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Air Fryer French Fries

There’s nothing I love more about a homemade air fryer french fries recipe that actually makes the fries crispy.  These air fried french fries do just that.

I’ve even included directions on how to make frozen french fries with no oil in your air fryer too!

Air Fryer French Fries on white plate with small pinch bowl of ketchup

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I remember when I bought my first air fryer. The only thing I wanted to make was air fried french fries. I had no idea how they would taste, but I was confident they would taste good. They weren’t.

I burnt half of the fries and the other half were barely cooked. I thought I could put the fries in and then in 20 minutes they would be done.

I’ve learned a lot about air fryers since then and I can tell you, there is a learning curve. There are even genius articles like this one that tells you what mistakes most people are making with their air fryer. I fell victim to #4.

This recipe has been tested in and out with my current air fryers. It even includes suggestions on how to cook the air fried french fries in a small air fryer or larger air fryer, like the Power Air Fryer Oven.

How to Make Air Fryer French Fries

First, you’ll want to grab a medium bowl and fill it with cold water. We will be using this to soak the potatoes.
Keep reading below to find out why it’s important to soak the potatoes prior to cooking them.

Clean and peel both potatoes. I love using a Y-peeler for this. It’s changed the way I peel produce. I used to cut my fingers way too often, but the grip on this one is perfect.

Slice the potatoes into 1/4 inch slices. It’s important to stay as consistent with the fry sizes as possible to allow them to cook evenly.

As you slice the potatoes, stick them each into the bowl.

French Fries in bowl with paper on a cutting board with small bowl of ketchup on side

The best way I’ve found to slice fries is to cut each potato in half, then put the potato flat on the cutting board. Cut the potato into slices lengthwise, about 1/4 inch pieces. Then cut the slices into fries about 1/4 inch thick.

Once the potatoes are cut, drain the water out of the bowl and then fill it back up. Mix the potatoes in the water like you are rotating a salad with your hands. Drain again and repeat 5 to 6 times until the water is clear.

Dry off the potatoes and the bowl with a paper towel. I like to use the cutting board to lie the fries flat and dry them there.

Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F and add the french fries back into the dry bowl.

Mix them with the oil and salt and pour into your air fryer.

Cook on 350 degrees F for 10 minutes, then at 400 degrees F for 15-18 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes or so.

Enjoy immediately!

Crispy Air Fryer French Fries on white plate with ketchup on the side

Air Fryer Times Depending on machine Size:

Small Air Fryers (2.6 quarts or smaller): Will need to cook in batches with one potato at a time. Cook at 325 degrees F for 10 minutes, then 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Medium Sized Air Fryers (like the Ninja Air Fryer (4 quarts) and Nuwave Air Fryer (6 quarts.): Follow directions in this article

Large Air Fryers (like the air fryer ovens): Cook at 375 degrees for 10 minutes, then 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes checking the food every 5 minutes or so.

*Each air fryer can cook at different speeds, so it’s important to still check your food every 5 minutes to avoid overcooking it.

Title and Shown: Yummy and Crispy Air Fryer French Fries (on a white plate)

How Do I Cook Frozen French Fries in An Air Fryer

Cooking frozen foods in your air fryer is a game-changer. You can cook certain foods quicker than your oven preheats.

This air fryer frozen french fries technique requires no oil and still comes out with crispy results!

Fill your air fryer no more than halfway full of french fries. Cook at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes.

Since all frozen french fries are different, it’s very important to keep a close eye on them to make sure they don’t overcook. If the fries start to brown too fast, turn your heat down to 350 degrees F.

I like to only cook the amount I need for that night and remake them again the next night, but I do include directions on how to reheat your fries below.

Air Fryer French Fries with hand dipping a fry in small bowl of ketchup

How to Reheat French Fries in An Air Fryer

Although reheated fries are not as fresh and crispy as the first night, they are still delicious. And still much tastier than oven-baked fries.

Fill your air fryer no more than halfway full. Cook the fries at 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes, shaking halfway through. If you notice them getting a little more

Why Do You Soak Potatoes in Water Before Frying?

Potatoes contain a lot of starch. The starch is great for foods like mashed potatoes but makes it hard for your fries to become crispy.

Soaking them in water allows the starch to come off the potato, allowing for more crispy air fried french fries.

You can soak your potatoes for an hour prior to cooking. I have not found much of a difference between the technique I use in this article compared to soaking them for an hour.

Rinsing them consistently and moving the fries around in the water allows for a lot of starch to come off and give you that crispy texture you want.

Are Air Fried French Fries Bad For You?

Air Fried French Fries are much healthier than deep-fried potatoes. They contain a lot less oil and make them equivalent to baking french fries in an oven in terms of health.

For an extra healthy boost, you can cook these french fries with the skins still on. Potato skins include added fiber and potassium.

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Air Fryer French Fries

Air Fryer French Fries on white plate with small pinch bowl of ketchup

These crispy air fried french fries are made within 30 minutes and pair perfectly for any summer or winter meal. Enjoy a deep-fried flavor burst with little to no oil.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 russet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Fill a medium-sized bowl halfway with cold water
  2. Peel potatoes (if desired) and cut them into 1/4 inch slices.
  3. As you slice the potatoes, add them into the water to soak
  4. Drain potatoes and fill bowl back up. Mix the potatoes around like you're rotating a salad with your hands. Drain again. Repeat 5-6 times until water is clear.
  5. Dry off potatoes and bowl with a paper towel
  6. Add potatoes back to dry bowl. Add extra virgin olive oil and salt. Mix to combine.
  7. Cook french fries at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, then at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 76mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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4 thoughts on “Air Fryer French Fries”

  1. Hi Samantha, I just purchased my first air fryer and I’m loving your recipes! I classify myself as a great cook but have never used a air fryer or fryer at all. My air fryer is a Beville and looks more like a toaster oven (which it also does) my question to you is should I be lining the bottom of the basket with say aluminum foil for recipes that are made with marinades? I appreciate any feedback and thank you for all your great recipes!

  2. I’ve had my air fryer for about a month and it is still in the box. Mainly because my son was getting married and I had no time or energy left to read the directions. Now I am ready!
    I read through your French fries recipe and being a “challenged” novice, I have a question. Do I leave the cut up potatoes in the bowl and put the bowl in the machine or do I transfer the potatoes into a basket in the machine?

    • Hi Pam, great question! Only oven-safe material is safe in an air fryer. You will want to dry off the potatoes and then transfer them from the bowl to the air fryer. Enjoy!


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