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Air Fryer Animal Fries Recipe


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Recipe Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
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This Air Fryer Animal Fries Recipe is about to change your lives. Crispy fries that are loaded with cheese and onions, there’s no need to head out to a fast-food chain when you can make them at home with this recipe.

If you love crispy air fryer recipes then this is the recipe for you. This is the perfect side dish and it tastes like you spent hours making them.

Air Fryer Animal Fries on a round transparent plate topped with onions and melted cheese

Animal Style Fries Recipe

Animal Style is a “secret” menu from the popular fast-food restaurant In N Out. Animal Style fries are fried until crispy, topped with melted cheese, caramelized onions, and their signature sauce.

Why I Love This Recipe

Air Fryer Animal Fries are a crispy and delicious side dish that you can never get enough of.

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you love air fryer french fries give this Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes Fries recipe a try.

Air Fryer Animal Fries on a round transparent plate topped with onions and melted cheese

Ingredients

This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store. Though some of you may already have these ingredients on hand!

  • Russet potatoes, large
  • American Cheese
  • White onion, diced
  • Thousand Island Dressing
ingredients needed to make Air Fryer Animal Fries

Substitutions

Potatoes: You can use Idaho potatoes instead of russets if you have those on hand already.

Onions: Don’t have a white onion? Save a trip to the store and use yellow onions instead.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few simple tools to help you make this In N Out Animal Fries recipe.

How to Make Air Fryer Animal Fries

This recipe comes together in just a few simple steps, but the end result is worth it.

Step 1: Peel and slice the potatoes

Peel your potatoes. Cut them into long, fry-shaped lengths.

potatoes cut into long, fry-shaped lengths in a white bowl

Step 2: Air Fry the fries

Place them in your Air Fryer for 15 minutes at 370 degrees. Shake them halfway through at the 7-minute mark, then continue to cook.

Cooked Potato fries in Air Fryer

Step 3: Saute the onions

While the fries are cooking, sauté your onions until they are golden brown. Once cooked, set aside.

Sauted onion in a pan

Step 4: Top the fries with cheese

Once done, assemble your fries on your plate or serving dish. Evenly place your slices of American cheese over the fries.

Step 5: Add the onions

Add your onions on top of the cheese, then evenly drizzle your dressing over the fries. 

close up of Air Fryer Animal Fries on a round transparent plate topped with onions and melted cheese

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Are you looking for ways to personalize this recipe? Here are my favorite tried and true tips for switching things up.

Bacon: You can never go wrong with adding bacon to this dish.

Jalapeno: Add a spicy kick by topping these with fresh sliced jalapenos.

Ranch: Switch out the thousand island dressing for ranch for a tangy twist.

Toppings/Serving Suggestions

Wondering what to serve with this Animal Style Fries recipe? Here are my entrees to serve with them.

  • Burgers
  • Hotdogs
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Fried shrimp
closeup of Air Fryer Animal Fries on a round transparent plate topped with onions and melted cheese

Tips

Here are some helpful tips to make sure that your fries turn out perfectly. What are you waiting for, you are going to love this recipe!

  • Be careful to not overcrowd your air fryer basket so that your fries crisp up nicely.
  • If you need more than one serving of these fries, simply double or triple the recipe and cook your fries in batches.
  • If you want to melt the cheese, you can use an oven-safe plate or place the fries on a baking sheet and pop the plate in the oven for a couple of minutes.
  • While you can add all of the ingredients to your serving dish or plate, I find it best to put the fries on a separate plate, then add the sauce and toppings. Some people like it more than others so this way everyone can choose their own.

FAQs

Do you have questions about this Air Fryer Animal Fries recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How to store

Store any leftovers in an airtight container and store them in the fridge. I like to store the ingredients separately so that they don’t get soggy.

How to reheat

Simply heat them up in your air fryer at 350 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes until they’re warm.

Can I freeze leftover air fryer fries?

Yes, you can freeze leftover air fryer fries. Freeze them for up to three months.

close up of Air Fryer Animal Fries on a round transparent plate topped with onions and melted cheese

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Air Fryer Animal Fries Recipe

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Air Fryer Copycat In N Out Animal Fries

Corinne Schmitt
These crispy fries are loaded with cheese and onions.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 577 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Russet potatoes large
  • 4 slices American Cheese
  • 1 White onion diced
  • ½ cup Thousand Island Dressing

Instructions
 

  • Peel your potatoes. Cut them into long, fry-shaped lengths.
  • Place them in your Air Fryer for 15 minutes at 370 degrees. Shake them halfway through at the 7-minute mark, then continue to cook.
  • While the fries are cooking, sauté your onions until they are golden brown. Once cooked, set aside.
  • Once done, assemble your fries on your plate or serving dish. Evenly place your slices of American cheese over the fries.
  • Add your onions on top of the cheese, then evenly drizzle your dressing over the fries.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 577kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 13gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 1254mgPotassium: 1091mgFiber: 4gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 532IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 490mgIron: 3mg
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