Pull out all the dipping sauces and prepare your tastebuds, because there is a new fry in the town!
Avocados became very popular first as a guacamole ingredient, then they shined in all their glory over the toast, and now it is time to fry them in into dreamy, salty, and crispy veggie fries!
These deep fried avocados are super crunchy on the outside, creamy and soft on the inside, and make the perfect snack or side dish. Potato fries ain’t got nothing on these creamy and crunchy bad boys!
So without further ado, let’s talk deep fried avocado!
Which Avocados to Choose?
As the best way to deep fry avocados is to turn them into fries, you do not have to use extra ripe avocados.
You will have to be able to coat the avocado slice and fry it without breaking. That is why I love just ripe or slightly under ripe avocados, but never the over ripe ones.
As the avocados are frying, the heat will tenderize them so it is okay if they are gently under ripe. They will become soft after frying.
How to Cut the Avocado
Wedges, slices, stick maybe?
Yes, avocados have a pit in them, so shaping the avocado slice in to a perfect classic French fries shape is not possible. You would end up with lots of leftovers, and the avocado fries will be too thin.
The only thing you can borrow from the classic fries is the general long and lean shape. I like to cut my avocado in half, remove the pit and peel the skin.
Once I have the liberated avocado, I cut each half into about 6 slices, lengthwise. If the avocado is larger, you can go up to 8 slices per half. This makes the avocado slice just right, they are thin enough to achieve creamy center, but not so thin that that they will fall apart.
Key Steps to Perfect Avocado Fries
Avocado fries are all about the texture. They bring the best from both of the worlds – creaminess and crunchiness at the same time. That delicate interior with a crunchy exterior is what brings them out and makes kind of special.
How to get the perfect coating? The key element are not only the breadcrumbs (plain or panko) but a way of preparing avocado and creating a base for the breadcrumbs to stick on.
I prepare my avocado slices by coating them with a flour mix, and dipping these in beaten eggs. Only this way of preparing avocados will ensure that crispy coating is there and on point.
Another important element in making the avocado fries is the hot oil. Anything below 350 F is not adequate and your avocados will not get that crispy shell.
What if I Don’t Have a Deep Fryer?
Deep fryer is not everyone’s favorite kitchen appliance, while others just forgot to buy one.
So, what to do if you do not have the deep fryer? There are multiple solutions and they will all give nice and crispy shell, with the soft center. Here is what you can do:
Use a Pan
Heat up 2-inches’ worth of oil in a skillet and fry the avocados for about 2 minutes per side over medium-high heat. They will be good just as with the deep fryer.
Use the Oven
Arrange the avocado slices on a baking sheet and spray with cooking oil. Bake the avocado slices for 20-25 minutes, at 350 F, flipping halfway through. These will be almost as good as true deep-fried avocados.
Use the Air Fryer
The air fryer is a relatively new appliance and people are just gone crazy about it. The air fryer is a healthier way of frying the food, as it uses only small amount of oil and the air does the rest. You will just have to spray the avocados and fry in the air fryer according to manufacturer’s directions.
How to Serve Avocado Fries
The avocado fries are best when served warm, but unlike the classic potato-based fries, they will also be great if served at room temperature.
I like to serve my avocado fries with some classic dipping sauces, like ketchup and mayo, but they also pair amazing with garlic aioli or dips with herbs such as parsley, chives or dill.
Sometimes, I just drizzle the avocado fries with lemon juice and sprinkle with cilantro or red pepper flakes for a spicy kick. Mmm.
How to Make a Deep-Fried Avocado
Peel, pit and slice avocados into long slices.
Sprinkle avocados with salt.
In a bowl, beat eggs. In a second bowl, combine flour and paprika, and place the breadcrumbs in a third bowl.
Coat the avocado with the flour, dip into eggs, and finally coat with the breadcrumbs.
Deep fry the avocado until golden-brown. A few minutes is probably sufficient to do this.
Note: As mentioned above, you can also pan-fry, air fry or even back your avocado slices if you do not have a deep fryer.
- 2 avocados
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- Salt, to taste
- Peel, pit and slice avocados into long slices.
- Sprinkle avocados with salt.
- In a bowl, beat eggs. In a second bowl, combine flour and paprika, and place the breadcrumbs in a third bowl.
- Coat the avocado with the flour, dip into eggs, and finally coat with the breadcrumbs.
- Deep fry the avocado until golden-brown. A few minutes is probably sufficient to do this.
- Serve warm.
If you don't have a deep fryer, you can fry your avocado slices in a pan over medium-high heat fo about 2 minutes each side.
You can also bake them in the oven at 350 F for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 4 fries
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 258mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 6gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g
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