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.
How To Make Air Fryer French Fries
Be sure to check the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions.
Air frying frozen fries doesn’t get any easier! The air fryer cooks them up quickly without needing to use lots of oil.
Preheat – Start by preheating your air fryer which you can do by just letting it run empty for a few minutes to heat up.
Add Fries – Add the frozen fries to the air fryer basket. Give them a light spritz with the cooking spray and sprinkle with salt.
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.
Serve – After cooking, you can sprinkle with more salt if you’d like then serve with your favorite dipping sauces.
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
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.
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.
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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.