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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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.
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.
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.
If you wind up with smaller thinner fries, separate those and cook them separately.
How to Make Air Fryer French Fries
- Slice russet potatoes to create fries about 1/2-3/4 inch thick.
- Soak the potatoes in water to remove excess starch.
- Dry the potatoes and spray with olive oil.
- Air Fry.
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.
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.
Frozen fries will need 5-10 minutes of additional cook time.
Different Spices and Seasonings
- Homemade Ranch Seasoning
- Homemade BBQ Seasoning
- Smoked Paprika
- Garlic Powder
- Cajun Seasoning
- Creole Seasoning
- 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.
Pair These Fries With These Recipes
Air Fryer Grilled Cheese
Air Fryer Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches
Air Fryer Quesadillas
Air Fryer Ribs
Air Fryer Cheeseburgers
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Air Fryer Parmesan Breaded Chicken Wings
Air Fryer Panko Breaded Bang Bang Shrimp
Air Fryer Brats
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Easy Air Fryer Homemade Crispy French Fries
- 1 pound large russet potatoes peeled and cut lengthwise See recipe notes below.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt to taste
- 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.
Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)
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