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Air Fryer French Fries Recipe

Crispy and crunchy homemade air fryer French fries. With just a few basic ingredients you can have French fries ready without the mess and grease of classic fried ones.

The air fryer is the fastest way to satisfy a craving. We love it for making Air Fryer Chicken Wings, crispy Air Fryer Bacon, and of course fries.

Homemade crispy French fries on a baking sheet topped with chopped parsley and parmesan.

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The Crispiest Air Fryer French Fries

The air fryer method for making homemade French fries is the easiest method for cooking fries. Not only is it so easy to make, but they are also much healthier than frying in oil.

This recipe is so simple; thinly sliced potatoes lightly tossed in oil and seasoning, then cooked until crispy and crunchy. All you need is a Juicy Burger or classic BLT Sandwich to go with these.

Crispy French fries in an air fryer basket topped with fresh greens.

Ingredients for the Best Fries

The ingredients needed for homemade fries are so simple and you most likely already have them in your kitchen.

  • Potatoes – For this recipe we use russet potatoes (Idaho potatoes) you can also use yukon gold potatoes.
  • Oil – This recipe calls for olive oil but you can use vegetable oil or canola oil.
  • Seasoning – We season the fries with salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder, but you can use any of your go-to spices.
Sliced potatoes on a cutting board with two white bowls.

How to Make French Fries in Air Fryer

  1. Scrub Potatoes: We just wash them and keep the skins on, but you can peel if you prefer.
  2. Cut Potatoes: Clean the potatoes and cut into about ¼” inch strands, making sure all the strands are the same size for even cooking. Rinse the fries under cold water and pat dry.
  3. Season: Add the fries into a bowl and drizzle with oil and toss, season and toss again. Evenly spread the fries into the air fryer basket.
  4. Air Fry: Cook the fries until crispy and golden, tossing half way.
Step by step collage how to make air fryer French fries.

Common Questions

What if I don’t have an air fryer?

That is totally fine, you can bake fries in the oven like we did our oven-baked potato wedges recipe.

How to reheat the French fries?

Add the fries back into the air fryer and cook until reheated and re-crisped.

Do I have to preheat the air fryer?

You do not have to preheat the air fryer for this fries recipe.

Can I prepare the fries ahead of time?

Yes, just clean and cut the fries and keep them completely submerged in cold water in the refrigerator until ready to make. Drain and pat dry before cooking the fries.

What kind of air fryer do you use?

We used our basket-style air fryer because it’s easier to shake and toss the fries, but this will also work in a toaster oven-style air fryer.

Homemade air fryer French fries on a black plate with a bowl or ketchup.

Remember your Air Fryer the next time you are craving French fries. This is the quickest way to make them and they turn out extra crispy.

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Air Fryer French Fries

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Air Fryer French Fries

Crispy and crunchy air fryer French fries loaded with so much flavor. With just a few basic ingredients you can have homemade French fries ready without all the mess and grease of classic fried fries!

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $1-$2
Keyword: air fryer french fries
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer
Calories: 121 kcal
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb russet potatoes (2 large or 3 medium potatoes)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • tsp ground black pepper or to taste
  • tsp garlic powder
  • tsp paprika

Instructions

  1. Scrub and clean the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into even ¼-inch thick strips.

  2. Rinse the fries in cold water and thoroughly pat dry.

  3. Add the fries into a large bowl and drizzle with the oil and toss. Sprinkle seasonings over the fries and toss again.

  4. Transfer the fries into the air fryer basket* and cook at 380 for 10 minutes. Toss the French fries and cook for an additional 6-10 minutes until the fries are golden and crispy. Garnish with parsley if desired. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.

Recipe Notes

*We used a larger 5.8 qt capacity Air Fryer. For a smaller air fryer, cook in 2 batches and once both batches are fully cooked, return them all at once to the air fryer to re-warm for 2 minutes before serving. The second batch may cook a little faster since the basket is preheated.

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer French Fries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Sodium 297mg13%
Potassium 476mg14%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 32IU1%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • lisa
    July 17, 2021

    We’re looking for advise regarding air fryers, not just for fries, but whole or pieces of chicken, veggies etc.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 17, 2021

      Hi Lisa, Here are our air fryer recipes. You can see we use our air fryer for bacon, pork, chicken wings, etc. We link the air fryer we used within them, but you can also find our favorite kitchen tools in our Amazon Affiliate Shop HERE.

      Reply

  • Woody Ferrell
    July 13, 2021

    Hi Natasha, I pretty much use the same recipe only I add 1/2 tsp raw sugar. They are to die for!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 13, 2021

      That’s great! Thanks for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • courtney
    July 13, 2021

    Delish! These french fries are my new favorite air fryer recipe!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 13, 2021

      Glad to hear that, Courtney! Thanks for your review.

      Reply

  • Natalie
    July 13, 2021

    Would you know why my fries lose their crisp as they cool? When they’re really hot they’re crispy but as they cool they get soft and soggy

    Reply

    • Natasha
      July 13, 2021

      Just like any fries, they will be the most crispy when they are warm and freshly made. Here are some tips that may help: Make sure to let them rest uncovered. Also, rinsing and patting dry before cooking fries helps remove the starch and helps them crisp up on the outside. You can re-crisp fries in the air fryer as well.

      Reply

  • Allison Kaye
    July 13, 2021

    These were super crispy and delicious! I will definitely make them again!

    Reply

  • Melissa
    July 13, 2021

    Great recipe – I love using the air fryer! Homemade french fries are my favorite!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 13, 2021

      Isn’t it the best! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

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