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Seriously Amazing Air Fryer French Fries


These air fryer french fries are astonishing—seriously! Perfectly crispy, and so much more flavorful than store bought, they are a great healthier alternative to deep fried fries.

The air fryer is such an astonishing way to obtain crispy food with a fraction of the oil. From crispy air fryer chicken thighs to crispy chickpeas and cauliflower as well, there are so many fun things you can cook in it!

dipping an air fryer french fry into ketchup

These air fryer french fries are so much better than store bought, and are so incredibly crispy! I’ve had troubles getting crispy french fries in the oven, but the air fryer makes simple work of it.

Reasons to ♡ air fryer french fries

  • they are crispy and perfectly seasoned
  • they are way more flavorful than store bought
  • you can jazz them up with herbs and spices

Recipe video

Watch the video below to see exactly how I prepped my fries. You can find more of my recipe videos on my YouTube channel.

ingredients required to make air fryer french fries

Best potatoes for french fries

For french fries, you’ll want to avoid smaller potatoes (save them for air fryer roasted potatoes!). Look for larger varieties with a high starch content- russet potatoes work great!

The high starch content of russets makes them great for french fries as it means there is less water in the potato (which would cause the fries to be more wet and maybe even soggy) (1).

Potatoes you’ll want to avoid: waxy potatoes such as those with red skin, modern potatoes, or fingerling potatoes (2).

Notes for crispy fries

Cut in uniform pieces

When prepping your fries, select straight potatoes if possible. Leave the skins on, and slice a lean strip off one side of the potato, then roll the potato onto the cut side. Work through the potato, cutting long fries that are 1/3 of an inch wide.

It’s important that the pieces are as uniform in size as possible so that they cook through evenly.

Soak your fries

While we love that there’s less a high starch concentration in the russet potatoes, we don’t want to have that starch on the surface of the potatoes. Starch on the surface of your fries can cause them to clump together, and can cause them to brown too quickly.

To avoid this issue, we soak our fries in a large bowl of cold water for at least 30 minutes (all the way up to overnight!).

Drying them

It’s essential to have really good coverage of your fries with oil to obtain them kind and crispy. Oil and water do not mix, and if you want the oil to stick to your soaked fries, the next important step is to dry them off. Spread out on a clean kitchen towel, and gently blot with a second towel.

Do not overcrowd

It’s crucial that you do not overcrowd your french fries in the air fryer, as this would block air circulation to portions of the fries. For the crispiest fries, ensure that there is space between each and that they are not touching.

collage image showing the steps required to make air fryer french fries

Step by step directions

Scroll to the recipe card for ingredient quantities.

  1. Cut potatoes into even-sized pieces (1/3 inch wide).
  2. Soak potatoes in a bowl of cold water for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Dry the potatoes off: arrange on a clean kitchen towel and blot with a second clean towel.
  4. Toss the fries in oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange in the air fryer.
  5. Bake for 13-20 minutes (see notes on air fryer models below), turning half way. If you use an oven-style air fryer, rotate the trays and flip the fries as needed.

Basket vs oven air fryers

This recipe was tested in both a basket-style Phillips air fryer (similar to this one), and an Instant Pot vortex air fryer oven, and the cook times were different in each.

  • basket air fryer- 13 minutes, flipped half way
  • air fryer oven- 20 minutes, rotating trays half way

If you use a basket-style air fryer, you are going to need to cook multiple batches of fries; keep them warm on a wire rack in the oven at 200°F while cooking other batches. I found this quite tedious and strongly recommend using an oven-style air fryer (as pictured) to make air fryer french fries.

Variations and serving suggestions

Seasoning ideas

  • add 1/2 teaspoon onion or garlic powder
  • add 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika for color and smoky flavor
  • sprinkle with parmesan cheese to serve

Serve them with

overhead view of air fryer french fries on a plate with ketchup

More simple air fryer recipes

Air Fryer French Fries

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: air fryer, kid-friendly, potato

Calories: 115kcal

Author: Denise Bustard

Servings: 4

These air fryer french fries are astonishing—seriously! Perfectly crispy, and so much more flavorful than store bought, they are a great healthier alternative to deep fried fries.

Prep Time45 mins

Cook Time20 mins

Total Time1 hr 5 mins

Instructions

  • Cut a lean strip off the side of the potato, then sit it cut side down. Work your way along the potato making 1/4 inch wide fries.

  • Add fries to a large bowl of cold water. Let sit for at least 30 minutes all the way up to 12 hours.

  • Drain and rinse the potatoes, then arrange on a clean dish towel. Pat dry with a second kitchen towel until the surface of the fries is dried.

  • Add to a bowl the fries, olive oil, and salt. Toss until thoroughly coated.

  • Heat air fryer to 390°F/200°C. Arrange fries in the air fryer in a single layer so that they are not touching.

  • Basket style air fryer– cook for a total of 13 minutes or until golden and crispy, flipping half way through. Work in batches to cook all fries; you can keep cooked fries warm by placing on a wire rack over a baking sheet and storing in the oven at 200°F.

  • Oven style air fryer– cook for a total time of 20 minutes or until golden and crispy, rotating the trays halfway through. All air fryers cook differently so keep an eye on them!

  • Add additional salt to taste, and serve immediately.

Notes

Storage
Fries may be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 48 hours. 
Reheat
Heat the air fryer to 390°F/200°C. Arrange fries in the basket and heat for 3-5 minutes, shaking occasionally, until fries are warmed through. You may wish to add additional salt to taste.
Variations

  • add 1/2 teaspoon onion or garlic powder
  • add 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika for color and smoky flavor
  • sprinkle with parmesan cheese to serve

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25lb | Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 587mg | Potassium: 444mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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