How to Make Fried Vegetable Sticks

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I’ll be completely honest with you here when I say I really miss French Fries.  Thin strips of potatoes, deep fried in oil, and covered in salt and ketchup. I know. I can feel the inches piling up on my thighs from just thinking about it.  Not only is deep frying unhealthy, I cannot have potatoes on the Paleo diet.  I’ve heard a lot about other types of French fries but I had no idea how to make fried vegetable sticks.

How to make fried vegetable sticks #AirFryer Paleo Parsnip French Fries

How to Make Fried Vegetable Sticks

When I received a Philips Airfyer, I started flipping through the cookbook that was included.  I was thrilled to find a section that showed me how to make fried vegetable sticks!  They have directions for sweet potatoes, parsnips, and zucchini!  Since parsnips are in season right now and available at my organic food co-op, I decided that was the recipe that I would experiment with.

How to make fried vegetable sticks #AirFryer

The Philips Airfryer uses Rapid Air Technology to fry foods without deep frying them in oil. The Philips Airfryer makes food crispy on the outside and tender on the inside and uses very little oil. The Airfryer circulates hot air around a metal mesh cooking basket, requiring little or no oil as it fries, bakes and grills. I was really impressed with how easy it was.

The recipe in the included cookbook called for traditional all purpose flour.  I substituted finely ground almond meal for the all purpose flour to make the recipe Paleo and gluten free. It turned out wonderfully!

How to make fried vegetable sticks #AirFryer

Peel and slice the parsnips.

How to make fried vegetable sticks #AirFryer

Mix them in a mixture of  fine almond meal, olive oil, water and salt.

How to make fried vegetable sticks #AirFryer

Place them in the basket of a preheated Philips Airfryer and cook for 12 minutes. The Airfryer comes with a removable divider so if I wanted to make two different things, I could do that as well. You don’t need to put it in if you are making only one thing.

How to make fried vegetable sticks #AirFryer

That’s all there is to it!  You don’t add any extra oil to the Airfyer and the parsnip fries were absolutely delicious! The basket lifts out and you can see any excess oil at the bottom of the pan.

How to make fried vegetable sticks #AirFryer

This is definitely the healthiest way to fry vegetables that I have ever seen. Of course, you can make all sorts of other things as well from Crab Croquettes to Jerk Chicken Wings.  You can even make Coconut Flan and Vanilla Souffle!  I was very surprised to see a recipe for a Teriyaki Glazed Halibut Steak!  The Airfryer can grill as well as fry. If you want to, you can use traditional snacks in the Airfyer like chicken nuggets or frozen French Fries.  My husband  will appreciate that when he is in the mood to snack.  Clean up was very easy and the parts can be washed in your dishwasher if you have one.

Yields 4

How to Make Fried Vegetable Sticks

5 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

17 minTotal Time

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  • 6 parsnips
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt


  1. Peel and slice the parsnips to 1/2" x 3"
  2. In a large bowl, mix the almond flour, water, olive oil and salt
  3. Put the parsnips in the mixture & stir until coated.
  4. Preheat the Philips Airfryer to 390F for 3 minutes.
  5. Add the parsnips.
  6. Cook for 12 to 14 minutes. I cooked mine for 14 minutes and they were perfect.
  7. Remove from the Airfryer and enjoy.

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  1. Mama to 5 BLessings says
    Yeah, just what I was looking for! These look wonderful Ellen! You are awesome for sharing all your Paleo recipes! I am off to pin this! Thank you!!!!!!!
  2. Krystle(Baking Beauty) says
    I love the crunch that comes with deep frying but I hate how unhealthy it is plus I'm a total wimp and scared all the oil is going to burn down my house! -big baby- This looks like the answer to my prayers!
  3. Interesting, I've never used an air fryer before. I love parsnips, I usually roast them but this recipe for air frying them looks delicious.
  4. I don't have any air fryer but this is a great reason, or an excuse, to go out and buy one! I love french fries and I think they would be even more tasty if they were made out of veggies. I wonder if I can try making these without a fryer and just baking them? They probably won't have that great crunch but it would give me a way to try them out!
  5. never would have thought of cooking parsnips that way! Look tasty!
  6. I have never made parsnip fries, but it sounds delish! I love that these were made without so much oil.
  7. Lolli @ Better in Bulk says
    This is definitely an appliance we would LOVE at our house! I rarely if ever fry anything at home, but I admit I like to eat fried foods when I eat out. :)
  8. Ooh, I really want to try one of these.
  9. I have a friend that just got one of these  Philips Airfryer and I want!  It's fantastic! 
  10. I have had mashed parsnips in place of mashed potatoes before. They taste good, I would like to try out an Airfryer.
  11. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
    My kids LOVE french fries, but I don't let them eat them nearly as much as they would like.  This is a nice healthy alternative that I would love to make for them!!
  12. Joanna Sormunen says
    Thank you for sharing this, Ellen. I really want to try out this Phillips Airfryer. I looks like a wonder gadget, lol. I pinned the recepy in case I can buy one for me.
  13. Christy Denton says
    The air fryer looks amazing!  I've seen them before, but this is the first blog review I've come across for one.  I love that you used parsnips for veggie fries.  I've used zucchini, sweet potatoes, etc, but never thought about parsnips!  Looks super delicious!
  14. Those look so good! We'll have to try this sometime. Thanks!  :)
  15. Amy Desrosiers says
    Cool! i have something similar to this and will have to test this recipe out! Thank you! 
  16. wow, that's awesome!! my crunch loving hubby would devour these i think
  17. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama says
    Those sound great. I wish I could sacrifice the countertop space for a fryer, so we use the oven instead!
  18. Tammilee Tillison says
    I really want an air fryer. They look amazing. I love that you can use something other than potatoes to make fun fries. 
  19. Tammilee Tillison says
    I really want an air fryer. They look amazing. I love that you can use something other than potatoes to make fun fries. 
  20. Those look so good! I need one of these fryers and apparently, to starting eating Paleo. ;)
  21. THIS would make me want a fryer.  well, this fryer.  they look scrumptious
  22. I have my eye on one of these air fryers! I love deep frying foods, but oh they are so unhealthy and baking them just isn't the same!
  23. Thank you for sharing this.  I am always trying to find healthier options for the boys.  I know my youngest would love them.
  24. Debi@TheSpringMount6Pack says
    I love parsnips. I would love an air fryer like that.
  25. I have done zucchini before but never parsnips! I need to look into getting a fryer like this!
  26. Nancy Lustri (StyleDecor) says
    I love anything fried, but the parsnips look especially good. Love the high value coupon for the fryer. Will check it out!
  27. Wow, these look just like homemade fries, I wouldn't know they were actually made of parsnips. I wonder if I could get my 3 year old to eat them.
  28. I have wanted to try the Airfry! It looks amazing. I actually was reading about it a few months back. We used to have a deep frier, but it used a big huge bottle of oil that would go rancid between uses so we gave it away.
  29. Heather @ It's a Lovely Life! says
    This is definitely on my list now... I totally want an air fryer! We eat lots of oven baked french fries and this would make them even better and still not fry them!
  30. We have a fryer.  I'll definitely have to try this.
  31. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
    It's pretty hard to believe that it works the way it does and as well as it does without oil. Fascinating!
  32. You know, I am not 100% sure that I have ever eaten parsnips. I would love to try some fried vegetable sticks, though. :)
  33. Janeane Davis says
    I never thought about frying veggies as a snack. I will have to check this out.
  34. So wish I could afford one of these!  Even with the $50 off, it's beyond my budget. :(
  35. I love veggie sticks! The idea of making your own is awesome too because you can season it how you like!
  36. Amy @ Marvelous Mommy says
    These look amazing! Thanks for the recipe! Pinning this now! 
  37. Melinda@LookWhatMomFound...andDadtoo says
    i've heard lots of good things about the actifry. it's an appliance that "frys" without all the oil, so in turn a healthier food.
  38. Jodi @ A Mom Having Fun says
    That looks so yummy! I love how easy it looks too with this Airfryer too. Such a healthier way to have "fried" foods!
  39. Wow, what a great alternative! I think my family would love these!
  40. Candy @ Candypolooza says
    Oh lordy I want one of those!!! Even though I'm frying less and less these days.. That's an awesome gadget! 
  41. Jennifer @TheRebelChick says
    Yum, these look so crispy and delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe, they look so yummy that I pinned them!
  42. Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest says
    I've wanted an air fryer ever since I saw one but they've always been so darn expensive I can imagine that this Phillips one is a good quality yet affordable one. Also, I've never thought of having parsnips instead of potato fries, that would take some getting used to.
  43. Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom says
    I love it... These look just like french fries... and would have never thought of using different veggies... YUMMM..thanks for sharing, sooo have to pin it so I can try it
    • Ellen Christian says
      I really was surprised that they looked so similar to traditional fries.  Great way to get someone to try something new.
  44. Susanna Barbee (Zealous Mom) says
    Yummy! These look delicious. I've pinned for later use, and I can totally convince the little ones they are "french fries." Yum!!
  45. I so see me tricking my kids in the future with this recipe idea! Thanks for sharing it, so happy!
  46. I wouldn't mind trying these out to see if my kids would like them. I like that little kitchen gadget you have too!
  47. Liza @ Views From the 'Ville says
    Not sure I'd want parsnips, but I could totally see using one of these air fryers for homemade french fries (potatoes will never be off my diet list, I grew up on a potato farm lol), or battered mushrooms, or homemade cheese sticks - or just about anything!
  48. Those look delicious. At home we called them "homemade french fries" :) 
  49. I like parsnips and these parsnip fries look pretty good! I'll have to try them out!
  50. Wow - I've heard of air ryers, but never saw one in action, and never saw the results - fantastic - they sure look like they could satisfy that craving for deepfried french fries.  I'll have to keep this in mind when it comes time for birthday!
  51. LOVE the idea of parsnip fries, and so impressed that they were kid friendly, I was so bummed to find out that the airfryer uses PTFE (aka teflon) nonstick coating. I think I'd rather slip a real potato deep fried in beef tallow in a cast iron skillet in front of my family than feed them something super heated in teflon. Was just about to push the "purchase" button on the phillips too. arg.thanks for posting this though! very clever idea. gonna try and think of a more paleo/primal friendly version.

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