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Air fryer lemon pepper fries

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Not a day passes by without me using my air fryer. It’s so convenient to just have it sitting on the worktop. No need to bend into the oven and I can make takeaway style dishes, such as these air fryer lemon pepper fries, in just 25 minutes from start to finish with 5 minutes prep time and 20 minutes cook time.

For me the absolute best ever air fryer potato recipe is one that is using easy air fryer fries. I love crispy and fluffy french fries and they’re a really cheap air fryer side dish too.

You’ll only need potatoes, oil of choice and *lemon pepper seasoning to make these. They are super simple, take minutes to prep and are very cheap too.

Knowing how to cook chips in the Ninja Dual zone air fryer is one of the first things I looked up when I got my air fryer.

These fries are perfect served with an air fryer chicken kebab or air fryer chicken wings. it’s a great way to have a takeaway style meal on a budget and without having to spend £35 and 90 minutes of my evening waiting for someone to knock on the door.

If you’re looking for something a little healthier then be sure to try these air fryer carrot fries or air fryer sweet potato chips / sweet potato fries. If you want something entirely different then give my air fryer frozen chicken fries or air fryer loaded fries recipe a go! 

While you’re here be sure to check out my air fryer tips and tricksair fryer pros and cons and check out my Ninja Foodi accessories. Whether you’re a total beginner to air frying, or just looking to get more from your air fryer, this posts will show you how to get the most from your air fryer. 

In this post I’m going to share cooking temperatures, the best potatoes to use and how to make lemon pepper fries. You can make chips or chunky chips instead if you want but you’ll need to adjust the cooking time accordingly. You could make lemon garlic fries instead if you prefer.

These fries are easy to make gluten free, just double check the ingredients of your seasoning and you’ll be good to go!

We have been working to save money on takeaways and one of the ways we’ve been doing so is by eating fewer takeaways.

Cooking chunky chips, homemade potato chips / air fried potato chips or fries in an air fryer is really easy and takes just minutes to get prepared and these are great with air fryer sausages!

If you want chips without the hassle of chipping them yourself then be sure to check out my recipes for frozen air fryer french fries or air fryer frozen chips post too!

Lemon pepper fries with lemon pepper seasoning, a lemon, olive oil, peppercorns and a yellow tea towel.

Ingredients for lemon pepper fries in the air fryer:

600g white potatoes

15ml olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning – I use *this one

Roast potatoes made in the Ninja Foodi Dual Zone air fryer

How to make lemon pepper fries in the air fryer:

Peel your potatoes. This step is optional.

Slice and then chip your potatoes. Sometimes I do this by hand, other times I use a *chipper.

Wash the potatoes well. I soak them for 5-10 minutes in cold water to remove some extra starch.

Rinse thoroughly and dry well.

Drizzle over the olive oil.

Shake the lemon pepper seasoning over.

Shake up or mix well to combine.

Place a thin layer in to your air fryer basket.

Air fry at 160C for 12 minutes.

Shake at least once to prevent sticking.

Air fry at 200C for 10 minutes, or 180C at 12 minutes.

Keep an eye during the cooking time as air fryers can have various cooking times and fries can burn quickly.

Serve with your dip of choice and enjoy.

Parmentier potatoes served in a tin foil serving tray with a sprig of rosemary

Do you need to parboil fries before you air fry them?

I don’t do that for this recipe. If you want to then you’ll get even fluffier results.

You can also microwave for 2 minutes to help soften them up slightly and reduce the cooking time.

What are the best potatoes to use for this recipe?

I love to use Rooster or King Edward varieties, if I can find them in the shops. Any type of floury potato is great though and you’ll still get a good result.

For a great all-rounder potato you can use Maris Piper and if you can source them locally then Yukon Gold potatoes can be great too.

If you’re on a tight budget, or like to keep your grocery spends low, then the value potatoes in the supermarket will still give great results.

Pressure cooker mashed potatoes with butter and chives

Do you need to use oil to make these fries?

I feel that a good glug of oil helps these to be crispy and delicious. Spray oil is a great way to get even coverage with less calories. You will only need to use a few pumps of spray oil and then you can shake the fries well to make sure they are evenly covered.

Repeat this once more during the cooking process to get the best results.

If you find that your chips are a little on the dry side then shake them at least once during cooking, ideally twice, and then give them another spray with spray oil for the best results.

Can you use frozen fries for this recipe?

Yes, absolutely. I find that frozen french fries take around 12 minutes to cook and so what I like to do is half cook them, at 200C, and then I will add the spray oil or olive oil and the lemon pepper seasoning.

Shake at least once during the cooking process to avoid the fries sticking and breaking up a little.

As a lot of frozen chips or french fries are already coated with seasonings, flour or oil you could skip adding anything other than the lemon pepper seasoning. I recommend adding halfway through the cooking time, or even tossing in a bowl at the end of the cooking time, to get the best coverage.

Air fryer potato wedges with tomato ketchup

Want to try out some of my other potato recipes?

Air fryer jacket potatoes are one of my absolute favourites so I’d recommend giving those a try. They are always a hit with my children and I’ve also got a whole post of my delicious air fryer potato recipes you can take a look at. Rosemary and garlic roast potatoes are lovely too, perfect for a roast dinner.

If you don’t want to use an air fryer specifically then look at my best ever potato recipes for some lovely inspiration. 

Find your chips are burning or not cooking evenly?

Drop the temperature of your air fryer down a little if you want to help stop this from happening, at least for the first part of the cooking time.

All air fryers are a little different so be sure to use a splash of cooking oil on your chips, shake regularly and this should help you avoid uneven cooking that can give mixed results.

A white bowl of root vegetable mash with a brushed steel spoon, a pat of butter on the top and a pink waffle tea towel in the background.

Why is lemon pepper seasoning so good?

Personally I feel that the kick of black pepper, with the zing of the lemon, is such a nice combination. These fries are packed full of flavour and bring lots of joy to my mealtimes.

I love having these alongside a kebab with pitta breads and it feels like a real treat.

Find that your chips are too dry?

Shake morę, and use a little of extra oil halfway through the cooking time. Try reducing the temperature slightly too.

If you’re par-boiling your potatoes then don’t let them sit around drying out for too long.

Cooked air fryer potato skins topped with sour cream and chive dip and spring onions. There is a bowl of sour cream and chive dip in the background also. Text overlay says: air fryer potato skins.

If you liked these lemon pepper fries in the air fryer then why not check out some of my other air fryer recipes?

Something to note about air fryer recipes is that all air fryers have different sizes, depths and as such the cooking times can vary. All air fryer recipes on this website are intended as a guide, and not a guarantee that the timings will be perfect. Enjoy!

How to make lemon pepper fries in your air fryer:

Lemon pepper fries with lemon pepper seasoning, a lemon, olive oil, peppercorns and a yellow tea towel.
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Air fryer lemon pepper fries

How to make lemon pepper fries in the air fryer

Course Side Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword air fryer, chips, lemon, pepper, potato
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 266 kcal
Author Katykicker

Ingredients

  • 600 g white potatoes
  • 15 ml olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning

Instructions

  1. Peel your potatoes. This step is optional.
  2. Slice and then chip your potatoes. Sometimes I do this by hand, other times I use a *chipper.
  3. Wash the potatoes well. I soak them for 5-10 minutes in cold water to remove some extra starch.
  4. Rinse thoroughly and dry well.
  5. Drizzle over the olive oil.
  6. Shake the lemon pepper seasoning over.
  7. Shake up or mix well to combine.
  8. Place a thin layer in to your air fryer basket.
  9. Air fry at 160C for 12 minutes.
  10. Shake at least once to prevent sticking.
  11. Air fry at 200C for 10 minutes, or 180C at 12 minutes.
  12. Keep an eye during the cooking time as air fryers can have various cooking times and fries can burn quickly.
  13. Serve with your dip of choice and enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
Air fryer lemon pepper fries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 266
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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Lemon pepper fries with lemon pepper seasoning, a lemon, olive oil, peppercorns and a yellow tea towel.
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