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Crispy Air Fryer French Fries (Fresh or Frozen)

  • Author: felicia | Dish by Dish
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: 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!




  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400F.
  2. Peel the potatoes before cutting them into evenly thin strips.
  3. Toss the cut potatoes evenly with oil in a mixing bowl.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

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