Crispy, creamy, avocado fries use no added oil, and you can make them in the air fryer or in the oven. They're kind of like magic!
Not only are these avocado fries oil-free and delicious, they are super simple to make. You only need a few simple ingredients and about 20 minutes to make them in your air fryer.
They take about half an hour, if you're baking, rather than air frying.
To make these, you just peel and slice your avocado, dredge each slice in aquafaba and then in seasoned panko.
Arrange the breaded slices in a single layer in your air fryer basket or on a baking sheet, and you're ready to rock.
When the avocado fries are browned and crispy, you are ready to serve them up!
Wait...what is aquafaba?
Are you new to aquafaba? Don't worry! It's just the liquid from canned beans.
To collect your aquafaba, stick a bowl under a colander, open a can of white beans or chickpeas, dump them into the colander, and voila! Your bowl fills up with precious, precious aquafaba.
If you have extra, you can freeze it for up to a year. Just thaw it in the microwave or on the countertop to use as an egg replacer in baking or for breading.
Breading your avocado
When you are breading your avocado fries, I recommend having a "wet hand" and a "dry hand".
So, you'll use one hand to dip the avocado slices in the aquafaba and move it over to the bowl of panko. You'll use your other hand to coat the slice and move it to the air fryer basket or baking sheet.
This way, you'll end up with less gummy panko-aquafaba mixture stuck to your fingers.
Air fryer cooking times can vary.
You want your avocado fries to be lightly browned and crunchy. When you do that shake after five minutes, take a look at the progress. They should be beginning to brown, and when you shake, the panko shouldn't fall off.
If your breading isn't solid after five minutes, keep checking once a minute before doing vigorous shaking.
Whether you're making baked avocado fries or cooking in the air fryer, there are lots of delicious ways to use them!
When I taught this recipe at an air fryer cooking workshop, we ate them like finger food, dipped in spicy mayo. Really any creamy dipping sauce would work great for these fries.
Beyond finger food, though, these are a great way to add richness and crunch to avocado tacos (that recipe includes a sriracha mayo that makes a great dipping sauce!). They're also great in burritos, sandwiches, and wraps.
I recommend eating these pretty soon after cooking. The panko breading will lose its crunch if you leave them out, so avocado fries taste best if you serve them immediately.
If you do end up with leftovers, first, grapple with your life choices. Then, store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. They'll keep for up to three days.
You can reheat these in the air fryer at 350° F for two to four minutes, and they'll regain their crunch. In the oven, five to eight minutes at 350° F will do the trick.
Do NOT reheat these in the microwave! They will be mushy, which totally defeats the purpose.
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Avocado Fries Recipe
- In a shallow bowl, toss together the panko, salt, and spices. Pour the aquafaba into another shallow bowl.
- Dredge the avocado slices in the aquafaba and then in the panko, getting a nice, even coating. Pat the panko into the avocado slices for the crunchiest results.
- To air fry: Arrange the slices in a single layer in your air fryer basket. The single layer is important. No overlapping, please! Air fry for 10 minutes at 400° F, shaking gently after 5 minutes. They are ready when they turn golden brown.
- To bake: Preheat the oven to 400° F. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. No overlapping, please! Bake for 20-23 minutes, no need to flip. They are ready when they turn golden brown.
- Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce!