Wash and peel off skin on 3 large potatoes, keep them soaked in water. Cut each potato into equal sized pieces of 1cm thickness that are finger sized. Wash them in water 2-3 times until the water is clear. Soak them in ice cold water for 15-20mins.
Drain the potatoes and add them to a bowl of water, sprinkle a large pinch of baking soda (~⅛ tsp) and bring it to a boil.
As the potatoes are half cooked, drain off the water completely.
Dry the potatoes on a kitchen towel/paper towel until there is no moisture. Meanwhile preheat the air fryer for 180°C for 5 mins.
Now coat the potatoes with ½ teaspoon oil (optional) It keeps the potatoes moist without drying out.
Place the prepared potatoes in the air fryer basket and air fry at 180°C for 12 mins.
Midway through at the 6th minute mark, shake the fries gently and resume air frying.
At the end of 12th minute, fries should be golden and crispy. If not, continue frying for another 2-3 mins.
Remove the fries from the basket and season it with salt. Optionally, Italian seasoning or chilli flakes can be added too.
Cooking time depends on the quantity of the fries, make of the air fryer and the temperature settings. Keep a close eye on the fryer to tweak the settings if needed.
There are many variations to this basic French Fries recipe. You can season it with additional spices and herbs as desired. From peri peri spice to simple chilli powder to melted cheese, don’t shy away from experimenting.