Air fryer kohlrabi fries are a simple and delicious snack. A healthier alternative to regular fries, these air fryer kohlrabi fries are made with 5 simple ingredients in under 20 minutes. Serve them as is or with your favorite sauces or dips!
You might have come across kohlrabi at a local farmers’ market or in the produce section of the grocery store. If you’ve never tried it before, this is a turnip-shaped vegetable that tastes similar to broccoli, cauliflower, or cabbage.
It has a crunchy texture with a mild and sweet flavor. If you love cruciferous vegetables, chances are you’ll love these kohlrabi fries!
In this simple recipe, kohlrabi is cut into fries tossed with olive oil, ground paprika, salt, and black pepper, and then cooked in the air fryer until crisp. Taking only about 20 minutes from start to finish to make, they are my favorite side dish to make whenever I am short on time.
The air fryer is a great way to cook this vegetable. You need very little oil to make them crisp, so they’re a much healthier option compared to deep-fried French fries.
Even if you do not have an air fryer, you can still make this recipe. I’ve included instructions on how to cook these kohlrabi fries in the oven down below!
Kohlrabi. 3 kohlrabi cut into fry-size pieces.
Olive oil. For flavor and to help the fries crisp up in the air fryer.
Salt and black pepper. To taste.
Ground paprika. For color and to add a mild smoky flavor.
How to make kohlrabi fries
Get a nice fresh kohlrabi and wash it very well. Peel it from the skin (it took me some time) and cut in fries size pieces. Not sure what the sizing will be exactly, just cut them how you would chop potatoes for french fries.
Place fries in the bowl and add salt, pepper and paprika. Add more seasoning if you want, like garlic or onion powder. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a spice kick.
Add oil and stir everything until evenly coated. Place kohlrabi fries in the air fryer and cook at 380 degrees for about 15 minutes. Cooking time varies on the size of the fires you cut.
During cooking make sure to shake the basket a few times. Also, its very important not to overcrowd the basket! Once fries are done, serve them with your favorite dip.
What is kohlrabi
Kohlrabi, also known as a German turnip or turnip cabbage, is a cruciferous vegetable in the same family as broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. Despite its name, kohlrabi isn’t a type of turnip. It is crunchy with a sweet flavor similar to broccoli stems or cabbage.
This tasty and nutritious vegetable can be eaten either raw or cooked. Chop it up and add it to salads and slaws, or roast it for lunch or dinner.
Kohlrabi. Turnip, celeriac, or yellow potatoes can be used instead.
Olive oil. Refined coconut oil or any neutral-flavored oil works great in this recipe.
Paprika. Use smoked paprika, or chili powder instead.
Cut your kohlrabi into squares instead of fries.
Add garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, or your favorite seasonings for more flavor, or keep it simple with just salt and pepper.
Make cheesy kohlrabi fries by adding shredded cheddar cheese or grated Parmesan cheese to the fries.
If you don’t have an air fryer, bake your kohlrabi fries in a 400-degree oven for 30 – 40 minutes until golden brown and tender. Make sure to flip the fries halfway through the cooking time.
Frequently asked questions
Absolutely! The skin is thick and a bit tougher than the flesh so I like to remove it, but you can leave it on if you like!
Use a knife to cut off both ends of the vegetable, this will make it easier to peel. Then use either a vegetable peeler or a sharp knife to remove the tough outer skin. From here you can cut it into cubes or fry shape pieces.
Kohlrabi tastes like crisp broccoli stems but with a mild and slightly sweeter flavor. When cooked kohlrabi can also taste slightly peppery.
Yes, the entire plant is edible and perfectly fine to eat raw!
Definitely! If you are looking for a tasty low-carb side dish, kohlrabi is a great substitute for potatoes. It can be chopped into cubes and roasted with spices or cut into fries and air fried for a crispy snack or side dish.
Kohlrabi can be found in the produce section of most grocery stores near cabbage, broccoli, and turnips. Also, look for it at your local Farmer’s Markets or in produce subscription boxes.
- Refrigeration: The best way to store leftover air fryer kohlrabi fries is in the refrigerator. Place the fries in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag and store them in the refrigerator for up to three days.
- Reheating: To reheat leftovers, it’s best to use the oven or air fryer. Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the fries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Heat the fries for 5-10 minutes, or until they’re heated through and crispy. Or heat in the air fryer for 5 minutes at 400 degrees.
- Freezing: If you don’t plan to eat the leftover kohlrabi fries within three days, you can freeze them for longer storage. To freeze, place the fries in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer the fries to an airtight container or resealable plastic bag and store them in the freezer for up to three months.
- Thawing: To thaw frozen kohlrabi fries, remove them from the freezer and let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Once thawed, you can reheat them using the method described above.
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Hope you will like this air fryer kohlrabi recipe as much as we do . Please rate the recipe if you made it and leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions.
- 3 medium size kohlrabi
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Peel kohlrabi. Cut in fries size pieces.
- Place fries in the bowl and add all the seasonings and oil. Mix it.
- Place kohlrabi in the air fryer and cook at 380 degrees for 15 minutes. Shake the basket a few times.
- Serve with your favorite dips
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 380mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g