The Art of Fries in a Philips Airfryer

Phillips Air Fryer fries

My review of the Philips Airfryer and learn how to make the best airfryer fries.

I was recently asked if I’d like to try out the Philips Airfryer and share my thoughts on it. I was hesitant, not only because I don’t do a lot of reviews, but because honestly, I thought it might be a bit gimmicky. I have to confess though … I was curious. I mean aren’t you? Don’t you want to know if you can make great fried things without the deep frying?!

So I agreed and a few days later the Philips Airfryer arrived. I don’t thing I’m alone in immediately thinking about fries, so it was barely out of the box before I was cutting up potatoes to give it a whirl.

The first thing I learned is that air-fried fries are not necessarily quicker than deep frying. Fries will still take 24 minutes to cook. There was no denying though, that I definitely didn’t miss the smelly deep fryer and having to use a whole bottle of oil in it! The second thing I learned is that even air fryers require a little oil – about a tablespoon or so.

I made a few batches to get the hang of it, but after just a bit of experimentation, these beauties emerged from my Airfryer.

Phillips Air Fryer Fries

They were both beautiful and delicious. Perfectly satisfying. Done right, with the right potatoes, they definitely rival deep-fried fries. No kidding!

I found I got the best Airfryer fries using the following tips:

1. Use Yukon Gold or other yellow-fleshed potato. White potatoes would be a close second choice. Russets were good, but took longer to cook and produced a more limp fry.
2. Soak the raw cut fries in cold water for 30 minutes and then dry well.
3. Sprinkle about 1 Tbsp. of oil on the fries before putting in the Airfryer and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with some salt before frying as well, to flavour fries as they cook.
4. Toss fries well a couple of times during cooking to ensure even browning.
5. Don’t make too large a batch (don’t over-fill the basket).

Phillips Air Fryer Fries I love fries and frankly, I was in love with the idea of easy, delicious and relatively guilt-free fries. Clean-up of the Airfryer was also dead easy and the cooking basket can even go in the dishwasher. I kept thinking that for fries alone, this device would be perfect for any household with kids (young or old).

That said, I think we all want appliances that are good for a number of dishes, so I was anxious to try it out with other things. That’s my plan for the next couple of weeks while I try it in my kitchen. I plan to try sweet potato fries, vegetables and chicken wings for sure. I’m sure I’ll think of more. Stay tuned for a follow-up post on how the Airfryer made out and let me know if there’s anything in particular you might like me to try.

Disclosure: Philips provided me with an Airfryer to try out in my kitchen, however all opinions are my own.




The Recipe



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20 Comments

  • Your fries look great, it’s amazing that all you need is a tablespoon of oil!

  • I’ve never heard of this method, and I seriously need to try it out… my guilty pleasure is fried food, and this fryer would be soooo good for my conscience!

    • Jennifer says:

      Apparently air frying is very popular in Europe and is just starting to gain popularity in North America. I’m with you … the thought of less-guilt fries was a huge appeal!

  • The fries look great! And I love the new site design!

  • Gail says:

    Jennifer, how large is the fry basket? As in, how many chicken wings do you think would fit in the basket? I’m intrigued by the idea of this.

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Gail. I went and measured it. It’s 8-inches x 8 inches and about 3 inches deep, which doesn’t sound huge, but I’d guess you’d get 25-30 wings in there easily.

  • cheri says:

    Never heard of this method before. The fries look delicious, would like to know how the sweet potato fries turn out as they are my favorite. Thanks!

    • Jennifer says:

      I’m a sweet potato fries lover too, Cheri so will definitely be experimenting with them next. Will let you know, for sure!

  • Wow! Girl! The pictures are absolutely gorgeous!! And yes, I’d definitely want to try something like this out – home frying…I’d be making all sorts of fun things- waistline watch out :)

    • Jennifer says:

      Thanks so much, Phi. Yes, it’s certainly making “frying” super easy, for sure, so I’m going to try to give vegetables a go to, to give my waistline a break :)

  • Say whaaaat?! I’ve never heard of such a thing! So cool – though I definitely have zero room for a new kitchen appliance. Love the photos!!

  • Esther says:

    I have one for a few years now(live in Europe and they were on the market earlier). Just like you I started with fries, but have moved on to meats (great for meatballs!), pastries, stuffed peppers and mushrooms, you name it. Both on Pinteres and FB there are loads of recipes and since the thing is sold all over the world, the recipes are just as international.
    I use it almost on a daily basis. I love it. The only things that do not come out as delicious as in fat are items with breaded crusts like croquettes. Enjoy your airfryer!

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Esther! Thanks so much for the ideas. I hadn’t thought about meatballs (adding them to my list :) I’m anxious to experiment and I think I will use it a lot as well.

  • Puja M. says:

    Do the fries (made by fresh cut potatoes) actually turn out crispy? I tried frying them in the air-fryer and only the surfaces were crisp, the interiors were all soggy. Any suggestions as to what I might be doing wrong? Thank You!

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Puja. My fries do. Here’s my method: yellow-fleshed potatoes, cut into fries. Soak in cold water 30 minutes. Drain and dry well. Place in bowl. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt. Toss well to coat. Add to air fryer at 160. Cook for 30-35 minutes, tossing well at 10 minute intervals. Don’t fill the basket too fill either, so that the air can circulate better. Cook until deep golden colour. Hope that helps.

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