These crispy air fryer french fries are so addictive you won’t ever want to eat fast food again. The air fryer uses a lot less oil, but produces the same delicious results that we love. Here are tips on how to cook or frozen fries in the air fryer, so you can eat them to your heart’s content!
French fries for the win!
Juan and I love our fries, and we like them extra crispy, which usually is extremely hard to get unless you’re deep-frying the potatoes in plenty of oil.
And deep-frying in my house is a no-no, simply because of the smell that lingers after deep-frying anything, and the insane amount of oil required to do so.
In fact, one of the main reasons (or probably THE reason) why we bought an air fryer was because we wanted to eat crispy fries in the comfort of our home, and we figured that even if we were to only use the air fryer to cook fries, it would still be totally worth it.
Making fresh fries from scratch
I personally always prefer to use fresh potatoes to make our fries, because it’s so easy and there aren’t any preservatives that usually comes with frozen fries.
In our house, we prefer to use yukon gold potatoes but you can also use russet potatoes.
While you can also keep the skin on (which makes for faster prep work), I generally peel the potatoes first before cutting them into thin, even strips.
This is due to personal preference – so do what you like. If you do decide to leave the skin on, make sure to scrub and clean the potatoes well and dry them before cutting them.
Tip: Toss the potatoes with a little oil.
While you can technically cooke the potatoes without any oil in the air fryer, I find that tossing them with a little oil produces the best crispy golden brown results that we usually associate with restaurant-served French fries.
Tossing the cut potatoes with a bit of oil literally takes all of two seconds to do so, and the results make it all worth while.
Preheat, Cook, and Toss
A tip I learnt early on in our air fryer journey was to preheat the air fryer for at least 3 to 5 minutes to the temperature you want to cook your food at. Just like you would preheat your oven before baking anything, make sure you preheat your air fryer too so it’s primed for cooking once you place the food (in this case, fries) in.
The way to ensure the fries turn out beautifully crispy and golden are to toss them every 5 minutes so that they cook evenly on all sides. Make sure you toss them, because this is the trick to perfect air fryer french fries! Each batch of fries cooks up in just 15 minutes at 400F, so you’ll only need to toss them a few times.
Don’t overcrowd your basket
Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may be able to cook more or less fries per batch. A general rule of thumb that I use is to not fill up the basket to more than 1/3 full, so that the fries have plenty of space to cook and get crispy.
If you want to cook more potatoes than that, just fry them in different batches, place the cooked fries one side while you are cooking the rest, and simply reheat all of the potatoes in the air fryer for a couple of minutes at 400F before serving.
Cooking with Frozen French Fries.
If you don’t have time to cut potatoes into fries, or just happen to have a bag of frozen fries lying around in the freezer, you can use them too!
You’ll need a slightly longer cook time (approximately 10 minutes more) if you’re starting out with frozen fries, but the results will be the same. See recipe notes for instructions on how to cook frozen french fries.
In this base air fryer french fries recipe, I only season the fries with a sprinkling of salt, but you can definitely toss the fries with your favorite seasonings before air frying to make them more fun!
Some examples of seasonings with be to add ground paprika, ground black pepper, ground cayenne pepper, or even garlic and onion powder! The ideas and options are endless!
What to eat with these air fryer fries:
I love serving these absolutely crispy french fries with sauces that are big on flavor, such as:
- Homemade Sriracha Chili Sauce
- 5-minute garlic aioli
- Honey Mustard
- BBQ sauce
- Ranch sauce
- All of the above! That sure sounds fun!
If you enjoyed this, you’ll also love these other fun snacks:
- Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings (Gluten-Free, Paleo)
- Crispy Baked Yuca Fries (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
- Easy Stovetop Popcorn (With Microwave Option)
- Easy Creamy Hummus (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
- Gluten-Free Jalapeño Cornbread (Dairy-Free)
- Easy Maple Coconut Chips (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
These crispy air fryer french fries are so addictively awesome you won’t ever want to eat fast food again. Using the air fryer means cooking with a lot less oil, but with the same delicious results that we love about a good crispy fry. Here are tips on how to cook either fresh or frozen fries in the air fryer, so you can eat them to your heart’s content!
- Preheat the air fryer to 400F.
- Peel the potatoes before cutting them into evenly thin strips.
- Toss the cut potatoes evenly with oil in a mixing bowl.
- Transfer the oil-coated potatoes to the air fryer basket and cook for 15 minutes, tossing the fries every 5 minutes to ensure they cook evenly and crisp up on all sides.
- Salt the french fries before serving with our homemade sriracha or 5-minute garlic aioli.
Skin On or Off? Whether you leave the potato skin on or off is a matter of personal preference. I like peeling the potatoes when cooking french fries, and prefer leaving the skin on when making potato wedges. Either way, the fries are going to taste delicious!
Frozen french fries: If you’re using frozen french fries, simply follow the instructions but cook the fries for 25 minutes instead. Toss the fries every 5 minutes until they are crispy and golden brown all over.
Don’t Overcrowd Your Basket: It’s super important that you don’t overcrowd your air fryer basket. A rule of thumb that I use is to leave it at 1/3 full, so that the fries have plenty of room to cook and crisp up all over. My air fryer is 3-quart in capacity and this recipe works perfect for one batch, if you have a bigger air fryer, you can cook more potatoes at one shot.
Cooking in Batches: If you plan on making more than one batch of these fries, simply place the cooked fries one side as you cook the rest. Just before serving or eating, return the fries to the air fries and let them crisp up and warm up again for 2 minutes at 400F.
Optional Seasonings: If you would like to season these fries, just make sure to toss the fries in the seasoning along with the oil before air frying them. Some seasoning options would be ground paprika, ground black pepper, ground cayenne powder, or even garlic or onion powder. Have fun and play around with the seasonings according to your personal preferences!
- Category: Snacks
- Method: Air Fryer
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: air fryer french fries, air fryer fries