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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.
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


  • 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.



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