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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

You’ve finally found the best way to make crispy fries using frozen french fries in the air fryer. You will never need to turn your big oven on to make fries because these come out crispier than ever!

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Hot and crispy Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

I have the secret to making extra crispy air fryer frozen french fries and it’s easy. Most people don’t preheat their air fryer and it results in soggy fries that won’t get crispy. It’s such a simple step, but makes a huge difference.

I’ve created this fool-proof method to mak frozen french fries so they come out crispy every time you cook them. And the best the part is you can still use your favorite frozen fry brand!

Why you will love these Air Fryer Frozen Fries

  • The fool-proof method for making air fryer frozen French fries
  • How long to cook frozen fries in the air fryer
  • The best brands of frozen fries to make in the air fryer
  • My favorite method for heating up leftover French fries

If your family is anything like mine, they’ll never say no to French fries.

And thanks to the air fryer, you can have a batch ready to serve in just 15 minutes including pre-heat time! This quick and easy recipe is one you’ll come back to again and again.

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Ingredients for Air Fryer Frozen Fries

  • Frozen French fries — grab your favorite brand, but I love Ore-Ida
  • Sea salt – optional, but ups the flavor

What brand of french fries are best for Air Fryer Frozen Fries?

I like to use Ore Ida golden shoestrings for this recipe. They’re skinny like fast food fries, and I just love the way they get so crispy on the outside while staying pillowy-soft on the inside!

I’ve also seen frozen shoestring fries offered by other brands like Meijer, Market Pantry, and Great Value.

You’re welcome to use any brand you like, just make sure they’re shoestring or thin cut if you want them to be as similar as possible to fast food fries.

How to Air Fry Frozen French Fries

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.

STEP TWO: Arrange about ⅓ of a bag of fries in an even layer in the air fryer basket.

french fries in air fryer

STEP THREE: Air fry for 10 minutes, tossing the basket halfway through until the fries are crispy and hot. 

air fryer basket with french fries

STEP FOUR: Repeat with remaining fries.

STEP FIVE: Toss with salt before serving.

closeup of golden brown french fries

How long to Air Fry Frozen French Fries

This recipe is for skinny French fries, which might be labeled shoestring or thin cut, depending on the brand. They should take about 10 minutes total after the air fryer is preheated.

If you’re using thicker fries, you’ll want to cook them a little longer. In that case, make sure to shake the basket every five minutes.

You can also check out my recipe for making frozen steak fries in the air fryer for the most accurate cooking time!

dipping fries into ketchup

Tips for the best Frozen French Fries in Air Fryer

  • You don’t need to add any extra oil to the fries. They already have oil in them, so adding additional oil could make them soggy.
  • If you’re cooking the full bag, you can transfer the finished fries to a cookie sheet and place them in the oven on WARM. That way, they’ll stay hot and crispy while you cook the remaining frozen fries.
  • Be sure to shake the basket every 5 minutes or so. This will allow the fries to cook more evenly and really crisp up on all sides.

What to serve with Air Fry Frozen Fries

ketchup and fries on a platter

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries storage

Leftover fries can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Make sure to let the fries fully cool first. Otherwise, the condensation from the hot fries could make them soggy.

Can You Reheat French Fries in the Air Fryer?

Absolutely! In fact, I think this is the only way to reheat leftover french fries that actually tastes as good as when they were first made.

I’ve tried reheating fries in the microwave, in the oven, and on the stove, and they’re never worth it. But with the air fryer, they turn out hot and fresh every time!

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lay the leftover French fries in the air fryer basket.
  3. Cook for 3-5 minutes until crispy and heated all the way through.

Frozen Fries in the Air Fryer FAQs

Should You Flip Fries in the Air Fryer?

Yes, I recommend flipping your french fries every 5 minutes while air frying. This allows the fries to cook more evenly and crisp up on all sides.

Can You Stack French Fries in an Air Fryer?

For the crispiest fries, lay them in a single, even layer in the air fryer basket or tray. This allows the hot air to circulate properly.
Some overlap is okay, but you don’t want to stack the fries in the air fryer or they won’t get as crispy.

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Air Fryer Frozen Fries

Samantha Erb
Need a quick side everyone is sure to love? Just throw some frozen French fries in the air fryer! They’re hot, crispy, perfect for dipping, and ready in just 15 minutes.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Air Fryer Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 119 kcal


  • 16 ounce bag frozen French fries
  • Sea salt to taste


  • 1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • 2. Arrange about ⅓ of a bag of fries in an even layer in the air fryer basket.
  • 3. Air fry for 10-18 minutes (depending on the kind of fries – shoestring/fast food fries took ~10 minutes), tossing the basket every 5 minutes until the fries are crispy and hot. Repeat with remaining fries, tossing with salt before serving.


How to reheat french fries:
1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F.
2. Add french fries to the basket and cook for 3-5 minutes or until hot.


Serving: 1gCalories: 119kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 342mgFiber: 2g
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