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Air Fryer Rutabaga Fries. How to cook delicious Paleo rutabaga fries in the air fryer. So easy to make and the end result is tasty crispy rutabaga fries that you will want to eat over and over again.

Because of the wonderful texture of rutabaga, it makes the perfect alternative for paleo followers to white potatoes.

It is cheaper than buying sweet potatoes and OMG makes you the best air fryer fries. If you are following the whole30 or paleo and are looking for a fries alternative, then this is dedicated to you.

Air Fryer Rutabaga Fries
Air Fryer Rutabaga Fries
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Rutabaga In An Air Fryer

Let’s clear something up first shall we. I know there will be people reading this and being puzzled by what on earth rutabaga in an air fryer is.

That is because rutabaga goes by different names and not everyone will have heard of rutabaga.

In Scotland it is called neeps and in England it is referred to as swede. It is NOT a turnip but is from the turnip family and tastes much better than turnips.

I eat it mostly as swede and carrot mash and it is a delicious side dish that most Brits have as part of their Christmas dinner.

I then use the leftover swede and carrot mash and make veggie balls with it in the air fryer.

As well as this I love to use rutabaga or swede as I call it, in stews and casseroles, as air fryer rutabaga fries and best of all as a roast potatoes alternative. Or here at Recipe This we love Instant Pot Rutabaga too.

Can You Air Fry Rutabaga?

The first question I get asked is can you air fry rutabaga, so let’s get that out of the way shall we? Many people think it can’t be air fried because it has a much harder texture compared to air fryer fries.

But it just takes a little longer and you must make sure your rutabaga fries are sliced as French fries.

But beyond this, it is very similar to cooking traditional French fries in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Rutabaga Recipes

The beauty of rutabaga is that you can treat it as a potato alternative and cook it many ways in the air fryer. Take every favourite white potato air fryer recipe you have and convert it to the rutabaga.

My favourite 3 air fryer potato recipes that make excellent alternatives include:

Though I would advise against air fryer potato recipes that are too thick such as potato wedges or baked potatoes as it just doesn’t work as well.

Though, my favourite is a smaller version of air fryer roast potatoes. I call these my Syn Free Roasted Swede.

They are based around the Slimming World diet for my UK readers and this is a photo of them taken in the September of 2018:

To make these roasted swede potatoes instead of our air fryer rutabaga is simple. You would cube the rutabaga instead of making it into fries. Then follow the recipe the same. You are just altering the shape of the swede.

But most importantly, however you eat your rutabaga in the air fryer, or whether you call it rutabaga, swede or neeps, it is an air fryer recipe keeper.

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What Ingredients & Gadgets Go Into Air Fryer Rutabaga?

Air Fryer Rutabaga Fries Ingredients

There are 3 main ingredients that go into an air fryer rutabaga:

I would recommend before making your air fryer rutabaga that you have a good air fryer that will consistently make them for you. There seems to be some very cheap brands of air fryers that my readers keep complaining are breaking on them.

I recommend the Philips air fryer XL because of the quality and the fact that it is an air fryer that lasts.

The ingredients that go into rutabaga in the air fryer are very simple. You just need a large rutabaga, extra virgin olive oil (we like this one) and some seasoning.

Our favourite seasoning is thyme along with salt and pepper. But you can mix and match depending on what you have in your pantry.

Rutabaga Fries FAQ

Rutabaga Fries Vs Turnip Fries? Rutabaga all the way, I have not made any secret of the fact that I don’t like turnip. Turnip is very bland compared to rutabaga and rutabaga fries taste amazing.

Rutabaga Fries In The Actifry? You can use any type of air fryer when you make rutabaga fries. We made our rutabaga fries using the Philips Air Fryer XL, but you can use any. The Actifry can also be used to make rutabaga fries.

Are rutabaga fries good? Yes they are and they are also healthy too. Our rutabaga fries in the air fryer are vegan, whole30 and paleo. You can also add your favourite seasonings to make spicy rutabaga fries or add rosemary for rutabaga rosemary fries. Alternatively add parmesan for parmesan rutabaga fries.

How To Air Fry Rutabaga?

Air Fryer Rutabaga Fries step by step
  1. Peel and slice your rutabaga into medium to thin French fries.
  2. Place your fries into a bowl and add in your olive oil and seasoning.
  3. Mix well with your hands and move your rutabaga to the air fryer basket.
  4. Cook shake and cook some more.
  5. Serve warm with your favourite sauce or with melted cheese.
Air Fryer Rutabaga Fries

Air Fryer Rutabaga Fries

Air Fryer Rutabaga Fries. How to cook delicious Paleo rutabaga fries in the air fryer. So easy to make and the end result is tasty crispy rutabaga fries that you will want to eat over and over again.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2
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Air Fryer Rutabaga Fries Recipe Ingredients:


  • Peel your rutabaga with a vegetable knife and then use a heavy-duty knife to slice your rutabaga into fries.
  • Place your rutabaga into a mixing bowl along with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Use your hands to mix the ingredients well and transfer to the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 15 minutes at 160c/320f.
  • Shake and cook for a further 5 minutes at 180c/360f.
  • Serve with your favourite sauces and sides.


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Treat rutabaga fries like French fries. You chop them the same, you season them the same, you just cook them for longer. My favourite air fryer fries take JUST 15 minutes, compared to 20 minutes in this rutabaga air fryer fries recipe.
Have 2 knives to hand. One for peeling the rutabaga (veggie knife) and a knife for slicing the rutabaga as they are very heavy duty.
Because rutabaga is so tough compared to potatoes, do make sure your fries are of equal size. Otherwise you will have burnt rutabaga fries to just cooked rutabaga fries.
I cook rutabaga fries at 2 different temperatures. This is because you need to get the centre well cooked and the outside crispy. You can also use the break in between temperatures to shake your fries.


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 1525mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 128mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 3mg
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Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

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