Crispy and delicious, these french fries are easy to make in the air fryer! You can have better than restaurant french fries in your home in less than 20 minutes.
Better Than Restaurant French Fries
The whole “better than restaurant french fries” are my son’s words, not mine. But he’s not wrong.
I was honestly shocked at how good these air fryer french fries turned out. And I was even more shocked at how easy they were to make. A healthy air fryer recipe that makes addictive fries in only a few minutes!
So let’s jump into my son’s new favorite obsession.
But first, let’s talk about this gadget.
What is an Air Fryer?
But simply put, it’s just an amped up convection oven that works by circulating hot air up around food. From there, it transforms the food into crispy yumminess without a bunch of oil. It delivers the results of deep frying with only hot air and a tiny amount of oil.
And it’s absolutely AMAZING! I love it WAY more than I thought I ever would.
I’ve made some delicious and convenient air fryer recipes that saves me so much time in the kitchen.
Here’s what you need to know about making these fries. I only use 1 Tablespoon of Avocado oil for 4 Idaho potatoes.
And, you don’t need a lot of seasoning for recipe either.
How to Make French Fries in the Air Fryer
- First, peel the potatoes. Some people like all the peelings gone while others like just a tiny bit of peeling left on the potato. Personally, I like all the peelings removed but you can peel them based on your preference.
- In a small bowl, combine the seasonings and stir until well mixed.
- Next, cut the potatoes into strips.
- I like to cut the potatoes about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick strips.
- After they are cut and peeled, rinse them well in a colander.
- Grab a gallon size Ziplock bag and add the cut potatoes, Avocado oil, and the seasonings.
- Shake well until the cut potatoes are well coated.
- From there, dump all the seasoned cut potatoes into the pan.
- Make sure they are spread out evenly.
- Place the pan back into the air fryer so it’s completely closed.
- Manually set the air fryer to 390 degrees fahrenheit.
- Set the timer to 18 minutes and press the power button.
- Expert Tip: make sure you open the pan a couple times during the cooking process to stir the fries around with a pair of tongs.
- When the timer goes off, remove the pan.
- Wait about 5 minutes before serving and then top with fresh chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese.
Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
Frozen fries in the air fryer are so easy to make! Here’s the thing I love about this recipe. You can cut and season the potatoes ahead of time and freeze them until you’re ready to make them!
Sure, it’s easy to go buy a bag of frozen fries and make them in the air fryer, but with this recipes I know exactly what’s going into my food. No preservatives and unnecessary additives.
Here’s how to make these frozen fries in the air fryer.
- Set the temperature to 400 and air fry for 15 minutes.
- Halfway through the process, shake the basket and gently turn the fries.
Adjust Cooking Time As Needed
You can adjust the cooking time based on the texture you’re looking for.
Some people like them done at 14 minutes. I like them done at 18 minutes. My husband likes them done at the 20 minute mark.
Expert Tips For Perfect Crispy French Fries
- The type of oil you use does matter. I use Avocado oil because it does extremely well in high heat. Only use 1 Tablespoon. You just don’t need a lot.
- Soaking Potatoes Before Air Frying – I’ve done both methods…soaked the cut potatoes in water for 30 minutes before frying and just rinsing them really well. To be honest, I can’t tell a difference. So if you’re in a hurry, rinse them well. If you want to soak them before hand, then do it.
- Reheated French Fries – I don’t recommend this. I tried reheating some leftovers fries the next day and they were not so great.
I top my these with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. My son loves to make chili cheese fries. My daughter likes to melt mozzarella cheese on top with diced peppers. The creations you can make are endless!
More Air Fryer Recipes
Looking for more? You’ll love these:
- Gluten Free Chicken Tenders
- Air Fryer Pecan-Crusted Chicken Tenders
- 13 Recipes That Will Convince You To Buy An Air Fryer
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Air Fryer French Fries
Fresh Cut French Fries
- Peel the potatoes and then cut the potato lengthwise into 1/4 ro 1/2 inch slices.
- Rinse the cut potatoes well in a colander. Take the cut potatoes and add them to a gallon sized Ziplock bag.
- Add the Avocado oil and all the seasonings. Zip the bag and shake well, just enough so that the potatoes are evenly coated.
- Dump the seasoned cut potatoes in pan. Spread evenly.
- Manually set the air fryer to 390 degrees fahrenheit. Manually set the timer for 18 minutes then press start.
- During the cooking process, open the pan and stir the fries around 2-3 times.
- Once done, let the french fries sit for 5 minutes before serving. Top with fresh parsley and fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
Frozen French Fries
- Set the temperature to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
- Place the frozen fries in pan and spread them out evenly.
- Air fry the potatoes for 15 minutes. Halfway through cooking, shake the pan and turn the fries.
- Cook for additional 1-2 minutes to crisp up, if needed.
- Oil - The type of oil you use does matter. I use Avocado oil because it does extremely well in high heat. Only use 1 Tablespoon. You just don't need a lot.
- Soaking Potatoes - I've done both methods...soaked the cut potatoes in water for 30 minutes before air frying and just rinsing them really well. To be honest, I can't tell a difference. So if you're in a hurry, rinse them well. If you want to soak them before air frying, then do it.
- Cooking Time - You can adjust the cooking time based on the texture you're looking for in your french fries. Some people like them done at 14 minutes. I like them done at 18 minutes. My husband likes them done at the 20 minute mark.
- Reheated French Fries - I don't recommend this. I tried reheating some leftovers fries the next day and they were not so great.
Update Notes: This post was originally published in April 2019, but was republished with new photos, step-by-step instructions, and tips in March, 2020.