Crispy and Quick, Guilt-free Air Fried Shoestring Fries

Shoestring fries first gained popularity in the 1950s as a thinner and crispier alternative to traditional french fries. They were originally made by hand-cutting potatoes into thin strips and deep frying them. With the invention of the air fryer, shoestring fries can now be made at home with less oil and a healthier cooking method.

Air Fryer Shoestring Fries

Recipe by Tyson GregoryCourse: AppetizerCuisine: American
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Crispy and delicious shoestring fries cooked in the air fryer for a healthier alternative to deep frying.


  • 2 large russet potatoes

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut them into thin, even strips using a sharp knife or a mandoline.
  • Place the potato strips in a bowl of cold water to remove excess starch. Let them soak for 5 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • In a separate bowl, toss the potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Place the seasoned potatoes in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through, until the fries are golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce or toppings.


  • Make sure fries are spread out in a single layer for even cooking.
  • For extra crispy fries, soak them in cold water for 30 minutes before air frying.
  • Feel free to add your favorite seasonings or toppings to the fries before or after cooking.

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