The Best Easy Air Fryer French Fries – delicious, crispy and crunchy french fries that taste just like your favorite restaurant – but a healthier french fry you can feel good about serving your family.
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Perfect, Easy Air Fryer Fries
This recipe will get you delicious crispy fries that cook in about 15 minutes – right in your air fryer basket for easy cleanup! If you can cut potatoes, you can master this easy method to cook the fries in an air fryer – without deep frying.
This recipe is incredibly indulgent and delicious – with a fraction of the oil of regular fries. We’re also using olive oil, for an omega 3 packed oil that is healthier than vegetable oil like a deep fryer.
This recipe is one of my favorite recipes to use with my Ninja Foodi – just like my popular air fryer chicken drumsticks recipe, and Air Fryer Steaks recipe, Air Fryer Tri Tip Steak, and Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak that all do really well in an instant pot with a crisping lid! For another take on these fries, be sure to check out my Lemon Garlic Air Fryer French Fries – the lemon pepper and garlic seasoning can’t be beat!
This french fry recipe uses an air fryer – but is the exact same recipe as my Crunchy Baked French Fries Recipe – a top post on Sweet C’s since 2011!
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!
How To Air Fry French Fries
An air fryer is a medium sized kitchen appliance that is easy to use with a ton of different foods. Air fryers provide lightning quick cook times and easy cleanup – with about 2 tablespoons of oil instead of quarts like a traditional deep fryer. They are a bit of a misnomer – as they don’t actually fry anything – and instead work more as a small convection-like appliance.
To make this recipe, you’ll need:
3 large russet potatoes – we love russets for their rich, buttery taste, and how the starch works to puff and crisp perfectly in the air fryer. Russet potatoes have the classic, rich, potatoey flavor everyone loves. You can peel the potatoes or leave the peel on – but be sure to wash it well. 2-3 tablespoons olive oil – use a good quality olive oil that you love the flavor of. You can change up the flavor of your fries by using flavored oils like garlic oil, chile oil, etc. Sea salt and pepper, to taste – I like to finish fries with either maldon salt or powdered salt for the light, salty flavor that distributes evenly.
Using a mandoline, slice the potatoes into fries. I don’t worry too much about the size of fry I am making- some are bigger, and some are smaller. That’s fine!Next, place your spuds in a nice cool water bath. Completely submerge the fries in water. Let fries sit one hour. This helps to remove excess starch and will help the fries crisp up more in the oven.Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees.After an hour, drain the water, and pat fries dry with a paper towel.Toss with a couple tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper.Add fries to bottom of air fryer basket, making sure they are all on the same level (don’t stack them on top of each other.)Cook 13 minutes, until crispy and golden brown.Place on a baking sheet lined with paper towels and a cooling rack over it.Place in warm oven (set to the minimum temperature, not over 250 degrees) and let rest while other batches of fries are cooking.Serve hot and enjoy.
Tips to Perfect Air Fried French Fries & FAQs
Season fries. This recipe is so delicious because it can be made with all sorts of different flavors and seasonings to customize to your preferences – try some of these easy ideas, or come up with your own!
Onion powder or garlic powder over oiled fries for a bit more flavor.Herbs de provence salt for a rustic French twist.Cajun seasoning sprinkled over fries gives a spicy Five Guys like french fry flavor – straight from your air fryer.Brush fries in the final 15 minutes of baking time with butter, diced garlic, and finely diced parsley for sinfully rich garlic butter fries.
Use Russet Potatoes.
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Russet potatoes give a classic french fry flavor. Leave skins on, but be sure to wash potatoes well and scrub off any excess dirt, remove any eyes or bruises.
Use a mandoline to cut fries. Cut potatoes with a mandoline for easy, perfect sticks that will crisp up well.
Soak fries. Make sure your fries soak for at least one hour in a large bowl of cold water – preferably changing the water after 20 minutes or 30 minutes with fresh new cold water. Soaking in water helps remove some of the starch, which will help them crisp up better!
Dry fries well after soaking. Make sure your fries are very very dry after soaking. Pat them with paper towels or a clean dish towel to be sure there is no residual moisture. Wet fries = soggy fries.
Cook in Single Layer. Allowing fries to have room away from each other while air frying helps them cook faster and get crunchier. Fries that have plenty of space to cook should not stick to the air fryer basket and should come out with a gentile shaking of the basket. Sometimes I will add more fries to the basket and simply increase cook time a few minutes, shaking often to make sure the heat is evenly distributed.
Adjust cooktime as needed. I watch my french fries closely while cooking, and make adjustments as needed. Every oven and air fryer is different, and I’ve noticed a ton of things impact cook time and even something as small as the humidity in the air can impact cook time.
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Rest air fries in warm oven. I line a baking sheet with paper towels and place a cooling rack over it. When each batch is done from the air fryer, I toss them on the cooling rack and pop the baking sheet in the oven. I set the oven as low as possible – about 200-250 degrees at the most- to keep the fries warm.
Other Easy Air Fryer Recipes You’ll Love
If you’re looking for other delicious, easy air fryer sides like these french fries, be sure to check out our Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak Recipe, Air Fryer Cinnamon Raisin Bagels, The Best Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe, Air Fryer Pumpkin Bundt Cake, Air Fryer Naked Chicken Tenders, Air Fryer Salsa Chicken Thighs Recipe, The Best Air Fryer Bacon Recipe and some of our recent favorite air fryer recipes below:
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