Air Fryer Shoestring Fries


These easy air fryer shoestring fries are our new go-to burger side dish. They are a healthier alternative to traditional French fries, they’re kid-friendly, and they can be gussied up to suit your tastes.

A green bowl filled with air fryer shoestring fries with a person picking some out of it.

Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen | Healthy Air Fryer | America’s Test Kitchen, 2021

In the realm of fries, the flavor of shoestring fries is hard to beat. Their thinner shape allows for more of our favorite part—the crunch.

Instead of cutting them by hand, we used a spiralizer to quickly cut potatoes into thin, even strings. Then we cut them into manageable 4-inch lengths. This was followed by rinsing to remove excess starch and a thorough drying with paper towels.

We coated the fries with just 2 tablespoons of oil, which made them perfectly golden while still maintaining a dry, crisp exterior.

We found that frequently tossing the potatoes ensured the most even cooking and the best browning. You will need a spiralizer with a 1/4-inch (6mm) noodle attachment for this recipe. Serve these fries with your favorite dipping sauce.–America’s Test Kitchen

Air Fryer Shoestring Fries FAQs

How long should I soak the potatoes before frying?

The key here is starch removal – so you might want to plan ahead a bit. Any amount of soak time will help rinse/release the starch – ensuring the deliciously crispy texture of your fries. The soaking process will also help to keep them from sticking together in the air fryer. Be sure you give them a good ten-minute bath at least – and up to 3 hours, if possible.

Can I make these fries if I don’t have a spiralizer?

Sure thing. Just use your best, sharpest kitchen knife – because a dull knife is a dangerous thing. Peel and rinse the potatoes, then cut them into thin, (1/4- to 1/8-inch) slices. Stack a few of those slices up and cut them lengthwise into thin sticks, then toss the sticks into their bath water. Repeat until you’re out of potatoes.

Why are my air fryer fries soggy?

You have likely tried to cook too many fries at once, resulting in uneven cooking and soggy fries. Arrange only enough fries to make a single even layer in your air fryer basket, work in batches if necessary.

What types of seasoning can I add to these fries?

To fancy up these air fryer French fries, try one of the following spice combinations.

Rosemary and lemon – before the final 5 minutes of cooking, toss the fries with 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary. Before serving, toss with 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest.

Coriander and dill – before the final 5 minutes of cooking, toss the fries with 1 teaspoon ground coriander and 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper. Before serving, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon minced fresh dill.

Air Fryer Shoestring Fries

A green bowl filled with air fryer shoestring fries with a person picking some out of it.

All the crispy, crunchy goodness of homemade French fries, without the fuss of deep frying.

America’s Test Kitchen

Prep 15 mins

Cook 20 mins

Total 35 mins

  • Trim off the ends of the potatoes. Using a spiralizer fitted with a 1/4-inch (6mm) noodle attachment, cut the potatoes into ribbons. As you spiralize, cut the ribbons into 4-inch (10-cm) lengths with kitchen shears.

  • Submerge the potatoes in a large bowl of water and rinse to remove excess starch. Drain the potatoes in a colander and repeat the process as needed until the water remains clear. Drain the potatoes one final time, then transfer to a paper towel–lined rimmed baking sheet, and thoroughly pat dry.

  • Toss the potatoes with oil, salt, and pepper. Arrange in an even layer in the air fryer basket.

  • Place the basket into air fryer and set the temperature to 350°F (175°C). Cook, using tongs to toss gently and separate the potatoes every 5 minutes to prevent sticking, until crispy and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Serving: 1portionCalories: 303kcal (15%)Carbohydrates: 41g (14%)Protein: 5g (10%)Fat: 14g (22%)Saturated Fat: 1g (6%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.1gSodium: 302mg (13%)Potassium: 947mg (27%)Fiber: 3g (13%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 13mg (16%)Calcium: 30mg (3%)Iron: 2mg (11%)

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Originally published June 29, 2022

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