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Air Fryer French Fries taste just as good as deep-fried but they’re so much healthier!

Did you know you can make these easy homemade fries from scratch in about 30 minutes start to finish? With just three simple ingredients you can make delicious homemade french fries in minutes!

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Homemade Air Fryer French Fries

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Why You’ll Love Air Fryer French Fries

This quickly became of my family’s favorite things to make in an air fryer – french fries!

  • Fresh crisp hot fries without the mess or hassle of deep frying.
  • Uses just a few ingredients you likely have on hand.
  • Homemade french fries are easy to make and taste so much better than frozen fries.
  • They take way less time than baking in the oven.

Ingredients to make Air Fryer French Fries

Ingredients for Air Fryer Fries

  • POTATOES: The best potatoes for air fryer french fries are russet potatoes or baking potatoes. Russets are extra starchy meaning they are fluffy inside and they crisp up well too. Yukon gold potatoes are another great choice.
  • OIL: While these are not deep fried, they do still need oil to get a good crisp. I prefer either olive oil or vegetable oil but any kind will work.
  • SEASONINGS: This is the fun part, use any kind of seasonings you’d like. Flavor them however you’d like, try garlic powder, onion powder, rosemary, seasoned salt, black pepper, or your favorites spice mixes (like lemon pepper).  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese after cooking if you’d like!

Got Frozen Fries? This recipe is for making homemade fries. Find info on cooking frozen fries here.

seasoned potato slices in an air fryer basket

How to Air Fry French Fries

  1.  Cut potatoes lengthwise into ½” slices. Cut the slices into ½” fries.
  2. Oil and season per the recipe below.
  3. Place in the air fryer and cook, tossing occasionally.

Serve with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauces.

No Air Fryer? No Problem. Cook the fries on a parchment-lined pan at 425°F in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Spread into an even layer and ensure the pan is not overcrowded and stir occasionally. If you have a convection oven, turn on the convection.

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Tips for the Best Air Fryer Fries

  • Soaking the french fries helps remove excess starch which allows them to crisp better. Dry very well with paper towels or a kitchen towel.
  • Cooking time can vary based on the thickness of the fries, how full the basket is, and the brand of your appliance. Check the fries early and allow for extra time until you know your appliance.
  • Hot air will need to be able to circulate around the fries. If the basket is too full, the french fries will not cook evenly.
  • French fries do not have to be in a single layer but don’t overfill the basket. Shake it frequently so the fries cook evenly. The more you fill the basket, the longer the fries will take to cook.
  • For even browning, cook fries in small batches. Once all batches are cooked, place all batches back in the air fryer to heat and crisp.

Favorite Air Fryer Fries

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Air Fryer French Fries

The best homemade french fries that can be made in under 30 minutes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 2 large baking potatoes sliced into fries
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt or your favorite seasonings

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Scrub potatoes clean (or peel them if you'd prefer) and cut into ½" fries.
  • Toss sliced potatoes in a medium bowl with the oil and salt.
  • Place the fries on the air fryer trays or in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 12 minutes, shake the basket and cook for an additional 7-9 minutes or until the fries are golden brown.

Notes

Cooking time can vary based on the thickness of the fries, how full the basket is, and the brand of air fryer you have.
If time allows, soak the potatoes in a bowl or sink filled with cold water for 30 minutes. Drain well and dab dry. Oil and season as directed.
Air will need to be able to circulate around the fries. If the basket is too full, the french fries will not cook evenly. 
Fries do not have to be in a single layer but don't overfill the basket. Shake it frequently so the fries cook evenly. The more you fill the basket, the longer the fries will take to cook.
No Air Fryer? No Problem. Cook the fries on a parchment-lined pan at 425°F for 30-35 minutes depending on thickness. Ensure the pan is not overcrowded and stir occasionally.
For even browning, cook fries in small batches. Once all batches are cooked, place all batches back in the air fryer to heat and crisp.   
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 2344mg | Potassium: 1539mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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  1. I’m a little confused. Several places in the article it states that these are the best fries that can be made in under ten minutes, but the instructions say to cook for 12 minutes, then shake the basket and cook another 7-9 minutes. I’ve not yet received my air fryer, so I’m wondering what is correct.

    1. Hi Paul, this recipe has been updated for better consistency in results. The recipe is correct. We add the fries to the basket and cook for 12 minutes, shake then return to the air fryer for 7-9 minutes! Sorry for any confusion.

    1. Hi Helen, depending on your air fryer you can prepare these french fries both ways. Hope you enjoy!

    1. An air fryer with a tray will work, follow the instructions as written no need to do anything differently!

    1. Hi Marcos, you can find racks that work well with Vortex Air Fryer on Amazon. Just make sure they are the correct size before purchasing!

    1. Yes, just make sure the fries are above the steak or the drippings will fall into the steak! Let us know how it goes!

    1. The oil should be tossed with the potatoes before being added to the air fryer basket!