Super crispy keto-friendly French fries that are just 3 ingredients and taste like the real thing. These fries are easy to make and can be fried, baked or cooked in an air fryer. The fries also stay crunchy for hours, even after they have cooled.
I’ve been on a mission to find a good low carb substitute for French fries. These fries have been my favorite recipe. They taste so much like regular french fries and they are easier to make than regular fries.
- superfine almond flour
- xanthan gum
- hot water
Can I use coconut flour?
This recipe works best with superfine almond flour. I have tried making it with coconut flour but it didn’t turn out as well. The coconut flour fries weren’t as crunchy and got soft fast. They also had an underlying sweetness from the coconut.
Keto French Fries Taste
Since these fries aren’t made from potatoes, they won’t have a potato flavor. However, they still taste remarkably similar to french fries. These remind me of fries that get cooked until extra crispy (the ones that are more brown than golden). They usually have a very faint potato flavor and are mainly just crispy goodness. Similarly, these fries are mostly crunchy, except for a little bit of a soft center. They don’t taste like potatoes but they also don’t taste like almond flour. They have an almost neutral flavor, which lets you just enjoy the crunchy fry.
Ways to Cook Keto French Fries
I tested these by frying them, baking them in the oven and cooking them in the air fryer. All versions came out well.
Frying the fries takes the most work, but they come out all perfectly golden and look the best of the three cooking methods.
The air fryer is the fastest way to cook the fries. They come out mostly golden but the coloring is uneven. They do taste slightly drier than the deep fried version, but if you are dipping them in sauce you might not even notice.
Baking the fries will require the longest cooking time and the fries are more pale in color. They taste very similar to the air fried version.
More Keto Side Dishes to Try
Keto French Fries
- 1/2 cup (55 g) superfine blanched almond flour
- 1 ½ tsp (5 g) xanthan gum
- 3 tbsp + 1 tsp (50 ml) hot water (see note)
- In a medium bowl add almond flour and xanthan gum. Stir until evenly mixed. Pour in the hot water and immediately mix with a spatula until a dough forms. The almond flour should be completely incorporated into the dough. The dough should not be too sticky to touch.
- Roll the dough out between 2 sheets of parchment paper until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Slice dough into 1/4 inch strips.
- Frying: Add enough oil to a medium saucepan until you have 1/2 inch of oil. Bring the oil to medium heat (about 350°F). Gently add in fries and cook until golden on both sides, this should only take a few minutes. Remove from oil and place onto a plate lined with a paper towel to drain excess oil.
- Air Fryer: Place fries in a single layer in your air fryer, making sure none overlap. If desired, you can spray the surface of the fries with cooking oil spray. This is not essential to cooking the fries but it will help them have a more golden brown color. Set your air fryer to 400°F. Cook for about 5 minutes without preheat or until golden and crispy. Air fryer cooking time can vary a lot depending on the air fryer brand and some run hotter than others. I always recommend cooking a few minutes less than the recommended cooking time and increase as needed.
- Oven: Preheat oven to 400°F. Place your fries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If desired, spray fries with cooling oil spray (similar to the air fryer method, this is not essential to cooking the fries but it will help them have a more golden brown color). Bake for about 13 minutes or until lightly golden and crispy.
- If desired, season fries with salt before serving. Serve while warm with your favorite dipping sauce.
- Recipe slightly adapted from Heavenly Fan
- Make sure your water is very hot (too hot to touch) so that it will dissolve the xanthan gum.
- This recipe works best with almond flour. I did try a coconut flour version but did not like the results. See post for more details.
- I do not have a substitute for xanthan gum.
- I served mine with sugar-free ketchup. Other dip ideas include garlic aioli, spicy mayonnaise or marinara sauce.
- I did season mine with salt before serving but that is optional. I know some people prefer no salt on their fries. You can also add salt and other seasonings directly to the dough. I did one version with garlic powder.
- If you are on a keto diet, please remember to look at net carbs and not just total carbs. The net carbs count excludes fiber.
- Nutrition estimate does not include oil used for cooking.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.