Air-Fryer Greek Fries with Tzatziki, is the perfect snack or side dish to any meal infused with delicious Greek flavours that comes together in no time! Russet potatoes are hand cut into fries, cooked in the air-fryer until crispy and golden then tossed in a delicious Mediterranean herb blend of oregano, garlic and dill! Serve as a tasty side dish or snack. Recipe includes detailed how-to-video!
If you’re a lover of Greek food, you’ll definitely love this Homemade Tzatziki recipe to serve along with these fries. And, you’re going to want to check out this Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki & Homemade Pita recipe and this Marinated Greek Style Chicken!
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Air-Fryer Greek Fries with Tzatziki
Crispy golden on the outside, tender on the inside French fries, but make it GREEK! That’s what this recipe is all about – afterall who doesn’t love a good fries snack, or even side dish! These Air-Fryer Greek Fries with Tzatziki are definitely a hit in our household. Each time they are made, they are devoured while hot and delicious. Not to mention, for the person preparing this dish, they don’t have to worry about hot oil splashing up out of the pot, or the dreaded oily clean up once done because it is air-fryer approved!
Here are some other reasons why I love these Air-Fryer Greek Fries with Tzatziki:
- Easy to make, and only uses ingredients that are usually on-hand.
- Customizable, these fries can be as seasoned as you prefer or as loaded as you prefer. Top with feta, red onions, and even tomatoes!
- Air-fryer approved, it’s ready with very minimal effort…just flip at the halfway point then toss!
What is an Air Fryer?
An Air Fryer is a countertop convection oven that essentially mimics the results of deep fried foods, without the need for litres of oil and grease. Air fryers prepare foods with high temperature hot air, little or no oil and a high-powered fan resulting in food that’s super crispy and equally delicious!
How to Use an Air Fryer in 3 Simple Steps
Learning to use a new appliance can be very intimidating, however here are 3 simple steps on how to use an Air Fryer:
- Place Food in Basket – depending on your air fryer, you may need to work in batches. Also, you may or may not need to spray your basket or food with a high-smoke point neutral oil to help get your food nice and crispy on the outside.
- Set the Temperature & Time – most air fryers have a range of pre-programmed settings from fries to chicken, pizza and cupcakes feel free to use these. Typically, the range of time is from 5 minutes to 25 minutes, and from 325°F to 400°F.
- Cook – this process is very hands off, although for some recipes you may be required to flip or turn the food halfway through the cooking process.
- Clean Up – this is a very easy step as most air fryer baskets has a non-stick coating that will make for an easy clean-up.
Air Fryer: Best Practices & Tips
- Preheat your Air Fryer – not always necessary, however a great step to help prevent foods from overcooking. If your air-fryer doesn’t have a preheat option; set to the desired temperature and allow it to run for around 3 minutes before placing your food inside.
- Don’t use Aerosol Oil Spray Cans – which often times contain additives like propellants and other agents that are said to chip away at air fryer baskets over time. Instead, opt for a oil mister or spray bottle and fill with a neutral oil that has a high smoke point.
- Do Not Overcrowd the Basket – to get that golden crispy exterior, air fryers circulate high temperature hot air around the unit in which you want to pass all sides of your food. Work in batches if needed, or opt for a larger air fryer.
- Add Water – to the air fryer drawer when cooking fatty foods (like bacon) to prevent smoking.
- Shake, Turn, Flip – the food in basket a few times or at the halfway point during cooking to make sure everything is browning and crisping up evenly.
What You Need to Make Air-Fryer Greek Fries with Tzatziki (Recipe Ingredients List)
Air-Fryer Greek Fries with Tzatziki
Fresh Lemon Juice
Sea Salt or Seasoning Salt
Plain Greek Yogurt
Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
Fine Sea Salt
How to Make Air-Fryer Greek Fries with Tzatziki
- Grate Cucumbers – using the large holes on a box grater and gently squeeze the excess liquid out over the sink using a fine cheesecloth, or lint-free paper towel (work in batches if needed), transfer to a bowl.
- Add Remaining Ingredients – plain greek yogurt, minced garlic, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, fresh dill, fresh parsley and salt to the bowl, stir until incorporated.
- Set Aside – for at least 15 minutes to allow flavours to meld, then serve or allow to chill in refrigerator for later use.
Air-Fryer Greek Fries
- Prep Potatoes – cut into 1/2-inch thick long pieces (resembling french fries). Soak in cold water for a minimum of 30 minutes to an hour to remove the excess starch and stop the oxidizing process. Drain and pat dry completely.
- Preheat the Air-Fryer – to 400°F (200°C). In a large bowl, add dried potatoes and generously coat in olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt. Spray air-fryer basket with olive oil under coated then transfer and arrange the dried potatoes onto the basket in a single layer (do not overlap or crowd)
- Cook – place basket into air-fryer, and cook for 15-20 minutes or until desired crispiness is achieved, flipping at the halfway point. When done, transfer fries to a large bowl season with herb blend and lemon juice, toss then serve immediately.
Waxy vs. Starchy Potatoes
Did you know there are actually two types of potatoes? Waxy and starchy!
Waxy potatoes are your red-skinned, blue, purple and fingerling potatoes. They are low in starch, high in moisture and high in sugar. They have a creamier, firmer flesh and a thinner skin than starchy potatoes. They’re great for dishes where the potato stays intact like soups, stews and potato salads.
Starchy potatoes are your Russet, Idaho and Yukon Gold potatoes. They are high in starch and low in moisture. The flesh of a starchier potato breaks down easily, which also allows for greater absorption of milk, cream and butter. This makes them a great pick for mashing, deep-frying and baking.
How to Store and Reheat Crispy Air Fryer Fries
Air-Fryer Greek Fries with Tzatziki are best served immediately while hot and crispy. However in the rare case that you have leftovers place them in the air-fryer basket in a single layer, then place in a preheated fryer on 350°F (176°C) until heated through and desired crispiness is achieved.
Tips for the Perfect Crispy Air-Fryer Fries
Use Russet Potatoes – these are the best potatoes to use for classic french fry texture and taste! Due to their high starch content, they are more dense and the least amount of moisture which aids in helping them crisp up beautifully in the air fryer. Be sure to leave the skin on, and scrub well to remove any dirt.
Soak Fries – it is recommended to soak fries for a minimum of 30 minutes to overnight which removes excess potato starch, a d prevents fries from sticking together which helps achieve the maximum crispness we all desire! Tip – change the water after 30 minutes replacing with fresh cold water.
Pat Dry Fries – pat your potato sticks dry of any water so the olive oil can properly coat each stick can stick which helps crisp them up without getting soggy during the cooking process.
Arrange in a Single Layer – to get that golden crispy exterior, air fryers circulate high temperature hot air around the unit in which you want to pass all sides of your food. Work in batches if needed, or opt for a larger air fryer.
Try these other Greek Inspired Dishes
- Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki & Homemade Pita
- Marinated Greek Style Chicken
- Homemade Tzatziki
- Greek Salad & Red Wine Vinaigrette
Other Must-Try & Delicious Air Fryer Recipes
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Air-Fryer Greek Fries with Tzatziki
- 4 Russet Potatoes medium, well scrubbed
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil plus more for spraying
- 1 tsp Sea Salt more or less to taste
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Dried Oregano
- 1 tsp Dried Dill
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt or seasoning salt, more or less to taste
- 1 1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 1/2 cup Cucumbers shredded
- 1 clove Garlic minced
- 2 tbsp Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Fresh Dill finely chopped
- 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley finely chopped
- 1 tsp Fine Sea Salt
- Grate cucumbers using the large holes on a box grater and gently squeeze the excess liquid out over the sink using a fine cheesecloth, or lint-free paper towel (work in batches if needed). Transfer squeezed cucumbers in a medium sized mixing bowl, repeat until finished.
- Add the plain greek yogurt, minced garlic, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, fresh dill, fresh parsley and salt to the bowl, stir until incorporated. Set aside for at least 15 minutes to allow flavours to meld, then serve or allow to chill in refrigerator for later use.
Air-Fryer Greek Fries
- Cut potatoes into 1/2-inch thick long pieces (resembling french fries). Soak in cold water for a minimum of 30 minutes to an hour to remove the excess starch and stop the oxidizing process. Drain and pat dry completely.
- Preheat the air-fryer to 400°F (200°C). In a large bowl, add dried potatoes and generously coat in olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt. Spray air-fryer basket with olive oil under coated then transfer and arrange the dried potatoes onto the basket in a single layer (do not overlap or crowd).
- Place basket into air-fryer, and cook for 15-20 minutes or until desired crispiness is achieved, flipping at the halfway point. When done, transfer fries to a large bowl season with herb blend and lemon juice, toss then serve immediately.