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.

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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.

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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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How To Pickle Cucumbers

How To Pickle Cucumbers

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Craving pickles? Start making this quick pickled cucumbers recipe now and you’ll have crunchy pickled cucumbers to nosh on in just one hour! Only 10 minutes of prep time required to learn how to pickle cucumbers. This really is the best pickling cucumber recipe. It’s flavorful, quick and easy to make.

 

You’ll always find jars of these quick pickled cucumbers, along with pickled onions and pickled peppers recipe, in my refrigerator. Pickled vegetables add so much depth and flavor to our favorite recipes. I love serving these as a side dish to our Korean Beef Bulgogi in addition to our Spicy Cucumber Salad. You can also add them to your favorite sandwiches or salads. 

Ingredients to make pickled cucumbers including a large cucumber, salt, sugar, vinegar and water.

HOW TO make pickles

If you’ve been wondering how to pickle cucumbers, you’ve come to the right place. Making pickled cucumbers is a breeze. All you need is a few ingredients and 10 minutes.  This doesn’t include the hour of marinating time, however. Here’s how to pickle cucumbers:

 

Step 1. Slice the cucumbers as thin and evenly as possible. I recommend using a Mandoline for best results. 

 

Step 2. Stuff as many sliced cucumbers as possible into a large jar, such as these glass mason jars (16 oz).  Top with the crushed garlic.

 

Step 3. Add the vinegar, sugar, salt, water and red pepper flakes (if using) to a bowl and stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved.

 

Step 4. Pour the vinegar mixture over the cucumbers and marinate for at least an hour to develop the best flavor.

Top down view of a glass mason jar full of sliced cucumbers and smashed garlic cloves to make picked cucumbers.

Pickled Cucumber Variations

 

Sweet Pickled Cucumber Recipe

Like sweet pickled cucumbers? Increase the sugar by 1 tablespoon to add extra sweetness. We do recommend you taste the initial vinegar brine first to get a baseline flavor. 

 

Spicy Pickled Cucumbers

If you prefer spicy pickles, add extra red pepper flakes, to taste. I’ve been known to add a full tablespoon of red pepper flakes. 

 

Korean Pickled Cucumbers

To make Korean Pickled Cucumbers, add in 1/2 Tablespoon of coarse ground gochugaru, 1 Tablespoon of sesame oil and a 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds to the vinegar brine. 

What Are the Best Cucumbers For Pickling?

Kirby, Persian and green cucumbers tend to be best for pickling due to the thicker skin. The thicker skin allows the pickled cucumber to stay crunchy longer after it’s preserved. Try and snag fresh and firm cucumbers, no matter the variety you select.

HOW LONG DO PICKLED cucumbers LAST?

When property stored, in an airtight container, pickled cucumbers last up to two months in the refrigerator. Mine never make it past a week. 

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH PICKLED CUCUMBERS?

In addition to snacking on them we add them as a side dish to most Asian Recipes. You can also add them to hamburgers, sandwiches or even salads. 

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You’ll be obsessed with these quick pickled cucumbers. They’re tangy, sweet and addictive. This is the best recipe to learn how to pickle cucumbers.
Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Keyword Cucumber, Pickled Vegetable
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 28kcal
Cost $2

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Cucumber (*Note 1 & 2)
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Unseasoned Rice Vinegar (*Note 3)
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar (*Note 4)
  • 1.5 tsp Sea Salt

OPTIONAL:

  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Peeled and Smashed

Instructions

  • Slice the cucumber as thin and evenly as possible. I recommend a mandoline to ensure consistency.
  • Stuff as many cucumber slices into a jar as possible. I recommend a sealable glass mason jar (12 oz). Top with the garlic cloves.
  • Add the water, vinegar, sugar, salt and red pepper flakes (If using) to a medium size bowl and stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Taste and adjust the salt and sugar to your liking.
  • Pour the vinegar mixture over the cucumbers. They should all be covered by the liquid.
  • Marinate for at least an hour before enjoying to maximize flavor.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to two months. (*Note 5)

Notes

Note 1: Kirby cucumbers, Persian cucumbers or green cucumbers work best for pickling.

Note 2: If you own a mandoline, now is the time to break it out. You want the slices thin and as even as possible.

Note 3: You could also use distilled white vinegar, apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar in place of the rice wine vinegar. 

Note 4: You can omit the sugar, if you prefer. They final product will just be less “sweet.” 

Note 5: The longer the cucumbers stay in the brine, the softer they become. So you’ll find they’re less crunch on day 7 than day 1 or 2.

Note 6: This recipe has NOT been testing for canning. 

Nutrition

Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 878mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

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How To Roast Butternut Squash

How To Roast Butternut Squash

Fresh cut butternut squash covered in olive oil and spread out on a silver cookie sheet

Here’s a quick step-by-step recipe to teach you how to roast butternut squash like you get at your favorite restaurant. Roasted butternut squash is perfect on it’s own or makes a great foundation for other butternut squash recipes, such as butternut squash soup (recipe coming soon!).

 

Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

Roasting butternut squash couldn’t be easier. The hard part is getting it diced up, really. Once the squash is cubed, there are only three more steps for a total of four.

1. Cut the squash as directed below.

2. Drizzle olive oil over the cubed squash and toss to evenly coat.

3. Transfer the squash to a parchment lined baking sheet and spread out so no two pieces overlap. Season with salt or any other seasoning of your choosing.

4. Cook for about 40 minutes in the oven. You may need a bit more or less depending on the size of your squash cubes. Cook until tender and golden. Remove from the oven and grub away!

Roasted butternut squash on a silver cookie sheet with silver servingware.

How to Cut Butternut Squash

Cutting butternut squash can be intimidating if you haven’t done it before. All you need is a vegetable peeler, sharp knife and focus to make sure you don’t cut yourself.

1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the hard skin from the exterior. It may take a few passes to get completely off.

2. Once skinned, lay the squash on its side on a large cutting board. Cut 1/2” off both ends and discard.

3. Stand the squash upright so the fattest/widest part is on the bottom.

4. Slice down the middle, vertically creating two halves.

5. Remove the seeds with a large spoon.

6. Place half of the squash, seed-side down, on the cutting board and cut into 3/4”-1” slices. Repeat with the second half. You will be left with half circle shaped slices.

7. Cut those half circle slices into 3/4”-1” cubed pieces. Repeat until you’re left with a ton of 3/4”-1” cubed squash.  Now you’re ready to roast.

Do I Need to Peel Butternut Squash Before Roasting?

If you’re looking to roast butternut squash in cubed form, yes you need to peel it. It would be too difficult and labor intensive to do so after the fact. If you’re roasting whole butternut squash (or in halves) there is no need to peel as it will help keep it’s shape. You can use the instructions provided for roasting butternut squash halves, however you’ll need to  adjust the cooking time to about 45 minutes. 

 

How to Peel Butternut Squash

Just grab your handy dandy vegetable peeler and peel as you would any other fruit or vegetable. It may take a few passes to remove as butternut squash has very thick skin.

What Can I Add To Squash For Flavor?

 

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

Maple Butternut Squash is a fan favorite! Just drizzle maple syrup over the cubed butternut squash before roasting. Toss in some chopped nuts as well for some added crunch and flavor.

 

Butternut Squash Spices

There are a lot of spices that pair nicely with squash, namely: cinnamon, nutmeg, cajun seasoning, brown sugar, Italian seasoning and even seasoning salt. 

Ways To Use Roasted Butternut Squash

My preference is to eat it solo – the earthy, rich flavor of butternut squash is unparalleled. Of course that can get boring, so here are other ways to use roasted butternut squash.

1. Make mashed butternut squash (a la mashed potatoes style). Just add some butter, cream (or milk) and a bit more salt and you have a filling side dish. You could throw in some garlic and extra herbs to amp up the flavor if that’s your thing.

2. Make butternut squash soup (recipe coming soon!)

3. Use in baked goods in place of pumpkin puree. Think muffins, cakes, breads and more. Our Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins would be a great place to start!

4. Add it in place of potatoes for a filling Sausage and Egg breakfast skillet.

 

How to Store Butternut Squash

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To freeze, just spread out the roasted butternut squash on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze for 3-4 hours. Transfer to a freezer safe container and keep for up to 3 months.

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Easy step-by-step instructions to learn how to roast butternut squash. You’ll be left with silky, creamy and flavorful roasted butternut squash.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Butternut Squash, How To, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 58kcal
Cost $2.50

Ingredients

  • 1 Butternut Squash (2-3 Lbs)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt (To Taste)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°.
  • Peel and cut the squash into similar size cubes, approx. 1/2″.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the cut squash and toss to evenly coat.
  • Transfer the squash to a large parchment covered baking sheet and spread out, ensuring no two pieces touch.
  • Season with salt and cook for approx. 40 minutes, tossing the cubes halfway through. Check with a fork to ensure the squash is tender and golden before removing. Cook for an additional 5 minutes if needed (depends on the size of your squash cubes). Repeat in 5 minute increments as needed.
  • Remove from the oven, transfer to a serving platter and enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 9966IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg

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