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Air Fryer French Fries – The Best Homemade French Fries With Air Fryer

Love French Fries? You will love this air fryer french fries recipe!

Air Fryer French Fries is enough reason to get an air fryer. This addicting homemade crispy French fries recipe is easy to make in less than 20 minutes.

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Crispy French Fries

No joke – french fries is the reason I wanted an air fryer. They are one of my favourite comfort food and something I usually can’t help ordering in restaurants.

Wanting to make french fries at home before, I bought a deep fryer which I rarely used because it was a pain to clean and uses a lot of oil. I found it wasteful especially if you only wanted to make a single serving of fried food.

Healthy Air Fryer Fries

When I learned air fryers work for french fries and required little to no oil, it’s not surprising you’re seeing this recipe.

I used to only buy frozen french fries but, in this recipe, I want to show you how to make french fries from scratch with an air fryer.

Crispy. Delicious. Addicting.

I was hooked. Once you know how easy it is to make homemade french fries, you’ll forget about frozen fries!

Holding a piece of crispy french fry

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What Makes This Air Fryer Recipe So Good?

If the fact that it’s FRENCH FRIES! is not enough, here are other great reasons:

  • Easy: There’s not much effort involved in the recipe. The most effort needed is slicing the potatoes.
  • Quick: Air frying makes French fries at a shorter amount of time than baking in the oven.
  • Healthy: Compared to having a deep-fried French fries or using frozen fries, these homemade fries are air fried with very little oil.
  • Cheap: Buying your own potatoes to make homemade French fries is much cheaper than buying frozen fries.
  • Flexible: You can use this French fries recipe and adjust the ingredients to your liking. You can make it plain without anything, or with herbs, or make it fancy as garlic parmesan or truffle fries!
Fries with toppings of salt and thyme

What You Need For Air Fryer French Fries


I used the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven TOA-60 for this recipe. Other brands will work but you might need to adjust timing. Here are other popular brands:

Inside the Cuisinart Stainless Steel Air Fryer Convection Oven with trays


  • Russet Potato
  • Salt
  • Thyme – You can also use other herbs you prefer for fries.
  • Oil – I used olive oil so that it’s healthier.
Crispy Air Fried French Fries

How To Make French Fries in an Air Fryer

Peel and cut the russet potato into 1/4-inch sticks. Pat them dry.

In a small bowl, toss the potatoes on 1 tsp oil to coat. Sprinkle 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp thyme to coat the potatoes.

Sliced Potatoes Sticks

Layer the potato sticks on the air fryer basket without overlapping and crowding.

Run the air fryer at 400F for 12 minutes. Cooking time may vary depending on your air fryer.

Air Fryer Herb French Fries

With the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven, I tested with two batches using the same temperature of 400F but with different durations: 12 minutes vs 10 minutes.

Here’s the photo comparison. This batch of herb french fries was air fried for 10 minutes.

Homemade Air Fryer French Fries
French Fries after 10 minutes of air frying

These fries were done 12 minutes. I found they were crispier and are more thoroughly air fried.

Air Fried Homemade Crispy Fries
French Fries after 12 minutes of air frying

If you prefer sweet potatoes, I also made a recipe for Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries.

Tips On Making The Perfect Air Fryer French Fries

  • Soak the potato in cold water – this removes the excess starch from the potato. This trick helps the fries from sticking to each other or the surface.
  • Pat the potato dry – this makes the oil coat better and makes the fries crisp better.
  • Cut the potatoes evenly – this ensures that all the fries are air fried evenly. If some are bigger or smaller then those pieces might end up getting under-cooked or overcooked.
  • Don’t crowd nor overlap the fries on the air fryer basket – this ensures the heat is properly circulating and cooking all sides of the fry.
Homemade Herb Fries

Can You Cook Frozen French Fries Instead?

You most certainly can! I have cooked frozen french fries and tater tots in an air fryer.

All you need to do is put the frozen fries on the basket and run it.

How long it takes to cook frozen french fries depends on your air fryer brand. It usually takes a couple minutes longer than homemade ones because it starts from frozen.

With the Cuisinart Air Fryer, it takes 15 minutes to cook frozen french fries.

Holding a plate of homemade French Fries made with Air Fryer

What To Serve With Air Fryer French Fries

Air Fryer French Fries Recipe

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Here is the recipe for Air Fried French Fries!

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French Fries Air Fried on a Rectangular Plate

Air Fryer French Fries

Yield: 1 person
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Crispy homemade french fries made with an air fryer in less than 20 minutes! Addicting snacks and great as side dish, you'll never want to do frozen fries again with this recipe.



  1. Peel and cut potato into 1/4-inch sticks.
  2. Toss the potatoes in olive oil, sea salt and thyme to coat.
  3. Place them in the air fryer basket and run at 400F for 12 minutes.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2350mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g

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