Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries let you have hot, crispy fries in minutes. Turn frozen fries into a copycat of your favorite fast food side. Cook up any fry shape and still get crispy results. 

different types of french fries on a platter with dipping sauces

There are so many things you can make in the air fryer, from air fryer frozen french fries to Fish Sticks to steak. Be sure to check out The Best Air Fryer Recipes plus Tips.

Table of Contents
  1. Why It’s Great
  2. Ingredients for Air Fryer French Fries
  3. How To Make Air Fryer French Fries
  4. How Long to you Cook Fries in the Air Fryer?
  5. FAQs
  6. Serving Suggestions
  7. Dipping Sauces
  8. Seasoning Ideas
  9. Storage and Reheating
  10. Expert Tips
  11. More Air Fryer Recipes
  12. Air Fryer French Fries Recipe

Why It’s Great

  • Crispy and golden – Air Fryer Frozen French Fries are just as crispy as your favorite fast food spot but without the frying.
  • Super easy – It doesn’t get any easier dumping a bag of frozen french fries in the air fryer.
  • Customize – Mix things up with different spices and dipping sauces.

Ingredients for Air Fryer French Fries

You only need three ingredients to make perfect crispy fries at home.

  • Frozen French Fries – You can use any cut or shape of french fries that you like! Regular fries, waffle fries, curly fries, and more! I include cook times for all different types.
  • Cooking Spray – Spritzing the fries with cooking spray helps the fries crisp up even more.
  • Salt – The amount of salt you use is up to your preferences.
air fryer basket with frozen french fries

How To Make Air Fryer French Fries

Get a detailed list of ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below.

Air frying frozen fries doesn’t get any easier! The air fryer cooks them up quickly without needing to use lots of oil.

  1. Preheat – Start by preheating your air fryer which you can do by just letting it run empty for a few minutes to heat up.
  2. Add Fries – Add the frozen fries to the air fryer basket. Give them a light spritz with the cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. 
  3. Air Fry – Cook the fries for about 5 minutes and then toss with a spatula. Then continue cooking the fries until the are crispy – I include the cook times for the different fry shapes in the recipe. 
  4. Serve – After cooking, you can sprinkle with more salt if you’d like then serve with your favorite dipping sauces.
steak fries in an air fryer
waffle fries in an air fryer
crinkle fries in an air fryer

How Long to you Cook Fries in the Air Fryer?

Different types of frozen french fries will take a little more of less time to cook, depending on size and thickness. Based on my testing, these are the times you can expect for your air fryer fries.

  • Regular Fries – 10 minutes
  • Waffle Fries – 10 minutes
  • Curly Fries – 10 minutes
  • Crinkle Fries – 13 minutes
  • Steak Fries – 13 minutes
  • Sweet Potato Fries – 15 minutes
french fries on a tray

FAQs

What is an air fryer?

An air fryer is a countertop appliance that is very similar to using the convection setting in your oven. A fan circulates the hot air which is what helps food get nice and crispy AND cook faster than in the oven. Using an air fryer is a great way to replicate your favorite fried foods in a healthier way!

Do you have to preheat an air fryer?

Unlike an oven, an air fryer doesn’t need to be preheated. This saves so much time when it comes time to cook dinner! Although it isn’t required, many recipes like this one recommend heating it up for just a few minutes to get crispier results.

How full can I fill the air fryer?

While many foods in the air fryer need to be cooked in an even layer, fries can be piled on top of each other. This is why it’s important to toss them in the middle of cooking so they all cook evenly. But you don’t want to overfill your air fryer basket. Don’t fill the basket more than 2/3 full to prevent overcrowding.

Serving Suggestions

Serve these your air fryer fries with burgers like these juicy grilled hamburgers or turkey burgers. The kids will love these cheesy baked chicken tenders.

Dipping Sauces

One of the best parts about french fries is dipping them in your favorite sauce. Here are some of my family’s favorites:

waffle fry dipped in ketchup

Seasoning Ideas

You can’t go wrong with simple salt on your french fries, but it’s also fun to mix it up with some other seasonings! 

  • Cajun – Use a cajun or creole seasoning blend for a spicy kick.
  • Taco – Use taco seasoning on the fries for a fun spin.
  • Garlic Salt
  • All Purpose Seasoning – with garlic powder, onion powder and paprika.

Storage and Reheating

For best results, I recommend cooking the french fries right before serving. But if you do have leftovers, here’s what to do with them.

  • Storage – Leftover cooked french fries can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. They will lose their crispiness in the fridge.
  • Reheating – I recommend reheating the fries in the air fryer again until warmed. Although they won’t get as crispy as they were when you first made them, they will still crisp up some.
  • Season right after spraying – Sprinkling the salt after spritzing with cooking spray helps the salt stick to the fries.
  • Toss while cooking This step is important! Tossing them makes sure that they get evenly browned and crispy. It’s okay if the fries are piled on top of each other as long as you toss them in the middle of cooking.
  • Watch closely at the end –  Toward the end of cooking, the fries will go from golden to over cooked very fast. Compared to baking in the oven, air frying crisps up the fries at a lower level of golden.
  • Restaurant Fries – Air frying works for leftover restaurant fries too! Don’t leave your leftover fries behind, toss them in the air fryer and cook at 400 degrees for a few minutes, just until they’re crispy.
different fries on a platter with dipping sauces

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Air Fryer French Fries

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries let you have hot, crispy fries in minutes. Turn frozen fries into a copycat of your favorite fast food side!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 123kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 10 ounces frozen french fries
  • cooking spray
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees or according to your manufacturer's directions for frozen foods.
  • Add the fries to the air fryer basket and spray lightly with cooking spray. Sprinkle it with salt.
  • Cook the fries for 5 minutes, then toss with spatula. Continue cooking until desired level of doneness is achieved. I've included a list of the common fries and their cook times in the notes.
  • Add additional salt if needed and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Notes

  • Regular Fries – 10 minutes
  • Waffle Fries – 10 minutes
  • Curly Fries – 10 minutes
  • Crinkle Fries – 13 minutes
  • Steak Fries – 13 minutes
  • Sweet Potato Fries – 15 minutes
  • Storage – Leftover cooked french fries can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. They will lose their crispiness in the fridge.
  • Reheating – I recommend reheating the fries in the air fryer again until warmed. Although they won’t get as crispy as they were when you first made them, they will still crisp up some.

Nutrition

Calories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 232mgPotassium: 203mgFiber: 2gVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
Keyword air fryer french fries, air fryer frozen french fries

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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