Easy Air Fryer Homemade Crispy French Fries is a quick, fresh recipe that resembles potato wedges. Healthy air fried French fries are made using little to no oil, making them low in calories. You can make fries using the Power Air Fryer, Nuwave, or any air fryer brand.
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This weekend I made one of the most basic things you can make in the air fryer….FRENCH FRIES. There are a few steps that you will need to make sure you follow to create crispy fries, but outside of that, this is a very simple recipe.
Are air fried fries healthy? Absolutely! This recipe cuts down on the fat and calories from standard fries.
I have made fries in the air fryer quite a few times prior to this. Be sure to check out my Truffle Oil Fries , Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries, Air Fryer Onion Rings and Air Fryer Fried Pickles recipes.
How Do I Cook and Make French Fries in an Air Fryer
- 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 Do You Soak Potatoes in Water Before Frying?
Soaking the potatoes in water will remove the excess starch from the potatoes. This will allow them to firm and crisp perfectly.
Air Fryer French Fries Temperature
I like to use 380 degrees for French fries.
How Long to Cook Fries in Air Fryer
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 Air Fryer French Fries
Frozen fries will need 5-10 minutes of additional cook time.
How to Slice Potatoes for Homemade French Fries
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.
Air Fryer French Fries 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.
- This recipe will work well with any air fryer brand.
These fries will pair wonderfully with
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Easy Air Fryer Homemade Crispy French Fries
- 2 1/2 pound each, 1 pound total large russet potatoes peeled and cut lengthwise See recipe notes below.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- seasoning salt to taste optional
- 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.