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Crispy Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Fries

Garlic parmesan fries, one of my favorite air fryer recipes, easy to prepare and super tasty.

This recipe combines the satisfying crunch of homemade fries with the irresistible taste of garlic and parmesan. 

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The air fryer is my favorite way to cook potatoes, whether it’s wedge potatoes, sweet potatoes, or sliced potatoes, the results are always perfect.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Potatoes: Russet are the best potatoes for this recipe, but feel free to use whatever potato you have on hand. 

Russet, Yukon Gold potatoes, red, or even sweet potatoes can all work for creating crispy fries.

Choose new potatoes, as older potatoes may not get as crispy as fresher ones.

Garlic: I used fresh garlic and crushed it. If you prefer you can use garlic powder.

Salt, black pepper & origano: To taste.

If you don’t like oregano, you can use any seasoning you like.

Grated parmesan cheese: Freshly grated, I love the combination of parmesan garlic and potatoes.

I use some during the last few minutes of cooking and then for the final garnish.

Olive oil : The oil helps to ensure that the fries will crisp up nicely in the air fryer. 

Step-by-Step Instructions for parmesan garlic fries

Step 1

To make these garlic parmesan fries, prepare the potatoes by cutting and soaking them in cold water for at least 30 minutes.

soak fries

When you’re ready to cook, drain the potatoes and pat them dry with a paper towel. 

Preheat your air fryer for about 3-5 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl season the potatoes with olive oil, garlic, salt, origano and pepper.

Toss the fries, making sure each fry is evenly coated.

Potatoes seasoned with oil, garlic, oregano

Place the seasoned fries in the air fryer basket, being careful not to overcrowd them. 

Step 3

Cook for 10 minutes, shaking the basket during cooking to ensure the fries cook evenly.  

After 10 minutes, add parmesan cheese and shake the potatoes and cook for another 4-5 minutes

Once the fries are golden brown and crispy, remove them from the air fryer and transfer them to a serving dish.

Serve hot, garnished with freshly chopped basil or parsley.

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Tips for Perfectly Crispy Fries In the Air Fryer

  • Slice your potatoes thinly and evenly, using a sharp knife or mandoline slicer.

Thicker fries will take longer to cook and may not crisp up as well.

  • Soak the potatoes in cold water for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours.

This will remove excess starch.

  • Preheating your air fryer is key.

This will ensure the fries start cooking immediately and prevent them from sticking to the basket.

  • Do not overcrowd the basket, as this can lead to uneven cooking and soggy fries.

Cook in batches if necessary.

  • Shake during the cooking process, to ensure they cook evenly on all sides.

Why Soak Potatoes For French Fries?

It’s an important step to soak the potatoes before cooking them.

This way you achieve the perfect texture. 

This step is essential to remove excess starch, which can cause the fries to become soggy and limp. 

Soaking also helps to create crispy french fries while keeping the interior tender and fluffy. 

crispy fries

Serving Suggestions

These fries are a versatile and easy side dish that pairs well with a variety of meals. 

Serve them alongside this air fryer fried chicken or sandwich with chicken cutlet for a savory, indulgent twist on classic fast-food fare. 

These fries are also delicious on their own.

You can enjoy them as a snack or appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce. 

Sauces for French Fries

Here are some sauce ideas to try:

Garlic Aioli: Combine mayonnaise, minced garlic, lemon juice, and salt for a creamy and garlicky dip.

Spicy Ketchup: Add a kick to your ketchup by mixing it with hot sauce or sriracha.

Ranch dressing: A classic choice for a reason, ranch pairs perfectly with crispy fries.

Honey Mustard: For a sweet and tangy dip, combine honey and dijon mustard.

Cheese Sauce: Whip up a quick cheese sauce by melting together shredded cheddar cheese and milk.


Allow any leftover fries to cool to room temperature before placing them in an airtight container.

Store them in the refrigerator for up to three days. 

How To Reheat Air Fryer Fries?

To reheat them without losing their crispy texture, preheat the air fryer to 400F degrees.

Spread out the fries in a single layer and heat for 2-3 minutes until they are heated through. 

Another option is to reheat in the oven.

Preheat the oven to 400F degrees and spread out the fries on a baking sheet.

Bake for 5-10 minutes, depending on the amount of fries, until they are heated through and crispy.

I don’t recommend reheating them  in the microwave, as the result is soggy and unappealing.


Can I use a different type of potato?

While russet potatoes are the most commonly used for fries, you can use any potato variety you prefer.
Keep in mind that the cooking time may vary depending on the type of potato you use.

How much oil should I use for air fryer fries?

You only need a small amount of oil to coat the fries.
About 1-2 tablespoons of oil for every 2-3 potatoes should do the trick.

Why are my fries still mushy after cooking in the air fryer? 

One possible culprit of soggy fries is excess moisture.
Even a small amount of moisture on the surface of the potatoes can prevent them from getting crispy.
Make sure to pat your fries dry with a paper towel before seasoning and adding to the air fryer basket.
Another common mistake is overcrowding the basket.
If you pile too many fries in at once, they won’t have enough room to cook properly and may steam instead of getting crispy.

Why are my fries burning on the outside but still undercooked on the inside? 

Lower the cooking temperature and increase the cooking time to ensure even cooking.

Can I adjust the seasoning to my taste?

Of course!
The beauty of this recipe is that you can customize it to your liking. Feel free to increase or decrease the amount of garlic or Parmesan cheese according to your preference.

 What if I don’t have an air fryer?

No worries!
You can still make delicious garlic Parmesan fries in the oven.
Just follow the same steps, but bake them at 425F degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes, in a baking dish with parchment paper, flipping the fries halfway through.

How To Make Garlic Parmesan French Fries From Frozen

If you don’t have the time to prepare homemade french fries, don’t worry! 

You can still achieve crispy, perfectly seasoned garlic fries using frozen french fries. 

Simply start by preheating your air fryer to 400F degrees.

Then season the potatoes with a little oil, garlic and black pepper and mix well, then spread the frozen fries out in a single layer in the air fryer basket. 

Cook for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. 

Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Fries Recipe

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Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Fries

air fryer garlic parmesan fries

Love garlic and parmesan? Then you'll love these air fryer garlic parmesan fries! They're the perfect snack or side dish for any occasion.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 4 medium-sized Russet potatoes, sliced into fries
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive oil
  • ½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic cloves crushed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: chopped basil for garnish


  1. Cut the potatoes into sticks, making sure to give them all the same size.
  2. Soak the potatoes in cold water for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  3. When you are ready to cook, start by preheat the air fryer to 400F degrees.
  4. Wash the potatoes well under cold running water and dry them well .
  5. In a large bowl place the sliced potatoes, add olive oil, salt, black pepper, smashed garlic and origano and mix until the potatoes are fully coated.
  6. 4. Place the fries in the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook for 10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking.
  7. After 10 minutes add parmesan cheese and mix well, cook for another 5 minutes, always shaking the basket halfway through cooking.
  8.  Remove the fries from the air fryer and garnish with chopped basil (optional) and more parmsan cheese.
  9. Serve hot.



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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 810Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 772mgCarbohydrates: 103gFiber: 11gSugar: 4gProtein: 19g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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Jennifer Osborn

Tuesday 2nd of May 2023

These were a Hidden at my house. One question do you think I could use a different potato other than russets? Would it turn out as well?


Thursday 4th of May 2023

I have tried Yukon gold potatoes and the result is very good.


Wednesday 26th of April 2023

I made this with some yukon gold potatoes and they were absolutely delicious!

We served them with garlic aioli, grilled chicken and a salad.

They were really easy and so much quicker than normal fries!


Tuesday 25th of April 2023

Oh my, I love these garlic parmesan fries. So easy to make and my kids were just loving them. I can see myself keep making them now.


Tuesday 25th of April 2023

My kids loved this. Said they were better than restaurant fries!


Monday 24th of April 2023

These were delicious and perfect with loads of chicken salt!

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