Air Fryer Steak Fries (Frozen + Homemade)

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These Air Fryer Steak Fries are a healthier way to make your favorite thick fries without the oil of deep frying and they turn out perfectly crispy and crunchy on the outside, while fluffy on the inside.

A plate of steak fries

Steak fries are a great snack to make in the air fryer because they’re thick enough to get crispy on the outside and super fluffy – almost creamy! – inside. The circulating air works its wonders to cook the fries just the way you’d get them at a steakhouse without all the extra oil.

If you like steak fries, this is definitely the way to cook them. They’re better in the air fryer than in the oven, and you don’t have to take all the extra time needed to pre-heat the oven. Serve these on the side of your steak or chicken or just make them for a snack.

Ingredients Needed

Package of steak fries
  • Frozen steak fries – I like to use Red Robin steak fries. Put a little fry seasoning on those and you’ve got the perfect treat. Ore-Ida Golden Steak Fries are very good as well.
  • Dipping sauce – Optional

Equipment Information

Helpful Tips

  • For the best results, arrange the steak fries in a single layer with some space between them. This allows the hot air to circulate freely around each fry.
  • We recommend only cooking half the bag of steak fries at a time.
  • Shake the basket or use tongs to turn the fries about halfway through the cooking time.

Oven Instructions

Don’t have an air fryer? No problem!

Preheat your oven to 450° F(230°C). Place the frozen fries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cook for 20-25 minutes.

A plate of steak fries

Air Fryer Steak Fries (Frozen + Homemade)

These Air Fryer Steak Fries are a healthier way to make your favorite thick fries without the oil of deep frying and they turn out perfectly crispy and crunchy on the outside, while fluffy on the inside.
5 from 53 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 90 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

From frozen:

  • 1 bag frozen steak fries

For homemade:

  • 4 russet potatoes peeled and cut thick
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (22 ml) olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt

Instructions
 

From frozen:

  • If making from frozen, pour the half the frozen fries into the air fryer basket. Shake the contents to spread out so the fries are in a single layer. They will cook and crisp up better in a single layer.
  • Cook at 400° F for 18-20 minutes, shaking the basket once or twice during cooking.
  • Check for desired doneness. If not done cook for 2 minutes at a time until done.
  • Repeat with the rest of the bag.

For homemade:

  • If making from scratch, place the cut fries into a colander and run under cold water for a minute to remove some of the starch.
  • Pat dry with a paper towel and put them in a bowl. Drizzle over the oil and toss to coat. Then season with salt.
  • Pour the fries into the air fryer basket and cook at 400° F for 20-25 minutes, shaking the basket once or twice during cooking.

Notes

  • We recommend only cooking half the bag of steak fries at a time.
  • The fries will cook and crisp up better if they are in a single layer.

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: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.5gSodium: 310mgPotassium: 340mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gIron: 0.6mg
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Can I Make My Own Steak Fries?

You can make your own fries from raw potatoes. Since these are pretty thick fries, it’s hard to mess them up. You don’t even need any special tools to cut them. Just a peeler and a sharp knife will do.

The only thing different is that you’ll have to toss them or 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.

From Homemade

If you’re making your own fries, first peel, rinse, and cut the fries. Then place the cut fries into a colander and run under cold water for a minute to remove some of the starch. 

Pat dry with a paper towel and put them in a bowl. Drizzle over the oil and toss to coat. Then season with salt.

Pour the fries into the air fryer basket and cook at 400° F for 20-25 minutes, shaking the basket once or twice during cooking.

A plate of steak fries

What to Serve as a Main Dish

There are so many options for main dishes to serve with this side dish. We like to serve them with these easy Air Fryer Steak Tips. You can make these all in the air fryer or in the oven, if you wish.

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