper towels or a clean dish towel to be sure there is no residual moisture. Wet fries = soggy fries.

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What is an Air Fryer

If you’ve never heard of an air fryer, it’s a bit like an Instant Pot – but for fried foods.

An air fryer is a medium sized kitchen appliance that is easy to use with a ton of different foods.

Air fryers provide lightning quick cook times and easy cleanup – with about 2 tablespoons of oil instead of quarts like a traditional deep fryer.

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What Kind of Air Fryer to Make Fries

I have a Phillips Air Fryer I got from my parents – and we’re loving it!

We also have a Ninja Foodie – and I love how it acts as both an air fryer AND a pressure cooker – all in one!

I had my friend test this with her Instant Pot Air Fryer as well.

Additionally, you can use an Instant Pot with a broil or air fry function, along with a crisping lid!

Click here to buy a crisping lid for your instant pot. Scroll to the next section for all the tips you need to make this recipe in an instant pot.

Air fryers are super easy, quick, and make cleanup a breeze.

I can’t wait to make more recipes in it!

These healthier french fries are one of my favorite uses for this machine, ever! 

How To Air Fry French Fries in an Instant Pot

  • Prep fries as called for in recipe below.
  • Place the potatoes in the CrispLid basket
  • Place the trivet and the basket inside the inner steel pot
  • Place the Crisplid lid on the top of the inner steel pot.
  • Set to 375°F and follow instructions in recipe below.
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Lemon Garlic French Fry Seasoning

These fries use a lemon garlic dry rub for their flavor that is super easy to mix ahead of time.

While you can use dried lemon zest, fresh lemon zest always gives the best flavor.

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Other Easy Air Fryer Recipes

Not convinced on grabbing an air fryer yet?

These delicious, easy, and simple air fryer recipes will make you fall in love with this fabulous appliance!

Try these other air fryer recipes:

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Lemon Garlic Air Fried French Fries

Lemon Garlic Air Fryer French Fries are a zesty and healthier alternative to traditional fries, crisply cooked in an air fryer and tossed with a bright mix of lemon zest and garlic.
Course Air Fryer
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer french fries, French fries
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Soaking Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 51kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell
Cost $5


  • 1 Ninja DZ201 Foodi 8 Quart 6-in-1 DualZone 2-Basket Air Fryer with 2 Independent Frying Baskets, Match Cook & Smart Finish to Roast, Broil, Dehydrate & More for Quick, Easy Meals, Grey


  • 2 lbs potatoes russets or Yukon golds are great options!
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Herb Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt
  • 1 lemon zest and juice


  • Wash potatoes under cold water and scrub with a bristled brush to remove any dirt.
  • Rinse under cold water.
  • Slice potatoes into 1/4 inch strips.
  • Dunk fries in large bowl with cold water and let sit 20 minutes.
  • Drain water and refill with new cold water, let sit additional 40 minutes.
  • In a small bowl combine the dry seasonings and whisk. 
  • In a large bowl, combine potatoes, oil, and seasonings.
  • Mix well with your hands to ensure an even coating. 
  • Pre-heat the Air Fryer to 400F.
  • When ready, dump the fries into an even layer.
  • Close and set the time for 20 minutes. I personally like more crunch, and set mine at 25 minutes.
  • Shake halfway through. 
  • The entire batch can be cooked at once.
  • To do more than one batch, doubling is fine.
  • Simply keep the cooked fries on a baking sheet in the oven at 225F to remain warm until you’re ready to serve.
  • Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, parsley, and of course ketchup! 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 0.4mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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