If you’re looking for the perfect fries, this recipe is a total winner. These air fryer frozen french fries are crispy and delicious — and so much easier (and healthier) than making them in a deep fryer.
All you need is a bag of fries and about 20 minutes, and you have an easy side dish (or snack) ready to go. Get your favorite sauce ready in the minimal time it takes them to cook.
This is hands-down the best way to prepare crispy fries without taking up too much time or making a mess in the kitchen.
Common Questions About Homemade Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
How long do you cook french fries in the air fryer for?
Air fryer french fries take about 20 minutes overall when cooking frozen fries.
The time can vary depending on the size of the fries — different types of fries may require different cook times. Thicker fries, like steak fries, may take longer than shoestring fries.
Should you thaw french fries before air frying?
Why are my frozen french fries soggy in the air fryer?
The biggest mistake is not leaving enough room for air to circulate between the fries. The other thing that can cause fries to be soggy is not cooking at the right temperature.
Storage for these fries is simple and easy.
Refrigerator: Store leftover french fries in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the refrigerator.
Freezer: Leftover french fries can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months in a freezer-safe container or resealable freezer bag. To prevent them from sticking together, flash-freeze them first.
- For the best results, spread the fries evenly in a single layer in the air fryer basket so that the hot air can reach all sides.
- Be sure to toss the fries halfway through so that they cook evenly.
- You can spray the fries with an olive oil spray (or your preferred cooking spray) to prevent sticking.
There’s only one simple ingredient for these crispy fries.
- Bag of frozen French Fries
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need For Perfect Air Fryer Fries
Cross cleanup off your list of things to do with this easy recipe that requires only your air fryer.
How to Make The Best Frozen French Fries In The Air Fryer
These fries require no prep time and only a minimal amount of time in the air fryer.
- Place the fries into the basket of the air fryer.
- Cook the fries for the recommended time, tossing them halfway through cooking.
- Once the fries are golden brown, remove them from the air fryer.
- Allow the fries to cool briefly before serving.
What to Serve With Crispy Air Fryer French Fries
Air-fried french fries are a perfect side or a great solo treat.
- Sandwiches – Serve these fries with burgers or any simple sandwich.
- Appetizers – Throwing a party? Offer these alongside all of the other appetizers.
- Sauce – Add a sauce on the side from ranch dressing or aioli to yum yum sauce, bbq sauce, or your own favorite dipping sauce.
Why You Should Make Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
If you’re a fan of fries, there’s no reason not to make this version that fast-tracks the time it takes to get them from the freezer to your plate.
- Easy – These fries couldn’t be easier — or quicker – to make. And there’s nearly no cleanup involved, either.
- Customizable – You can season these fries in so many ways or serve any number of dipping sauces with them. They can also be topped with veggies, meats, and cheeses — they’re a perfect canvas for your culinary creativity.
- Convenient – Potatoes are an affordable side that are easy to find at any grocery store.
Variations And Add-ins For Air Fryer Fries
You can take these easy fries to the next level in lots of ways — these are just a few.
- Spices – Shake on seasonings like salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Old Bay, or taco seasoning. Or, use your own favorite seasonings.
- Herbs – Sprinkle fresh herbs over top of the french fries.
- Oil – Toss the fries in infused oil (like truffle oil) before serving.
- Cheese – Sprinkle the hot fries with parmesan cheese.
- Poutine – Make these into poutine by adding cheese curds and gravy.
- Nachos – Transform these fries into a potato-based version of nachos by topping them with all of your Tex-Mex faves.
- Fries – Instead of frozen, use your own homemade fries.
- Heat – For spicy fries, try using chili powder or cayenne pepper.
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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
- ½ pound frozen french fries
- Add the fries to your air fryer basket.
- Cook the fries at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, toss the fries a couple of times, and cook them for another 10 minutes.
- Let them cool a bit, serve, and enjoy!
- I used a 4-quart air fryer, so depending on the size and shape of your air fryer basket, you may need to adjust the fry amount. You’ll want to fill the basket of your air fryer about half full no matter the size.
- It’s always a good idea to check the status of your fries as you’re cooking as all air fryers will cook differently.
- If you’re cooking a smaller portion of fries, you’ll want to adjust the cooking time down. Never fill your basket over halfway with this recipe as they just won’t cook evenly.
- It’s very important to pause halfway through and adjust the fries for the best and most even cooking outcome.
- I know everyone has a different fry preference. So, check your fries as they go through the second stage of cooking to ensure you reach the type of fry you’re looking for. I enjoy mine extra crispy, but not everyone does, so adjust the time to get the fry you prefer.
- You can add your own seasoning to these fries at the halfway mark when you toss them.
- No oil is needed for this recipe. However, if you’re worried about the fries sticking, you can coat your air fryer basket with a bit of nonstick cooking spray.
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