These easy Air Fryer French Fries are a super healthy way to enjoy this popular potato side dish! Use fresh russet potatoes or frozen french fries depending on what you have on hand, both will turn out wonderfully crisp and tasty!!
Air Fryer French Fries Recipe
This is one of those most basic of recipes, and a great start if you're new to using your air fryer. Or a must have if you have yet to make yourself up a batch of some crispy, homemade french fries!
These fantastic fries can be made with little to no oil in any air fryer brand machine you have. The fries shown here were made with no oil whatsoever, my preferred method for air fryer fries!!
I have made this recipe many times in my older basket style air fryer ( Farberware brand ) and again recently in my newer Instant Pot Vortex Plus air fryer. Either way, these air fried French fries are a quick and easy healthy snack option!
Prepare Your Potatoes
I am using two large Idaho russet potatoes that weighed in at just shy of 1 ¼ lbs, combined. This amount, when prepared, was 4 very generous portions of French fries for all to enjoy!!
Your potatoes should be washed, with any eyes removed, and no green flesh in the potatoes. This green means that the potatoes are not suitable for eating, and should be discarded.
Have a large bowl of cold water ready before slicing potatoes, use this bowl to place the cut potatoes in to prevent browning and to help remove excess starch. Your fries will cook up better and get crispier if well rinsed and soaked! *I recommend a minimum of 15 minutes soaking, then rinse and dry your cut potatoes.
To begin, I cut my potatoes in half lengthwise. I cut each half into ¼ - ½ inch strips, then cut each strip into ¼ - ½ inch cubed fries.
I placed my cut fries into the bowl of cold water, soaked them for 15 minutes and rinsed them before placing them on paper towels to pat dry.
How To Make Air Fryer French Fries
Once your potatoes have been cut, rinsed, and dried they are ready to prepare for air frying. Like I mentioned above, this batch is shown here with no oil used at all and a light dusting of salt.
Use about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, if desired, to coat your fries. You can coat the potatoes on a baking sheet or working surface, or return them to a bowl and toss with the oil and seasoning.
Heat your air fryer to 400 ºF ( 205 ºC ) while prepping your fries. Spray or coat your air fryer basket or trays with non-stick cooking spray or cooking oil.
If you are using a basket air fryer or the trays in an oven style air fryer, place a portion of your fries on the basket or trays in a single layer without overcrowding them. The best crispy fries need the air to be able to circulate around them easily!
If you are using the rotisserie basket for an air fryer, fill the basket no more than ¾ or 75% full so that the fries have room to circulate while being rotated in the air fryer.
Set your air fryer basket in your air fryer and set the timer for 10 minutes to rotate your air fryer fries that are in a basket style air fryer. Continue cooking for 10 more minutes, or until crispy.
My oven style air fryer has a chime for the half way point in my cooking time. So set this style air fryer for 20 minutes, and check them at the 10 minute mark. Rotate as needed and adjust cooking time, if needed.
*Because there are so many brands and styles of air fryers, check your food frequently to prevent burning and to make sure that your air fryer fries are cooked perfectly to your desired level of crispiness!
Cook additional batches if needed, and serve the fries as quickly as possible after air frying them. Serving your air fryer French fries immediately keeps them from getting soft or losing that crisp texture you just worked so hard to get.
When cooking air fryer frozen French fries, you may need to add 5 - 10 minutes additional cooking time when cooking from frozen. Note that I do not place frozen fries in my rotisserie basket as I have had several break with this method.
Please ask any additional questions you may have in the comments section below. Enjoy!
Air Fryer French Fries
- 1 Tbsp olive oil (extra virgin, optional)
- 2 large russet potatoes (washed and cut)
- salt & pepper (to taste)
- Wash and cut potatoes into lengthwise strips (fries) approximately ¼ - ½ inch in width. To prevent my fries from browning, I place my cut fries into a bowl of cold water. For best results, fries should be soaked for about 15 minutes, then rinsed, transferred to paper towels and dried.
- If desired, return the fries to a dry bowl. Add oil, salt and pepper, and toss the fries to coat evenly before cooking.
- Heat your air fryer to 400 degrees (205 degrees C), coat trays or basket with non-stick cooking spray or oil, and place half the fries in the air fryer basket or on the tray(s) of your air fryer. *If using a rotisserie basket, the fries should not fill the basket more than ¾ full. They need to have some space to move around in the basket. Fries placed on a tray or in a basket air fryer should have some space between them so they can crisp up evenly.
- Set the timer for 10 minutes, at this point check the fries in the rotisserie basket and determine if they will need another 5 or 10 minutes until crispy. With fries that are placed on a tray or in a basket air fryer, the fries should be flipped or turned at the 10 minute mark to cook evenly. Continue air frying for 10 more minutes. Add a few more minutes if needed, to get extra crispy fries.
- Cook additional batches, as necessary.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!