You definitely want the recipe for these Air Fryer Avocado Fries Served with Cheesecake Factory Copycat Tamarind-Cashew Dipping Sauce! This irresistible combination of crispy and golden on the outside, warm and soft on the inside is the ultimate air fryer indulgence. Then, pair these crunchy snacks with this tangy, kicky, sweet sauce, and these fries are next-level good.
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Crispy air fryer baked avocado fries are coated with panko breadcrumbs and spices and served with an amazing sweet and sour dipping sauce. These are so fast and easy to make in the air fryer that you’ll want them all the time!
How to choose and prep the avocado
The secret to perfect Air Fryer Avocado Fries is picking out avocados that are just ripe, but with enough firmness to hold their shape during the cooking process.
You don’t want avocados that are too firm, so that they are like apples. But the avocado has to be firm enough to hold up to the egg wash and breading process so avoid ones that are too ripe as well.
Cut the ripe avocados in half, through the hard skin. Place the split avocado on the counter, and remove the pit by whacking it with the knife so that the knife sticks in the pit. Twist the knife so the pit loosens from the avocado, and carefully remove the pit from the knife. Now you have two pit-less avocado halves.
Cut the avocado 1-inch thick slices, usually about 4 slices per half, and use a spoon to scrape the back of the skin to remove the avocado from the skin.
Can I double the recipe?
Yes, you can easily make twice as many avocado fries, or make fewer fries if you want. You’re gonna want more of these!
Simply use the serving slider on the recipe card to easily adjust the ingredient amounts.
You can half or quarter the recipe, if you need to simply use up some leftover avocados.
This recipe comes together fairly easily, making it a great option for parties or game day gatherings.
Most of the work on the Tamarind-Cashew Dipping Sauce is done in a blender. I always try to add the lighter and more liquidy stuff to the bottom of the blender, and follow it up with the heavier stuff. So, I suggest you add the cashews at the top of the blender. They will help push everything down so you don’t need to scrape the blender as much.
To begin making the avocado fries, set up an assembly line with your ingredients. One bowl with the flour, a second bowl filled with the beaten eggs, and a third bowl with the panko and seasonings. Then, prep and slice the avocados, and place them on a plate or cutting board.
Once all your ingredients are ready, start dredging.
Place the coated avocados back on a plate or cutting board, and preheat the air fryer. Once it’s hot, you’re ready to get cooking!
Make sure you use tongs to place and flip the avocado fries, as the inside of that air fryer basket gets hot, and you don’t want to burn yourself.
Tamarind-Cashew Dipping Sauce
Oh my gosh, you’ll love this sauce. It’s sweet and tangy. It’s rich and delicious.
I think the dipping sauce is a must for these fries. I mean, they are delicious on their own, but with this sauce, they’re amazing!
It’s worth the time and money to buy the tamarind paste for this sauce. It’s got a great fruity sweet and sour to a tangy and tart flavor.
I bought mine through Amazon, but I’ve also seen it in Mexican markets, Asian markets, and Middle-Eastern markets.
What is tamarind?
Tamarind is a fruit native to Asia and northern Africa.
The tree grows pods that are about 5-inches long, that contain small seeds and a sour-sweet pulp.
That pulp from those pods is harvested and turned into cakes, blocks, or paste.
Tamarind is one of the ingredients in Pad Thai that makes the dish so delicious. It’s also an ingredient in Worcestershire sauce.
Other dipping sauces to try
Like I said, I whole-heartedly recommend the dipping sauce with these fries, but if you want to try it with other dips, they would be great with salsa. They would be wonderful dipped in some creamy Skinny Ranch Dressing or Green Goddess Dip.
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Air Fryer Avocado Fries Served with Cheesecake Factory Copycat Tamarind-Cashew Dipping Sauce Recipe
Air Fryer Avocado Fries Served with Cheesecake Factory Copycat Tamarind-Cashew Dipping Sauce
Tamarind-Cashew Dipping Sauce:
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- ½ teaspoon tamarind paste
- ½ cup honey
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 pinch powdered saffron or turmeric
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 green onions
- 2/3 cup fresh cilantro
- ½ cup chopped cashews
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 2 avocados
- Nonstick cooking spray
Make Tamarind-Cashew Dipping Sauce:
- Stir together vinegars, tamarind paste, honey, sugar, and saffron or turmeric in a small microwave safe bowl, and microwave for 1 minute. Stir until tamarind and sugar are dissolved.
In a blender, puree tamarind mixture, garlic, pepper, cumin, olive oil, green onions, cilantro, and cashews. Pour mixture into a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Place flour in a shallow bowl.
- Crack eggs into another shallow bowl, and beat until combined.
- In a third shallow bowl, combine breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper.
- Cut the avocado 1-inch thick slices, usually about 4 slices per avocado half, and use a spoon to scrape the back of the skin to remove the avocado from the skin.
- Dredge each avocado wedge in the flour, then dip in the beaten eggs, and roll in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing the breadcrumbs into the avocado slice.
- Preheat on the Air Fryer to 400° F.
- Place the avocado fries into the preheated air fryer basket, spray with cooking spray, and cook at 400°F for 8-10 minutes, flipping the fries halfway through cooking time and spray with more cooking spray.
- Serve with Tamarind-Cashew Dipping Sauce on the side for dipping.
The dipping sauce recipe makes more than you will need for these Avocado Fries. Use the leftovers to dip potsickers, veggies, bread, coconut shrimp, etc in