Air Fried Frozen French Fries (+ Awesome Chipotle Mayo Dip)

Air Fried Frozen French Fries (+ Awesome Chipotle Mayo Dip)

Crispy Air Fried Frozen French Fries with a flavorful Chipotle Mayo Dip in just 20 minutes! This easy air fryer recipe produces ultra crispy french fries with a golden brown exterior and a soft interior.

white Plate of air fried frozen french fries with chipotle mayo dipping sauce on the side.

Yesterday I introduced you to my Ultra Crispy Air Fryer Tater Tots recipe and today I’m rounding out the menu with Air Fried Frozen French Fries and a killer recipe for Chipotle Mayo dip. You know, for the days you want to step up your dip game (sorry, ketchup). 

 

It doesn’t matter what shape of french fries you purchase for this french fries recipe. You can make Air Fryer Frozen Crinkle French Fries, Air Fryer Frozen Waffle Fries or even Frozen Steak Fries in the Air Fryer. They’re all good! Take your pick.

We’re in love with our Air Fryer and use it almost daily. Our favorites include Air Fryer Pizza Rolls, Buffalo Air Fryer Chicken Wings,  Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings, Air Fryer Onion Rings and Air Fryer Frozen Burritos. Any of these pair well with these air fryer frozen fries.

For my Air Fryer Recipes, I use the June Oven. In the market for a new Air Fryer? Amazon has a ton on options, including the very popular Ninja Foodie Digital Fry. Who doesn’t want some Ninja Air Fryer Frozen French Fries?

French Fry Topping Ideas:

Salt and Pepper

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Pickled Red Onions

Pickled Peppers

Cajun Seasoning (I Love Slap Ya Mama

Homemade Barbecue Sauce + Sour Cream

Chili Verde Recipe

Your Favorite Cheese Sauce

Frozen uncooked french fries on an air fryer tray.

How To Cook Frozen Fries In An Air Fryer

Air fryer frozen french fries takes only 4 short steps from start to finish. 

 

Step 1 – Pre-heat the air fryer to 400 and spray down the basket with cooking spray.

 

Step 2 – Add the fries to the basket and spritz with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt.

 

Step 3 – Cook for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through.

 

Step 4- Remove from the air fryer and enjoy.

 

The optional step is making the Chipotle Mayo. That only requires mixing all the ingredients together and refrigerating for hopefully an hour before enjoying. The wait time isn’t mandatory, but the flavor will be much more robust.

How Long To Air Fry Frozen French Fries?

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries time clocks in at just 20 minutes plus the two minutes it takes to prep the basket and fries. You’ll be grubbing down on a plate before the first quarter of your game is over. 

Recipes To Pair Fries With

Here are a few of my favorite recipes to pair with this french fries recipe:

Instant Pot Ribs

Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak

Grilled Chicken Wings

Oven Baked Chicken Wings

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

FOODIE & WINE DRINK PAIRING RECOMMENDATIONS:

Wine- Champagne, Chianti or Dry Riesling.

Cocktails- Homemade Margaritas
Beer- Dos Equis Ambar, Negra Modelo, Corona or a Citrus Pale Ale.

white Plate of air fried frozen french fries with chipotle mayo dipping sauce on the side.

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Air Fried Frozen French Fries (+ Awesome Chipotle Mayo Dip)

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Crispy Air Fried French Fries with a golden brown exterior and a pillowy soft interior. Serve them with a side of ketchup or our flavorful Chipotle Mayo Dip.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Air Fryer, Potatoes, Snack Recipes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 197kcal
Cost $3.50

Ingredients

  • 1 Bag Frozen French Fries (*Note 1)
  • Cooking Spray
  • Salt, To Taste

Chipotle Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 Cup Full Fat Mayonnaise
  • 2-3 Chipotle Peppers (Seeded and Chopped) (*Note 2)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Adobo Sauce (*Note 3)
  • 1/4 tsp Brown Sugar (*Note 4)
  • 1/4 tsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
  • Salt, to Taste (*Note 5)

Instructions

Chipotle Mayo Dip:

  • All all the ingredients to a medium bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate, covered, for at least an hour so the flavors blend together. This can be made up to 24 hours in advance.

Air Fried French Fries:

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400º. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
  • Add the fries to the basket, spritz with the cooking spray and sprinkle with salt.
  • Cook for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  • Remove from the air fryer, divide between plates and enjoy immediately.

Notes

Note 1- We use traditional french fries. If you’re using shoestring fries you may need to cut back the cook time by a few minutes. If you’re using steak fries you may need to add a few minutes to the total cook time.

Note 2- Add one pepper to start with and taste the spice level. Add a second pepper if you can handle the smoky heat!

Note 3- This is the sauce the Chipotle Peppers are packed in. The can will say “Chipotle Peppers with Adobo Sauce.”

Note 4- Add an extra 1/4 tsp if you like a sweeter sauce.

Note 5 – Salt has not been added to the nutritional calculation.

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 419mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 206IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

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Crispy Oven Fried Pickles with a Cajun Sauce

These oven fried pickles are super crispy and just as delicious as deep fried, but without the fat. The perfect snacking food for watching the game or anytime you have a craving for fried pickles!

If your like us, then this kind of craving happens often! When we are picking a restaurant to go to, it always gets our vote if they have deep fried pickles on the menu.

When the craving happens at home, its a lot easier to bake these snacks than it is to get out a deep fryer or try to deep fry them in a pot of oil. Trying to get to and stay at the perfect temperature for deep frying is a pain, not to mention all the oil splatters.

When these pickles get super crispy when they get “fried” in the oven anyways, its a no brainer…

a bowl of oven fried pickles with a beer and some dipping sauce

Ingredients You Will Need

  • panko bread crumbs (seasoned if you can find them)
  • regular bread crumbs
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • dried dill
  • eggs
  • milk
  • cornstarch
  • dill pickles!

Tools You Need

  • baking tray – this ones are actually the best we’ve used!
  • baking rack – this is optional, but they work best if you have one.
  • three bowls for the breading

That’s it! See? Simple!

3 bowls for breading the pickles

How to Make Oven Fried Pickles

First Step is to Bread the Pickles

  • Ok, so you will need 3 bowls. One for cornstarch, one for the egg mixture, and one for the breadcrumbs. Get those ready first.
  • Then cut your pickles in thick diagonal slices.
  • Dry the pickles on some paper towel.
  • Bread the pickles by dipping in the cornstarch first, then egg mix, then breadcrumbs.
  • Place on a baking sheet with a rack if you have one. Otherwise just the sheet will do fine.
  • Do this till all the pickles are breaded.

Bake the Pickles

Your going to want your oven hot so put it to 450 degrees and make sure its at temperature before you put the pickles in.

Throw them in the hot oven and bake for 3 mins. Then take them out of the oven and spray or brush the pickles with some oil. (This avocado oil or coconut oil spray is our choice for this) If you don’t have spray, you can paint some oil on the pickles with a brush. Sometimes just brushing the pickles works better than the spray…

Put them back in the oven and cook for another 5 mins. Then flip them over, spray or brush the other side with oil and bake for another 5 mins.

And your done! See, so much easier than deep frying!

process pictures showing how to make oven fried pickles

Tips for Making Perfect Oven Fried Pickles

  • The way you cut your pickles matters. We have tried cutting them in spears and also in rounds and then like these ones, on a diagonal. The diagonal works best because it makes a thin fried pickle, but its still a decent size. Rounds are just too small and spears are nice, but too thick.
  • Make sure to dry off excess liquid from the pickles before breading. This helps the batter stick better!
  • Make sure to thoroughly coat the pickles in the cornstarch. Don’t skip this step or the egg mix wont stick.
  • When you spray or brush the oil on the pickles, make sure to coat the whole pickle. This will ensure that they get nice and crunchy and evenly browned.
a fried pickle being dipped in the sauce

Cajun Dipping Sauce

We love this cajun sauce for dipping our oven fried pickles. Its the perfect blend of creamy, spice and tang. Super flavorful!

Its super easy to make! Just mix all the ingredients in a bowl and let it sit for 30 mins before eating it if you can.

The Best Cajun Seasoning

Our favorite store bought cajun seasoning is by Cape Herb & Spice. I actually LOVE all of their seasonings! They are from South Africa and they have no artificial flavors or colours, no added MSG, no preservatives, and they are non GMO. I love all that and I think they have really great flavor!

Anyways, to get your hands on the Louisiana Cajun seasoning that we used in this recipe you can find it at Amazon.ca (not .com for some reason) and well.ca. I’ve also seen them at Choices Markets.

Not a sponsored post, we just love these spices 🙂

Other Dipping Sauce Options

Of course there are other options when it comes to sauce… It all depends on personal tastes. Here are a couple others you might like:

an oven fried pickle with a bite taken out of it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze fried pickles?

The short answer to this is no, why bother? That said, I think you could probably freeze them after they are breaded… If you try this, when you go to cook them, cook them from frozen. Don’t let them thaw first or they will get all soggy.

We don’t recommend freezing these.

Are fried pickles healthy?

I wouldn’t go so far as to call these health food. However, oven fried pickles are healthier than deep fried pickles. Just because the amount of fat is greatly reduced.

a bowl of baked pickles

Other Appetizer Recipes You Might Like

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Oven Fried Pickles

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These oven fried pickles are super crispy and just as delicious as deep fried, but without the fat. We share our best tips for perfect crispy pickles!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword fried pickles, oven fried, oven fried pickles
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 236kcal
Author Julie & Debbie

Ingredients

IN BOWL 1

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

IN BOWL 2

  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 tbsp milk

IN BOWL 3

  • 1/2 cup unseasoned panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt omit if your panko is pre-seasoned
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried dill

FOR THE PICKLES

  • 5-6 pickles sliced thick on a diagonal
  • oil or oil spray avocado or coconut works best

FOR THE SAUCE

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp cajun spice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

MAKE THE SAUCE

  • To make the sauce, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Cover and put it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

BREAD THE PICKLES

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  • Get out three bowls. In bowl 1, add the cornstarch. In bowl 2, crack the egg, add a little milk and beat it with a fork. In bowl 3 mix the bread crumbs, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and dill.
  • Next, cut the pickles on a diagonal about 1/4 inch thick. Dry them off with some paper towel before breading.
  • Start coating the pickles. First dip them, one at a time in the cornstarch mixture. Coat them well and then tap off any extra. Then dip the pickle into the egg. Let any excess drip off and place the pickle in the panko crumbs. Coat it well and then place the pickle on the a baking tray. Use a rack on your baking tray if you have it.
  • Repeat with the rest of the pickles.
  • Throw them in the hot oven and bake for 3 mins. Then take them out of the oven and spray or brush the pickles with some oil. (This avocado oil or coconut oil spray is our choice for this) If you don’t have spray, you can paint some oil on the pickles with a brush. Sometimes just brushing the pickles works better than the spray…
  • Put them back in the oven and cook for another 5 mins. Then flip them over, spray or brush the other side with oil and bake for another 5 mins.
    Serve them hot!

Notes

Nutrition values are for 1/4 of the recipe without the dipping sauce. 

Tips for Making Perfect Oven Fried Pickles

  • The way you cut your pickles matters. We have tried cutting them in spears and also in rounds and then like these ones, on a diagonal. The diagonal works best because it makes a thin fried pickle, but its still a decent size. Rounds are just too small and spears are nice, but too thick.
  • Make sure to dry off excess liquid from the pickles before breading. This helps the batter stick better!
  • Make sure to thoroughly coat the pickles in the cornstarch. Don’t skip this step or the egg mix wont stick.
  • When you spray or brush the oil on the pickles, make sure to coat the whole pickle. This will ensure that they get nice and crunchy and evenly browned.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25recipe | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g

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