French fries, one of the most decadent fried foods ever. So yummy, so good, so full of that fat that everyone says you should stay away from. You’ve tried baking them, but that takes so long! What the heck is an air fryer anyway? So, now it’s time, it’s finally here! Can you make french fries in the microwave?
The simple answer is yes. Yes, you can. There are both pros and cons to this method though.
Pros and Cons
- It is healthier than normally fried potatoes.
- It takes less time than baking.
- You do not need any expensive equipment, just your microwave, a plastic bowl that is microwave safe, and sliced potatoes. Seasonings are optional if that’s how you roll.
- It’s simple to make.
- It costs less than buying either frozen, or already made fries.
- You are not going to get the same crunch factor as normal fried potatoes.
So, How is it Done?
It took me a couple tries to finally figure out how to make these without the natural starch in the potatoes try and glue the suckers back together, but I found a neat trick to at least make the stick less. I also use russet or Idahoan potatoes for this recipe.
Take your sliced, raw potato, I normally cut a single potato into 8 slices, and rinse them under cold running water for a few seconds. This helps remove the starch that’s on the outside of your slices, making them stick less. You can pat them dry with a paper towel, but I wouldn’t make them completely dry, otherwise your seasonings are not going to adhere.
I season my potato with simple garlic powder and salt, but any dried spice can be used so go crazy. Then dump them into a microwave safe bowl and put them in the microwave for 4-5 mins. Once that is done take them out and make sure they’re no sticking together. I typically just move them around. It takes all of at most 30 seconds.
Put them back into the microwave for another 4 mins. They should be cooked all the way through. If not give it another minute or two.
As stated above, they won’t be as crisp as regular french fries, but I wouldn’t classify them as soggy. The ends might have a crunch, but the middle will be nice and soft. They will still hold together really well for dipping into ketchup or whatever condiment you like to have with them.
I have never tried using cooking spray to see if that helps them crisp up, but I wouldn’t think so since the microwave doesn’t work like an oven. I haven’t tried increasing the cook time either otherwise I feel that some of the slices would be too hard to eat.
This is an awesome recipe for a beginner looking to find something that they can cook. It’s also a quick meal idea for getting home after work and finding nothing in the fridge that interests you. After my 12 hour workdays this recipe has honestly kept me from crying. Seriously. I think I will be experimenting with this recipe next, and will keep everyone updated. If I cut them smaller, will they become crunchy? Only time will tell.
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