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Easy Air Fryer Homemade Crispy French Fries

Easy Air Fryer Homemade Crispy French Fries is a quick and easy, fresh recipe that resembles potato wedges. The skin is left on the fries and salted to perfection! Serve these crunchy fries alongside all of your favorite main dishes or dipping sauce.

air fryer fries spread out on a brown surface with ketchup

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This post was originally published in June 2018. It has since been updated.

Are air fried fries healthy? Absolutely! This recipe cuts down on the fat and calories from standard fries.

raw russet potatoes peeled on a bamboo cutting board

What Type of Potatoes to Use

I like to use russet potatoes. I also like to pick out potatoes that are larger in length. I like long fries, so larger potatoes work well.

raw sliced potatoes on a cutting board

How to Slice the Potatoes

I sliced the potatoes lengthwise in half first. From there, I repeated this (my potatoes were pretty thick). This results in 8 pieces of sliced potato (4 from each potato). Slice lengthwise to create ½ – ¾ inch fries.

Sizing is really important. You want even sized fries so that the fries cook at a consistent temperature. Otherwise you will risk burning the smaller, thinner fries.

The best way to ensure even sizing is to use a mandolin. I use this mandolin from Amazon and it comes with a blade for fries.

If you wind up with smaller thinner fries, separate those and cook them separately.

sliced potatoes in a glass bowl of water

How to Make Air Fryer French Fries

  1. Slice russet potatoes to create fries about 1/2-3/4 inch thick.
  2. Soak the potatoes in water to remove excess starch.
  3. Dry the potatoes and spray with olive oil.
  4. Air Fry.
sliced potatoes in an air fryer

Why You Soak the Potatoes

Soaking the potatoes in water will remove the excess starch from the potatoes. This will allow them to firm and crisp perfectly.

Air Fryer Temperature

I like to use 380 degrees for French fries.

cooked French fries on a sheet pan
air fryer fries in a white can with ketchup

Cook Time/How Long to Cook

Your cook time will vary depending on how crispy you like your fries. Every air fryer brand and model also cooks differently using varied watts. I cook mine for about 20 minutes total. Definitely check in on your fries as they cook.

air fryer fries spread out on a brown surface with ketchup

Frozen Fries

Frozen fries will need 5-10 minutes of additional cook time.

Different Spices and Seasonings

air fryer fries in a white can with ketchup

Recipe Tips

  • Be sure to take into account the weight of the potatoes used in this recipe. I used 2 large russet potatoes that weighed about 1/2 pound each, for a total of one pound. The potatoes were long in length and perfect for slicing and creating fries. These 2 potatoes made enough fries for 4 servings.
  • I like my fries salted, but not too salty. Be mindful of the amount of salt you add to the fries. Start with a small amount and taste. You can always add more, but it’s almost impossible to go back if you have added too much. Potatoes are also naturally very bland. You will need salt.

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air fryer fries spread out on a brown surface with ketchup
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Easy Air Fryer Homemade Crispy French Fries

Easy Air Fryer Homemade Crispy French Fries is a quick and easy, fresh recipe that resembles potato wedges. The skin is left on the fries and salted to perfection! Serve these crunchy fries alongside all of your favorite main dishes or dipping sauce.
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Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer fresh fries, air fryer fries
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
additional batch (if needed) 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 162kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large russet potatoes peeled and cut lengthwise See recipe notes below.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • Place the sliced potatoes in a large bowl with cold water.
  • Allow the potatoes to soak in the water for at least 30 minutes, preferably an hour.
  • Drain the water from the bowl. Dry the fries completely with paper towels.
  • Coat the fries with olive oil. You can toss them in a large bowl or spread the fries onto a flat surface and coat them. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper, and optional seasoning salt.
  • Add half of the fries to the Air Fryer basket. Adjust the temperature to 380 degrees and cook for 15-20 minutes. Set a timer for 10 minutes and stop and shake the basket at the 10-minute mark (once).
  • Use your judgment. If the fries need to be crisper, allow to cook for additional time. If the fries look crisp prior to 15 minutes, remove them. I cooked both of my batches for almost 20 minutes. Also, use your judgment to determine if the fries will need to be cooked in batches. This will vary based on the size of your air fryer. You do not want to overfill the basket.
  • When the first half finishes, cook the remaining half (if necessary).
  • Cool before serving.

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Notes

I sliced the potatoes lengthwise in half first. From there, I repeated this (my potatoes were pretty thick). This results in 8 pieces of sliced potato (4 from each potato). Slice lengthwise to create ½ – ¾ inch fries.
Soaking the potatoes in cold water will help remove the excess starch from the potatoes. This will help produce crispy fries. Do not skip this step.
If you prefer crispy fries, serve the fries immediately. The fries will soften if they have sat for a while. This is no different than typical fries. You can reheat them in the air fryer to re-crisp.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g
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Erica Martinez

Sunday 26th of September 2021

Such a good and classic recipe! Love being able to enjoy fries without all the calories/ fat from the typical fast food fries.

staysnatched

Sunday 26th of September 2021

I'm glad you enjoyed them!

Sara

Monday 20th of September 2021

First, thank you, Brandi, for your thoroughness in your recipes. I didn’t have the opportunity to learn to cook-cook from my Granny or Mom once I got the interest. You’ve taught me and helped give me confidence through sharing your knowledge. I used your potato wedge recipe - didn’t even measure which is 🤯 for me - but cut them into fries and following the cooking instructions. My husband, who normally adds additional seasoning to what I fix because our tastes are very different, LOVED these and so did I!! Thanks for building my confidence to “throw” something together.

staysnatched

Tuesday 21st of September 2021

Yay! I'm so happy you have the confidence.

Raven

Saturday 28th of August 2021

This RECIPE is amazing! Made it for the first time earlier this week and made it again along with Stay Snatched Chick Fil A Copycat! Followed instructions exactly and it came out perfect! Who needs take out when you can make it at home?

staysnatched

Tuesday 31st of August 2021

Yes! Take out right at home.

EKS

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

Stop scrolling and make these! They are so good! Even better with Brandi's ranch seasoning recipe :) I usually end up having to do them in two batches so the fries don't overlap. They are perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I'll usually throw the first batch on a sheet pan in the oven at 250 degrees to keep them warm and crispy while I cook the second batch, then throw all the fries in together for another minute at the end to crisp everything back up.

staysnatched

Thursday 26th of August 2021

haha! I love that.

Betsy C

Wednesday 7th of July 2021

These fries are really great, very easy and quick to make! I love that Cajun seasoning too, I bought it for your wing recipe then also threw a little on the fries (a little goes a long way!) As always, thank you!!

staysnatched

Sunday 18th of July 2021

You're welcome!