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.
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.
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!
Also Read: Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
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!
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:
- Philips Airfryer XXL
- Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer
- Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer
- Power Air Fryer XL
- Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker with TenderCrisp
- Russet Potato
- Thyme – You can also use other herbs you prefer for fries.
- Oil – I used olive oil so that it’s healthier.
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.
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.
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.
These fries were done 12 minutes. I found they were crispier and are more thoroughly air fried.
If you prefer sweet potatoes, I also made a recipe for Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries.
Tips On Making The Perfect 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.
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.
What To Serve With Air Fryer French Fries
Air Fryer French Fries Recipe
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- Peel and cut potato into 1/4-inch sticks.
- Toss the potatoes in olive oil, sea salt and thyme to coat.
- Place them in the air fryer basket and run at 400F for 12 minutes.
- I used the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster TOA-60 for this recipe. If you use a different brand, you might need to adjust timing.
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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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