Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

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These Air Fryer Frozen French Fries are a healthier way to make fries without the oil of deep frying and they turn out perfectly crispy and crunchy, just like your favorite fast food fries.

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Just when you thought making frozen French fries couldn’t get any easier, along comes the air fryer and now it’s than ever. We don’t use any other method to make frozen French Fries anymore. The air fryer is the perfect method.

Why You’ll Love It

  • No more preheating the oven or waiting for oil to heat up – the air fryer gets to work almost instantly.
  • The fries cook evenly and achieve a satisfying crunch without the need for excessive oil.
  • All you have to do is dump the frozen fries into the air fryer basket – no oil is needed because the fries were pre-cooked with oil, so they have enough oil to crisp them up nicely.

Decker says: 5 stars THe best way to cook frozen french fries

lita says: 4 stars I only cook frozen fries in the air fryer now. It’s so easy.

» We also love these Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries and Air Fryer Greek Fries.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Frozen French fries – We use the Ore Ida brand frozen fries. You can use your favorite, though thicker fries will require more time to cook.
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Dipping sauce – Optional
air fryer frozen french fries

Equipment Information

  • Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
  • Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.

Helpful Tips

  • If the fries aren’t crisping up the way you want, give them a light spray of cooking oil and put them back on for 2-4 more minutes. The oil will help them crisp better.
  • If after 15 minutes, your fries aren’t cooked to your preferred doneness, put them back on for 2-4 more minutes, or until they’ve reached the crispiness you like.
  • Make sure to shake the basket at least once during cooking. That will allow all the fries to get air circulating around them.

What French Fries to Use?

There are so many different brands of frozen French fries you can buy. Which one you use really depends on your own preferences. We use Ore Ida extra crispy fast food fries most often. Their golden fries are very good as well.

Other brands we really like are Alexia House Cut Fries and Market Pantry Crispy Shoestring Fries. McCain fast food fries are also quite good.

Can I Make My Own Fries?

Yes, of course you can make your own fries from raw potatoes. The best way to get them uniform is to use a French fry cutter, like this one. This professional grade French fry cutter gives you the type of fry you would buy in a bag. They will cook at about the same rate as frozen fries.

The only thing different is that you’ll have to spray them with oil in order to get them crispy, because they won’t already have oil on them like the store-bought ones do.

Sauces To Serve With French Fries

The perfect dipping sauce can elevate the humble French fry to a whole new level of deliciousness. So when you’re enjoying a plate of fries, consider experimenting with different sauces to find your new favorite.

Why are my frozen French fries not crispy in the air fryer?

One of the main reasons that French fries don’t crisp up correctly in the air fryer is that the basket is too full. You might need to cook the fries in multiple batches. This will ensure that the air can circulate freely around each fry making them crispy. Additionally, bigger, thicker fries will take longer to cook. It is always good to shake the basket at least once while cooking. If the fries don’t look crisp enough add a couple of minutes and then check again.

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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

These Air Fryer Frozen French Fries are a healthier way to make fries without the oil of deep frying.
4.7 from 87 votes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 197 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound frozen French fries fast food style
  • Salt & ground black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Spray the basket with cooking oil.
  • Put the French fries in the basket and cook on 400° F (200° C) for 15 minutes, shaking the basket once or twice during cooking. If the fries are not as crispy as you like after 15 minutes, continue cooking in 2 minute increments until your preferred degree of crispiness.

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Notes

  • If the fries aren’t crisping up the way you want, give them a light spray of cooking oil and put them back on for 2-4 more minutes. The oil will help them crisp better.
  • If after 15 minutes, your fries aren’t cooked to your preferred doneness, put them back on for 2-4 more minutes, or until they’ve reached the crispiness you like.
  • Make sure to shake the basket at least once during cooking. That will allow all the fries to get air circulating around them.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 370mgPotassium: 325mgFiber: 3gVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Air Fryer, Potatoes
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9 thoughts on “Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Hi Mavis, soggy fries usually happen because they were piled up too high (too many in the basket at once), or because your air fryer is a lower wattage and you need to cook them longer than stated.

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